Monday, October 24, 2016

Boyle Heights community leader apologizes over “gentrification fence” photo

Maria Cabildo calls fences with horizontal planks like the one pictured above a "gentrification fence'

A fence with  horizontal slats like the one above has become a symbol of gentrification to some.

BOYLE HEIGHTS — An Instagram photo of a fence is something you would not expect to cause much of a stir. But Maria Cabildo – an affordable housing developer, city planning commissioner and prominent Boyle Heights leader – has learned otherwise. Her Instagram photo and remarks on what she called a “gentrification fence” outside a Boyle Heights home stirred up a firestorm in the comments section of the real estate blog Curbed LA, leading Cabildo to apologize in person to the family behind the fence for making them feel like a target.

“It was not a personal thing,” said Cabildo, President of  East Los Angeles Community Corp. during a phone interview with The Eastsider. “It was more about a symbol of what the fence represents.”

Cabildo snapped the photo of the wood fence – one of those with horizontal slats that have become common in Echo Park, Highland Park and other gentrifying Eastside neighborhoods – during one of her frequent visits to her father’s home. Cabildo posted the photo to her Instagram account with  the following remarks:

The gentrification fence is very horizontal, ubiquitous in Echo Park, but a new comer to #boyleheights I believe that this is the first such fence in #boyleheights. As luck would have it, I drive past it every single day as I travel down … to see my ailing Pops. This fence says, ‘i like the housing stock here but my neighbors are not people I want to interact with.’ Fences in Boyle Heights are porous.”

Since Cabildo’s Instagram account is private, only a small group of her followers would have normally seen the photos and remarks. But Cabildo promoted the photo on her Twitter feed, which caught the attention of Curbed LA, which included her photo and comments on a Jan. 2  post titled Will Boyle Heights Be LA’s Gentrification Hot Spot of 2015?

Her photo and remarks generated more than 270 often heated comments as readers argued and debated the issue of gentrification, housing and race. One of those who read the story and left several comments was the owner of the house. He said that he was a 45-year-old, white “non-hipster” who purchased the house last year in Boyle Heights because  “it’s the one place in LA where I could (barely) afford to buy a home. The “gentrification fence,” he said, was already in place when he and his family moved into the bungalow.

Following the comments firestorm, Cabildo removed the Twitter post and link to her Instagram photo and comments. In retrospect, Cabildo said she should have cropped the photo to focus on the fence and leave out the bungalow in the background. But it was too late.

After the owner of the house contacted Cabildo via Twitter, she went to the house and spoke directly with him and had a second follow up meeting at a location on First Street.

“I apologized for causing them distress,”  Cabildo said. “They were incredibly gracious and shared their story with me. They didn’t move to Boyle Heights because it was a hot new neighborhood,” she said.  “It was the only neighborhood where they can afford to live.”

Cabildo said she invited the home owner to participate in her organization’s ongoing efforts to discuss and deal with gentrification in Boyle Heights.

“All sorts of people are being displaced … across the city,” she said.  “It’s very cost driven and driven by the lack of housing and housing affordable. It’s not unique to people of color.”

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  1. Who the hell do these self appointed “community leaders” think they are? All of these areas have a diverse history encompassing many different ethnicities, national origins and religious beliefs. Say no to this thinly veiled bigoted, classist and racist bullshit. The new owner has to apologize? Say he didn’t but because it was “a hot neighborhood”? Cabildo’s level of entitlement is staggering. Ridiculous to the nth degree.

    • Ok, so not self appointed, but hardly behavior fitting a city planning commissioner who’s educational background would seem to put her more in the camp of the “gentrifiers”.

      • WRONG (again). Your prejudice regarding the profile of those opposed to the business of gentrification is what distinguishes you from real residents primarily concerned with quality-of-life issues NOT preserving the sanctity(?) of greedy investors and developers. Moreover, i’m fairly certain that I’m more educated than the likes of you and I’m among those opposed to the business of gentrification in our neighborhoods.

        However, I agree(?) that those horizontal fences are plain ugly and already becoming dated eyesores and THAT should’ve been the focus of Ms. Cabildo’s comments.. You can’t simply buy good taste.

        • epg, I am a real resident. where do you come up with the classifications you use? they are hilarious.

          real residents concerned with quality of life issues contribute to the community, maintain their property/homes and pick up after themselves. the more recent “real residents” of NELA are therefore a most welcome addition!

          • “where do you come up with the classifications you use? they are hilarious”(?). ESFARTs, the “hilarity” of my posts are designed to match the utter imbecility of yours. Your glaring prejudice always comes through with your ignorant comments about “educated gentrifiers” and uneducated(?) but longtime residents. You simply don’t sound like anybody whose lived in our community for more than 10 years. Consequently, you will remain lonely until more of your ilk finally antes-up to join you but I’ve got news for you: the well of finance and interest is drying up! Like I’ve been confidently posting for a while, there are simply not enough wealthy and wealthier people who want to gamble on moving to the N.E. or far east side. Looks like you’ll be dumbing-down(?) your profile or simply smarten-up if you want to blend among your “uneducated”(?) neighbors . . . Like Me! . . . (lol).

          • Wow, educated gentrifiers? Don’t put words in my mouth.

            Also, 10 years? That’s your boundary mark? You’ve made assumptions about where I went to college (wrong!), how long I’ve lived “here” (again wrong), insecurity about my culture, blah blah blah. You’ve finally reached the apotheosis of stupidity, moronic behavior and general assholeishness.


  2. Interesting turns of phrases by Mrs. Cabildo.

    She’s ‘sorry she didn’t crop out the house and keep the same photo and content’

    She wants to talk about people being displaced in the area because prices are rising and runs a large housing provider that spent half a million dollars PER UNIT to rehab the Boyle Hotel in the area but complains when a homeowner renovates a house to live in that they worked hard to afford. (see this article with approx costs of $25,000,000 to renovate a 51 unit building, http://la.curbed.com/archives/2012/05/renovation_of_1889_boyle_hotel_set_to_finish_up_this_month.php

    • Did you know that affordable housing developers take development fees equal to 10% of the project cost? That’s why they spend so much money renovating units; they literally get paid to spend as much as possible. And do you know how the financing works? It’s complicated, but it boils down to tax breaks paid for by government at all levels (federal, state, county).

      • Municipalities also have an incentive to make the units as expensive as possible. The cities’ affordable housing goals are based on dollars spent, not units built. More expensive units means fewer units means fewer poor people in your city using social services.

        This is why the affordable apartment buildings in Santa Monica are nicer than market rate buildings.

        • actually, I don’t think this is quite right.
          There’s a gov’t entity called SCAG (so cal assoc of gov’ts) which estimates population growth for each city. It also estimates the housing needs by income and embodies this info in the RHNA (regional housing needs assessment – pronounced Reena) number.

          This number says how many housing units are needed (and will be needed) by income level.

