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March 13, 1993 | EMILY ADAMS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Cynthia Hayes looks at her tiny, charred dining room and talks of moving her family out of Hawaiian Gardens. She wants to get away from the memory of a firebomb that crashed through the window on March 6, the ugly racial slurs painted on the wall outside. She fears for her children. But her mother, her boyfriend, even her Latino neighbors urge her not to run from the bigots.
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November 9, 2001 | JOHN L. MITCHELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Shuffled by term limits, some of Los Angeles' better-known political veterans jumped into campaigns this week in two historically African American-dominated districts covering the area from South Los Angeles to Watts and Compton. In the 48th Assembly District, City Councilman Mark Ridley-Thomas filed papers in search of his next political job, seeking to fill the seat that Assemblyman Roderick Wright is giving up because of term limits.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 15, 1991 | DAVID HALDANE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The violence started with two cars racing alongside each other down a narrow Long Beach street. One was occupied by Latino youths, the other was full of young Southeast Asians. Suddenly, bullets streaked from the Asians' car into the Latinos', hitting the driver. Mortally wounded, he swerved into an intersection causing an accident. That was in October, 1989. It was the beginning, Long Beach police now say, of a protracted gang war that has become one of the most violent in the city's history.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 10, 2001 | ROBIN FIELDS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Newly released 2000 census data depict several of California's largest Latino groups as shrinking in the 1990s, an unexpected, improbable result that has community agencies complaining and demographers concerned. Some experts attribute it to a simple change in the census form. Others believe it is a consequence of an evolving pan-Latino consciousness that discourages people from retaining strong national identities.
NEWS
May 6, 1991 | FRANK CLIFFORD and ANNE C. ROARK, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The Los Angeles County documented in the 1990 Census is a metropolis in motion, a place where dramatic population shifts are breaking down old strongholds of racial and ethnic separatism but perhaps laying the foundation for new ones. The traditional boundaries have blurred in a variety of ways. An expanding Latino population has begun to overtake black majorities in Watts and other areas of South-Central Los Angeles, while challenging Anglo dominance of several San Fernando Valley communities.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 27, 1995 | Cecilia Rasmussen
There are two kinds of history: One is written; the other is lived. And while scholars only recently have begun to set down the long and complex story of Southern California's Latino people, one fascinating chapter of that tale was lived out in a now-forgotten El Monte barrio called Hicks Camp. For almost a century, El Monte basked in the bucolic prosperity created by thriving walnut groves, strawberry fields and dairy farms. It was renowned as "The Garden of Los Angeles County."
SPORTS
June 10, 1989
Jose Luis Razo, a former football star at Anaheim Servite High Club, a Boys Club boy of the year and former Harvard University scholarship student, was convicted in Santa Ana of committing six ski-mask armed robberies while on his college vacations. Razo, 22, was convicted by an Orange County Superior Court jury that rejected his claims he had confessed to the crimes in a state of PCP-induced schizophrenia. Razo, who displayed no obvious emotion as the verdict was read, was charged with a string of 10 armed robberies between December 1985 and June 1987.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 3, 1996 | JOHN GLIONNA / Times Staff Writer
Call it the story of Mr. Cardenas goes to the state Capitol. Tony Cardenas, the 33-year-old political newcomer from Mission Hills, who on Monday was officially sworn in as the first Latino state legislator from the San Fernando Valley, spent Sunday afternoon trying his new digs out for size.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 4, 1989 | JESSE KATZ, Times Staff Writer
Yiye Avila, a Puerto Rican bodybuilding champion turned evangelist, paced feverishly, microphone in hand, across the artificial turf nailed to the makeshift stage at the 50-yard line of the East Los Angeles College football stadium. In a giant huddle at his feet--under a scoreboard that announced "Christo Viene" (Christ Is Coming)--nearly 1,000 ailing believers had gathered, some in wheelchairs, some on crutches, some with just hernias or hemorrhoids.
