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August Toshima in his work space, Courtesy of Goro Toshima

When the world turned into a ‘zombie apocalypse’

The pandemic, from a 9-year-old’s eyes
By Mia Alva, Community News Reporter May 13, 2021

For many, the pandemic has been fraught with loneliness, economic hardships and fear of catching Covid-19 or passing it to a loved one. Not so for 9-year-old August Toshima. He felt some fear in...

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Next stop: Back to campus this fall

A personal essay about my grueling commute and learning from home
Erick Cabrera, Community News Reporter May 11, 2021

That annoying ringing. I often asked myself, “Why?” when I heard it. I would stare at the pitch dark ceiling for a few minutes then look to my left.  The time: 4:25 a.m. I’d turn off the alarm,...

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A battle with myself

My journey to overcoming an eating disorder
Genesis Gonzalez, Community News Reporter May 11, 2021

It started when I was 10 years old. “You need to start eating less,” my friend told me. That’s when it hit me: My classmates are almost all thin. Over the next few days and weeks, self-doubt...

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Hollywood producer wrote the roles she once wanted to play

Luisa Leschin has worked on 'Everybody Hates Chris,' 'George Lopez,' 'Mr. Iglesias' and now, 'Gentefied'
Krysta Pae, Community News Reporter April 29, 2021

Growing up, Luisa Leschin was surrounded by the arts and culture. Her mother was a concert pianist and her dad, a former president of El Salvador. As a child, she traveled around the world dancing...

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The pandemic’s toll: Three Eastsiders share their stories

Echo Park, Montebello and El Sereno residents describe struggles, triumphs
Mia Alva, Community News Reporter April 29, 2021

Depression, panic attacks and anxiety. These are some of the challenges faced by three Los Angeles County residents who live in Echo Park, Montebello and El Sereno, respectively. On top of the mental...

Three ovals depicting the proposed fitness center, each with a different color scheme. One is black and green, another is orange and blue and the third is black and gray.

A ‘neon’ green light for City of Bell fitness center

Sam Garcia, Community News Reporter April 27, 2021

After getting feedback and discussing the proposed look of the Ernest Debs Park Fitness Gym Rehabilitation Project at five meetings — and receiving some criticism about what was described as a “Monster...

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Huntington Park residents start online petition to recall city council members

Erick Cabrera, Community News Reporter April 22, 2021

Huntington Park residents started an informal online petition, asking for an audit and a recall of city council members. It has over 170 signatures, a small fraction of the city’s population of more...

Pivoting during a pandemic

Small Eastside business owners shares struggles and advice
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,...

Stephanie Presz plays at the DNA Lounge in San Francisco. Photo courtesy of Alan Snodgrass.

Notes of sexism in the music industry

My journey as a female drummer
Stephanie Presz, Community News Reporter April 19, 2021

“Sweetheart, could you transfer me over to a guy? I’d like to speak to someone who knows what they’re talking about.” I had heard versions of that a number of times before working at the Guitar...

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El Monte parents and students ambivalent about school reopenings this week

Ronald Cruz, Community News Reporter April 19, 2021

After weeks of trying to keep their children focused while they’re in virtual classes,  keeping track of homework assignments and in-class work, and helping them deal with the isolation of being at...

The last birthday party I shared with my sister. Photo courtesy of Stephanie Medina

My ‘forever best friend’: Love lives on after death

A personal essay about losing my sister
Stephanie Medina, Community News Reporter April 17, 2021

In some ways, Oct. 29, 2017, was a typical morning. I woke up early, showered and got ready for work. But something gnawed at me all morning and my anxiety only grew worse when my mom, Susan Raya, called...

Rodriguez sitting on his PC setup for gaming (PC - Raul Rodriguez)

Gaming provides comfort amid Covid

Cornell Chuaseco, Community News Reporter/Photojournalist April 14, 2021

As we hit the one-year mark of the pandemic, many of us have pursued different hobbies to help us relax during quarantine. One of the popular activities that people stuck at home took interest in was online...

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