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Help sought as Lincoln Heights employees clash with folks experiencing homelessness

Groups like Illumination Foundation provide needed services
Braylin Collins, Community News Reporter September 26, 2021

Of the long list of improvements Lincoln Heights residents are seeking for their community — rent stabilization, more affordable housing, better parking — none seem to be more urgent for some than...

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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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Displacements divide Echo Park: ‘We are fighting against each other’

Echo Park and Silver Lake residents say recent raids highlight need for long-term solutions, impact of Olympics
Genesis Gonzalez, Community News Reporter March 27, 2021

Echo Park residents say the homeless encampment evictions this week represent a bitter stew that has been simmering for years and boiled over during the pandemic. Contributing to the shutdown, they...

Budget Inn over Valley Blvd. in El Monte is blocked off due to its remodeling. Photo Credit-Ronald Cruz, UT Community News Reporter

Delays in El Monte’s emergency housing program leave residents out in the cold

Ronald Cruz, Community News Reporter March 22, 2021

Some El Monte residents waiting for relief from the homelesses crisis will be waiting a little longer than expected for help. The city received $17.7 million from the state’s Homekey program on Nov....

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Maywood corruption scandal leaves residents feeling angry and ‘powerless’

Genesis Gonzalez, Community News Reporter March 9, 2021

A political scandal that resulted in former Maywood Mayor Ramon Medina and 10 others being charged last month with 34 counts of criminal corruption has rattled city residents. “The corruption scandals...

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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...

Job seekers wait in line to attend employment fair. (Denae Ayala/Community News)

LA County wage gap points to hiring biases, glass ceilings and ‘gendered’ jobs

Gaps widen for women of color
Vanessa Wyatt, Community News Editor January 21, 2021

Women in America have grown up hearing that they earn 70 cents to every dollar a man earns. The question is, what is the gap now and how do wages stack up in Los Angeles? A UT Community News analysis...

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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...

A photo of Judith Soto with a gray shirt, blue jeans and a backpack

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...

A fridge in the doorway. It reads free food on it and has decals on it of children holding hands.

Community fridge in La Puente brings hope during uncertain times

Briana Munoz, Community News Reporter November 18, 2020

People receiving help from food pantries can sometimes feel ashamed, guilty or desperate. Considering the world is confronting the worst recession since the Great Depression, area residents and...

Three city of Inglewood council members sitting at the dais.

Rent relief extension approved for Inglewood residents

City leaders criticized over use of funds
Rucker Schantz, Community News Reporter October 29, 2020

Inglewood city council members approved a one-month extension on the COVID-19 rent relief program for city residents. The 36-minute meeting late last month was also punctuated by a spirited public comment...

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