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May 2, 2001 | ANNETTE KONDO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Mission Community Hospital in Panorama City has settled a lawsuit with a Spanish-speaking house painter who signed papers he didn't fully understand holding him liable for his father's medical bills. The suit, filed two years ago by Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County and the Western Center on Law and Poverty, contended that Pedro Perez couldn't understand the English-language documents. His father died at the hospital in April 1997.
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January 31, 2001 | DIANE WEDNER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a sign that the homeownership gap between whites and Latinos is widening in Southern California, conventional home loans to Latinos at all income levels in Los Angeles County grew by 6% from 1995 to 1999, while comparable loans to whites shot up 81%, according to a report to be released today by a coalition of community and business organizations.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 9, 2000 | HUGO MARTIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Political brawling returned to Bell Gardens this week after the City Council gave the city manager's job to one of its own, a woman with no college degree and no government administrative experience. In voting to appoint Maria Chacon as city manager, the council chose a member who has led successful recall efforts against political enemies in the working-class city, which is known for nasty partisan feuds. The appointment boosts her annual salary from $31,400 to about $80,000.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 26, 2000 | ANNETTE KONDO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
This time, the politicians walked on stage and 19-year-old Arisbey Espinoza felt a tug of familiarity. This time, they talked about what it was like to be first in their families to make it to college. If they grew up poor, it didn't weigh them down like a shameful anchor. Instead, they grabbed hold of opportunity and just refused to let go. "You don't expect that," said Espinoza, the second in her Van Nuys family to attend college. "You think poor people will always stay that way."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 17, 2000 | JULIE MARQUIS, TIMES HEALTH WRITER
Despite modest improvements in health insurance coverage, nearly one in three adults and one in five children in Los Angeles County are uninsured--one of the worst records in the nation, according to a new survey by the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services. Thirty-one percent of adults under age 65 were uninsured in 1999, compared with 34% in 1997, according to the telephone survey of approximately 8,000 households.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 26, 2000 | HUGO MARTIN
The cackling chickens and roosters kept in stacked cages behind Elia's Pet Warehouse have the look of fear in their eyes. It's that twitching, bug-eyed, ready-to-jump-any-second look that I remember from the chickens in my own childhood backyard. You can't blame them. There they are, in unfamiliar surroundings, crammed together wing to wing in the stifling summer heat with only a corrugated tin roof overhead for shade.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 14, 1989 | RICHARD SIMON and FREDERICK M. MUIR, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Los Angeles County Supervisor Deane Dana has emerged as the power behind the scenes in the redistricting plan submitted to a federal court Wednesday as a possible settlement of a lawsuit seeking to increase Latino political clout. Dana, sometimes working alone and sometimes with the county's political consultant, drafted the plan that provides political security for himself and three colleagues at the expense of his one-time mentor, Supervisor Pete Schabarum.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 11, 1990 | RICHARD SIMON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A state agency has accused Los Angeles County of denying a promotion to a veteran Latino employee because he had complained about discrimination in the Parks Department. In a civil rights complaint filed last week, the state Department of Fair Employment and Housing accused the county Parks and Recreation Department of "discriminatory retaliation" against employee William De La Garza "because he opposed practices forbidden by the Fair Employment and Housing Act."
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June 25, 2000 | ERIN TEXEIRA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The women are remarkably similar. Two opinionated 19-year-old college students, lifelong residents of Glendale with dark, flowing hair and bright eyes. Both are from close-knit immigrant families, both fiercely loyal to their protective, nurturing communities. In a different time and place, they might be best friends. But they don't know one another and, if they did, they would be unlikely to become close: Lorena Aguirre is Mexican American, and Takuhi H. Fidanian is Armenian American.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 3, 2000 | DAVID ROSENZWEIG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A federal judge gave final approval Friday to a negotiated settlement of a 6-year-old civil rights lawsuit filed by black probation officers against Los Angeles County. U.S. District Judge Christina A. Snyder said the agreement was fair and reasonable, but she retained jurisdiction in the case to ensure that the terms are carried out faithfully.
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