Pesticides & Politics: California’s Recreational Marijuana Industry

written for Inspire Malibu

February 28, 2017

LOS ANGELES – Before the ink on new marijuana laws has even dried, there are looming signs of trouble. To coin a phrase, where there’s smoke, there might be a federal raid underway.

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Wage Theft in Koreatown: Living on Less in the City of Angels

December 15, 2016

LOS ANGELES – Landlocked in the middle of city, Koreatown is dense and diverse. In less than five-square-miles, it’s the most populated neighborhood in the city, housing an array of cultures made up of lifelong L.A. denizens to young people just arriving from other parts of the country. Though for many low-income, minority residents, like 46-year-old Umberto Gutierrez, an undocumented immigrant, working and living in K-town means coping with exploitation.

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Rent Spike and a Wage Dip: Living and Working in Los Angeles

September 3, 2016

STUDIO CITY, Calif. – Freelance photographer and writer, Allen Nalasco, walks in the dim, early morning hours to make his Thursday shift as an assistant manager of a neighborhood sporting goods chain.

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C.U.R.B. and State Prison Reform Advocacy

November 11, 2015

LOS ANGELES – Diana Zuniga, 28, has been in and out of California prisons for 24 years of her life. She’s been visiting incarcerated family members. Her father is scheduled for release in four to five years. Her uncle is serving 35 years to life.

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