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Aaron Mendelson works on KPCC's data journalism 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
The nation's president has finally come to California. Just after 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Donald Trump set foot in California for the first time as president — more than 400 days into his term.
The city has paid out millions since 2011 for settlements or judgments involving allegations of sexual harassment and assault.
Until recently, the city of LA's Personnel Department had received just 35 reports of harassment in a five-year stretch. Recently, reports have drastically increased.
As Garcetti ponders a run for the White House in 2020, his activity in the 2018 midterms represent an early entrance onto the national stage.
The Thomas Fire burned through more than 440 square miles and left several communities vulnerable to the mudslides that would ultimately hit earlier this week.
That amounts to roughly one shooting every fifth day. It's in line with the trend of recent years.
The L.A. mayor has helped launch groups to improve cities and a Democratic fundraising PAC — signs he's trying to build a national profile.
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 is moving to shed more light on behested payments, the practice used by politicians to request money from wealthy donors for their favored causes.
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.
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.
Now that the pressure's off, can we keep saving water? The answer depends on where you ask the question.
The San Francisco Ethics Commission is exploring limits on "behested payments," the fundraising practice used by politicians to raise money for pet causes.
The local victims include a Simi Valley school office manager, a Manhattan Beach special education teacher and a Manhattan Beach civilian police employee.
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.