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July 16, 2013 | By Emily Alpert
A man was shot Tuesday night near Pico Avenue and Bonnie Brae Street after plainclothes officers conducting surveillance saw a man with a gun, Los Angeles police said. Authorities said a second suspect might have fled the scene after the shooting. An LAPD representative had no immediate information on the condition of the man who was shot, but a KCAL-TV (Channel 9) helicopter reporter said from the scene that the man had died. No other details were immediately available.   ALSO: CHP reopens all lanes on 5 freeway following tanker fire Zimmerman verdict protests: 9 arrested in Oakland, police say TV reporter, cameraman attacked by rogue Zimmerman verdict protesters   emily.alpert@latimes.com      
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 15, 2014 | By Marisa Gerber
A man was shot and killed Tuesday afternoon and police were searching for the gunman after bullets tore through a residential neighborhood in Pico-Union, officials said. A man in his 20s walked up to another man near  Union Avenue and 18th Street, fired several shots at him and ran away, said Los Angeles Police Department Public Information Officer Nuria Vanegas. Vanegas didn't have information on whether the men knew each other but characterized the shooting as gang-related.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 15, 2014 | By Marisa Gerber
A man was shot and killed Tuesday afternoon and police were searching for the gunman after bullets tore through a residential neighborhood in Pico-Union, officials said. A man in his 20s walked up to another man near  Union Avenue and 18th Street, fired several shots at him and ran away, said Los Angeles Police Department Public Information Officer Nuria Vanegas. Vanegas didn't have information on whether the men knew each other but characterized the shooting as gang-related.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 26, 2014 | By Nicole Santa Cruz and Adolfo Flores
Police on Wednesday announced that a $50,000 reward was being offered for information in the November slaying of a 39-year-old discount store clerk in Pico-Union. Atilio Benavides-Amaya , who worked at a 99-cent store, had just gotten off a bus and was on his way home about 8:15 p.m. when he was approached by two men on foot and shot multiple times at close range off South Union Avenue near West 14th Street, said LAPD Det. Reynaldo Martinez. The two men ran east on West 14th Street and may have gotten into a dark SUV. Witnesses described the two as in their early 20s or 30s, with average heights and medium builds.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 17, 2013 | By Emily Foxhall
A man shot and killed by plainclothes LAPD officers in Pico-Union was identified Wednesday as 37-year-old Juan Chavez, according to the Los Angeles County coroner's office.  Chavez approached the officers with a gun around 9 p.m. Tuesday on the 1700 block of Pico Boulevard, officials said. The two officers fired back, said Sgt. Michael Mabie of the Los Angeles Police department, and Chavez was pronounced dead at the scene. It was unknown how many shots were fired. A group of suspects was seen running into a nearby church.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 3, 2011 | By Paloma Esquivel, Los Angeles Times
Most weekdays the line outside Clinica Monseñor Oscar A. Romero in Pico-Union starts forming long before the clinic opens at 8 a.m. Those waiting are women with children, the elderly, undocumented and unemployed, all hoping to get appointments for everything from prenatal care to counseling. Since its founding in 1983 as a resource for Central American war refugees, this storied clinic has become a key stopping point for thousands of immigrants who arrive every year in this neighborhood and those nearby.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 21, 2012 | By Esmeralda Bermudez, Los Angeles Times
Central Americans who have pushed for years to call the Pico-Union area "Historic Central America Town" have yet to earn the title, but they will soon gain recognition at one intersection in the neighborhood. The Los Angeles City Council on Friday passed a motion to name the corner of South Vermont Avenue and West Pico Boulevard as Msgr. Oscar A. Romero Square. Romero, a martyr among Salvadorans, was a Catholic archbishop assassinated in 1980 during El Salvador's civil war. A clinic also honors him in the area.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 26, 2014 | By Nicole Santa Cruz and Adolfo Flores
Police on Wednesday announced that a $50,000 reward was being offered for information in the November slaying of a 39-year-old discount store clerk in Pico-Union. Atilio Benavides-Amaya , who worked at a 99-cent store, had just gotten off a bus and was on his way home about 8:15 p.m. when he was approached by two men on foot and shot multiple times at close range off South Union Avenue near West 14th Street, said LAPD Det. Reynaldo Martinez. The two men ran east on West 14th Street and may have gotten into a dark SUV. Witnesses described the two as in their early 20s or 30s, with average heights and medium builds.
