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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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The state collected police shooting and use of force data for the first time — and found black people are shot at or hurt at triple their proportion of the population.
Californians used five percent more water per capita this June than in 2016, when the state was suffering through a fifth year of drought. Gains were higher in some areas of SoCal.
At least three bridesmaids got their dresses, despite the company's abrupt closure. Its bankruptcy filing suggests more than 2,000 Californians await dresses.
The plan relies heavily on incentives to switch trucks and equipment over to zero emission technology, which critics say will not be ready, or cost effective, in time.
Colorado and Washington saw searches by police officers fall sharply after legalizing marijuana — a trend that could have implications for California.
Gomez trounced Ahn by putting up big margins at precincts in Downtown Los Angeles and East Los Angeles. Explore precinct-level, semi-official results in this map.
Californians used more water this April than they did in April 2016, according to state data. SoCal's water use was behind the uptick.
Voters in the 34th Congressional District in the Los Angeles pick their next U.S. House member Tuesday. If fundraising is any indication, the results may be close.
Monica Rodriguez will be headed to the Los Angeles City Council and KellyGonez will join the L.A. Unified School District board, according to final election results.