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A Cancer Survivor Supports Families Stricken with Cancer

A Cancer Survivor Supports Families Stricken with Cancer

Richard Tzul, Community News Reporter

October 24, 2019

Isabel Guillen survived cancer but lost her father to it. In his honor, she runs “Chavelyta’s Pink Hood,” an organization that provides donations and hosts events in support of families fighting cancer. On a Sunday evening, Guillen pulled up to a residential neighborhood in Commerce and parked her black C...

Women’s clubs struggle to maintain their rich but fading history

Women’s clubs struggle to maintain their rich but fading history

Edward Nelson, Community News Reporter

October 23, 2019

The single-story, wood-frame building on the corner of 1st and Workman streets in La Puente may not look like much to passerbys. But the gray 4,200-square-foot American Craftsman-style bungalow embodies a rich history -- it was the “center of many social and civic events during the early development ...

‘No’ to Foam?

‘No’ to Foam?

George Garcia, Community News Reporter

October 23, 2019

The ban on polystyrene, commonly known as styrofoam, has made its way to Eagle Rock. In a unanimous vote earlier this month, the Eagle Rock Neighborhood Council supported a motion by Los Angeles city councilmembers Paul Koretz and Bob Blumenfield to take steps toward banning polystyrene containers from the city by 2021. Specificall...

Church, children and others partner to deliver burritos for the homeless

Church, children and others partner to deliver burritos for the homeless

Amairani Hernandez, Community News Reporter

October 14, 2019

For three years, volunteers from Divine Saviour Roman Catholic Church on the Eastside have been waking up early on Thursdays to make ingredients for burritos, then gathering to heat up the tortillas, roll the burritos and deliver them to homeless folks in Cypress Park and Lincoln Heights. Why do ...

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...

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