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Leslie Berestein Rojas
Immigration and Emerging Communities Reporter
Southern California is home to many new immigrants -- about a third of L.A. County residents are foreign born. Immigrants are creating an evolving definition of "American." I will deepen the understanding of how immigrants are changing the region and how L.A. changes immigrants.
Stories by Leslie Berestein Rojas
Wage theft is common in some local industries - and hard to root out. Los Angeles will have to start it's own unit if if wants to enforce it's higher minimum wage.
Children and grandchildren of Mexican immigrants are opening funky new stores in Boyle Heights. They see the changes not as gentrification, but rather evolution.
L.A. officials are weighing an ordinance that would force fitness instructors who operate at city parks and beaches to obtain permits, hold insurance and pay fees.
City officials want to crack down on unlicensed services like fitness bootcamps, who do business in L.A. parks. Pushcart vendors would be subject to the same sanctions.
Leaders in L.A. have long considered legalizing street vending but have yet to pass an ordinance. Pasadena and Santa Ana have had limited policies for years.
The Department of Labor is looking into alleged work visa abuse involving two companies used by Southern California Edison to hire foreign workers.
Next summer, the city's minimum wage will rise to $10.50 per hour, and it will reach $15 in 2020. Some workers say it'll lift them up. Others worry they'll be laid off.
Congresswoman Judy Chu has asked the government to investigate Edison's decision to lay off tech workers and replace them foreign workers who hold visas.
The bill would make it harder for employers to dodge paying back pay to workers who win a wage-theft case. It still must get approval from the state Assembly.
A city-sponsored public hearing brought out street vendors and those who oppose the idea of legalizing the industry in Los Angeles.
Some grew up with drought, others with an unreliable water supply, in countries where water consumption is much lower than in the U.S.
Until now, spouses of foreign workers who hold an H1B visa could not work in the US. A new rule allows many to apply for work permits.
The late Archbishop Oscar Romero of El Salvador will be beatified by the Catholic Church on Saturday. Locals have planned festivities to mark the occasion.
David Ryu is the first-ever Korean American City councilmember and its first Asian American representative in 2 decades.
On Tuesday, voters will choose the final member of LA's city council. The winner will be either an Asian American or a woman - both rarities on the council.