Author Archives: Samantha Hermann

A face lift intended to do more than refurbish a shopping mall

By Samantha Hermann When Vince St. Thomas showed up at the food court of the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza mall to do a crossword puzzle he was taken aback by what he found. The center of the food court had … Continue reading

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VITA Centers offer free tax preparation in South LA

View South Los Angeles VITA Centers in a larger map Two-hundred dollars. That is the base rate Liberty Tax’s Watts branch said it charges to prepare a simple tax return. According to 2000 census data the median household income in … Continue reading

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Q & A: City Council candidate Austin Dragon

Austin Dragon does not have much experience in politics; he has spent the last 16 years of his life working as a corporate recruiter. He describes himself as an “average person” from the private sector. And this is exactly why … Continue reading

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Turning fans and followers into activists and advocates

One-thousand one-hundred and thirty people “like” the Community Coalition of South LA’s (CoCo) Facebook page. This seems like a respectable number for a relatively small advocacy group based in a low-income community where not everyone is toting an iPhone and … Continue reading

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