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March 27, 2014 | By Emily Alpert Reyes
At least 20 Los Angeles police cars sped to Bruno Street in Chinatown on Thursday night after getting a call that a gunman was holding several people hostage inside a building. LAPD Public Information Officer Nuria Vanegas said police had received a call at 10:22 p.m. saying that an armed former employee was at 130 Bruno St. -- the site of Homeboy Industries -- holding six to eight people inside. The caller said the person had a handgun. "We cannot confirm whether that's credible or not," Vanegas said.
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March 28, 2014 | By Matt Stevens and Emily Alpert Reyes
Los Angeles police said Friday that overnight reports of a gunman holding hostages at Homeboy Industries in Chinatown could not been verified and that the only crime officers could confirm was vandalism to an employee's vehicle. LAPD  Officer Nuria Vanegas said police received a call at 10:22 p.m. saying that an armed former employee was at the site of Homeboy Industries at 130 Bruno St. holding six to eight people inside at gunpoint. Vanegas told KTLA that the caller was not at the location.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 4, 2014 | By Abby Sewell, This post has been corrected. See below for details.
Los Angeles County's supervisors agreed Tuesday to explore a long-term partnership with Homeboy Industries, a 25-year-old program that helps former gang members transition into a new life. The nonprofit organization has hit financial difficulties, in part because of a dramatic reduction in government funding of its programs. The organization laid off about 40 people last fall and may have to cut another 60 jobs this year due to a projected $1 million drop-off in revenues. The county has given the group about $2 million in discretionary grants in recent years, according to a memo from Supervisor Don Knabe's office, but does not have an ongoing contract with Homeboy for services.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 28, 2014 | By a Times staff writer
After initial reports of a hostage situation at Homeboy Industries, Los Angeles police said Thursday night that they had found no gunman or hostages at the facility. At least 20 police cars sped to Bruno Street in Chinatown after getting a call that a gunman was holding several people hostage inside a building. LAPD Public Information Officer Nuria Vanegas said police had received a call at 10:22 p.m. saying that an armed former employee was at 130 Bruno St. -- the site of Homeboy Industries -- holding six to eight people inside.
OPINION
April 23, 2012 | Jim Newton
Imagine Los Angeles without Homeboy Industries. Imagine that the 350 or so men and women who work at Homeboy's various operations instead had no help finding jobs. Imagine that the 500 or so young people in the pipeline for work at Homeboy were suddenly deprived of that chance for gainful employment, security, support and stability. Imagine that the thousands of young men and women who every year have tattoos removed at Homeboy instead showed up for job interviews with necks and arms and shoulders boasting of a life they'd prefer to put behind them.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 28, 2014 | By Matt Stevens and Emily Alpert Reyes
Los Angeles police said Friday that overnight reports of a gunman holding hostages at Homeboy Industries in Chinatown could not been verified and that the only crime officers could confirm was vandalism to an employee's vehicle. LAPD  Officer Nuria Vanegas said police received a call at 10:22 p.m. saying that an armed former employee was at the site of Homeboy Industries at 130 Bruno St. holding six to eight people inside at gunpoint. Vanegas told KTLA that the caller was not at the location.
OPINION
May 20, 2010
Election says it all Re "Voters shake things up for both parties," May 19 After months of pundits in newspapers and on TV telling us how the "tea partyers" were going to flex their muscles and take back the Senate and the House and throw out all of the Democrats, the first big "test" Tuesday proved the opposite. Yes, they could boast about their one victory in Kentucky with Rand Paul's GOP primary win, but Kentucky has already proved itself to be a conservative state.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 13, 2011 | By Karen Wada, Special to the Los Angeles Times
When he was a kid, Hector Barrios used to vandalize walls. Then, he says, he realized he had "a passion for art" and a talent he "could incorporate onto paper instead. " Alex Diaz has been in a wheelchair since he was shot in the head 13 years ago. He didn't think of himself as an artist, but, he offers, "I always had a lot I wanted to say. " Both men, former gang members in their 30s, have found new ways to express themselves through Homeboy Industries' Exit Wounds Project, a workshop and art collaboration led by painter Nancy Baker Cahill.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 28, 2014 | By a Times staff writer
After initial reports of a hostage situation at Homeboy Industries, Los Angeles police said Thursday night that they had found no gunman or hostages at the facility. At least 20 police cars sped to Bruno Street in Chinatown after getting a call that a gunman was holding several people hostage inside a building. LAPD Public Information Officer Nuria Vanegas said police had received a call at 10:22 p.m. saying that an armed former employee was at 130 Bruno St. -- the site of Homeboy Industries -- holding six to eight people inside.