          Then, each city must incorporate into the Housing Element of their General Plan.. a plan to enable the building of the units to fulfill RHNA. This plan must be submitted to Sacramento.

          So, the goals are driven off numbers of units, not dollars.

  3. ELACC.org used tax payer money to renovate the Boyle Heights Hotel at a cost of 400+ per unit. She is taking from the general fund (used to clean our alleys, graffiti removal, and other neighborhood services) to get her projects funded and she is then heavily subsidizing the tenants. She needs to be stopped.

  4. I’m sure this guy is now enthusiastically holding his breath to attend Cabildo’s workshop on gentrification in Boyle Heights.

    What a joke. Evil Whitey lurking behind every fence, small business, and bike rack, plotting and planning to destroy the neighborhood. Sad to see such hatred against races not your own.

  5. Want to slow down gentrification? Yes, there are many public policy actions that would help, but the biggest single one is about letting the private sector do its thing — tell the provincial, anti-growth, elitist, NIMBY homeowner groups to shove it and allow LA to densify. Greater density means more housing and that means more supply — when supply goes up (yes, even luxury units because that opens up older units to greater affordability as supply increases), rents stabilize and even decline. It also is good for the environment because it encourages public transit use. But will our local elected, all of them beholden to homeowner groups (the saying that they are in the pockets of developers is a myth because if they were, there would be more construction), ever let that happen? Unlikely.

  6. They didn’t move to Boyle Heights because it was a hot new neighborhood,” she said. “It was the only neighborhood where they can afford to live.”

    Someone should inform Maria Cabildo that THAT’S WHAT GENTRIFICATION IS. People that couldn’t afford to buy a home in other neighborhood moving to a place to where they can still afford it. Its the natural outcome of living in city that is undergoing a rise in home values across the board.

    Its not like there’s an evil, culturally-insensitive cabal of hipsters plotting to change the culture of Boyle Heights, Highland Park, West Adams, or any other neighborhood in transition. Its people that collectively have realized “Oh crap…I’ll never afford a home in Echo Park, Silverlake, Los Feliz, not to mention the entirety of the Westside. But hey, I can be a homeowner in a neighborhood like Boyle Heights.” The “hot new neighborhood” thing is the OUTCOME when enough people flock to a neighborhood they can afford, not the CAUSE. She’s got it backwards.

    • Bingo. People move to the neighborhood that they can afford, period. I moved to Silver Lake 12 years ago when I could no longer afford to buy a house in the WeHo area. We looked at over 100 homes and lost three bidding wars in areas as diverse as south of Pico, Atwater Village and Hollywood. My husband really didn’t want to move here, but I had spent a lot of time in SL with friends who had lived here for many years, and I loved it. Needless to say, it took all of a week of living here for my husband to fall in love with the area. Am I this mythical, evil ‘gentrifier’? Well, yes, I’ve improved the property over the last decade – because I love my home and have enough money to do so. I’m not rich, but I’m not poor. I know nearly all my neighbors – from the newest to the ones who have been here for decades. No horizontal fencing, though. People move where they can afford, and then they improve their properties. And some landlords jack up rents to get rid of the old tenants, to attract higher paying tenants. I don’t know what to do about that. All I’ve done is buy and spruce up my home, which I love.

      • Regarding the fencing and property improvements. It’s not really necessary to do external remodels after moving into a house. People do it to show off, and most have an altruistic streak of “improving the looks of the neighborhood” or something to that effect. (I’ve seen plenty of beautiful interiors in houses that are, otherwise, pretty ugly on the outside.) A gentrification tactic, however, is to make the exterior remodel or fixes look drastically different from the rest of the street, and to employ signifiers of gentrification. Maybe it’s the hipster fence, or specific colors of paint, or a whole new style of landscaping. The goal is to stand out in ways that make people think gentrification is happening.

    • Gentrification isn’t about moving to an affordable neighborhood. If he could afford BH, then he could afford South Central, or maybe El Monte, or Pico Rivera, or even Mid City. The hope of the gentrifier buyer is that the property value will appreciate as more poor people are evicted, kept away by rising rents, and when the lower middle class homeowners sell and leave an offer they can’t refuse. The process is undergirded by the replication of patterns of residential segregation.

  7. People like Cabildo seem to think the “middle class” are riding high and standing on the backs of their housekeepers to reach the top shelf champagne. She needs to get a grip and wake up!



    Stop vilifying hard working folks who have saved up enough to buy a home, yes even in “your” neighborhood!

  8. “The fence says, I like nice stuff keep your slimy hand off of them” Demand block walls! Not only will you be creating well paying masconary jobs but you can begin to block out the rude mexican and his polka music at 2 am.

  9. She should be fired from her city planning commission for personally targeting and intimidating a family in Boyle Heights. She should be ashamed, but instead she exhibits (according to the article) an astounding degree of entitlement, presenting herself as the arbiter of who can live where and for which reasons.

    Unbelievable. If a person of Northern European descent was doing this they would be called a Nazi.

    • Can you believe it?

      “This fence says, ‘i like the housing stock here but my neighbors are not people I want to interact with.’ Fences in Boyle Heights are porous.”

      Cabildo needs to go!

      • http://www.elacc.org/funders

        East LA Community Corporation’s work is made possible in part through the generous support of the following funders:

        Bank of America
        California Community Foundation
        The California Endowment
        Citi Foundation
        City National Bank
        Enterprise Community Partners
        JP Morgan Chase
        WM Keck Foundation
        Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC)
        National Council for La Raza (NCLR)
        Three Sisters Foundation
        United Way of Greater Los Angeles
        Union Bank
        US Bank
        Wells Fargo

        • Affordable housing projects are done with a very large amount of debt (leverage). Banks, which got in huge trouble for denying minorities mortgages in the 1990s, are very happy to loan to affordable housing projects because the loans help satisfy their obligations vis-a-vis the minority communities they denied credit for so long.

          However… the way the deals are financed allows orgs like ELACC to take huge (and I mean HUGE) developer fees, with basically no risk and all paid for by the public.

      • Cabildo is not a lower income person btw. She is actually quite well to do!

        • “Well to do”? But she’s liberal and cares about the poor, so that makes it OK. Why doesn’t she complain about the fence to DBS, it violates an ordinance limiting fence height in the front setback to four feet?

  10. East Los Angeles Community Corporation is also buying land in Boyle Heights. And we’ll be displacing people. Ya! Building new housing at what price?? Will those rents be.?? So called aford able housing or low income housing. Some of these housing is not for the ones deplaced?? But you put your aplaction in and it’s a loto?? Or its on your income. ..in for the fance. A fance is a fance. . It has no meaning to me. So what about the faces out of brick and rod iron ? Or just chain leakfancing. Or just breaks or stone ‘s. It a person’s choce.

  11. Why put a nice looking horizontal fence, when you can have a prison-like chain link fence? Sometimes change is not such a bad thing.

