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  • Mariachi Plaza development plan worries L.A. musicians

    Mariachi Plaza development plan worries L.A. musicians

    The mariachis of Los Angeles have flocked to their plaza for nearly 80 years — to sing, to hustle for work, to pass the time. In the last decade, they've seen the Boyle Heights square transformed: Their favorite doughnut shop went away, and a Metro Gold Line station was built, along with a sleek...

  • Want a real reason to shop on Black Friday? Rare beer

    Want a real reason to shop on Black Friday? Rare beer

    For just the second year, Los Angeles is one of the few markets that will see official distribution of the rare Bourbon County beers from Chicago’s Goose Island Brewery. The barrel-aged brews are some of the most sought-after and well-regarded brews in the craft world and, after launch events on...

  • Eight of the best tortas in Los Angeles

    Eight of the best tortas in Los Angeles

    Move over, tacos. It's time to share the spotlight with your sandwich counterpart: the torta. A torta is more than just a Mexican version of a beefed-up sandwich; it is an entirely different species. A good torta is usually available anywhere that a good taco is, with just as many regional variations....

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  • What exactly am I looking at? The intriguing work of artist Roy Thurston

    What exactly am I looking at? The intriguing work of artist Roy Thurston

    Roy Thurston traffics in perceptual ambiguities at the busy intersection of painting and sculpture. The sensation of being in a gallery yet not being quite sure what you’re looking at is strange but rewarding. At first, the six monochrome rectangles hanging on walls at Chimento Contemporary seem...

  • Lead jackets, copper snakeskins: The sculptural inventions of Elaine Cameron-Weir

    Lead jackets, copper snakeskins: The sculptural inventions of Elaine Cameron-Weir

    The ouroboros, an ancient symbol composed of a snake or dragon eating its own tail, is central to 11 recent sculptures by New York-based Canadian artist Elaine Cameron-Weir in her solo debut at Venus Over Los Angeles. Sculptural snakeskins, 14 feet long and made from beautifully enameled copper...

  • The runner's view of Los Angeles: Its landscape, its people, and the BBQ at mile 10

    The runner's view of Los Angeles: Its landscape, its people, and the BBQ at mile 10

    It all began with a run to the porno burrito. It was early in January and our training regimen for the upcoming Hollywood Half Marathon required a weekly run of at least six miles. But it was dinner time, so rather than run circles around a park, we ran through East Los Angeles, Lincoln Heights...

  • 180 bodies are stacked up in L.A. County morgue, coroner says

    180 bodies are stacked up in L.A. County morgue, coroner says

    After Herneisha Thomas’ 35-year-old brother was shot to death off West Vernon Avenue last June, her grief was compounded by delays. Thomas said she had to wait weeks before the Los Angeles County coroner’s office released the body of Deontra LaJohn Gant. Meanwhile, she said, her family was in limbo...

  • Investigation underway into massive commercial fire in Boyle Heights

    Investigation underway into massive commercial fire in Boyle Heights

    Nearly 200 Los Angeles firefighters battled a massive blaze Thursday night in Boyle Heights that collapsed a building roof and wall, officials said. The fire was reported in a one-story commercial building about 7:45 p.m. in the 1600 block of South Soto Street, said Erik Scott, a spokesman for...

  • Keith Sonnier's neon drawings open portals to another place

    Keith Sonnier's neon drawings open portals to another place

    Keith Sonnier calls his new wall drawings in neon, wire and electrical transformers “portals,” and their design motifs and titles do refer to forms from ancient Roman and medieval architecture, often ecclesiastical. Elegant and deceptively simple, they display a masterful hand. Humor is part of...

  • Woman stabbed in Boyle Heights; police searching for her son
    Woman stabbed in Boyle Heights; police searching for her son

    Police were searching for a young man Monday morning, in connection with the stabbing of his mother in Boyle Heights. 

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    Officers received a radio call at 12:10 a.m. and found a woman with stab wounds at her home in the 3700 block of Lee Street. The woman...

  • Magic of Ken Price sculpture comes alive in Boyle Heights art gallery's first show
    Magic of Ken Price sculpture comes alive in Boyle Heights art gallery's first show

    If you missed “Ken Price: A Retrospective” at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in 2012, you missed a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. The magnificent survey was a joy to behold: Jampacked with masterpieces that Price made from 1959 to 2011, it made the case that Price was not only one of the...

  • Victim of Boyle Heights hit-and-run was National Guardsman, college student
    Victim of Boyle Heights hit-and-run was National Guardsman, college student

    A 24-year-old man who was fatally struck and dragged 100 feet by a hit-and-run driver in Boyle Heights early Monday was a member of the Army National Guard, his family said.

    True Cowan, an Indiana native, was a student who had moved to Los Angeles to finish his degree in computer science, his brother...

  • Police search for driver after pedestrian killed in Boyle Heights hit-and-run

    Police were searching for a driver who fatally struck a pedestrian in Boyle Heights early Monday and fled the scene after dragging the victim’s body with the vehicle, authorities said.

    A 24-year-old man was struck and killed while crossing Cesar E. Chavez Avenue near Chicago Street at about 12:20...

  • Coroner identifies El Monte couple killed in Boyle Heights gang attack
    Coroner identifies El Monte couple killed in Boyle Heights gang attack

    A man and his pregnant girlfriend who died this week after an unprovoked shooting in Boyle Heights have been identified as a teenage couple from El Monte, authorities said.

    The L.A. County Coroner said that the victims from Sunday’s shooting and subsequent car crash were Maria Cordova, 18, who...

  • Police investigate man's body found in Boyle Heights
    Police investigate man's body found in Boyle Heights

    Los Angeles police were investigating the circumstances of a man's body found Tuesday afternoon in Boyle Heights.

