Boyle Heights day care worker headed to prison for child molestation; Highland Park gentrification organizer talks; Echo Park parade fundraiser

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  • One of the organizers of the Highland Park gentrification protests tell their side of the story. L.A. Magazine
  • A man who ran a Boyle Heights day care center with his wife was sentenced to 22 years in prison for molesting four children. KTLA
  • The Echo Park Community Parade is seeking to raise $2,000 – a $10 pledge gets you an “I Love EP” button. Kickstarter

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  1. This dragon will be in the middle of the Southwest Museum Courtyard for the Discovery Tour this Saturday, November 22!

  2. More racist bullshit from NELA Alliance. Who’s being pushed out? And under what circumstances?
    If NELA Alliance provided real data and stories instead of attacking newer members of the community because of their ethnicity they might find they have more allies than they think.

    • The only people who are playing the race card is race-baiting posters like You. Otherwise, it’s obvious that they’re targeting businesses who they feel represent the exclusive change going on in their community.; You take race out of the discussion and perhaps an inclusive discussion can begin to take place. Also, let’s face it, if NEELA had not staged this protest there would be no discussion at all. Only callous gloating about eagerly displacing “the racists” and “gangbangers” that anyone who objects or distrusts gentrification is accused of being. A lot of people can’t help but look at their new neighbors differently after reading the ugly-American outbursts on these message boards. Not cool or typical of NELA’s history or recent past. Asians, hispanics, and whites have ALways co-existed in NELA. Only now do newcomers and transplants insist on making it the central issue.

      • Dude, how is designating a business “not culturally welcoming” not about race? I’ve seen so many posts on this site decrying the invasion of “hipsters” (i.e. white people) and “genetfication” so I’m calling out the racism as I see it. Many others see it too.

        You sit there let some benevolent NELA Buddha, but you’re spewing the same crap in a different disguise.

      • Proper Dos,
        Can you or anyone PLEASE explain how a pizza parlor or ice cream shop is “not culturally welcoming”? I’ve already asked the question on another board and no one has explained. I’ve been to Town Pizza and Scoops a few times now and I simply cannot understand what is not culturally welcoming about those places. Is the Dominos down the street from Town culturally welcoming? How about the Baskin Robbins on Fig?

        • They’re not owned by Latinos. There. Mystery solved.

          • I’d like to hear an explanation from one of these protestors or their supporters. If this whole thing has nothing to do with race, then maybe they can explain how a freaking pizza place is not culturally welcoming. Dominos, Pizza Hut, and Baskin Robbins aren’t owned by Latinos either. No one gave them an eviction notice. Look, we both know what the answer is. I just want to see if one of these people calling me an invader (My family has been in NELA since the 1900’s) can explain it without race being a factor. I don’t think they can. So far, I’m right.

        • Which is precisely what I’m suggesting. Right or wrong the resident protesters have a grievance. Take race out of the discussion, share concerns, and educate each other. Stop INSISTING that race MUST be the one and only issue. That only makes it easy to dismiss and antagonize the protesters who have NOT made race the central issue.

          • Sigh. Can you explain how Town Pizza and Scoops are not culturally welcoming? Can you stop dancing around and just explain it in plain language? I’ll simplify it. How is Town Pizza not culturally welcoming? Forget Scoops. What is it about Town Pizza, specifically, that makes them culturally unwelcoming? You suggest educating each other. Educate me.

          • I don’t think anyone is saying the protestors have made race their “one and only issue”, but it certainly is a subtext in their message… otherwise they wouldn’t have blogged about gentrification being “oKKKupation”.

          • The people and businesses they are protesting are residents also. the folks patronizing Scoops and Town Pizza are residents too.

      • To be fair, “working class people of color” does exclude working class whites. I think the protest was well thought out to provoke. I hope there is some larger vision from NELA Alliance that they will help us all stitch together.

        I keep repeating it in public forums, because not many know about it: we should try at start some limited equity trusts in NELA to preserve affordable housing and rents for businesses.

      • Echo Park resident

        I understand the issue that’s playing out in terms of skyrocketing rents and a lack of affordable purchasable housing in HLP — but the one thing I do not understand, not did the protesters explain in this interview, is why they targeted these businesses specifically. As many people, including the business owners themselves, have pointed out, these businesses are all locally owned and operated — many by longtime residents.

        As an outsider, it really does seem like the anti-gentrification crowd targeted businesses at face value (ie: stereotyping based on what THEY think the business is about) instead of looking into who the business is run by, if they hire locally, and what their wages are like. Weed out the bad seeds, yes — but if you’re going to claim why a certain business is ruining the community is displacing your neighbors, please explain HOW and back those claims up with facts.

        • The efforts to stop gentrification are futile. It is natural market forces at work. In the great words of one of our great philosophers, Beyonce, “if you liked it you shoulda put a ring on it”.

