For Years, LBUSD Students Found School Lunch Unhealthy & Unappetizing For Years, LBUSD Students Found School Lunch Unhealthy & Unappetizing

For Years, LBUSD Students Found School Lunch Unhealthy & Unappetizing

By CSULB Senior Seminar Reporter Evan Cornutt Cal State Long Beach student Blake Dempsey remembers one thing more than any other about his time growing up in the Long Beach Unified School District: the food. He remembers countless over-processed, poor-tasting meals that to Dempsey, tasted like “prison food.” Often the food would make him sick […]

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Seniors Struggle Finding Adequate Housing & Many Wait Up To 5 Years Seniors Struggle Finding Adequate Housing & Many Wait Up To 5 Years

Seniors Struggle Finding Adequate Housing & Many Wait Up To 5 Years

Sixty-one year old Robert Woods continues to wait for adequate and affordable senior housing in the city. By CSULB Senior Seminar Reporter Karina Cortez When Long Beach senior Robert Woods, 61, thinks of his current housing situation at the Bay Hotel in Long Beach, he says, “I can’t wait to get out.” In his single […]

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Leaders, Celebrities Share Stories of Everyday Courage & Community Resilience Leaders, Celebrities Share Stories of Everyday Courage & Community Resilience

Leaders, Celebrities Share Stories of Everyday Courage & Community Resilience

By VoiceWaves Youth Reporter Christopher Covington There are times when life experiences are overwhelming and even traumatic. But in the face of adversity, it is the people and resources we have to turn to that make all the difference. In March, the California Endowment hosted “Health Happens with Everyday Courage,” a conference that brought together […]

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Refugee Nation: Theatre Highlights Lao Refugee Stories in LB Refugee Nation: Theatre Highlights Lao Refugee Stories in LB

Refugee Nation: Theatre Highlights Lao Refugee Stories in LB

By VoiceWaves Youth Reporter Adalhi Montes Last week, local artists featured “REFUGEE NATION: Lao Refugee Stories in the U.S,” the only play that has ever told true stories from the Lao community. The stories included tales of post-ear memories and harsh adjustments living in America. In the video below, Voicewaves interviewed cast members as they […]

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Events

Building Healthy Communities LB Learning Club

Building Healthy Communities LB Learning Club

Building Healthy Communities Learning Club   Hosted by: Jennifer Chheang and Brian Ulaszewski   Join us for a discussion on: “The Death and Life of Great American Cities” Jane Jacobs’s monumental work provides an essential framework for assessing the vitality of all cities.   Friday, April 25th 3:00pm-4:30pm   Location: To be announced   Appetizers […]

Apr 16, 2014 14:27

Diversity

Language Access Rally & Hearing: April 14

Language Access Rally & Hearing: April 14

Is the City doing its job to implement language access? Last year in August 2013, community residents were successful in urging the City Council to pass a City-wide Language Access Policy that increased and improved translation and interpretation services for residents in Spanish, Khmer and Tagalog.  Come to this important hearing and let the City know how it […]

Apr 16, 2014 14:31

Arts and Culture

Film Screening & Discussion: Come Hell or High Water- The Battle for Turkey Creek

Film Screening & Discussion: Come Hell or High Water- The Battle for Turkey Creek

                Please join East Yard Communities for Environmental Justice for the free film premier and discussion of Come Hell or High Water: The Battle for Turkey Creek with film maker Leah Mahan. Thursday, April 24, 2014 7:00 to 9:30 PM Doors open: 7 PM l Film Screening: 7:15 […]

Apr 17, 2014 11:31

Community

Long Beach Community Studies Conference: April 26

Long Beach Community Studies Conference: April 26

The Long Beach City College Community Studies Program and The Historical Society of Long Beach will be holding the Third Long Beach Community Studies Conference Saturday, April 26, 2014, at the Liberal Arts Campus of Long Beach City College.  This is the first time the conference will be held on the Liberal Arts Campus in […]

Apr 16, 2014 14:09

Beyond Long Beach

Growing Up Muslim

Growing Up Muslim

New America Media, News Report, Peter Schurmann, SAN FRANCISCO – There are a quarter million Muslims living in the Bay Area, and nearly half of them are under the age of 35. Many describe an intense personal and spiritual struggle as they look to reconcile their faith with the mainstream of American society. These young […]

