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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.
How L.A. teachers scored a decisive political victory with strike

By keeping a tight message and engaging parents, the union was able to highlight issues of inequality and L.A.'s struggling school system in a way that supporters hope has lasting significance.

L.A. schools lost $15 million on Day 1; attendance improved slightly on Day 2 of the teachers' strike

As the LAUSD strike enters Day 2, no negotiations with the Los Angeles Unified School District are planned. People wonder when the strike will end. Meanwhile, the district says it lost $15 million the first day.

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