  12. I have to admit it is frustrating when folks fix up a house and place one of those horizontal fences in that we can’t see in or out of. It immediately alienates the owner from the neighborhood. These fences send a clear sign to the rest of the neighborhood that the new owners want to be separated from the community, not a part of it. I hate those fences.

    • Yeah Alex, that or it send a sign they want to keep their dogs in their yard.

      • Or keep other people’s dogs from running into their yard and crapping all over it. I’m not a fan of those fences but I don’t see how a horizontal fence is different from a vertical one in this regard.

        • It’s a signal of gentrification. It’s trendy right now, and was widespread on the westside. It’s part of the Pinkberry design motif, as well.

    • Home flippers install those types of fences because it is literally the cheapest route to modernizing the front yard. It’s trendy and kinda monkey see, monkey do among the flippers. It also tell buyers from the street view what kind of renovation they could expect on the inside.

  13. or it just says i want to protect my family from home invasions and make my house more valuable at the same time. Wrought iron is so crappy looking. If it’s legal permit wise anyone should be able to do anything to their fence. Get over it–long live the wood fence!

    Ps- 90% it gets tagged within a week, lol

  14. These wood fences aren’t the problem. They’re kinda nice option. It’s sad to see ANY fence that exceed the Los Angeles municipal code height requirement of 42 inches. They can ruin the scale of a street and deter interaction amongst neighbors. I think thats what the really issue here is.

  15. I bet Maria wrote this article herself as self promotion or one of her heavily rent subsidized goons.

  16. “They didn’t move to Boyle Heights because it was a hot new neighborhood,” ….

    And so what if they did move because it was a hot new neighborhood?
    Maria Cabildo, it’s none of your fracking business why they moved there. People can move wherever they want for whatever reason they want.

    Her pseudo apology was every bit as bad as her initial post.

    • Oh man, if she indeed has a fracking business then she has no right to comment on the socio-environmental impact of this dude’s fence just sayin!

    • You’re as out of touch about East L.A. as your Pasadena address indicatse. East L.A. residents have explicitly stated their goal of not becoming the next “hot neighborhood” to be targeted by the bu$ine$$ of gentrification and they’re making bones about it. We don’t want it and will continue support efforts to prevent it or redefine it in terms of improving the quality of life for all regardless of income, which gentrification transparently disregards.

      • el pequeno grande, where do you actually live? you seem to be the self appointed spokesmodel for so many communities……


        • Just look for the house with the cinder block columns and rod iron spike fencing in between. That’s where proper douche lives.

          • ArReteTonto, with the exception of the VERTICAL wood fence separating our property from the property behind ours, green walls are my preference and specialty.

            Next sunny weekend, just follow the scent of carne asada, and I will happily bumrush you out to the curb along with the rest of the garbage.

          • I love how name calling and threatening violence is your first resort, shows what you’re really about. POS.

        • “self appointed spokesmodel for so many communities……” (heavy sigh . . .). IF you had teen memories of summer rides on your 10-speed from EP all the way to Evergreen just to meet with cousins and friends at Tepeyac or catching the bus to H&K studios (now Mohawk Bend) to catch a 50 cent matinee, you would also sound like you knew what you were talking about. Alas, it’s obvious that you have NONE of those memories and are uniquely UNqualified to speak for ANY of these communities.

          • Just an old relic trying to hold on to his past. Nobody cares. Time to hit the road.

          • Haha, agin with the assumptions. I’ve never intend to speak or presented myself as speaking for any of these communities. Yet you’ve assumed a mantle no one except yourself has bestowed you with. STFU.

  17. An interesting read that makes me recall my mother’s complaints on the new aesthetic that fences have followed within the inner-city “gentrifying” neighborhoods of Los Angeles. For a fifty+ year resident, she and others of her generation recalls the period when the front lawn was not an enclosed space, but rather a semi-private space that served as an individual family’s interface with the public, in this case, the community in which they dwelled. I would argue that the lament for the loss of the open front-yard – which actually began some decades ago with the mass-produced chain-link or cast-iron barred delineation of property – is nevertheless justified. While the high-wooden slat archetype may appeal to a new generation’s tastes in terms of materiality, it is nevertheless is a barrier that lacks the permeability for sight and sound that the previous fences – and more importantly NO FENCES allowed. While the concept of privacy gains favor in an age where it is ever lacking, the equally important concept of community with its fundamental practices of surveillance and dialogue may be fast disappearing as a result of the prioritization of the former. While theft and violence were once and at times still are very real fears for the residents of these neighborhoods, shouldn’t these residents strive to attain the previous ideal of openness that once characterized these early suburbs of Los Angeles? If it is safety and privacy within an outdoor environment that is desired, aren’t these concepts ensured by the existence of the large backyard that many of these lots (assuming that a rear house wasn’t built during the last 50 years of demand for inner city housing) still possess? Furthermore, the question arises as to why the housing stock that these proprietors have invested their time and money isn’t made visually available for the enjoyment of the entire community. Does it not stand to reason that such a display would be in keeping with a proprietor’s desire to display his or her own achievements and position within the community? Or does the visual impact of their economic advancement within a “gentrifying” community give them cause for fear of some sort of targeting? And does this neutralize the argument – and one that I hold – that the facade of the domestic dwelling should not be masked not only because it is the architectural face of its inhabitants, but because these individual facades form a broader composition that transcends private bounds, especially since the historic domestic architecture of Echo Park, Angelino Heights, Boyle Heights, Highland Park, and Lincoln Park form an integral part of these neighborhood’s collective identities and should be regarded not only as a private object of beauty and wealth, but as a broader symbol of civic commonwealth, and entitled to be preserved and maintained as a sort of public trust?

    • If I want a fence in order to provide a secure yard for my kids and/or dog, privacy for myself and family or for whatever reason, who are you to tell me that I’m wrong for doings? Or categorize me as an “outsider” or “gentrifier”?
      HLP has been majority latino since 1970, now it’s returning to it’s historical roots.

      • ESFARTs, he’s not making a value judgement on your poor taste. It’s simply a native’s observation regarding your insecurity and paranoia, i.e., WTF are you so afraid of anyway? If the answer is your neighbors, then WTF are you doing moving into a neighborhood where you don’t trust or want to know the neighbors?

        For all of your presumed “education”, you are conspicuously ignorant about your immediate surroundings. STOP relying on television for your socialization. Get out and LIVE a little or a lot or simply get the hell out of Dodge like the rest of us haveN’T, didN’T. and woN’T.

        • Asshole, I don’t have a fence around my property.

        • I know I shouldn’t feed the troll, but in my neighborhood (edge of SL and Echo Park), there are more walls and fences around the older non-gentrified homes. Many of the newer residents tore those down, and a few – very few – have put up large scale fencing (one neighbor – a B celeb – just got tired of people peeking in his windows and going through his trash). What have I done? Well, I grew a garden which only partially obscures the house, and which people seem to enjoy (I only wanted a little privacy for my front window, and pretty plants year-round). So please don’t lump all newer residents into a single stereotype. You’d be very wrong.

