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Emily Alpert Reyes

Emily Alpert Reyes covers City Hall for the Los Angeles Times. She previously reported on the census and demographics, tracking how our lives are changing in Los Angeles, California and the country. Before joining The Times, she worked for the pioneering nonprofit news website voiceofsandiego.org, winning national awards for her reporting on education. She has also traveled to Bolivia as a fellow with the International Reporting Project and survived the University of Chicago.
You can only get a straw at many L.A. restaurants by requesting one, starting now

There's no ban on plastic straws in L.A. restaurants, but as the city tries to limit the single-use items, customers must now request them.

Hollywood hit-and-run victim had been wrongfully convicted of murder in Australia

Police said 56-year-old Andrew Mallard was fatally struck by a driver heading east on Sunset Boulevard as he crossed Formosa Avenue around 1:30 a.m. Thursday.

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