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Five questions for punk archivist and author Alice Bag

As a child Alice Bag, born Alicia Armendariz, was shy and spoke very little English. In kindergarten, she sometimes would cry due to her frustrations with English, Spanish being her first language. As an East Los Angeles teenager Bag fronted the band The Bags in the early days of the Los Angeles punk scene. She eventually got down the whole English part just fine.

East L.A. takes back the streets with parklets

EAST LOS ANGELES -- Parklets - those slivers of public spaces that are turned into micro plazas and gathering spots - have arrived in East Los Angeles. On Wednesday, county officials, including County Supervisor Hilda Solis, gathered on Mednik Avenue outside a burger place to dedicate one of three parklets, which in this case resemble a backyard deck complete with seats, table and potted plants.

East L.A. mourns 14-year-old stabbing victim

EAST LOS ANGELES -- Steven Cruz, the 14-year-old who was stabbed to death in front of Griffith Junior High School on Jan. 23, was buried today following a weekend of memorial services and fundraisers.

Cruz, a student at Garfield Senior High, was headed home on a Friday afternoon when he stopped at Griffith Junior High to visit friends, the L.A. County Sheriff Department told EGP News.

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East L.A. food cycle

EAST LOS ANGELES — Photographer Aurelio Jose Barrera distributes food to the homeless in East Los Angeles once or twice a week. But instead of making ... Read More »

Big & Blue: A review of East L.A.’s new super-sized recycling cart

EAST LOS ANGELES --Sometimes size really does matter, at least when it comes to disposing of trash from our homes. Republic Services, which provides waste disposal for unincorporated East Los Angeles, began to offer noticeably larger blue recycle cart or bins at no additional charge as part of a service enhancements that were promoted last summer. Sound good? Read More »

What a new shopping center says about the East L.A. economy

EAST LOS ANGELES -- While the national economy seems to be growing at a healthy rate, the economy appears to be a mixed bag in East L.A.. Take for example Whittier Place, a brand new strip shopping center on Whittier Boulevard. Palm trees have been planted and the parking lot lines have been freshly painted. But of the 18 spaces up for lease, only about half are occupied so far, with tenants skewed to the big corporate chains. Read More »