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Sam Groft stares at his reflection. Photo taken by Tristan Longwell.

Unhoused LA residents report trauma, mental illness, addiction and housing prices as key obstacles

Tristan Longwell, Editor-in-Chief December 15, 2023

On a recent afternoon, 43-year-old Sam Groft pulled out of his red and beige tent red wine he received for the holidays. It’s something small that many Los Angelenos take for granted. A full bottle...

Mandio-Moya cooks barbecue on Avenue 26 on Imperial. Photo by Leslie Magaña Arias.

Street vendors’ obstacles lead to mobilizing, activism

Leslie Magaña Arias and KeAndre Berry October 5, 2023

Having to throw away food after a night of few customers. Being attacked by passersbys.  Getting your business shut down because of a rule you misunderstood. Interviews with half a dozen street vendors...

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Gender gaps in corporate America

Denis Akbari, Community News Reporter December 15, 2022

Alhambra resident Karen Muranko had to wear dresses or skirts and at least two-inch heels while working as a secretary in corporate America in the late seventies. Although a lot has changed since then,...

A shot Sister of Watts backpack giveaway. Courtesy of Sister of Watts.

Meet the Sisters of Watts, famously featured in the Super Bowl

Evelyn Contreras, Community News Reporter March 19, 2022

Sisters Keisha and Robin Daniels, who grew up in Watts, wanted to do something for the neighborhood.  Along with their neighborhood friends, the Daniels wanted to find a way to give back to their community...

Womens volleyball team standing for the national anthem.

Speak up and dribble: Golden Eagle athletes make their voices heard

Cliff Connors, Contributor February 1, 2022

Athletes have been becoming increasingly more open about their political views. From Colin Kaepernick’s kneeling protest to pro-Black Lives Matter jersey slogans worn by NBA stars Giannis Antetokounmpo...

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How a trans and nonbinary punk band are reinventing political music

Victoria Ivie, Community News Reporter January 22, 2022

Cancer scares, transphobia and a police encounter as a Black trans person. This convergence of unfortunate events was the beginning of a trans and non-binary punk band, You Guys Suck Like Real Hard....

In the picture women is standing with award and behind her The LA Press Club is written with big letters.

Los Angeles City College coach accused of restricting student journalist

Xennia Hamilton, Community News Reporter January 21, 2022

A Los Angeles City College student journalist’s conflict with her school’s athletics director has raised First Amendment concerns and she has informed a district Title IX representative, also alleging...

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Eastside resident shares creativity and life lessons through workshops

Braylin Collins, Community News Reporter December 21, 2021

Bobby Ramirez, who grew up in El Sereno, had a cousin that graduated from Columbia Law School and another doing life in prison. Which cousin’s path would he follow? The right choice seems obvious...

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Opinion: Why I consider myself ‘differently-abled’ — not disabled

Jordan O’Kelley, Community News Reporter December 9, 2021

I used to be an objectively worse student than my peers in elementary school: I got lower grades, was worse at physical activities, and was immature for my age.  Three years later, I got into Cal State...

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A tale of two cities: El Monte’s battle to preserve its Latinx history

Erik Adams, Community News Reporter November 17, 2021

There are decades-old tensions where the I-605 and I-10 converge. The unassuming Southern California town of El Monte, located about 14 miles east of downtown Los Angeles, is home to many longtime residents...

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How to stop street harassment when you see it

William Baker, Community News Reporter November 16, 2021

When was the last time you saw an altercation or harassment out in public? Did you help or avoid getting involved: After all, who wants to be a bully’s new target? Most people don’t intervene because...

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El Monte abolition reading circle emphasizes community resources

Victoria Ivie, Community News Reporter November 4, 2021

Abolition has come up a lot over the past year or so in discussions of police brutality and defunding prisons. For one El Monte abolition reading circle, abolition is that and also a more personal journey. One...

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