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The news was staggering for these Eagle Rock and Highland Park parents: An anonymous donor had stepped forward and offered $100,000 to reopen a YMCA branch and its child-care center that is scheduled to close because of financial problems. But their elation turned to frustration this week when YMCA officials said parents need to raise $25,000 in the next three weeks to help match the donation.
April 10, 2008 | Ari B. Bloomekatz, Times Staff Writer
Last month, Eli Estrada found $140,000 cash in the street on his way to work. The $20 bills were unmarked, bundled into wads of $20,000 and in a bag in the middle of Gridley Road in Cerritos. The 40-year-old Highland Park man's first thought was: "I'm rich." But he immediately decided to turn in his find. The money would go a long way, he thought, but keeping it would be wrong.
A man is suspected of shooting his mother, father--a Los Angeles police officer--and another man to death in front of a Highland Park home Wednesday, police said. Los Angeles police said that when Northeast division patrol officers responded to a report of gunshots at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday in the 700 block of North Avenue 64, they found the suspect, Mark Elkins, standing in the doorway of his house and three bodies sprawled before him.
February 16, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The Anti-Defamation League on Thursday honored the federal agents and prosecutors involved in convicting four members of a Latino street gang in Highland Park last year for violating the civil rights of African Americans with a campaign of threats and violence, including murder. The group noted that the case against the Avenues gang "broke new ground as the first time a street gang was convicted of violating federal hate crime laws."
September 16, 1999
Occidental College was awarded a $399,654 grant to help revitalize the neighborhood near its campus. The grant is part of $7.5 million distributed by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to 22 colleges in 16 states, said HUD Secretary Andrew Cuomo. The grant will help the college provide local communities with social programs.
October 23, 1997
The city's Department of Transportation agreed Wednesday to take measures to slow traffic along a Highland Park street where a young boy was killed Friday by a car. In a meeting with Councilman Richard Alatorre's chief of staff, Hilary Norton, transportation officials said they would add a left-hand turn lane and more school zone signs along Figueroa Street in the next month.
October 1, 1997
A Highland Park activist who said he would fund a recall movement against Los Angeles City Councilman Mike Hernandez changed his mind this week, although other community members said they will continue the effort. Jean-Marie Durand, who ran against Hernandez in 1993, was planning to finance and run an effort to recall Hernandez after the councilman admitted using drugs.
April 3, 1998
A 9-year-old girl wounded in a Highland Park shooting remained in critical condition Thursday after surgery to remove her spleen, one of her kidneys and part of her pancreas, a County-USC Medical Center spokeswoman said. The child, whose name was withheld, was shot about 4 p.m. Wednesday in the 5200 block of East Baltimore Street as she went to close the front door of her home to protect herself from gunshots she heard outside, authorities said.
September 27, 1996
Police Chief Willie L. Williams, City Councilman Richard Alatorre, community leader Sybil Brand and other dignitaries gathered at the site of the old Northeast Division station in Highland Park on Thursday to break ground for the LAPD Historic Museum and Community Education Center. "This project will be a testament to the work that the men and women of the Police Department have done in this city for the past 127 years," Alatorre said.
February 20, 1997 | ABIGAIL GOLDMAN
As her oldest child approached 15, Cathy Molina began to worry. Although the family lives in Highland Park, Joel Molina was allowed to join Eagle Rock's Little League baseball team because his family lived close enough to qualify. But once he turned 15, his Little League days were over. He found himself in the same situation his neighborhood friends had been: no opportunity to play organized sports.
July 4, 2006 | John Spano, Times Staff Writer
Jose Cruz is a walking testament to what happens when a member turns against the Avenues street gang. He has 30 scars from the stab wounds he suffered in one attempt on his life -- on his arms, torso and legs. In another attack, he was beaten so severely that he has a visible dent in his skull, according to court papers, "the size and shape of a pistol butt."
October 5, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
An 18-year-old man was detained Tuesday afternoon on suspicion of bringing a gun onto the football field of his former high school, a school spokeswoman said. Witnesses reported seeing a person carrying the weapon onto the field at Franklin High School just before class was dismissed for the day. Students were kept inside while school police and Los Angeles Police Department officers searched for the gunman.
August 11, 2005 | Adam Bregman, Special to The Times
AS revolutionaries go, gleeful, exuberant Anita Martinez and her quiet, pensive boyfriend Tiburcio Vasquez (a pseudonym borrowed from a local 19th century bandit) are fairly mild-mannered. Weary of organizing and protesting, they decided to channel their politics into Flor y Canto Centro Comunitario, an all-volunteer community center in Highland Park, which they opened with neighbors in 2001. It's a hub for activities such as lectures, movie screenings, group meetings and more.
February 19, 2004 | Andrew Blankstein, Times Staff Writer
Gustavo and Virginia Alvarez had heard their friends rave about the guacamole at Villa Sombrero. So on warm night over the July 4 holiday weekend, the couple left their children at home and set out for the restaurant on York Boulevard in Highland Park. Instead of a carefree evening, the Alvarezes got out of Virginia's new Chevrolet Tahoe and were confronted by a gunman in the parking lot.
November 23, 2003 | MICHAEL T. JARVIS
At first glance, the stately Ziegler House in Highland Park is an unlikely setting for a child-care facility. The 1904 Queen Anne-meets-Craftsman style mansion looks like a location scout's dream bed-and-breakfast inn, but that rubber-coated play area is no mirage. The La Casita Verde Infant and Toddler Center, set up in 2002 at the renovated estate, is turning heads as a stellar example of municipal creativity. Last month the L.A.
November 20, 2003 | Bob Pool, Times Staff Writer
They came to learn. And to laugh. One hundred years later at Charlie Lummis' house, they still do. "Every room has a fireplace," Betty Mallery says. "This fireplace was copper-clad so it wouldn't catch fire." The thought of a fireplace catching fire brings smiles to those gathering in the main room of the house called El Alisal. They listen intently as Mallery notes that the wood mantel, with its metal-wrapped support legs, is not the only hand-hewn curiosity in the Lummis place.
June 16, 1998
Seven people were left homeless when an early morning blaze destroyed their home in the 600 block of North Cresthaven Drive on Monday, fire officials said. The residents, two adults and five children, were unhurt and referred to the American Red Cross for emergency shelter, said Jim Wells, a spokesman for the Los Angeles City Fire Department. It took 30 firefighters 20 minutes to extinguish the fire at the two-story dwelling, which was caused by an electrical problem in the garage, Wells said.
October 22, 1997
Los Angeles City Councilman Richard Alatorre announced Tuesday that the L.A. Bridges gang intervention program will be started at Burbank Middle School in Highland Park. The city-funded L.A. Bridges program targets students and their families at the middle school level in an effort to dissuade them from joining gangs. At least 1,700 youngsters from Burbank Middle School and the surrounding neighborhood will be served by the program. "L.A.
December 7, 2001
Plans for a new classroom building and parking lot at the Optimist Youth Home in Highland Park were unanimously approved Thursday by the Los Angeles Planning Commission. The 21,000-square-foot building will serve the at-risk youths who live and attend school at the facility, which opened in 1906. Home officials hope to break ground in winter 2002. Overcrowding at the facility became an issue when the population doubled to 200 in 15 years with no corresponding space increase.
November 24, 2001 | From Times Staff Reports
The Optimist Youth Home in Highland Park has doubled the number of children it serves and started new kinds of therapy in the last 15 years, but with no corresponding growth in space. Tired of the constant struggle to find space, officials have begun a campaign to build a 21,000-square-foot classroom building by 2003 to house their troubled charges.
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