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Movie theaters eviscerated by the pandemic

Throughout the Los Angeles area, theaters like this one in Pasadena are closed amid the coronavirus outbreak.

Ethan Axtell, Community News Reporter

May 10, 2020

Since the rapid expansion of the coronavirus pandemic and the subsequent quarantine, the American economy has sustained immense damage, with virtually no sector being spared. The film industry, and specifically, movie theaters, have been essentially decommissioned temporarily in the interest of so...

Police foot patrols proposed for Eagle Rock and Highland Park

A map of the reported crimes on Colorado Blvd, Eagle Rock Blvd and York Blvd between March 1 and May 1, 2020. Data Collected from

Marisa Martinez, Community News Digital Editor

May 10, 2020

Eagle Rock and Highland Park may soon have more police presence. Earlier this year, Eagle Rock’s neighborhood council discussed a proposal to bring a designated foot patrol to the community. Eagle Rock is approximately 10 minutes away from its nearest police station — or longer depending on ...

South LA could get another shop with round-the-clock liquor sales

Albert Farias seen among residents in a black suit in Fall 2019

Darwin Lopez, Community News Editor

April 29, 2020

Despite concerns about the abundance of liquor stores in South Los Angeles, the Voices Neighborhood Council voted 8-2 in support of a neighborhood 7-Eleven store’s proposal to stay open around the clock as well as to sell beer and wine at all hours. The neighborhood council represents the area west of Highway 110...

Students get creative amid financial hardships

Kaitlyn Ayala sews masks in her free time (Courtesy of Kaitlyn Ayala)

Marlene Cordova, Community News Reporter

April 19, 2020

Since early March, students have been dealing with far more than transitioning to online classes. Some don’t have space or technology for their online courses. Some are struggling to survive as they and family members lose work. Still others must care for their children or siblings while trying to c...

Social service program provides seniors with take-out and delivery meals

Pico Rivera senior center staff prepare meals for delivery. (Photo courtesy of the city of Pico Rivera)

Denae Ayala, Community News Reporter

April 15, 2020

Senior citizens southeast Los Angeles County and unincorporated areas who participated in senior center activities and especially the lunch programs were worried when the centers were closed after Gov. Gavin Newsom’s “safer-at-home” order. But thanks to the Southeast Area Social Services Fundi...

Opinion: Hearing out Sanders’ supporters and other voices on Twitter can be exhausting but enlightening

Bernie supporters still want to have sway in the presidential campaign. (Photo by Parker Johnson on Unsplash)

Ethan Axtell, Community News Reporter

April 15, 2020

Looking for elevated and articulate political discourse on Twitter is like searching for Michelin Star cuisine in a dumpster, guided only by your tongue. You’ll never find what you’re looking for but you just might discover what people are eating. In other words, you might not find brilliant political insight o...

Homelessness and public safety intertwined in Boyle Heights

Homeless take shelter under tents near a freeway exit in Boyle Heights.

Katherine Conchas, Community News Reporter

April 5, 2020

With all the issues that Boyle Heights residents battle -- rising costs of housing, gentrification’s impact on small businesses, and now, 28 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in the neighborhood -- homelessness sometimes gets lost in the mix. But residents such as Desire Sanchez say it's an issue ...

Why approve tax hikes?

A banner hangs above Main Street in Alhambra. (Vanessa Wyatt_UT)

Vanessa Wyatt, Community News Reporter

April 5, 2020

Tax hikes are never popular. So why did Alhambra voters approve a measure that would increase taxes? The answer to that starts with a state law that sets a cap of 10.25 percent for sales tax. City leaders in places like Alhambra are expecting the county to propose a sales tax hike at some point, so...

Los Angeles restaurants attempt to adapt to stay-at-home restrictions

Camino Real customers dine in for Sunday brunch, which isn't possible now due to California's stay-at-home order. (Photo Courtesy Adriana Valdez)

Marlene Cordova, Community News Reporter

April 3, 2020

Camino Real, a family-owned Mexican restaurant that has been in La Puente for about 40 years, had almost fully recovered from the 2009 recession. Who knows what will happen now that the coronavirus crisis has required restaurants to close their dine-in operations? “Post-virus, it’s going t...

El Monte weighs meeting housing needs with traffic, pollution

El Monte city council members weigh issues are a recent meeting. (Ethan Axtell/UT)

Ethan Axtell, Community News Reporter

March 28, 2020

The city of El Monte is weighing the benefits of new housing – in the form of a proposed 110-unit condominium building on Orchard Street – against concerns expressed by some residents about it. Several residents from the neighborhood warned of a potential increase in crime, traffic and pollution...

Cycles of violence in La Puente?

Map by Marlene Cordova using map data from Google.

Marlene Cordova, Community News Reporter

March 28, 2020

Five days. A three-mile radius. Three reported drive-bys last month. Are they all real or imagined?  It's unclear because police could not confirm the details of two of the three reported incidents. La Puente residents claim to have heard the gunshots from their homes. In an interview with the UT...

Coronavirus’ economic impact: Service and gig economy workers are some of the hardest hit

Stores were closed at Westfield Fashion Square Mall in Sherman Oaks California on Sunday, March 15. (Vanessa Wyatt/UT)

Vanessa Wyatt, Community News Reporter

March 23, 2020

Izabel Nazdracheva, a behavioral therapist substitute teacher for Los Angeles Unified School District, is losing at least one month of pay because of recent closures. “Right now, it’s a struggle because I have to pay for my bills, I have to pay for my car payment, insurance, housing, and these...

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