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What almost happened to me could happen to you if you don’t seek help

A personal essay about my mental health
Cornell Chuaseco, Community News reporter June 23, 2021

In 2014, I was studying engineering at Cypress College. I had a caring girlfriend and lived with my loving mother and older brother. From the outside, everything seemed great. I had people around me...

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When the world turned into a ‘zombie apocalypse’

The pandemic, from a 9-year-old’s eyes
By Mia Alva, Community News Reporter May 13, 2021

For many, the pandemic has been fraught with loneliness, economic hardships and fear of catching Covid-19 or passing it to a loved one. Not so for 9-year-old August Toshima. He felt some fear in...

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A battle with myself

My journey to overcoming an eating disorder
Genesis Gonzalez, Community News Reporter May 11, 2021

It started when I was 10 years old. “You need to start eating less,” my friend told me. That’s when it hit me: My classmates are almost all thin. Over the next few days and weeks, self-doubt...

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The pandemic’s toll: Three Eastsiders share their stories

Echo Park, Montebello and El Sereno residents describe struggles, triumphs
Mia Alva, Community News Reporter April 29, 2021

Depression, panic attacks and anxiety. These are some of the challenges faced by three Los Angeles County residents who live in Echo Park, Montebello and El Sereno, respectively. On top of the mental...

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After the vaccination: Questions and experiences from Cal State LA students

Mia Alva, Social Media editor April 27, 2021

Now that all individuals age 16 or over are eligible to be vaccinated in Los Angeles County, Cal State LA students share their vaccination experiences and pending questions. In an informal survey with...

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How to organize a community cleanup

Advice from “Heroes of Elephant Hill” on combating unsightly trash
Brian Lai, Community News Reporter April 14, 2021

Elephant Hill is one of the crown jewels of the neighborhood, with its rolling hills and vistas of the Downtown  skyline and the San Gabriel Mountains. But not everything is scenic about Elephant...

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Students share their remote exercise class experiences

Some students raise concerns, while others enjoy the stress relief
Briana Munoz, Staff Reporter April 7, 2021

For some students, physical fitness classes are out of the question due to the lack of equipment and in-person help. Others have taken up the challenge of enrolling into online fitness classes. For a Cal...

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Plans in play to renovate Rio Hondo Park

Pico Rivera’s $8.5 million proposal includes new playing fields, courts, fitness area and playground
Stephanie Medina, Community News Reporter March 15, 2021

Pico Rivera’s Rio Hondo Park has acre after acre of grassy fields, a playground, handball and basketball courts, soccer and baseball fields, a rec center, and a distinctive colorful mural depicting the...

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Highland Park business blossoms amid pandemic

Ronald Cruz, Community News Reporter March 11, 2021

Highland Park resident Louis Easton planted the seeds for his future in 2016 when he started Easton Garden Designs. After he lost his job as an instructor during the pandemic, he had more time to tend...

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Color them confused: City of Bell leaders question neon green in park proposal

Final project design submission tabled to redo color scheme
Sam Garcia, Community News Reporter March 10, 2021

Before Bell city council members could approve the final design for the Ernest Debs Park Outdoor Fitness Gym Rehabilitation project, they had to address the elephant in the room — a green one, that is. The...

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Fighting vaccine inequities

LA County leaders push to get vaccines to vulnerable groups
Jathniel Coronado, UT Community News Digital Editor March 2, 2021

Los Angeles County leaders passed a measure last week that is aimed at ensuring equitable access of vaccines to people of color and vulnerable groups. The motion directs the Direct the Department of...

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Students hope for improvements on mental health services on campus

Student government resolution drives positive changes
Mia Alva, Social Media editor February 26, 2021

Ezmee Gollas, a kinesiology major, said she saw a Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) psychiatrist in Fall 2019 and that it felt like an “uphill battle” just to make an appointment. “I had...

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