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A Glimpse Into the Life of a Child Actor From Alhambra

A Glimpse Into the Life of a Child Actor From Alhambra

Daniel Lindley, Community News Reporter

May 6, 2019


Filed under Community News

Like many 5-year-olds, Marcello Reyes of Alhambra enjoys playing with friends in kindergarten and playing T-ball after school. Unlike most, he also likes going to the set of the hit TV sitcom, “Modern Family,” to play Calhoun Johnson, a guest star in Season 10. This child actor’s life provides...

Community Clashes Over Cannabis Companies

Community Clashes Over Cannabis Companies

Matthew Salcido, Community News Reporter

April 24, 2019


Filed under Community News

The city of El Monte drew fire – and nearly 100 people to a council meeting – this month over proposals to bring two marijuana cultivation, manufacturing and distribution facilities to town. The council approved the developments in a 4-1 council vote, with Council Member Jessica Ancona dissenting. Members...

Public Library Offers 3D Printer, Virtual Reality Headsets and More

Public Library Offers 3D Printer, Virtual Reality Headsets and More

Daniel Lindley, Community News Reporter

April 24, 2019


Filed under Community News

Those interested in exploring some of the newest technology of our generation can now get firsthand experience at the Alhambra library’s new Discovery Center.  The center features a 3D printer, Oculus Rift and Oculus Go virtual reality machines, sewing machines complimented by a new machine th...

A struggle to Build Trust Between Community and Police

A struggle to Build Trust Between Community and Police

Joshua Letona, Community News Reporter

April 24, 2019


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Many Americans report not trusting law enforcement in recent years because of media reports of police brutality, racial profiling and deportations of undocumented immigrants.   So police in some cities near South L.A. hold monthly gatherings to gain trust and build bridges with the community.  ...

Highland Park’s Farmers Market Reflects a Changing Neighborhood

Highland Park’s Farmers Market Reflects a Changing Neighborhood

Martha Nerio, Community News Reporter

April 24, 2019


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Years ago, Highland Park’s farmers market offered multiple taco vendors, a churro stand and other delicious fried treats. Now, it offers produce from eight farmers, a sushi vendor and just one stall with tacos. Vendors at the market, which is across the street from the Gold Line’s Highland...

Local Filmmakers: Representation is Powerful but Costs Money

Local Filmmakers: Representation is Powerful but Costs Money

Yesyka Mondejar, Community News Reporter

April 20, 2019


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JC Thomas’s documentary, in some ways, is a reflection of herself.   “What inspired me to write this story is that I suffered from depression,” she told an audience of more than 40 people, including amateur and up-and-coming filmmakers, actors and producers.  The documentary Thomas co-p...

Homeless Encampment at Park in Eagle Rock Draws Mixed Feelings

Homeless Encampment at Park in Eagle Rock Draws Mixed Feelings

Christopher Lazaro, Community News Reporter

April 20, 2019


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Eagle Rock’s neighborhood council came to a unanimous decision recently to urge its city council representative to find money and resources for safe parking spots, permanent housing and public showers for the homeless.    The proposal came from Chloé Renée Ziegler, the boulevards director of the c...

A Deal Two Years in the Making

A Deal Two Years in the Making

Denae Ayala, Community News Reporter

April 20, 2019


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Employees of the Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles may be getting pay raises soon. Union negotiators and managers struck three tentative deals similar in language that include a cost of living increase to help keep pace with inflation, according to Erica Zeitlin, the communications officer of the American Federati...

Vernon Council Unanimously Censures Mayor

Vernon Council Unanimously Censures Mayor

Rosio Flores, UT Community News Reporter

April 8, 2019


Filed under Community News

The Vernon city council last week voted to censure mayor, Yvette Woodruff-Perez, for allegedly supporting a local candidate by allowing her to lead a recent flag salute. Maria Isabel Acosta is one of three candidates running for city council and she led the flag salute at the March 5 city council...

Vernon City Council Race Draws Three Candidates

Vernon City Council Race Draws Three Candidates

Yesyka Mondejar, Community News Reporter

March 21, 2019


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Three Vernon residents who are vying for a spot on the city council described their varying priorities, including lowering rent, fighting homelessness, improving public safety, supporting local businesses, cutting government expenses and protecting the environment. The Vernon Chamber of Commerce hosted a cand...

East LA Walkouts Likened to Activism Today

Fernanda Hernandez, Community News Reporter

March 21, 2019


Filed under Community News

Much like students now – who have been active in movements such as #NeverAgain and #ImAlreadyHome – East Los Angeles high school students fought to improve their conditions. Rita Ledesma was one of the more than 15,000 students who walked out of their high schools in March 1968. She and her...

5 Ways To Support Your Local Community

5 Ways To Support Your Local Community

Rosio Flores, Community News Reporter

March 21, 2019


Filed under Community News

With all the changes happening in neighborhoods around Los Angeles, you may be wondering what you can do to improve your community and hold on to its local flavor. Check out these five easy ways to build a stronger community. Support Local Artists: Art comes in different forms and one commonly seen in South Cen...

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