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Bakersfield trans community demands ‘Justice for Jasmine’

Violence targeting transgender individuals has risen in recent years across the country, especially against transgender women of color. In January, Bakersfield resident Jasmine Sierra was found dead in her apartment—and activists say law enforcement needs … Continue reading

April 15, 2016 · Leave a comment

Where I live: the good and bad of Richmond

Richmond is often described as a city fractured by crime and divided into districts of differing safety profiles. “Richmond has had its ups and downs. I’ve been a resident for 21 years. I … Continue reading

March 26, 2016 · Leave a comment

The State of the City, through youthful eyes

The fifth annual People’s State of the City packed an auditorium last month with hundreds of Long Beach residents gathering to discuss topics ranging from schools and safety to environmental health and … Continue reading

March 19, 2016 · Leave a comment

Yellow Brick Road Play Street unveiled in Richmond

The Richmond nonprofit Pogo Park hosted the grand opening of the Yellow Brick Road Play Street, which includes a series of parks, walking paths and a roundabout in the city’s Iron Triangle neighborhood. … Continue reading

March 13, 2016 · Leave a comment

‘Great Streets’ effort could make Boyle Heights safer

César Chávez Avenue, running through the heart of Boyle Heights, has a higher rate of accidents involving cars, pedestrians and bicyclists, than similar streets in Los Angeles. The Great Streets Initiative … Continue reading

March 4, 2016 · Leave a comment

With declining ridership, report card for Fresno buses

Fresno’s public transit system reports declining ridership, even as an updated rapid bus system is scheduled to launch next January. A high school student in Fresno gives the current buses—Fresno Area … Continue reading

February 21, 2016 · Leave a comment

Generation lockdown

At the beginning of this school year, a football game at Kennedy High School in Richmond, California, was interrupted by gunshots only 20 yards away from the field. Guns on … Continue reading

February 4, 2016 · Leave a comment

Internet safety PSA

A short PSA illustrates how innocent-seeming social media posts can give away information that could be used by strangers to prey on vulnerable youth. See the video on internet safety, by Media Arts Center San Diego.

November 23, 2015 · Leave a comment

Did you lock me in or out?

Students share their opinions about the effectiveness of lockdowns as protection against any threat of violence in the school. “The first time I was in a lockdown, there was a person … Continue reading

November 12, 2015 · Leave a comment

With statewide law, ’No more driving in fear’

The Safe and Responsible Driver Act, enacted in January, allows undocumented immigrants in California to get a driver’s license. The law’s impact goes beyond driving — it provides a legitimate … Continue reading

November 12, 2015 · Leave a comment

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