New School Standards Present Challenge for Refugee Students

New School Standards Present Challenge for Refugee Students

San Diego Voice, News Report, Kimetha Hill, Posted: Apr 16, 2014 Photo courtesy of San Diego Refugee Tutoring Center Editor’s Note: As California schools scramble to prepare for the new educational standards known as Common Core, teachers who work with refugee students have a different concern: the new computerized tests could make these students fall […]

LA’s Latino Parents ‘In the Dark’ About Common Core

LA’s Latino Parents ‘In the Dark’ About Common Core

  La Opinion, News Report, Esmeralda Fabian, Posted: Apr 07, 2014 Image: Students attend Family Math Night at Burke Middle School near Los Angeles.  Traducción al español LOS ANGELES –Latino parents in Los Angeles say the state’s largest school district hasn’t done enough to explain Common Core to the community. Many worry the communication gap prevents them from helping […]

Farmworker Advocates Give Cesar Chavez Film a Thumbs Up

Farmworker Advocates Give Cesar Chavez Film a Thumbs Up

By Daniel Jimenez and Alfredo Camacho / South Kern Sol BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — A day before the release of Cesar Chavez, the film, on March 27, farmworker advocates, children and elders gathered at Maya Cinemas in Bakersfield to watch the film alongside members of the Chavez family. Directed by Mexican actor Diego Luna, and starring […]

As Obamacare Deadline Approaches, South Kern Residents Review Their Coverage Status

As Obamacare Deadline Approaches, South Kern Residents Review Their Coverage Status

 By Alfredo Camacho for South Kern Sol The March 31 deadline to sign up for Affordable Care Act health plans is less than two weeks away. Those that do not have health coverage by the deadline face fines of up to one percent of their annual income, if they are not already insured. But Central […]

For Children of Reentry, A New Focus on Family Ties

For Children of Reentry, A New Focus on Family Ties

New America Media, News Report, Anna Challet SACRAMENTO – While millions of children nationwide face extreme difficulties due to having parents who are incarcerated or under criminal supervision, State Senator Mark Leno thinks change is coming. “The good news is that after many decades of building [more] prisons to incarcerate [more] of our citizens, and lengthening […]

Coachella Valley Filmmaker Christian Sesma is “Living the Dream”

Coachella Valley Filmmaker Christian Sesma is “Living the Dream”

  JOHNNY FLORES JR/Coachella Uninc COACHELLA — When Christian Sesma graduated from San Diego State University in 2003, he had no idea where his bachelor of arts degree in anthropology would take him. But that all changed four years later. “I realized filmmaking was my true calling in 2007 after I shot my first few […]

After Suicide of Transgender Teen, LGBTQ Youth and Supporters Gather to Address Suicide and Bullying

After Suicide of Transgender Teen, LGBTQ Youth and Supporters Gather to Address Suicide and Bullying

By Dean Welliver In the wake of a recent suicide of a transgender male Bakersfield College student, community members gathered in downtown Bakersfield earlier this month to learn about how they can support LGBTQ teens in crisis. “I was really close to the transgender individual who had committed suicide recently, I just came pretty much […]

Resident Reactions to the Richmond Housing Authority Investigation

Resident Reactions to the Richmond Housing Authority Investigation

Editor’s Note: The Richmond City Council convened a special meeting on March 12 to review the results of an independent investigation of  highly publicized accusations of neglect by the Richmond Housing Authority at the city’s public housing complexes. At the meeting, lead inspector Michael Petragallo of Sterling Company Inc.  presented the group’s findings from the five public housing properties that […]

The Rise of the “Silicon Valley Bay”

The Rise of the “Silicon Valley Bay”

  Shamako Noble • Silicon Valley De-Bug Commentator and community organizer Shamako Noble has lived all over the Bay Area. He sees an esculation in the number of people who no longer can afford to live in the cities they grew up in as corporations move in and increase the cost of living. He named this phenomenon […]

