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A tale of two cities: How drag performers in Los Angeles and Moscow, Idaho, spend their money

by Danielle Chiriguayo and Janet Nguyen Oct 23, 2018
We look at how the cost of being a drag performer can vary depending on which city you're from.
Drag queen Shangela in Los Angeles, California.
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A tale of two cities: How drag performers in Los Angeles and Moscow, Idaho, spend their money

by Danielle Chiriguayo and Janet Nguyen Oct 23, 2018
We look at how the cost of being a drag performer can vary depending on which city you're from.
Drag queen Shangela in Los Angeles, California.
Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty Images for MTV

Rent strikes make a comeback in tight housing markets

by Matt Tinoco Oct 1, 2018
In cities where a housing shortage is driving up rents, some residents are withholding theirs to protest poor conditions.
Striking Westlake tenants march through their neighborhood in late July.
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California bail industry grapples with fallout from a new law

by Benjamin Gottlieb Sep 27, 2018
Starting next year, a judge, not ability to pay bail, will decide who remains jailed in the state before trial.
Bail companies posted nearly $1.75 billion in surety bonds with the Superior Court of Los Angeles County from May 2016 to May 2017, a recent report found. Above, an employee at Gotham Bail Bonds near downtown Los Angeles walks to her desk.
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First, LA welcomes subway body scanners. Next, a major city near you?

by Renata Sago Sep 17, 2018
Questions loom about the new technology, like whether it has potential to keep travelers safe, or if it's just security theater.
Officers tested out the mobile units during a demonstration at Los Angeles Union Station. 
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Los Angeles demands more accountability from its banks

by Larry Buhl Aug 13, 2018
Last month , LA took on predatory and high-pressure sales goals at major banks by tightening its responsible banking ordinance. Now, if a bank wants the city’s $17 million taxpayer-funded contracts, it must be transparent about sales goal tactics and…
A Wells Fargo sign is seen on the exterior of one of their bank branches on September 9, 2016 in Miami, Florida. 
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California will be a battleground for the rent control debate this November

by Aaron Schrank Jul 10, 2018
According to a poll, 60 percent of California voters favor limits on how much landlords can charge.
A "For Rent" sign is seen on a building Hollywood, California, May 11, 2016.
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Street vending may be legal in Los Angeles by summer's end

by Aaron Schrank Jun 22, 2018
But one person's vending cart is a brick-and-mortar shop's competition.
A street vendor sells fruit in Los Angeles in 2017. It's the only major U.S. city where street vending is illegal.
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Why would a former investment banker want to run Los Angeles schools?

by Lizzie O'Leary May 4, 2018
Austin Beutner is a former investment banker, deputy mayor and publisher. We asked him about what he brings to LAUSD.
“Schools don't have a bottom line, but that doesn't mean you can't measure and hold accountable,” Austin Beutner says. Above, he attends the Alliance for Children's Rights 25th Anniversary Celebration in Beverly Hills, California.
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A student on his way to school walks past a Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) school, in Los Angeles, California on February 13, 2009.
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