Friday, August 22, 2014

Viewpoints & Ideas

Viewpoints: East L.A. drowning serves as a tragic reminder of water safety

Photo by C.J. Salgado

EAST LOS ANGELES — I learned to swim at the public pool in Atlantic Park, where I spent many summers growing up. So, last week’s drowning of 16-year-old Erick Ortiz at the pool reminded me of my own scary experience as a kid when I nearly drowned ... Read More »

Viewpoints: An Earth Day lesson for cleaning up East L.A.


Earth Day is said to be a global environmental event involving a billion people. Years ago I participated in this annual event while in Washington D.C. on a fellowship. I remember the National Mall being packed with visitors, booths, and numerous activities honoring Mother Earth. Amidst ... Read More »

Viewpoints: What is next in Frogtown’s future?

Elysian Valley next to gentrify images. Photos by our coutesy Julia Meltzer 1-31-2014 12-45-04 PM

Almost 12 years ago my partner and I purchased an industrial building in a neighborhood known to locals as Frogtown but officially named Elysian Valley. A narrow strip of land between the 5 Freeway and the L.A. River, Frogtown contains  both industrial and residential properties. We ... Read More »

Viewpoints & Ideas: It’s time to start taking traffic safety seriously in Northeast L.A.


In recent years Colorado Boulevard has been the most widely discussed street when it comes to talk of traffic safety in Northeast L.A. The attention dedicated to Colorado Boulevard is well warranted, however, it is not the only dangerous street in the neighborhood. There are many streets in ... Read More »

Viewpoints: In defense of new Northeast L.A. bike lanes

Josef Bray-Ali, a cycling advocate and owner of the Flying Pigeon L.A. bike shop in Highland Park, submitted this open letter to Councilman Ed Reyes Councilman Reyes, I am writing to you after reading a report in the Highland Park-Mt. Washington Patch regarding the recent Historic ... Read More »

Open Discussion: Charter school or L.A. Unified? Lincoln Heights mom wants to keep her options open

By Josefina Vargas “Es mi hijo, yo elijo!” – “It’s my child, I choose!”  was what hundreds of parents enthusiastically chanted outside the LAUSD headquarters on the morning of September 11. We were there to oppose a resolution that Mr. Steve Zimmer, a school board member, ... Read More »

Open Discussion: My friend the pothead … an open letter to L.A. City Council

By Scott Crawford This is my best friend Shelly. We have been friends since I was sixteen. We talk several times a day. During those years, we have shared pretty much everything. Her divorces, my trips, raising her sons, losing my parents.. Weʼve grown up together. ... Read More »

Open Discussion: Getting the mural ordinance right

Submitted by Bill Lasarow, Judithe Hernández, and Isabel Rojas-Williams Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles Since 2002, the unintended consequence of an existing ordinance, enacted to curb the proliferation of commercial signage, effectively prohibited the painting of murals on private property. When it was announced a year ... Read More »

Open Discussion: What new City Council boundaries may mean for the Echo Park area

By Christine Peters After many weeks of deliberating and holding public hearings, the Volunteer Redistricting Commission has revealed their recommendation for the new boundaries for our cities 15 Council Districts. The Commission is tasked every 10 years with redrawing the boundaries to balance population and demographics ... Read More »

Open Discussion: A vision of East L.A. cityhood overwhelmed by perfect storm of realities

By C.J. Salgado Sadly, but not surprisingly, a “perfect storm” is making landfall on January 25 when the Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO) is set to make what will likely be the final decision on the proposed incorporation of East Los Angeles. LAFCO is the county ... Read More »