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The making of a scary East L.A. story

EAST LOS ANGELES -- Shhhhh. Come closer. If you ask me, it’s not Halloween without a good scary story. First time author, Mario J. Becerra couldn’t agree more. His recently published book, Haunted East Los Angeles, tells of devil worship, spirit children, Ouija boards, poltergeists, and graveyard apparitions. Apparently, many others agree, too, because the Chicano Resource Center at the East Los Angeles Library was packed at his Thursday evening book talk. Read More »

East L.A. park goers welcome improvements

EAST LOS ANGELES -- This summer Atlantic Park in East L.A. got some upgrades that, although summer has officially ended, the community will continue to make use of, especially with the continuing warm weather which keeps many enjoying the outdoors well into the evening hours. Read More »

East L.A.’s Wheelchair Wash lifts spirits and brings communities together

EAST LOS ANGELES -- Sunday at the East L.A. Civic Center was a perfect summer day for relaxing in the park, fishing in the lake or getting your wheelchair washed. Yes, wheelchairs need a good cleaning now and then, and the 12th Annual Wheelchair Wash found volunteers providing a free cleaning as part of a day-long health and community resources fair. Read More »

A community garden grows in East L.A.

EAST LOS ANGELES -- Four-year-old Emilio ran back and forth between the water faucet and his garden plot at Saturday’s grand opening of the Eastmont Community Garden. Like a seasoned gardener, he kept busy filling a watering can to quench the dry soil where he’d previously planted strawberries, tomatoes, and chili plants. More so, he proudly pointed to tomatoes already ripening on the vine, as well as the cilantro and carrot seeds he would soon plant.

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.