  18. A Maria Cabaldo lives in a near million dollar home in Eagle Rock near Oxy. Wonder if she’s fighting for affordable housing in her own neighborhood? or if she’s got that whole nimby thing going on…

  19. Maria and associates are behind all these “grass roots” anti gentrification protests. As they push gentrification propaganda they scare and upset the poor folks of Boyle Heights into thinking that the white hipster is going to come in and push them out. All while Maria, ELACC and it’s investors are quietly buying up properties and land in Boyle Heights, rehabbing/developing them in the name of affordable housing and ultimately forcing out long term residents. Maria and ELACC are responsible for more displacement of poor and underprivileged residents in Boyle Heights than any other single person and/or group.

    • Amen, elbatmanuel, and well said. I’m surprised this hasn’t been more exposed and discussed already. She’s a total fraud and more blame should be pointed directly at Maria and the ELACC.

      Also, where’s Proper Dos? What time does he normally hit the library for his internet access? Dying to hear more of his educated opinions.

      • “Also, where’s Proper Dos? What time does he normally hit the library for his internet access? Dying to hear more of his educated opinions.”

        LOL. The self appointed mayor of East LA is loitering in a few comments up. His usual hipsterphobic chicken little hysterics don’t disappoint.

  20. I think her last comment quoted in the article clearly stated she didn’t see high-rents as a mere ‘racial’ issue. The fact of the matter is that we need more income-housing in ALL of LA’s neighborhoods (current policy of just building them in low-income, people-of-color neighborhoods just perpetuates racial and income segregation) and we need to pass a new city-wide rent control ordinance.

    If you’re a developer, real-estate agent, or homeowner and don’t want to see government money spent on poor people, or want to hide behind some belief that the market will take care of this problem on its own, then that’s fine. Just follow through in 2016 and vote for Mitt Romney!

    For the record, ELACC’s work has become a national model on how to fight for the financial empowerment of low-income communities. Both it and Maria Cabildo have a lot of support and credibility in the community from their decades of service.

    • I respect your view, but don’t you agree that she seriously overstepped many boundaries on this one. Attacking a family’s home? She should be fired.

      • I respect your view as well, and I’m sure Maria Cabildo respects it too. She undoubtedly made a mistake, apologized, and personally reached out to the homeowners (both of whom are not nearly as vindictive or vitriolic as many of the commentators here). If she were fired from the commission, Los Angeles would lose one of our strongest and most compassionate of advocates.

        • I read it as a very qualified apology, based on this:

          “I apologized for causing them distress,” Cabildo said. “They were incredibly gracious and shared their story with me. They didn’t move to Boyle Heights because it was a hot new neighborhood,” she said. “It was the only neighborhood where they can afford to live.”

          What if the homeowner said, “Yeah, we moved here because it’s going to be the hottest neighborhood in LA and we thought it would be a great investment. Hoping to cash out in toe to three years.”

          Would she have been so gracious then?

          • I won’t speak for Ms. Cabildo, but, as far as I’m concerned, your hypothetical comment doesn’t sound very gracious itself and doesn’t exactly deserve a whole lot of sympathy. There are a thousand different ways of making a buck that don’t necessarily involve destroying a community. I’m not saying outsiders shouldn’t be buying homes in BH (imo diversity is a great thing!), but if they do it should be because they plan to stay for a while, and when they arrive they should respect and even support (as we all do when we go to new places/countries) the pre-existing culture and community.

    • Actually, we don’t need to vote Romney. All we have to do is vote Gloria Molina!

      • Boom!! (Drops microphone)

        • Are you both implying that Molina doesn’t care about poor people? Or that she thinks the free market should solve these problems on its own? If so, I think that’s something that the vast majority of CD14 voters (most of whom are renters making below the city and state’s median household income) would be very interested to hear before election day.

  21. If you own the home, you do the fence AS YOU LIKE IT! There would be no need for ‘Gentrification’ if folks had fewer kids and worked hard and saved for their education and security. The world, and our city, are both highly overpopulated, and soon will not be able to sustain the coming population growth. Cut down on the unwanted kids and hope that they don’t paint up your fence with signs that are nothing more than dogs pissing.

  22. It’s stunning how Cabildo has been able to weave this narrative that ELACC as a non-profit, is a champion of the poor here in Boyle Heights. ELACC is a developer and like any other developer Maria Cabildo is enriched personally from the projects that she and ELACC build. I would ask Maria, why is it that she has to drive to her father’s home. Why not live near him and walk to his home. Then she might have had the opportunity to meet the owners of the dreaded horizontal fence and built a relationship. That is true community. Instead, she lives in a neighborhood outside of Boyle Heights, that I can assure you she is not developing with low-income housing. She drives through and takes shots at a family that actually has chosen ownership in this community, while she lives outside and extracts money. Her comments were high inappropriate but merely reflect her narrow view. I look forward to the day when Boyle Heights residents see Cabildo for the developer shill that she is.

  23. I’ve seen all kinds of speech policing before from little politically-correct tinpot tyrants, but I’ve never seen “fence-policing” before.

    This Cabildo person is really lucky no harm has befallen this poor fellow (so far). People have had nasty civil suits for hate crimes charged against them for similar sorts of antics. Then again, hate crimes against white people are rarely prosecuted.

  24. Oh how laughable are many of these posts. Maria puts herself out there and expresses what many Eastsiders see and believe.

    I guess its ok for people to whine about having a right to return to and change the cultural character of a community with no regard to those who live in this neighborhood that was long ago abandoned because it was less than what their climbing desires were worthy of.. Maria might not own a home here in BH, but she lives here. She knows the community, she listens, she communicates with other CBOs, she’s in the know. She’s in a better position to lead development efforts, that are inevitable, than those who are opportunistically driven; those who drive through and see nothing more than ugly chain link fences that need to be pulled and replaced with whatever is the trend of the minute. She is quite familiar with our issues and is in a position to make some very difficult decisions that might not sit well with everyone, but decisions that have integrity. And so what if she is making money, or that ELACC is benefiting from its role, she works for it and nonprofit status doesn’t mean it can’t be in the black.

    Finally, how insulting and condescending to state that she is the one leading the anti-gentrification protests that scare people. No. It is the threat of displacement that scares people. There are many outspoken, well educated, and issue savvy residents who understand what is going on in this neighborhood. It’s these individuals who are active in the effort to contain the push to destroy one of the rare cultural gems in this city.

    • Individual home owners with horizontal fences don’t displace people like large developers do. Especially ones who claim to be building in the name of low income residents but when the rehab is done, doubles the rent forcing them out.

    • “Right of return”? “realEastsider”? Again, if a person of Northern European descent were saying these things they would be called a Nazi. “Cultural character”? Who’s culture? Mexican? Salvadoran, Guatemalan? General Hispanic? You make me laugh. Cities are dynamic, they change.

