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¡Chalino Sánchez vive!

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Suspect in South Gate Deputy-Involved Shooting Identified, Treated for Gunshot

Chalino Sanchez, 37, of South Gate, remained in custody at inmate reception in downtown Los Angeles, a Los Angeles County jailer said in a phone interview at 5:40 p.m. April 21.

Elvis, Tupac, and Chalino, back from the dead?


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April 22, 2013 at 10:22 am

To a drowning person

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“By far the great majority of the people who go through even the severest of depression survive it, and live ever afterward at least as happily as their unafflicted counterparts. Save for the awfulness of certain memories it leaves, acute depression inflicts few permanent wounds.”

“It is of great importance that those who are suffering a siege, perhaps for the first time, be told – be convinced, rather – that the illness will run its course and that they will pull through. A tough job, this; calling “Chin up!” from the safety of shore to a drowning person is tantamount to insult, but it has been shown over and over again that if the encouragement is dogged enough – and the support equally committed and passionate – the endangered one can nearly always be saved.”

“To most of those who have experienced it, the horror of depression is so overwhelming as to be quite beyond expression, hence the frustrated sense of inadequacy found in the work of even the greatest artists.”

“… if depression had no termination, then suicide would, indeed, be the only remedy. But one need not sound the false or inspirational note to stress the truth that depression is not the soul’s annihilation; men and women who have recovered from the disease – and they are countless – bear witness to what is probably its only saving grace: it is conquerable.”

All quotes from William Styron’s Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness.

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April 20, 2013 at 3:28 am

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Jordan Downs to be Torn Down and Replaced with New Urbanist, Mixed-Income “Urban Village”

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Jordan Downs Housing Project To Get ‘Urban Village’ Makeover

Retail space and market-rate housing interspersed amid affordable housing is done with the hopes of changing the social life of Jordan Downs and by extension, Watts. The concern amid current residents is whether the redeveloped Jordan Downs will replace one-to-one the 700 affordable units or if there will be a loss in affordable units, as has been the trend in recent redevelopments of public housing across the country.

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April 18, 2013 at 7:15 pm

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Remembering Sal Castro

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I wrote a piece on Sal Castro’s death for LAist. Here’s a snippet:

Castro’s message was easily distilled into the message on the podium in the photo above: “No sean mensos (Don’t be idiots). Go to college and graduate!” I still have his business card from when I attended the CYLC eight years ago. On the back is the stronger version of his message: “No sean pendejos (Don’t be dumbasses). Go to college and graduate!”

Read the whole piece over at LAist.

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April 16, 2013 at 6:28 pm

Local Battery Recycler Poses Highest Cancer Risk In Southern California

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Local Battery Recycler Poses Highest Cancer Risk In Southern California

AQMD said Exide’s Vernon plant “posed a higher cancer risk to more people than any of more than 450 facilities the agency has regulated in Southern California in the last 25 years.”

Check out an article of mine at LAist on the Exide battery recycling plant in Vernon.

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April 9, 2013 at 9:55 pm

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It’s high time the cities of Southeast L.A. County consolidate

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Then a series of corruption scandals in southeast L.A. County roiled the region and made national headlines. Prosecutors filed public-corruption charges in Bell, Vernon, Commerce, Cudahy and Lynwood. Investigations are ongoing in Maywood and in at least one water district.

Now the Los Angeles County Local Agency Formation Commission is taking another look. And it’s asking a question that has been much debated since the scandals broke: Is there a better way to govern the area?

Agency takes a look at southeast cities’ governance,” Los Angeles Times, 8 Apr. 2013.

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April 9, 2013 at 9:51 pm

Does anyone read this site anymore?

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I have nothing to share with anyone. Nothing to talk about. No way to connect with others. I’m 23. What is my life supposed to look like right now? Am I supposed to meet people, be in relationships or dating people, or have friends? Go out and experience the world? Work and try to save the world with naïveté? I hide from everyone and everything because there’s nothing and no one for me out there.

Can I say I am living at all?

I find no reason to wake up and face the world every day. Maybe it’s time to settle my affairs and go away.

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March 30, 2013 at 6:00 am

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