Working During a Pandemic: Hazardous or Not?

*Editors note: Names and places have been changed for privacy and safety reasons*   Hours before the sun rises Andres Ino is already up and moving, preparing for the long day ahead of him. He has kept this schedule for years and is used to a quiet house…

Here Is Our Stance: Black Lives Matter

It was a shot heard across the world, the death of George Floyd that is. It was a fire that ignited the frustration of thousands, even millions. And yet this frustration is one that has been brewing for hundreds of years. Time and time again, we see another…

Resolving the Dangers of Food Insecurity During a Pandemic

Writer’s Note: During a pandemic, one of the lessons we learn is to value the hard work and selfless efforts of essential workers. They are truly heroic to sacrifice themselves during a time when we need them the most. Thank you to all Essential Workers at the FRESH…

College Students Filing for Unemployment

  In the United States, there are over 30 million people who have filed for unemployment because of the COVID-19 pandemic. In California, all you need to file a claim is to be totally or partially unemployed, unemployed through no fault of your own, physically able to work,…

A Cup of Coffee and A Danish

Editor’s note: This story was reported and written in the Fall of 2018. We have preserved the original story for the integrity of the piece. The Sheriffs Department of Santa Ana has transitioned to releasing inmates at 8am now. …
Photo taken by Yessy Camacho

The Time to Care

  By Óscar Fernando García This article was supposed to be about the contract win between American Federation of State, County and Municipal employees (AFSCME), the union that represents the 16,000 patient care and 10,000 service workers employed by the University of California and the UC system. But…

The Effects of a Disastrous Fire Calls for a Grassroots Movement

Although COVID-19 is the focus of attention on all ends of the spectrum, it is difficult to remember what we talked about the pre-Coronavirus pandemic. Social media platforms’ algorithms have taken away the importance and attention of additional pressing matters that are also taking place. So remember to…

Beacon On a Hill: How This Shelter Is Transforming Young Lives

Written by Óscar Fernando García A cluster of cozily set houses on 17th Street in Santa Ana blend into the surrounding neighborhood. Had I been strolling through, I probably wouldn’t have given a second glance at Mary’s Path, a shelter for young mothers and their children. I wouldn’t…

Blurring the Lines Between Business and Community

Written by Daisy Murguia Laughter, chatter, and the smell of french toast fill Toast Kitchen and Bakery, a restaurant in Costa Mesa. The tables are an earthy woody tone, and there are flower arrangements on almost every table. The restaurant is inviting but easy to miss since it…