Carla Javier

Arts Education Reporter

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Exposure to the arts can open doors to a creative life, but not everyone has the same opportunities to be creative -- even though California state law requires access to arts education. I explore what’s being done to address the disparity and who does and doesn't get to learn about and make art.

Stories by Carla Javier

How Viacom's power struggle trickled down to Paramount Pictures

The parent company's woes have taken a toll at the studio. Its latest release, "Ben-Hur," cost $100 million to make, but only brought in $11.4 million on its opening weekend.

Stalled Sunset Junction project looking for community support

It's been four years since a developer first proposed putting in three new retail-residential buildings near Sunset Junction. The height of the buildings remains a community roadblock.

As grocery workers threaten strike, here’s why they’re worried

Unionized workers held a strike over ten years ago. But this time, the grocery chains have less market share, leaving both sides of the table with less bargaining power.

Sheriff patrol car hit by gunfire in Compton, suspect killed

A suspect was pronounced dead on the scene in the second of two deputy-involved shootings Thursday morning in Compton, according to the LASD Homicide Bureau.

Highland Park's bar boom not sitting well with some

Almost 20 businesses got licenses to sell alcohol in Highland Park in the past 3 years. Some residents worry that's too many.

How recycling center closures affect homeless collectors

Over 300 recycling centers have closed across the state in the past year. It's a bad sign for people who collect cans and bottles to supplement their income.

What change do you see in Boyle Heights?

Rents are rising in this immigrant community, where residents have long fought gentrification. Property is changing hands. New is replacing old. Tell us where you see it happening.

SoCal trauma centers: No surge in July 4th fireworks injuries

At least three Southern Californians suffered severe hand injuries, but several regional trauma centers saw just a handful of people hurt by fireworks.

After Ramadan, demand for dates outpaces supply

Many Muslims break the fast during Ramadan with dates. But months after the harvest season, most date growers are out of supply at this point.

How Pacific Palisades residents are fighting homelessness

Instead of waiting for city or county funds, residents of Pacific Palisades raised $125,000 themselves to hire outreach workers to get homeless off the streets.

LA City Attorney turns up heat on short-term rental hosts

Charges were filed against four landlords who allegedly converted their L.A. apartment buildings into vacation rentals, violating zoning rules or the Ellis Act.

What should go in Highland Park's time capsule?

We talked to the locals, many of them longtime residents, about what they think should be put in a time capsule to capture today's Highland Park.

5 things to know about Brown’s proposed housing plan

The state budget was passed today, but there’s still some unfinished business. Funding for affordable housing still hangs in the balance.

Why housing advocates say they'll fight Gov. Brown's bill

The bill would streamline development by cutting the time spent on community input and environmental review. More than 50 leaders want the legislature to reject it.

LA Fire wants program for alcoholics who call 911 excessively

Last year, 40 people in L.A. accounted for 2,000 911 service calls. The Fire Department says most are alcoholics who should be shuttled to a sobriety center instead of the ER.