Los Angeles Times

James Barragan

Writer

James Barragan no longer works for the Los Angeles Times. He started in 2013 as a Metpro trainee after graduating from UCLA with a bachelor’s degree in history. Before working at The Times, James was a Chips Quinn Scholar at the Austin-American Statesman. While in school he also interned for the Huffington Post’s Spanish language website, Voces, and attended the New York Times Student Journalism Institute. James is a Los Angeles native and a fluent Spanish speaker and writer.

Recent Articles

  • Prop. 47 leaves future of California inmate fire crews uncertain

    Prop. 47 leaves future of California inmate fire crews uncertain

    William Winegardner strode confidently near the head of the line of the Glen Helen 1 hand crew this summer as his team wrapped up a five-mile hike on a scorching day in San Bernardino. The sun beat on his back and sweat ran down his body like tiny rivers. Standing 6 foot 4, with tattoos and a thick...

  • Nightlife is reenergizing Pomona -- and creating some new problems

    Nightlife is reenergizing Pomona -- and creating some new problems

    In the late 1990s, John Peña struggled to draw people to his underground parties in downtown Pomona. Months of planning and advertising couldn't compete with the city's reputation for crime and gang violence. "When I came here on Friday or Saturday night, it was a ghost town," Peña said. So he...

  • Former Upland city manager faces year in jail over $50,000 deal

    A former Upland city manager faces one year in jail after pleading no contest to one felony count of conflict of interest after benefiting from a $50,000 deal he made while in office, prosecutors said. Robin Dale Quincey, 54, of Upland was arrested in October 2012 as part of an investigation by...

  • Man sentenced to 45 years for setting Inland Empire fires

    Man sentenced to 45 years for setting Inland Empire fires

    A Banning man was sentenced Friday to 45 years in prison for a series of nine arson fires that spanned two years and two counties, prosecutors said. Steven Taylor Rutherford, 49, who started eight fires in Riverside County and one in San Bernardino County from 2011 to 2013, pleaded guilty in July...

  • Cockfighting crimes increasing in San Bernardino County, video warns

    Cockfighting crimes increasing in San Bernardino County, video warns

    Weeks after a Fontana man was arrested for allegedly keeping more than 500 roosters for cockfighting, San Bernardino County officials released a video to combat the crime, calling it an “increasing problem.” The four-minute video follows the raid of a Fontana home and shows images of roosters tied...

  • Murrieta immigration protesters charged with obstructing officers

    Murrieta immigration protesters charged with obstructing officers

    Six people arrested during heated immigration protests in July that put the city of Murrieta in the national spotlight have been charged with obstructing officers who were responding to the unruly crowds. There to protest the overflow transfer of Central American immigrant detainees from Texas...

  • Thousands of California's brick buildings face quake danger

    Thousands of California's brick buildings face quake danger

    Three decades after some California cities began requiring old brick buildings to be seismically retrofitted, thousands across the state still have not been strengthened and are in danger of collapse during a major earthquake. Many are in some of California's poorest cities, where officials have...

  • Three men charged in shooting of San Bernardino police officer

    Three men charged in shooting of San Bernardino police officer

    Three men were charged Tuesday with attempted murder of a peace officer and possession of an assault rifle in connection with a shooting that left a San Bernardino police officer critically wounded and a suspect dead. Jonathan Contreras, 20; Orlando Cruz, 24; and Gonzalo Medina, 22, all of San...

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