Thursday, October 27, 2016


Echo Park loses the guardian of its Cuban past

Angel Dominguez Mondejar | Courtesy Rhonda Reynolds

ECHO PARK —  Jose Angel Dominguez Mondejar was part of Echo Park’s once thriving Cuban community with its restaurants, shops and newspapers.  As the years passed, many of those Cubans and their businesses moved away.  But Dominguez stuck around, his white coat and pants making him ... Read More »

Owner of Atwater’s Club Tee Gee dies

That's a "G", not a "Y"

ATWATER VILLAGE —  Betty Bartlotta, owner of Club Tee Gee,  died last Thursday, according to employees of the long-time Glendale Boulevard bar. Club Tee Gee, with its bright yellow neon sign, has been a neighborhood fixture since 1946 when the original owners, a pair of World War ... Read More »

Silver Lake’s Café Tropical loses a familiar face

Memorial to Donato Lopez

SILVER LAKE —  For many regulars at Café Tropical, Donato Lopez was a familiar sight behind the counter as they ordered cafe con leche and guava-filled pastries. “He was the face you saw every morning,” said one employee of the Cuban-style bakery and cafe.  Now, Lopez’ ... Read More »

Marionette master Bob Baker dies at age 90


ECHO PARK —  Bob Baker, who entertained generations of Angelenos at his puppet theater on the southern edge of Echo Park, died today at age 90 from kidney failure, according to Associated Press and other news accounts.  Baker passed away as the future of his Bob Baker ... Read More »

Family and friends mourn Eagle Rock man killed in motorcycle crash


EAGLE ROCK -- Victor Chavez worked as a carpenter and welder but he was also incredible athlete and motorcyclist, according to his family. "He was good at everything he did," said his wife, Emily Dalton Chavez. But it was while riding his motorcycle earlier this month that Chavez collided with a car and died from his injuries only a few days shy of his 44th birthday. Read More »

Co-owner of Eagle Rock wine shop dies

colorado wine

EAGLE ROCK — Jennifer Morgan, who along with her husband operated Colorado Wine Co.,  died this month after battling leukemia, according to a Facebook posting by the Women’s Twentieth Century Club.   Morgan, 44, and her husband, John Nugent, were also among the owners of Sunset ... Read More »

Elysian Valley loses longtime resident and activist

Rey Dominguez was an aerospace design engineer who worked on projects ranging from the stealth bomber to the space shuttle. But, in Elysian Valley, where Dominguez had lived in since 1961, the engineer was better known as a tireless community activist. He helped form the first ... Read More »

A carpenter’s tribute to Elysian Park

A New York Times story last week chronicled the life of former Echo Park resident Larry Haun, described as the “carpenter’s carpenter” who earned a nationwide reputation for constructing and writing about handcrafted homes. In Echo Park, however, Haun was not only known as a skilled ... Read More »

Restaurateur Raymond Taix dies

Raymond M. Taix, whose Taix French Restaurant in Echo Park is among the oldest family-owned restaurants in Los Angeles, died Sunday night. Taix, who was 85, passed away peacefully at his home in Pasadena, said his son Michael Taix. Raymond Taix began a six-decade long career ... Read More »