Aaron Mendelson

Data Reporter

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Aaron Mendelson is KPCC's Associate Digital Producer for data and interactive projects.

At KPCC, he has used data to shine a light on the avalanche of outside money in local politics, spiking firearms sales, Los Angeles' bicycle infrastructure, and police militarization. He helped build a unique database on officer-involved shootings in Los Angeles County for KPCC's Officer Involved project.

Aaron holds a master's degree from the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. Prior to joining KPCC, he worked as a freelancer for Reuters, Marketplace, KQED and Mother Jones. He got his start in journalism at KFAI in Minneapolis.

Aaron grew up in Iowa. An avid music fan, he is the author of the 2012 book "American R&B: Gospel Grooves, Funky Drummers & Soul Power."

Stories by Aaron Mendelson

You can smoke weed in California — but it's still hard to buy it

Want to purchase a joint at your local pot store Jan. 1? Good luck. Most California cities and counties have banned cannabis businesses.

San Francisco eyes stricter reporting of politician-linked donations

San Francisco is moving to shed more light on behested payments, the practice used by politicians to request money from wealthy donors for their favored causes.

Trump effect keeps CA gun sales lower after Vegas shooting

Gun sales in California ticked up but didn't skyrocket in the weeks following the deadly mass shooting in Las Vegas. They've been trending down all year.

When will Trump visit California?

Trump hasn't set foot in the Golden State since taking office, a notable break from the travel patterns of his predecessors. Every president since Jimmy Carter has found time to visit California in his first six months. Every president, that is, except Trump.

LA Sheriff’s deputy who opened fire during a car chase may have broken the rules

A car chase Tuesday morning led to a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputy firing at a moving vehicle, a practice the department has recently moved to restrict.

Water use rises as everyone forgets the drought

Now that the pressure's off, can we keep saving water? The answer depends on where you ask the question.

SF looks to restrict payments to politicians' pet causes

The San Francisco Ethics Commission is exploring limits on "behested payments," the fundraising practice used by politicians to raise money for pet causes.

Southern California victims of the Las Vegas shooting

The local victims include a Simi Valley school office manager, a Manhattan Beach special education teacher and a Manhattan Beach civilian police employee.

Cops in LA, San Bernardino counties top list of police shootings

New data from the California Department of Justice, show big differences in the rates of police shootings across the state. Ventura County reported the lowest rate.

1 in 4 people in Imperial County live in poverty

It's California's third-poorest county. Unemployment is nearly 25 percent. Homelessness tripled since the previous year. And children are even worse off, with one in three living in poverty.

Water use ticks up again across California

Californians are using more water now than in 2015 and 2016, when mandatory measures were in place to conserve water during a five-year drought.

How affordable housing keeps LA economically segregated

The vast majority of housing for low-income renters in Los Angeles has been built in the county's very poorest neighborhoods. The research says that's a problem.

LA responds to mayor's record-breaking fundraising

Some LA residents reacted with anger on learning of the nearly $32 million in contributions raised by Mayor Eric Garcetti for favored causes, some from companies that do business with the city.

Chart: Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti's behested payments

While Los Angeles has tight controls on the amount of money citizens can donate to campaigns, there's no limit on the amounts of cash people, foundations, nonprofits and corporations can donate to government and charity at a politician's behest.

'A tricky area of philanthropy': LA mayor solicits millions for his favored causes

Mayor Eric Garcetti has used a little-known mechanism to raise $31.9 million in four years. Public records show some of the contributors do business with the city.