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Downtown L.A.
Database Producer — LA Times
As seen in:  LA Times
Covers:  energy, data, politics, money in politics, public safety

Database producer for the Los Angeles Times Data Desk. Editor and publisher of palewi.re and pastpages.org

Ben Welsh's Biography

I am a reporter, albeit an unconventional one.

I specialize in what is called computer-assisted reporting. Journalists in the past were often hack novelists. I'm a hack computer programmer. I use computers to collect, organize, analyze and present large amounts of information.

I work at the Los Angeles Times, a daily newspaper and 24-hour website based in Southern California.

I am also the editor and publisher of PastPages, an ...

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What tools and software do you use to do your job?

Python, PostGIS, Django, HTML, JavaScript

Did you work for your high school newspaper? If so, what did you do there?

No.

2015 Los Angeles city primary election results

graphics.latimes.com — Below are complete results from Tuesday's Los Angeles primary. Candidates with more than 50% of the vote will win, otherwise the top two vote getters will advance to the general election in June.

LAFD failed to inspect hundreds of hazardous sites, state says

latimes.com — The Los Angeles Fire Department has failed to properly inspect hundreds of hazardous sites scattered across the city, exposing the public to increased risks from potential spills and mishandling of toxic substances, according to a state report released Friday.

LAFD chief responds to state hazardous waste audit

LAFD failed to properly inspect hundreds of hazardous sites, state says

latimes.com — The Los Angeles Fire Department has failed to properly inspect hundreds of hazardous sites scattered across the city, exposing the public to increased risks from potential spills and mishandling of toxic substances, according to a state report released Friday.

Join the California Code Rush at NICAR 2015

californiacivicdata.org — The California Civic Data Coalition needs you. Our team is attending the annual National Institute for Computer-Assisted Reporting Conference in Atlanta. And we're bringing with us a to-do list with dozens of tickets, of all shapes and sizes, to continue our quest to master CAL-ACCESS, the golden state's campaign cash database.

OpenNews fellows liberate crucial California elections data

californiacivicdata.org — A new release of our software for analyzing the millions of dollars spent to influence California elections now features crucial data withheld by the state. The upgrade comes thanks to members of the 2015 class of Knight-Mozilla OpenNews fellows, who joined us last month in Los Angeles to improve our open-source system for downloading and parsing the California Secretary of State's CAL-ACCESS database.

New packages deploy CAL-ACCESS apps with Docker, Chef

californiacivicdata.org — This morning we're releasing a set of open-source packages that aim to make it easier to deploy our tools for acquiring and analyzing CAL-ACCESS, the California Secretary of State's campaign finance database. django-calaccess-project-template is a custom template for initializing a preconfigured Django project with our applications already installed and ready to roll.

RAND Corp. report on LAFD hiring

documents.latimes.com — The controversial process for hiring firefighters at the Los Angeles Fire Department needs another overhaul, according to a new study released Thursday. The 150-page report, prepared for the city by experts at the Rand Corp., features a series of proposals to fix a hiring system Mayor Eric Garcetti rebooted last year amid concerns of nepotism and mismanagement.

Report calls for another overhaul in hiring of LAFD firefighters

latimes.com — The controversial process for hiring firefighters at the Los Angeles Fire Department needs another overhaul, according to a new study released Thursday. The 150-page report, prepared for the city by experts at the Rand Corp., features a series of proposals to fix a hiring system Mayor Eric Garcetti rebooted last year amid concerns of nepotism and mismanagement.

New LAFD class is nearly all male; 20% have relatives in the ranks

latimes.com — The first new class of Los Angeles Fire Department recruits since Mayor Eric Garcetti overhauled the city's firefighter hiring process this year is half white and nearly all male, according to data released Tuesday evening. One in five is related to an LAFD member.
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Mar 05, 2015

@ryanpitts way more than I expected. Glad the #NICAR15 commons had a TV projector.

Mar 05, 2015

With #NICAR15 commons time winding down, California Code Rush has logged 40 pull requests from 21 new contributors! github.com/california-civ…

Mar 05, 2015

Yo #NICAR15, @txtianmiller says he wants the Blue Bottle beans from our swaglode. But you can beta him to it here: californiacivicdata.org/2015/02/26/cod…

Mar 05, 2015

BREAKING: @txtianmiller joined Code Rush, registered on GitHub & made first open-source commit at #NICAR15! #padwan pic.twitter.com/WubGIrsJbd

Mar 05, 2015

@chrisalcantara we have commons space this afternoon. Or just come bug me anytime.

Mar 05, 2015

BOOM! @nmulvad on the board with a California Code Rush commit. To learn Github & earn a sticker find me at #NICAR15 pic.twitter.com/ruZzHRjXAK



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