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October 18, 1992
I am not a writer, but I can appreciate a beautifully written piece ("Coming Into the City," by Richard Rodriguez, Sept. 13). Unlike Rodriguez, I was born and raised in Los Angeles, and I used to love it. Rodriguez's words have helped me define my jumbled thoughts and unclog my feelings about the city and the way it has changed since 1979. I guess I must have been in a state of denial until I read the article. I'm curious, though: If Rodriguez does not like Los Angeles, what prompted him to write the article.
December 20, 2008 | Susannah Rosenblatt
An Orange County sheriff's deputy pleaded guilty Friday to falsely imprisoning prostitutes to sexually touch and photograph them under the guise of police work. Richard Rodriguez, 44, of Chino was convicted of two felony counts of false imprisonment by fraud and deceit in Orange County Superior Court. While in uniform, the deputy, assigned to the Orange County Transportation Authority, approached prostitutes along Harbor Boulevard in Garden Grove between November 2005 and March 2007, according to Orange County prosecutors.
August 12, 1987
Re: "A Scholarship Out of the Barrio, a Ticket to Burn-Out," by Richard Rodriguez, (Editorial Pages, July 26): One person's musings is another person's mystery. It never ceases to amaze me how Rodriguez can offend Latinos like myself. Maybe it's the way he presents his personal reflections--his "musings"--not just as representative, but as universal, to the Latino experience. I, like Rodriguez, was one of the "fortunate few" minority students given the opportunity to attend college.
September 10, 1988
Richard Rodriguez's vitriolic, caustic opinion (Opinion, Aug 28) demeaned and berated not only Cesar Chavez but also an event that brought together thousands of people (including me), who had traveled for several hours on a scorchingly hot day to Delano to express our support and to pay respect to a man and a cause that affects us all. Rodriguez demeaned Chavez, whose humility and tenacity were somehow interpreted as being "too Mexican." He belittled a hunger strike (a fast), which he described as a "moral tantrum."
March 24, 2002 | GREGORY RODRIGUEZ, Gregory Rodriguez is a senior fellow at the New America Foundation.
In his 1901 autobiography, Booker T. Washington recounts an incident he witnessed on a train that illustrates just how "difficult it sometimes is to know where the black begins and the white ends." He describes a conductor inspecting a light-skinned passenger seated in the "colored" compartment. The official examines the man's eyes, nose and hands. If the rider is Negro, he doesn't want to send him into the white coach. If he is white, he doesn't want to insult him by asking his race.
Oxnard remained the murder capital of Ventura County in 1990, recording a 50% increase in homicides that contrasted with a slight decline in murders for the county as a whole. Nine of the county's 20 homicides during the year took place in Oxnard, up from six murders there in 1989. Across the county, homicides dropped slightly from 23 in 1989. The decline in the county's overall murder total continued a decade-long decline from a high of 38 county homicides in 1980.
July 24, 2009 | Hector Becerra
The attorney for a gang member kicked in the head by an El Monte police officer at the end of a televised car chase thinks his client has a great case. On Thursday, Nick Pacheco filed a $5-million legal claim against the city on behalf of the 23-year-old. But just in case, the attorney said his heavily tattooed client will be getting an extreme makeover in time for a trial, complete with a thick Tom Selleck mustache -- think "Magnum P.I."
September 5, 2010 | By Richard Rodriguez
Between cynicism and hypocrisy lies the 2,000-mile U.S.- Mexico border. America is raising a wall in the desert to separate Mexican drug exporters from American drug consumers, to separate Latin American peasants who will work for low wages from the Americans who would hire them. The Great Wall of America, straddling less than half the length of the border, descends into canyons and across the desert floor. For the Mexican, it represents a high hurdle. For the American, it is an attempt to stop the Roadrunner's progress with an Acme Border Sealing Kit. In some places the wall is made of tennis-court-style cyclone fencing or dark mesh of the sort used for barbeque grills in public parks.
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