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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

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Miry’s List: How an Eagle Rock woman uses crowd sourcing and social media to help refugees

EAGLE ROCK -- When Miry Whitehill visited the home of refugees who had arrived from Syria only weeks before, she was shocked by what she saw. The family’s apartment was nearly empty and lacked some basic essentials, like a refrigerator and a crib. “This woman had a baby the same age as mine and was not able to put her baby down because she didn’t have anywhere to put him,” said Whitehill. That’s when Whitehill decided that something needed to be done. Read More »

Neighbor Spotlight: Atwater Village woman focuses neighborhood attention on L.A. River

ATWATER VILLAGE– Karen Barnett stumbled upon Atwater Village out of pure luck. She was house hunting and happened to find one that offered everything she wanted, a neighborhood with a walkable lifestyle. After moving into the neighborhood in 2012, the business owner became involved in her community and sits on the Atwater Village Neighborhood Council Board and is the Chair of the AVNC River Committee Read More »

Neighbor Spotlight: Zen and the art of bicycle maintenance – Jimmy Lizama and The Bicycle Kitchen

EAST HOLLYWOOD -- This month The Bicycle Kitchen marks its fourth year on Fountain Street, offering tools, parts and floating helpers so cyclists can learn to fix their own bikes. But the story really begins 16 years ago, when Jimmy Lizama, then a 25-year-old bike messenger, began learning to do his own bicycle repairs in an unoccupied studio of Eco-Village -- in the studio’s kitchen, to be exact. Read More »

Echo Park loses the guardian of its Cuban past

ECHO PARK —  Jose Angel Dominguez Mondejar was part of Echo Park’s once thriving Cuban community with its restaurants, shops and newspapers.  As the years passed, many of those Cubans and their businesses moved away.  But Dominguez stuck around, his white coat and pants making him ... Read More »

Neighbor Spotlight: Artist is dedicated to her craft and East L.A.

EAST LOS ANGELES -- At 26, artist Gloria Negrete is making her mark in East L.A. one artwork at a time. Last year, her drawing of the “ghost woman” of Evergreen Cemetery graced the cover of Haunted East Los Angeles, a book of scary stories about “the most haunted locations” in East L.A. by Mario Becerra. Dedicated to her craft, she spent a day at the cemetery sketching in ink and watercolor for that project. A longtime resident of East L.A., she’s a scooter-riding, Japanese food loving, Judo-competing, young artist with a mission: build up her portfolio. Chalk one up, Gloria. Read More »

Cal State L.A. professor emerges as leader in Black Lives Matter movement

EL SERENO- Melina Abdullah has taught for more than a decade at Cal State L.A. in the Pan-African Studies Department, which she now oversees at chair. But in recent months, Abdullah has become better known as the most visible and vocal leader of the Black Lives Matter chapter in Los Angeles, which has been involved several confrontations with Mayor Eric Garcetti. On Tuesday, Abudullah will talk more about Black Lives Matter at Occidental College. Read More »