Making a Difference West Edition

MAKING A DIFFERENCE: TRUST South LA fights for property in community

While downtown Los Angeles was booming with development projects in the 1990s, many families were being priced out of their neighborhoods and pushed out of South Los Angeles. In the 2000s, the same again happened: as USC expanded, neighborhoods around the area started to change and people were again being pushed out of their communities. Read More…

Making a Difference West Edition

MAKING A DIFFERENCE: PVJOBS helps people find jobs, escape poverty

The philosophy of Playa Vista Job Opportunities and Business Services (PVJOBS) is a simple one: provide livable-wage jobs — specifically jobs in construction and other related fields — to families in an effort to shatter cycles of poverty. The nonprofit corporation began in 1998 in response to a decree by the Los Angeles City Council Read More…

Making a Difference West Edition

MAKING A DIFFERENCE: Organization serves health needs of South L.A.

It has been 25 years since nonprofit Community Health Councils first rose to the occasion. The occasion in 1992 included a health crisis in South Los Angeles, Veronica Flores, the organization’s chief executive officer, said. Fed up with the state of emergency that South L.A. was in, then-City Councilman Mark Ridley-Thomas and others sprang into Read More…