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Alice Walton is KPCC's online Politics Reporter.

Prior to joining KPCC, Walton created and published, an online news site about Los Angeles city politics. Walton covered local politics and the occasional Hollywood awards ceremony for City News Service from 2005 to 2009.

Walton has a master’s degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism and a bachelor’s degree in print journalism and political science from the University of Southern California. She is a very proud Trojan.

Walton is the 2012 president of the Greater Los Angeles chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. She can be found on Twitter @TheCityMaven.

Stories by Alice Walton

Councilman balks at plans for Jay-Z summer festival in LA

Jose Huizar represents downtown but says he had not been told about the event. His questions pre-empted the official announcement of the proposed Labor Day weekend fest at Grand Park.

LA City Council approves big change to garbage collection

The new system would divide the city into areas served by trash haulers selected by the city through competitive bidding in order to mandate higher environmental standards for trucks and greater efforts to recycle.

Maven's Morning Coffee: Competing city, county sales tax proposals

Today is Tuesday, April 1 and headlines include overlapping tax proposals, the shakeup coming to the Board of Supervisors, and an ethics ombudsman for the state Senate.

LA to consider dramatic change to garbage collection

A plan to overhaul the way garbage is collected from Los Angeles apartment buildings and commercial businesses is expected to be approved Tuesday by the City Council.

Maven's Morning Coffee: Mayor Garcetti's leadership style

Today is Monday, March 31 and headlines include a look at Mayor Eric Garcetti's style, a conversation with the controller, and new payments for Orange County tolls.

State Senate votes to suspend Yee, Calderon and Wright (Updated)

Leland Yee and Ron Calderon have been indicted. Roderick Wright is awaiting sentencing on a perjury conviction. Gov. Brown calls on all three to resign.

Maven's Morning Coffee: What's the future for Leland Yee?

Today is Friday, March 28 and headlines include the political future of Leland Yee, an endorsement for Bobby Shriver, and the retirement on the Public Health director.

Maven's Morning Coffee: Garcetti backs Beck's disciplinary call

Today is Thursday, March 27 and headlines include the mayor's comments on LAPD discipline, calls for the resignation of an Anaheim councilwoman, and fears over Dodger traffic.

Expensive special elections are often ignored by voters

Elections to fill vacancies cost California counties millions of dollars, and they often occur with low voter participation. A Senate leader has an alternative.

Maven's Morning Coffee: LA expanding summer jobs program

Today is Wednesday, March 26 and headlines include expanding the city's summer jobs program, auditing DWP funds and looking at MWD's little-known trips.

Judge rules LA controller can audit DWP institutes

Attorneys for the DWP union had argued the non-profit training institutes, which have received more than $40 million in taxpayer funds, were exempt from public scrutiny.

Metropolitan Water District's little-known trips raise questions

A KPCC investigation raises questions about the presence of campaign donors and those with business before the MWD on the agency's weekend field trips to water facilities.

Bernard Parks is latest LA pol to make soap opera cameo

The councilman will appear on "The Bold and the Beautiful" to promote city animal shelters, following in the footsteps of noted thespians Eric Garcetti and Antonio Villaraigosa.

Maven's Morning Coffee: LAFD hiring suspension leaves candidates in limbo

Today is Monday, March 24 and headlines include fallout from the LAFD hiring program, a chat with the DWP's new general manager, and Gov. Brown's campaign warchest.

Pharrell parody video gets 'Happy' over LA's broken sidewalks

The parody video conveniently arrives as the city considers a tax hike to repair some neighborhoods' cement obstacle courses. Even the mayor is tweeting the video.