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.
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A top employee at Animal Services said he regrets comments he made to staff about striking dogs and has never harmed animals.
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Several criticisms of Mayor Eric Garcetti and his office’s handling of L.A.'s emergency response to the COVID-19 crisis have been softened or removed from the final version of a report.
The 10th Council District is once again without a vote.
An L.A. City Council committee heard testimony about poor conditions for dogs, cats, rabbits, hamsters and other animals at overcrowded city shelters.
Two L.A. City Council members called Friday for action at the city’s struggling animal shelters following a Times report about overcrowded shelters, dogs that aren’t walked for weeks at a time, and staffing shortages.
L.A.'s animal services agency is understaffed and relies on volunteers. At one overcrowded shelter, dogs sit in kennels for weeks or months without being walked.
A large number of left-of-center — and, in few cases, straight-up leftist — candidates have risen to first place as the L.A. ballot count continues.
Este año, más personas en el condado de Los Ángeles han votado utilizando una papeleta de voto por correo y han esperado a entregar esa papeleta, según un portavoz del condado.La papeleta entra en la urna. En eso confían”.
The latest count in L.A.'s mayoral primary election has Karen Bass ahead of Rick Caruso, 42.9% to 36.3%.