Sunday, October 23, 2016


Neighbor Spotlight: Zen and the art of bicycle maintenance – Jimmy Lizama and The Bicycle Kitchen

Jimmy Lizama

EAST HOLLYWOOD -- This month The Bicycle Kitchen marks its fourth year on Fountain Street, offering tools, parts and floating helpers so cyclists can learn to fix their own bikes. But the story really begins 16 years ago, when Jimmy Lizama, then a 25-year-old bike messenger, began learning to do his own bicycle repairs in an unoccupied studio of Eco-Village -- in the studio’s kitchen, to be exact. Read More »

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 »

Neighbor Spotlight: Artist is dedicated to her craft and East L.A.


EAST LOS ANGELES -- At 26, artist Gloria Negrete is making her mark in East L.A. one artwork at a time. Last year, her drawing of the “ghost woman” of Evergreen Cemetery graced the cover of Haunted East Los Angeles, a book of scary stories about “the most haunted locations” in East L.A. by Mario Becerra. Dedicated to her craft, she spent a day at the cemetery sketching in ink and watercolor for that project. A longtime resident of East L.A., she’s a scooter-riding, Japanese food loving, Judo-competing, young artist with a mission: build up her portfolio. Chalk one up, Gloria. Read More »

Cal State L.A. professor emerges as leader in Black Lives Matter movement

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EL SERENO- Melina Abdullah has taught for more than a decade at Cal State L.A. in the Pan-African Studies Department, which she now oversees at chair. But in recent months, Abdullah has become better known as the most visible and vocal leader of the Black Lives Matter chapter in Los Angeles, which has been involved several confrontations with Mayor Eric Garcetti. On Tuesday, Abudullah will talk more about Black Lives Matter at Occidental College. Read More »

Mount Washington’s Fan Man restores refreshing reminders of the past

Fan guy. Photo by Brenda Rees

MOUNT WASHINGTON -- In a tiny workspace, Osvaldo Garcia gives a mini-tour of his prized antiques. They gleam with bright silver chrome, intricate patterned grills and artistically designed blades, and their names invoke coolness: Polar Cub, Cool Spot and Freshened Air. “Everyone knows me as the Fan Man,” he says with a friendly laugh. Read More »

A homeless actor struggles to recover on the streets of Highland Park

Scott Anthony Robinson near the Highland Park Starbucks | Nathan Solis

Scot Anthony Robinson once found himself leaping and bounding on stage, his voice booming through auditoriums full of school children captivated by his story about life as a homeless heroin addict. But recently, the 53-year-old had been panhandling outside the drive-thru Starbucks on York Boulevard after finding himself homeless a second time. Read More »

How noisy is your neighborhood? A Silver Lake mathematician might have your answer


Brendan Farrell and his wife were apartment hunting in Los Angeles a year ago. Although it was relatively easy to research crime and walkability statistics for L.A. neighborhoods, Farrell realized there was no way to determine just how noisy a neighborhood could be. So Brendan, an applied mathematician and former instructor at CalTech who lives in Silver Lake, applied his skills and expertise to the development of HowLoud.