Posts Tagged ‘Los Angeles’

Reputed Latino gang members indicted in attack on black youths

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013


(Los Angeles Times) Two reputed Latino gang members are facing federal hate crime charges for allegedly carrying out racially motivated attacks on four black youngsters as part of a wider campaign of terror aimed at forcing African Americans out of a west Compton neighborhood, the U.S. attorney said Friday.

Jeffrey Aguilar, 19, and Efren Marquez, 21, were indicted Thursday by a grand jury on five felony civil rights charges in connection with a series of incidents that began New Year's Eve. Authorities allege they beat a young black man with a pipe and then turned their threats and racial epithets toward members of a black household where he fled. They pleaded not guilty in a downtown L.A. courtroom Friday.

"No one should have to look over their shoulder in fear because of who they are," said U.S. Atty. Andre Birotte, who announced the charges. "Hate-fueled crimes have no place in our society."

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Christopher Dorner Manifesto Puts LAPD Legacy Under A Spotlight

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013


(Huffington Post) Fugitive former Los Angeles police officer Christopher Dorner's claim in an online "manifesto" that his career was undone by racist colleagues conspiring against him comes at a time when it's widely held that the police department has evolved well beyond the troubled racial legacy of Rodney King and the O.J. Simpson trial.

Dorner, who is suspected in a string of vengeance killings, has depicted himself as a black man wronged, whose badge was unjustly taken in 2008 after he lodged a complaint against a white female supervisor.

"It is clear as day that the department retaliated toward me," Dorner said in online writings authorities have attributed to him. Racism and officer abuses, he argued, have not improved at LAPD since the King beating but have "gotten worse."

Dorner's problems at the LAPD, which ended with his dismissal, played out without public notice more than four years ago, as the department gradually emerged from federal oversight following a corruption scandal. At the time, the officer ranks were growing more diverse and then-Chief William Bratton was working hard to mend relations with long-skeptical minorities.

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New African-American Owned Beverly Hills Jazz Club Is An Anomaly

Saturday, January 26th, 2013

(LA Weekly) Dennis "D.Anthony" Robertson has moved back and forth between the business and music worlds for years now.

An aspiring drummer, he first began promoting acts at B.B. King's at Universal Studios, working his way into management and eventually ownership of the club. When that venture ended a few years ago, Robertson began planning what he hoped would become Los Angeles' premier venue for jazz. H.O.M.E. (House Of Music & Entertainment) opened in November, and since then Robertson has been quickly learning the ins and outs of running a full-time jazz supper club on a nightly basis.

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African American churches protest foreclosures by black-run bank

Monday, November 5th, 2012

(Los Angeles Times) A coalition of African American ministers is protesting foreclosures on their churches — byBroadway Federal Bank, a savings bank established in the 1940s to serve Los Angeles' then-segregated black community.

About one-quarter of the money Broadway Federal has lent out has been for mortgages on church properties. In the tough economy, it's become a problematic business for the bank, which regulators have categorized as troubled since 2010.

The bank's annual report for 2011 with the Securities and Exchange Commission said regulators have barred it from making additional church loans. Broadway Federal, which continues to be run by African Americans, said its problems "raise substantial doubt about the company's ability to continue as a going concern."

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Korean American community progress since Rodney King riots of 1992

Tuesday, May 1st, 2012


(Los Angeles Times) The Los Angeles riots — six days of arson, looting and death — are known to Korean Americans as Sa-i-gu, "April 29" in Korean, the date the civil unrest started. Sa-i-gu erupted after the acquittal of one Latino and three white police officers charged with the beating of Rodney King, a black motorist. Blacks, whites, Latinos, Asian Americans, Korean Americans and others were directly and indirectly affected — and involved — in Sa-i-gu. But it was Korean immigrant merchants who were, memorably, too often caught in the middle.

Koreans' business successes — their role as part of the broad Asian American "model minority" — fueled resentment toward them. They were often confused with Chinese Americans and Japanese Americans in a three-tiered system: whites on top, Latinos and blacks at the bottom, Asians in between.

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Hispanics face massive income gap in every major market

Saturday, March 3rd, 2012

( Hispanic Americans confront an income gap of at least 35 percent in every major metropolitan area across the nation.

That's the disparity between per capita incomes for whites and Hispanics in 95 large metros, according to an On Numbers analysis of federal data.

Los Angeles is the worst market for Hispanic earning power, despite the fact that two of every five residents in the region are Hispanic. The income gap in L.A. is 67.2 percent. Canton, Ill., is dead-last among markets of all sizes, with a disparity of 82.5 percent.

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L.A. Radio Hosts John and Ken Suspended for Calling Whitney Houston a “Crack Ho”

Sunday, February 19th, 2012

(New York Observer) Two Los Angeles radio talk hosts have been suspended for what their station management termed “insensitive and inappropriate comments about the late Whitney Houston.” KFI AM 640 announced the suspension of John Kobylt and Ken Chiampou, hosts of the “John and Ken Show,” on Thursday after the comments were made February 14. 

Choice quotes demonstrate why Mr. Kobylt and Mr. Chiampou’s remarks regarding the singer’s behavior prior to her death on February 11 were bound to prompt quick reactions.

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Why Miramonte Was The Perfect Stalking Ground For Child Sex Abusers

Monday, February 13th, 2012

(Huffington Post) Miramonte Elementary, the site of the Los Angeles school sex abuse scandal may have been the perfect place for an abuser to prey on vulnerable, disadvantaged children.

The school's 1,400 students come mainly from impoverished Latino homes, and some of their parents are illegal immigrants –meaning they are hesitant to approach authorities for fear of being deported.

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As Asian-Americans move to suburbs in record numbers, signs of decline in historic Chinatowns

Thursday, February 2nd, 2012

(Washington Post) America’s historic Chinatowns, home for a century to immigrants seeking social support and refuge from racism, are fading as rising living costs, jobs elsewhere and a desire for wider spaces lure Asian-Americans more than ever to the suburbs.

As the Lunar New Year begins Monday, annual festivities in Washington, D.C.’s shriveled Chinatown are, for the first time, being promoted by a large marketing firm. New York’s Chinatown, one of the nation’s oldest, has lost its status as home to the city’s largest Chinese population, based on the 2010 census.

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Los Angeles County Fire swears in 1st African-American chief

Friday, February 18th, 2011

(Southern California Public Radio) The Los Angeles County Fire Department has a new chief. County officials welcomed 27-year veteran Darryl Osby to the job Thursday in a ceremony at L.A. County’s Hall of Administration.

Firefighters from all over Southern California filled the hall dressed in their black civilian uniforms. After taking the oath of office, 49-year-old Daryl Osby confessed – while a lot of boys in his generation dreamed of growing up to be firemen, he wasn’t one of them

“I had a family friend that talked me into taking the test and indicated ‘Daryl, if you don’t like it, you can quit,’” Osby remembered. “And that was over 27 years ago.”

Osby spent those 27 years climbing the ranks of the L.A. County Fire Department into management. Firefighting and management are in his blood.

His father, Robert Osby, put in nearly 50 years and served as fire chief in the cities of Inglewood and San Diego. He watched proudly as his son became L.A. County’s first African-American fire chief.

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