CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 25, 2003 |
He is earnest and polite and modest. His hair is carefully trimmed, and his necktie is immaculately knotted. He listens meekly when the abuelitas, the old ladies, bend his ear with their complaints. Ask about his mother, and his eyes grow a little moist. Closing in on 40 years old, he drinks hot chocolate when everyone else is having coffee. So what is a nice boy like Paul Gonzales doing in politics?
June 5, 2011 |
"For me, living on the border of Montebello and East L.A.," says artist Patssi Valdez, "this was the local school everybody went to. You first came here and then went on to other colleges. " She is sitting on the corner of the campus she attended nearly 40 years ago, in front of the new Vincent Price Art Museum, where she's featured in "Round Trip: Eight East Los Angeles College Alumni Artists" (through Aug. 19). "I'd always wanted to be an artist. " Valdez later got a BFA from Otis College of Art and Design, but she vividly recalls the teachers, students and her roots in this part of the city.
April 16, 1998 |
They can be classical or contemporary, abstract or realistic, a humorous commentary or a poignant statement. And no manner where you drive or walk in Los Angeles County, you will undoubtedly soon find a mural adorning a freeway wall, public building, underpass or private residence. Big, expansive and rich in story, murals transform ordinary structures into unique works of art.
August 2, 1993 |
The downtown arts scene is poised for another surge reminiscent to that of the '70s. From the Brewery on the north to Traction Avenue, along Molino Street, to the Santa Fe Art Colony in the south, artists are working in their studios. Yes, after the departure of Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions and even Gorky's, there is an art scene downtown ("A New Space for LACE," Calendar, April 27). We're not dead yet, no matter how many obituaries the Los Angeles Times writes. We're going to miss LACE.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 7, 1986 |
Downtown Los Angeles property owners who were stunned by huge increases on their tax bills to help pay for the Metro Rail subway have encountered another shocker as they scramble for relief. Just filing an appeal with the Southern California Rapid Transit District can cost thousands of dollars in non-refundable fees.
October 25, 1986 |
New property tax bills are out and many downtown businesses are gasping--and then fuming--at the increase of up to 500% due to the Los Angeles Metro Rail subway project. Sam Rubinfeld says the tax bill on his old brick warehouse on Skid Row, several blocks from the nearest proposed subway station, has risen from $671 to nearly $4,300--virtually all of the increase due to a special "benefit assessment" tax approved last year by the Southern California Rapid Transit District.