Carson’s New Outlet

By Sarahmae Espinosa: Co-Technology Editor

Throughout the years, the city of Carson has been evolving, with more buildings, cafes, and now an outlet. The outlet will be called the Los Angeles Premium Outlets. With Carson being renovated, an outlet can be one of the new places locals can head to. As the project for the new outlet is in work, the city plans for $400 million. According to the Los Angeles Daily News, the outlet will be 400,000 square feet and will open in the fall of 2021. There are a lot of empty spaces in Carson and an outlet is a good way to fill up the land. Since the NFL Stadium was a failed proposal, having an outlet was a second choice. Macerich is a Real Estate Investment Trust that is teaming up with Simon Property Group which is also a real estate company to build the mall.

Ana Tuigaleava Carson High School senior stated, “The only other mall in Carson is South Bay Pavilion and we all know that it’s not all that so maybe the outlet will be better. I don’t think that this new outlet is necessary. I feel like the stadium would have been better. An outlet mall is the best choice because an outlet has a variety of shops. The outlet would bring more shoppers.” Continue reading “Carson’s New Outlet”

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Mid-Term Elections

by Daniela Coria – Staff Writer

  On November 6, the 2018 midterm elections took place. The tension was high between the Republicans and Democrats, and it was a race to see who will be in control of majority of the seats in Congress. The Democrats did gain a majority of the House that day and for the Republicans they won the majority of the Senate. The results can mean many things, such as who in the House has the larger amount of voices that can be heard and who does not.

  Academy of Medical Arts senior Javier Lima who worked as a poll worker stated, “The midterms elections are important because we kinda messed up on the Presidential elections, and at least with these propositions we can make it a little bit better.” Lima then added, “The most important proposition is Prop 7 which is getting rid of daylight savings time because that extra hour we get of sleep it comes out to be 6 billion dollars that the government loses, but I think we should keep it.” Continue reading “Mid-Term Elections”

Social Media Awareness

by Kayla Villaruz: Staff Writer

One way people interact with one another, entertain themselves or others, and share or gain information is through social media, which becomes more and more popular each day for its convenience. Social media platforms such as Snapchat, Twitter, And Instagram- the three most common forms of media used in this generation- can be used on a personal level to make stronger connections with family and friends, regardless of how far away they are from each other. At times, social media may even be informative, spreading around reports on events viewers might not have heard about. Though social media can be an amusing place, the most important thing it can be is a dangerous place, which tends to slip people’s mind.

Academy of Education and Empowerment (AEE) junior, Joshua Viado, says, “Social media, in my opinion, isn’t a safe place. People are so reckless as to accidentally [leak] private information. There are also stalkers online so we need to be careful about what we put online.” Continue reading “Social Media Awareness”

Rose Scholars

by Jahiem Hopper – Staff Writer

The scholarship search has been extended to yet another opportunity. 3x NBA All Star point guard Derrick Rose of the Minnesota Timberwolves has started a college scholarship fund for high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors. Rose created the scholarship fund hoping to motivate students.

“Derrick hopes to inspire students to be creative, put in some work, chase dreams, change the world, make it better”, according to rosescholars.com. Continue reading “Rose Scholars”

Should School Start Later?

by Jenna Okada: Photography Editor

Carson High School (CHS) has been starting school at 8:00 a.m. for generations and the amount of students coming late has peaked within the 2000s.
Staff member of CHS, Ernie Enesi said, “The tardy problem [this year is] not as bad. It’s not at a level that it’s been in the last six to seven years.”
The students are not the only ones at fault for the tardy issue; the people who bring them are too. Everyone can do a better job at arriving to campus before class starts, but starting school later in the day may help the parents or guardians get their children to school on time and give students more time to get to class in the morning.
Enesi said, “Parents wake up late, students wake up late, traffic… it could be a number of things. Being tired could be another factor.”
To add on, Academy of Medical Arts junior, Reign Casino said, “School should start at 9am. People could get here earlier and get breakfast. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.”
This hints that students may be tired and aren’t really energized or motivated to come to school because they don’t have the time to start their morning with a proper meal. Many of the teens on campus don’t eat anything at all in the morning because time just doesn’t permit.
Casino reasoned, “Some students walk here. They need time. Students can catch up on homework because these AP classes aren’t doing it for me.”
School is already viewed as a challenging place for the youth; the workload itself may be overwhelming and stressful. It is common for students to sleep late due to the amount of homework they receive, and often, the ones who go home right after school aren’t the ones who struggle with the school’s schedule.
The majority of students on campus participate in extracurricular activities, which includes both school related and non-school related activities. Members of the youth are also members of clubs, sports teams, and other organizations, which demands their time, dedication, and energy. These students have practice, which may require working out, service events, church maybe, and on top of that, they are expected to uphold a social life with both family and friends.
Not getting enough rest and nutrients in the morning only contributes to the negativity the students undergo. For such reasons, starting school as early as 8am is not a clever idea.

