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2015

  • Los Angeles Times

    In 1995, a rallying cry went out to African American men in all corners of the nation, urging them to come together for a Million Man March in Washington. John Hamilton answered the call.

  • Los Angeles Wave

    CRENSHAW — Los Angeles City Councilman Marqueece Harris-Dawson hosted a community celebration at Crenshaw High School Oct. 10 to celebrate his first 100 days in office. Harris-Dawson detailed his recent key actions, shared his goals for the Eighth District and asked for community input on how to move forward in the next phase of his term.

  • Los Angeles Times

    Crime in the city continues to rise and gang violence in South Los Angeles accounts for much of that. The LAPD has been trying to settle things down, but flooding the area with officers hasn't worked. Neither has relying on veteran gang members to manage rivalries. Or pleading with residents to report what they know or see.

  • Los Angeles Times

    Thirty minutes before the meeting at a South Los Angeles church was supposed to start, the parking lot was already full. Hundreds of people packed the pews of Hamilton United Methodist on Sunday — so many that some were left standing even after the choir lofts were filled. There were elected officials, community activists and gang intervention workers. LAPD commanders and a police commissioner. There were mothers whose sons had been killed on the city's streets, and one man who had been shot himself a month ago.

  • UCLA Blueprint

    As Los Angeles grapples with its place as a national leader in inequality, the Eighth City Council District is a source of particular concern. Once a hub of African-American culture, it is now roiled by demographic change. The jazz clubs on South Central Avenue are a distant memory, and the Eighth District has become home to many of the city’s poorest and most crime-ridden neighborhoods.

  • Los Angeles Times

    Improving basic city services has become a top priority at Los Angeles City Hall. But how promptly municipal agencies respond to Angelenos' complaints depends largely on where they live, a Los Angeles Times analysis found.

  • Los Angeles Times

    City Council members are demanding an explanation for why sanitation workers apparently ignored thousands of complaints about illegally dumped trash in some of Los Angeles' poorest neighborhoods.

  • Los Angeles Times

    With his wife and parents by his side, Harris-Dawson, 45, took the oath of office administered by City Clerk Holly L. Wolcott after welcome speeches from other elected officials, including U.S. Rep. Karen Bass (D-Los Angeles) and Mayor Eric Garcetti.