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Boyle Heights plant shop the L.A. Garden

This is the latest in a new series we call Plant PPL, for which we interview people of color in the plant world. If you have any suggestions for PPL to include in our series, tag us on Instagram @latimesplants. This interview has been lightly edited for length and clarity.

Dianna Martinez started her business, the L.A. Garden, with a lightbulb moment — literally. Three years ago, her father taught her how to grow a pothos cutting in a lightbulb, which became her first product and sparked a whole line of ideas that three years later has turned the L.A. Garden into a thriving business and staple at art fairs and farmers markets around town.

Martinez, a Boyle Heights native, might be best known for her cajitas — box planters with succulent arrangements and decorated with Latinx-inspired art like lotería cards. “The art I display on my planters is

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Stephen Boyle For State House

Stephen Boyle, a Detroit resident is running for State House District 3.

Age: 59
Party affiliation: Democratic Party
Family:One daughter
Occupation:Self Employed Business Consultant (15 years)
Previous elected experience:None
Family members in government:Nobody is in government or politics
Campaign website:

The single most pressing issue facing our state is _______, and this is what I intend to do about it.
Mental Health many people are suffering from mild to severe trauma. Most of the time this is heavily influenced by societal pressures. We need broadscale mental health education for wellness and to promote peaceful dialogues in wide communities, as well as within many families. Fostering the development of more community groups which can bring in participatory sessions to relieve stress can change the attitudes of so many. This would include substance use discussions as well.

What are the critical differences between you and the other

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