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Mural celebrating South LA activist also faces some community backlash

Screenshot of Marcel “Sel” Blanco’s Instagram post, courtesy of Mr. Blanco, showcasing the mural he painted for Estrella Jalisco in South Gate. Credit: Tahiti Salinas screenshot of post.
November 29, 2020

In September, South Gate residents were treated to vibrant new artwork on the facade of a local flower shop: A yellow mural featuring a man painted blue, holding a microphone out, as if to the community. “When...

The rise in street vending in El Monte has caused vendors more difficulties than ever expected

Photo of Pushin Fruits LA stand, photo courtesy of Jorge Urrea from @pushinfruits_la on Instagram.
The rise in street vending in El Monte has caused vendors more difficulties than ever expected
November 29, 2020

A state law intended to decriminalize street vending has led to an abundance of food options in certain areas such as Valley Boulevard in El Monte. Some of the loyal customers who wait in lines — for...

Some South Gate residents sound the alarm on proposed housing project

Screenshot of South Gate’s city council meeting showing mayor Maria Davila and city manager Michael Flad who are saying their goodbyes to Joe Perez who is transferring to a different city. Credit: Tahiti Salinas
Concerns include rental prices and possible contamination
November 29, 2020

To build apartments that are higher density than normally allowed, developers in the city of South Gate can agree to provide affordable housing. Gonzales-Goodale Architects and Newport Ventures did...

Inglewood residents help each other get through economic crisis

Three city of Inglewood council members sitting at the dais.
November 29, 2020

As the pandemic continues putting a strain on families in Inglewood, community members and leaders have been working to help their neighbors and each other. Business closures or reductions in hours...

Free transportation, food and shelter is available for seniors and others in need

Four individuals who participated in the meeting. Top left (Nancy), Top Right (Mariella), Bottom left (John), Bottom right (Raquel). (Photo Taken by Natalie Alcala)
November 29, 2020

Senior citizens are most vulnerable to contracting COVID-19, which means access to food, housing and other services, provided safely, are even more important to them than the general population. That...

Community fridge in La Puente brings hope during uncertain times

A fridge in the doorway. It reads
November 18, 2020

People receiving help from food pantries can sometimes feel ashamed, guilty or desperate. Considering the world is confronting the worst recession since the Great Depression, area residents and...

Some South Gate residents sound the alarm on proposed housing project

Screenshot of housing presentation demonstrating the site plan for the Legacy Apartments.
Concerns include rental prices and possible contamination
November 16, 2020

To build apartments that are higher density than normally allowed, developers in the city of South Gate can agree to provide affordable housing. Gonzales-Goodale Architects and Newport Ventures did...

Controversial Lincoln Heights housing project discussed after leaders bicker

Developers imagine the proposed Avenue 34 project in Lincoln Heights as a lively, mixed-use development. (Illustration courtesy of Lincoln Heights Neighborhood Council)
One resident called the quarrel “an absolute ridiculous display”
November 5, 2020

A Lincoln Heights neighborhood meeting on Oct. 14 about planning and land use — including a proposed 468-unit housing complex in Lincoln Heights — had a slow and messy start. The committee members...

LA County takes a step toward addressing unused oil wells

PS126 Investments LLC on Belmont and Rockwood Ave. has six of ten oil wells labeled idle since 2018
November 4, 2020

Unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County still had 1,046 active oil wells, 637 idle wells and 2,731 abandoned wells as of June 1. That’s partly why the county’s Board of Supervisors took action...

Rent relief extension approved for Inglewood residents

Three city of Inglewood council members sitting at the dais.
City leaders criticized over use of funds
October 29, 2020

Inglewood city council members approved a one-month extension on the COVID-19 rent relief program for city residents. The 36-minute meeting late last month was also punctuated by a spirited public comment...

Inglewood OKs LA Clippers stadium

An image of a stadium with the NFL letters and logo on top from the city of Inglewood site.
Some residents worry about gentrification, housing prices
October 29, 2020

The reconstruction of the Forum back in 2014, the construction of the SoFi Stadium, the Los Angeles Rams’ new high-tech home. And, the forthcoming Los Angeles Clippers basketball arena. These are...

California measure seeks to fund government and education by increasing property taxes on bigger businesses

Rivera Middle School (Denae Ayala/Community News)
Business owners worry about the impact on the economy, their employees and customers
October 21, 2020

Does COVID-19 pose the biggest threat to the economy and property values this year? Some business owners say the new Prop. 15 might be a close second.  California’s 1978 taxpayers revolt was led...

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