Carla Javier

Community Engagement Reporter

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In my role as the newsroom's community engagement reporter:

I want to know what you want to know about. Or tell me your concerns. Or share something amazing that’s happening in your world so I can help shine a light on it. (After all, we could all use some good news these days). No question or tip is too small, too big, or too seemingly obvious.

I can help by seeking out the hard-to-find answers. I will take your questions and concerns to officials and experts. I will put their answers into context. I will listen to you and aim to share feelings and life experiences not commonly reflected in the news.

I will read, look and listen to everything you send me, and apply it. I won’t have all the answers immediately, and may not be able to respond directly to everyone, but your messages will inform my understanding as I investigate, report, keep our leaders accountable, and ask my own tough questions of others.

If you have a question or notice something you think I should be looking into, email me at cjavier@scpr.org, DM me on Twitter @carlamjavier, or fill out this form below.

Stories by Carla Javier

Creek Fire burns 11,337 acres in Sylmar, Lake View Terrace, Shadow Hills

Mandatory evacuations were ordered for areas of Sylmar, Lake View Terrace and Shadow Hills. The fire is 0 percent contained, officials said.

Why this professional artist enlisted the help of public school students

Teachers and students around Los Angeles are using the citywide art collaboration, Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, in lessons and projects.

How hospital patients are finding healing in painting

It gives the patients chance to interact with nurses and volunteers — and to express their feelings.

The House and Senate hold the future of the educator expense deduction

The version of the plan passed by the House would eliminate the Educator Expense Deduction. The senate version, as proposed, would double it.

Listen to fifth graders sing their songs about the future

Robots, floating houses, and rocket shoes: These are just some of the things the fifth graders at Huntington Park Elementary imagine will exist in the future.

Why these students made collages to better understand history

The students didn't write essays to show what they learned. Instead, they created art that expressed how they felt. Now, they're sharing it with the public.

Artist leads 200 students in painting masterclass

Olga Sinclair taught a painting class for 200 students — in the middle of a downtown Los Angeles street.

How a teacher uses Día de los Muertos to help students heal

At one El Monte alternative school, teacher Learsi Martinez creates a learning environment where students who have lost loved ones can share their experiences.

Pasadena Unified brings theater and dance to district's youngest learners

Administrators hope learning and practicing the arts will help the TK-1 students with oral language and social-emotional development.

VR, graffiti yards and other new ideas for art class

Educators, administrators, artists and more are working to test new approaches to making arts instruction accessible to all students in L.A. County.

Duarte Unified teams up for a district-wide dance craze

The public school district is offering dance workshops through a unique partnership with a local charter school, California School of the Arts-San Gabriel Valley.

Students get hands-on training for technical theater jobs

It takes more than just a star to put on a show: there’s a lot of behind-the-scenes work, too. One program teaches students the skills to get technical work in the entertainment industry.

Local school districts to review policies for outsiders who work with students

Local school districts – including LAUSD and Saugus Union in Santa Clarita – are reviewing policies for non-district individuals who work with students after a music specialist allegedly contaminated PVC flutes that were given to school children.

LAPD declares no shooting at USC, clarifying initial reports

Los Angeles Police Department officers responded to reports of a shooting at the University of Southern California quickly declared that no such incident had occurred.

Art and justice reform advocates visit Campus Kilpatrick

Over 120 artists and advocates from around the country gathered in Pasadena for the Create Justice forum. Their goal was to develop a national plan for juvenile justice reform.