    Officers and the Los Angeles Fire Department were called to the 2000 block of East 1st Street about 4:15 p.m., said LAPD Officer Matthew Ludwig.

    A preliminary investigation indicated...

  • LAPD chief: 16-year-old fatally shot by police had sawed-off shotgun, stolen car
    LAPD chief: 16-year-old fatally shot by police had sawed-off shotgun, stolen car

    A 16-year-old shot and killed by Los Angeles police over the weekend was driving a stolen vehicle and carrying a sawed-off shotgun, Chief Charlie Beck said Tuesday.

    Beck said officers with the LAPD's Hollenbeck Division spotted the vehicle in Boyle Heights on Saturday night, hours after it had...

  • Man killed woman with hammer, hid body in apartment wall, prosecutors say
    Man killed woman with hammer, hid body in apartment wall, prosecutors say

    The roommate of a woman whose remains were found behind a wall in Lomita last year has been charged in her death, Los Angeles County prosecutors said Monday.

    Randolph Garbutt, 43, was arrested last week on suspicion of killing Raven Joy Campbell, 37, with a hammer in 2009. He is charged with murder...

  • Boyle Heights haunted by gunfire, explosive crash and a pregnant woman's cries for help
    Boyle Heights haunted by gunfire, explosive crash and a pregnant woman's cries for help

    Juicho Ortiz was enjoying a warm, quiet Sunday on the porch of his Boyle Heights home when he and a friend looked up the hill and spotted a white car barreling toward them.

    “It was coming down fast and swerving on the wrong side of the street,” the 59-year-old recalled. The men wanted to bolt,...

  • Police shoot and kill armed 16-year-old during confrontation in Boyle Heights
    Police shoot and kill armed 16-year-old during confrontation in Boyle Heights

    Los Angeles police fatally shot a 16-year-old boy who had a gun during a confrontation in Boyle Heights, authorities said Sunday.

    Officers spotted a stolen vehicle near East 6th and South Lorena streets about 10:45 p.m. on Saturday and began following the male driver, LAPD Officer Rosario Herrera...

  • 2 dead, 1 hurt when speeding car crashes into Boyle Heights home
    2 dead, 1 hurt when speeding car crashes into Boyle Heights home

    Two people who were fleeing a gunman were killed Sunday when their speeding vehicle went airborne and crashed into an unoccupied home in Boyle Heights, police and fire officials said.

    A black SUV pulled up to the victims’ white sedan near the intersection of East Cesar Chavez Avenue and Echandia...

  • #101SlowJam: Demolition on schedule, 'going well,' freeway could reopen early Sunday
    #101SlowJam: Demolition on schedule, 'going well,' freeway could reopen early Sunday

    The sound of steady pounding punctured the Saturday morning lull at the corner of Whittier Boulevard and Boyle Avenue, where four oversized jackhammers methodically chipped away at the iconic 6th Street Bridge. Chunks of concrete cascaded down onto the closed portion of the 101 Freeway, where a...

  • Fire at Roosevelt High School in Boyle Heights investigated as arson
    Fire at Roosevelt High School in Boyle Heights investigated as arson

    An arson investigation is underway after a blaze erupted at Roosevelt High School in Boyle Heights early Wednesday.

    Flames were discovered about 4 a.m. at an office building that houses a plant manager's office, a couple of storage rooms and a bathroom on the sprawling campus in the 400 block of...

  • Why does affluent Porter Ranch get more urgent environmental relief than working-class Boyle Heights?
    Why does affluent Porter Ranch get more urgent environmental relief than working-class Boyle Heights?

    Two Los Angeles communities. Two environmental nightmares. Two very different responses from Gov. Jerry Brown.At Porter Ranch, where a massive natural gas leak has forced thousands of affluent residents to relocate, Brown has declared a state of emergency, ordered public health reviews and visited...

  • Saying goodbye to the 6th Street Bridge with artist Susan Silton's 'Sublime Madness' opera
    Saying goodbye to the 6th Street Bridge with artist Susan Silton's 'Sublime Madness' opera

    For several months, Los Angeles has been bidding goodbye to the 6th Street Bridge. There have been street parties, art exhibitions and cruising flotillas of custom cars, all in advance of the bridge's demolition and reconstruction, which is set to begin this week.

    Which makes this a good time to...

  • A Sublime Madness in the Soul - Excerpt 3
    A Sublime Madness in the Soul - Excerpt 3

    WATCH: 'A Sublime Madness in the Soul' incorporated all kinds of environmental elements -- from the twinkling city profile to a set of klieg lights in the distance to the flotilla of lowriders and custom cars that cruised through the performances.

  • A Sublime Madness in the Soul - Excerpt 1
    A Sublime Madness in the Soul - Excerpt 1

    WATCH: The first excerpt of Susan Silton's and Juliana Snapper's rooftop opera 'A Sublime Madness in the Soul,' performed on the Sixth Street Viaduct in Boyle Heights, last summer.

  • A boisterous final farewell to 6th Street Bridge before demolition begins
    A boisterous final farewell to 6th Street Bridge before demolition begins

    The 6th Street Bridge east of downtown Los Angeles is getting more than its share of goodbyes. On Tuesday night, scores came out to bid farewell to the crumbling span as it's scheduled to close Wednesday for demolition. A "final walk" is being scheduled for 9 a.m. Wednesday. But the crowd grew...

  • Wave of violence shakes Boyle Heights church community
    Wave of violence shakes Boyle Heights church community

    Assumption Catholic Church in Boyle Heights has long been a place of peace and salvation in its tight-knit community. But the hit-and-run death of a beloved nun and other random violence has left parishioners on edge and questioning how best to safeguard their sanctuary.

