Opinion

Different opportunities

Different opportunities

I was born and raised in Boyle Heights. I’ve lived there all my life. Even though I don’t live in East L.A., that community is still important to me because of the schools I have attended there. When I entered my first year of high school, I went to Roosevelt High...

The promised land

The promised land

I have lived in East L.A. my whole life. What brought me to this city would be my parents, since where I live now is on the same block where they grew up. I live in the house behind the one my...

Stay tough, keep your character

Stay tough, keep your character

For 18 years I lived in the heart of East Los Angeles, City Terrace to be exact. I was born in Glendale, which is a completely different city and environment, but I didn’t grow up there. I’m proud to be part of an exotic neighborhood. My parents brought me to my...

Father figures

Father figures

The East Side of Los Angeles, also known as East Los Angeles, is a rough neighborhood for boys to grow up in. In the streets, no one showed us how to become young men. Many of us grew up without our fathers guiding us or teaching us right from wrong. Our dads are...

It’s the people who make the place

It’s the people who make the place

To see what a city is like, you must look at the people. I’m always told that East Los Angeles is super dangerous, but there can be danger in any city you go to. I grew up in Orange County, which is forty minutes away from East L.A. Before I moved here, one of the bad...

East L.A’s true character

East L.A’s true character

I’ve lived in East L.A. all my life. I was born in Monterey Park, but I spent my whole life in L.A. I used to live near the edge of East Los Angeles, by Commerce. I was born there, but my mom and dad moved from Commerce to East L.A. for the cheaper rent. I’ve always...

A place I can no longer call home

A place I can no longer call home

I’ve lived in the City of Commerce, next to the East Los Angeles (ELA) border, for about 12 years. I remember moving to the City of Commerce when I began elementary school. My parents moved from South Central to the East Los Angeles area because they wanted to live in...

The good, the bad, and the ugly

The good, the bad, and the ugly

Judging by the title of this, you may start to think about how good this paper is going to be. Yeah, I may seem like the typical guy who writes about his struggle growing up in East L.A. but trust me, this is a different kind of story. To many people, East L.A. is...

Different opportunities

One of the boys

East L.A. has shaped my life in many different ways, and I don’t deny my roots. It’s because of East L.A. that I can describe myself as a strong, independent, young lady that will face all the challenges the world will throw my way. I am a girl that is strong in...

Different opportunities

Our roots are planted here

East Los Angeles has been my hometown for my entire life. Being born and raised here has been a unique experience, compared to other places I have lived in. I’m indecisive about my perspective of East L.A. The negative and positive attributes balance out. There are...