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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.
December 31, 2009 | By Alexandra Zavis
Prosecutors have decided not to charge two El Monte Police Department officers who kicked a car chase suspect in the head and hit his arm with a flashlight as he was lying on the ground at the end of a televised high-speed pursuit, saying they used "reasonable" force. The Los Angeles County district attorney's office noted in its decision that officers George Fierro, 41, and James Singleterry, 40, were confronting a "highly dangerous and unpredictable" gang member who had evaded parole supervision and demonstrated no regard for human life during the 34-minute pursuit May 13. Prosecutors said Fierro had reason to fear that the suspect, Richard Rodriguez, was positioning himself to attack or attempt to escape when he turned his head to face the officer while lying on the ground with his arms outstretched.
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."
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