    The modest brick structure...

  • Bridge demolition will close 101 Freeway for 40 hours in February
    Bridge demolition will close 101 Freeway for 40 hours in February

    The 101 Freeway through downtown Los Angeles will be closed for two days at the beginning of February as construction crews demolish a portion of the 6th Street Viaduct, officials said Friday.

    A chemical reaction inside the iconic 84-year-old bridge is causing it to slowly crumble, and crews have...

  • Looking for a great burger? Head to this liquor store in Boyle Heights
    Looking for a great burger? Head to this liquor store in Boyle Heights

    Forget for a moment the burger stand’s novel setting – in a far corner of a renowned and sprawling liquor store in Boyle Heights, with 1,300 brands of beer and almost as many tequilas. No man is an aisle, but if I were one, I’d want to be the tequila aisle at Ramirez Beverage Center.

    There is nothing...

  • Nun, 70, killed in hit-and-run in Boyle Heights: 'She was all heart'
    Nun, 70, killed in hit-and-run in Boyle Heights: 'She was all heart'

    A 70-year-old nun who was critically injured when she was struck by a hit-and-run driver in Boyle Heights last week has died, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.Raquel Diaz, a sister with the Los Angeles Archdiocese, died Sunday from her injuries. LAPD traffic investigators reported...

  • Shop arts and crafts, shop at new stores, shop deals or shop for charity this week
    Shop arts and crafts, shop at new stores, shop deals or shop for charity this week

    Shopping choices abound this season in Southern California, with new stores opening, retailers hosting charitable fundraisers, craft markets popping up and more.

    Here's a sampling:

    Openings

    Luxury optical retailer Vitra Eyewear has opened at South Coast Plaza, 3333 Bear St., Costa Mesa. The store...

  • Boyle Heights renters reach deal with East L.A. development group
    Boyle Heights renters reach deal with East L.A. development group

    A group of Boyle Heights renters whose homes will be demolished to make way for a 50-unit affordable housing complex will be guaranteed the right to move into the project, activists said Tuesday.Elizabeth Blaney, co-director of the advocacy group Union de Vecinos, said her organization reached...

  • 2 shot dead in East Los Angeles park

    Two men were killed in a shooting Sunday morning at Ruben Salazar Park in East Los Angeles, authorities said.

    Officers responded to a call about 11 a.m. regarding a gunshot victim in the 3800 block of Whittier Boulevard, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

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  • Another New York gallery comes to L.A.: Franklin Parrasch to open new spot in Boyle Heights
    Another New York gallery comes to L.A.: Franklin Parrasch to open new spot in Boyle Heights

    The Westward migration continues. Franklin Parrasch gallery, a longtime New York space, is opening a Los Angeles branch in January. The 5,000-square-foot space launches with a survey of works by the celebrated Los Angeles ceramist Ken Price, an artist the gallery represented during his lifetime.

    ...

  • Laurene Powell Jobs launches college-support program in Watts
    Laurene Powell Jobs launches college-support program in Watts

    Laurene Powell Jobs, the widow of Apple founder Steve Jobs and an important player in the funding of hotly debated education reforms in the U.S., is expanding her involvement in Los Angeles schools.

    Her organization, College Track, announced last week it will support dozens of students attending...

  • Broad official defends charter schools following leak of expansion plan
    Broad official defends charter schools following leak of expansion plan

    Charter schools have been wrongly accused of not serving all students and a proposal to greatly expand the number of them in Los Angeles would not result in financial catastrophe for the nation's second-largest school system, according to a top official with the group spearheading the plan.

    The...

  • Officials push for more Californians to sign up for health insurance
    Officials push for more Californians to sign up for health insurance

    Public officials have planned a promotional bus tour to get more Californians to enroll in the state's health insurance exchange, Covered California, with the first day of this year's open-enrollment period beginning Sunday.

    Residents will have three months during open enrollment to sign up for...

  • Immigrant family detention centers are prison-like, critics say, despite order to improve
    Immigrant family detention centers are prison-like, critics say, despite order to improve

    On deadline to improve immigrant family detention centers, Obama administration officials said they had converted the facilities into short-term processing sites, holding more families in recent months but for less time.

    Immigrant advocates, however, say that conditions at the centers remain prison-like,...

  • In Sandeep Mukherjee's mural, a modular approach to nature
    In Sandeep Mukherjee's mural, a modular approach to nature

    A seductive 50-foot mural by Sandeep Mukherjee is composed from 10 modular units, each painted in a lush abstraction that suggests the moist environs of a tropical jungle.

    Except in commercial applications like wallpaper, where repeating patterns must match up, it is unusual for organic imagery...

  • Datebook: Modern Canadian landscapes, Giant Robot Biennale, Ansel Adams at Manzanar
    Datebook: Modern Canadian landscapes, Giant Robot Biennale, Ansel Adams at Manzanar

    The paintings of a Canadian modernist. Ansel Adams’ photos of Japanese American internment camps. And a biennial that’s all about art by Asian and Asian American up-and-comers. Plus, the oddly delightful paintings of Jacques Flechemuller, a group show about spiritual and physical unions, and new...

  • Datebook: Zombies of Beijing, Chicano landscapes, fountain sculptures
    Datebook: Zombies of Beijing, Chicano landscapes, fountain sculptures

    A video that riffs on zombies and urban tedium. A gathering of landscape works by Chicano artists. And a gallery full of working fountains. Plus: a projection that riffs on 19th century magic lantern performances and ceramics that take on popular culture. Here’s what to see in L.A. this week —...

