Gospel singers gather during the Women’s March at Pershing Square in Los Angeles, Calif. on Jan. 18, 2020.
Deborah Bell-Holt looks out the window of her home in Jefferson Park near Downtown Los Angeles on Jan. 21, 2021. Having fallen deeper into utilities debt as she took in family and friends during the pandemic, Bell-Holt fears her water will be shut off. Photo by Shae Hammond for CalMatters

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A skateboarder does a trick in the bowl at the Venice Beach Skate Park in Venice Beach, Calif. on Feb. 22, 2020.
Sara Kruzan, 43, who spent 17 years in prison for killing her trafficker, now helps other victims obtain new sentences for their crimes so they can be released. Photo by Shae Hammond for CalMatters

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Hart High senior Ainsely Demuth poses in her room with her horn in front of photos with her friends and family. PHOTO BY Shae Hammond / THE SIGNAL

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Chance Chadwick rides his scooter at the Santa Clarita Skate Park while wildfires blaze just north of Santa Clarita, Calif. on Sept. 27, 2020.
A California Ranger gets ready for a horsemanship competition between troops from her post early Sunday morning at Monte Verde Trails Ranch in unincorporated Los Angeles County near Lake View Terrace, Calif. on Oct. 6, 2019.
Rita Dunn has been experiencing homelessness for four years. Dunn is running for a chair in the Chatsworth Neighborhood Council. Because she enjoys art, she paints pictures for a children’s book that she plans to publish, when she gets the chance. Chatsworth, Calif. on March 9, 2020.