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March 14, 1999
Re "New Future, New Reputation," Valley Edition Editorials, March 7. Your editorial contained good and bad news. The good news is the major turnaround of Blythe Street that included planting trees. Environmentally trees are an extremely important source of oxygen, but the choice of liquidambar is bad news. Unfortunately, trees as well as autos emit hydrocarbons, which in the presence of nitrogen oxide (that autos also supply) and sunlight create ozone. In terms of the amount of hydrocarbons emitted, liquidambar is one of the worst species.
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October 14, 2009 | Richard Winton
An alleged Blythe Street gang associate was charged Tuesday with the killing of a 4-month-old boy who was shot when gang members opened fire in Van Nuys on a group they believed were rivals from another gang, authorities said. Alfonzo Landa, 17, was charged as an adult with murder, six felony counts of attempted murder and attempted carjacking for his alleged role in the Sept. 27 slaying of Andrew Garcia, said Jane Robison, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County district attorney's office.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 31, 1992
The account of the city's efforts to improve the Blythe Street community ("Revitalization Plan Reduced in Scope," Times Valley Edition, May 17) was biased and misleading. It treated developer Dave Vadehra's mere proposal as something guaranteed to be accomplished and gave his statements, however unfounded, priority treatment. The story was particularly inaccurate with regard to the Park Parthenia project. For example, the fact is that Mr. Vadehra did not live up to his word on the project and had to be taken out, leaving it uncompleted.
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January 31, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Three members of the Blythe Street gang who were convicted of violating an injunction may have to serve their full jail sentences despite a proposal to allow many inmates to serve just 25% of their time behind bars. City Atty. Rocky Delgadillo announced the sentences Tuesday, a week after he launched a new crackdown on street gangs that includes talks with county Sheriff Lee Baca to exempt gang members from the county's proposal to provide early releases from jails to ease overcrowding.
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December 22, 1997 | DARRELL SATZMAN
After years of enduring some of the Valley's worst slum conditions, about 100 residents of a rundown Blythe Street apartment complex have been temporarily relocated in the first phase of a city-led effort to refurbish the buildings, officials said.
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November 24, 1993
A Municipal Court commissioner issued an arrest warrant Tuesday for a 20-year-old Palmdale man who is accused of violating an injunction issued against gang members on Blythe Street, the Los Angeles city attorney's office said. Rene Carlos Valdez, who failed to show up for arraignment in Van Nuys Municipal Court, is charged with one count of trespassing and one count of violating the court order, according to a statement from City Atty. James K. Hahn. Valdez was arrested Oct.
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June 29, 1996 | TIM MAY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Eloy Reyes symbolizes detente on Blythe Street. Born in Mexico and still lacking United States citizenship, the 17-year-old is the first youth from the gang-infested neighborhood in years--some say, ever--to graduate with honors from high school. Eloy resisted the lure of gangs, avoided drugs, joined a youth group and kept counsel with other residents working to increase the peace and improve slum-like conditions on the street, long identified with drive-by shootings and rampant drug dealing.
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August 12, 1993 | TIMOTHY WILLIAMS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Rep. Howard L. Berman (D-Panorama City) came to Blythe Street Wednesday, and for about two hours one of the city's most notorious neighborhoods had plenty of police officers, a sharply diminished fear of random violence and scores of fresh ideas about how to turn the area around.
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May 28, 1990
A man believed to be in early 20s was shot to death on Blythe Street in Panorama City late Sunday afternoon, possibly by a passing car, police said. The man had not been identified Sunday night and no arrests had been made, police said. Homicide detectives had not determined a motive for the 4 p.m. shooting and were interviewing residents in nearby apartment complexes who reported hearing gunshots and called police.
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August 20, 1999 | KURT STREETER
The recently refurbished Blythe Street Park--once one of the worst parks on one of the toughest streets in the city--was given a grand "inauguration" Thursday by City Councilman Alex Padilla and about 350 onlookers. Padilla told the crowd the park's reestablishment was a benchmark signaling the Blythe Street neighborhood is on the rebound. "Along with the neighbors, we are taking back the streets" and cleaning up the area, Padilla said.