  • Datebook: A Frank Gehry retrospective, art of death and rebirth, images from YouTube
    Datebook: A Frank Gehry retrospective, art of death and rebirth, images from YouTube

    It is the official beginning of the arts season and Los Angeles is awash in exhibitions — from a Frank Gehry retrospective to the latest epic video by Matthew Barney to a show of Japanese ceramics curated by Takashi Murakami. Plus: a fine art film festival, African spirits reconceived, and an L.A.-born...

  • What wine to drink on a food truck crawl
    What wine to drink on a food truck crawl

    Jen Beloz, winemaker at Prisoner Wine Company  knows food trucks. The Napa Valley winery doesn’t have a tasting room, so when she’s presenting wines to the wine trade, she usually has a taco truck come and park in the vineyard. They taste the wines right there at a picnic table.

    When she was in...

  • Putting up a good fight not enough for La Cañada football against Salesian

    Football: Spartans' offense held in check as Mustangs prevail, 27-0.

  • Los Angeles firefighter, hospital staff injured in emergency room stabbings
    Los Angeles firefighter, hospital staff injured in emergency room stabbings

    A Los Angeles firefighter, a nurse and another employee at a hospital in Boyle Heights were stabbed by a patient Tuesday night, an LAFD official said.

    The LAFD firefighter was accompanying a patient for medical care at White Memorial Hospital's emergency room about 9:30 p.m. when another patient...

  • LAPD officers wound two men in separate weekend shootings
    LAPD officers wound two men in separate weekend shootings

    Los Angeles police officers shot and wounded two men -- one in South L.A., the other in Boyle Heights -- in a roughly 24-hour span this weekend.

    The first shooting occurred about 11:45 p.m. Friday, after officers responded to a 911 call in the 1400 block of West 29th Street in the Adams-Normandie...

  • Some westbound 60 Freeway lanes reopen after fatal crash in Boyle Heights
    Some westbound 60 Freeway lanes reopen after fatal crash in Boyle Heights

    At least one person was killed and six others were injured Friday in Boyle Heights when five vehicles were involved in a crash on the 60 Freeway, closing all westbound lanes, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. 

    LAFD spokesman Shawn Lenske said the crash occurred about 5 p.m. near the...

  • Informality and improvisation in photo exhibit at Little Big Man Gallery
    Informality and improvisation in photo exhibit at Little Big Man Gallery

    Anyone needing a reminder that photography in the 21st century is not a monolithic medium, but conceptually and practically more of an immense gossamer umbrella, should pay a visit to the Little Big Man Gallery.

    There are few common denominators among the 22 artists represented in the current group...

  • Activists to rally in Boyle Heights against transgender violence
    Activists to rally in Boyle Heights against transgender violence

    Transgender community leaders and LGBTQ activists announced that they plan to hold a rally protesting violence against transgender and gender nonconforming people Tuesday afternoon in Boyle Heights.

    The rally is scheduled for 5 p.m. in the Mariachi Plaza at East 1st Street and North Boyle Avenue...

  • Bay Area child sex abuse suspect arrested in Boyle Heights after 14 years on the run
    Bay Area child sex abuse suspect arrested in Boyle Heights after 14 years on the run

    A former Northern California schoolteacher wanted for 14 years in connection with several counts of sexual assault against children was arrested Wednesday in Boyle Heights.

    Frank Joseph Montenegro, 52, was taken into custody after a foot pursuit and struggle with FBI fugitive task force agents....

  • 'The prettiest park in Los Angeles' and why a freeway runs through it
    'The prettiest park in Los Angeles' and why a freeway runs through it

    Freeways are brutal structures. And they have been dropped into many communities — especially poor ones — in often indiscriminate ways. Exits from the 101 spill out onto quiet residential streets in Silver Lake. The monumental stacks of the 105 and the 110 lord over single-family homes in South...

  • Driver of stolen box truck in custody after crashing into barrier on 5 Freeway in pursuit
    Driver of stolen box truck in custody after crashing into barrier on 5 Freeway in pursuit

    The driver of a stolen box truck was taken into custody Monday after trying to drive through a concrete barrier during a pursuit, then abandoning the vehicle before fleeing into a Boyle Heights neighborhood.

    The truck pursuit began after 9:30 a.m. near Castaic after Los Angeles County sheriff’s...

  • Drake LaBry creates his own fish stories at Museum as Retail Space
    Drake LaBry creates his own fish stories at Museum as Retail Space

    Artists often feel like fish out of water. Misfits in a society that puts business first, they flop around on the deck hoping that someone tosses them back before it’s too late.

    Drake LaBry turns that bit of folk wisdom inside out. At Museum as Retail Space, “Decorative Family Room Paintings” suggests...

  • As Latino population surges, gaps in income and education may shrink
    As Latino population surges, gaps in income and education may shrink

    Yolanda Garcia's grandparents migrated from Mexico and worked multiple jobs — in farm fields and school cafeterias — to save money to send all six children to college.

    Garcia's father attended Brown University and had five children. In turn, she graduated from UC Santa Cruz, worked as a teacher...

  • Long waits outside L.A. County psychiatric units stall patients, police
    Long waits outside L.A. County psychiatric units stall patients, police

    When Los Angeles police Det. Jim Hoffman arrived at the L.A. County-USC Medical Center's psychiatric emergency department on a Saturday morning in March, he found a small crowd waiting.

    Two police officers from the LAPD's Central Division were sitting in a narrow hallway outside the locked psychiatric...

  • City of L.A. slow to repair sidewalks despite complaints and injuries
    City of L.A. slow to repair sidewalks despite complaints and injuries

    Los Angeles' crumbling sidewalks long have symbolized the challenges facing pedestrians in this car-dominated city.

    After years of hearing complaints about sidewalks made impassable by cracks, buckles and bulging tree roots, officials recently announced plans to spend nearly $1.4 billion on an...

