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I use data to power accountability journalism. That means digging through databases and public records to uncover stories about how your identity and zip code can affect the kind of justice you get in Southern California.
As a data reporter, my work spans different beats. I’ve covered the avalanche of outside money in local politics, spiking firearms sales, Los Angeles’ bicycle infrastructure, and police militarization. I helped build a unique database on police shootings in Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties for KPCC’s Officer Involved project.
I attended Macalester College and the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism and got my start in journalism at KFAI Fresh Air Radio in Minneapolis.
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Stories by Aaron Mendelson
Lottery losses are felt more acutely in certain neighborhoods: KPCC/LAist reviewed store-by-store sales data from the lottery, revealing that those booming sales happen disproportionately in census tracts that are low-income and non-white.
The California Lottery is minting money. This year, revenues will soar to $6.9 billion. That should be good news for the state’s schools, the lottery's only beneficiary. Yet even as ticket sales have skyrocketed, California schools aren’t seeing much of a return on that investment
Follow the latest on all the news from Tuesday's California primary election here, including updated results.
KPCC charted voter turnout in each of California's 58 counties, stretching back to the midterm primary in 1990. The elections are typically low turnout, even by California standards. 2018's midterms will decide which party controls Congress and help determine the next governor.
State Senator Tony Mendoza and Assemblymember Cristina Garcia, both Democrats, have lagged behind their competitors in fundraising.
The Sheriff's inspector general has ordered a review of a shooting investigation and other issues raised by KPCC's podcast "Repeat," which looked at deputies with multiple shootings.
The latest scheduled eviction of homeless people living in a large-scale encampment in Orange County comes after a dramatic week in in the county, where officials are struggling to handle a growing homeless crisis.
The suit is of great interest to Southern California's estimated 27,000 Samoans. Of the 16 U.S. territories, American Samoa is the only one whose residents aren't U.S. citizens.
"No one wants to have or host this difficult population. Who's willing to step up?"
The nation's president has finally come to California. Just after 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Donald Trump set foot in California for the first time as president — more than 400 days into his term.
The city has paid out millions since 2011 for settlements or judgments involving allegations of sexual harassment and assault.
Until recently, the city of LA's Personnel Department had received just 35 reports of harassment in a five-year stretch. Recently, reports have drastically increased.
As Garcetti ponders a run for the White House in 2020, his activity in the 2018 midterms represent an early entrance onto the national stage.
The Thomas Fire burned through more than 440 square miles and left several communities vulnerable to the mudslides that would ultimately hit earlier this week.
That amounts to roughly one shooting every fifth day. It's in line with the trend of recent years.