Q & A: Former Gang Member Turns Life Around with Trauma-Informed Care

Q & A: Former Gang Member Turns Life Around with Trauma-Informed Care

Ed. Note: With emotional trauma afflicting an estimated 75 percent of children in the U.S. juvenile justice system, the Sierra Health Foundation recently launched the Positive Youth Justice Initiative (PYJI), a grant initiative that aims to encourage a “trauma-informed” approach to working with youth in custody. The initiative will direct grant dollars towards establishing key youth […]

The Castaway Elders: Living Alone and Poor

The Castaway Elders: Living Alone and Poor

  New America Media, Profile, Viji Sundaram Photo: Brenda Washington in her tiny room, its shared bathroom down the hall. (Paul Dunn/Central City Extra) Click to see the entire Special Report, “Old and Poor in Tech City.” SAN FRANCISCO – Somehow, the dozen or so hats piled atop Brenda Washington’s wardrobe and those hanging from hooks on her apartment […]

Esperanza Centers Offers Free After School Fun and Learning

Esperanza Centers Offers Free After School Fun and Learning

  KARLA MARTINEZ/Coachella Uninc   COACHELLA — Tutoring, making new friends, and helping the environment are just a few of the reasons that students come to Esperanza Youth and Family Center (EYFC) every day after school. “I like coming to Esperanza because it’s fun here, and Willy is always acting silly around everyone. I’ve made […]

Why I Worked to Restrict Tobacco and Alcohol Use in South Kern Parks, and How We Won

Why I Worked to Restrict Tobacco and Alcohol Use in South Kern Parks, and How We Won

  By Chris Romo for South Kern Sol “The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, and to have made some difference so you know that you have lived and lived well.” These are the words of American poet Ralph Waldo Emerson; it […]

How Will Common Core Help Golden Valley High Students Meet Their Academic Goals?

How Will Common Core Help Golden Valley High Students Meet Their Academic Goals?

By Yultzin Angeles / South Kern Sol California schools recently opted-in to new education standards, known as Common Core, that aim to fundamentally change the way K-12 students are instructed and tested. Common Core standards will place less emphasis on the traditional standardized testing teaching methods, and will center instruction on critical thinking, real-world applications […]

What Do You Make of the New Chevron Billboards? Richmond Youth Weigh In

What Do You Make of the New Chevron Billboards? Richmond Youth Weigh In

Editor’s Note: Late last year, Chevron began unveiling a series of billboard advertisements in Richmond.  Broadly interpreted, the ads convey a theme of city pride and feature images of workers as well as city landmarks like the Rosie the Riveter museum and local parks.  Initial reactions from residents have been mixed, with some people saying […]

New Health Program Targets San Diego’s ‘Sickest, Poorest, Most Vulnerable’

New Health Program Targets San Diego’s ‘Sickest, Poorest, Most Vulnerable’

New America Media, Video, Paul Kleyman / Video by Jonah Most Pictured above: Members of the local media in San Diego discuss a new program that aims to streamline health care for low-income seniors and people with disabilities. SAN DIEGO–”Watch for the blue envelope–Don’t throw it away!” That’s the message community reporters need to spread, San […]

San Francisco Unified Brings End to Willful Defiance Suspensions

San Francisco Unified Brings End to Willful Defiance Suspensions

  New America Media, News Report, Vanessa Tagliabue Image: Students rally in front of the SFUSD offices in support of the Safe and Supportive Schools Resolution. SAN FRANCISCO — The Board of San Francisco Unified School District voted last week to pass the Safe and Supportive Schools Resolution, which will ban the use of “willful defiance” as […]

Is Black Life Valuable?

Is Black Life Valuable?

