Chef speaks about her memoir and eating organic

Award-winning chef Nora Pouillon spoke to a sizable audience in downtown Sacramento recently, reading from her memoir about starting America’s first certified organic restaurant. She said her rural Austrian upbringing shaped her view of food. “It had an enormous effect to see people work from morning to evening just for food. I loved to watch them milk the cows. I learned that food is precious and developed a great appreciation for it.” Read more on Access Sacramento.

Fresno Unified fails at sex education: a roundtable discussion

Sex education health advocates and high schoolers from Fresno filmed a roundtable discussion on how the school district let down students by neglecting sex education. It will air through May 31st on public television, but anyone can find the show on The Know.

Manifest justice: a photo essay

Art in the “Manifest Justice” exhibition in Los Angeles highlights inequities and violence in America. Alyssa Castro, of Merced, photographed the pieces that most impacted her. “I’ve never been exposed to such a large amount of art that highlights social justice.” See the photos on We’Ced.

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Vegetarian and vegan foods make their way into Boyle Heights

While vegetarianism and veganism have gained popularity in parts of the country, these trends lag behind in communities like Boyle Heights. However, some local businesses there have begun to cater to this growing niche market. Carlos Ortez, a vegetarian, says that his restaurant fuses Mexican-American culture with vegetarian-focused cultures around the world. “Sometimes, at night, you’re hungry and there isn’t anything to eat, and you’re like, ‘Oh man, why isn’t that taco truck vegetarian?'” New neighborhood food cultures are explored on Boyle Heights Beat.

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Students raise questions about transit project

Students from the Land Use Planning Awareness project and Coachella Unincorporated youth reporters held a discussion about the CV Link project, a proposed 50-mile active transportation trail. Students voiced concerns about safety, privacy, and the $100 million price tag despite a lack of input from East Valley communities. “My family is not going to get on the CV Link at any time, so they think whatever our officials decide is final. But if there’s something you don’t like about it, and you voice your concerns, it becomes an even better project if it’s been improved by community input.” Some views on the project and questions for Coachella Valley authorities are on Coachella Unincorporated.

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Seeking asylum a century after Armenian genocide

Vahe Margaryan is an Armenian refugee, but he’s living in the United States without legal status. His case is one in a number involving refugees caught between the limitations of the U.S. refugee protection system and hostile homelands. But Armenians must argue that their country’s violent history has given way to a dangerous present. “The story of the genocide is how the Armenian diaspora was born. It is the reason why so many of them have led diasporic, migrant lives. It is difficult to avoid it when it’s so inherently tied to their being.” Read the full story on Voicewaves.

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What keeps me up at night: a dreamer’s fears

Luis dreams of finishing high school, working a job while going to welding school, even going to professional school. He dreams of the house and car he will buy with the money he saves. But at night, reflecting on his future, he begins to feel insecure. “I worry that I’m too dumb for school, or that I will fail in the first few months. Sometimes I think that I can’t do anything good because I’m not from the U.S. I think in order to acquire what I want I have to be from here and have the support to get me through college.” His personal commentary is on South Kern Sol.

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Teens research the diet of high school students

Noting that many of their peers dislike school cafeteria meals, a team of high school students from West Contra Costa schools posed a research question: “What exactly are we eating?” The push to improve lunches emphasizes the link between nutrition and academic performance, and calculating the large-scale impact of school meals. “The Richmond Food Policy Council — which works to ensure that the local food system reflects the needs of the community — described the district’s cafeteria system as the biggest restaurant in the county.'” Read more about the youth-led research, on Richmond Pulse.

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Time to think about drowsy driving

Most teens know – or at least have heard – about the dangers of driving drunk or stoned. Texting and driving is another big problem. What about draws driving? “Three of my friends totaled their car, coming home from a football game, when one of them fell asleep at the wheel… It made me think.” Listen to the youth commentary on Youth Radio.

Unlimited transit pass for students ending soon

A pilot program in San Diego high schools gives students unlimited access to public transit – but only through June. Students support the program, which saves them and their parents money and gives them more independence, but it’s not clear whether the city or county will fund the passes through the next school year. “Decision makers are a little bit removed from the community and they don’t necessarily know the struggles young people go through – trying to go to school, to swim practice, picking up younger siblings from school…”  Find out more in a video from Media Arts Center San Diego.

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