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Posted inJustice

EDITORIAL: CA needs more diversity in statewide appointments of power

Researchers at UCLA’s Latino Policy & Politics Institute released a report this month that analyzed appointees across California’s executive branch, including those on the state’s governing boards, commissions and departments. The report found that Latinos make up 18% of appointees from the governor and legislative leaders even though Latinos are 39% of the state population. Whites are over-represented at 36% of the state population but 48% of all appointees.

Posted inNews

How is gente dealing with inflation and high costs?

These perilous price increases threaten families and people in Los Angeles and across California who are living paycheck to paycheck. The reasons are complicated and are impacted by the pandemic, crypto winter, war in Ukraine and international economic duress. The Washington Post last month revealed that overall wages fell by 3.6 percent when adjusted for inflation. And according to research conducted by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, “Hispanics” are one of the ethnic groups being affected the most.

Posted inHealth

The Sodium Icon Campaign, looking to reduce salt-intake among Latino, low-income communities

In general, Hispanics/Latinos have higher dietary sodium intake, lower dietary potassium intake, and higher rates of obesity compared with non-Hispanic whites. “When we eat meals, we don’t really think about sodium or salt, it’s such a small part of how we plan our meals, but in the long term we can see how this very small thing can have a huge effect on our health, said Mónica Acevedo, Program Manager of Public Health Advocates (PHA), a social justice nonprofit organization in LA.

Posted inPolitics

CAROLINE MENJIVAR, daughter of Salvadorian parents, now a top candidate in State Senate District 20

Menjivar grew up in San Fernanco Valley, where her mother cleaned private homes and her father worked as a waiter at a Studio City country club. Menjivar recalled attending Encino Charter Elementary School, a public school in the high-priced suburb of Encino, CA. She immediately felt out of place, she said. “I was going to an affluent school where my classmate’s homes were big and they had big screen TVs,” Menjivar said. “That’s when I started [wondering] why my classmates had so many cool things, big houses, expensive things and we didn’t? As a kid, you don’t know what all that means. You just know that the inequity doesn’t feel right.”

Posted inCulture

COLUMN: ‘Jane the Virgin’ writer: From undocumented English learner to Hollywood

Having arrived in California at age 7 from Guayaquil, Ecuador, Agustin offers a rare glimpse into the world of an undocumented student in his new memoir, “Illegally Yours,” published by Grand Central Publishing and available at Barnes & Noble, Amazon and other retailers. Known for his work as a writer on the TV show “Jane the Virgin,” Agustin, 41, now serves as the CEO of the Latino Film Institute, which hosts the annual Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival.