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La Kretz is L.A.'s HP Garage

Joel Epstein | Posted 10.09.2016 | Los Angeles
Joel Epstein

Look out Mountain View and Cupertino, La Kretz Innovation Campus in the Arts District is closing hard. La Kretz is L.A.'s HP Garage. It is the plac...

VIDEO: Eastside Sol Celebrates Community, Culture, and Clean Energy in Los Angeles

Jorge Madrid | Posted 09.15.2016 | Green
Jorge Madrid

EAST SIDE SOL 2016 from Youth Speak Media Solutions on Vimeo. By: Luis Gutierrez, Senior Associate, Leadership for Urban Renewal Network (LURN) and ...

This Web Series Spotlights How Gentrification Impacts Latinx Communities

The Huffington Post | Tanisha Ramirez | Posted 05.20.2016 | Latino Voices

A new web series is shining a light on how gentrification impacts Latinxs living in the Boyle Heights section of Los Angeles. "Gente-fied' is a drama...

"East LA Interchange": Film Review

Ira Israel | Posted 10.20.2016 | Los Angeles
Ira Israel

The shift from the Agricultural Age to the Industrial Age only a few hundred years ago was accompanied by the rise of modern cities. However, one thing that did not shift so much was humans' desire to live in tribes, to live with people from their own heritage, who spoke their own language.

L.A. Can Be the Future of Cities

Joel Epstein | Posted 10.19.2016 | Los Angeles
Joel Epstein

Future of Cities is a civic initiative that aims to reinvigorate the involvement of civic leaders in creating a vibrant, cutting edge future for Los Angeles. Given our size and enduring economic inequality, we are indeed a city that needs to better marry vision, leadership and results to fulfill L.A.'s ambitions and achieve our potential.

Transit Envy and Other Thoughts on Making L.A. the City It Can Be

Joel Epstein | Posted 10.13.2016 | Los Angeles
Joel Epstein

Al Selvin knew a great city, train line, bike path, restaurant and musician when he saw it. I hope we will continue to make L.A. a city worthy of his blessed memory.

'Eastside Sol' Kicks Off Community Solar Campaign in Los Angeles (VIDEO)

Jorge Madrid | Posted 08.26.2016 | Los Angeles
Jorge Madrid

I smell vehicle exhaust and feel the heat trapped in my neighborhood and many like it on the eastside, where communities are bisected by freeways, surrounded by toxic facilities, and bound by a jungle of concrete. But it doesn't have to be like this.

Do Latino Neighborhoods Have More to Fear from Gentrification?

Daniel Cubias | Posted 07.02.2016 | Latino Voices
Daniel Cubias

In response to this dark side of gentrification, some Latino community leaders in Los Angeles launched the "gente-fication" movement ("gente" is Spanish for "people," but you already knew that).

Mendez High School Students Rewrite History for 826LA's Young Authors' Book Project

826LA | Posted 05.13.2016 | Education

One of the most important civil rights triumphs from the 20th century happened right here in Southern California, a piece of history often overlooked and underrepresented.

In LA, Communities in Need Get Their 15 Minutes of Fame

Mackenzie Long | Posted 05.08.2016 | Los Angeles
Mackenzie Long

Musicians from East Los Angeles have a long tradition of using their talents to draw attention to complex social and political issues.

The Gritty Landscapes of Roberto Gutierrez

Rodrigo Ribera D'Ebre | Posted 08.02.2014 | Los Angeles
Rodrigo Ribera D'Ebre

His paintings in this context are classic L.A. noir, straight out of James Ellroy's L.A. Confidential, and often rendered from photographs that are sometimes blurry and spotty, which is also incorporated into the painting to give it a more authentic feel.

The Modern-Day Posada

Rodrigo Ribera D'Ebre | Posted 07.16.2014 | Los Angeles
Rodrigo Ribera D'Ebre

Daniel Gonzalez is the modern-day Jose Guadalupe Posada. His work as a print-maker, designer, and illustrator has won him a historical place in the development of the visual arts in Los Angeles.

