Amid Its War on Fair Housing Protections, HUD Takes a Rare Aggressive Action Against Los Angeles
HUD reached a deal with Los Angeles to improve disability access, but has left other discrimination cases unaddressed.
Viewfinder: Nipsey Hussle's Celebration of Life and Funeral Procession in Los Angeles
Masons attend a memorial celebration for slain rapper Nipsey Hussle at the Staples Center arena on April 11th, 2019 in Los Angeles, California.
L.A. County's New Sheriff Announced Reforms to Limit ICE. Immigrant Rights Groups Don't Think They Go Far Enough.
Alex Villanueva says he'll reduce the number of misdemeanors considered grounds for deportation, but will continue to allow ICE contractors to transfer undocumented inmates into ICE custody.
More Homeless People Are Dying of Hypothermia in Los Angeles Than in New York. Is Climate Change a Factor?
In Los Angeles, a city known for its sunshine and mild temperatures, more homeless people died of hypothermia last year than in New York City and San Francisco combined.
Why People Vote for Expanded Public Transport but Don't Actually Use It
New research in Los Angeles shows that people support expanded transit options based on party affiliation and frustration with congestion—but not to ride it themselves.
As Teacher Strikes Grow in California, Red State Educators Are Seeing a Backlash
Red for Ed teachers face retribution in Arizona, even as strikes grow next door.
Los Angeles Unified School District Teachers Strike (in Photos)
The strike, which began Monday, is the first in 30 years in Los Angeles, the nation's second-largest school district.
Los Angeles Launches a New Phone App That Will Alert Users When an Earthquake Is Imminent
Thus far the program has had its fair share of issues, but it could set the precedent for other areas vulnerable to an earthquake.
Los Angeles Teachers Are Striking—and Expecting That Teachers Across the Country Will Follow Suit
Organizers say the L.A. movement to better fund public education will inspire solidarity movements nationwide.
Repeal of California's Article 34 Would Be a Major Step Toward More Affordable Housing
It's California's original housing sin, a binding not-in-my-backyard clause that has forced municipalities to adopt creative workarounds to build low-income housing.
Since We Last Spoke: Justice Brought to Injunctions
Updates to stories from the Pacific Standard archive.
California Rights Groups Are Demanding Answers About a New, DHS-Backed Surveillance Program
Months after Los Angeles denied federal funding to surveil its communities, the California government is poised to pay non-profits to do the same.
The Eruption of Illegal Weed Dispensaries in L.A. Is a Problem of the City's Own Making
Unlicensed dispensaries have been popping up throughout Los Angeles at a rapid clip, and now dwarf their licensed counterparts in number.
Meet the Grassroots Organizers Trying to Keep the Olympics Out of Los Angeles
NOlympics LA, an effort led by members of the Democratic Socialists of America, says the city's bid to host the Olympics in 2028 will ultimately damage and displace its most vulnerable populations.
Dispatches: Five Essential Reads From the Past Week
A collection of some of our most important and timely stories, from a feature on California's troubling oil industry to a look at how Hurricane Florence could have destroyed important historical records.
'What Was Originally a Temporary Plan Got Kind of Comfortable': One Man's Experience Being Homeless in California
Pacific Standard writer Jack Denton speaks with a childhood friend about the daily realities of living without a home.
The Lede, Issue #35: A Historic Supreme Court Confirmation Hearing, Blood Orange, Homelessness in L.A., and More
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For Los Angeles' Homeless, Fears Persist of a 'Cruel and Pistol-Happy' Police Force
Despite a federal court ruling that reinforces the rights of the homeless, Skid Row residents live in fear of losing what little they have.
The LAPD May Dismiss Old Bench Warrants for the City's Homeless Population
A plan under consideration by the Los Angeles Police Department would toss out warrants for homeless people who don't show up in court for minor offenses.
Inside an Unsuccessful Effort to Turn Vacant Lots Into Urban Farms
A tax incentive aimed at getting landowners to allow their unused lots to become urban farms has generated little interest in Los Angeles County.
Los Angeles Is About to Vote Over Whether to Surveil Muslim Americans
The Trump administration has directed funds originally intended to counter radicalization—including white nationalist violence—toward the targeted surveillance of Muslim communities.