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April 21, 2001 | IRENE GARCIA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When the Great Love Mobile Clinic cruised into town recently, Leonor Galvez and hundreds of neighbors on her block of rundown apartment buildings were thrilled. The Latinos on Blythe Street in Panorama City were about to receive what they consider a rare luxury: medical and dental care. "I haven't been to the doctor in more than 10 years," said Galvez, 31. "It's too expensive. I don't have the money."
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March 17, 2001 | ERIKA HAYASAKI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Four teenage members of the Blythe Street gang were arrested Friday morning for allegedly killing Magdalena Sandoval, 32, an innocent bystander to a shooting last November, police said. The suspects, all ages 16 or 17, were arrested after investigators uncovered new evidence in the case, said Los Angeles Police Department Homicide Det. Al Aldaz, who declined to elaborate. The youths, whose names were not released because they are juveniles, were being held at Juvenile Hall in Sylmar, Aldaz said.
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July 3, 2000
More than 150 volunteers from across the U.S. and Canada teamed up to provide residents with free medical, dental and social services on Blythe Street. Maritza de Artan had heard about her Panorama City neighbors who didn't know where to get medical services because they had no insurance or money to see a doctor. She dreamed about getting them help, and after a lot of networking, she turned the dream into reality.
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August 20, 1999 | KURT STREETER
The recently refurbished Blythe Street Park--once one of the worst parks on one of the toughest streets in the city--was given a grand "inauguration" Thursday by City Councilman Alex Padilla and about 350 onlookers. Padilla told the crowd the park's reestablishment was a benchmark signaling the Blythe Street neighborhood is on the rebound. "Along with the neighbors, we are taking back the streets" and cleaning up the area, Padilla said.
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July 11, 1999
For years, Blythe Street's problems with gangs and crime gave it a reputation as the worst address in the San Fernando Valley. That's how it was known in 1993 when the nonprofit social services group Immaculate Heart Community moved in and made Blythe Street the address of Casa Esperanza, or House of Hope. A story in Tuesday's Valley edition of The Times made clear how hopeless the task seemed.
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July 6, 1999 | IRENE GARCIA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Rosa Frausto recently did something she had never fathomed. She spoke openly about sexually transmitted diseases and different forms of birth control with her teenage daughter. For a conservative Catholic Latina like Frausto, such topics are taboo, simply not mentioned. In fact, Frausto said she will never tell her husband that she and her daughter talked about sex with a group of women and girls from their Blythe Street neighborhood.
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June 24, 1999 | IRENE GARCIA
For years Maria Torres was afraid to take her kids to Blythe Street Park, a small dirt field surrounded by apartment buildings on one of the city's most crime-infested streets. "The kids would always get a rash because the sand was contaminated and there was broken glass and syringes all over," said Torres, who has lived next door to the park for seven years.
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August 11, 1989 | TRACEY KAPLAN, Times Staff Writer
Apartment owners along a notoriously crime-ridden street in Panorama City took the unprecedented step Thursday of offering private money to increase police patrols in their neighborhood. The offer met with enthusiasm from a City Council member, but drew a warning from a police official who said it could lead to wealthier neighborhoods buying more security at the cost of less protection in poor areas.
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June 24, 1999 | IRENE GARCIA
For years Maria Torres was afraid to take her kids to Blythe Street Park, a small dirt field surrounded by apartment buildings on one of the city's most crime-infested streets. "The kids would always get a rash because the sand was contaminated and there was broken glass and syringes all over," said Torres, who has lived next door to the park for seven years.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 14, 1999
Re "New Future, New Reputation," Valley Edition Editorials, March 7. Your editorial contained good and bad news. The good news is the major turnaround of Blythe Street that included planting trees. Environmentally trees are an extremely important source of oxygen, but the choice of liquidambar is bad news. Unfortunately, trees as well as autos emit hydrocarbons, which in the presence of nitrogen oxide (that autos also supply) and sunlight create ozone. In terms of the amount of hydrocarbons emitted, liquidambar is one of the worst species.
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