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Lexis-Olivier Ray

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.

A$AP Rocky’s ‘Assault with a Firearm’ Case Will Likely Go To Trial Next Year

Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascón's office filed charges against the rapper in August 2022 for allegedly shooting A$AP Relli, a high school friend and collaborator, during a “heated” confrontation in Hollywood in 2021.

November 21, 2023

Three Pedestrians Were Hit by Drivers in Arlington Heights on Tuesday, Leaving Two Dead

Of the roughly 260 traffic collision fatalities that have occurred in the city of L.A. as of late October, 138 involved pedestrians being struck by a driver, Crosstown L.A. reported. That’s a 14 percent increase compared to the same time-period last year.

November 15, 2023

1 Out of 6 City Jobs in L.A. Still Vacant, According to City Controller Report

The controller’s analysis found that the workforce shortage is putting more pressure on existing workers to carry heavier workloads to make up for staffing shortages, “leading to an increase in overtime costs, labor tension, stress and potential increases in worker compensations costs over the long run.”

November 14, 2023

New Rip City Skates Documentary Looks Into Survival of Santa Monica’s Oldest Skate Shop

It's "one of the only places in Santa Monica that hasn’t been rearranged and decimated,” Dogtown legend Tony Alva says in ‘Kinda Crazy,’ a new short documentary film exploring the legacy of Rip City Skates and the cousins responsible for the iconic skate shop.

November 13, 2023

LAPD SWAT Deploys Robot Police Dog During Standoff With Man Sleeping Next to BB Gun

Early media reports and a tweet from the LAPD suggested that the man on the bus had a “firearm” at his feet. However, this afternoon, an LAPD spokesperson confirmed with L.A. TACO that only a “BB gun” was recovered from the scene.

November 8, 2023

Video: Veteran LAPD Officer Chokes Handcuffed R&B Producer After He Spits At Him During Mental Health Crisis

Body-worn camera footage captured LAPD Officer Oswaldo Pedemonte choking a suicidal music producer who was handcuffed to a gurney in North Hollywood last month, after the producer appeared to spit in the officer’s direction.

November 6, 2023

CD14 Candidate Wendy Carrillo Arrested For Driving With a Blood-Alcohol Count At Least ‘Double the Legal Limit’

Jail records reviewed by L.A. TACO show that Carrillo was arrested at 1:35 AM on Friday and officially booked at around four in the morning.

November 3, 2023

USC Student Allegedly Raped by Lyft Driver on Halloween Night

“Based on the information available at this time, we have not identified a report or ride matching the description and can’t confirm it involved the Lyft platform,” a spokesperson for Lyft told L.A. TACO on Thursday.

November 2, 2023

LAPD’s Fireworks Explosion in South L.A. Has Cost Taxpayers More Than $9 Million, According to City Controller

So far, the city has spent more than four and half million dollars covering the costs of keeping dozens of families sheltered, mostly in a Downtown hotel.

November 2, 2023