How immigrants are redefining 'American' in Southern California

In the news this morning

Good morning. There are several interesting stories out there today, including some locally:

  • The Los Angeles Times has a follow-up to a story that recounted the memories of a 92-year-old child of Greek immigrants who grew up in South Los Angeles, when his neighbors were "German, Polish, all different nationalities." In an immigrant town, all that changes is where people come from.

  • has a short piece with video about a group of East Los Angeles residents proposing that the unincorporated community incorporate as a city.

  • 89.3 KPCC reports that a coalition of union, education and Latino leaders is planning a nine-city bus tour as part of a statewide Latino voter registration drive.

  • A piece of staff commentary in The Atlantic asks a question that has also been asked about the legacy of SB 1070: "Will the 14th Amendment Talk Cost the GOP More Hispanic Votes?"


Patt Morrison explores 'food deserts' in South L.A
Navigating LA's Food Deserts: Airs 7/26 @ 1 PM from 89.3 KPCC on Vimeo.
The lack of healthy food options in low-income communities, where cheap fast food is often more easily found than fresh produce, has been blamed for a variety of public health problems, including a higher prevalence of diabetes among racial and ethnic minorities. Earlier this month, KPCC's Patt Morrison hosted a special event at KPCC's Crawford Family Forum in Pasadena, a combined farmers' market and town hall discussion on the scarcity of healthy food available to residents of South Los Angeles. An edited broadcast, Navigating LA's Food Deserts, airs Monday at 1 p.m. on 89.3 KPCC.