Senior writer Doug Smith scouts Los Angeles for the ragged edges where public policy meets real people, combining data analysis and gumshoe reporting to tell L.A. stories through his more than 50 years of experience covering the city. As past database editor from 2004 through 2015, he hunted down and analyzed data for news and investigative projects. Besides “Grading the Teachers,” he contributed to investigations of construction abuse in the community college system and the rising toll of prescription drug overdoses. Smith has been at The Times since 1970, covering local and state government, criminal justice, politics and education. He was the lead writer for Times’ coverage of the infamous North Hollywood shootout, winner of a 1997 Pulitzer Prize. Between 2005 and 2008, Smith made five trips to Iraq on loan to our foreign desk.
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Feb. 25, 2024
Touting four years of declining homelessness, the city has released its preliminary numbers for 2024, months before the official count comes out in late spring or early summer. The city counted 51 homeless people, down from 239 in 2020.
Feb. 13, 2024
Lawyers alleging in suit that L.A. failed to shelter homeless people are asking a federal judge to fine the city for allegedly failing to comply with a settlement.
Feb. 14, 2024
A statewide survey found that 1 in 5 unhoused women had lost their housing due to violence by an intimate partner. Many were victimized again while homeless.
Jan. 23, 2024
A courtroom drama pitting a colorful civil rights attorney against a volcanic former president before an unorthodox judge was on the docket in a Los Angeles federal court, but technicalities made it go away.
Jan. 16, 2024
A contractor with the state’s Project Homekey homeless housing program is accused of improperly borrowing money against seven projects, many of which are in danger of foreclosure.
Jan. 12, 2024
An affordable housing shortage has stymied efforts to get people off the streets. The dismal state of SROs leaves L.A.’s poorest with even fewer places to go.
Dec. 28, 2023
The Los Angeles Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to enter into an exclusive negotiating agreement with a joint venture to renovate the mothballed General Hospital building and develop its 25-acre grounds with housing, shops, offices, sports courts and community buildings.
Dec. 20, 2023
A study by USC and a San Francisco-based nonprofit has found that a $750 monthly stipend improves the lives of homeless people.
Dec. 19, 2023
A federal judge has denied a motion by the Department of Veterans Affairs seeking to dismiss a lawsuit brought by veterans who are demanding more housing and to invalidate leases of the West Los Angeles VA campus to UCLA and a private school.
Dec. 18, 2023