CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 16, 2009 |
Mary B. Henry, a civil rights activist who helped create the national Head Start program and fostered the rise of the Martin Luther King Jr./Drew Medical Center from the ashes of the 1965 Watts riots, died Friday. She was 82. She died of natural causes at a local hospital after a long illness, her son Craig Henry said Saturday. Henry's lifelong work to provide quality education and social services to the poor was honored by presidents, governors and mayors over more than four decades and left an indelible mark on the community and her name on facilities treating the needy.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 15, 2009 |
A judge Friday ruled in favor of the city of Los Angeles on grounds that the nonprofit Concerned Citizens of South Central Los Angeles failed to deliver on a contractual agreement to transform a vacant lot south of downtown into a state-of-the-art soccer field and youth center for low-income families. The judge also found that Concerned Citizens does not have a right to the proceeds of the property, which was seized by the Los Angeles Unified School District last year through eminent domain, said a spokesman for the city attorney's office.
February 15, 2009 |
Sassy-chic actress Zooey Deschanel has collaborated with Oliver Peoples for a signature pair of sunglasses available for pre-sale online from Wednesday until March 15, when they hit stores. The $415 "Zooey" has a vintage-inspired black frame and metal plaques with a 1960s-era Hollywood look (it even comes with a cocktail napkin cleaning cloth). And a portion of proceeds from the pre-sale go to the Jenesse Center, a domestic violence intervention program based in South-Central Los Angeles that offers legal and rehabilitation services at no cost to clients.
October 29, 2006
I found the story about South-Central Los Angeles especially interesting, because as a young, white grad student at USC in the early 1950s, I lived for about a year on East 66th Street, a couple of blocks east of Central Avenue ("What It Is. [And What It Was.]," by Lynell George, Oct. 8). My daughter was born while we lived there, and I remember my wife wheeling her in the buggy down to Florence Avenue to shop. At that time the area was mixed, and my wife intermingled easily with the neighbors, who were friendly and often made a fuss about the baby.
October 8, 2006 |
It is my mother's memory, not mine. Consequently, it is a recollection that doesn't feel observed so much as absorbed. But I was there, and so, too, my father: the three of us launching ourselves into a day of optimistic house-hunting. It is 1964; I am nearly 2; "New Baby" is on the way.
July 16, 2006 |
Like they have most every Saturday morning for the last 40 years and more, the Ruelas brothers are just getting down to work, bent over one primer-gray ghost of a car or another. The cluttered, grease-stained yard is filled with them--relics that are sensuous arrangements of curves, spheres and dovetailing angles; a scatter of grilles from Buicks and Bentleys and late-'30s and -'40s Chevys; carriages and front ends all rusted out in tones of aging sepia photographs.