By Hillel Aron
By Joseph Tsidulko
By Patrick Range McDonald
By David Futch
By Hillel Aron
By Dennis Romero
By Jill Stewart
By Dennis Romero
Thank you for the coverage on the upcoming 10th District City Council election, where Madison Shockley is giving Nate Holden, as David Cogan wrote, "a run for his money" ["Heat on Holden," January 8–14]. However, part of the campaign description was so off the mark that we feel the need to clarify the goals of this important campaign.
The article stated we were rebuilding the Bradley coalition, the black-Jewish alliance, as if that were our sole mission. It is true that the last successful progressive coalition in Los Angeles was constructed by the forces around Tom Bradley’s City Council race in the 10th District. Today we know that for a progressive coalition to be successful, it must be broader. It does seem that again the 10th Council District is in the position to provide history-making leadership, because the district represents the African-American community of the Crenshaw and West Adams districts, the Jewish community up to the Fairfax district, and the new ethnic communities of Koreatown and parts of Pico-Union. We are working to build a new coalition among these culturally and economically diverse communities.
For the past 15 years, Coalition L.A. has had scores of residents in the 10th District walking precincts in each major election, and for the past three years, we have been putting together the pieces of what has now become a representative coalition with the potential to change the way politics are done in this city. The Rev. Madison Shockley was drafted by his neighbors to run exactly because he has hard-earned credibility within all these communities and is the ideal person to help pull together, and hold together, such a challenging but necessary coalition. On behalf of the many Latino and Korean residents, we would like to highlight that the most exciting part of this campaign is the building of a long-term community organ ization that represents all the residents and can therefore effect real change.—The Rev. Altagracia Perez Coalition for Los Angeles 10th District Office Q.E.D.
Marc B. Haefele’s commentary "Barrio Logic" [January 8–14] is pretty much on target. However, I question the validity of the so-called "five-year lag in crime rate." Out here in Encino-Tarzana, crime seems to be increasing, not decreasing — i.e., graffiti, break-ins, auto and real-property vandalism, etc. Every week new bars, gates and electronic devices seem to appear in an area where they previously did not exist.
As for the possible formation of a new "barrio" in the 11th Council District of Cindy Miscikowski — it’s already here! A significant portion of the 11th District is located in the southwest San Fernando Valley, and, especially in my area around Encino-Tarzana, the changes in the past five years have been dramatic. A check of the directory of occupants of all but the most expensive condominium complexes reveals surnames of residents from around the globe. In my particular apartment complex, there are numerous residents among whom English is neither spoken nor understood. On a daily basis, I encounter dozens of pedestrians in the area speaking languages other than English. Not surprisingly, the biggest increase is in the number of Spanish-speakers.
I agree that Mike Davis’ concept of "Fortress Los Angeles," outlined in his book City of Quartz, indicates the shape of things to come for this region. As the population further diversifies, exclusion will no doubt replace inclusion, unfortunate as that may be.—J. Courtney TylerEncino THANKS, AND WATCH THE FEET
I enjoyed reading Mark Cromer’s article "Fast Track" [January 8–14]. It truly is nice to see that Angelenos are slowly but surely abandoning the mindset that the only viable way to get around this town is by private automobile. This new, radical way of thinking probably has Standard Oil, General Motors and Firestone Rubber a little nervous. These three companies were perhaps the most instrumental in seeing to it that the Pacific Electric "Red Cars" and Los Angeles Railway streetcars were abandoned and scrapped.
As a conductor for Metro link, I think a couple of things in the article deserve comment: Mr. Cromer’s reference to "stepping on the locomotive in Claremont" contains a technical error — a not uncommon occurrence when the media, both mainstream and fringe, attempt to publish articles pertaining to trains and railroading. A locomotive is a unit propelled by any form of energy operated from a single control by the engineer. In other words, it is the mobile power plant that propels the train down the track, and is normally off-limits to passengers. The author no doubt rode in the passenger cars that the locomotive either pulled or pushed to the train’s destination. At Metrolink, these locomotives can easily be identified by their fleet numbers in the 800 series.
Also, Mr. Cromer’s proclamation, "I like to put my feet up on the empty seat in front of me," describes a blatant violation of section 640(b)(6) of the penal code and Metrolink policy, making him subject to a written warning, or citation and fine. We certainly would not want his otherwise safe and pleasant journey marred by the issuance of a warning or citation.—David ArthurConductor Metrolink trains 803, 683, 682, 802Grand Terrace