Libby Denkmann

Senior Politics Reporter

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In Southern California, the political system is changing in front of us, from how we vote to who is running for office. I cut through the jargon and provide a “road map” for navigating our democratic process. My coverage aims to help you understand important elections, untangle policies that impact your life, and find ways to get your voice heard.

Stories by Libby Denkmann

The Latest From Echo Park As City Issues Deadline For Park To Be Cleared

The Los Angeles Police Department and city officials now say all unhoused people living at Echo Park Lake must leave by 10:30 tonight.

The Echo Park Lake Homeless Community Is Bracing For City To Clear The Park

Homeless residents and advocates are bracing for the city of Los Angeles to close Echo Park Lake and clear a tent community that has become a flashpoint for debate over the city’s responsibility towards homeless encampments.

Time Is Money For Project Roomkey And FEMA Reimbursement

Mayor Garcetti announced last week that he was releasing $75 million to continue renting hotel rooms for homeless Angelenos, extending Project Roomkey, with the promise of federal reimbursement from the Biden Administration. But Councilmembers Mike Bonin and Nithya Raman are pushing for the city to move much quicker and to widen the goal for the number of people housed.

Should CA ‘Cancel’ Rent? Stakeholders Discuss Rent Relief Options Amid The Pandemic

In a Jan. 19 report, California’s Legislative Analyst’s Office estimates the state’s renters owe $400 million in unpaid rent because of financial hardship tied to the pandemic, down from initial estimates, which were as high as $1.7 billion.

Measure J: Proposed Charter Amendment Earmarks County Revenue For Community Investment

Los Angeles County voters will have a weighty fiscal decision on their hands Nov. 3.

2020 Primary: A Few Technical Stumbles As LA County Opens Doors To New Voting Centers

The day got off to a rocky start, but a new era of in-person voting has officially begun in L.A. County.

How To Vote In California: What To Do Ahead Of The March 3 Primary Election

If you're a No Party Preference voter, pay extra attention to this guide if you want to weigh in on the next president.

Presidential Hopefuls Met Up With California Democrats This Weekend In Long Beach. Our Key Takeaways

For a brief spell at least, Southern California turned heads in the political universe with many — but not all — of the top Democratic presidential hopefuls in town.

Freshmen Democrats Talk Impeachment At Anaheim Fundraiser

Orange County Democrats took a moment on Saturday to pat themselves on the back for flipping a longtime Republican stronghold blue. 

Voters Test Drive New Balloting System At Mock Elections

Officials unveiled new ballot-marking machines that will be installed at vote centers throughout the county starting with the March 2020 primary election.

CA Is Fighting The Trump Admin Over GI Bill Payments

A weird legal loophole called the 90-10 Rule makes GI Bill payments vital to the growth of the for-profit college industry. That's made veterans targets for recruiters who may convince them to enroll in dubious programs -- only to leave them buried in debt with junk diplomas.

A First For An Army Infantry Division: A Female Commander

The Army’s 40th Infantry Division welcomed a new commander at the Joint Forces Training Base in Los Alamitos on Saturday.

GAO Says Pentagon Should Do More To Prep For Climate Change

For close to a decade, the Department of Defense has recognized the growing threat of climate change for military installations.

My Job Is To Make Sure LA Veterans’ Stories Get Told. What Do You Want To Know?

I want our listeners to understand the role vets play in our lives and the struggles they face, but I need your help.

Fallen Vietnam Sailor Raul Guerra Returns Home

Over half a century ago, a young sailor from Montebello, CA died in a plane crash in a remote, mountainous area of Vietnam.