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Should Neighborhood Councils Have More Oversight On Local Cannabis Issues?

Should Neighborhood Councils Have More Oversight On Local Cannabis Issues?

Rosio Flores, Community News Reporter

November 20, 2019

Of 14 neighborhood councils throughout Los Angeles, just one has a cannabis committee. Some folks who are part of the South LA Alliance of Neighborhood Councils –– which is made up of 14 neighborhood councils –– say that should change because the 2016 legalization of recreational marijuana in Californ...

Presidential candidates air issues affecting the Eastside and South LA

Amairani Hernandez, Community News Reporter

November 19, 2019

If elected, Sen. Kamala Harris promised giving Congress 100 days to propose banning military-style assault weapons. Julian Castro, the former secretary of Housing and Urban Development, vowed to ensure health care for undocumented immigrants. Sen. Bernie Sanders echoed that sentiment and proclaimed Medicare for All should mean no ...

El foro presidencial Demócrata sobre temas Latinos

El foro presidencial Demócrata sobre temas Latinos

Amairani Hernandez, Reportera de Community News

November 18, 2019

Cinco candidatos presidenciales Demócratas visitaron Cal State LA el Domingo. Ellos tocaron temas que afectan a muchos residentes del sur y este de Los Angeles. The Pat Brown Institute of Public Affairs organizó un foro sobre temas latinos, con los candidatos, el senador estadounidense Bernie Sanders, el alcald...

Library Lost? Florence-Firestone Activists Lead ‘la Lucha’

Library Lost? Florence-Firestone Activists Lead ‘la Lucha’

Catherine Valdez, Community News Reporter

November 15, 2019

It has been more than eight months since their library was shut down to make way for housing and Florence-Firestone area residents still feel the loss. For kids in the neighborhood, it was a place to go after school. An escape from problems at home or a safe haven from bullies outside.  “I am a te...

A plan to ban liquor stores in neighborhoods that have too many

A plan to ban liquor stores in neighborhoods that have too many

Amairani Hernandez, Community News Reporter

November 13, 2019

A special interest group plead with a coalition of Los Angeles neighborhood councils recently to regulate alcohol retailers in the city. The Drug and Alcohol Policy Alliance (DAPA), a nonprofit that advocates against the alcohol industry’s harmful practices, proposed effectively allowing communit...

Fighting crime, starting after school

Fighting crime, starting after school

Edward Nelson, Community News Reporter

November 13, 2019

The city of La Puente’s aftercare program – run by the Boys and Girls Club of La Puente – is credited for being one of the community programs that has made the city safer. “La Puente used to be gang infested,” said Margarita Morales, a staff member in the program who was born and raised in L...

Pig Slaughterhouse Draws Weekly Vigil

Pig Slaughterhouse Draws Weekly Vigil

Anibal Duarte, Community News Reporter

November 13, 2019

Some call it a protest. Others call it a vigil. What’s clear to observers of a weekly gathering at the Farmer John warehouse in Vernon is that the event is full of heart. The point is to show these pigs “love and kindness because they won’t get it anywhere else in their short life,” said Brian H...

Live painting, music and performances produce a night of creativity

Live painting, music and performances produce a night of creativity

Amairani Hernandez, Community News Reporter

November 13, 2019

Street artists, jugglers, musicians and community members gathered late last month for a night of creative expression at the “Friday Night Block Party.” The event gave performers an opportunity to showcase their work in front of a live audience and for community members to enjoy live music and a...

How Eagle Rock hopes to tackle homelessness

How Eagle Rock hopes to tackle homelessness

By George Garcia, Community News Reporter

October 30, 2019

The Eagle Rock neighborhood council has made fighting homelessness -- and providing meals, mobile showers and permanent supportive housing -- its top priorities. That’s according to Jane Demian, who hopes these services will make their way to Eagle Rock once a week and added that public involve...

Getting Creative with Housing

Getting Creative with Housing

Isaac Gutierrez, Managing Editor

October 29, 2019

In Southern California, where housing is scarce and pricey, some students have found alternatives. “I thought to myself, ‘Well, why don’t I take the money it would cost to pay rent for one semester and put it into making something that’ll last longer?’” said Michael O’Mahony, a 21-y...

Sex Ed Program in Downey Schools Draws Mixed Feelings

Sex Ed Program in Downey Schools Draws Mixed Feelings

Brennan Hernandez, Production Manager

October 29, 2019

About a dozen upset parents showed up with handmade posters outside a statewide politician’s office in Downey recently to protest a teen sexual education program that includes information about sexual orientation and HIV-prevention, among other things. Some parents object to what they consider explici...

Huntington Park to Get 10-Block-Long Park

Huntington Park to Get 10-Block-Long Park

Joshua Letona, News Editor

October 29, 2019

Huntington Park residents were excited to learn recently that they’re not just getting another new park in town: They’re getting a 10-block-long stretch of green space where almost every block with have fitness equipment, artistic bike racks and playgrounds for kids.  That’s particularly important in Hunting...

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