Sarah Bennett is a contributor to the Hi-lo and editor-at-large focusing on digital strategies and special projects at the Long Beach Post. She previously served as executive editor during the publication’s early years—a position she obtained by editing its print version with a red pen. A latchkey kid, Bennett was raised by the streets of L.A. and used buses and Metro rail lines to explore its diverse neighborhoods. Her love for music, especially punk, took her on journeys throughout the Southland and had her dreaming of becoming a band manager or running a record label. Instead, she became a music columnist before adding food, art, culture and beer to her writing repertoire. You can find her words on several local, national and international publications that span well over a decade. Google it, the names are too many to list. Most recently, Bennett helped launch the quarterly magazine theLAnd, which spawned from the death of the once vibrant alt-weekly LA Weekly where she served as its food editor. A longtime zinester, she is the co-founder of Long Beach Zine Fest, which began in 2015. Bennett teaches journalism at Santa Ana College where she began her reporting career writing for its student newspaper. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at USC. Bennett half-jokes that “work is life and life is work” but says she is now trying to relax more. That includes fighting the urge to pitch a story wherever she travels. Not surprisingly, she doesn’t understand the concept of boredom.

The Dogs Are Alright: Google Maps Leads Rescuers To ”Foster Fail”

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Sonya is a Chow-Golden Retreiver mix that, like many humans in Long Beach, lives on the streets. Her plight as a shaggy street dog came to light in August when some people noticed her on a Google Street View of a West Long Beach industrial area and decided she needed to be helped. One problem: the dog didn’t need saving.