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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


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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


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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...

American Red Cross Brings Fire Safety to Huntington Park

American Red Cross Brings Fire Safety to Huntington Park

Joshua Letona, Community News Reporter

March 21, 2019


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The American Red Cross is more than just blood drives. On a recent Saturday, volunteers for the group installed hundreds of smoke alarms in local homes as part of the sixth annual “Sound the Alarm” event in Huntington Park. “We have over 100 volunteers and we have about 170 appointments. Each home will get ...

Overcoming the Stigma of Mental Illness

Overcoming the Stigma of Mental Illness

Rosio Flores, Community News Reporter

March 21, 2019


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Michelle Morales, 22, struggles with depression but feels as if her mother is more worried about her physical health than emotional health. “My mom would kind of mock me and say, ‘Oh, don’t talk to her. She’s depressed.’ She would see it as a joke or confuse it for laziness,” said Michelle ...

Huntington Park Voters Say “yes” to a Possible New Costco

Huntington Park Voters Say “yes” to a Possible New Costco

Joshua Letona, Community News Reporter

March 21, 2019


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Huntington Park residents overwhelmingly voted to support bringing a new Costco to their city. Nearly 1,900 voted “yes” and 304 voted “no” on the advisory measure this month, which asked if they want city leaders to move forward by negotiating with the wholesale store, according to the Los An...

Traditional Methods, Modern Messages

Traditional Methods, Modern Messages

Darwin Lopez, Community News Reporter

March 13, 2019


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A wild, abstract sunset -- made of bold embroidered lines on canvas. Strips of cardboard boxes assembled into a pattern, like buildings on a map. Black and white drawings of a woman slowly standing up from fetal position. This is just some of the artwork on display through March at the nonprofit South...

Dreams Deferred? Some Community Members Say Proposal is Already Having an ‘Impact’

Dreams Deferred? Some Community Members Say Proposal is Already Having an ‘Impact’

Marissa Chavez and Matthew Salcido, Community News Reporters

March 8, 2019


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Cal State LA’s new proposal to raise admissions standards isn’t due to the Cal State University system chancellor yet, but it’s apparently already discouraging some community college students who were preparing to transfer. “This situation is disappointing,” said Rose Gonzales, a third-year at East Los A...

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

March 7, 2019


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The Eagle Rock recreation center is a place where children from a nearby school go for gym class. It’s the spot where kids whose families have lived for generations in the neighborhood play alongside children who are new to the area. It’s also adjacent to two rows of about half a dozen tents...

Popular Weekly Night Market May Move

Popular Weekly Night Market May Move

Monica Tamayo, Community News Digital Editor

March 7, 2019


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On a recent Friday night, people attending the night market in La Puente walked past sweet smells of crepes, popcorn, tortas and other treats while children waved bubble wands and ran around, their faces painted with butterflies and lions. In the middle of the intersection of the two main streets where...

Eagle Rock Residents Plead to Make Park ADA-Compliant

Eagle Rock Residents Plead to Make Park ADA-Compliant

Christopher Lazaro, Community News Reporter

February 22, 2019


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More than 30 years after the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act, a 4-year-old Eagle Rock resident can’t play in her neighborhood park because it isn’t ADA compliant. “We can’t push her wheelchair onto the sand in the playground area, let alone onto any playground equipment. She...

Ice Cream Shop Owner in South Central LA Sees Dream Melting Away

Ice Cream Shop Owner in South Central LA Sees Dream Melting Away

Rosio Flores, Community News Reporter

February 21, 2019


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When Antonia Kania opened her ice cream shop last Fall in South Central Los Angeles, where she grew up, it was childhood dream come true. That dream was in peril just months later, when a Baskin-Robbins set up shop just one block away. Pop’s Ice Cream Shop, a name that pays homage to Kania’s...

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