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Obama announces immigration reform

The new executive order could grant work permits and stop deportations. Vote in our poll with your opinion.

The proposed Promise Zone for South L.A. shaded in light blue. The current Promise Zone is shaded in gray. | Photo: Courtesy Los Angeles Trade-Technical College

South LA applies for Promise Zone grant

LA Trade-Technical college leads a coalition in submitting an application for federal funding.

One of the dogs at a recent vaccination fair held at the LA Animal Service Center. | Anita Kelso Edson/ASPCA

City Attorney presses charges in million-dollar wage theft case

Workers building the South L.A. Animal Care Center may have been underpaid.


Life without parole in USC murder case

Javier Bolden was sentenced to life without parole in the murder of two USC graduate students in 2012.

The District 10 Field Office, where the UNNC meetings take place. | Kirby Pedersen

A neighborhood public meeting, without the public

South LA’s United Neighborhoods Neighborhood Council votes on matters that will affect thousands — with only six people in attendance.

LAPD press conference on Ezell Ford investigation. | LAPD Twitter

LAPD seeks witnesses to Ezell Ford shooting

Mayor Eric Garcetti says he will pressure the LAPD to release Ford’s autopsy results.

Five courageous citizens were honored today at the final Courageous Citizen Awards ceremony of the year. | District Attorney Twitter

South LA crime-fighting residents awarded for courage

The District Attorney is granting three South LA residents the Courageous Citizen Award.

Charles Wood and Daniel Hamilton in front of Lynwood City Hall | Jiawei Wang

Lynwood hosts solemn commemoration for Veterans Day

Veterans and family members joined the City of Lynwood officials to celebrate Veterans Day in front of the Lynwood City Hall on Nov 11.

Edwood Deaver | Tiffany Walton

A homeless veteran, lost in the paper shuffle

Unable to get government help, army veteran Edwood Deaver lives on the streets and porches of South LA.

A cracked sidewalk in Los Angeles | waltarrrrr/Flickr

Residents speak out at neighborhood council

Vermont Knolls, Gramercy Park and Manchester Square residents raise concerns on unsanitary living conditions, gang violence and unsafe sidewalks.

South L.A. alleys have been plagued by illegal dumping. | Daina Beth Solomon

City Attorney announces task force to combat illegal dumping

Officials will push for long-term solutions to clean nine neighborhoods, including South LA.

Karen Bass check CDC | Taylor Haney

CDC gives South LA’s Community Coalition $3 million grant

The Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health grant is one of seven distributed nationwide.

A student at Augustus Hawkins. | Sarah Zahedi

South LA high school curbs suspension rates with restorative justice

Augustus Hawkins high opts for a constructive rather than punitive approach.

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Nonprofit Spotlight

Nonprofit Spotlight: A Place Called Home (APCH)

APCH members run in the 2014 Jive Live New Year's Race. | APCH Facebook

Profiles of South L.A. organizations that are propelling positive change.

Nonprofit spotlight: UMMA Community Clinic


Profiling organizations propelling positive change in South LA

Nonprofit Spotlight: Mayme A. Clayton Library & Museum (MCLM)

Photo Courtesy of the Mayme A, Clayton Library & Musuem

For more than 40 years, Dr. Clayton amassed a collection of African-American literature, manuscripts, films, and ephemera.

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Community Corner


First person: Does my Watts neighborhood want me to get pregnant?

Reporter Corps member and college student Shanice Joseph asks why she gets so little support compared with young moms.


First-person: “Dreaming Sin Fronteras” showcases search for identity

The performance last week resonated with an undocumented student living in South L.A.

Mentors and mentees at Whitman College's first annual First Generation Mentorship Program Dinner in 2013.

From Watts to Walla Walla: The burdens and the blessings of my college education

A student at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Wash., reflects on a diversity recruitment system that both nurtures and neglects.


Redefining environmentalism in South LA 

By gardening and keeping lights low, a family in Watts challenges mainstream notions of “environmentalism.”

Jesus Vargas, an alum of the URBAN TxT program, who served as moderator of Demo Day 2014.  | Willa Seidenberg

OPINION: A high school student’s observation of the mayoral forum

Which of the candidates emphasize L.A.’s youth?

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