Plastic Straws: the Environment or the People?

by Kryssel Villaruz: Co-Editor in Chief

Recent controversies regarding plastic straw bans have drawn focus to the products itself and to its distribution in businesses and public venues. Plastic straws were originally created as a temporary solution to the difficulties of the elderly, the disabled, and the hospitalized in being able to consume fluids. But for how much longer are such individuals going to turn to plastic straws? What are the problems in using plastic straws anyway?
Well, the buoyancy of plastic straws that allow it to travel outside of bins into the environment is problematic. Online sources declared 8 million tons of of plastic products end up in landfills, oceans, and streams each year, and 100 million marine animals die annually because of it (plasticoceans.org and conserveturtles.org). In addition, biodegradable and substitute straws have other issues- not being sanitary, posing cutting risks, and having potentially fatal food allergies. So if no kind of straw is 100% effective, we should ban plastic straws.
Wrong. Plastic straws are an essential part of life to several members of the disabled community. During times when plastic straws are not available to them, they often cannot drink. The problem is not the plastic product itself, but that the majority of people use the plastic creation for convenience rather than for necessity and do not recycle it.
Academy of Medical Arts (AMA) junior, Shekina Villacrusis, stated, “I think some people don’t recycle because they’re too lazy to collect it, bring it home, [and] bring it to the recycling center”.
Senior student Kamryn Alferos from AMA claimed, “People are ignorant to the fact that if you don’t recycle, it’ll pollute the world.”
The lack of effort to properly dispose of plastic waste contributes to pollution, releasing gases that take years to fully disintegrate into the atmosphere, but most people couldn’t care less about it.
Carson High School’s (CHS) senior Jasmine Hurtado, who is co-president of the Go Green Club- an organization at the Environmental Science, Engineering, and Technology (ESET) academy that helps with the beautification of the school and the community- believes the issue stems from “…lack of knowledge [of what’s recyclable and what isn’t].”
In fact, when asked if they knew any policies regarding the matter of recycling, Villacrusis and Alferos, along with junior student Khameron Belleza from CHS, said, “No, I don’t.”
But Hurtado mentioned that “…in school we don’t force people [to recycle], but we try to provide as many blue trash cans for kids to recycle more often.”
The idea of making recycling bins just as abundant as trash cans and encouraging people to recycle starting at a young age are especially important in both private homes and public venues. Making an effort to recycle, promote recycling, and create a secure disposal bin made specifically for lightweight recyclables are the best ways to prevent plastic waste from doing harm to our world- not banning necessities for the handicapped or disabled. We must consider where our trash ends up, be as eco-friendly as possible, and remember to recycle and spread awareness!

Super – Intended Changes

by Matthew Alvarez: Editor in Chief

If you’ve been clued in to district happenings, you might know that this year the Los Angeles United School District voted a new superintendent into office on May 1st of this year, with a 5-2 vote from a “charter majority.” His name is Austin Beutner, and he has held a variety of positions prior to his contracting- former deputy mayor of Los Angeles (LA), publisher of the LA Times, as well as investment banker.
You may take notice that none of these are related to educational experience. It is because Mr. Beutner has none, which was one of the catalysts for the two votes against his selection.
“The new superintendent is in the business of education,” United Teachers of Los Angeles (UTLA) teacher representative Ms. Coyle of Carson High School said, “I’m in the education business.”
The reasoning behind Mr. Beutner’s selection as the new LAUSD superintendent is that there are long-standing issues within the district such as “soaring pension costs, underfunded benefits for those who retire, and disappearing state dollars due to lack of enrollment” (LA Times) that the superintendent is expected to address.
What is the significance of Mr. Beutner’s selection regarding the future of LAUSD and its schools? Teachers, who wish to remain anonymous, have expressed concern over planned reductions of resources overall, both for them and for students. This includes, but is not limited to, a reduction in salary and benefits, an increase in classroom population, work hours, and testing.
Additional concerns regarding Beutner include his assessment of the treatment of educators. Mr. Beutner is under the impression that teachers’ salaries are too high and that their medical benefits are too expensive. He also seems to consider some student resources- like librarians, mental health experts, and nurses- expendable.
A notable effect of Mr. Beutner’s prospective plans for the district is the organization of a teacher strike. This would indeed entail teachers picketing outside of the school rather than staying in their rooms and directing lessons . The prospect of such an event is as alien as the selection of a superintendent with no experience in the positions of educators or board members. Have you ever entertained the mental image of teachers and staff doing that sort of thing?
Perhaps, though, this new “acquisition” by the district is not to be permanent. According to UTLA representative, Ms. Inouye, who is working to inform teachers here at Carson High of the superintendent’s actions as well as organize the planned strike, Mr. Beutner has a history of holding stable occupations for only a few years at a time. His contract states that he is to be our superintendent for three years, but knowing him, that may be cut short.
“Give [the district] feedback in terms of what you want to see,” Ms. Inouye said.
As one student in an ocean of thousands, you may feel that your significance to the school is similar to an ant. This is actually not the case. The school district is built to serve and educate you, not the other way around. Your feedback allows the district to know which things require change and improvement. If you have a problem with something, staying silent is definitely not going to help. Voicing your opinion on such matters and speaking up gives you a viable chance at causing change, or at the very least, making the issue known, and your teachers, counselors, and even the principal are always available for assisting you in matters that are important to you in regards to your learning environment.