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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.
L.A. City Council votes to build homeless shelter in the heart of Venice

The L.A. City Council voted Tuesday to put a shelter for homeless people in the heart of Venice. Opponents are threatening to sue over the 154-bed shelter.

Mayor Garcetti's speech at USC shut down by protesters

Mayor Eric Garcetti's speech Monday at USC to mark the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was shut down by protesters angry about his policies on policing, homelessness and housing.

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