Soledad en masa


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Downtown L.A. Skyline & Me

I was born and raised in South Gate, California, and currently live in Cambridge, Massachusetts. I received my undergraduate degree from Harvard University. I am a semi-retired mariachi musician; I played the guitar, vihuela & guitarrón.

My writing has appeared at and In 2013 I took part in Sam QuinonesTell Your True Tale workshop at the East Los Angeles Library. Our stories (including mine) were published and are available for purchase here. Volumes 2 (click here) and 3 (click here) are also available for purchase. Some stories are available on the East Los Angeles Library’s website; mine is available here. An earlier draft of my published story appeared on this site in 2008.

I am fascinated by the relationship and interaction between music, urban areas, immigration, and Chican@/Mexican American identity and integration into American society. I will read anything and everything related to Los Altos de Jalisco.

I am interested in urban planning and governance as quality-of-life issues, especially transportation, the structure of governments, and economic investment and re-development in working class and poor neighborhoods, particularly in regards to public spaces and landscapes (parks, plazas, shopping areas, etc.) and housing.

Why is my blog titled soledad en masa? The answer to that question is here.

Feel free to contact me.


Written by soledadenmasa

July 14, 2007 at 3:33 am

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  1. Diego,

    I am immensely impressed by your educational portfolio at such a young age.

    Congratulations on Harvard! I have a few friends who attended there. One of my fellow college classmates even works there.

    By now you’ve seen and its focus on public benefit and public policy issues in the southeast cities.

    I am not a journalist, like you intend to study one day. And I am familiar with ZETA and its focus.

    The most awkward moment for me with this website was learning that I received the California First Amendment Coalition’s Beacon Award in 2004. This was given at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism. I was one of five award recipients on that day. The other four were two seasoned investigative reporters, one city attorney and one council woman. I’ve even lectured at the USC school of Journalism to a class that focuses on reporting on southeast cities of HP, South Gate, etc. I wear my Mexican luchador mask even to the lecture.

    I graduated from Huntington Park High School, even played soccer against you guys at South Gate High. This was way too many years ago. Am also from Los Altos de Jalisco.

    I any case, I highly encourage you to go on and make tons of money and then come back to make a difference in the Southeast. I still have friends that think i’m crazy for still living in HP.

    I could use your contributions if you so desire. I’ve not updated the website for a few months but may do so soon. I was asked recently by a political science student at UCLA for permission to use the website as the focuse of her thesis.

    The website is referenced in a class at Cal-State Bakersfield on a course syllabus on Computers and society. pretty nifty for a simple website.

    I get emails from soldiers in Irak or some other god-foresaken places telling me that this website keeps them in touch with their community. Some of these guys are even angry at all the crooked stuff that happens here while they are putting their lives at risk over there.

    Best of luck and keep in touch. Would like to hear from you and even would like to hear your comments and/or critiques of

    And your Mariachi stuff is incredibly cool! Yes, I go to St. Mathias once in a while; didn’t know it was you playing. Come back and start a mariachi program in the southeast, like Sol de Mexico in East L.A. Fundraising for such a program would be no problem. I highly encourage you to propel your love for Mariachi to the next level.

    In the public interest,

    The Editor,


    August 30, 2007 at 9:14 am

  2. I am very intrigued by your profile and your postings. I’m looking forward to reading about your adventures in Cambridge.

    Estrella Luna

    October 23, 2007 at 8:52 pm

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