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San Diego County clears Encinitas hemp farm blamed for health issues

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Tensions high as hemp farm leaves Encinitas amid neighbor dispute

For months, residents of a suburban Encinitas neighborhood have clashed with the hemp farm next door, blaming the farm for the nausea, dizziness and respiratory problems that they say have bothered them since October. Bob Echter, owner of Fox Point Farms which is home to the hemp operation, and Josh Schneider, CEO of Cultivaris Hemp which has been operating the hemp farm on Echter’s property, deny the neighbors’ claims. They chalk them up to the neighbors’ dislike for the smell of the hemp ...

Proud to be Latinx

Since arriving at USC, sophomore Micaela Mengen has tried to drink mate as often as she can. It’s a close tie to life at home with her Uruguayan family in New Jersey. She hasn’t tried to make her grandmother’s tortas fritas yet but plans to when she finds the right ingredients in Los Angeles. “It’s definitely very hard to preserve my Uruguayan culture,” Mengen said, before acknowledging that in New Jersey she was never around many Uruguayans anyway. “It’s very hard to get access to my food ...

(Off) Campus Life

A few miles south of downtown Los Angeles, the University of Southern California’s University Park Campus is silent. Missing is the constant thump of skateboard wheels hitting cracks in the bricks that line Trousdale Parkway. Gone are the echoes of “fight on!” that ring when campus tour groups arrive at the Tommy Trojan statue. As the 2020 school year comes to an end, nearly everyone from the student body of 48,500 is already back home. Classes moved online in early March to limit the spread of the coronavirus, and only those employees vital to daily operations remain on campus. “It’s, oh my God, me and that girl are not gonna laugh about the ...

Ripple Effect

For Eduardo, early doses of pandemic reality hit him back on March 11: The NBA season was canceled, Tom Hanks got sick and the University of Southern California extended its remote learning plan. The coronavirus crisis was just catching fire -- fear was growing quickly around the United States as the number of reported cases passed 1,200. Two months later, Eduardo, 20, remembers the day he left the USC campus and boarded a train for home, anxiously keeping his distance from other passengers as it rolled south from Los Angeles to San Diego. ...

Mexicana de corazón: Student recalls family’s sacrifices

Trumpets blasted and cymbals clashed as Selene Castillo walked among the other student representatives across Alumni Park last month. She sported a black and red robe, but it wasn’t her graduation day — she was taking part in Carol Folt’s inauguration as USC’s 12th president. As she held the wooden rod of the Bovard flag in her hands and stood around the fountain, watching faculty and staff roll in and listening to the announcer, Castillo could barely contain her excitement. She had just started ...

City Wants Jails in 4 Boroughs. Not Here, Community Boards Say.

Four boroughs’ rejections of a proposal to replace Rikers Island with community jails represent setbacks to years of deliberations over what to do about the notoriously dangerous and overcrowded Rikers complex. Mayor Bill de Blasio wants to replace Rikers Island with smaller jails in Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan and the Bronx, in part to move prisoners closer to their homes. But the plan is facing intense backlash from residents after community boards soundly rejected the city’s proposal. ...

South Central residents stand up for better living conditions through new LA Tenants Union chapter

South Central residents stand up for better living conditions through new LA Tenants Union chapter Residents of Baldwin Hills, Leimert Park and Crenshaw — South Central communities rich in black culture — have witnessed a number of neighborhood changes in recent years. Leimert Plaza Park, once home to vendors and African drums, has been fenced off by gates and is awaiting renovation. Along Crenshaw Boulevard, which extends through all three neighborhoods, the construction of a new Los Angeles ...

No longer welcome

After 14 years of living in the same apartment, Steven Baldwin came home one day in October to find a notice taped to his door. It read that he and his family had 60 days to move out, because the tenants of his building, along with six other buildings along the 1100 block of Exposition Boulevard, were being evicted. The property owners, who bought the complex in Sept. 2017, are planning to convert the units into housing for USC students following the current residents’ eviction, according to an ....

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