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Flowers come in all shapes and sizes in East L.A.

EAST LOS ANGELES — Photographer Aurelio Jose Barrera took a walk to admire the flowers, from the springtime poppies blooming in front yards to the giant, flower-shaped canopies that are always in full flower over the East L.A. Civic Center Gold Line station. Got a story, tip, question or photo to share? Submit it here More East Los Angeles stories Read More »

You’re never too young to learn yoga in East L.A.

EAST LOS ANGELES -- For much of the week, when one walks into People’s Yoga in East Los Angeles, quiet, peaceful, instrumental music plays while adults carefully align their poses. Sunday mornings, however, are quite different. Children and their parents moo during Cow pose, bark during Downward Facing Dog and reach for the stars while singing Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star. Read More »

How an East L.A. school received a boost from new state education ratings

EAST LOS ANGELES — The state’s new method to measure a school’s academic performance appears to be more generous than the old system in offering positive assessments of how a school is doing, reports The L.A. Times. Case in point is Brooklyn Avenue Elementary in East Los Angeles. The new California School Dashboard replaces the Academic Performance Index. Instead of API’s ... Read More »

The oldies never went out of style at Sounds of Music in East L.A.

EAST LOS ANGELES -- On a recent afternoon Could It Be I am Falling in Love by the Spinners played at the Sounds of Music on Whittier Boulevard. The 1973 hit was released only a couple of years after Carlos Reyes bought the record store. I remember that back then the store was filled with vinyl records. Now, most of the music sold is on CDs but he still has a great selection of original and re-issued vinyl LPs and many boxes of loosely organized 45s. Read More »

One man killed in East L.A. shooting [updated]

EAST LOS ANGELES —  One man was fatally shot this afternoon near Blanchard Street and Geraghty Avenue. The L.A. County Sheriff’s Department were called in at about 4:22 pm. Officials  provided no other details in an advisory but ABC 7 posted an aerial photo on Twitter of a white pickup truck that crashed into a wall in front of a ... Read More »

Apartment buildings planned near East L.A. cemetery entrance

EAST LOS ANGELES — An affordable housing developer is planning to build more than 100 apartments and 5,000-square-feet of retail space across from the Whittier Boulevard entrance of Calvary Cemetery. Meta Housing Corp. would build the apartment buildings on two separate sites catty-corner from each other at Whittier and Downey Road, according to a Los Angeles County Planning Department summary. ... Read More »

Yes, that was a giant banana cruising down Whittier Boulevard

EAST LOS ANGELES — C.J. Salgado took this photo of a “banana car” — sporting a license plate that spelled out “SPLIT” — as it  traveled the boulevard this afternoon. The banana on wheels was a promotion for a company that makes a line of dehydrated, organic banana snacks.  Can’t wait until a low-rider banana cruises on Whittier. More East Los ... Read More »

Morning mural ride in East L.A.

EAST LOS ANGELES —  There were not many people out and about on this chilly morning when Aurelio Jose Barrera went out for a bike ride. But the clear crisp weather made for nice conditions to snap some photos of the neighborhood murals as he rode by. More East Los Angeles stories Got a story, tip, question or photo to share? Submit ... Read More »

East L.A. sidewalk vendors love Valentine’s Day

EAST LOS ANGELES — Forget to buy a Valentine’s Day gift for that someone special?  That’s no problem in East L.A., where many sidewalks and street corners are brimming with flowers, balloons and teddy bears being hawked by street vendors.  Aurelio Jose Barrera  dashed around the neighborhood taking picture of the the Valentine’s Day pop-ups. Got a story, tip, question ... Read More »

Bloody trail leads to East L.A. shooting victim

EAST LOS ANGELES — Sheriff’s deputies responding to reports of shooting early this morning followed a trail of blood on a sidewalk into an apartment building, where they found a Latino man suffering from a gunshot wound to his upper torso. The victim, located in a stairwell, was pronounced dead at the scene. It’s not clear if the shooting, reported ... Read More »