      • “if a person of Northern European descent were saying these things” about northern european cities or communities, WE wouldn’t give a sh*t. You seem to be making the mistake (Yet Again?!) of assuming that northern europeans are native to the Americas(?). Otherwise, it’s documented historical fact that they invaded and expanded in the Americas at GUNPOINT. That should put things in their proper perspective for you Little Lord of Farts.

        • You are not native to here either epg, unless you’re Tongva.
          Btw, your incessant name calling is so third grade.

          • Yet another historical and scientific fact is that the foundation of the Mexican identity is American Indian and I’m not talking that “1/16th Cherokee” crap that some pretentious others like to boast about . . . AFter they’ve become less than 1/4 of whatever tribe they claim.

            WE are the originators of high culture and civilization on this continent NOT northern europeans. Get It?

          • “high culture” – is that a marijuana reference?

          • So you’re Aztec now? Or is it Mayan, Toltec? If you’re the originators you’re falling very short in this neck of the woods.

          • Proper douche also claims Eskimos are Mexicans.

          • ..but it was the Western Europeans (the Spanish) that conquered the creators of high culture and civilization of this continent.

          • doS.. NO Mames!!!

          • ““high culture” – is that a marijuana reference?” startling insight from the usually bland “Freedom”(?! but as Cheech Marin once observed, “who would’ve guessed that a half-chinese canadian and the Chicano son of an L.A. police officer would be embraced as symbols of the hippie counter-culture(?), but it worked”. I realize that it was actually just another example of “Freedom’s” pedestrian sarcasm but “from the mouths of babes” emerges the occasional truth.

      • Your nick is racist as hell, but you know that and thrive on the conflict it generates. The only ‘real eastsiders’ are the indigenous people from this particular area. And don’t start the whole racist ‘who’s a real Native American’ debate – it has no bearing in this conversation. And, yeah, I’m 1/16 native, and white as hell. I love my history and I love my home on the border of SL/Echo Park. I don’t have to justify living here, and neither does anyone else. Cabaldo is a sketchy figure who profits from gentrification and then targets people she identifies as ‘evil gentrifies’. What a crock! Look, I know you’ll continue to troll this site – you live for it. But your arguments are so insane that people just laugh at you. If you want to continue as a laughing stock, fine. The rest of us have lives to live.

    • People whining about a “right to return” to a neighborhood they abandoned long ago?

      a) i seriously doubt that the people buying in these neighborhoods are the same people who left decades ago. I’m guessing you’re simply lumping unrelated people into a single bucket. Seems prejudiced to me.

      b) even if it were the same people moving back into the neighborhood … as that great philosopher Bobby Brown once said, “it’s [your] prerogative”

      • I am not lumping anyone together. To my surprise and dismay, I have had conversations with people who claim the area as theirs. Because their pre WWII relatives lived here, and because they need to justify to themselves why they would want to live here when not too long ago they would question why I haven’t moved out. It’s the verbal crap that is tossed around by many who have no connection with what it is to have a community, or be part of one.

    • It is interesting to read this. It has no supporting facts, but a lot of deeply-held feelings. It may or may not be true. It’s probably partly true…

      It’s a microcosm of what’s happening as change comes to the Eastside. Long-time players are being disrupted and are pushing back. Against what? And who do they speak for? Often, for their own interests, which they have (erroneously) taken to be the same as that of the neighborhood.

      Sometimes, as here, they look foolish. Other times, they are prescient, because if you don’t preserve some of the history of a place, everyone loses. Newcomers included. And you don’t know what you had until it is gone.

      • Good points, but do you really feel that’s happening? When I drive the length of York I see two blocks where Cafe de Leche, the York, Sonny’s and Hermosillo are. There’s also the pool hall, Azteaca de Oro, a party store and Elsa’s etc. Further down on York I see El Super, Super A, El Hurache Azteca (and all the other similar establishments), Galco’s, Mi Vida etc. Later on there’s Maximilliano, Starbucks, Fusion Burger and various other small businesses

        Seems to me like we are a LONG way off from commercial cultural displacement or “hipster” hegemony.

        People need some perspective. Perhaps folks are projecting their own uncertainties and insecurities onto other people/groups. Targeting a family for the fence that was there when they bought the house is really low, bigoted and full of hubris.

  25. hopalong chastity

    Maybe the new residents simply enjoy gardening in the nude.

  26. How can she be a “Boyle Heights Community Leader” if she lives in Eagle Rock?


    • Hypocrite? You see nothing, and know nothing. I don’t expect you to understand this. Roots run deep here. As she stated, her father lives here. Her job is here. She has many connections here. She spends money here. So you’re saying she can’t lead here; because she doesn’t go mimis here? Pretty narrow minded.

      I attended a symposium at the Japanese American Museum and the speakers (Japanese, Jews, Mexicans) had and maintain their connections to the area, although they live outside of BH (one as far as Japan), they see themselves as part of the community, they also have leadership roles, which is why they were chosen to speak, should I tell them you said they’re not leaders?

      And for those critical of my alias, it’s realEastsider because I’ve personally been connected to this side of town for over 60 years, my family for over 100 years.

      • So what? 100 years, that’s great but it certainly does not make you the arbiter of who can live here, for which reasons and what their behavior can be. I’m amazed at the provincialism of so many in NELA. MY community, MY culture, MY MY MY MY MY. Goes on and on. Folks like you seem to think you own the concept of community and decide that those who have moved here recently know nothing about it. Such entitlement. Mind boggling.

      • @realEastsider

        Who made you mayor?

        This provincial chest thumping “I’ve lived here longer than you” game is getting tiresome.

        She judged the owners of a house on nothing more then the appearance of a fence and then broadcasted it on social media. It was a total naco move…… but to her credit, she apologized.

        But if she cares about the neighborhood so much and her job is there, then why did she leave?

        I’ve lived in several cities & neighborhoods all over the continent but I don’t claim to represent them just because I USED to live there. I represent the one I currently live in.

      • can you please get the Japanese people to come back?
        what a wonderful culture

        • “wonderful” compared to whose culture? Also, what makes you think they left L.A.? Is it because you don’t see samurai or women in kimonos walking the streets? Or are you referring to those who desperately assimilated only to be interned after the dominant “culture” decided that they still appeared too Japanese for their comfort level? (sound familiar?).

          Anyway, the prejudice is so deeply embedded in your “culture” that you (and several others on this thread) are completely oblivious to all of the red-flags that litter your every post. Smug, arrogant, intolerant, judgmental, and completely clueless about a community YOU DON’T EVEN LIVE IN(?!).

          • pooper doos : you know nothing of “my” culture, because you don’t know me and haven’t lived where I grew up. You only make ASSumptions.

            What happened to the Japanese back in the days was atrocious. What’s even more sad, is that all these decades later, you hear similar racist and xenophobic comments from folks like you during these gentrification debates. Some people never learn.

