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 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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A wildfire has burned 400 acres in the Santa Rosa Mountains and is 10% contained. Evacuations have been ordered in Pinyon Crest.
L.A. City Councilman Mike Bonin lays out his vision of how a humane clearing of tents that run along the Venice boardwalk could occur.
A plan for how to solve Venice’s homeless crisis has emerged from behind-the-scenes talks among a coalition of Venice activists, city officials and deputies of the area’s city councilman.
Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva waded into the morass of homelessness in Los Angeles this week by deploying deputies to the Venice boardwalk, a tinderbox in the city’s struggle to deal with the mounting crisis.
An online application launched by the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority replaces paper documents required by the county’s 19 housing authorities and some leasing agents.
In the three years since the Los Angeles Fire Department began tracking them, fires related to homeless camps have more than doubled.
Un juez federal ha ordenado a la ciudad y al condado de Los Ángeles que ofrezcan algún tipo de refugio a toda la población de personas sin hogar de Skid Row antes de octubre.
Clear homeless people from skid row by October? This is a judge’s bold order for L.A.