January 19, 2012
Zara Marselian sits in the top-floor conference room of the recently completed La Maestra Clinics headquarters. One of the few tall buildings in the heart of City Heights, its windows look east to rooftops and mountains, fast food restaurants and the crowded streets of one of the most diverse neighborhoods in the nation. A relentless advocate for immigrants and their impoverished neighbors, Marselian is already plotting the organization's next steps to support the community she serves with great vigor and compassion. She hasn’t had much time to look out the windows – she sees her community at the street level. “There is so much need here,” Marselian says. “We are here to learn how to make the services work for the people who need them most. This is our community and we serve it best by building our circle of care for the community.”
January 18, 2012
By Rosa Ramirez
If the doctor ordered you to eat one additional serving of fruits and vegetables each day as a way to improve your health, would you do it? Recently a group of pediatricians, trying to get young children to swap unhealthy foods like fries and burgers for eggplant dishes and quinoa salads, began to take a new approach: they’re giving children a prescription for daily vegetables.
January 16, 2012
By Jessica Portner
Jamie Oliver's food truck stops in Long Beach to teach local kids about the benefits of healthy home cooking.
January 16, 2012
World renowned for its Pacific coast beauty, Beat poetry, and rich cultural artistry, San Francisco is now home to a special events meeting place for older adults that is redefining the aging process with this creative mantra: “Art stimulates and engages the mind and body.”
January 11, 2012
By Robert Fulton
The University of Southern California is located in a low-income area in South L.A. Longtime residents feel pushed out by the big demand for housing created by students and faculty. But the university says it is a good neighbor with programs designed to bring jobs to people who live in South L.A.
January 5, 2012
Parents trying to cook at home for finicky kids who are constantly exposed to Ronald McDonald, the Colonel and every sugary concoction imaginable are in for a struggle to start with. But cooking healthy? As difficult as that may be, Los Angeles restaurateur Steven Vasquez and his family are on a mission to ease parents’ pain – by coaxing kids themselves to realize the delight in eating healthy, delicious meals that contain fresh ingredients. With little fanfare, the Vasquez family for the last five years have been visiting Los Angeles-area recreation centers and other locations, holding exercise and cooking sessions for kids under the rubric “Cooking With Gabby” – Gabby being Vasquez’ daughter Gabriella.
January 4, 2012
By Genevieve Bookwalter
Twenty seven percent of Fresno residents worry about where their next meal will come from - that's the highest food insecurity rate in the nation. Community gardens throughout the city are helping residents with the increasing costs of food.
January 3, 2012
By Helen Afrasiabi
The Santa Ana Unified School District is launching a school safety measure with a grant of nearly $500,000, awarded by the Department of Justice, with efforts aimed at kids at risk for gang involvement.
January 3, 2012
By Melissa Flores
Community members, volunteers raise money and equipment for deaf and hard of hearing students.
December 21, 2011
By Lynn Graebner
The SPCA for Monterey County is pairing at-risk youth in Salinas with at-risk dogs, and the benefits are blooming on both ends of the leash.