CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 13, 1994 |
For years, the Paxton Park & Recreation Center has perched precariously on the borderline between two competing gangs, playing stage to their sometimes violent rivalries, its cinder-block walls plastered with turf graffiti. Now a peace has been delivered in an unlikely form: large metallic block letters spelling the name Ritchie Valens. Saturday, the center's official name was changed to honor the late Valens, the 1950s rock 'n' roll idol and native son to this largely Latino community.