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The Television, Film and Media Studies department hosted a celebration of the 30th anniversary of Blood In Blood Out.

Celebrating the 30th anniversary of ‘Blood In Blood Out’

Leslie Magaña Arias, Senior Multimedia Reporter February 1, 2024

The Television, Film, and Media Studies department hosted the “Blood In Blood Out” book release published by Hat & Beard Press, along with a film screening to celebrate the 30th anniversary.    TVFM...

Representative discusses community plans with Hermon residents at council meeting. Photo taken by Ashley Romero

Opinion: If neighborhood councils want to engage residents, meetings must be more accessible

Ashley Romero, Community News Reporter December 19, 2023

I was excited to attend my first neighborhood council meeting this fall, a finance and outreach meeting in Hermon. As I walked around, I didn’t see any signs. Some people were in the church across...

Illustration by Rebeca Hernandez.

More Alhambra residents report mental health issues

Arturo Orellana, Community News Reporter December 18, 2023

Crime. Drugs. Post-pandemic anxiety. Greater awareness of mental health issues. Whatever the reason, a higher percentage of Alhambra residents reported their mental health is “not good” in recent...

A recently shuttered Rite Aid at 959 Crenshaw Blvd in Los Angeles, CA on Nov. 26, 2023. Photo by Jackson Tammariello.(1)

Some South L.A. neighborhoods lack nearby pharmacies, data finds

Jackson Tammariello, Community News Reporter December 17, 2023

Maria Ruiz feels that South Los Angeles has been “a forgotten city for so long,” in so many ways. One way is the dearth of pharmacies.  The South Central resident treks more than a mile from...

Esther preparing an elote for a customer while standing under her rainbow umbrella. Photo by Gisselle Mauricio

Life is tough for Glassell Park street vendor – but she is tougher

Gisselle Mauricio, Community News Reporter December 16, 2023

Seventeen years ago, Esther Hernandez left her home country, Mexico, for a better life. Street vending in Glassell Park provided that better life but when her husband fell ill, the life they built together...

Molcajete from the La Sirena tortilleria. Photo taken by Andre Rueda.

Gone but not forgotten: The saga of my family’s tortilleria in El Sereno

Andre Rueda, Community News Reporter December 16, 2023

It was a few days before Christmas when my grandmother realized that she did not have nearly enough time nor the ingredients to prepare her homemade tamales. Nearly 50 guests would be expected for the...

Monterey Park City Council doing the pledge of allegiance. Photo taken by Jonathan Chung.

Monterey Park plans discusses reducing air pollution

Jonathan Chung, Community News Reporter December 16, 2023

Monterey Park is one of 14 California cities that have not switched over to electric use equipment and vehicles. That’s information from a presentation by the South Coast Air Quality Management District...

Katy Chen spoke up at the Alhambra city council meeting in late September. Photo courtesy of the city.

Gun control gains traction in cities like Alhambra

Arturo Orellana, Community News Reporter December 15, 2023

In response to the 2023 mass shooting in Monterey Park, the city council of Alhambra discussed three ordinances in late September to curb gun violence and passed one, but is it enough?  That was the...

Sam Groft stares at his reflection. Photo taken by Tristan Longwell.

Unhoused LA residents report trauma, mental illness, addiction and housing prices as key obstacles

Tristan Longwell, Editor-in-Chief December 15, 2023

On a recent afternoon, 43-year-old Sam Groft pulled out of his red and beige tent red wine he received for the holidays. It’s something small that many Los Angelenos take for granted. A full bottle...

Owner Suzanne Eggli placing a seal on a finished cake. Photo taken by Sasha Funes.

Her love for her family and community fueled her bakery

Sasha Funes, Community News Reporter December 15, 2023

Who starts a business centered on something she herself dislikes? Someone who loves her family and values what they like even more. Suzanne Eggli’s current career all started with her family’s...

Joseph Mancillas Florence resident.  Photo by Arturo Orellana

Crime rate doubles in just a few years, putting residents on edge

Arturo Orellana, Community News Reporter December 2, 2023

The crime rate in the Florence-Firestone neighborhood of South Los Angeles County more than doubled just since 2019. Its violent crime rate per 100,000 residents was 2,659 in 2021, up from 823 in 2019,...

University Times staff interviewing a voter.

A ‘perfect storm’ in South Central LA: Bumps in crime, businesses closing

Jonathan Chung, Community News Reporter December 1, 2023

South Central Los Angeles is working to rebound from the pandemic years when there was a bump in crime and a depressed economy due to businesses closing or losing sales. Many people and businesses were...

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