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July 31, 1997 | BILL BOYARSKY
While the Police Commission was announcing its three finalists for L.A.'s top cop, Mayor Richard Riordan was just where he should have been, in the neighborhoods of his city. I caught up with him in a place that, outwardly, had nothing to do with a new chief. All the TV vans and most of the reporters were a few miles to the east, at police headquarters in Parker Center, where the commissioners were holding a press conference.
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June 26, 1997 | MATEA GOLD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
For the last decade, a nonprofit corporation has quietly aided immigrants struggling to survive in the low-income Westlake district west of downtown Los Angeles. By piecing together scarce funding, New Economics for Women has provided affordable housing, job training and day care for mostly Latina women who hope to become self-sufficient. The agency operates three housing complexes for poor families and helps teenage mothers stay in school and hold down jobs. On Wednesday, the group's efforts received a major boost when Commerce Secretary William M. Daley presented the corporation with a $1.875-million grant for a primary health care services center that will also offer job training and other economic development assistance for the neighborhood around MacArthur Park and the nearby Pico-Union district.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 30, 1997
For many teenagers in the Pico-Union area, contact with the Los Angeles Police Department often involves foul behavior and ends up in court. For a few dozen youths from the tough neighborhoods near MacArthur Park, there may be some fouls this Saturday, but they'll be on a basketball court, where six community basketball teams will face two squads from the LAPD's Rampart station in a double-elimination tournament.
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February 21, 1997 | JODI WILGOREN and ROBERT J. LOPEZ and RICH CONNELL, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Mayor Richard Riordan, adopting one of his more aggressive tacks against street violence, has called for a court injunction as part of a major crackdown on 18th Street gang members in Los Angeles' most crime-ridden area. Citing the gang's involvement in shakedowns, drug dealing, robberies and vandalism in the Pico-Union area, the mayor, who has made public safety the centerpiece of his reelection campaign, urged City Atty. James K.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 10, 1997
Residents angered by a barrage of alcohol advertisements and neon signs that dominate market storefronts in the Pico-Union district have formed a group that patrols the area for liquor-law violations. The "New City/Pueblo Nuevo Prevention Project" was spurred by the residents' need to tackle alcohol-related problems such as public drinking, loitering and gang activity. "Those neon liquor signs are an eyesore," said resident Ramon Berdin. "There aren't as many up now.
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January 9, 1997 | MICHAEL KRIKORIAN
Many children in the Pico-Union district have never been on a train or felt snow, but a dozen of them will be aboard Amtrak's Desert Wind through the Rocky Mountains when the local Teen Post sponsors a train trek to Denver in three weeks. "I've never been to Denver and I've never heard of Denver, but I really, really want to go to Denver," said a 7-year-old girl named Heidi as she took a break from her math studies at the Teen Post on Venice Boulevard. "I want to go there and play."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 19, 1996
Judith Raphael wants all of Los Angeles to know that "the plains of Pico-Union are alive with the sound of music and friendship." The organizer of the Pico-Union Harvest Festival scheduled for Sunday has made it her goal to show that the neighborhood in which she has run businesses for more than 40 years can be a beautiful one. The festival will bring together the traditions of many of the cultures represented in the community, including Mexican, Central and South American, Korean and African.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 15, 1996
Southern California growers will open Mercado Alvarado, a in the Pico-Union district Sunday. Prices will be about 30% below regular markets, according to Mario Marroquin, the market's coordinator. Organizers expect 2,000 people to attend the open-air market.
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February 22, 1996
There are more then 500 establishments in the Pico-Union/Westlake area that have liquor licenses. If Roberto Bustillo has his way, no more new licenses will be issued. Bustillo is one of the organizers of the Prevention Against Alcohol and Drug Abuse Program, a 6-month-old community project to shut down problem liquor stores and to stop the spread of new outlets. The program, part of the nonprofit Clinica Msr. Oscar A. Romero, will hold a meeting at 6 tonight at 2517 W. 7th St.
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