            And yes, many of the Japanese have left the city of LA and relocated to RPV, Gardena, Orange County. Boyle Heights Japanese population is a mere fraction of what it was. And yes, I do know quite a bit about Japanese culture. I even lived there for a year in the Nakano area of Tokyo.

            People there look to the future while holding dear the traditions of the past. People hold strong to social mores which lead to a well run society with minimal conflict. Japan is neat, clean and safe.

            You should get out some time.. might open your eyes a bit.

          • “you know nothing of “my” culture”(?!?). Are you daft?!? I was raised and educated in THIS country. I know as much about American culture as any other American equally raised and educated here. Alongside anglos, asians, jews, mormons, and of course hispanics. THAT is OUR American culture and history not the artificial cocoon of single-class privilege and prosperity that you’ve isolated yourself in, e.g., as IF living in Japan for a year (under ANY circumstances) is a cultural norm among average Americans. You are SOOO out of touch with American culture that you actually believe you’re the norm. Utter absurdity. YOU need to get out a little more and meet your fellow Americans. Btw, our high school football coach was a Japanese American who grew up on Boyle Heights. He was even included in a feature on the topic a few years ago in the Times. I also had a co-worker who was born in Manzanar, i.e.,, real Americans don’t have to travel to Japan to meet their fellow Americans . . . Get It? . . . FInally?!?

          • please tell me that you’re really not this stupid.

  27. Why is everyone so envious of Cabildo??? If everyone in this comment threat thinks they can do a better job than do it!!! Be active and do not just sit there hiding behind your screen. The day you all start your own non-profit for whatever you believe in is the day you should say something.

    • @celestial I think you’re missing the point here. A “community leader” is publicly calling out a homeowner for a fence and essentially sicking the rabid anti gentrification crowd on an unassuming private citizen…for nothing but….a fence…

      This is seriously irresponsible behavior. I will be seeking Cabildo to resign her position. This is seriously dangerous behavior for a “leader” to be engaging in.

      This has nothing to do with being envious…

      • Ummm, I think it does… Also, people are entitled to their own opinion. What if everyone monitored and scrutinized every post and comment you made? Also, if you want to be a commissioner or leader be one and then let’s see if your every move is not scrutinized. Do you think you can do a better job??? Do it!!

        • @celestial
          ” people are entitled to their own opinion”

          Yet you want to shut down everyone else opinion but yours:

          ” The day you all start your own non-profit for whatever you believe in is the day you should say something.”

          Also clearly people here aren’t ‘envious’ Cabildo, they’re calling her out for being a hypocrite, leading witch hunts against homeowners and misusing her position for self gain.

    • I am and plan to rehab at least 10-15 homes in the area. All will be brought up to code and will command market rates. May market rates prevail in BH.

  28. Bottom line, if it was really only about the style of fence I’m sure there are plenty of these fences in Maria’s neighborhood she could’ve taken a picture of. But instead she took a picture of one in Boyle Heights to incite fear and anger in what residents already feel is happening. And in turn making her seem like someone who has their best interests at heart. There’s a lot of Boyle Heights residents talking about preserving the cultural character of their neighborhood. Hmmm, I wonder how it would’ve been perceived if the residents of Sunland/Tujunga rallied together and said they wanted to preserve the cultural heritage of their neighborhood when large numbers of Latinos started moving in a decade ago.

    • They would have been called out as racist, hate filled Nazis, No person of Northern European descent is allowed to speak the way these bigoted anti “gentrification” people are. Simple as that.

      Also, please define “cultural heritage”? It seems a very nebulous concept to me, unless it’s simply code for “we don’t like new comers, white people or “hipsters” moving into our neighborhood”.

      • The “culture” of Sunland/Tujunga?!? . . . Lol! . . . That’s a good one . . . You’re obviously using “culture” and race/ethnicity interchangeably, which once again exposes which party in this dispute is obsessed with race and ethnicity or simply insecure about their own “culture”.

        • not insecure at all, please answer the question, epg!

          • Your name-calling is just so juvenile . . . “Harumph!” . . . (lol).

          • Why don’t you just answer the question. Illuminate us, oh grand master of NELA!

          • “Oh grand master of NELA!” That’s better. The answer: It’s impossible to comment on something that didn’t happen. You should learn to apply the same principle to your comments.

            “You are welcome” . . . NEXT?

          • Did you miss reading comprehension in school? Here’s the question:

            please define “cultural heritage”? It seems a very nebulous concept to me, unless it’s simply code for “we don’t like new comers, white people or “hipsters” moving into our neighborhood”.

          • Eastsidearts, cultural heritage is not code. This is my view, I speak for myself, I am not a scholar, simply a homeowner who loves and wants to protect my rich Eastside culture and traditions. I will say that I know many who feel as I do, but I do not speak for them.

            Keep in mind that the heavy concentration of so called minorities landed in the eastside because up until the 1950s, we were not allowed to purchase land elsewhere in the city. I grew up surrounded by Jews, French, White Russians, Japanese, Italians and Mexicans, oddly no Blacks. In the 60s-70s most all but Latinos left.

            More Latinos came in and rejuvenated this neighborhood with traditions that hadn’t been seen so vividly before. Also, many who came from the old countries lacked documents that would afford them employment so they created opportunities for themselves that are now part of our local landscape.

            One cultural gift was language, many of my contemporaries did not speak Spanish outside the home because we were punished or ridiculed if we did, This stopped in the late 60s, now, Spanish is ubiquitous. With language comes traditions and customs–music, dance, food, prayer, rituals, etc. The eastside has long been shunned by the rest of L.A for its high crime and poor neighborhood homes (but we know how rich we are). Due to this unjust perception, our homes have been destroyed and replaced mainly with freeways, 10, 60, 5, 710, If people want to raise a family here, think about the pollution.

            With limited resources, we created a dynamic neighborhood that isn’t recognized by people who see value only in money and material possessions.

            Culturally, we have the beautiful Mariachi Plaza where musicians for decades congregate to find work. They also celebrate the musicians’ patron saint’s day, Sta Cecilia, with hundreds of musicians performing in gratitude. This tradition can be lost.

            Culturally, no papers, no jobs, not true, we have paleteros selling their ice cream, the original taco trucks, the fruit vendors, tamal vendors. Ganas to find a way to survive, this is threatened.

            Culturally, the guitar makers who have been there for generations, the tailors who dress the Mariachis, The women who sew the elaborate dresses for the girls who will turn 15. The community supports them, gentrification will destroy them.

            Culturally, the other musicians who practice loudly in the garages but are not fearful of the cops coming to quiet them down. We support creativity and the Arts, take a look at the murals, its the Eastside that gave L.A. the title of mural capital.

            Culturally, the lively baptismal, birthday, anniversary parties that go on to the wee hours of the morning, that can be followed by the early dawn Mañanitas. Its heavenly. I’m sure this will wear thin, cops will be called, new ordinances will be enforced.

