Southern California chronicles
Throughout 2009, the Los Angeles Times will produce a series of weekly dispatches, each one a postcard from a different community in Southern California. Tiny Latino neighborhood resisted joining AnaheimBy Tony BarbozaOrange County's unincorporated Colonia Independencia rejected annexation in 2005, but some residents think cityhood would fix blight and gang violence. Anaheim offers to accept properties one by one.
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The man who watched his brothers fall victim to the streets found refuge in art. Many of his Locsters -- such as 'Tattoo Tony' -- are real people depicted as toys.
Stand still in the crush of sticky, sun-screened bodies on the Venice Beach Boardwalk and you'll experience a feast for the senses.
No one called police for over an hour as the victim cried for help near Poinsettia Park. Residents say the area has been growing more dangerous, and they are organizing to fight crime.
For nearly a quarter of a century, Sister Nuala Ryan has taught music and been the Catholic chaplain at Lanterman Developmental Center in Pomona.
In the conservative Orange County town, where 'hippie' is a weight problem, homegrown activists are springing up to fight what they see as unchecked development.