The Los Angeles Times is a wake-up call for what is happening in L.A.

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Last week, in an hour-and-a-half long meeting, L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and City Atty. Carmen Trutanich issued a joint statement apologizing to the City Council for the ongoing Los Angeles Times series “In Defense of LA” detailing the extent of the city’s racial and economic disparity.

The Times series was a wake-up call for what was happening in L.A., which has been the subject of public shaming for years.

The City Council is now on probation and will be allowed no further editorializing in the future until they have taken certain actions.

So, what are their plans to improve L.A.? The full statement:

I was surprised to read your editorial about our city in defense of Los Angeles, and I was deeply saddened by the way our community reacted.

The story is a wake-up call for all of us who believe in an open and inclusive city that treats all people fairly. We hope we will learn from this experience, and we will be better prepared to prevent the similar missteps that plagued us last week.

Our goal is to improve the lives of all families. That means reducing the disparity between the rich and the poor by providing opportunity for all, and we will make that more apparent than ever.

We will be looking to the City Atty. Carmen Trutanich and the Department of Finance and Business Affairs for guidance as we make this effort.

But right now, our top priority is the safety of all our children — we will immediately reinstate our truancy program, including the new policy of no expulsions for first-time truants, and we will increase the size of the truancy task force.

We have also decided to send a new report of the status of Los Angeles Unified’s truancy program to the Los Angeles City Council

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