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  • The Station Fire

    Los Angeles County's largest fire in history, the Station fire, was made worse by the U.S. Forest Service's attempt to minimize costs and scale back measures to fight it.
  • Billboard Confidential

    This story was an investigation into the billboard industry in the City of Los Angeles. They found a business blatantly breaking the law by placing thousands of illegal signs all over the city, and government officials doing nothing to stop it. The story revealed the Los Angeles City Council made sweetheart deals with certain sign companies, allowing them to break the city's own zoning laws. Some of these deals were done behind closed doors, with no input from the community. This relationship seemed to benefit both parties. The journalists revealed every single council member received campaign contributions from members of the billboard industry, who in turn made millions -- if not billions -- off of LA's streetscapes
  • The Grim Sleeper

    Pelisek's story details a secret the Los Angeles police were shielding from the public: "that a serial murderer had begun killing Angelenos since 1985, taking a 13-year hiatus before recently resuming his bloody assaults almost exclusively in a poor, black sector of the city." DNA evidence linked a single killer to several murders of mostly young women, drug users and prostitutes. It was Pelisek that informed families of some of the victims that their daughters' murder was the work of a serial killer.
  • Contaminated Water

    The country's second largest school district knowingly exposed many of its students to drinking water that contained an unsafe amount of lead. It was uncovered that the Los Angeles Unified School District knew decades ago that the water was tainted.
  • Billboards Gone Wild

    LA Weekly was the first newspaper in Los Angeles to seriously investigate a decade-long losing battle by Los Angeles City Hall to reign in illegal billboards.
  • The All About Me Mayor

    Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is known for holding endless press conferences, flying around the world and campaigning for presidential candidates. The author, using a California Public Records Request, received the mayor's work schedule from may through July and found that Villaraigosa had spend only 11 percent of his time on "real, roll up your sleeves work."
  • The Gender Boondoggle

    Christine Pelisek probed a department steeped in tradition yet struggling to improve its image following a series of fire house pranks and allegations of racism and cover-ups. The result was a fascinating, controversial story that helped fuel calls for an inspector general or independent assessor to review the LAFD's problems with minorities and women. A proposal linked to this story was slated for the 2009 Los Angeles municipal ballot
  • Donald T. Sterling's Skid Row Mirage

    According to advertisements he distributed in the media, Los Angeles Clippers basketball owner Donald T. Sterling was building a new homeless center in downtown LA. But after L.A. Weekly did some investigating, they found he wasn't close to constructing anything. In fact, he was still looking for a homeless service provider to raise the $50 million needed to build the Donald T. Sterling Homeless Center.
  • Contaminated

    "This series of undercover reports exposes dangerous health and food safety problems at a major facility that distributes food to thousands of restaurants and stores in Southern California and wester U.S. We revealed how food from L.A.'s huge 7th Street Wholesale Produce Market... is getting contaminated before it even gets to the restaurants." They also found that the Los Angeles County Health officials knew about this and had done nothing about it.
  • What Really Happened at Fire Station 5?

    "These stories followed a year in the life of the Los Angeles Fire Department as it fought claims of racial, gender and workplace discrimination. The stories also centered on teh City Attorney's Office and how it handlede the bulk of lawsuits and claims -- amidst public outrage."