Housing Is A Human Right
Housing Is A Human Right Special Investigator Patrick Range McDonald writes an exposé about California State Sen. Scott Wiener’s troubling financial connections to Big Real Estate. Wiener pushes a harmful “trickle-down” housing agenda that activists say fuels gentrification, but generates billions for his political patrons.
McDonald conducts a sweeping investigation about government-sanctioned gentrification in Los Angeles that’s devastating middle- and working-class residents. Mayor Eric Garcetti stands at the center of this largely untold story. It’s a must-read cautionary tale for the nation.
In Compton, California, L.A. Weekly staff writer Patrick Range McDonald embeds himself with parents and education reform activists as they attempt a heroic takeover of a failing elementary school through a cutting-edge state law known as the “Parent Trigger.”
Winner of the Los Angeles Press Club’s “Best News Feature” award, and inspired the film “Won’t Back Down,” starring Maggie Gyllenhaal and Viola Davis
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa executed an unprecedented, and punishing, raid on Los Angeles public library system. McDonald reveals that L.A. joins the dying city of Detroit as the only significant U.S. municipality to close down its libraries twice weekly — and students, senior citizens, immigrants, the unemployed, and young people in crime-plagued neighborhoods suffer the consequences. The eye-popping feature story is credited for restoring funding for L.A.’s public libraries.
Winner of the Association of Alternative Newsmedia’s “Public Service” award
From posing for a wax museum sculpture to constantly flying out of town to raise campaign cash, L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa spends the vast majority of his day on things that benefit him, not Angelenos. McDonald’s shocking investigation of the mayor’s daily schedule rocks L.A. City Hall — and outrages the public.
President Barack Obama called Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa “one of the finest leaders we have in this country.” But Patrick Range McDonald explains the mayor’s actual legacy boils down to deep disappointment, unrealized potential, and brazen betrayal.
In the broccoli and strawberry fields of central California, LGBT farmworkers face everything from unprovoked violence to unfair pay cuts simply for being who they are. McDonald reports about how a grassroots legal project bravely fights for change.