CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 14, 2008 |
Margie Christoffersen didn't make it very far into our conversation before she cracked. Chest heaving, tears streaming, she reached for her husband Wayne's hand and then mine, squeezing as if she'd never let go. "I've almost had a nervous breakdown. It's been the worst thing that's ever happened to me," she sobbed as curious patrons at a Farmers Market coffee shop looked on, wondering what calamity had visited this poor woman who's an honest 6 feet tall, with hair as blond as the sun.
March 7, 1996 |
One sign of a native Angeleno, I think, is a relationship with the restaurant El Coyote, a relationship that often begins just a few weeks after birth. Half the kids in Los Angeles grow up desiring the tacky toys and souvenirs displayed in a locked glass case in the lobby, spending hours waiting in line for a table, craving the warm sweetness of corn tortillas thickly spread with butter and sprinkled with salt.
March 14, 1996
Jonathan Gold (Counter Intelligence, "Coyote Calls," March 7) says El Coyote is 65 years old. I too am a native of Los Angeles. My family moved to the Beverly/Fairfax neighborhood in 1935. To the best of my recollection, the restaurant now known as El Coyote was then McDonnell's Monterey and remained so for many years. This is not the first time that I have read that El Coyote is 65 years old. Another oft-repeated story says that when Pink's was opened in 1939 the intersection of Melrose and La Brea was unpaved.
June 10, 2001 |
Regulars don't flock to Los Angeles' El Coyote Mexican restaurant just for cheap eats and high-octane margaritas. There's also that sale window in the foyer. An eye-catcher amid the feverish decorative splendor of 70-year-old El Coyote, the showcase displays a protean bargain bazaar of toys, El Coyote wear and miscellaneous knickknacks. Items available on a recent afternoon included an El Coyote mug for $3.50, a Lovely Princess Deluxe Play Set priced at $2.50 and a $12.50 miniature wood guitar.
December 28, 2000 |
Last year's soured millennium activities almost killed the holiday that isNew Year's. The hype and the price-gouging put a damper on an already expensive holiday. A few big-name acts had a tasty slice of humble pie and found out there is a limit to what even the most adoring fan will pay to see an idol. Instead of making $100 an hour plus tips, bartenders and waiters were sent home. Events were canceled at the last minute due to lack of sales. The good news: That was last year.
May 22, 1999 |
The call came on the eve of his Los Angeles concert, just as he was leaving his home in Mexico. We have your son. Follow our instructions. Don't make trouble. It was a year ago, and Vicente Fernandez was about to headline four sold-out shows at the Pico Rivera Sports Arena, his annual Memorial Day pilgrimage to the Eastside suburbs of L.A. Now this voice, saying his 33-year-old son, his namesake, was being held for a ransom of millions.