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April 7, 2013 | By Joel Rubin, Los Angeles Times
Surrounding himself with the City Council's three African American members, mayoral candidate Eric Garcetti traveled Saturday morning to Leimert Park - the historic heart of black Los Angeles - for a rally in which he sought to galvanize support among black voters. Speaking before a crowd of just a few dozen people, Garcetti presented himself as a candidate with strong family ties to South Los Angeles, speaking about the barbershop his grandfather owned a few miles away. He also touched on issues that resonate with many black Angelenos, making references to crime and a debate over whether the park will be a stop on a future rail line.
September 11, 1992
Twelve people were injured, eight of them hospitalized, after a pickup truck collided with an RTD bus in South Los Angeles, a transit agency spokesman said Thursday. The accident occurred at 8:34 p.m. Wednesday as a pickup truck with a camper shell backed out of a driveway near 62nd Street and Vermont Avenue, directly into the path of an oncoming bus, said RTD spokesman Rick Jaeger.
May 15, 1992
A rowdy crowd smashed windows at a hamburger stand and attempted to stop a television news van near a South Los Angeles park Thursday, leading to 13 arrests, police said. The crowd, at Leimert Park at Crenshaw Boulevard and Vernon Avenue, began to disperse after more than 20 police cars arrived, but as they left, "they attacked a news van and broke windows at a burger place nearby," said Police Sgt. Pete Trilling.
July 23, 1993
After nearly nine years of delays, the Los Angeles City Council this week gave preliminary approval to a proposal by Food 4 Less Supermarkets Inc. and Bakewell Development to build a supermarket at Adams Boulevard and Vermont Avenue in South Los Angeles. The council gave the supermarket chain and Danny Bakewell, president of the Brotherhood Crusade community group, three months to negotiate a deal to build the market.
July 14, 1992
A South Los Angeles minister on Monday unveiled a plan that would provide work for about 100 gang members marketing a long-distance telephone service. The Rev. James Stern said he had struck a deal with the Affinity Network Inc., a Los Angeles-based firm that provides AT&T service at discounted prices. An Affinity official said that his company will train the gang members, who will initially be paid about $5 an hour to find businesses interested in signing up for the service.
July 21, 1992
KNBC-TV business reporter Doug Kriegel and cameraman Peter Garrow were forced to lie in a gutter and then robbed at gunpoint Monday after they had filmed an "ongoing success story" at 92nd Street and Broadway in South Los Angeles, police said. "Community members had obtained financing and are rebuilding the mom-and-pop store" at that intersection, Kriegel said. He and Garrow were climbing into their van on a side street at noon when a man with "a very large .
October 16, 2003
Two men died in separate shootings 25 blocks apart along the same street early Wednesday in South Los Angeles. Just after midnight, Dewayne Herring, 28, was killed while walking out of his home in the 4200 block of Budlong Avenue. Neighbors heard a single gunshot and described a white Chevrolet Camaro fleeing the scene, said Det. Dave Garrido of the Los Angeles Police Department's Southwest Division. About 10 a.m.
June 18, 1995
The owner of a South Los Angeles apartment house was sentenced Wednesday to 45 days in jail for failing to meet a court-imposed deadline for eliminating slum conditions at the building. Los Angeles Municipal Court Judge Alan Ellis ordered Harold W. Dickens, 61, to surrender last Friday morning to begin serving his time, city attorney's spokesman Mike Qualls said.
July 10, 1993
Ten gang members were arrested Thursday and four guns, $8,100 in cash and $38,000 worth of cocaine were seized during raids stemming from a series of crimes in South-Central Los Angeles, police said. Cmdr. Art Lopez, acting commander of the LAPD's South Bureau, said the investigation started after Jesus Francisco Hernandez, 24, was shot to death during the attempted carjacking at Vermont Avenue and 29th Street on March 12.
September 13, 1994
A proposed $3-million federal grant for a youth job-training center in South Los Angeles was sent to two City Council offices for further study after a hearing Monday in which questions were raised about the no-bid grant. After personal lobbying by U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Los Angeles), the U.S. Labor Department recently announced plans to provide the funds to Community Build Inc., a riot recovery organization that Waters was instrumental in launching.
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