  3. That article in Los Angeles magazine neglects to mention many facts about this groups assholish behavior when they went on their eviction raid. Like how they wore masks and refuse to give their names so to remain anonymous while spreading their hateful racist message just like the pussies and cowards of the KKK.

    • Hi Le Barton, I wrote the article. I just wanted to let you know that I didn’t mention the masks because not all of the protesters wore them. In a lot of the photos I saw of the protest, most weren’t wearing masks. Also, in some of the photos, the masks were on the back of their heads, which led me to believe that the masks were more of an art statement than a way to obscure their faces. I was not there, so I could only rely on photos and what I could glean from observers.

      • Valentina, instead of fanning the flames why not provide some real data? Are people actually being illegally evicted? What’s the issue? Tenants not knowing their rights? People in single family homes that are not protected in the same way as apartment buildings?

        Instead I just find hyperbole and vaguely racist statements against “outsiders”.

        • I think these are all questions worth asking, and any citizen can go about finding these answers. I believe NELAA does contend that there have been illegal evictions.

          • Then why don’t you report on that rather than allegations and “I don’t feel welcome in the new pizza joint” feelings? There are people using terms “newcomers”, “invaders” and other volatile terms, bullying and threatening businesses enjoyed by the community. Do some objective reporting and get some facts out there. The NELA Alliance certainly seems unwilling to do so.

          • Yeah, Valentina, as someone whose writing I enjoy at least when it comes to food, this article is pretty disappointing – full of the false-equivalency “two sides to every story” BS we’ve come to expect from CNN and Fox News. So while you’re giving NELAA cover, why not try to illuminate exactly what they’re protesting? What are these “illegal evictions” that you “believe” the NELAA “contends” are happening, and are they happening in NELA with a greater frequency than everywhere else? Does the NELAA actually serve any purpose, or is “renter’s rights” something they hide behind in an attempt to legitimize their unwittingly-racist anti-gentrification agenda? Or are you saying you’d rather “any citizen” do that research for you?

        • Echo Park resident

          Agreed, this is bad reporting. Had I turned this in as an assignment in journalism school, I would have received a failing grade for failure to thoroughly cover and research all sides of the issue, as well as backing up said claims with publicly available facts. That’s local issue reporting rule #1.

          • It’s not bad reporting as much as it is *very biased* reporting. Consider the source “Valantina Silva and Jesus Sanchez.

  4. What are these Marxist ashamed of? BTW I hear Venezuela doing well.

  5. Bottom line, it’s the businesses on York that were targeted by the demonstrators who bore the brunt of this demonstration. The rest of us are just bystanders in comparison.

    Based on the article the other day, it sounds like most of these business owners weren’t too happy about being targeted. They put a brave face on and tried to be diplomatic, but it’s their job to try not to offend people – who knows how they really felt? I wouldn’t be surprised if some now feel like they’re not safe and that they have to look over their shoulder as they come and go.

    If this is the case for even one of these business owners, then the demonstrators should be roundly rejected by everyone, and they should apologize.

    Harassment and intimidation is not how a community talks about its problems – this is how a community gets divided up into “us and them.”

  6. We can criticize the protests as misguided. But I don’t see the benefit of polarizing any further. No need to sling “racism” around. In my view, the NELAA protest was both misdirected in the targeting, culturally insensitive in its own right, as well as being well short of specific grievance; however, the underlying fears and concerns of the protestors are real and worth examination and discussion. One of the most significant great aspects of Highland Park is its strong and long-standing community. The changes that are happening are happening fast. And, while eviction notices on mom and pop shops seem pretty ridiculous to me, I would hate for York Ave. to become Abbott Kinney. I get the fear that drove that particular protest performance, even if I disagree with the actualization.

      • I couldn’t respond to your last comment on our conversation thread for some reason, so I’m responding here. My article, which I think was very objected and even handed, was definitely not meant to inflame–it was also not an article that aimed to argue either side’s points. Instead, it was about the response of both the protesters and the business owners a week after the protests.

        I attempted to show the range of emotion from business owners while helping to shed some light on why the protesters chose the particular tactics they did. I hope to do more in-depth reporting on the subject, but really, you don’t have to wait for writers to find this information out. Perhaps you can start a dialogue with NELAA, and do some research. It seems to be something you’re passionate about, so maybe you’d find some interesting answers.

        • thanks, but as a journalist I find your answers somewhat evasive. you’re not a blogger……

        • No. Journalists exist to gather news for the community. “Doing some research” is YOUR job. You are the observer on behalf of the general public. You provide us with the information we need to make informed decisions and conclusions. You gather the facts and verify them – for example, NELAA’s contention that there’s an issue in the community with illegal evictions.

          I look forward to seeing some more in-depth reporting on this.

    • That about sums it up for me.

      • Unfortunately for them, the NELA Alliance still isn’t doing a good job of explaining themselves either here or on their FB page. A couple of commentators have left quite informative responses regarding tenets rights and landlord obligations, yet there’s no response. If it’s truly about illegal evictions and affordable housing I believe the NELA A would find much more support than they think. Correct me if I’m wrong, but I bet most of the newer homeowners in this community are first timers who were just recently renters. Know your target audience NELA A!