  • L.A. County's foster center should be closed immediately, panel says
    L.A. County's foster center should be closed immediately, panel says

    Los Angeles County's foster care system should promptly shut down its last-resort facility for older youth with nowhere else to go and make significant new investments in the facility for younger youth, a special committee appointed by the Board of Supervisors has concluded.

    The committee's report...

  • Afternoon glow in Boyle Heights
    Afternoon glow in Boyle Heights

    Charlie Benimoff happened on a group of students walking beneath a freeway overpass in Boyle Heights on Feb. 11.

    "It was originally the skyline view that caught my eye," he said. "I liked how it was partially concealed behind all the infrastructure. Those three kids just happened to walk by at...

  • Man pleads no contest in fatal hit-and-run of 101-year-old in L.A.
    Man pleads no contest in fatal hit-and-run of 101-year-old in L.A.

    A man pleaded no contest Tuesday to fatally running over a 101-year-old man in Boyle Heights last year and attempting to flee the scene.

    Moments before his trial was to begin at a downtown Los Angeles courtroom, Ricardo Avalos, 41, entered his plea to a felony count of hit-and-run resulting in...

  • Flintridge Prep baseball rallies, tops Salesian in semifinal thriller
    Flintridge Prep baseball rallies, tops Salesian in semifinal thriller

    Baseball: Rebels bounce back from three deficits to defeat Mustangs, 10-9, to advance to Division VI championship game.

  • New 6th Street Viaduct is a bridge to a different future
    New 6th Street Viaduct is a bridge to a different future

    No one expected the squiggle.

    In a room crowded with weary engineers, designers and executives, architect Michael Maltzan had grown frustrated with the debate. For hours, he had been arguing to build a bridge that was more than just a link between two disparate parts of the city, but no one understood...

  • Suspect arrested in hunt for machete-wielding Boyle Heights rapist
    Suspect arrested in hunt for machete-wielding Boyle Heights rapist

    A sense of relief washed over the Boyle Heights neighborhood Wednesday after police announced the arrest of a man suspected of breaking into a woman’s home armed with a machete and sexually assaulting her earlier this month.Manuel Larios Munoz, 21, was arrested Friday and charged Wednesday with...

  • More LAPD cops to ditch cars and walk the beat in Eastside areas
    More LAPD cops to ditch cars and walk the beat in Eastside areas

    There was a time when the two Los Angeles police officers would have cruised down Cesar Chavez Avenue in a black-and-white, scanning the sidewalks from their patrol car as they passed through Boyle Heights.But on a recent morning, Officer Eric Perez and his partner spent their patrol time strolling...

  • Big-rig hauling glass overturns on 5 Freeway in East L.A.
    Big-rig hauling glass overturns on 5 Freeway in East L.A.

    A big-rig truck hauling glass overturned early Monday morning on a transition road from the southbound 5 Freeway to the eastbound 60 Freeway in Boyle Heights, snarling morning traffic at the busy interchange.

    Television news footage showed the semi-truck on its side, with shattered glass strewn...

  • For Adrian Ghenie at Nicodim Gallery, 'how' just as important as 'why'
    For Adrian Ghenie at Nicodim Gallery, 'how' just as important as 'why'

    If you enjoy pop music, you know that reading the lyrics is not the same as listening to the song. The way the words get sung has everything to do with what they mean.

    The same is true of painting, even though viewers often forget that how a picture gets painted is just as important as what it...

  • L.A. supervisors OK $1.5-million medical malpractice settlement
    L.A. supervisors OK $1.5-million medical malpractice settlement

    The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday agreed to pay $1.5 million to settle a medical malpractice lawsuit stemming from a 2011 surgery at County-USC Medical Center.

    In addition, the county will assume responsibility for an estimated $94,280 that plaintiff Dulce Castillo would have...

  • Pulling back for the big picture of media overload
    Pulling back for the big picture of media overload

    The intersection of memory, language and perception is often congested – and sometimes even clogged. The presence of symbolic signals doesn’t always help the traffic flow.

    Kerry Tribe has been productively working at the busy juncture for at least 15 years. “The Loste Note,” her new mixed-media...

  • Learning to love 'lucha' in an L.A. 'Aztec Temple'
    Learning to love 'lucha' in an L.A. 'Aztec Temple'

    Fidel Bravo was minding his own business, eyes locked on the fight happening 5 feet away, when a massive shadow spilled over him.

    Bravo, a lanky 22-year-old who doesn't look much for fisticuffs, had something the man casting the shadow wanted. All muscle, tattoos and sneer, the man placed his hands...

  • Doughnut shop owners, developer face campaign-money laundering fines

    A Southern California developer and the owners of a Boyle Heights doughnut shop face a combined $90,000 in fines from the Los Angeles City Ethics Commission after acknowledging they improperly funneled contributions to Los Angeles City Councilman Jose Huizar's reelection campaign several years...

  • Man fatally shot in Boyle Heights is identified
    Man fatally shot in Boyle Heights is identified

    The L.A. County coroner identified Tuesday a man who was fatally shot in Boyle Heights by a suspect who was later killed by LAPD officers.

    Jequan Foley, 26, of Los Angeles was shot multiple times around 10:25 p.m. Wednesday at the intersection of 4th and Soto streets.

    Foley was pronounced dead...

  • Man shot and killed by police in Boyle Heights is identified

    Authorities have released the name of a 39-year-old man who was fatally shot by LAPD officers moments after he allegedly shot and killed another man in Boyle Heights.

    The Los Angeles County coroner identified the man as Roberto Rodriguez.

    The incident began about 10:25 p.m. Wednesday as officers...

