I’m The New Editor Of LAist, But LA Has Always Been Home
Hi, friend. I’m Brian De Los Santos, the new editor of LAist, but L.A. has always been home.
I’ve spent hot summers in the 818, lived in K-Town where a waft of delicious food is constant and grew up in Mid City in the 1990s, at a time when racial tensions were high. When people ask me why I love L.A., my answer is simple: It’s not the beautiful mountains or Hollywood, it’s the communities and their stories that make living here a rich experience.
But we know it isn’t easy living in this metropolis. There’s racial injustice, high rents, food deserts, thousands experiencing homelessness and many more issues. LAist aims to guide residents — native Angelenos and newcomers — through your everyday questions so you can live an informed, more connected life.
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