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Ben Welsh
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Only female in LAFD's class of firefighter recruits resigns http://lat.ms/1mA5H1K
The only women selected for a controversial class of Los Angeles Fire Department recruits has resigned in the latest setback to a decades-long effort to increase the number of women in the department’s ranks.
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#LA 's  Eastside: Where do you draw the line? http://maps.latimes.com/debates/eastside/
With no official definition, there's no official answer. So we are hosting a debate here where readers can draw their own mapsand share how they define L.A.'s Eastside.
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LAFD launches overhaul of procedures for handling 911 calls
The Los Angeles Fire Department is launching a sweeping overhaul of cumbersome 911 call handling procedures that officials say contribute to delays in getting rescuers to victims in life-threatening medical emergencies.
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Los Angeles fire officials are dramatically changing how rescuers respond to mass shootings after a gunman with a high-powered rifle mortally wounded a federal security officer in a shooting rampage last month at LAX.

The new goal is to have #LAFD firefighters, protected by armed law enforcement teams, rapidly enter potentially dangerous areas during active shooting incidents to treat victims and rush them to hospital trauma centers.

Read all about it at http://lat.ms/warmzone
Firefighters and paramedics, under police protection, will now enter 'warm zones' to quickly treat and evacuate the wounded.
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+Michael Finnegan and I dug deep into Gov. +Jerry Brown's  fundraising effort for this story in today's +Los Angeles Times.

What we found is that in his drive for a fourth and final term as California governor, the longtime liberal icon has transformed from one of the leading critics of money in politics to the master of a machine that routinely calls on lobbyists and corporations to contribute six-figure checks.
Twenty years ago, one of the first callers to Jerry Brown 's radio show, "We the People," asked whether campaign money had influenced him as governor in the 1970s and '80s.
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More than 10,000 applicants are seeking to join the ranks of the LAFD, according to data released Monday, as the city rushes to reboot a hiring process halted earlier this year amid concerns of nepotism and mismanagement.
More than 10,000 applicants are seeking to join the ranks of the Los Angeles Fire Department , ;according to data released Monday , as the city rushes to reboot a hiring process halted earlier this year amid concerns of nepotism and mismanagement.
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Mayor Eric Garcetti wants to merge LA's police and fire dispatch centers into one operation http://lat.ms/1jGAHwy
L.A. mayor's $8.1-billion proposed budget also delays a promised cut in the city business tax. Critics are already speaking out.
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The Los Angeles city Fire Commission on Tuesday named a lawyer from the office of Mayor Eric Garcetti as the #LAFD's new internal watchdog.
The Los Angeles city Fire Commission on Tuesday named a lawyer from the office of Mayor Eric Garcetti as the Fire Department's new internal watchdog.
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Garcetti orders release of city data, but scope uncertain. http://lat.ms/1fooJ7x
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has ordered his administration ;to start posting vast troves of city data on a public ;website early next year, saying he wanted to “promote transparency and accountability.”
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Database Producer
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Journalism, computer programming, data analysis, cartography
Employment
  • Los Angeles Times
    Database Producer, 2008 - present
  • The Center for Public Integrity
    Assistant Database Editor, 2006 - 2008
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Los Angeles, CA
Previously
Swisher, IA - Chicago, IL - Columbia, MO - Washington, DC - Los Angeles, CA - Falls Church, VA
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(213) 473-2624
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A reporter, albeit an unconventional one
Introduction
Database producer for The Los Angeles Times' Data Desk. Editor and publisher of palewi.re and pastpages.org.
Education
  • Cedar Rapids Prairie
    High School Diploma, 1996 - 2000
  • DePaul University
    Bachelor of Arts, 2000 - 2004
  • University of Missouri–Columbia
    Master of Arts in Journalism, 2004 - 2006
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Benjamin