Violating Expectations: Gajin Fujita

Rodrigo Ribera D'Ebre | Posted 07.02.2014 | Los Angeles
Rodrigo Ribera D'Ebre

On radiant days like today, Mayday, with the rising sun in the background escorted by the cordial climate, Gajin Fujita is at his best.

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Woman Who Wasn't Dead Died Trying To Escape Morgue Freezer, Lawsuit Alleges | David Lohr | Posted 04.04.2014 | Crime

A California family who claims a loved one was prematurely declared dead, and then "frozen alive" while trying to escape a morgue freezer, has filed a...

Speaking in Tongues: Defer K2S

Rodrigo Ribera D'Ebre | Posted 04.30.2014 | Los Angeles
Rodrigo Ribera D'Ebre

The ecology of one's environment plays a pivotal influence on creativity and style, thus in Defer's case, his mastery of bold typeface is nativist to Los Angeles street culture.

Air Pollution: It's Complicated, But It's Still About Environmental Justice

UCLA Inst. of the Environment and Sustainability | Posted 04.14.2014 | Green
UCLA Inst. of the Environment and Sustainability

By Ashley Verhines Many recent studies have shown that air pollution levels and income levels are linked. Poorer communities suffer from bad air more...

Inglewood Open Studios

Rodrigo Ribera D'Ebre | Posted 02.15.2014 | Los Angeles
Rodrigo Ribera D'Ebre

When most people think about Inglewood, California, they usually don't think about the arts. Unfortunately, it was stigmatized in the 90s by Black gangster rap and hood films which gave it a tainted image, similar to Compton and South Central.

Can Mayor Garcetti Make L.A.'s Streets Great?

Jack Skelley | Posted 01.25.2014 | Los Angeles
Jack Skelley

He could cover L.A.'s sub-surface freeways, such as the 101, and turn them into parks. He could join forces with L.A.'s uber-popular Cyclavia events and revive the dormant bike-share program, such as those successful in Chicago in New York.

Bill Clinton Transforms LA

Tom Teicholz | Posted 04.10.2013 | Arts
Tom Teicholz

President Bill Clinton, Inventor Dean Kamen, White House Chief Technology officer Ken Park and Astronaut Leland Melvin were among the big name speakers at this year's by-invitation-only TRANS4M conference, held at the California Science Center in Los Angeles this past Thursday.

Fun Passes and Legos: Catching up With Caine Monroy of Caine's Arcade

J.L. Sirisuk | Posted 12.04.2012 | Los Angeles
J.L. Sirisuk

Caine Monroy, at the age of 9, created an entire arcade using cardboard and creativity in his father's auto parts shop. When I arrived at Caine's Arcade, I asked for a Fun Pass.

Investing in Our Youth for a Prosperous America

Adam Steel | Posted 10.31.2012 | Impact
Adam Steel

If you want to create a prosperous America, you have to invest in the youth. It isn't very difficult to see what happens when we abandon our youth without providing them the access and opportunity to become educated and future leaders.

Hollywood Depicts Latinos Solely In Stereotypes

Posted 04.11.2012 | Latino Voices

This article is part of a series published in partnership with the Boyle Heights Beat. By Kevin Martinez Playwright and Boyle Heights native Jos...

Baseball Star Gives Back To East L.A. Youth

Posted 04.05.2012 | Latino Voices

This article is part of a series published in partnership with the Boyle Heights Beat. By Lesly Juarez When reporters ask 27-year-old Toronto Bl...

Schools Must Pull Kids in, Not Turn Them Away

Robert Ross | Posted 05.30.2012 | Education
Robert Ross

For each day that a young person is suspended from school, his or her educational attainment experiences a setback.

The Fight to Keep L.A. Street Vendors Alive

Voto Latino | Posted 04.23.2012 | Latino Voices
Voto Latino

Did you know the señora you bought a taco, fruta mixta, churro, or tamale from could be fined up to $1,000 and do jail time for selling food on an L.A. sidewalk or 500 feet from a school?