With the conclusion of the Jordan Davis trial, we discuss the value of black life in today’s society. As usual, we get the community’s perspective and at what better a place than the 1st Annual Black History show in Oakland. Read more at Silicon Valley De-Bug  

As California pushes Sons and Brothers campaign, President Obama launches effort to support young men of color

As California pushes Sons and Brothers campaign, President Obama launches effort to support young men of color

By Jessica Perez Following through with his promise to adopt a new project focused on young men of color during his State of the Union address last month, President Obama will launch a new initiative Thursday to support the lives of a population disproportionately affected by poverty and prison. Titled “My Brother’s Keeper,” the initiative will […]

Assemblymember Perez Joins Student Effort to Save Red Legged Frog

Assemblymember Perez Joins Student Effort to Save Red Legged Frog

IVAN VALENZUELA/Coachella Uninc SALTON CITY, Calif. – Assemblymember V. Manuel Pérez has joined the Sea View Elementary School student effort to save the California red-legged frog with the introduction of Assembly Bill 2364, which would establish this endangered frog as the official state amphibian. “It started when Ms. (Virginia) Haddad was looking for extracurricular things […]

Fracking Question Looms Over 21st Congressional District Race

Fracking Question Looms Over 21st Congressional District Race

  By Alfredo Camacho / South Kern Sol BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — While Kern County is known for being a top producer of agricultural goods in the state, that reputation could one day be surpassed by the mass production of another valuable commodity: energy. Whether or not that happens will hinge in part on what position […]

Youth Commentary: Gay Athlete a Role Model for Truth

Youth Commentary: Gay Athlete a Role Model for Truth

  JOHNNY FLORES/Coachella Uninc   COLUMBIA, Mo. — He’s 6-foot-2, 255 pounds, and an All-American football player who recently graduated from the University of Missouri. Did I mention he is gay? His name is Michael Sam and, on February 11, he shared this information with Chris Connelly during on ESPN’s “Outside the Lines.” “I came […]

‘Dream Fund’ Making College More Attainable for Undocumented Students

‘Dream Fund’ Making College More Attainable for Undocumented Students

    By Yesenia Ayala for South Kern Sol Pictured above: College Dream Fund scholarship recipients at the Proyecto de Compasion annual fundraiser benefiting the College Dream Fund held on February 14th, 2014 / Photo courtesy of Joe Serrano ARVIN, Calif. — Erika Hernandez was ecstatic when she found out she’d been accepted to UC Berkeley […]

Mayor Calls for Independent Investigation to Address Problems of the Richmond Housing Authority

Mayor Calls for Independent Investigation to Address Problems of the Richmond Housing Authority

Richmond, CA. Earlier this week, the news media reflected some serious issues in regard to public housing of the Richmond Housing Authority. I would like to thank the news media for bringing this important matter to the City Council’s attention. We are fortunate to have a free and investigative press bringing focus to such an […]

Youth Steering Committee aims to boost options for young people,

Youth Steering Committee aims to boost options for young people,

In this video story, Alondra Young and Kevin Do talking about the Youth Steering Committee and Building Healthy Communities. Read more about Access Sacramento

2014 21st Annual San Diego Latino Film Festival (March 13-23, 2014)

2014 21st Annual San Diego Latino Film Festival (March 13-23, 2014)

  The San Diego Latino Film Festival is presented yearly by MEDIA ARTS Center San Diego. Mission Statement: MEDIA ARTS CENTER SAN DIEGO promotes access to film and video as tools for community self-expression and social change and supports the professional development of media artists. Vision Statement: MEDIA ARTS CENTER SAN DIEGO endorses the inclusion […]

Boyle Heights residents express concerns over proposed mixed-use housing development

Boyle Heights residents express concerns over proposed mixed-use housing development

By Gus Ugalde A small, but emotionally charged crowd came together at YouthBuild Boyle Heights Feb. 12 to express their concerns on the proposed Lorena Plaza Mixed-Use Development project. The meeting was hosted by A Community of Friends, a non-profit affordable housing developer that is charged with developing the project on the northeast corner of 1st […]

President Visits Fresno to Discuss Drought

President Visits Fresno to Discuss Drought

  On, Friday February 14th, Fresno and the Central Valley hosted a very special guest: the President of the United States. Discussions around the current drought crisis are expected to take place. There is uncertainty about what exactly should be done about this issue. There are, however, a number of pieces of legislation that address the drought. […]

Raw Talent’s Second Verse

Raw Talent’s Second Verse

Growing up in North Richmond, Donte Clark, like many residents, relied on corner stores for groceries. The small “mom and pop” shops were a lifeline for many. “A lot of us grew up on convenience stores — the food they brought, the social life,” says Clark. “The stores represent the heart of the community, where […]

