Bobbi Murray has reported on politics, economics, police reform and health-care issues for Los Angeles magazine, L.A. Weekly and The Nation.
Nail-care salons are an $8.5 billion industry that is booming in America, but one that is also replete with an often-exploited immigrant work force, low wages, dangerous chemicals and difficult patrons. Change, though, is gradually coming.READ MORE
Los Angeles’ innovative “targeted local hiring” program seeks to fill 5,000 city job positions, frozen or gutted during the 2008 recession, with potential employees from communities long excluded from a cumbersome civil service process.READ MORE
There’s good news for low-income Californians tucked within the massive state budget Governor Jerry Brown is set to sign this week, including a measure that advocates estimate could benefit more than one million financially struggling families.READ MORE
When writer and veteran union organizer David Bacon speaks of “people who travel with the crops,” he means the agricultural workers who move from place to place to cultivate and harvest California’s fields. They are also the subject of his newest work of photojournalism.READ MORE