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Donor Supporters

Elba Alonso de Ortega

I’m a lifelong resident of Alhambra and having a local newspaper, like Alhambra Source, is very important to me. It’s the only way to know the issues that will directly affect my day to day, where I live. That’s why I decided to support Alhambra Source with a monthly donation.

Efren Moreno, Former Alhambra Mayor

Thank you Alhambra Source for truly informing the residents of Alhambra.

Jeff Maloney, Alhambra City Council Member

The Source has become an important source for news, public interest, and serious journalism in our community. Keep it up!

Chris Olson

I support Alhambra Source as often as I can because I believe a free and independent press is vital to the democratic process. No other news outlet with high journalistic standards consistently covers the stories and issues that matter to our community.

Adele Andrade Stadler, Alhambra Mayor

The Source is a great independent newspaper that celebrates the communities and is not afraid to ask the tough questions!

Cliff Bender, Vice President, Alhambra Education Foundation

Alhambra Source is the ONLY independent news source covering the events, culture and government of our city. We need it to stay informed and aware!

Joyce & Oscar Amaro, Alhambra Preservation Group

We support Alhambra Source because this online news source is vitally important in engaging, informing and educating the residents of Alhambra.

Jose Aguayo

I support the Alhambra Source because journalism will always be part of that fourth branch of our democracy. The Alhambra Source provides me with news that helps me make informed decisions about issues that matter to me and my community. Thank you for the work you do.

Michael Lawrence, Alhambra Arts Commissioner

Keep bringing on the stories. The Source has given us so much and I am happy to donate to such an important part of our community.

Karsen Luthi

Thank you for creating Alhambra Source and providing timely reporting of important local news. Fight on!

Shirley Tatsuno

I support Alhambra Source for their detailed information about important Alhambra issues and compelling human-interest stories.

Tammie Leung

I support local news - it’s important to know what is happening in our communities.

Who We Are

Our Model and Commitment

The mission of the Alhambra Source community news site is to enable civic engagement and immigrant integration, and to be a model for taking up the 21st Century challenge of revitalizing democracy through local media serving diverse communities. Fully half of Alhambra’s residents are immigrants and helping them become part of the fabric of American civic life is a core element in the Alhambra Source’s mission. In this, the Alhambra Source is part of the national effort to reinvigorate local journalism, so essential for advancing democracy. With many threats to democracy, such as low voting rates in local elections, there is a broad effort to support the creation of a journalism that encourages citizen participation in their communities.

Throughout American history, our political representatives have recognized the need for what they called the Fourth Estate – media that serve as a watchdog on government in order to ensure its smooth functioning and to prevent the loss of democratic values. Thomas Jefferson, the principal author of the Declaration of Independence and the third president of the United States, wrote during the debate over our Constitution, “Were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers, or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter.” His reasoning is found in another letter to those engaged in writing the Constitution: “Whenever the people are well-informed, they can be trusted with their own government.” Of the 88 cities in Los Angeles County, many do not have a local journalism enterprise, and this has meant that these residents do not have the information they need to participate in the decisions that affect the quality of their everyday lives. There is an emerging consensus that some democratic institutions have to be rebuilt from the ground up — in the spaces and places of local communities. The Alhambra Source is part of that effort.

Of course, local journalism can shake things up. Transparency is essential, but it may be uncomfortable to those not used to responsible news coverage.

In this time, when journalism in general is attacked as being producers of “fake news,” it is hard for citizens to know what media to trust. As the co-founders of the Alhambra Source, we are dedicated to independent and responsible journalism that serves all the ethnic communities that make up Alhambra.

This does not mean that we will be perfect, no journalistic entity is, nor does it mean that our staff-written stories along with opinion pieces written by our community contributors will not produce discomfort. It does mean that the inclusion of community voices is part and parcel of the democracy that we all treasure.

– Sandra J. Ball-Rokeach and Michael Parks, Co-Founders of the Alhambra Source