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Community Coalition's South L.A. headquarters get a welcome face-lift

Community Coalition's South L.A. headquarters get a welcome face-lift

For almost two decades, the headquarters of Community Coalition stood as a bunker at the intersection of Vermont Avenue and 81st Street in South Los Angeles. When the nonprofit organization moved into the city-owned building in 1997 during the height of gang violence, Karen Bass, the group's founder who is now a congresswoman, ordered crews to board up the windows out of fear that stray bullets might pierce the glass and injure workers or guests. The meeting room was moved to the center of the building to give additional protection to those inside. In recent years, the gun violence has decreased significantly from its peak in the 1980s and '90s. Now, the precautions seem...

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