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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.

California lawmaker calls for stricter firefighter EMT requirements

latimes.com — State Sen. Isadore Hall III (D-Compton) called for a new state law Friday requiring all firefighters and other emergency rescuers in California be certified as emergency medical technicians. His proposal follows a Los Angeles Times investigation that found nearly 1 in 4 firefighters in the Compton Fire Department lacks a valid EMT card, a key credential required by other local fire agencies.

Nearly 1 in 4 Compton firefighters are working without an EMT permit

latimes.com — Nearly one in four Compton firefighters is working without a permit to perform emergency medical care, a key credential required by other local fire agencies, a Times investigation has found. Out of 74 firefighters at the Compton Fire Department, 17 lack a valid EMT card, according to city records obtained via the California Public Records Act.

California secretary of state refuses to open arcane data systems

californiacivicdata.org — The office of California Secretary of State Alex Padilla has refused our request for the computer code that accurately extracts data from the state's campaign finance and lobbying activity database. Last year, we began an effort to create open-source software to make it easier to access and understand a raw copy of the database, known as CAL-ACCESS, published online by Padilla's predecessor.

Lessons from the first California Code Rush

californiacivicdata.org — Last week our team converged on the annual National Institute for Computer-Assisted Reporting Conference (NICAR) in Atlanta. We brought with us our California campaign finance code, dozens of open tickets, a pile of prizes and a weird idea. The pitch was simple. Submit a patch, win a prize.

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.
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Mar 30, 2015

@harrisj Don't take this the wrong way, but you're the one who finally inspired me to add a Periscope mute to go with my Meerkat one.

Mar 30, 2015

When the Cubs dare their first safety squeeze this spring, the Zim will be eating a hotdog somewhere beyond mlb.mlb.com/r/article?ymd=…

Mar 30, 2015

RT @piersmorgan: Congrats @Trevornoah on landing @TheDailyShow. My firm advice is spend a lot of time lecturing Americans on gun control. Worked for me.

Mar 30, 2015

@webjournalist seems different class to me than the "pharmacist who is against birth control" or "florist who doesn't approve of gay unions"

Mar 30, 2015

@webjournalist but then religion is a protected discrimination class. Dunno what happens.

Mar 30, 2015

@webjournalist one thing I can imagine is what if your boss at the gas station or wherever doesn't give you prayer breaks or wear the veil

Mar 30, 2015

@webjournalist do people get refused service at a business or government office? Street harassment is beyond the scope of this one.



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