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Deceit, Disrepair and Death Inside a Southern California Rental Empire
The baby girl was in her crib when the fire broke out.
Lozano ran toward the baby’s room to rescue Jenica, but it was too hot. The fire burned his head and back. All the couple could do was run outside and watch as the flames rose higher and engulfed the mobile home. A neighbor called 911, shouting:
Officer Involved: A call for help
Broke: Why more California families are becoming homeless
Daejanae Marshall remembers waking up in a panic before 5 a.m. Something was wrong.
She was 22 and a new mom. And baby Zah'Nyah was her world. “I had promised myself there’s things I was going to do while I was pregnant,” she said. “And after meeting my baby, I was like: I have to get us a place. You have to have your own room.” Marshall was homeless. She had a job at a movie theater and cash assistance from the state, but that didn’t cover re
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Asian Enough: A new podcast from the L.A. Times
They explore the vast diaspora across cultures, backgrounds and generations, share “Bad Asian Confessions,” and try to expand the ways in which being Asian American is defined. The first and second e
Anaheim Opened A Homeless Shelter So Fast That People Aren't Sure If It's a Feat Or A Failure
The City of Anaheim opened a new homeless shelter in December and depending on who you ask, the site is either a shining example of a city's compassionate response to homelessness -- or a cautionary tale for cities looking to clear their sidewalks quickly.
Thousands of LA's homeless shelter beds are empty. Here's why
A KPCC investigation found reports of bedbugs, rats, foul odors, poor lighting, harassment, lax care in medical wards and even a “chicken incubator” in a room where homeless people were sleeping.
Public documents — including monitoring reports from the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHS
RVs are becoming an alternative to high rents in LA
“It’s kind of exciting,” she said. “I mean, I don’t plan on doing it forever, but for now it’s kind of exciting and fun.”
There’s a solar panel on the roof, she has a camping stove, a cooler, and a camping toilet. When it gets hot, she puts dry ice in a bucket with an upside down fan.
“I have a gym membership and I shower after I work out every day,” she said.
Anybody who lives in a vehicle on t
How affordable housing keeps LA economically segregated
But mostly, KPCC found, publicly-funded affordable housing developments in Los Angeles County have overwhelmingly been built in L.A.’s very poorest neighborhoods.
According to a KPCC analysis of state treasurer records and U.C.
Suicidal LA jail inmate, later found dead, was left alone for hours
An autopsy report by the L.A. County Coroner’s Department says Zhu, 68, was arrested on January 8 on suspicion of murdering his daughter-in-law, Xiaolin Li. The Arcadia police department arrested L
Realignment: Many women in prison serve more time (photos)
Caryn Quincey holds up a photo she keeps in her jail cell at “Twin Towers” lockup in Downtown Los Angeles.
"Different, right?" she said.
The photo was taken a few days before she went to jail on a conviction related to financial fraud. That was two years ago, but in the phot
Inside Corcoran prison's SHU - Security Housing Units (Photos)
This summer, thousands of prisoners in California went on a hunger strike to protest solitary confinement in what's known as Security Housing Units, or the SHU.
Inmates say the isolated conditions in the SHU are intolerable, and the strike — in part — prompted the legislature
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I edit accountability and investigative stories on the technology industry for The Markup. Prior to that I launched podcasts for the LA Times and spent over a decade covering crime , the criminal justice system, and the social safety net for NPR stations in California.