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Boyle Heights anti-gentrification protesters briefly take over bike path meeting

By RACHEL URANGA

Boyle Heights  — Anti-gentrification activists briefly took over a Metro-sponsored community meeting on extending the L.A. River bike path late last month. The Facebook group Defend Boyle Heights posted video (see below) of the dramatic show from more than half a dozen activists, some with black hoodies, black sunglasses and red bandanas carrying protest posters.

The 8-mile river path extension would run between Elysian Valley to Vernon. It has close to $365 million in Measure M funding. It’s expected to be completed by 2027.

During the meeting at Boyle Heights City Hall on First Street, one of the activists took to his bullhorn to denounce development in the working class community that’s been a flashpoint over gentrification.

Much of his speech in front of the small meeting was hard to make out on the video. The audience looked slightly bewildered at first and later taking up their own cell phone video. The anti-development band left, chanting, hitting metal pails ,and one protester posted a fluorescent pink sheet that said “null and void” on one of Metro’s displays.

Outside (where audio was clearer) one of the hooded protesters said the Metro board, like L.A. City Council, “develop, develop and develop recklessly, arrogantly, turning Chicano and immigrant communities like Boyle Heights into playgrounds for the rich. That’s why this whole so-called community meeting is a sham.”

A second meeting was held at the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) in the Downtown Arts District without interruption, Streetsblog LA reported. Another meeting is scheduled this week in Cypress Park on Thursday, Feb . 7.

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11 comments

  1. Dorit D Dowler-Guerrero

    this I support

  2. fight the power.

  3. You know if these people take the time to get another job they can pay for the rent increases , instead they’re just blowing hot air and wasting their time. Pricing is going up because people are coming here to live.

  4. Haha, DBH is the biggest crybaby group in history! These marxist lamos disguise their bigotry in poli sci 101 terminology and bullying. GTFO!

  5. My comments have ibern silenced . what are the implications of a masked “hooded “group storming and overpowering a meeting ? Cloaking their personal dentities while assuming a physical dominance over this other group of people was a threatening display

  6. Los Angeles is crippled by its over-reliance on driving. Providing safer alternatives to that is a good thing… especially for immigrants in lower income neighborhoods who very often cannot afford a car, insurance, registration, parking, etc.

    On the plus side, any group that shows up to community meetings in face masks to shout at their neighbors with bullhorns will never be taken seriously.

  7. As soon as DBH group flipped out about the coffee shop opening up but not all the check cashing and shitty fast food franchises, they lost me.

  8. They really should be more concerned about diabetes than protesting a friggin bike path. I wonder if the bike group “Ovarian Psychos”, lol, agree withDBH on this , I thought decicated bike paths were agood thing.🤷🏻‍♂️

  9. Come On A Bike Path you Mad?

    iamsnowbear damn you got a point there! Yeah get those predatory pay-day loan types OUT! And what about huge corporate fast food – but no, lets smash the windows of a freakin coffee shop and HATE things like parks, greeen spaces and alternative transportation. God DBH is gonna keep going, cause more damage etc. then FBI is gonna come and end the party…watch.

  10. What do urban developers expect when you push your weight around and have no regard for community involvement and integration. They never ask what are the needs of the community, how can we serve the community that currently reside, who are the neighbors, how can a community grow and still be inclusive rather than exclusive and priced out?
    The world is watching the example of this community speak up about a problem that not many care to address and that is a great thing because the conversation needs to be discussed. The issue of gentrification from wealthy developers and buyers is happening all around the world in every major city from North America, Canada, Europe and on.

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