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People swarming into the gates of a theme park entrance

Prices rise at Disneyland since reopening

Oscar Beltran and Trevor Megginson December 17, 2022

For many fans, Disneyland is a magical place where fairytales come to life. For some, that’s true only until they’re hit with recent ticket prices. A UT Community News analysis of ticket prices...

Black garbage bags on sidewalk with trash around it

Controversy over how to pick a trash hauler in Rosemead

Thomas Davila, Community News Reporter December 16, 2022

Should Rosemead pay a consultant nearly $140,000 to find a new trash hauler -- or renew its longtime garbage company, Republic Services? Council members debated that issue recently. A council member...

An illustration of musicians at nighttime and musical notes above

Opting for a steady income and professional growth

Vincent Moc and Thomas Davila December 13, 2022

Electricity employee’s job gives him time to enjoy his hobbies By Thomas Davila Some people live to work. Others work to live. Frank Martinez works to fight. He enjoys practicing combat sports...

A photo of Sydy Styles, a family-owned womens clothing store.

Inglewood small business blames Starbucks for drop in sales

Saadia Jones, Community News Reporter November 17, 2022

As if pandemic-related closures and more recently, inflation, weren’t enough, gentrification is taking a toll on Inglewood and businesses such as Sydy Styles Fashion, a women's clothing store. That's...

shelves filled with tobaccos

Prop. 31: Measure would uphold ban on flavored tobacco products

Andrew Perez and Brian Perez October 14, 2022

Melon twist. Cherry crush. Very vanilla. Bubble gum. These sound like candy flavors but they’re actually the kinds of tobacco products that critics say are marketed to kids. “As a kid, if you...

birds-eye casino shot

Measures to legalize sports betting and online gambling spark strong feelings

Adrian Leal, Community News Reporter October 14, 2022

California’s newest gambling ballot measures, Propositions 26 and 27, have shattered fundraising records and splintered public opinion. “If a kid or teenager could order something off of Amazon,...

man standing in front of store shelves filled with products

Boyle Heights businesses battle crime

Brenda Mwingira, Community News Reporter October 13, 2022

Boyle Heights’ small businesses would thrive if it weren’t for crime and other issues related to the housing crisis. That’s according to local business owners like Carlos Mora, whose family has...

night view with city lights and intersection

Eagle Rock event planner thrives by networking with family-run businesses

Gerardo De Los Santos, Community News Reporter June 18, 2022

Small businesses in Eagle Rock don’t just make the neighborhood special, but they support each other -- helping them survive threats from chain businesses and economic downturns alike. That’s according...

Angel Saavedra is organizing his plants to make it look nice for customers

The little nursery that could

Oscar Torres, Digital Editor February 23, 2022

Some kids collect rocks or trading cards. For Angel Saavedra, he collected plants as a child. He loved planting them and seeing them grow. It was a simple pleasure that brought him pure joy. Slowly,...

Liza Luna Chan taking a picture behind a white screen

Housing shortage for buyers leads some agents to shift focus to sellers

Arlyn Lopez , Community News Reporter February 14, 2022

In the third year of the pandemic, the American housing market is still stuck in a strange place with low inventory and sky-high prices. The rising costs of homes and construction materials for new...

Harrison Dang and a group of customers looking at some Hot Wheels toys.

Starting a weekend business as a side hustle during the pandemic

Anthony Aguilar, Community News Reporter February 11, 2022

Whether it was starting a new business or growing an existing one, the pandemic gave some Eastsiders a chance to exercise their entrepreneurial spirit. One such small business owner, Harrison Dang of...

Shot of the Council members (Oscar Torres/UT)

Businesses and homeowners allocated millions in federal housing funds

Oscar Torres, Community News Reporter November 17, 2021

What has the city South Gate done with its nearly $6 million in funding from the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development in the past year or so? That was the subject of part of a council...

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