Safety and Water Among Top Issues for South Kern Residents

Safety and Water Among Top Issues for South Kern Residents

  By Alfredo Camacho for South Kern Sol This past Tuesday South Kern Sol attended the Building Healthy Communities Central Table Meeting, a community-wide collaboration opportunity informing members of local issues, such as proposed changes to discipline in area schools, addressing access to fresh fruits and vegetables, neighborhood security, and environmental issues. Parents and students […]

Chevron Joins News Publisher Wars in Richmond

Chevron Joins News Publisher Wars in Richmond

  News Report, Sukey Lewis and Asha DuMonthier | New America Media RICHMOND, Calif. — There’s a good old-fashioned muckraker’s war going on in Richmond, Calif., and Chevron’s “community-driven” news site Richmond Standard is the latest fighter to step into the ring. This sprawling city east of San Francisco is home to Chevron’s oil refinery, which […]

Garden Pathways Helps Youth Turn their Lives Around After Prison

Garden Pathways Helps Youth Turn their Lives Around After Prison

By Alfredo Camacho for South Kern Sol Ed. Note: In 2012 Californian voters approved Proposition 36, the Three Strikes Reform Act of 2012, to address harsh sentences for “strikers” convicted of non-violent, non-serious crimes. Opponents of this proposition argued that dangerous criminals would be released as a result.  In this story three youth from Bakersfield, Calif. tell […]

Celebrate Black History Month

Celebrate Black History Month

Column, Vernon Whitmore Celebrated in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom, Black History Month is an important annual commemoration of African American history and people. It began in 1926 with historian Carter G. Woodson and the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History, who wanted to encourage the study of the […]

Changing Face of Hmong Youth

Changing Face of Hmong Youth

  By The kNOw Youth Media,  Ezra David Romero/ Valley Public Radio Popular culture and traditional values often differ when it comes to perspective on healthy weight for girls. In this commentary, Edison High School Student Mai Chong Vang tells her story of self-acceptance while belonging to cultures that promote opposing ideal body types and how Hmong and American perspectives […]

Apple Dodges Taxes Candlelight Vigil

Apple Dodges Taxes Candlelight Vigil

  Richard Babcock, Ronald Orlando • Silicon Valley De-Bug • Photo Essay Apple’s CEO Tim Cook had once quoted the late Dr.Martin Luther King saying, “As Dr. Martin Luther King once said, the time is always right to do what’s right. At Apple, we do the right thing. Even when it’s not easy.”. The Silicon Valley community held a […]

LGBT community gathers with friends, family for discussion in Boyle Heights

LGBT community gathers with friends, family for discussion in Boyle Heights

  By Gus Ugalde More than 40 Boyle Heights residents gathered earlier this month to share some of their unique issues associated with belonging to the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender community in the Latino culture. The larger-than-expected crowd shared personal stories of how they coped with having family members, or close friends, “come out.” Event coordinator, […]

A “Path to Health” for Uninsured ECV Residents

A “Path to Health” for Uninsured ECV Residents

  Ivan Valenzuela/COACHELLA UNINC   INDIO — The Coachella Valley is eclectic in its array of residents and lifestyles. An Eastern Coachella Valley resident can work his entire life in the fields, but chances are he will never enjoy the retirement havens of nearby Palm Springs. It is also unlikely that he and his family […]

Support Youth, Support Bus Transit In Fresno

Support Youth, Support Bus Transit In Fresno

  Editor’s Note:  Today, Fresno City Council will be voting to decide the fate of the proposed Bus Rapid Transit project. If the City Council votes down the project they will  send back $50 million in state and federal funds granted for the new system. Community members and advocates have joined together to show support for […]

Local Youth Become Journalists With American Teenager Project

Local Youth Become Journalists With American Teenager Project

By Luis Cubas Robin Bowman, a New York-based photojournalist, set out on a quest in 2001 to capture and narrate the lives of teenagers all over the United States. She spent five years on the road, interviewing and photographing over 400 young people from different backgrounds and communities. The portraits and interviews are compiled in […]

