HIV in South LA, Ron Finley profile + Tijuana-style tacos

Felipa Mayo cooks on the street in South L.A. | Daina Beth Solomon

Felipa Mayo cooks on the street in South L.A. | Daina Beth Solomon

A roundup of recent news stories about South Los Angeles:

KCET: Rudy Espinoza writes that street vendors can bring healthy food to South L.A. (See from Intersections: South LA street cooks could soon go legit)

LA Weekly:  In South L.A., Young Gay Black Men are Mired in Old Taboos — and HIV

KCET: Going green, the South L.A. way

The New Yorker: How Magic Johnson fought the AIDS epidemic

LA Weekly: A profile of Ron Finley, South L.A.’s “guerilla gardener”

LA Weekly: A profile of Gia Medley, “First-Generation Spitter” from South L.A.

LA Times: Food critic Jonathan Gold visits Tacos Los Poblanos in South L.A.

Environmental Protection Agency [Press Release]: The EPA has awarded the Los Angeles Conservation Corps $200,000 to continue providing “job training and skills to unemployed and economically-disadvantaged residents of South Los Angeles.”

Jonathan Gold: Finding Good Food in South Los Angeles

Listen to an audio story by Annenberg Radio News

It doesn’t matter if it’s Thai, Ethiopian, Italian, French, Polish, Spanish or Japanese – when it comes to food, the only standard you should be eating by is the GoId standard. No, I’m not referring to the golden rule or Grade-A rating, but the sought-after seal of approval given by Pulitzer Prize winner and LA WEEKLY food critic Jonathan Gold.

In this week’s interview with host Tiffany Marie Brannon, Gold digs into his favorite haunts, tells us about growing up in South Los Angeles and the multicultural influence of L.A. that he continues to love today.

Gold also shares a slice of his opinions on the future of L.A. cuisine, how the economy has had an impact on restaurants, and his hope of enticing people out of their culinary comfort zone by tempting their taste buds through his writing.