Author Archives: Edward Barrera

Diagnosing a Way Out of Jail Time

I’m doing research on mental health and reading “Is There No Place On Earth For Me?”, a book by Susan Sheehan. I picked it up because it gives an insider look at Creedmoor, a psychiatric hospital in Queens that I … Continue reading

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LA Homelessness an Unprecedented Challenge

This article was originally posted at Hub.com  Los Angeles is facing an unprecedented challenge with more than 34,000 people suffering homelessness. The city is the latest municipality struggling to end the heartbreaking and vicious cycle in the face of residential and business opposition, high-housing costs and lack … Continue reading

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Years of Teaching Grade School, Prepared Blanca Rubio for CA Legislature

For Assemblywoman Blanca Rubio, 16 years of teaching in elementary school prepared her for the California Legislature. “The amount of learning you have to get through in a single day to understand the issues is crazy. If you’re not prepared … Continue reading

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Show ‘Why’ to Earn Your Audience

For successful nonprofits, having a strong mission is only the beginning. Storytelling is one critical component. “The starting piece, what underpins any effective communication, is knowing that your organization has a solid mission,” said Gregory Bradbard, president of the nonprofit Hope through … Continue reading

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Ed Hernandez and the Lieutenant Governor Bully Pulpit

Ed Hernandez has begun a five-month sprint to the June primary for lieutenant governor. But why? The 60-year-old West Covina state Senate Democrat has more than a decade of California legislative accomplishments behind him, a prosperous San Gabriel Valley optometry … Continue reading

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SGV Senate Seat Money Hunt

It costs, on average, $1.1 million to win a seat in the California Senate, according to Maplight.org. As of the reporting period ending in 2017 for the San Gabriel Valley race to replace Sen. Ed Hernandez, Mike Eng has $1.156 … Continue reading

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Candidates Circling State Sen. Mendoza, Central Basin Generosity

Montebello mayor says she is ‘seriously considering’ run against embattled Sen. Tony Mendoza With state Sen. Tony Mendoza (D-Artesia) on a leave of absence pending a sexual harassment probe, Montebello Mayor Vanessa Delgado said Tuesday that one reason she is … Continue reading

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