Trader Joe’s shooting suspect says he’s a prophet | LA Times endorses in LAUSD race | Silver Lake poet’s next act

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The story about suspect in the Silver Lake Trader Joe’s shooting take a strange twist. The L.A. Times Editorial Board endorses a district veteran in the LAUSD race. And you probably need more poetry in  your life, so we’re pointing you in the right direction. Here’s Monday’s News & Notes:

Trader Joe’s shooter says he’s a prophet

The man charged in last summer Trader Joe’s hostage standoff that left an assistant manager dead told a judge last week that he was a prophet sent by Jesus, City News Service reports.

Gene Evin Atkins, the 29-year-old suspect who is representing himself,  said in a hearing he was bipolar and unsuccessfully attempted to plead insanity. In the hours leading up to the July standoff,  Atkins  also allegedly shot his grandmother and another woman.  Police had been pursing him when his car crashed in front of Trader Joe’s and a gunfight broke out.  A police bullet struck  Melyda “Mely” Corado, the manager,  who collapsed inside the store. Her family has filed a claim for damages against the department.

Over the weekend, CBS aired “48 Hours: Live to Tell: Standoff at Trader Joe’s”  in which patrons recount the horrific  day and talk about their lives since.

L.A. Times endorses South LA principal for LAUSD board 

Los Angeles Times’ Editorial Board endorsed Cynthia Gonzalez in the March 5 LAUSD special election, saying she’s what the financially struggling district and divided school board needs.

What impressed the board about the South L.A. principal at Diego Rivera Learning Complex’s communications and technology high school was her grasp of the system and day-to-day challenges it presents  for teachers, parents and students. She’s worked in L.A. schools for 17 years and while she’s not as politically connected as some of her competitors or as well funded, the Editorial Board argues her grasp of the issues will give the seven-member board insights that it too often lacks.

The odd-shaped fifth district includes Eastsider communities El Sereno, City Terrace, Glassell Park, Echo Park,  Silver Lake, Eagle Rock and Los Feliz, running south to Cudahy, Huntington Park and South Gate. The  seat was vacated last July by Ref Rodriguez who stepped down after pleading guilty to criminal charges.

Gonzalez is facing a crowded field including a former state legislator and city councilwoman Jackie Goldberg — the union favorite labeled by the Times as “too combative and too ideological”  —  and  former Mayor Eric Garcetti aide Heather Repenning, who was faulted for her lack of education experience for having “nothing insightful or original to say about the issues facing L.A. Unified.”

Silver Lake’s fly poet

L.A. Taco does a short profile on two-time National Poetry Slam finalist Yesika Salgado in which they urge you to “Fall in Love with Yesika Salgado: Silver Lake’s fat, fly,  Salvadoran poet.”

It’s not hard. Salgado’s poetry delves into love, empowerment and body image and she’s gained national attention, appearing on NPR and TedX. She’ll be debuting an advice column on Remezcla and her third book is forthcoming, L.A. Taco reported.

Rachel Uranga is a Los Angeles-based writer

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  1. Please do just a little research on the school board issue. even if yours not have children, education affects everyone. My vote will go to JACKIE GOLDBERG based on much research, listening to other candidateS, diving deep to see who is funding and therefore beholden, and by how many mailers I received as too many mailers equals too much funding. Here is a link as well, but please do your own research and vote on March 5th. With only one election, the lines will be short and it should only take under 5 minutes of your time.

  2. As always, I do the mailer test when it comes to picking a candidate. I really hate all the wasteful paper fliers. It’s a real shame to see this in supposedly the most progressive city, in the most progressive state in the country. To this day I’ve recieved only ONE mailer from Jackie Goldberg. So yah, she’s got my vote.

  3. Jackie Goldberg has our VOTE too!!!

  4. Decisions being made by the number of mailers, or even what they say? No wonder Angelenos keep electing the wrong people! That is nonsense, as shallow as it gets. The best I can say about that it is a good argument to eliminate democratic elections by the people! I don’t think even Jackie Goldberg would support that!

    And as far as Jackie Goldberg is concerned, there is so much background to be had so you can know. She has been on the school board before, she has been on the City Council, she has been in the state legislature. And you’re picking her because of volume of mailers only a couple weeks since she decided to run for election to the school board again?!

    There are a LOT of good things to say about Jackie Goldberg. However, as for the school board, you better realize she is a promoter of the union. If you want anything the union wants, then vote for her; it you don’t want that, then the number of mailers sent should not have you vote for someone you will not be happy with.

    We have a lot of people wanting to even turn the school board over to be run by the LA mayor! I always tell them, that is a horrible idea, if you are not happy with the school operations, then what you really want is to pay attention to the school board and elect candidates favoring policies you want.

    I would never tell anyone to pay attention to the number of mailers. But I would tell them to not even read those things, they are the most unreliable information you will ever get. But even more, that a candidate did not mail any out within two weeks of deciding to run, to make that the reason to vote for him or her — no wonder people want the mayor to run the schools. Donald Trump hardly took any money for his election campaign, so do you want to vote for Donald Trump?

    Jackie Goldberg is a big name in this election, she doesn’t have to make so much of a campaign accordingly, she already has the name recognition that none of the others have. The others — I’ve never heard of a single one of them, they better put out a lot of information — but that doesn’t mean they are a lesser candidate.

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