Sunday, February 1, 2015

East Los Angeles stories, photos and more

East L.A. food cycle

Food delivery on Whittier Boulevard | Aurelio Jose Barrera

EAST LOS ANGELES — Photographer Aurelio Jose Barrera distributes food to the homeless in East Los Angeles once or twice a week. But instead of making his deliveries in a car or van,  Barrera loads the food, which includes oranges, lemons and grapefruit he picks from neighborhood ... Read More »

Big & Blue: A review of East L.A.’s new super-sized recycling cart

The super-sized blue bin (left) compared to the smaller model | C.J. Salgado

EAST LOS ANGELES --Sometimes size really does matter, at least when it comes to disposing of trash from our homes. Republic Services, which provides waste disposal for unincorporated East Los Angeles, began to offer noticeably larger blue recycle cart or bins at no additional charge as part of a service enhancements that were promoted last summer. Sound good? Read More »

What a new shopping center says about the East L.A. economy

The mostly empty Whittier Place | C.j. Salgado

EAST LOS ANGELES -- While the national economy seems to be growing at a healthy rate, the economy appears to be a mixed bag in East L.A.. Take for example Whittier Place, a brand new strip shopping center on Whittier Boulevard. Palm trees have been planted and the parking lot lines have been freshly painted. But of the 18 spaces up for lease, only about half are occupied so far, with tenants skewed to the big corporate chains. Read More »

New path to turn East L.A. cemetery into a fitness zone

Rendering of Calvary Cemetery Walking Path on Eastern Avenue | Courtesy L.A. County

EAST LOS ANGELES — Work is scheduled to begin next year on transforming the barren and narrow sidewalk around Calvary Cemetery into a two-mile long, shaded walking and jogging path. The $3.6 million path, part of Metro’s Eastside Access Project of transit-related improvements, will feature wider ... Read More »