Elected Officials Blame Local Journalists For Water Rate Increase

La Habra Heights, despite being a small city of just over 5,300, has a history of city officials embroiling themselves in big time controversy. This time, two elected officials have blamed two local journalists for obstructing and delaying a controversial water wheeling agreement. An agreement that the officials say would have offset the upcoming water…

How To Be A DIY Journalist Part 3 – Show Me Your Press Pass, Ma’am

So we took a bit of an unexpected hiatus in our plan to publish a weekly installment. Short story, I had to make some money and that means running around Los Angeles with a microphone and recording device of some sort, asking lots of questions and wishing I were taking the bus instead of driving…

Trayvon Martin Case: Original State Attorney Wolfinger Has Troubled History

As the details of Trayvon Martin’s murder continue to emerge, it is increasingly clear that this case involves both crime in the streets as well as crime in the suites. Much of the latter appears to be linked to the office of the State Attorney for the 18th Judicial Circuit of Florida headed by Prosecutor…

A Closer Look At George Zimmerman

Very little has been publicly known about the past  of George Zimmerman, the self-styled neighborhood watch captain responsible for the shooting of Trayvon Martin over a month ago.  In recent days, information has been steadily released through various media outlets referencing his family, history of violence, and hyper vigilance in relation to upholding the law….

How To Be A DIY Journalist Part 2: Equipment

Welcome to Part 2 of our special series on how to be a DIY Journalist! Last week we got a little cerebral, but today we get hands on. Can You See Me Now? Last week I mentioned you should have a smartphone. Let’s get a little more into that. You can no longer get by…

How To Be A DIY Journalist Part 1: The Essentials

Welcome to our new series, How To Be a DIY Journalist. This series is inspired by my recent workshop at the Los Angeles Media Summit, where I spoke about how I covered the Occupy Los Angeles encampment at City Hall (also known as Solidarity Park). The Basics The most important quality of a journalist is…

The “Arab Spring”

While originating from the same desire for freedom and democracy as other nations of the “Arab Spring”, the Syrian uprising has become a far more complex beast, of which the consequences spread far beyond the middle east region.  Heated debate has sprung between nations who long have been at odds,  straining efforts in diplomacy between…

Protesters and Family Attempt to Reoccupy Home of Recently Deported Mother; Police Respond in Riot Gear

CORRECTION: A judge had not handed ownership of the home to the Cardenas, instead they had filed for bankruptcy, which legally prevents any sale of the home until the bankruptcy proceedings are over. Earlier this week Occupy foreclosure advocates, family members, and local community, gathered at the home of Blanca Cardenas to protest her recent…