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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 28, 2005 | Robin Abcarian, Times Staff Writer
The former gangbangers at Homeboy Industries were not quite sure what to expect Wednesday when First Lady Laura Bush paid them a call at their silk-screening business in a grimy warehouse district in downtown Los Angeles. Secret Service agents and the media swarmed the place as half a dozen young men screened logos onto bright yellow T-shirts. "It's crazy," said Archie Dominguez, 26, a merchandise manager. "Of all the programs out there, she's coming to Homeboy."
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 9, 2009 | By Jerry Hirsch, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Homegirl salsa is about to find a home at the deli counter of Ralphs Grocery Co. Salsa made by women in Homeboy Industries' Homegirl Cafe & Catering job training program will be sold at the chain's downtown Los Angeles store starting today. It is part of an initiative by Ralphs to help the L.A. gang-intervention agency learn how to commercialize its products. "Finding commercial outlets for our food products will allow us to generate more revenue, employ more people and do more job training, said Mary Ellen Burton, chief financial officer of Homeboy Industries Inc., which operates the Homegirl Cafe, a landscaping business and a silk screen shop as part of its efforts to steer younger residents in some of the city's toughest neighborhoods from gang life.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 19, 1993 | ANN W. O'NEILL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
And on the 18th day, Mayor Richard Riordan sat on the hot seat. Then he tried to show 2,500 volunteers from the city's four largest community organizations that Riordan, the mayor, will keep promises made by Riordan, the candidate. In a sweltering high school gymnasium on Los Angeles' Eastside, he signed papers Sunday that unfettered $2.5 million in city funds for Hope in Youth, a gang intervention program.
NEWS
April 19, 1997 | JODI WILGOREN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Striking a conciliatory note for a City Council with which he tangled throughout his first term, newly reelected Los Angeles Mayor Richard J. Riordan on Friday proposed a $4-billion budget sprinkled with council members' pet projects and dedicated to boosting basic services. The spending blueprint is $50 million smaller than last year's, and cuts 470 jobs, most of which are currently unfilled.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 18, 2010 | By Dennis McLellan, Los Angeles Times
David Martinez, pastor of Victory Outreach Church of the San Fernando Valley, whose ministry has affected the lives of thousands of former gang members, drug addicts and others over the last 35 years, has died. He was 67. Martinez, who had suffered a heart attack in December, died of a heart attack Sunday while vacationing with his family in Yosemite, said his wife, Faith. The Pacoima-born Martinez, a former gang member, founded Victory Outreach Church of the San Fernando Valley in 1975, after reaching out to the area's gang members and drug addicts.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 17, 2010 | By Celeste Fremon
For the last 20 years, Father Gregory Boyle has been writing -- and not writing -- the book that is his newly released memoir, "Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion" (Free Press: 220 pp., $25). The difficulty was never a lack of material. For as long as I've known him, Boyle has been amassing a stupendously rich cache of stories about the homeboys and homegirls who one way or another found their way to his doorstep. Boyle was already not writing his book when I met him in the fall of 1990.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 15, 2010 | By Alexandra Zavis, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles County supervisorsTuesday awarded Homeboy Industries a $1.3-million contract, providing critically needed funding for the gang intervention program founded two decades ago by Father Gregory Boyle. Earlier this year, crushing financial problems forced Homeboy officials to lay off most employees . The organization, which uses jobs to draw young people away from gangs , had seen a steep decline in charitable contributions since the economic downturn even as demand for its programs soared.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 8, 2010 | By Andrew Blankstein and Scott Gold
After years in the L.A. street gang world, Ronald Lamonte Barron devoted his life to preventing young people from following in his footsteps. Barron, a former member of the Mansfield Crips gang that claims territory around Pico Boulevard and La Brea Avenue, was one of a few gang outreach workers who was trusted enough by Los Angeles authorities to counsel young offenders in the jails. Barron was leaving a bar in his old neighborhood Sunday night with his girlfriend when he noticed a tagger defacing a wall on Pico.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 10, 2009 | Ari B. Bloomekatz
Deputy Chief Kenneth O. Garner wore a Los Angeles Police Department uniform for more than three decades, but to 20 residents who came to his funeral on a bus from Watts on Monday, he was also one of their own. "It's so important that we keep his legacy alive because actually we see him as community, not as law enforcement," said the Rev. James Jones, founder of the organization Gangsters for Christ. "He's going to be sorely missed." Garner, 53, died unexpectedly at his Pasadena home March 1.
BUSINESS
October 9, 2009 | Jerry Hirsch
Homegirl salsa is about to find a home at the deli counter of Ralphs Grocery Co. Salsa made by women in Homeboy Industries' Homegirl Cafe & Catering job training program will be sold at the chain's downtown Los Angeles store starting today. It is part of an initiative by Ralphs to help the L.A. gang-intervention agency learn how to commercialize its products. "Finding commercial outlets for our food products will allow us to generate more revenue, employ more people and do more job training, said Mary Ellen Burton, chief financial officer of Homeboy Industries Inc., which operates the Homegirl Cafe, a landscaping business and a silk screen shop as part of its efforts to steer younger residents in some of the city's toughest neighborhoods from gang life.
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