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This story is part of ‘You’re Not Alone,’ a collaborative reporting project by the California Youth Media Network that shines a light on the mental health challenges facing Gen Z and Alpha


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Miguel Santiago to run for CD 14

The Assemblymember and Boyle Heights resident says it’s ‘time for a change’ in the district and admonishes Kevin de León for not stepping down following racist scandal


Blooming in the Face of Adversity

This story is part of ‘You’re Not Alone,’ a collaborative reporting project by the California Youth Media Network that shines a light on the mental health challenges facing Gen Z and Alpha We’Ced | Merced, CA By Carlos Juan Nava Hi. My name is Carlos. I am 18 years old and I grew up in…

Mental Health discussed at BHB community meeting

Reporting by Eimee Mendieta Soto and Dania Alejandres Dozens of community members walked into the Boyle Heights Beat’s headquarters on Saturday, April 22,  for the organization’s first community meeting since the COVID pandemic. They were able to enjoy pastries and cafe de olla while reading the latest print edition Boyle Heights Beat before jumping into…

Ramón García Recreation Center gets a new playground

Children in the southern section of Boyle Heights have a new playground to enjoy at the Monsignor Ramón García Recreation Center. The yellow and red playground with blue shade toppers was unveiled earlier this month. It meets Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) accessibility standards and was made possible by a $500,000 donation from the Werner…

arts & culture

Lindsey Haley: 10 years of dedication led to ‘Favorite Cousins’

A reviewer called it “a beautifully written play, full of anguish and laughter, precious memories and hope, framing [two] women’s stories with a graceful, tender and profound honesty. Their genuine and deeply felt connection is balanced and truthful and very real.” The write up in is about “Favorite Cousins,” a play having a four-week…


Business & Development

Homeless Connect Day coming to Boyle Heights

As many as eight apartment complexes coming in the next two years to Boyle Heights and East Los Angeles will include units reserved for people experiencing homelessness, but gaining access to these new homes may be a challenge for the unhoused community. An upcoming “Homeless Connect Day” in Boyle Heights will allow unhoused residents in…

A new repurposing for a historic Boyle Heights building

A more than a century-old building with strong ties to separate controversial moments in the history of Boyle Heights’ Mexican-American and Japanese-American communities is about to begin a new chapter as a home for college students experiencing homelessness or housing insecurity. Built in 1914 as the Forsythe Memorial School for Girls, where local Mexican-American girls…

Tonie Juarez: ‘Crazy’ about Boyle Heights

Behind weekend sounds of music, dance and heart-to-heart chit chat, there’s someone working behind the scene making the local community market uniquely Boyle Heights. Her name is Antonia Rodriguez Juarez. If you’ve gone to Mariachi Plaza on a weekend, you might know her simply as “Tonie”. A charismatic community presence with her own custom headpiece…


County residents must renew in order to continue Medi-Cal coverage

As the end of the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency approaches, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Social Services (DPSS) wants local residents to know that although emergency protections are ending, they may still qualify for Medi-Cal. The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2023 marked the end of continuous health coverage protections that were placed during…

Local students sought for Radiation Oncology Internship at LAC+USC

LAC-USC Medical Center is looking for local high school students interested in a unique internship opportunity this upcoming summer. A great way for students interested in the field of medicine to get a head start, the Radiation Oncology Internship is an eight-week volunteer program that allows rising seniors to shadow physicians who provide radiation treatment…

Peace & Healing Center comes to Proyecto Pastoral

Boyle Height’s Proyecto Pastoral is one of eight community-based organizations picked by the Los Angeles Civil + Human Rights and Equity Department to establish Peace & Healing Centers in nine Los Angeles communities harmed by high rates of poverty, pollution and violence. Under a $2 million pilot program, each center is expected to provide a minimum of…


LAUSD board swears in new member Rocío Rivas: ‘We have to invest in our children’

By Kyle Stokes/LAist Topline: The Los Angeles Unified school board’s newest member, Rocío Rivas, took the oath of office on Tuesday, kicking off a four-year term representing parts of Central and East L.A. as the board member for District 2. What the new board member said: “We say we love [our children],” Rivas said in…

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