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Valeria Macias

Valeria Macias is a student reporter at USC, where she double majors in Journalism and NGOs and social change. Through her work in publications like the LA Times, USC Annenberg Media, Boyle Heights Beat, ABC7, and many others, Macias has amplified the voices within her local communities. Most of her reporting focuses on the local Angelino community and shines a light on issues of gentrification, street vending, city government, and more.

Empathy Through Tacos: Meet the Skid Row Taqueros Giving Away Free Food Every Friday to Downtown’s Homeless Community 

One of the taqueros who organizes the weekly pop-ups used to be homeless himself and broke out of poverty by selling breakfast burritos in front of a courthouse in Van Nuys. Now, he is sober and pays it forward every week. The group uses TikTok to raise funds and donate up to 1,500 tacos and more a week.

July 24, 2024

The Newest Addition to the L.A. Dodgers is a 14-Year-Old From Culiacán, Sinaloa

Meet Ezequiel Rivera, the teenager from Culiacán, Sinaloa, who just signed with one of the MLB’s most prominent teams.

July 18, 2024

A String of Fires Shuts Down Three Esteemed Eastside Mexican Restaurants

Mexes Cafe, Don Chamorrón, and Birria Los Socios have been forced to put their businesses on pause after all three were left without a space following fire damage.

July 8, 2024

Las Tarifas de Permisos Para Vendedores Ambulantes se Reducirán de $541 a $27 Tras La Aprobación Del Ayuntamiento de Los Ángeles

La nueva ley entrará en efecto el 28 de Julio de 2024 y se aplicará a los vendedores de comida igual que a los de mercancías. La tarifa reducida para los permisos anuales de venta permitirá que muchos más vendedores de Los Ángeles estén protegidos por la ley y tome en consideración el ingreso anual promedio de los vendedores ambulantes.

July 3, 2024

Street Vendor Permit Fees Will Drop From $541 to $27 In L.A. Following City Council Approval

The new law will go into effect on July 28th, 2024, and will apply to food as well as merchandise vendors. The reduced fee for annual vending permits will allow many more L.A. vendors to become protected by the law and takes into consideration the average annual income of street vendors.

July 2, 2024

The Five Best Tacos in South Gate

From a spot that uses a unique Michoacán-style "salsa agridulce" to a fish taquería where the batter stays crispy, next time you're in SELA, now you know! Southeast Los Angeles, presente!

June 13, 2024