Category Archives: urban life and challenges

Book Launch Event, Friday March 24, 2017

DATE AND TIME Fri, March 24, 2017 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM PDT LOCATION The Mezzanine at LA Biergarten 750 South Broadway Los Angeles, CA 90015 Ticket Price $25 Website for Tickets https://www.eventbrite.com/e/x-cop-x-con-book-launch-party-tickets-32398446626   From distinguished Deputy Sheriff, to disgraced … Continue reading

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“Following”

“Following” Death never sleeps Its rounds are endless, its judgment swift I follow death, on this my shift To save a life, this is my wish A new born child left out to die Death stops and looks, it walks … Continue reading

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New Women’s Shelter in Boyle Heights–Boyle Heights Beat

From article by Jennifer Velez: After 26 years of providing shelter to homeless men in Boyle Heights, the non-profit Proyecto Pastoral has now opened its doors to women. The Women’s Shelter will provide beds for up to 15 women for … Continue reading

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Court Review of ATF Reverse Stings–LA Times

A California Appeals Court is reviewing a case where defendants were arrested in the a “reverse sting.”  Agents from the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives proposed a robbery of an imaginary drug stash house. When the suspect … Continue reading

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Metro to Develop Commercial Areas in Boyle Heights near Gold Line

Metro Planning & Programming Committee recently announced plans to develop four mixed-used residential and commercial sites near the Mariachi Plaza and Soto stations. The new sites will create lots of new space for retail, medical offices, and affordable housing. Curbed … Continue reading

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Fashion District Money Laundering Raid

In mid-September, there was a large raid in the Los Angeles Fashion District focused on money laundering from drug cartels. The numbers: 1,000 law enforcement officers, 75 locations, $65 million siezed Here is an excerpt from Bloomberg Businessweek on the … Continue reading

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1988 Bystander Shooting in Westwood–Corwin

Miles Corwin recently posted an essay at Zocalo Public Square on the impact the of 1988 shooting of Karen Toshima in Westwood.   Even though gang violence was a big problem throughout the 1980’s, it was primarily in South Los … Continue reading

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