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June 29, 1999 | NICHOLAS RICCARDI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Los Angeles County's troubled child welfare agency improperly paid more than $7,000 to a foster mother who was a political ally of the department's outgoing director, according to a confidential county audit obtained by The Times. The expenditures were part of more than $16,000 paid to Sandra Rodriguez of La Puente to reimburse her for two quinceaneras held by her foster parents' agency, Futuro Hispano Para los Ninos.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 27, 2014 | By Robert J. Lopez
Los Angeles police Monday night were looking for a 53-year-old man suspected of molesting teenage girls during quinceañera video and photo shoots. Gilardo Vallida Nunez is suspected of molesting at least four victims, all of them younger than 15, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. Police said the victims' families had hired Nunez's Hollywood Photos for the quinceañeras, or coming-of-age celebrations for girls who turn 15. Police said Nunez would video himself touching the girls inside his yellow Humvee.  “It's sad and maddening that this man used the victims' quinceañera as a way to find his victims,” said Lt. Paul Vernon, commanding officer of the Mission Detective Division, which is investigating the alleged molestation.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 20, 2001 | From Times Staff Reports
Two men were killed and a woman was wounded when gunmen opened fire with assault rifles and handguns outside a coming-of-age party in Compton, authorities said. The three victims were standing in the 500 block of West Raymond Street near where a quinceanera--a traditional Latino celebration of a girl's 15th birthday--was being held when four men approached at 10:52 a.m. Saturday and began shooting, said Deputy Cruz Solis of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.
OPINION
May 9, 2007
IN MANY LATINO families, the quinceanera plays out like "Cinderella." A 15-year-old girl, dressed in a gown and tiara, arrives at the ball in flats. She changes into heels to symbolize that she has become a woman. So it only makes sense to throw the shindig in front of the official Cinderella Castle facade, right? Executives at Disney think so. Last week, the company announced that it would begin selling quinceanera vacation packages to Disney World in Florida.
NEWS
May 22, 1999 | JESSE KATZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The call came on the eve of his Los Angeles concert, just as he was leaving his home in Mexico. We have your son. Follow our instructions. Don't make trouble. It was a year ago, and Vicente Fernandez was about to headline four sold-out shows at the Pico Rivera Sports Arena, his annual Memorial Day pilgrimage to the Eastside suburbs of L.A. Now this voice, saying his 33-year-old son, his namesake, was being held for a ransom of millions.
FOOD
February 9, 1995 | BARBARA HANSEN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The easiest way to arrange a quinceanera party is give the job to professionals, such as Fiesta Planners of Pasadena. This company will book the hall, rent a limousine, arrange the dinner, get the cake, hire the musicians, help with the invitations and engage a photographer and videographer. Fiesta Planners has its own hall, called Memories, its own chef and kitchen, or they will stage the party elsewhere. Costs range from $2,000 to $10,000, but the typical bill is $4,500 to $5,500.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 4, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A Pomona man was fatally shot Saturday outside a gymnasium that had been rented for a birthday celebration, police said. The victim was identified as Luis A. Segura, 24. The shooting occurred about 9 p.m. at a Boys & Girls Clubs of Placentia-Yorba Linda facility in the 100 block of East Crowther Avenue in Placentia, said police Sgt. Gene Stuckenschneider. The shooting occurred during a quinceanera, a traditional Latino celebration of a girl's 15th birthday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 26, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
A quinceanera rehearsal turned violent in what appears to be a gang-related incident that left three people with stab wounds, police said. The rehearsal for the family event, traditionally held in Latin American communities to celebrate a girl's 15th birthday, was interrupted Thursday night when 15 to 20 men started throwing rocks at the participants, who were inside a rented hall, said Sgt. Steve Dixon. Hours later, three adults and two juveniles were arrested.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 4, 2006 | Kevin Thomas, Special to The Times
"Quinceanera" takes its title from the Latino custom of celebrating a girl's 15th birthday as elaborately as a family can afford. Endearing and perceptive, it is set in picturesque Echo Park, a neighborhood rapidly undergoing gentrification. The quinceanera, in honor of Alicia Sixtos' lovely Eileen, opens the film, introducing the two young people who will be the film's central figures, along with their great-great-uncle, a street vendor and beloved community figure.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 27, 2014 | By Robert J. Lopez
Los Angeles police Monday night were looking for a 53-year-old man suspected of molesting teenage girls during quinceañera video and photo shoots. Gilardo Vallida Nunez is suspected of molesting at least four victims, all of them younger than 15, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. Police said the victims' families had hired Nunez's Hollywood Photos for the quinceañeras, or coming-of-age celebrations for girls who turn 15. Police said Nunez would video himself touching the girls inside his yellow Humvee.  “It's sad and maddening that this man used the victims' quinceañera as a way to find his victims,” said Lt. Paul Vernon, commanding officer of the Mission Detective Division, which is investigating the alleged molestation.