        • Its bullshit. People are not stupid. Even undocumented, non-english-speaking people know their rights.

          What these kids won’t admit is that longtime tenants are TAKING THE MONEY and leaving.

          The only ones being evicted are the adult children living rent free at home who get the boot when mom takes a buyout.

          I have experienced this face to face. Mom is happy to take the check, the grown kids are pissed because they lose their free housing.

  7. Proper Dos and True Freedom, how is a site like this making to not an issue defined by race?


    Gente Si, Gentrify No!


    Coupled with this gem it seems quite clear what the protesters are really about:


    • Guillermo Uribe, owner of Eastside Luv and inventor of the word “Gentefication” lives in the very wealthy, very safe fern dell neighborhood just off Los Feliz next to Griffith Park. His family takes advantage of the silverlake conservatory, good schools, intelligentsia coffee and everything else that the hipsters love. And then he does the gangster lean on down to eastside luv where he spouts his seperatist master plan for East Los Angeles. Way to rep it real dude.

    • @eastsidearts : I probably wasn’t too clear in my post, but I do think race IS a central component to the protestors theme.. just not the “one and only issue”.

  8. So hey, the NELA Alliance would like to remain anonymous. And everyone on this site is anonymous too. It’z like we’re all in this together! Let’s tackle these issues anonymously!

  9. Other than the tenant’s rights aspect(which I applaud & agree with) ,there is nothing but catch phrases on their sites. There are no clear definitions of anything.

    I’m still waiting for them to define their borderline fascist sounding phrase”culturally unwelcoming.”
    What’s next? Burning books?

    NELA Alliance is all sizzle, no steak.
    And a lot of seriously confused teenage angst.

  10. What a gutless POS! The racist organizers won’t give their names in that LA Magazine story.

  11. “Proper Dos and True Freedom, how is a site like this making to not an issue defined by race?


    ha ha ha HA! for christ’s sake, for a minute I thought this was something real, not a dozen teenagers hopped up on their first junior college hit of Howard Zinn and eager to engage in some Cesar Chavez cosplay. of course they’re not gonna feel culturally welcome in the York or the Greyhound, or anywhere else that’s going to ask for ID.

    • ‘a dozen teenagers hopped up on their first junior college hit of Howard Zinn and eager to engage in some Cesar Chavez cosplay’

      lolz. Thats rich.

  12. I’ll do research and will post the names of all the masked racists protestors.

  13. There are a lot of points to hit on with the topic of gentrification.

    1. What a concept! White people getting mad at brown “racists.” My how the tides have turned. Difference between the present and the past is the brown people aren’t in control of all the money and don’t make the laws. If they did, these white people would be banned from buying and renting in these neighborhoods. Remember when you did that, white people?

    Brown people also aren’t driving around looking for white people to beat up and lynch because their skin color is different. Don’t forget the history of how we got here. It really wasn’t that long ago. This is the blood we all come from. While you and your families may not have done this personally, it was a whole group of people that oppressed the others. This is a HUGE cause for how the system works to this day, you can’t deny facts.

    Welcome back to the neighborhood. Say hello to the community and don’t act like you’re saving the place just because you and your friends decided to move back to the city you fled. It was on its way up before you got here.

    • @Angeleno

      “Brown people also aren’t driving around looking for white people to beat up and lynch because their skin color is different. ”

      Spare me.

      No one in the neighborhood protested at all when the Aves declared open season on black people for being black.
      Where were those protests?

    • What in the system is holding Latinos down?

    • Who’s included in “brown people”? Folks from India, Sri Lanka? Malaysia? Philippino? What about hispanic folks who’s heritage is all Spanish, are they “brown”. What about working class white folks, are you excluding them? Lots of poor white folks out there, but I guess you don’t care because it doesn’t fit your agenda.

      C’mon, you’re going to need to do better than the rallying cry of “remember slavery!”

  14. Please cite one case of white people driving around in cars and lynching a brown person. LYNCHING. Words mean things. If you don’t know the meaning of the words you’re using, then stop talking.

    Meanwhile, perhaps you should learn some very recent history about what some of you brown people are doing to black people. You guys don’t have a particularly great history of being “welcoming” to people not like you, so perhaps you should spare us the moral self-righteousness.


  15. In case you had any doubt:


    Los Angeles for LA Gente! Documenting the displacement of poor people of color in Los Angeles. #WEFIGHTDISPLACEMENT http://losangelesforlagente.wordpress.com

  16. What does one do after one checks his/her privilege?

    • as a member of the 1%, I have the privilege of paying exorbitant taxes, and as a semi-recent homeowner, I have the privilege of paying property taxes on nearly max market valuation. These are a few privileges I wouldn’t mind “checking” somewhere, if checking means “dropping”

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