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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...

Boyle Heights History Celebrated at Film Screening

Boyle Heights History Celebrated at Film Screening

Matthew Salcido, Community News Reporter

February 21, 2019


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Just as Boyle Heights residents in recent decades have fought new businesses and developers moving onto their turf, they once battled new freeways being built right through the neighborhood. Filmmaker Betsy Kalin captured the essence of this working class, largely Latino neighborhood, as well as some...

Gang Prevention Measures in South Central LA

Gang Prevention Measures in South Central LA

Darwin Lopez, Community News Reporter

February 21, 2019


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The causes of and possible solutions to gang violence were the hot topics at a recent neighborhood council meeting in South Central Los Angeles. Robert Canizales, a senior lead officer with the city of Los Angeles, suggested creating outreach programs for teens as a gang violence prevention measure. ...

Yet Another Sign of Neighborhood Changes: Vegan Restaurant Opens on the Eastside

Yet Another Sign of Neighborhood Changes: Vegan Restaurant Opens on the Eastside

Fernanda Hernandez, Community News Reporter

February 20, 2019


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NextMex Express, part of the Doomie’s vegan chains of restaurants, opened its doors on the Eastside late last year -- sparking a mixed reaction from residents. Some bemoaned the development as a sign of gentrification while others said they’re delighted to have more healthy options. Luis Perez, ...

Traffic Near Schools Results in Near-hits to Pedestrians

Traffic Near Schools Results in Near-hits to Pedestrians

Denae Ayala, Community News Reporter

February 20, 2019


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“Impossible.” “Horrible.” “Blinding.” Those were the words used by Patty Contreras, a mother of two, to describe traffic near two schools in Pico Rivera. “Just last week we almost had a parent get hit carrying a baby, because a car was going super fast,” said Contreras. “They...

La Puente Park to Get a Facelift

La Puente Park to Get a Facelift

Monica Tamayo, Community News Digital Editor

February 20, 2019


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Dim lighting. Occasional graffiti. Homeless folks gathered around. This scene is not in some back alley but it’s a description of La Puente Park -- what’s considered the heart of this small city -- provided by some area residents. City leaders want to change that perception. They plan to over...

Complaints About Drumming “Noise” Lead to Popular Art Walk

Complaints About Drumming “Noise” Lead to Popular Art Walk

Rosio Flores, Community News Reporter

February 15, 2019


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For years, Leimert Park residents complained about “the noise” coming from a local drumming circle. That’s what led Ben R. Caldwell to help organize the first Leimert Park Art Walk ten years ago. “This neighborhood didn’t understand its relationship to the drum, so they were saying, ‘We...

Road Conditions in La Puente Fuel Safety Concerns

Road Conditions in La Puente Fuel Safety Concerns

Monica Tamayo, Community News Digital Editor

February 15, 2019


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Folks driving through one of the main thoroughfares in La Puente notice a few things right off the bat. There’s the drive-thru donut shop that’s shaped just like a giant donut. Down the block are a handful of strip clubs. Finally, there’s the bumpy ride. Residents say potholes in the...

High Rent in Highland Park Drives Out Longtime Residents

High Rent in Highland Park Drives Out Longtime Residents

Martha Nerio, Community News Reporter

February 15, 2019


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Elma Ordonez, who has lived in Highland Park for more than 10 years, said she has seen many longtime residents leave the neighborhood as it gentrifies and as rents increase. “My apartment building itself has had a lot of tenants in and out due to issues with rent,” Ordonez said, adding that despite...

South Central’s Casa Solidaria del Sur is Moving

South Central’s Casa Solidaria del Sur is Moving

Yesyka Mondejar, Community News Reporter

February 15, 2019


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For supporters of Casa Solidaria del Sur in South Central Los Angeles, a recent gathering was both a 4-year anniversary celebration and a goodbye party. “Bittersweet they are closing,” said Emilia Cruz, who was selling prints and artwork at the event. She said the organization helped her grow...

Farmers’ Market Represents a Bygone Era for Small Businesses

Farmers’ Market Represents a Bygone Era for Small Businesses

Joshua Letona, Community News Reporter

February 11, 2019


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Huntington Park was once a town full of businesses run by locals. Now, its main corridors mostly feature chain stores and franchises: three CVS stores, three McDonalds and even a Starbucks. This is why area residents seem to flock to the weekly farmers’ market. It provides them with a flavor...

Art From the Heart

Art From the Heart

Daniel Lindley, Community News Reporter

February 7, 2019


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Basilio Alonzo, 26, sometimes has trouble communicating. That’s because he suffers from DiGeorge Syndrome, a lifelong illness that can cause heart and other health problems. But his artwork speaks volumes about his life and experiences. That’s probably why it was selected to be showcased in the...

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