  • Datebook: A film on losing words, bedsheet paintings, sculptures of salt
    Datebook: A film on losing words, bedsheet paintings, sculptures of salt

    A film about aphasia in downtown, poetic paintings in Venice, bedsheet erotica in Culver City and zines, zines, zines in Long Beach. Plus: wild abstractions, sculptures made of salt and collages of flowers crafted with gold leaf. Here’s what we’ve got in the Datebook:

    Kerry Tribe, “The Loste Note,”...

  • 2 dead in Boyle Heights, including suspect shot by police
    2 dead in Boyle Heights, including suspect shot by police

    Police continued their investigation Thursday into shootings that left two men dead, one of whom was believed to be a suspect and was killed by police.

    Hours after the deadly shootings, investigators were still trying to gather information about how the events transpired in Boyle Heights.

    The drama...

  • Aggression, not just depression, led copilot to crash plane, experts say
    Aggression, not just depression, led copilot to crash plane, experts say

    Mental health experts say that it was aggression — not just depression — that would have driven 27-year-old Andreas Lubitz to deliberately crash a Germanwings airliner into a mountainside, the copilot breathing evenly as passengers screamed and the plane's frantic captain pounded helplessly on...

  • L.A. County settles medical malpractice case for $4.5 million
    L.A. County settles medical malpractice case for $4.5 million

    The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday agreed to pay $4.5 million to a man left paralyzed after treatment at L.A. County/USC Medical Center.

    In addition, the settlement with former patient Justin Malone calls for the county to waive his estimated $790,000 in treatment costs and...

  • LAPD is more diverse, but distrust in the community remains
    LAPD is more diverse, but distrust in the community remains

    The sweeps came on Friday nights in South Los Angeles, often before big events like Raiders games. Police would round up young men they thought were gang members and hold them over the weekend to keep violence down, a campaign launched by then-Chief Daryl F. Gates to control "the rotten little...

  • L.A. County supervisors debate whether to lock up at-risk foster youth
    L.A. County supervisors debate whether to lock up at-risk foster youth

    It's a universal principle: Lock up the criminal not the victim.

    No one has ever doubted that the pimps who brazenly exploit the foster care system to profit from the sex trade are criminals. But it took awhile for Los Angeles County decision makers to reach a consensus that the vulnerable children...

  • Exide faces a long, costly cleanup of closed Vernon plant
    Exide faces a long, costly cleanup of closed Vernon plant

    The deal federal prosecutors struck with Exide Technologies this month to permanently close its battery recycling plant in Vernon and avoid criminal charges marks the beginning of a long and costly cleanup. The plant leaves behind decades' worth of pollution and hazardous waste, along with many...

  • Datebook: Word paintings, dance on film, and art about roller skating
    Datebook: Word paintings, dance on film, and art about roller skating

    Paintings that echo a half-century-old accusation. Photographs of forgotten corners of the L.A. landscape. The early work of a multimedia artist who fused film and dance. And a show that is all about roller skating. I’m currently running around South America, but here are four things you can do in...

  • 5 arrested after wild police chase in Boyle Heights
    5 arrested after wild police chase in Boyle Heights

    A wild police pursuit ended late Tuesday in the arrest of three men who were fleeing in a van connected to a series of East L.A. shootings.

    Police shot one man and arrested him and two others in a dramatic incident that played out in the darkened, narrow streets and backyards of Boyle Heights.

    ...

  • Inside the foster care system: A bleak last stop for lost youths
    Inside the foster care system: A bleak last stop for lost youths

    Her entrance caused a stir. A 15-year-old girl with appraising eyes and a gruff, resonant voice, she radiated bridled ambition in a room filled with children who were mostly slumped and lost.

    She was dressed as if heading to a party, the red of her cropped jacket a pop of bright color against the...

  • At Boyle Heights' La Mascota Bakery, edible alternative to a Valentine bouquet
    At Boyle Heights' La Mascota Bakery, edible alternative to a Valentine bouquet

    La Mascota Bakery on Whittier Boulevard in Boyle Heights is known primarily as a go-to source of great homemade red chile tamales, ones that are light and perfectly spiced. However, for a first-time visitor, what might be most eye-catching aren’t the racks of pan bolillos and sugar-dusted pan dulcinea,...

  • Huizar, Molina differ sharply on development in acrimonious debate
    Huizar, Molina differ sharply on development in acrimonious debate

    Los Angeles City Councilman Jose Huizar and former county Supervisor Gloria Molina took jabs at each other Wednesday night during an acrimonious debate that contrasted the candidates' views on transportation and downtown development.

    Appearing at the historic Los Angeles Theater, Molina and Huizar...

  • High-speed chase suspect charged, could face nearly 28 years in prison
    High-speed chase suspect charged, could face nearly 28 years in prison

    The man who authorities say led police on a dangerous high-speed chase across southeast Los Angeles and neighboring cities was charged Wednesday with five felonies, including carjacking.

    Aaron Lorta, 29, was charged with one count of carjacking, three counts of attempted carjacking and one count...

  • L.A. workers protest prolonged labor talks
    L.A. workers protest prolonged labor talks

    Los Angeles city workers staged a series of demonstrations Tuesday to protest proposed wage freezes and reductions in pension and healthcare benefits, underscoring mounting tensions in labor talks that have dragged on for close to a year.

    A dawn rally outside a sanitation yard in Boyle Heights...

  • Boyle Heights forum: L.A. council candidates face questions on development, housing costs
    Boyle Heights forum: L.A. council candidates face questions on development, housing costs

    Four candidates running for an Eastside seat on the Los Angeles City Council sparred on Saturday over housing costs, real estate development and the state of basic services in Boyle Heights.

    In the first candidate forum of the campaign, former County Supervisor Gloria Molina said her opponent,...

