Happy She's Left the Gang Behind : ARETHA JOSHUA ELSTON CARR, Street Level is a weekly column featuring grass - roots commentary on community issues . This week's column expresses the views of Aretha Joshua, a former gang member in South-Central Los Angeles who is now a cashier at a local supermarket. She was interviewed by Elston Carr
A Mother's Education Began With Her Children's : GERALDINE ZAPATA MARY ANNE PEREZ, Geraldine Zapata, 61, executive director of Plaza Community Center in East Los Angeles, brought together groups of different interests in the Latino community after the April-May riots to form the Latino Federation of Greater Los Angeles. Zapata was interviewed by Mary Anne Perez. and
Big Shoes to Fill The following passage is from Donald Bakeer's book, "Crips," the story of Jimmie Black, a man trying to keep his son from the cycle of gangs, murder and prison that entrapped him as a young man.
Who's in Charge of Investing the Reserve Fund? JAN HICKENBOTTOM, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES; Hickenbottom is a past president of the Greater Los Angeles chapter of the Community Associations Institute (CAI), a national nonprofit research and educational organization
PLATFORM : We Must Organize JESUS GOMEZ, JESUS GOMEZ of Perris is among the Southern California drywallers seeking to form a new union. Many are out on strike, seeking better wages and medical benefits. Gomez told The Times: