October 27, 2005
Re "Execution Closer for 'a Model of Humanity,' " Oct. 25 Admittedly an outsider, I am often amazed at the heroes and "leaders" supported by the black community. A generation of young black men and women has been decimated by gang activity. Yet they rally around a man (Stanley "Tookie" Williams) who is responsible for the creation of organized black gangs and for the deaths of not just four but thousands of people. Is there not a person more deserving of their support? Following the advice of Bill Cosby would do more for the black community than rallying around gangsters and the leaders who see racism everywhere.
June 23, 1991
As a native of Los Angeles and the barrio, I feel obligated to correct and elaborate on some of the "gang jargon" that appeared in "L.A. Speak" (Palm Latitudes) on May 12. Calo is the correct spelling of the slang spoken by some people of Mexican ancestry living in the United States. To characterize it as spoken only by gang members is erroneous. Furthermore, it is relatively rare to hear Calo spoken by people from Mexico and other Latin American countries. The scholarly work on Calo suggests that it developed in the El Paso-Ciudad Juarez area sometime before World War II. As an idiom, it is more widely understood than actually used.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 4, 2008 |
Monrovia always had big dreams of remaining a small town. For more than 30 years, it toiled to shed blight and biker bars and redevelop itself into a 21st century version of quaint Americana. Today it is home to a number of national retailers, a cafe-lined downtown and one of the largest concentrations of high-tech firms in the San Gabriel Valley, all spread at the foot of a majestic mountain range. "There's a feeling about this town that keeps me here," said Keith Ganley, a local resident and teacher.
May 3, 1985 |
Three youths were shot to death and a 60-year-old man was seriously wounded Thursday night in South-Central Los Angeles in what a policeman called a gang war. The first of the shootings occurred about 9 p.m., when two of the youths were killed in an alley at the rear of Avalon Boulevard near 52nd Street, according to Detective Bernie Skiles.
December 24, 1987 |
The six young men were seated in places of honor and were applauded by a crowd of more than 200. They were treated to a performance by armless guitarist Tony Melendez, who is best known for playing for Pope John Paul II. They shared the dais with Pomona Police Chief Richard Tefank and with a Roman Catholic bishop, who spoke glowingly of them. "You guys are really special," Bishop Juan Arzube of Los Angeles told the six privileged guests. "All these people have come here for your benefit."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 9, 1985 |
They favor monikers and identifying colors: red or blue. They communicate with hand signals and a special language of mispronounced words. They are the Crips and the Bloods--Los Angeles-area street gangs--and, according to authorities, they pose as serious a problem inside jail as out of it. By best estimates, there are about 800 Crips and 540 Bloods among the 7,526 inmates in the county's Central Jail, a gray, 22-year-old fortress-like structure near Union Station in downtown Los Angeles.