  • L.A. City Council candidates pledge to take pay cut if elected
    L.A. City Council candidates pledge to take pay cut if elected

    As L.A.'s election season heats up, several candidates for City Council are taking aim at lawmakers' six-figure salaries — the highest among the nation's largest cities — saying they would return part of their pay if elected.

    Former L.A. County Supervisor Gloria Molina, running for an Eastside...

  • L.A. council hopeful Gloria Molina says she'll cut her pay if elected
    L.A. council hopeful Gloria Molina says she'll cut her pay if elected

    Former Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria Molina said Tuesday she would give up part of her salary if elected to a seat on the City Council, part of a larger critique of her opponent's handling of financial issues.

    In a mailer sent by her campaign and filed with the L.A. Ethics Commission, Molina...

  • Resurrecting baby Jesus takes a little paint and a fancy dress
    Resurrecting baby Jesus takes a little paint and a fancy dress

    Isidora Ramos walks in just before sundown with a baby Jesus missing two fingers.

    Her poodle, Gary, sneaked into the manger one night after Christmas, knocked over the cows and the sheep, and pounced on the newborn.

    "Por favor," she tells Christina Parodi. "Is there any way you can fix him before...

  • Datebook: Model U.N., art of the Middle East and vintage erotica
    Datebook: Model U.N., art of the Middle East and vintage erotica

    A mock U.N. made up of Angelenos, contemporary art from artists with roots in the Middle East, the early erotic works of Tom of Finland, and Larry Clark’s photos for sale — cheap. Plus: textile-like paintings, a group show about love and war, late night in the Los Angeles Arts District and lots...

  • Teen arrested in East L.A. after allegedly pointing gun at deputies

    A 16-year-old boy was taken into custody Saturday night after allegedly pointing a handgun at sheriff’s deputies, prompting the officers to shoot at the teen, grazing him, authorities said.

    Deputies responded to a report of an assault with a deadly weapon about 9 p.m. near the intersection of South...

  • More homeless camps are appearing beyond downtown L.A.'s skid row
    More homeless camps are appearing beyond downtown L.A.'s skid row

    Evicted four months ago from their Highland Park apartment, Louis Morales and his 18-year-old stepson, Arthur Valenzuela, live half-hidden by brush along the nearby Arroyo Seco riverbed.

    Morales, 49, keeps a framed bible verse and a stuffed monkey in his tent. Water hauled by bike from a park heats...

  • Boyle Heights residents force a fresh start on Mariachi Plaza project
    Boyle Heights residents force a fresh start on Mariachi Plaza project

    First, they chased away the downtown Realtor, worried that his bike tour would bring too many outsiders.

    Then they pulled the plug on the Mariachi 5K, saying it insulted their musicians.

    This week, the people of Boyle Heights came together to shut down a proposed shopping center at Mariachi Plaza.

    ...

  • Future of proposed shopping center at Mariachi Plaza in doubt
    Future of proposed shopping center at Mariachi Plaza in doubt

    A proposal to build a modern shopping center at Mariachi Plaza in Boyle Heights will probably be pushed back to the drawing board after a neighborhood meeting tonight.

    Critics of the plan blasted the proposal in November, arguing that the community was not included in the planning process. The...

  • Billboard firm to put up signs backing six L.A. council candidates
    Billboard firm to put up signs backing six L.A. council candidates

    A billboard company challenging Los Angeles' restrictions on digital signs has disclosed plans to donate tens of thousands of dollars in advertising to help Councilman Jose Huizar and five other candidates, all but one of them incumbents, in the March 3 election.

    Lamar Advertising Co. of Baton...

  • Police arrest man suspected of crashing into house in Boyle Heights

    Los Angeles police arrested a man on suspicion of trying to run over someone and hitting a house in Boyle Heights. 

    The incident was reported about 9 p.m. Wednesday in the 300 block of Pecan Street, police said. 

    The suspect allegedly drove up on the lawn and crashed into the house in his 1997...

  • Robert Kinoshita dies at 100; designer of famed film robots
    Robert Kinoshita dies at 100; designer of famed film robots

    Robert Kinoshita, who designed beloved film and TV robot characters, including the bubble-headed "Lost in Space" robot who made "Danger, Will Robinson" a catchphrase of the 1960s, has died. He was 100.

    Kinoshita died Dec. 9 at an assisted living facility in Torrance of congestive heart failure,...

  • Small fire briefly closes portion of southbound 101 Freeway
    Small fire briefly closes portion of southbound 101 Freeway

    Southbound lanes of the 101 Freeway near Boyle Heights were temporarily closed Friday as firefighters attacked a small rubbish fire burning in a nearby homeless encampment, officials said.

    The California Highway Patrol issued a SigAlert about 1:30 p.m. for the southbound lanes of the freeway near...

  • In Boyle Heights, Japanese churches look to broaden their membership
    In Boyle Heights, Japanese churches look to broaden their membership

    The service begins with four loud claps. Two reverends in white robes and black ceremonial caps face each other and chant, alternating between English and Japanese.

    Two children quietly chatter to their parents in the back of the church. Several parishioners come to the front and present sakaki...

  • Moment of Friday: Cat show artist Rhonda Lieberman is a fan of cat ballet
    Moment of Friday: Cat show artist Rhonda Lieberman is a fan of cat ballet

    For roughly 15 years, artist and writer Rhonda Lieberman says she has wanted to do a gallery installation that involved cats. But for roughly 15 years, she couldn't find a taker.

    "Galleries," she says, "are not wild about hosting rescue cats."

    But after the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis hosted...

  • Datebook: Intricate collages, bottle-cap masks and lots of art cats!
    Datebook: Intricate collages, bottle-cap masks and lots of art cats!

