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Dakota Smith

Dakota Smith covers Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and City Hall for the city-county bureau. She joined the Los Angeles Times in 2016 and previously covered City Hall for the Los Angeles Daily News. She is a graduate of Lewis & Clark College and lives in Los Angeles.
Garcetti’s budget would spend more money on street repairs and homelessness

L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti unveiled his $10.6-billion proposed budget for the city, a spending plan that relies on revenue from increased cannabis sales in Los Angeles and state money to help the city’s homeless crisis.

Garcetti, in yearly address, pushes new tax to support L.A. schools

The mayor's first State of the City speech since abandoning a 2020 presidential run focused largely on education.

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