ICE Stops Arresting Immigrants at Kern County Courthouses

ICE Stops Arresting Immigrants at Kern County Courthouses

  By Reyna Olaguez for South Kern Sol BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) will no longer arrest immigrants at Kern County Courthouses, announced a top ICE official on January 10. The moves comes after the American Civil Liberties Union complained that immigration officials were arresting undocumented immigrants while they were using courthouse services, like […]

Richard Sherman, Race and Coded Language

Richard Sherman, Race and Coded Language

Editor’s Note: Following the NFC Championship on January 19th, where the Seattle Seahawks defeated the San Francisco 49ers, much attention was paid to Richard Sherman, a player from Seattle. A brief but passionate post-game interview with Sherman became national news. Framed as an angry rant, the continued usage of the word ‘thug’ to describe Sherman […]

Q&A: Reverend Michael McBride on the Drop in Bay Area Homicides

Q&A: Reverend Michael McBride on the Drop in Bay Area Homicides

Dr. Joseph Marshall, Street Soldiers Radio EDITOR’S NOTE: The following conversation took place on Street Soldiers Radio between Dr. Joseph Marshall, co-founder and executive director of the San Francisco-based violence prevention program Alive & Free, and Reverend Michael McBride of The Way Christian Center in West Berkeley. Reverend McBride is the director of the Lifelines […]

CVHS Cheer Team Needs Community Support for Pro Bowl Travel

CVHS Cheer Team Needs Community Support for Pro Bowl Travel

ALEJANDRA ALARCON/Coachella Uninc   THERMAL — The Coachella Valley High School (CVHS) cheer team is set to perform at the 2014 Pro Bowl this weekend, but they still need community support to pay for travel to Hawaii, where the National Football League holds its all-star game every year. “Aside from all our practice, it took […]

Latino and a Vegan in Kern County

Latino and a Vegan in Kern County

  By Alfredo Camacho and Daniel Jimenez for South Kern Sol Ed. Note: In the heart of Kern County’s rich farmlands, fruits and vegetables can be seen growing in abundance in fields that seem to go on for miles. But when it comes to subsisting on a diet of mostly fruits and vegetables, it can […]

Richmond Residents React to New Fees for Paper Bags

Richmond Residents React to New Fees for Paper Bags

by Chanelle Ignant Two weeks after its January 1 implementation, Richmond’s Single-Use Bag Ordinance is earning mixed reactions from residents. Chief among the responses are grievances about the 5-cent fee for paper bags. Kelvin Payne has lived in Richmond for 8 years. He says it’s unfair to charge a customer after they have already spent […]

Central Valley Residents Grapple with Proposed Fracking Regulations

Central Valley Residents Grapple with Proposed Fracking Regulations

  By Alfredo Camacho for South Kern Sol BAKERSFIELD, Calif. —  About 100 people packed into a chamber at the Kern County administration building in Bakersfield to testify at a public hearing Wednesday on the state’s new fracking regulations, saying they are already at a breaking point with pollution in their communities, and that they’ll be […]

What Our Schools Need — A Student’s Eye View

What Our Schools Need — A Student’s Eye View

Photo Essay, YouthWire Editor’s Note: California’s recently enacted Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), in effect since July 1, will continue to increase funding for school districts over the next eight years. The greatest increases will go to districts with large populations of “high need” – low-income, foster youth and English Language Learner (ELL) – students. There are […]

Steeda and Malaysia: Re-Entry To Motherhood

Steeda and Malaysia: Re-Entry To Motherhood

Jean Melesaine • Silicon Valley De-Bug/Sisters That Been There Steeda Mcgruder was in prison when she was pregnant with her daughter Malaysia, and eventually gave birth to her while incarcerated. She then went in and out of jail, and after transforming her life and breaking the cycle of incarceration, is now running a support group through the […]

School-Issued iPads: Distraction or Study Aid?

School-Issued iPads: Distraction or Study Aid?

The 2013-14 school year marked the start of Coachella Valley Unified School District’s 1:1 Mobile Learning iPad Initiative, which will eventually provide every student with an iPad and faculty members with an iPad and a MacBook Air laptop. On the district’s website, superintendent Dr. Darryl Adams states, “We are very excited about the education transformation taking place in […]