The Devil Himself would wonder if today's march was at all effective. Surrounding streets were packed with detoured traffic while protest marchers brought a shared agenda of bringing troops home, begin impeachment proceedings--and to perhaps to garner more participation--establish full rights for immigrants. Didn't work. The number of marchers may have numbered 500. After the jump: LAPD on bikes + protest leaders pass The Palace + best seat in the house + youth for peace.
Many who read this blog may not understand how close a community East L.A. is, and when VFaL first heard the news that the Garfield High School Auditorium was destroyed by fire, it was wondered not if, but when fundraising to rebuild would begin. Within days, plans for a benefit were being made.
Despite some questions how LAUSD ended up managing the concert, it moves forward at full speed at different levels. A reader mentions that smaller local fundraiser was already held by the Garfield Alumni class of 1966 at Sanctuary Studios with musician Lil Ray as "some alumni and friends of the school are taking
matters into their own hands and doing what needs to be done on a
Now the main event. Los Lobos headlines the Garfield High School
benefit concert Oct. 14, the Los Angeles Times
profiles the band at the shell of the former auditorium. The arsonist
was arrested--a Garfield freshman who was "angry at his teacher." [Pieces of Los Lobos' Heart] Story by Agustin Gurza. Photo by Al Seib.
Frank Romero's "Going to the Olympics," Willie Herron's "Luchas del Mundo," and Glenna Boltuch Avila's "L. A. Freeway Kids" are no more. The iconic Los Angeles murals––completed for the 1984 Olympics–– have been completely painted over in solid coats of Caltrans gray and judging by the paint, it looks like it was an official wipe-out. Located alongside the 101, they were important enough be conserved, but evidently the constant tagging made it too costly to consider restoring them yet again.
Add 9.28: LAT supplements a story about Sheriff Lee Baca's new program to address tagging with recent pics of the now gone set of murals. Also used are photos of Judy Bacas "Hitting the Wall" that was recently restored after years of raising funding for conservation. [Baca: 'shame' on taggers' parents]
Downtown Los Angeles went from a casual friend to intimate stranger in just over a year on very limited resources. For now there will be a pause in postings, and ongoing stories will be updated at blogdowntown. Pictured: Third bloggiest neighborhood as seen in a view from a loft.
In our email box is a response to neighborhood concerns from developer Chuck Cowley, senior VP MacGregor Co. regarding One Santa Fe. According to CurbedLA, it was prompted by their recent coverage. Meanwhile: Outside the window of the opposition leader, gas lines were being cut that according to the workers are part of initial prep work for One Sante Fe. Cowley's e-mail is after the jump:
Cat Noir: In City Hall today, preservationist Jim Childs thinks of his next move needed to save the Felix the Cat Neon Sign and Showroom as a continuance was offered and accepted by both sides. (Photo/VFaL)