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Suicide spike on LA’s Metro Blue Line

In sunny Southern California, a cloud of despair lingers above a 22-mile stretch of railroad track that runs from Downtown Los Angeles to the port city of Long Beach. The Metro Blue Line, one of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transit Authority’s six public rail transportation lines, has claimed the lives of 33 suicide victims since it began operating in 1990. Ten of these incidents have occurred in the last three calendar years, the most recent on Sept. 5, 2013. Shortly after that suicide, Metro officials held a press conference to ask the public for help. “They keep happening on…

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Starving for Hope in Los Angeles County

On a crisp November morning in Los Angeles’ MacArthur Park, dozens of scattered bodies stir to life. Woken by families setting up picnics and the whistles of tamale vendors, the homeless rise from beds of dirt with aching stomachs. A new morning has arrived with hunger, along with the fear that another day will pass without a hot meal. Kara Smith, a 25-year-old Westlake apartment manager, is doing her best to feed them a little hope. One Sunday a month, she organizes a free community meal in the park. Volunteers come from across LA County and beyond to serve platters…

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LA mayoral candidates to meet in South Central

Looking forward to hearing what the candidates have to say about reducing poverty, homelessness and crime in our neighborhood. Rather, looking forward to hearing fluff about how South LA is turning corners and growing with the help of USC at this PR-stunt. Get ya facts straight! We are the poorest, most violent district of the city. The people of this region need help from the top. TODAY 1177 W 25th St  Los Angeles, CA 90007 6:00 pm – 7:30 pn http://org2.democracyinaction.org/o/5098/p/salsa/event/common/public/?event_KEY=51239

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