Mariah Castañeda is the co-founder of Los Angeles Public Press, “an independent, non-profit newsroom advocating for a better Los Angeles.” In this chat, we discuss her upbringing through Adelanto, California and Huntington Park, as well as her hosting work for one of the bests podcasts in recent memory for L.A., The Sellout. Mariah also tells us about key goals for the L.A. Public Press as a fledgling news organization in L.A. County, and even shouts out the brand-new Smogland Radio podcast!

To make a one-time donation to my fundraiser for the 9th anniversary of JIMBO TIMES, please do so through jmbtms.com. To support the production of J.T. the L.A. Storyteller Podcast, please see my new page at PATREON.



Leslie Ambriz joins us for our final episode of 2022 to talk extensively about life and upbringing in Los Angeles, the prolific diversity between neighborhoods and communities in and around the city–including the Orange County area–thoughts on the current media landscape for millennials and families, finding one’s voice as a storyteller, and more.

Leslie Ambriz is a journalist and producer from Southeast Los Angeles, California. She is passionate about documenting stories and issues that affect communities of color, and how art and culture influence our political and social climates. She’s worked on projects for and in collaboration with numerous companies such as, the Associated Press, Spotify, Remezcla, SoulPancake, NBC News, Nike, AfterBuzz TV and more. She has both a Masters and Bachelors degree in Journalism and New Media from the University of Southern California and Biola University.

Read Ambriz’s personal essay on leaving the Christian church HERE. Check out her most recent Spotify original podcast, Identity at Play HERE, and keep up with her reporting work via @LeslieAmbriz_ on IG and Twitter.


Making A Neighborhood – The Substack

From Samanta Helou Hernandez, the creator of This Side of Hoover, and esteemed friend and neighbor:

‘Many of you have asked how you can support the work of This Side of Hoover and @jimbotimes. Well here’s your chance: @jimbotimes@alirachelpearl, and I are launching a newsletter all about what it means to make a neighborhood. We’ll be sharing original photo essays, cultural criticism,  local histories, and reflections on community making in an effort to not only document our rapidly changing neighborhood, but to connect the struggles and resilience of our area to neighborhoods across the city, state, and country.

This newsletter grew out of our 2021 project “Making Our Neighborhood: Redlining, Gentrification, and Housing in East Hollywood.” We wanted to create a platform to continue engaging in this topic long term. Our goal is to deepen people’s understanding of their neighborhoods, whether you live in East Hollywood or on the East Coast. By becoming a paid subscriber you’re supporting our ongoing work examining both the cultural and political implications of racially discriminatory practices, urban planning, gentrification, and community solidarity.

The newsletter launches on March 4th. To celebrate we’ll be hosting an IG live that day to discuss the new project and answer any questions!  Subscribe to “Making A Neighborhood” at the link in any of our bios to receive our weekly posts.’