    Masks made from detritus in downtown, a holiday open house in Santa Monica and intricate collages in Pasadena. Plus, cats — lots of cats! With the holidays upon us, it’s going to be a quiet couple of weeks in the art world. But there are still quite a few shows going down. Here’s what we’ve got...

  • Funeral for L.A. County's unclaimed dead remembers the forgotten
    Funeral for L.A. County's unclaimed dead remembers the forgotten

    Teddy bears and flowers marked the grave. A cellist played a somber tune, softly and quietly. Religious leaders prayed with the crowd.

    Unlike most funerals, the ceremony at the county cemetery in Boyle Heights on Wednesday honored 1,489 unclaimed people who were cremated in 2011.

    They were left...

  • 25 arrested in sweeping indictment of L.A. gang tied to Mexican Mafia
    25 arrested in sweeping indictment of L.A. gang tied to Mexican Mafia

    Twenty-five members of an East Los Angeles street gang were arrested and five more were being tracked as fugitives as hundreds of agents swarmed the Eastside on Wednesday in an operation authorities said was aimed at weakening a gang that has been rooted in the community for decades.

    The gang has...

  • Evergreen Cemetery is awash in history, and drowning in blight
    Evergreen Cemetery is awash in history, and drowning in blight

    Laura Mayan attached a crinkle hose to a nearby faucet and dragged it over to the dirt-covered plot at Evergreen Cemetery where her grandmother was buried three years ago. As her mother watched and her daughter frolicked the grounds in a pink Sunday dress, Mayan sprayed water on the sparse weeds...

  • Mariachi Natividad 'Nati' Cano honored at St. Cecilia festival
    Mariachi Natividad 'Nati' Cano honored at St. Cecilia festival

    As the sun beat down on him Tuesday while he marched with a crowd around Mariachi Plaza, Eduardo Rodriguez felt the urge to slip off his heavy, black mariachi suit. Then he remembered the words of his former teacher and mariachi icon, the late Natividad "Nati" Cano.

    '"Always wear the complete suit,'"...

  • 19-year-old killed in fiery crash after trying to stop car thief
    19-year-old killed in fiery crash after trying to stop car thief

    Authorities said a 19-year-old man was killed in a fiery crash Sunday after jumping onto the hood of his car while trying stop a man who was stealing the vehicle. 

    Oscar Perez of Lynwood died about 3:50 p.m. at the scene of the crash in the 3500 block of East Olympic Boulevard in Boyle Heights,...

  • Burbank High football eliminated by Salesian
    Burbank High football eliminated by Salesian

    Football: Bulldogs see season wrap up with 48-27 road defeat in quarterfinal contest.

  • Richard Duardo dies at 62; printmaker was key in Chicano art community
    Richard Duardo dies at 62; printmaker was key in Chicano art community

    Master art printer Richard Duardo, who was a pivotal figure in the Chicano art community in Los Angeles, died Tuesday at home in Los Angeles. He was 62.

    The cause of death has not been determined, said his sister, Lisa Duardo, but he had struggled for several years with diabetes.

    A gregarious,...

  • At L.A. County cemetery, unclaimed dead await a final resting place
    At L.A. County cemetery, unclaimed dead await a final resting place

    Clear shipping tape covers the oversized ledger, holding together the corners. Its 1,000 pages threaten to overwhelm the three large flat-head screws that clamp the spine. Inside, names and dates fill row after row in near-perfect script.

    This is the book of the unclaimed dead.

    ------------FOR...

  • L.A. County's unclaimed dead: How we reported the story
    L.A. County's unclaimed dead: How we reported the story

    Each December, Los Angeles County holds a ceremony to remember the county's unclaimed dead.

    After last year's ceremony, I wanted to know more about the people who had gone unclaimed. Who were they? How old were they? Did anyone remember them?

    I arranged a meeting to look at the list of the names...

  • St. Francis High football rolls to 10-0, outright title
    St. Francis High football rolls to 10-0, outright title

    Football: Martin has five TDs as Golden Knights rout Salesian, 46-15, wrap up Angelus League crown.

  • Hours-long Boyle Heights blaze takes 100 firefighters to put out
    Hours-long Boyle Heights blaze takes 100 firefighters to put out

    It took 100 firefighters more than two hours to put out a fire that ripped through a commercial building in Boyle Heights early Thursday, burning four businesses inside.

    The blaze began after midnight in the 3700 block of Whittier Boulevard in a one-story, cinder block building that housed a cabinet...

  • Football: Excitement builds for Garfield-Roosevelt game
    Football: Excitement builds for Garfield-Roosevelt game

    The 80th annual Garfield vs. Roosevelt game is set for Friday at 7:30 p.m. at East Los Angeles College.

    On Wednesday, players, coaches, administrators and politicians gathered at East L.A. College to offer observations and start to build the excitement for an annual game that features double homecomings...

  • Day-care worker admits to molesting four children, prosecutors say
    Day-care worker admits to molesting four children, prosecutors say

    The former owner of a Boyle Heights day-care center faces 22 years in prison after pleading no contest Monday to molesting four children, three of whom attended the facility co-owned by his wife, authorities said.

    Enrique Ramos, 46, of Los Angeles, was arrested in February 2013 on allegations of...

  • Football: Festivities begin for East L.A. Classic
    Football: Festivities begin for East L.A. Classic

    Players from Garfield and Roosevelt got together on Sunday at Stevens Steakhouse in Commerce for the annual Beef Bowl as part of festivities for the 80th East Los Angeles Classic.

    The game is set for Friday night at East L.A. College.

    Garfield is 7-2 and 5-0 in the Eastern League.

    Roosevelt is...

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