NEWS
July 2, 1995
A community cleanup will take place Saturday at Alvarado Terrace Park, organized by members of the federally funded AmeriCorps volunteer program. Residents who participate in the cleanup also are invited to help paint a mural at nearby Angelica Lutheran Church. The park cleanup and mural painting will be from 8:30 a.m. to noon. From 1 to 4 p.m.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 23, 1988 | MAUREEN FAN, Times Staff Writer
No one knows why Carmen Leon hesitated when the men came beating on the bus bench, yelling gang names and claiming it as their territory. The others waiting with her fled, but she waited a moment too long. When she finally started to run, at least two men chased her, one with a steel pipe, another swinging an aluminum baseball bat. Leon darted into the street, wobbling on her 3-inch heels.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 16, 2014 | By Nicole Santa Cruz
Los Angeles police detectives Thursday announced a $50,000 reward in the fatal shooting of a 27-year-old man at a Jack in the Box restaurant in Pico-Union last year in hopes the money will motivate witnesses to come forward. Jesus Eduardo Vargas was riding his bicycle in the 2100 block of West Pico Boulevard about 7:20 p.m. on July 1 when he was confronted by two men. Vargas was then chased inside the fast-food restaurant, where he got into a physical altercation with one of the men in front of the counter, according to a surveillance video released by police.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 7, 2014 | By Soumya Karlamangla
The White House on Wednesday will designate a swath of Los Angeles a "Promise Zone," a move intended to marshal millions of dollars in federal resources for pockets of poverty under a signature program of the Obama administration. Marking the 50th anniversary of President Johnson's launch of the War on Poverty, the White House will name five communities across the country to be targeted. L.A.'s Promise Zone stretches through Pico-Union, Westlake, Koreatown, East Hollywood and Hollywood, what Mayor Eric Garcetti called some of the "toughest, challenged areas" in the city.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 28, 2013 | By Esmeralda Bermudez
Jose Fernandez looked out his apartment window near MacArthur Park and admitted, in defeat, that he's grown accustomed to the view: Torn couches, dingy mattresses, broken dressers, dusty headboards. The procession of rejected furniture piles high and wide on the sidewalk, compliments of neighbors and whoever else decides to dump and run. "I've seen junk stay out there a week … sometimes a month," the 24-year-old said. "Everyone walks by and stares. No one does anything about it. " Hoping to put a stop to the rubbish, the city recently launched a $1-million cleanup effort aimed at Councilman Gil Cedillo's 1st District, including areas such as Lincoln Heights and Mount Washington.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 17, 2013 | By Emily Foxhall
A man shot and killed by plainclothes LAPD officers in Pico-Union was identified Wednesday as 37-year-old Juan Chavez, according to the Los Angeles County coroner's office.  Chavez approached the officers with a gun around 9 p.m. Tuesday on the 1700 block of Pico Boulevard, officials said. The two officers fired back, said Sgt. Michael Mabie of the Los Angeles Police department, and Chavez was pronounced dead at the scene. It was unknown how many shots were fired. A group of suspects was seen running into a nearby church.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 16, 2013 | By Emily Alpert
A man was shot Tuesday night near Pico Avenue and Bonnie Brae Street after plainclothes officers conducting surveillance saw a man with a gun, Los Angeles police said. Authorities said a second suspect might have fled the scene after the shooting. An LAPD representative had no immediate information on the condition of the man who was shot, but a KCAL-TV (Channel 9) helicopter reporter said from the scene that the man had died. No other details were immediately available.   ALSO: CHP reopens all lanes on 5 freeway following tanker fire Zimmerman verdict protests: 9 arrested in Oakland, police say TV reporter, cameraman attacked by rogue Zimmerman verdict protesters   emily.alpert@latimes.com      
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 13, 2012 | By Esmeralda Bermudez, Los Angeles Times
Kareen Sandoval was among the first to spot her tree, a skinny little thing about 9 feet tall with dark shimmering leaves. "Look how beautiful you are," she said, reaching for the trunk. "I want you to grow big and strong and never get knocked down. " Along 8th Street in Westlake on Saturday, volunteers planted 62 trees, but this was about more than mere beautification. Every tree honored a mother from the neighborhood, each one a woman whose volunteer work has made a difference in Westlake and Pico-Union, just west of downtown Los Angeles.
NEWS
May 7, 1995 | LESLIE BERESTEIN
Residents recently pointed out liquor stores as the chief culprit contributing to rising drug and alcohol abuse among youth in the area, along with other factors, including insufficient narcotics policing and poor examples by adults. More than 200 Pico-Union residents, many of them parents, arrived at these conclusions last weekend at a community forum sponsored by Pico-Union en Accion (Pico Union in Action), a substance-abuse prevention program of the Clinica Monsignor Oscar A. Romero.
OPINION
September 28, 1997 | Joel Kotkin, Joel Kotkin, a contributing editor to Opinion, is a senior fellow at the Pepperdine Institute for Public Policy and the Pacific Research Institute.
Five years ago, Pico-Union burst into public notoriety because it was the scene of widespread rioting following the not-guilty verdicts in the Rodney G. King-beating trial. Even as the embers cooled, academics, the media and political figures proclaimed Pico-Union a "blighted" Latino-flavored dystopia, locked in a hopeless cycle of poverty, economic decline and gang violence. Today, the community of roughly 120,000 just west of downtown remains one of Los Angeles' poorest and most neglected.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 21, 2012 | By Esmeralda Bermudez, Los Angeles Times
Central Americans who have pushed for years to call the Pico-Union area "Historic Central America Town" have yet to earn the title, but they will soon gain recognition at one intersection in the neighborhood. The Los Angeles City Council on Friday passed a motion to name the corner of South Vermont Avenue and West Pico Boulevard as Msgr. Oscar A. Romero Square. Romero, a martyr among Salvadorans, was a Catholic archbishop assassinated in 1980 during El Salvador's civil war. A clinic also honors him in the area.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 30, 2011 | By Kate Linthicum, Los Angeles Times
Tim Leiweke had courted them all: lawmakers in Sacramento, politicians at City Hall, business leaders in the Valley and neighborhood groups on the Westside. And, of course, he had wooed folks in the pricey downtown condos that look out on Staples Center and his company's glitzy entertainment complex, L.A. Live. Everyone, it seemed, had heard his gregarious pitch to add an NFL stadium to the development — except the people living just a few blocks away in the blue-collar immigrant neighborhood of Pico-Union.
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