The Times stands by its coverage of county child welfare.Updated after the jump with reference to a day when the Times changed its figures without noting the fact to readers. First posted at 11:41 a.m.
The Times, they aren't a-changin.' At least not when it comes to the paper's controversial ... More >>
The children of L.A. County.LA Weekly contributor Daniel Heimpel rips the Los Angeles Times Tuesday in a piece in the Huffington Post about its coverage of the county's child welfare woes.
Others have been critical of the Times' coverage, but Heimpel spells out a litany of alleged problems w ... More >>
Daniel Heimpel, freelance writer for the Weekly, has won the national Anna Quindlen Award for Excellence in Journalism in Behalf of Children and Families, a national competition founded 15 years ago to recognize print reporters, editorial writers, and broadcasters whose coverage of child welfare "ad ... More >>
Here's the letter I sent out early this morning to friends and colleagues about the attack column published in the LA Times today and written by James Rainey. On the following page, you'll see some of the support I've received today from writers and others. I've emailed this letter to James Rainey a ... More >>
It was a huge, huge night for LA Weekly at the Los Angeles Press Club's awards gala in Universal City a few hours ago. Staff writer Christine Pelisek triple-swept in the Hard News, Investigative and News Feature categories for major newspapers with more than 100,000 circulation, beating the Los Ang ... More >>
Sunday night was a winning night for L.A. Weekly at the Los Angeles Press Club Awards ceremony at the Universal City Sheraton hotel. Writers Christine Pelisek, Daniel Heimpel, Gendy Alimurung and Nancy Rommelmann all took home first place awards, while Darrick Rainey, Steven Leigh Morris, Patrick Ra ... More >>
By Daniel HeimpelThe battle over Measure B, City Hall's solar plan that sped through Los Angeles City Council at the speed of light, is heating up like a photo-voltaic panel under summer sun. During a special hearing at City Hall early this week, Council member Tony Cardenas pressed DWP bureaucrats ... More >>
By Daniel HeimpelAt a special meeting this morning of the Los Angeles City Council's Energy and Environment Committee, the topic was the council's March 3 ballot measure that, purportedly, will drape 1,500 acres of silicon solar panels on rooftops in L.A.On the defensive after taking a media hammeri ... More >>
Can Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's Measure B, the massive solar panel installation project on the March 3 ballot that is certain to pass because Los Angeles voters have no idea what it really is, get any sleazier?Today, the estimable Dave Z writes in the soon-to-be gone California Section of the L.A. ... More >>
By Daniel HeimpelIt's harder to get a job these days, but with a degree in Los Angeles gang-banging, you can apply to the city for a "living wage" of up to $30,000--with health insurance. Thugs who claim to have reformed, like Marlo "Bow Wow" Jones, who was recently arrested for jacking rapper ... More >>
By Daniel HeimpelA couple weeks back I asked L.A. gang czar Rev. Jeff Carr, who were the people doling out millions of dollars in taxpayer funds to largely untested non-profits who will try to prevent kids from joining gangs. Carr told me, in broad outlines, the kind of people who were on the govern ... More >>
By Daniel Heimpel
The other day, City Hall's Gang Reduction and Youth Development (GRYD) task force chief, Rev. Jeff Carr, revealed to L.A. Weekly that the process for awarding $24 million in "anti-gang" contracts is drenched in secrecy -- even though the program controlled by Mayor Antonio Villar ... More >>
By Daniel Heimpel
In the world of foster kids, victories are few and often small. But this week, Santa Monica Pier was transformed, with more than 1,500 volunteers lined up in a blustery wind to meet the children with whom they'd spend the day.
The 10th Annual Day of the Child, put on by Children ... More >>
By Daniel Heimpel, Max Taves and Jill Stewart
$10 billion bond. High Speed Passenger Train Bond Act. Total price tag with interest: About $19 million.
Proposition 1 would give the state the right to sell $10 billion in bonds to build an 800-mile high-speed tr ... More >>
By Daniel Heimpel
Saturday was a little weird. First, I was in Carson. Second, I was eating a chicken sandwich from KFC. And third, Sarah Palin was coming to town. Seated at a concrete table in front of the fast food restaurant, I had a good view of the action. A large group of predominantly black ... More >>
News just came in that toxicologist Bruce Kelman, targeted by people who have an almost religious, misguided fear of common household mold, has prevailed in a key case against Mold Queen Sharon Kramer.
Kelman emails the Weekly: "Kramer was found guilty of libeling me."
Their bitter battle was det ... More >>
It's been unsettling to watch the massive layoffs at the LA Times and Daily News, but when you read a sanitized story like today's Los Angeles Times California section report on The Donald's effort to save Johnny Carson sidekick Ed McMahon from foreclosure, it's a reminder that newspapers have a fat ... More >>