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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 28, 1991
In response to your editorial "Sheriff: Questions but Few Answers" (Aug. 20), I feel compelled to offer some comments. Relative to the fatal shooting in Ramona Gardens, it was, as all such incidents are, a tragedy for everyone involved. As for my prejudging the outcome of the investigation, let me repeat what I had said to the media about that shooting: "Based upon the information available to me at this time, it appears that the shooting was justified. The investigation, however, is still under way."
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May 16, 2010 | By Alvaro Huerta
"Hey! Who's that dude?" yells Fat Ritchie. "I think he's selling Tupperware?" Lucky cracks a joke, making the rest of the Chicano kids from the Ramona Gardens housing project burst into laughter. I sigh, wondering, "What have I gotten myself into?" I know these kids, since I used to be one of them. I remember playing a great game of baseball and ignoring my homework. Then one day a coach made all the difference. He encouraged me to get into organized sports and made sure I went to college.
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NEWS
September 4, 1994 | MARY ANNE PEREZ
Residents of the Ramona Gardens Housing Projects last week honored 60 youths who worked part-time jobs this summer through the citywide federal Youth Employment Program with a luncheon ceremony. "We're saying to the young men and women who participated, 'Thank you for your hard work,' " said Roberto Murillo, coordinator for the Ramona Gardens Resident Advisory Council, which also planned to treat the teen-agers to Magic Mountain.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 2, 2008 | Mitchell Landsberg, Times Staff Writer
Armando Sosa's elementary school is just a quick scramble up a steep dirt path and over a crosswalk from his home in Ramona Gardens, an Eastside housing project known for its crime and violence. If he's late, he can hear the school bell from his bedroom. His mother, Liliana Martinez, loves Murchison Elementary but worries that Armando's zeal for learning will wither in middle school. She has seen too many children from the projects nose dive in sixth grade and begin gravitating toward the gang life that has devoured the youth of Ramona Gardens for generations.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 4, 1999
Seven young residents of the Ramona Gardens public housing project will get on-the-job training on how to replace old sewer lines in their East Los Angeles neighborhood, the city of Los Angeles Housing Authority has announced. The project is a joint venture between the East Los Angeles Community Union, the city's Housing Authority and the Ramona Gardens Resident Advisory Council.
NEWS
January 23, 1994 | MARY ANNE PEREZ
The Los Angeles Lakers paid a visit to Ramona Gardens last week to dedicate a refurbished outdoor basketball court funded by the NBA team and Foot Locker shoe stores. The asphalt court was repaired and painted and new hoops were installed, said Rhonda Windham, assistant director of public relations for the Lakers. She would not disclose the improvements' cost. "This was a facility that desperately needed refurbishing," she said. "There was a giant hole in the middle of the court.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 13, 2008 | Amanda Covarrubias, Times Staff Writer
A Los Angeles police officer fatally shot a man Wednesday night in Ramona Gardens, an Eastside housing project with a history of confrontations between police and residents. The shooting occurred just before 6 p.m. outside the Boyle Heights complex, said LAPD Officer Jason Lee. He said the incident occurred when the man confronted two Hollenbeck Division gang officers and the police fired at him in response. Sgt. Lee Sands said it appears that the man fired at the officers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 25, 1991 | JESSE KATZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
On the hot August day they buried Arturo Jimenez, a day when residents of Ramona Gardens were less than enchanted with law enforcement, Los Angeles Housing Authority Police Officers Ramon Montijo and Kent Keyfauver were among the unlikeliest of mourners. Their white squad car led the funeral procession at a 20-m.p.h. crawl down the San Bernardino Freeway.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 8, 1991
The shooting at the Ramona Gardens public housing project in East Los Angeles raises many questions. There are conflicting reports from the deputies and residents. Only one fact is absolute: Arturo Jimenez, a 19-year-old gang member, is dead. Why were the deputies at the project? The buildings are situated within the jurisdiction of the Los Angeles Police Department and are adjacent to an area patrolled by the county Sheriff's Department.
