Josie Huang

Asian American Communities Correspondent

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More Asian Americans live in L.A. County than any other county in the U.S. The communities are varied and complex and often invisible in the mainstream media. I tell the stories of recent immigrants and families who have been here for generations to answer the question: How do you navigate the intersection of being Asian and American and what impact does that have on L.A.’s future?

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Stories by Josie Huang

LA housing: A tale of 2 seniors

Lois Rubin, 66, needed an affordable place to live. She rents a room from Shirley Ross, 95. As Baby Boomers retire and face high housing costs, the option works.

LA housing developments panned for 'lacking character'

Councilmembers are pushing a plan that would give the city more say over the design of new subdivisions.

LA panel debates future of digital billboards (Updated)

A city committee is considering regulations on new outdoor signs and granting amnesty to billboards standing without the proper permits.

LA health workers fight lead poisoning in 'Promise Zone'

Public health workers are focusing efforts on parts of Hollywood, East Hollywood, Koreatown, Pico Union and Westlake.

Vernon welcomes newcomers in bid to shed corrupt past

Newcomers are moving into the just-built Vernon Village Park, an affordable housing apartment complex. The city's corrupt past was inspiration for the second season of "True Detective."

LA seeks ways to pay for seismic retrofitting

City officials say a state financing program could help property owners pay for retrofits over decades, and reduce how much cost they pass onto tenants.

California's cap-and-trade recipients announced

The state will set aside more than $27 million in cap-and-trade dollars to build more than 800 affordable housing units in Southern California alone.

Manhattan Beach council cracks down on short-term rentals

The City Council banned short-term rentals in residential areas if they last less than 30 days.

California court rules for city in affordable housing fight

Cities have broad authority to require developers to include affordable housing in new projects, says the California Supreme Court.

Short-term rental hosts on borrowed time in Santa Monica

A new city ordinance banning 80 percent of short-term rentals takes effect today. City officials have said they will ramp up enforcement over time.

City considering 'amnesty' for bootleg apartments

Councilman Felipe Fuentes wants to legalize apartment units that were added without the proper permits. He wants to tackle illegal garage conversions in LA next.

Residents fight for Frogtown's future at zoning hearing

City zoning officials have proposed limits on future developments in the Northeast L.A. neighborhood, especially in areas along the L.A. River.

Frogtown considers zoning changes to preserve character

Frogtown residents can weigh in Tuesday on zoning proposals intended to keep housing affordable and preserve neighborhood access to the river.

Local officials mourn stalled homesharing bill

City and county officials say without state regulations on homesharing, local enforcement will be 'extremely difficult.'

LA leaders push to regulate home sharing sites like Airbnb

Councilmember Mike Bonin and council president Herb Wesson say home sharing hosts in L.A. should only be able to rent out their primary residence