Street art finds another canvas at the home of South LA resident

Awash with bright, spray-painted colors, the brick wall enclosing a portion of Arcelia Gante’s house is becoming a piece of public art.

Five years ago, her family moved into the house located on the corner of La Salle Avenue in South Los Angeles, and since then graffiti artists have used the side of her house to create intricate murals and portraits.

Side of Arcelia Gante's house with a mural by artist Evol. (Photo by Subrina Hudson)

Side of Arcelia Gante’s house with a mural by artist Evol. (Photo by Subrina Hudson)

The artwork, which is also across the street, appears to be done by members of the graffiti art crew Mad Society Kings (MSK).

“They’ve done so many things,” Gante said. “They’ve done Marilyn Monroe. They’ve done a cat and even aliens. I really like how people will pass by and look at it, and they really appreciate the artwork.” [Read more…]

Popular principal’s dismissal leaves a South L.A. school divided

Irma Cobian was highly regarded at Weigand Avenue Elementary in Watts. But under California’s 2010 trigger law, she was ousted last week. ‘It devastated our morale,’ one teacher said.

LA Metro considers Leimert Park train station as part of light rail project

A decision could be made next week on whether theCrenshaw-LAX light rail project will include a Leimert Park station.

Locke High School joins list of South LA schools with on-campus health centers

Officials marked the grand opening of Locke School Wellness Center, which is located on the Green Dot charter high school’s campus and will provide free health care to both students and residents of the surrounding community.

“SWIMMER’S EAR” follows deaf swimmer’s journey to 2013 Deaflympics

Jazmin Hernandez is training to be the best deaf swimmer in the world. The 15-year-old South Los Angeles native has set out to represent the United States at the 2013 Deaflympics this July-August in Sofia, Bulgaria.

Nurses, other ‘mid-level’ providers: Future of primary care already here in South LA

Doctors often come at a premium in community clinics, where salaries are lower, which means mid-level providers often shoulder most of the medical workload.

Teenage pregnancy increases likelihood of obesity later in life by 32 percent, says study

Obesity and teen pregnancy rates are both unusually high in South Los Angeles compared to the rest of the county, and a new study says one may make the other more likely.

Seven Children, Two Adults Injured in South Los Angeles Crash

One driver tried to run, but was found and detained by police, authorities said.

South L.A. residents decry closing of juvenile court, other cuts

The Kenyon Juvenile Justice Center is scheduled to close in June, according to court officials. Cases will be transferred to multiple courthouses throughout the county.

Get your hands dirty for Earth Day

Earth Day

Gardening demonstration, on April 6, for Earth Day South L.A. 2013, presented by Normandie Ave. Elementary School and Community Services Unlimited Inc.

Earth Day, which falls on Monday, April 22, is fast approaching but there are several events in South Los Angeles that can help you celebrate and even preserve green spaces throughout the city.

The worldwide, annual event gives communities an opportunity to express the importance of preserving the environment.

If you’re looking to get your hands dirty or simply kick back and relax, check out the small sampling of Earth Day events below. [Read more…]