CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 30, 1988
Being a member of the Los Angeles-based Crips gang, I find myself commenting on the article on skinheads. Skinheads pose the most dangerous threat to the fabric of this society. Unlike black and Hispanic gangs in our area, skinheads enjoy the best of both worlds. Like the black gangs in Los Angeles, skinheads are a loosely knit lot with no clear recognizable leaders. A law enforcement official quoted in the article mentioned that skinheads "won't survive because they don't have an economic base.
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.
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.
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.
May 25, 2003 |
When the Rev. Eugene Rivers blew into Los Angeles from Boston recently, the welcome wagon wasn't exactly waiting for him. Rivers, head of the National TenPoint Leadership Foundation, had been invited by Bishop Charles Blake, a longtime friend and mentor, and Police Chief William J. Bratton, who had worked with Rivers in Boston, to lend a hand in stopping the orgy of gang killings in Los Angeles. The city certainly needs some help.