Monthly Archives: August 2010

Sidewalk Community in Boyle Heights Defies News Industry Odds

In the heart of Boyle Heights, at the intersection of First and Soto Streets, a newspaper and magazine stand offering hundreds of titles is buzzing with customers.  Some are perusing educational magazines with their children, while others are reading up … Continue reading

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Standing Guard in Fox Hills

For security guard Randolph Armstead, the seven-mile trek from South Central Los Angeles to the Westfield Culver City mall five-days a week emulates a trip from reality into Pleasantville. Armstead – who works at the commonly known “Fox Hills mall” … Continue reading

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Los Angeles; how can we enhance the richness of this melting pot?

Los Angeles is a true definition of a melting pot, where we have different cultures and ethnic groups coexisting in one big community. In particular, having a mayor of Mexican-American heritage who promotes and celebrates diversity and shares a strong … Continue reading

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Calling All Lizards

Got lizards? Lila Higgins wants to hear about it. Higgins­­, responsible for special educational projects at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, is one of two naturalists responsible for spearheading the Lost Lizards of Los Angeles project, LLOLA … Continue reading

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Getting Thrifty During the Recession

On Friday afternoon, the same day that bleak economic news was unveiled to the nation, Tricia Atkinson exited a meeting and went straight to her desk at the Assistance League Thrift Shop in Long Beach, which she manages. There, she … Continue reading

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Ground Zero, This is Where the Pain Comes From…

Louis Pabon, a construction worker with Grace Industries who spent 1500 hours working at Ground Zero after the 9/11 attacks, is on a mission to remind people what 9/11 was really about. It is called, “The 50 State 51 Capital … Continue reading

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Gangster Paradise

David Rivera is a statistical anomaly. Some 95% of gang members do not finish high school, 90% are arrested by the age of 18, and 60% are either dead or in prison by age 20. Rivera was the first in … Continue reading

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Stray Cat Alliance: Fighting for “No Kill” Shelters

DOWNEY — At the abandoned Hollydale Mental Hospital in Downey paranormal and parapsychology enthusiasts can be found on the grounds with Ouija boards along with another more tangible presence which is of concern to city officials, and, consequently, to animal … Continue reading

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From downtown to uptown, how far is the ride?

Given that my first and only use of public transportation in L.A. was a two mile away bus ride from UCLA to Westwood, my long and sweaty subway ride to down town L.A. made we wonder, “How much is this … Continue reading

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Closing the Dental Coverage Gap in Skid Row

LOS ANGELES – Inner City Law Center attorney Greg Spiegel has heard many horror stories of sheer neglect on the part of Skid Row slumlords, but while these stories remind us that access to humane living conditions in the area … Continue reading

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