FOOD
February 17, 2011 | By Betty Hallock, Los Angeles Times
The chips are falling into place for Homeboy Industries. The hottest-selling snack item at 256 Ralphs deli sections across Southern California in the first weeks of February wasn't pretzels, or cheese puffs, or pita or bagel crisps. According to the Compton-based supermarket chain, the No. 1 seller was Homeboy Industries' tortilla chips and salsa. Homeboy Industries, the Los Angeles nonprofit founded by Father Gregory Boyle to help former gang members and convicts turn their lives around, launched its line of chips and salsa at Ralphs last month as part of an effort to revive its hard-hit finances.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 27, 2014 | By Emily Alpert Reyes
At least 20 Los Angeles police cars sped to Bruno Street in Chinatown on Thursday night after getting a call that a gunman was holding several people hostage inside a building. LAPD Public Information Officer Nuria Vanegas said police had received a call at 10:22 p.m. saying that an armed former employee was at 130 Bruno St. -- the site of Homeboy Industries -- holding six to eight people inside. The caller said the person had a handgun. "We cannot confirm whether that's credible or not," Vanegas said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 16, 2014 | By Jason Song
The nearly two-minute UC Irvine video looks like an appeal to prospective students, featuring a montage of undergraduates walking around campus, dancing in classrooms and celebrating big basketball victories. But the target audience becomes obvious at the end, when 7-foot-6 freshman center Mamadou Ndiaye looks directly into the camera while towering over a cardboard cutout of Barack Obama and says: "Mr. President, we should play ball together. " The video is the latest and perhaps most visible attempt by a university to attract a high-profile graduation speaker.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 4, 2014 | By Abby Sewell, This post has been corrected. See below for details.
Los Angeles County's supervisors agreed Tuesday to explore a long-term partnership with Homeboy Industries, a 25-year-old program that helps former gang members transition into a new life. The nonprofit organization has hit financial difficulties, in part because of a dramatic reduction in government funding of its programs. The organization laid off about 40 people last fall and may have to cut another 60 jobs this year due to a projected $1 million drop-off in revenues. The county has given the group about $2 million in discretionary grants in recent years, according to a memo from Supervisor Don Knabe's office, but does not have an ongoing contract with Homeboy for services.
SPORTS
January 31, 2014 | Bill Plaschke
Yasiel Puig moved smoothly among the cooks and bakers of Homeboy Industries, purposefully gliding through the crowded kitchens as if taking that wide turn around first base. He autographed a worker's shirt sleeve directly above her tattoos, adding his own indelible ink. He pulled a plastic hair net over the eyes of another worker, laughing while posing for a photo. He used his giant hands to deftly dunk a roll into a bowl of freshly made guacamole while raving about its delights to two blushing young women.
OPINION
January 28, 2014
Re "Homeboy Industries is a struggling success story," Column, Jan. 26 While Steve Lopez was interviewing the inimitable Father Gregory Boyle last Wednesday, two of his Homeboy Industries success stories were guiding 50 kids from Venice High School's POPS club around the premises, telling us the stories of their rebuilt lives. In two hours, our students - whose lives are touched by prison, with a parent or another loved one inside - were changed forever. The moment we stepped off the bus and the kids recognized rival gang members and saw them shaking hands, working side by side, their eyes, ears and hearts expanded.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 26, 2014 | STEVE LOPEZ
It was Father Gregory Boyle's first invitation to address the Los Angeles Police Commission, and he had something to get off his chest. For a quarter of a century, Boyle has steered boys and girls, and men and women, out of the gang life through Homeboy Industries, which offers job training, counseling, tattoo removal and more. The model Boyle built has been replicated around the country and abroad. Here in Los Angeles, some 120,000 gang members have voluntarily asked Father Boyle for help starting over.
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
June 11, 2011 | By Kate Linthicum, Los Angeles Times
With tattoos up and down his arms, a long black ponytail and an even longer criminal record, Alex Renteria isn't like most people in this building. Before this job, he had done only one kind of work: "slinging dope and stealing. " Now, he slings tamales and fresh-baked pastries at a bright diner at City Hall. Homeboy Diner, which opened this week, is the latest business venture of Homeboy Industries, a Los Angeles institution that supporters say has helped thousands of gang members quit lives of crime with counseling, tattoo removal and job training.
HEALTH
October 30, 2013 | By Mary MacVean
When people talk about all the new activity in downtown L.A., they probably are not referring to the 100 or so people in running gear who recently gathered before dawn at a park near Chinatown. They were there to run a mile around Los Angeles State Historic Park - some running that far for the first time - and launch a chapter of an organization aimed at helping them cast off adjectives such as "homeless" or "jobless. " The group, a nonprofit called Back On My Feet operates in 10 other cities around the country, and on Monday it began its local effort to fight homelessness with running.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 23, 2013 | By Matt Stevens
A letterpress print shop, a skateboard maker and an array of furniture, art and accessory stores will temporarily fill empty storefronts in Westwood Village this fall as part of an effort to bring back some buzz to the UCLA-adjacent retail area. The Hammer Museum on Monday announced details about its Arts ReStore LA project that will hit the neighborhood starting Nov. 1. The pop-up enterprises will run for 24 days and include more than a dozen vendors. In addition to retailers, an “Open Forum” event space and a speaker series featuring workshops by local artists will inhabit the village during the month.
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