The student news site of California State University - Los Angeles

University Times

The student news site of California State University - Los Angeles

University Times

The student news site of California State University - Los Angeles

University Times

Lady with neon green vest and red cap leading kids to cross at crosswalk

At a crossroads on crossing guards

Oscar Beltran and Trevor Megginson November 17, 2022

Why did the Alhambra student cross the street? Because there was a police officer to help substitute for the missing crossing guard. The city of Alhambra is short five crossing guards. Thankfully,...

A photo of Sydy Styles, a family-owned womens clothing store.

Inglewood small business blames Starbucks for drop in sales

Saadia Jones, Community News Reporter November 17, 2022

As if pandemic-related closures and more recently, inflation, weren’t enough, gentrification is taking a toll on Inglewood and businesses such as Sydy Styles Fashion, a women's clothing store. That's...

Alhambra Police welcoming guests to their Know Your Neighbor event.

Alhambra police outreach welcomed by some

Oscar Beltran, Community News Reporter November 15, 2022

Christina Gonzalez's 4-year-old daughter was there when police officers took her father away in handcuffs. So it’s no surprise the child is scared of the police. At a recent Alhambra Police Department...

a group of people playing Majongg

Students experience mahjong for the first time with Mahjong Monday

Anne To, Multimedia Reporter September 19, 2022

The Asian Pacific Islander Student Resource Center (APISRC) held Mahjong Monday on Sept. 12. Two tables were set with black tablecloths and mahjong sets on top.  Mahjong is a tile game that was developed...

Lincoln Heights Neighborhood Council President Sara Clendening signs papers at an event.

Her Lincoln Heights business was torn down to build a luxury apartment hotel. Now, she’s fighting inequities and making residents’ voices heard

Denis Akbari, Community News Reporter September 13, 2022

Gentrification, displacement, housing affordability, lack of equity, crime, and safety.  These are some of the most pressing issues facing Lincoln Heights residents, according to the neighborhood council’s...

Two people stand outside a school in daytime

The Mitchells vs. the education machine

Leslie Magaña Arias, Community News Reporter September 9, 2022

When Hattie Mitchell was a freshman at Cal State LA, she volunteered on Skid Row and saw a girl crawling on the sidewalk. That was the moment she decided to be a teacher, according to her husband, Brett...

many students enjoying their time in Afrofest

AfroFest commences fall semester for and by the culture

Alyssah Hall, Reporter September 5, 2022

Over 250 Cal State LA students gathered under the hot sun at the U-SU Plaza, enticed by free refreshments, a live DJ, and the chance to support a variety of Black-owned businesses.  The Pan-African...

Verizon Wireless float attendees dance along Santa Monica Boulevard.

Networking with other family-run businesses helps Eagle Rock events planner thrive

Gerardo De Los Santos, Community News Reporter May 2, 2022

Small businesses in Eagle Rock don’t just make the neighborhood special, but they support each other -- helping them survive threats from chain businesses and economic downturns alike. That’s according...

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...

A beautiful shot of the land trust

Community-owned land as a way to challenge gentrification

Jessica Lopez , Community News Reporter March 11, 2022

The El Sereno Community Land Trust sees gentrification, climate change, and homelessness as the most pressing issues currently affecting East L.A residents. About a week ago, the group held a grand...

An older woman with a pink dress.(

Central Alameda residents want more parks

Brian Perez, Community News Reporter October 12, 2021

On the streets of South Los Angeles’ Central Alameda neighborhood, it’s common to see stretches of restaurants, liquor stores, and auto body shops. What’s rarer to see, however, are parks,...

Two people in traditional clothes and colorful feather headdresses dance.

Art and culture converge in El Monte

Victoria Ivie, Community News Reporter October 12, 2021

Four dancers wear headpieces adorned with fierce animal heads. They ask ancestors for permission to perform honored traditions, commanding the attention of a hushed crowd. As the performers throw themselves...

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