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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
Residents of higher-income areas in Southern California used more water in March than their lower income neighbors, a KPCC analysis found.
Many eyes have turned to the manicured lawns, swimming pools and fountains in wealthy communities, with the assumption that wealthy Californians use more than their share of the state's water. So do they?
The California legislature is considering a trio of bills that would crack open the state's vast amounts of public data.
The city's bike network has been growing at a rapid clip for a decade, according to data the Los Angeles Department of Transportation provided KPCC. But gaps remain.
About 70 percent of fans won't be able to catch a game on their TV this season, so some are tuning in at sports bars or restaurants.
Despite years of effort to make streets safe for bicycles, Los Angeles still doesn't have an interconnected bike grid—at least not yet.
Each UC campus has a version of a siren used in the Iraq war that can harm hearing in just a few seconds. UCLA has used it repeatedly for crowd control.
The latest U.S. Census data show Los Angeles remains the nation's most populous county by far, with more than a quarter of Californians living there.
West Hollywood launched a million dollar safety campaign last October to make streets more safe for walkers. Early numbers show the quirky direction may be working.
Downtown Los Angeles has seen a lot of growth, but not when it comes to job growth. In 2011, only 7 percent of the region's jobs were in the city center.
Data on millions of trips shows some lines are chronically late. Other stick to their schedules most of the time. But no bus keeps up with Metro's punctual trains.
Crews could be in the area for hours fixing the mess — past pipe repairs in the Hollywood Hills took LADWP workers an average of 21.5 hours to repair.
California law enforcement agencies spent more than $400 million in proceeds from property and cash seized through the program.
Preliminary statistics show that the California Department of Motor Vehicles received 17,200 applications on Friday and another 11,100 on Saturday.
The stats reverse an earlier trend as more inexperienced or rusty riders hit the road, enticed by years of rising gas prices and a better economy.