OPINION
August 11, 1991
The death of Arturo Jimenez, a 19-year-old Latino shot by a sheriff's deputy at the gang-riddled Ramona Gardens housing project, has galvanized deep concerns about how the Sheriff's Department polices the predominantly Latino and working-class neighborhoods of East Los Angeles. The Aug. 3 shooting has caused festering tensions similar to those generated in black neighborhoods by the videotaped police beating of Rodney King.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 12, 2008 | Associated Press
Police have made an arrest in the car-to-car shooting death of a young woman near a freeway off-ramp. Officer Jason Lee said Jessica Ortega, 30, of Ramona Gardens was arrested Friday in the slaying of 19-year-old Samantha Padilla. The vehicle believed used in the shooting also was impounded. Lee said detectives were continuing their investigation to see if there are other suspects. Padilla was shot early Thursday while stopped at a traffic light at the end of an off-ramp from the 110 Freeway in South Los Angeles.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 13, 2008 | Amanda Covarrubias, Times Staff Writer
A Los Angeles police officer fatally shot a man Wednesday night in Ramona Gardens, an Eastside housing project with a history of confrontations between police and residents. The shooting occurred just before 6 p.m. outside the Boyle Heights complex, said LAPD Officer Jason Lee. He said the incident occurred when the man confronted two Hollenbeck Division gang officers and the police fired at him in response. Sgt. Lee Sands said it appears that the man fired at the officers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 16, 2007 | Paul Pringle, Times Staff Writer
School was out, and the municipal gym jumped with the wholesome noise of girls and boys slapping basketballs onto the hardwood. Then came the clatter of a helicopter overhead. "LAPD -- you see?" said Jose Saucedo, in a voice too weary for his 18 years. He stood at the gym door, eyeing the police chopper as if it were a storm cloud. "What's the reason for the helicopter? Why?"
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 8, 2007 | Jessica Garrison and Richard Winton, Times Staff Writers
The captain at the Los Angeles police division where a 31-year-old man died in custody over the weekend said Wednesday that the dead man and officers engaged in a "knock-down, drag-out fight." "This was not pretty," said Capt. William Fierro. "However, it was necessary." The altercation between officers and Mauricio Cornejo lasted more than 15 minutes, as police chased, wrestled with and eventually corralled the man outside the Ramona Gardens housing project in Boyle Heights. Fierro said that a preliminary coroner's report found that Mauricio Cornejo had not suffered any blunt-force trauma to the head, although his body had "superficial wounds."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 4, 1999
Seven young residents of the Ramona Gardens public housing project will get on-the-job training on how to replace old sewer lines in their East Los Angeles neighborhood, the city of Los Angeles Housing Authority has announced. The project is a joint venture between the East Los Angeles Community Union, the city's Housing Authority and the Ramona Gardens Resident Advisory Council.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 25, 1998 | JOSEPH TREVINO, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Led by a petite, black-clad nun, a procession of marchers holding flickering candles ambled down the block on one of the coldest nights of the year. As the group of about 100 participants sang traditional villancicos (carols), they headed into Ramona Gardens, Los Angeles' oldest and perhaps toughest housing project. The procession reenacted the centuries-old Catholic tradition of las posadas, which recalls the biblical story of Joseph and Mary's journey to Bethlehem.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 7, 1991 | JESSE KATZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the days since 19-year-old Arturo Jimenez was slain by sheriff's deputies at the Ramona Gardens housing project in East Los Angeles, residents have been besieged by outsiders: news crews, police, bureaucrats, social workers and politicians. Among the least welcome and most unexpected, however, has been a small cadre of revolutionary Communist organizers who have descended on the tight-knit Latino community with pamphlets, petitions, newspapers and banners.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 16, 2007 | Paul Pringle, Times Staff Writer
School was out, and the municipal gym jumped with the wholesome noise of girls and boys slapping basketballs onto the hardwood. Then came the clatter of a helicopter overhead. "LAPD -- you see?" said Jose Saucedo, in a voice too weary for his 18 years. He stood at the gym door, eyeing the police chopper as if it were a storm cloud. "What's the reason for the helicopter? Why?"
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 22, 1997 | JACK LEONARD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For most of the 20,000 youngsters who will participate this year, Los Angeles' Inner-City Games mean the chance to make new friends, win some scholarship money and compete for a gold medal. But 20-year-old Guillermo Ulloa, a participant in the original event seven years ago who now volunteers as a supervisor, credits the games with giving him something more: a fresh start.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 3, 1996 | PATRICK J. McDONNELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Residents of the Ramona Gardens housing project said Friday that deteriorating police-community relations--and a lack of official response to past complaints--contributed to a crowd throwing rocks and bottles at officers after police fatally shot a suspected gang member. A Los Angeles police officer is recovering after being shot during the gun battle Thursday evening near the densely populated Eastside housing project.
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