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June 14, 1992 | STEPHEN BRAUN and CHRIS WOODYARD, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Police dispersed a large gathering of residents and gang members in the Imperial Courts housing project in South Los Angeles after a Saturday morning party deteriorated into brawls, leaving one person wounded by gunfire. Five people were arrested. It was the third consecutive weekend that police moved in to break up unity parties among large numbers of rival Crips and Bloods gang factions.
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February 28, 2012 | SANDY BANKS
A month ago, I could go for days without checking my email or updating my Facebook status. Now I'm online every morning, looking for that little green video-camera icon next to my daughter's name when I log on to my Gmail account. I'm trying to stay plugged in to a child who is 5,000 miles away, in a city I'd never heard of, in a country I knew next to nothing about. My youngest -- the "Will I ever find an apartment in San Francisco??" daughter -- is studying in Aarhus, Denmark, this semester.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 15, 1992 | STEPHANIE CHAVEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters on Tuesday led about 20 angry residents of the Imperial Courts housing project to the Los Angeles Police Commission, where they accused police of continually harassing and abusing tenants in the sprawling complex. "Please call off the dogs," the Los Angeles Democrat told commission members. "Keep them from abusing the people." Waters and the residents alleged that, since the Nov.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 13, 2010 | By Joel Rubin, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles police Tuesday released some details involving the fatal shooting last week of an armed man by an officer patrolling a housing project. Shortly after 5 p.m. Thursday, anti-gang Officer Manuel Castaneda and his partner were patrolling the grounds of the sprawling Imperial Courts public housing project in Watts in a marked police vehicle, according to an LAPD statement. The officers "encountered three known gang members" in a courtyard area near 114th and Grape streets, according to police sources and a formal statement released by the department.
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February 6, 1994 | LUCILLE RENWICK
Life in the apartments, gang circles and cliques of Imperial Courts is one of hopelessness, poverty and nihilism to outsiders, and to some who live in the project. But there is more to this picture. Beyond the cliched images of gun-toting gangsters, unwed teen-age mothers and high school dropouts are the faces of people trying to get by. Some aspire to move beyond the run-down facades and grassless front yards.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 19, 1992 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
Parents and friends of children killed in gang violence near the Imperial Courts housing project in Watts held a memorial service Friday that was underscored by a police investigation of a murder a few yards away. The service at the Imperial Courts gymnasium was held in remembrance of victims such as 8-year-old Kanita Hailey, killed in a drive-by shooting while playing in front of her home in the housing project in August, 1989. The group gathered around a bronze plaque bearing Hailey's name.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 1, 1992 | ANDREA FORD and LOUIS SAHAGUN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Los Angeles) toured the Imperial Courts housing project Tuesday, pledging support to residents angered by a police sweep the day before that resulted in 44 arrests. Waters, City Councilman Mark Ridley-Thomas and several community activists deplored the sweep as ill-timed, coming just a month after the controversial shooting by Los Angeles police of a 27-year-old resident of the project, Henry Peco. Peco was shot during a power blackout.
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January 23, 1992 | STEPHANIE CHAVEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The U.S. Justice Department, concerned about tensions at the Imperial Courts housing project, has dispatched a federal mediator to the Watts complex to help defuse animosity between tenants and police. "Because of the tension level, this is a high priority for us," said Vermont R. McKinney, the mediator charged with bridging the communication gulf that has developed since police fatally shot Henry Peco at the project Nov. 29.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 13, 2010 | By Joel Rubin, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles police Tuesday released some details involving the fatal shooting last week of an armed man by an officer patrolling a housing project. Shortly after 5 p.m. Thursday, anti-gang Officer Manuel Castaneda and his partner were patrolling the grounds of the sprawling Imperial Courts public housing project in Watts in a marked police vehicle, according to an LAPD statement. The officers "encountered three known gang members" in a courtyard area near 114th and Grape streets, according to police sources and a formal statement released by the department.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 5, 1992 | STEPHANIE CHAVEZ and LOUIS SAHAGUN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
On the fiercely windy Friday evening after Thanksgiving, police responded to reports of gunfire at the Imperial Courts housing project moments after it was plunged into darkness by a power blackout. They were confronted by three gunmen who opened fire from a dark courtyard in the heart of the sprawling cinder-block project on Imperial Highway in South Los Angeles, officers said. Amid the roar of gunfire, Henry Peco was shot by police five times, once between the eyes.
