IT’S GETTING GRITTIER IN LOS ANGELES

Nearly two years since the beginning of the great quarantine, unemployment in the L.A.-Long Beach-Glendale area is at 7.8%, at least as of October 2021, down from 10.3% in June 2021, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. But the number is surely higher, especially given L.A.’s “informal” economy, or the city’s undocumented communities who number at just under a million people but are unlikely to be reflected accordingly in the BLS’s data-gathering. The BLS report also doesn’t count people who are underemployed, or working less hours than they’d like or need to, nor those who sought work unsuccessfully in the last year and exited or “vanished” from the work-force as a result. Yet even placing these discrepancies aside for a moment, 7.8% is still at least 390,000 people of “working age” in the county without a stable or practical income this holiday season. Keep them close in mind this winter season, Los Angeles.

J.T.

EPISODE 56 – GRAND PARK’S L.A. VOICES WITH SAMANTA HELOU-HERNANDEZ

In our 56th episode, the LIVE recording of Samanta Helou-Hernandez and I’s special talk for Grand Park’s L.A. Voices, an annual festival celebrating L.A.’s prolific arts and culture scene with the city’s talent. Samanta and I interview each other to discuss “behind-the-scenes” notes for Making Our Neighborhood: Redlining, Gentrification and Housing in East Hollywood, including where we drew our inspirations for the event, watching the series transform into a multilayered project, and our many discoveries along the way. We also take some great questions from digital audience members for a lively session like no other for yours truly during this extraordinary year. Shout out @grandpark_la on Instagram for the special opportunity to connect our series with the rest of Los Angeles, as well as the friend, neighbor and collaborator @thissideofhoover!

J.T.