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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...

An Unknown Identity: The Woman Who Lived Decades Without Knowing Who She Really Was

An Unknown Identity: The Woman Who Lived Decades Without Knowing Who She Really Was

Matthew Salcido, Community News Reporter

February 7, 2019


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Monique Saigal-Escudero was raised Catholic in France in the 1940s. It wasn’t until she was in her sixties that she learned that she was born Jewish and adopted by a Catholic family as a 3-year-old to protect her from the perils of Nazi-occupied areas of Europe during the Holocaust, which claimed...

Dancing, Marching and Learning: Museum-goers Become Part of the Art

Dancing, Marching and Learning: Museum-goers Become Part of the Art

Fernanda Hernandez, Community News Reporter

February 7, 2019


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As they carried signs reading “tierra y libertad” – “land and liberty” -- children marched through hallways and airy rooms donning colorful outfits adorned with bells made of crushed bottle caps. This wasn’t your average museum art exhibit. This performance art piece was the brainchild...

5 Tips for Attending Job Fairs

5 Tips for Attending Job Fairs

Denae Ayala, Community News Reporter

February 7, 2019


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Dozens of young people attended a job fair in Pico Rivera’s senior center Saturday, with about 20 in line to get in before the doors even opened. The 4-hour job fair featured recruiters from a local business and the city’s parks and recreation department. Job fairs allow everyday people to...

Local ‘Extreme Couponing’ Event Inspires and Draws Scrutiny

Local ‘Extreme Couponing’ Event Inspires and Draws Scrutiny

Darwin Lopez, Community News Reporter

February 7, 2019


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Ever walked out of a grocery store spending zero dollars in groceries? How about buying items worth $816, and only paying a bill of $25? Coupon enthusiasts and others attending a recent extreme couponing workshop in Alhambra heard about such money-saving stories from television network TLC’s “Extreme...

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