Tuesday, August 3, 2021

MENDing the community one grocery bag at a time

Valley food bank answers the call for those in need during the pandemic Imelda Canales packages food to be distributed at MEND's biweekly Food Bank in Pacoima, Calif., on March 9, 2021. Photo by Katya Castillo. Cars start lining up by 7:45 a.m. on San Fernando Road in Pacoima, to...

Juicing

...the natural fast food An orange slice hangs in Los Angeles on May 6, 2021. Photo illustration by Katya Castillo. Joe Stepanian opens up The Real Juicery every morning with color on his mind. Lemons, oranges and apples are washed and hung in baskets. The colors act...

Strawberry Sundays

The Chavez family shares their wares at Encino Farmers Market Carlos Chaves places brocoli on the C. Chavez farm stand at the Encino Farmers Market in Van Nuys, Calif., on April 4, 2020. Photo by Katya Castillo. On a cool breezy Sunday, rays from the sun gently shone upon a...

Vegan made to order

California caterer creates plant-based plates for customers Louis Fuentes prepares his vegan fish tacos before deep frying them in Cypress, Calif., on March 14, 2021. Photo by Jackelyn Ruby. It was two years ago when Louis Fuentes had a catering event at an art walk show in San Diego.

Little Ethiopia

The LA neighborhood expands its flavorful landscape A plate filled with cabbage, tomato salad, lentils, pumpkins, green beans and other vegetables are served on injera, a pancake-like bread, from Rahel Ethiopian Vegan Cuisine, in Little Ethiopia in Los Angeles on May 1, 2021. Photo by Katya Castillo.

Living a double life

Kevin Perez sits in his bedroom in Sun Valley, Calif., on Nov. 5, 2020. Photo by Katya Castillo. After a long night of dance practice for his cousin’s quinceanera, 12-year-old Kevin Perez came home late. His mother was angry—rightfully so, he thought. But when he sat down for her lecture, she...

Kicking down stereotypes

David Tucker performs a jumping side kick at Point Dume Beach in Malibu, Calif., on Nov. 11, 2020. Photo by Benjamin Hanson. David Tucker plays his bass guitar. Photo by Benjamin Hanson.David Tucker holds his hands in prayer at Topanga State Park in Topanga, Calif., on Nov. 11, 2020. Photo by Benjamin Hanson. David Tucker...

Warmth from a blue screen

Photo illustration by Benjamin HansonPhoto illustration by Benjamin HansonDr. Julie Kokesch poses for a portrait in her office in Los Angeles, Calif., on Nov. 11, 2020. The blue light projecting from the computer screen pierces the pupil as it’s pried open. The cursor fiercely wanders over to Safari before clicking on the icon.

Rescue, Rehabilitate, Release

Wendy Leeds holds down a baby elephant seal at the Pacific Marine Mammal Center in Laguna, Calif. on March 13, 2020. The rescued patients go through a process of tube feeding when malnourished. This method does not hurt the animals and is needed so they can be weaned onto fish eventually. Photo by: Chelsea WestmanA California sea...

Without a home, but not alone

Charlie Psy holds his dog Halu in Venice, Calif. Photo by: Atena NaghiCharlie Psy holds his dog Halu in Venice, Calif. Photo by: Atena NaghiCharlie Psy’s dog Halu is by his side in Venice, Calif. Photo by: Atena NaghiRonald Johnson holds his snake in Venice, Calif. Photo by: Atena NaghiCharlie Psy plays the guitar in Venice,...