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The dancer who found a new beginning in vegan cooking

Meet the Salvi Vegan
Marisa Martinez, Community News Editor August 18, 2021

Norma Pérez was stunned as she watched the 2005 documentary “Earthlings.” She couldn’t shake off scenes of animals being skinned alive and close-ups of shelter dogs being euthanized. With...

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Hollywood producer wrote the roles she once wanted to play

Luisa Leschin has worked on 'Everybody Hates Chris,' 'George Lopez,' 'Mr. Iglesias' and now, 'Gentefied'
Krysta Pae, Community News Reporter April 29, 2021

Growing up, Luisa Leschin was surrounded by the arts and culture. Her mother was a concert pianist and her dad, a former president of El Salvador. As a child, she traveled around the world dancing...

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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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Cal State LA community members respond to the U.S. Capitol insurrection

Joshua Letona, Tahiti Salinas, and Marisa Martinez January 13, 2021

Last week’s insurrection at the U.S. Capitol displayed a “double standard” for Melina Abdullah, Cal State LA professor and co-founder of the Los Angeles chapter of the Black Lives Matter movement. The...

Juan in the process of painting his Vanessa Guillen mural. Photo courtesy of Juan Solis.

From childhood art enthusiast to local muralist

East Los Angeles artist Juan Solis' mural of Vanessa Guillen draws national attention
Meghan Bravo, Community News Editor December 29, 2020

As a child growing up in Boyle Heights, Juan Solis was so drawn to the neighborhood’s vibrant murals that he’d read up on the artists at his local library. One artist that stood out to him was well-known...

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Living in fear during the Trump presidency

Federal Judge Nicholas Garaufis’ ruling in the administration’s final days brings hope
Kenya Romero, Community News Reporter December 8, 2020

For Judith Soto, a DACA student, the uncertainty of crossing the border as a child was matched by few other moments in her life. One of those is when Donald Trump was elected in 2016. “I remember...

Protestors gathered at night time with text projected on a wall that says, Defund the Police. Invest in Communities.

Should part of LA County’s budget go to alternatives for incarceration? 

Katherine Conchas and Marlene Cordova  October 12, 2020

A local ballot measure to fund programs to help incarcerated people may be gaining steam amid calls to end racism, help communities of color and defund the police. “I do know that when we say defund...

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A whole new meaning to certain crimes in California?

Prop. 20 proposes certain misdemeanors be considered felonies
Brandon Rodriguez, Community News Reporter October 12, 2020

Should some criminal activity that would be charged only as misdemeanors under current law, such as theft or fraud, be considered felonies? That’s the question posed by a measure on the November ballot,...

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Ballot measure aims to diversify schools and public agencies

Some opponents say it would “discriminate”
Jericho Caleb Dancel, Community News Reporter October 12, 2020

There may just be a way to create more diversity in universities and in the workforce. That’s what supporters of Prop. 16 say about the impact it could have. November is fast approaching, and the...

LAPD officers arrest a protester during a demonstration against the killing of George Floyd in police custody. The protest happened in the La Brea district of Los Angeles, California, on May 30, 2020.

Scholar Strike speakers highlight racism in society and campus disparities

University notes spike in Black students

Could some Cal State LA's funds invested in campus police be used instead to offset student fees or support programs such as ethnic studies? This was one of the questions raised at a Scholar Strike...

Being and belonging in Boyle Heights

‘Gentefied’ co-creator grapples with his role as a ‘gentrifier’
Vanessa Wyatt, Community News Reporter February 28, 2020

As a generation of urban Latinx youth grow up and aspire to achieve the American Dream, does their success contribute to problems in their communities? That question is part of what the Netflix series,...

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