            I can go on and on with examples of cultural traditions that I am surrounded by and have grow to appreciate beyond belief. I am not romanticizing, this is how we live. And yes there is a threat when outsiders move in and suddenly realize that they bought in to a neighborhood that isn’t conducive to their standards, to their customs, and that’s how the conflict begins. It is how our cultural heritage is threatened. You may perceive this as bigotry on our part, it isn’t. We are guarded, and now have tools to challenge the threat of gentrification. We have personal experience and history that tells us who we can and can’t trust. As I see it, bigotry lies on the other side of the fence. Maybe not with the one that Maria pointed to, but those with means who see my neighborhood as a means to make a financial killing with no regards to the risk of a cultural killing.

            Marias post was not about a style of fence, it was about what the fence signifies. We who live in this community stand to lose a lot of what we have built. We have historically been pushed out of areas, in this case, it is a threat many of us will challenge.

            You have made this into a racial bout, no it isn’t about race, its about means. We are up against those with money, not against, Northern Europeans.

          • Read your response and I see you view. I agree that it’s not about N. Europeans in this case, but if people in a predominately N. European community were speaking as you do, they would be called Nazis. THAT’s my point.

            “Outsiders”, “invaders”, “newcomers”: listen to yourself. Pathetic.

            What tools do you possess? Refusal to sell your home? You can’t stop the changes, and your assumption that people are moving to NELA to destroy the culture are out of bounds. You sound like a Nazi now.

            And, as I said before: “When I drive the length of York I see two blocks where Cafe de Leche, the York, Sonny’s and Hermosillo are. There’s also the pool hall, Azteaca de Oro, a party store and Elsa’s etc. Further down on York I see El Super, Super A, El Hurache Azteca (and all the other similar establishments), Galco’s, Mi Vida etc. Later on there’s Maximilliano, Starbucks, Fusion Burger and various other small businesses

            Seems to me like we are a LONG way off from commercial cultural displacement or “hipster” hegemony.”

          • ESARTS, realEastsider provides an articulate and detailed response to your burning question, and you essentially brush it aside as too honest(?). Too authentic(?). Not validating enough for you(?). It’s an example of why you don’t deserve a gracious response that you really don’t want to hear. Unless it validates your own bias and prejudices about people you would rather vacate the space so that others can profit . Fortunately, “real eastsiders” are all too familiar with the language of bias and prejudice and your apparent obsession with “race”, “nazis”, “northern europeans”, which has literally ZERO to do with this situation. In fact, the more you post, the more you expose yourself as precisely the type of fear-mongering bigot that once compelled Mexicans and immigrants to settle on the eastside in the first place. Next to the factories, warehouses, plating companies, railroad, and other polluters that have now been regulated into compliance. At which point, your ilk suddenly becomes the champion for equality on behalf of the di$criminated(?) and opre$$ed (lol).

            You’re like a C-level drama that becomes a cult comedy classic in spite of an incoherent plot, horrible acting, and minimal production value.

          • @realEastsider : thanks for some specifics on what cultural aspects you fear losing. Those things you mention need not be lost with a changing community. It’s up to those who hold those traditions to carry on the traditions. The only one that seems in peril is the street vendor, given it’s technically illegal… but that can be changed. As for the worry about late night parties.. heck, many different cultures (and socioeconomic groups) have parties. Now, you’ll just need to be sensitive to your new neighbors, and let them know in advance that you’ll be having a party, apologize for any inconvenience, and give them your number to call if old uncle Fredo is barfing over your neighbor’s fence. It’s pretty simple to be neighborly and stave off any conflicts. Maybe you wouldn’t have to do that if all your neighbors were of the exact same culture.. but hey, you live in America the melting pot. Gotta learn to co-exist.

        • as you know, since you’re educated and all … the word “culture” has many definitions, one of which being:
          “the behaviors and beliefs characteristic of a particular social, ethnic, or age group:”
          and wrt to ethnicity:
          “Identity with or membership in a particular racial, national, or cultural group ”

          But, culture could also mean: “the quality in a person or society that arises from a concern for what is regarded as excellent in arts, letters, manners, scholarly pursuits”

          This can lead to confusion. This is why many folks got all butt hurt when that video about gentrification in HLP hit the interwebs, and that one white guy said that the gentrifying area seemed to have more “culture”. The offended thought he was talking about racial/ethnic culture, and I took it to mean culture related to the arts.

        • @realEastsider your romanticism of your cultural traditions is vague and exclusionary at best. It also implies that cultures other than yours are not as rich and deep rooted, and therefore not historically significant or entitled to be a part of YOUR community. Your argument hints of paranoia, separatism and prejudice when you go on about invaders (white hipsters?). As a American citizen, you cannot and should not tell a person or persons where they allowed to purchase a home. You also in turn could not and should not tell that person or persons how they may landscape and fence in their property if there is no pre-determined rules layed out by HPOZ, HOA or any other city restrictions. When a single family residence goes on the market in an inner city area it usually sells to someone of greater financial means than the person who previously occupied it. That’s the trade up almost always. I would leave the SFR market out of the gentrification discussion because personal preferences like horizontal fences are so arbitrary. If you really want to slow the tide of gentrification push for a sane readjustment of rent control to cover more buildings built after the 74 cutoff. That way if someone is getting displaced out of greed, these speculators will have to write a fat relocation check.

    • “I wonder how it would’ve been perceived if the residents of Sunland/Tujunga rallied together and said they wanted to preserve the cultural heritage of their neighborhood” what “culture” are you talking about? I’m not aware of any cultural events taking place in these places? Of course, that may not be any coincidence.

      Anyway, some people have a long and well-documented history of displacing others at GUNPOINT or with the help of their “cultural”(?) peers in powerful places. I can understand why some would want to edit/revise/forget their immediate history beyond northern europe but that’s not as easy for the Americans who were on the losing end of that history.

      Educate yourself, Fool.

      • You dude, are nothing but a blowhard and a classic internet troll.

      • “Anyway, some people have a long and well-documented history of displacing others at GUNPOINT or with the help of their “cultural”(?) peers in powerful places.”

        You know who displaces others at gunpoint? The gang bangers who hang around the apartments at 52nd & Monte Vista. The sooner they get gentrified out, the better.

        • Monte Vista is looking charming as ever lately largely in part of the folks that sunk their life savings into those historic houses and respectfully reviving them. Monte Vista Arms will buy the vowel soon enough and one of the last gang holdouts will no longer be subsidizing their drug operations. Like you said, the sooner the better.

        • two weeks ago I was enjoying a soda outside Tropicana, and there were these two gangbangers hanging out in front of the laundry mat. A bus rolls up and one of the gang douches hopped on his scooter and frantically paddled his way next to the bus and started throwing HLP gang signs. The guy in the bus throwing Avenues signs.

