Lexis-Olivier Ray is an award-winning staff investigative reporter for L.A. TACO known for holding powerful people in Los Angeles accountable and his reporting on Los Angeles culture. As well as an artist and filmmaker. In 2022, the Society of Professional Journalists’ Los Angeles chapter named Ray one of their “distinguished journalists.” This year, Ray won a second place Anthem Award in their Health Innovation category for a texting service geared towards the unhoused community and service providers that he launched in 2021 with L.A. TACO and Subtext. Ray was a 2020 USC Center For Health Journalism (CHJ) Data Fellow. As well as a 2022 CHJ Impact Fellow. As a freelancer, Ray has contributed to the L.A. Times, Men’s Health Magazine, KCET and SFGATE.
L.A. County Sheriff’s Deputy Punched Young Mother Holding Three-Week-Old Baby Twice In The Face During Arrest
A Los Angeles sheriff's deputy punched a young mother “twice in the face” as she held onto a three-week-old infant in her arms during an arrest in Palmdale a year ago. Video of the incident is now circulating online.
Uniformed Los Angeles Airport Police and Firefighters Take Selfies With Former President Donald Trump at LAX
Social media users criticized the law enforcement officers and firefighters for seemingly endorsing a candidate running for office while in uniform and collecting a tax-payer-funded check.
New City Controller Report Finds Over $70 Million in Unspent City Funds
More than $70 million dollars in city funding has gone unspent for years, and in some cases more than a decade, according to a new report from the Los Angeles City Controller.
Unhoused Residents Displaced During Heatwave Ahead of Councilmember Bob Blumenfield’s ‘Fireworks Extravaganza’ in The Valley
“The specific location of this encampment is feet away from where the fireworks will be launched and directly under where shells of those fireworks can come down...regardless of if they are housed or unhoused,” the Communications Director for Councilmember Bob Blumenfield’s office said in a statement.
‘Another Year of More People Living on the Streets,’ Homelessness Increases 10 Percent in Los Angeles
Thousands of more people live in makeshift shelters, vans, and cars than a year ago. On any given night, there are more than 75,000 people experiencing homelessness in LA County and more than 46,000 people in the City of Los Angeles, according to LAHSA.
Multiple Stampedes End Juneteenth Festival In Leimert Park, Jazmine Sullivan Cancels Performance
According to the LAPD, “around 7:50 p.m., Southwest Division patrol officers responded to the area of Stocker Street and Leimert Boulevard for multiple radio calls of shots fired.” A spokesperson said that “upon arrival, officers determined that there was no evidence of a shooting.”
Mayor Bass Moved About Two Dozen Homeless People Into A Motel Known for Criminal Activity and Prostitution
Last month, the city of Los Angeles moved people living on the streets into a motel that was previously declared a “public nuisance” and had been a source for criminal activity for more than a decade, according to officials