HOME & GARDEN
September 14, 2006 | Ann Herold, Times Staff Writer
ALBERTO HERNANDEZ is out to repair the world. It is a broken place, he will tell you, and his garden is a prayer that it might be healed. Cascading vines and well-rooted trees draw the earth up to the sky. Sunlight glows through green and gold wine bottles suspended overhead. A waterfall of white beads and coils of multicolored tinsel frame an altar Hernandez has built to one side.
MAGAZINE
August 20, 2006 | Anne Fishbein
It wasn't long after I moved here from Chicago that I started noticing young Latinas exiting churches wearing what appeared to be wedding gowns. Gradually I learned more about the tradition of the quinceanera, the Mexican coming-of-age celebration for 15-year-old girls. The three photographed here represent the first part of an ongoing project prompted by my fascination with ceremonies and customs. I'm interested in people and places with a connection to the past that I can explore visually.
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August 4, 2006 | Kevin Thomas, Special to The Times
"Quinceanera" takes its title from the Latino custom of celebrating a girl's 15th birthday as elaborately as a family can afford. Endearing and perceptive, it is set in picturesque Echo Park, a neighborhood rapidly undergoing gentrification. The quinceanera, in honor of Alicia Sixtos' lovely Eileen, opens the film, introducing the two young people who will be the film's central figures, along with their great-great-uncle, a street vendor and beloved community figure.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 20, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
An argument at a 15-year-old girl's birthday party turned deadly when a man pulled out a gun and shot three people, two fatally, authorities said Sunday. The shootings took place about 11:30 p.m. Saturday at a quinceanera party in the 3700 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, said Los Angeles County Sheriff's Sgt. Don Manumaleuna. One of the victims, 19-year-old Esteban Bueno, was pronounced dead at the scene, Manumaleuna said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 29, 2006 | Kenneth Turan, Times Staff Writer
The twain finally met at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival. For the first time, the same two films won both the grand jury prize and the audience award in both the dramatic and documentary competitions at Saturday night's closing ceremony of the Park City, Utah, event. Taking the dramatic prize and the dramatic audience award was the very L.A. "Quinceanera," a coming-of-age story set in an increasingly gentrifying Echo Park and written and directed by Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 21, 2006 | Robin Abcarian, Times Staff Writer
Wash Westmoreland and Richard Glatzer moved to Waterloo Street in Echo Park about five years ago, when real estate was reasonable and the working-class Latino area seemed on the verge of gentrification -- a great thing for a pair of filmmakers just moving in, a potentially disastrous development for the many immigrant families scratching to hold on.
NEWS
April 12, 1990 | JEORDAN LEGON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The day her daughter turned 14, Celia Gonzalez started to plan for the teen-ager's next birthday party. Gonzalez wanted to give her daughter, Cecilia, a traditional coming-of-age quinceanera ceremony on her 15th birthday. "My daughter deserves it," Gonzalez, 35, said in Spanish. "My parents were poor," Gonzalez said, and she did not have a quinceanera of her own. "But I promised that, if I had a daughter, I would give her that pleasure."
FOOD
February 9, 1995 | BARBARA HANSEN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Pink blossoms lined the hood of the white limousine that brought Jacqueline Lissette Oviedo to her quinceanera party. Radiant in a swirling, satiny pink gown, her hair twined in ornate ringlets, she could easily have upstaged Cinderella. The site wasn't a palace, however, but the front yard of a house in Maywood. Instead of courtly minuets, guests danced the boisterous quebradita. And instead of delicate royal fare, they ate platefuls of robust birria , beans and rice.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 4, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A Pomona man was fatally shot Saturday outside a gymnasium that had been rented for a birthday celebration, police said. The victim was identified as Luis A. Segura, 24. The shooting occurred about 9 p.m. at a Boys & Girls Clubs of Placentia-Yorba Linda facility in the 100 block of East Crowther Avenue in Placentia, said police Sgt. Gene Stuckenschneider. The shooting occurred during a quinceanera, a traditional Latino celebration of a girl's 15th birthday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 26, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
A quinceanera rehearsal turned violent in what appears to be a gang-related incident that left three people with stab wounds, police said. The rehearsal for the family event, traditionally held in Latin American communities to celebrate a girl's 15th birthday, was interrupted Thursday night when 15 to 20 men started throwing rocks at the participants, who were inside a rented hall, said Sgt. Steve Dixon. Hours later, three adults and two juveniles were arrested.
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