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Mandio-Moya cooks barbecue on Avenue 26 on Imperial. Photo by Leslie Magaña Arias.

Street vendors’ obstacles lead to mobilizing, activism

Leslie Magaña Arias and KeAndre Berry October 5, 2023

Having to throw away food after a night of few customers. Being attacked by passersbys.  Getting your business shut down because of a rule you misunderstood. Interviews with half a dozen street vendors...

People swarming into the gates of a theme park entrance

Prices rise at Disneyland since reopening

Oscar Beltran and Trevor Megginson December 17, 2022

For many fans, Disneyland is a magical place where fairytales come to life. For some, that’s true only until they’re hit with recent ticket prices. A UT Community News analysis of ticket prices...

man standing in front of store shelves filled with products

Boyle Heights businesses battle crime

Brenda Mwingira, Community News Reporter October 13, 2022

Boyle Heights’ small businesses would thrive if it weren’t for crime and other issues related to the housing crisis. That’s according to local business owners like Carlos Mora, whose family has...

A carnival with many people of all ages having fun

El Monte Spring Fair gives small businesses a platform

Anne To, Community News Reporter May 2, 2022

Brightly colored ticket booths, bustling carnival games, and towering roller coasters drew droves of customers to the El Monte Spring Fair last month. Waiting on the sidelines were vendors offering...

Verizon Wireless float attendees dance along Santa Monica Boulevard.

Networking with other family-run businesses helps Eagle Rock events planner thrive

Gerardo De Los Santos, Community News Reporter May 2, 2022

Small businesses in Eagle Rock don’t just make the neighborhood special, but they support each other -- helping them survive threats from chain businesses and economic downturns alike. That’s according...

Angel Saavedra is organizing his plants to make it look nice for customers

The little nursery that could

Oscar Torres, Digital Editor February 23, 2022

Some kids collect rocks or trading cards. For Angel Saavedra, he collected plants as a child. He loved planting them and seeing them grow. It was a simple pleasure that brought him pure joy. Slowly,...

Liza Luna Chan taking a picture behind a white screen

Housing shortage for buyers leads some agents to shift focus to sellers

Arlyn Lopez, Community News Reporter February 14, 2022

In the third year of the pandemic, the American housing market is still stuck in a strange place with low inventory and sky-high prices. The rising costs of homes and construction materials for new...

Harrison Dang and a group of customers looking at some Hot Wheels toys.

Starting a weekend business as a side hustle during the pandemic

Anthony Aguilar, Community News Reporter February 11, 2022

Whether it was starting a new business or growing an existing one, the pandemic gave some Eastsiders a chance to exercise their entrepreneurial spirit. One such small business owner, Harrison Dang of...

Shot of the Council members (Oscar Torres/UT)

Businesses and homeowners allocated millions in federal housing funds

Oscar Torres, Community News Reporter November 17, 2021

What has the city South Gate done with its nearly $6 million in funding from the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development in the past year or so? That was the subject of part of a council...

Arturo Nunez, a small business owner, stands behind the counter at his shop while wearing a mask.

Businesses in Central Alameda are bouncing back

Brian Perez, Community News Reporter November 5, 2021

Freshening up their facades and design aesthetics, following public health guidelines and providing takeout options. These are some of the strategies that kept restaurants in Central Alameda in business...

Pivoting during a pandemic

Cornell Chuaseco, Community News Photojournalist April 19, 2021

The coronavirus pandemic led many business around Los Angeles to lay off employees or shut down altogether. Small business owners Doreen Nakama-Martinez and Adam Martinez, owners of East Los Musubi,...

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