OPINION
April 15, 2004
Re "Shootings at Nickerson Gardens Outrage City Council Members," April 7: Violence in public housing, as in other communities, tends to run in cycles. Killings in one development may spark retaliation elsewhere. However, one possible reason for the current deaths in Imperial Courts, Jordan Downs and now Nickerson Gardens may be the recent elimination of the Housing Authority Police Department. These employees were not merely security guards but sworn police officers with law enforcement training and experience.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 3, 2001 | HUGO MARTIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Work crews started building a recreation center for the Imperial Courts housing project in Watts at the same time that construction began on the $360-million Staples Center downtown. That was in the summer of 1998. Since then, Staples Center has hosted more than a year of sports and concerts, as well as the Democratic National Convention.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 8, 1998 | BETH SHUSTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Los Angeles Housing Authority commissioner has resigned, firing off a sharply worded series of letters--including one to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development--alleging serious mismanagement, misuse of public funds and other problems in the agency that oversees the city's low-income public housing. Diane L.
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April 17, 1994 | CYNTHIA MENDENHALL, Cynthia Mendenhall, 32, is in her third term as president of the residents' advisory committee at the Imperial Courts housing project in South-Central
Cynthia Mendenhall, 32, is in her third term as president of the residents' advisory committee at the Imperial Courts housing project in South-Central. As she puts it, she "came back from a long ways" as a former gang member to become a civic leader, and that checkered past is one of the things that has driven her to turn her volunteer position into a full-time, non-paying job. "I don't want the girls to turn out like we did," she says.
NEWS
February 6, 1994 | LUCILLE RENWICK
Life in the apartments, gang circles and cliques of Imperial Courts is one of hopelessness, poverty and nihilism to outsiders, and to some who live in the project. But there is more to this picture. Beyond the cliched images of gun-toting gangsters, unwed teen-age mothers and high school dropouts are the faces of people trying to get by. Some aspire to move beyond the run-down facades and grassless front yards.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 14, 1993 | MAXINE WATERS, Rep. Maxine Waters, a Democrat, represents Gardena, Inglewood, Hawthorne and parts of Los Angeles.
My dear children, my friends, my brothers, life is sometimes cold-blooded and rotten. And it seems nobody, nobody cares. But there are the good times, the happy moments. I'm talking about the special times when a baby is born and when gospel music sounds good on Sunday morning. When Cube is kickin' and Public Enemy is runnin' it. When peach cobbler and ice cream tastes too good, the down-home blues makes you sing and shout, and someone simply saying, "I love you" makes you want to cry. All of these moments are about life and living.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 26, 1989 | BOB BAKER, Times Staff Writer
Jordan High School in Watts, which for months has been in the middle of a dispute over the safety of its students, is "a well-run inner-city high school with students who have great pride in their school" and not threatened by neighborhood street gangs, according to a brief state Department of Education study. The study, compiled during a recent visit to the school by officials of the state attorney general's office and the Department of Education, is a rebuke to a women's group that has charged that tension between rival gangs makes it unsafe for children from the Imperial Courts housing project in Watts to walk to Jordan.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 12, 1985
Three special police units have received citations from the Los Angeles Police Department for outstanding bravery and service in fighting narcotics, gangs and theft. Twenty-five officers from the South Bureau Narcotics Division were cited for recovering $66.5 million worth of drugs and for making 1,885 arrests while operating in South-Central Los Angeles in 1983.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 19, 1992 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
Parents and friends of children killed in gang violence near the Imperial Courts housing project in Watts held a memorial service Friday that was underscored by a police investigation of a murder a few yards away. The service at the Imperial Courts gymnasium was held in remembrance of victims such as 8-year-old Kanita Hailey, killed in a drive-by shooting while playing in front of her home in the housing project in August, 1989. The group gathered around a bronze plaque bearing Hailey's name.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 14, 1992 | STEPHEN BRAUN and CHRIS WOODYARD, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Police dispersed a large gathering of residents and gang members in the Imperial Courts housing project in South Los Angeles after a Saturday morning party deteriorated into brawls, leaving one person wounded by gunfire. Five people were arrested. It was the third consecutive weekend that police moved in to break up unity parties among large numbers of rival Crips and Bloods gang factions.
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