          These weren’t kids.. these were grown men.. riding scooters.. throwing gang signs. One of the most pathetic things I’ve ever seen.
          yes.. the sooner the better.

          • That’s how Proper dos raised his children.

          • @True Freedom

            About a week ago, in the afternoon, three gangbangers were rolling around in the middle of Monte Vista blocking traffic while beating the sh*t out of each other. (great job parents!)

            They were so completely oblivious to traffic whilst pounding each other silly that cars were driving around them.

            It was beyond pathetic.

            I’ll take another helping of gentrification please.

  29. White hipsters are such easy targets. Never mind mainland Chinese who are the biggest real estate investors in the U.S., buying up all the neighborhoods surrounding BH — from DTLA to Monterey Park, San Marino, Altadena, Alhambra. Hispter guy should have put up a red lattice fence so that Maria Cabildo could have Instagrammed the neighborhood’s diversity.

    • “Never mind mainland Chinese who are the biggest real estate investors in the U.S., buying up all the neighborhoods surrounding BH”. I guess it must not be a racial issue then. At least not for BH residents but you obviously missed the rants of MP residents in the 80s/90s when Chinese began to “invade” and “take over” their neighborhoods. Interesting response to the emergence of a group that is wealthier and more educated than themselves.

      • most people I’ve heard complain about the influx of Chinese buyers were complaining about a perception that Chinese owners tended to do cheap, low quality remodels with a poor design aesthetic.

        When we were buying our last house, we looked extensively in San Marino, and I’d have to say that the basis for that perception is not unfounded.

        • “complaining about a perception that Chinese owners tended to do cheap, low quality remodels with a poor design aesthetic”. Sounds like the boxy, multi-unit developments and fugly horizontal fences sprouting up in NELA neighborhoods and how about that horrifying lime-green retro-70s monstrosity featured for sale in this issue? Ugh?! I guess you simply can’t buy good taste or learn design aesthetic.

      • Right, Proper Dos, anything you can do, somewhere there is a five-year-old Chinese kid who can do it better. But keep on outsmarting all of these uneducated hipster gentrifiers, you’re definitely winning that battle.

  30. I would like to buy a house in LA, but it really seems like all of LA’s housing market is pretty inflated. I rent in Highland Park, probably the most overvalued neighborhood in LA right now. The most annoying is seeing the sales history of some of the flips around here. It’s one thing to flip a house that is in unlivable condition, but some of them were fine before, some of them were cuter houses before the flips.

    These ones really annoyed me because, the before houses were so much more charming. And for whoever buys one of these, they better plan on living there for a long time, because if anything happens to deflate the LA housing bubble, these flipped houses are going to be worth substantially less.

    before 1

    after 1


    before 2

    after 2

    • If you’re serious about purchasing a house now, you might consider expanding your search to Sunland-Tujunga, Altadena, Northwest Pasadena, North Hollywood, and maybe even the communities along the newly-expanded (or soon-to-expand) Gold Line such as Azusa and Glendora. (I’d forget about Highland Park and Eagle Rock for now – too much competition from all-cash buyers.) You should be searching the MLS every day – or find a real-estate agent/broker who’s scouring the MLS for you every day – and be ready to make an offer within a few days of the property’s listing on the MLS. Get to know the ins and outs of the 8-page purchase agreement (RPA-CA) beforehand, so that you’ll quickly be able to craft a good, “clean” offer.

      • Just north of the 210 in Pasadena near the Memorial Park, Lake or Allen stations would be a great buy. There’s a ton of new development just south of the 210, so there will be lot’s of shopping and dining a short walk away, without having to pay the premium of living south of the 210

    • El Sereno my friend.

  31. Calm everyone. It is just a fence.

  32. How do we get her fired?

  33. Anyone visit the elacc.org website? Notice the lack of attention on this mishap story by their leadership. It isn’t found anywhere on their site.

  34. El Sereno for sure.

  35. Some of you need to learn how to read, and if you’re going to quote, do so accurately. I didn’t say invaders, that’s your word/thought. I’m paranoid. No, it’s historical perspective. Vague and exclusionary, how so? Implying that others do not have culture, again wrong. I posted who my neighbors were, and some are still here, judging from the crap expressed by you haters above, I probably know more about the diverse cultures within this city than many of the whiners here. Keep in mind that not until it became too expensive to live elsewhere in LA, many of you wouldn’t dare to drive, let alone live in the eastside because you were afraid of the unknown. And you justified your ignorance and fear by looking down on us, can’t tell you how many times I herd the words, “Oh god, you live there?” Hmmm, I have to be more sensitive, umm, what’s that saying, When in Rome…? Hell no, I’ve been accommodating all my life, kept shut at the bigotry that was spewed my way. I live here because living north of the Blvd in Sherman Oaks was cold and icy, Westwood was empty, the South Bay was transient. This is my home, wipe your feet when you come in.

    Be critical, attack all you want, I’m done here. By your expressed views and how you manipulate my words, and those of others, it’s clear your egos are hurting, (poor people they finally get a taste of the crap they’ve shoved onto others and they can’t seem to swallow). I pray that the creator helps you grow a spine, and if you’re lucky, a horizontal one. Now off you go, stay stupid and whine amongst yourselves.

    • what crap have posters here “shoved on others” that they are now getting a taste of?
      It sounds like you personally know some of these posters (unless you’re actually being prejudice and making assumptions about people you don’t know)

    • Once again, none of us allegedly know what it’s like to be hood. Another high minded barrio assumption from someone who knows what it means to hold it down for la raza. I was born and raised here too, buddy. Maria mentions in her quote visiting her ailing pops and that is exactly what is happening in these neighborhoods. Baby boomers on up are now elderly and passing on, or moving to planned retirement facilities. And it’s pretty depressing watching some fools on here scramble. The desperation is so evident. Should you be grandfathered in and outfitted with artificially low rents and house prices so the cultural character and heritage of this neighborhood can be preserved in amber?

  36. Leave El Sereno alone!
    It will never be as gentrified as HLP!

    • El Sereno Resident

      Sorry to be the one to break it to you El Jefe, but El Sereno will not escape the spreading gentrification occurring in NELA/Boyle Heights.

  37. Maria Cabildo is a sham. She lived in City Terrace, sold her house and bought in Eagle Rock 10+ years ago and contributed to the housing boom there but she’d say that’s not gentrifying, well because she isn’t white. There is such a huge culture of racism in her organization and she condones it. They’re all about fighting the system, the White man, it’s so intolerant, Ms. Worldly-Cabildo, condones it!

  38. MARIA = TYRANICAL DESPOT NOT ABIDING BY RULES, DECENCY, OR THE LAW. Her ELACC hijacked the future of Mariachi Plaza.

    Whet yer whistle on the first comment to this article::


    And here as well:


    ELACC = gentrification / the latin hipster gestapo terrorizing my community and commandeering its future.

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