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Skaters Say Goodbye to Local Skate Park

Skaters Say Goodbye to Local Skate Park

Joshua Letona, Community Photo Editor

October 2, 2019

It was more than a skate park for generations of skaters. Salt Lake Park was a home. It was a place where skaters found friendship, community and a sense of belonging. Mike Banuelos frequented the park as a child growing up in Huntington Park and remembered older kids passing their boards down to kids...

Changes and resistance in Boyle Heights

Changes and resistance in Boyle Heights

Meghan Bravo

September 30, 2019

Whether they like it or not, Boyle Heights residents are seeing new faces, freshly painted shops, and homes spruced up to appeal to newcomers. This, amid stretches of weathered buildings with barred windows, some with fading, colorful murals. Some in the neighborhood are glad to have new options for food a...

Today’s library offers tutoring, immigration-related services and computer literacy training

Today’s library offers tutoring, immigration-related services and computer literacy training

Amairani Hernandez, Community News Reporter

September 25, 2019

Eagle Rock residents don’t just go to their local library to check out books. The Eagle Rock library offers over 20 programs and more than 100 databases. The programs include computer training, teen council events, citizenship classes, college writing classes and book clubs. The computer classes are...

Food for All

Food for All

Brennan Hernandez, Community News Reporter

September 25, 2019

Maywood may be a small community, but it still musters up enough resources to run a food bank that benefits not just its residents, but those beyond its borders. “There are times where my family are low in food and the distribution [has] helped,” said Ana Alicia Castillo, a resident of nearby Cudahy...

Northeastside residents want their children on the same ‘playing field’

Northeastside residents want their children on the same ‘playing field’

George Garcia, Community News Reporter

September 17, 2019

For children who grow up in working poor communities, one of the best escapes from the sometimes brittle nature of their lives is to play at the park. To get fresh air and just be a child. To join a sports league and learn to work as a team. That has become harder to do in recent years at Rio de ...

Since Immigration Raids, Eastside Market Vendors Report Struggles

Since Immigration Raids, Eastside Market Vendors Report Struggles

Meghan Bravo, Community News Reporter

September 16, 2019

El Mercadito, one of the markets that contributes to Los Angeles’ reputation as a cultural hotspot, was once full of life, laughter and the energy of crowds of people. That vibrancy has diminished considerably since threats of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids in recent years and be...

‘California Dream’-Turned-Nightmare

‘California Dream’-Turned-Nightmare

Richard Tzul, Community News Reporter

September 16, 2019

Connie Lach said she moved to California so she could enjoy the beauty of the outdoors and nature. What she didn’t expect was that she would be living so close to it: She became homeless early last year when she had to vacate her apartment in South Central Los Angeles. Like Lach, about 59,000...

El Mercadito: A piece of a home and the heart for many Mexican Americans

El Mercadito: A piece of a home and the heart for many Mexican Americans

By Meghan Bravo, Community News Reporter

September 9, 2019

El Mercado de Los Angeles, called “El Mercadito,” is not only a place for good Mexican food like flan, chuleta, esquites, churros, but a place for community members to embrace their culture.  The market, which is in Boyle Heights, was founded in 1968 as a place where goods were sold to Mexican...

Festivities abound for Mexican and Central American Independence Days

Festivities abound for Mexican and Central American Independence Days

By Fernanda Hernandez, Community News Editor

September 9, 2019

In honor of Central American and Mexican independence days – on Sunday and Monday, respectively – we compiled a list of local celebrations this week and profiled two of the biggest Latinx shopping centers in Los Angeles, the Mercado de Los Angeles in Boyle Heights and the Alameda and El Faro swa...

‘Meet,’ greet and ‘swap’ stories

‘Meet,’ greet and ‘swap’ stories

By Anibal Duarte, Community News Reporter

September 9, 2019

At the Alameda and El Faro swap meets in Vernon, you can get an acupuncture session, a quinceañera dress, a tostada ceviche and a pony ride all in one place. The meet operates almost every day. It has more than 250 vendors and frequent visitors are known to run into neighbors and friends there, a...

Comics VS Toys in Eagle Rock serves an increasingly diverse audience

Comics VS Toys in Eagle Rock serves an increasingly diverse audience

Christopher Lazaro, Community News Reporter

September 7, 2019

Comic book enthusiasts in Eagle Rock say one of the neighborhood’s best-kept secrets is Comic VS Toys. The small shop is just blocks from Eagle Rock city hall. For nearly two decades, the store has been giving customers not just comic books, but also a place where people -- including a growing number of female customers -- can simply can geek out and talk about their favorite superheroes. Comics VS Toys employee Luis Lemus said comic book readers seem to be getting more diverse. “It’s great that there’s a diverse group of people who are interested in comic books. We have ev...

Students with disabilities report obstacles

Students with disabilities report obstacles

Kenya Romero, Community News Reporter

August 29, 2019

Being late to class because of full or broken elevators. Waiting weeks for a chair that’s easier to get into than regular classroom seats. Receiving class materials with fonts or colors that can be hard to read. Students with disabilities say these are some of the problems on local college campuses,...