Ricardo Lopez

Ricardo Lopez


@MyDesert local government reporter; past stints covering the film business for @Variety; state politics for the @StarTribune and business for @latimes

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I started getting texts this morning from students at Desert Mirage HS about how bad the smoke from a nearby dump fire is today. It sickened many, some were treated for smoke inhalation symptoms. Here’s our story on this massive school evacuation:

@nicoleandpig  Oas@fotornelasi  @risamjohnsons  sits on tribal land privately owned by Scott Lawson, which creates a jurisdictional nightmare involving no fewer than 12 agencies, including EPA/Bureau of Indian Affairs, federal, state and county elected officials, and others. (READ STORY HERE:)

@nicoleandpig  Thi@fotornelass  @risamjohnson  was a tough story to nail down, given the number of agencies involved, and very reluctant residents who feared talking to media because of their lack of legal status and fear of a landlord they said could evict them. But edit @MyDesertors  gave us time to bring you this story

@nicoleandpig  Muc@fotornelash  @risamjohnson  @MyDesertcredit  and a big thanks to activists like who @LeslyV_Figueroah  @rtzaragozaelped  facilitate interviews with residents, on top of their work mobilizing a response.

@nicoleandpig  Our @fotornelas  @risamjohnsonr  @MyDeserte  @LeslyV_Figueroap  @rtzaragozaorting  helped explain how the residents of this trailer park are among the most in California's affordable housing crisis. Many are undocumented farmworkers, some indigenous to Mexico, forced to live a hardscrabble existence because of few living options.

The Thermal dump fire that has caused the evacuation of three nearby schools this morning continues billowing smoke. Students have fallen sick and ambulances have been called. It’s settled in, blanketing Thermal with this awful smelling smoke.

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@metzsam  travels to Anza Valley to see how illegal marijuana grows are ripping apart the social fabric of the community as the Riverside County Sheriff's Department cracks down: "We are kicking your bud!!!... Just another Marijuana Monday"

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Pretty sure Scarlett Johansson just got a pointed dig at James Franco, who has been accused of exploiting his young, female acting students. The accusations were prompted by his wearing a Time’s Up pin at the Golden Globes.

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So you know how #ThorRagnorok  was called the best reviewed Marvel movie to date -- yeah, doesn't hold a candle to #BlackPanther . The movie has heart, well-developed characters and the emotional depth to keep you invested in all of the characters. And Michael B. Jordan, wow.

Local journalism showing why it's indispensable, and this comes after layoffs across Gannett: Florida Secretary of State Michael Ertel resigns after Halloween blackface photos emerge via

Also, Ryan Coogler made the film his. The fight sequences had his fingerprints all over them, harkening to what he did with "Creed."

@ava  Duvernay on why only female directors are hired for "Queen Sugar." "It's not a publicity stunt... It's a call to action." #CAAamplify 

BREAKING: A Los Angeles jury sided with Quincy Jones in his music royalties lawsuit against MJJ productions. Total damages: $9.42 million.

Priyanka Chopra, @Variety  #PowerofWomen  Honoree: “It’s our social responsibility to be a voice for the voiceless”

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