There is a Compton strip mall, not far from Kevin Bludso's ash black smokers, where birria de chivo is served. Of course, it's not hard to find Mexican food in Compton, or Central American food for that matter. And in a long, squat strip mall just off the 710 freeway on Alondra Blvd., you can find w ... More >>
See also "Can Aja Brown, Compton's Hip, Refreshing Reform Mayor, Turn This Woeful City Around?" Isaac Galvan, who was recently elected as Compton's first Latino city councilman, may be in a world of trouble for not filing his campaign finance reports. "It's a pretty serious violation," says good g ... More >>
Updated at the bottom with LAPD checkpoints and patrols in Hollywood and elsewhere tonight,. First posted at 9:04 a.m. The 4th of July madness is behind us, but there is no break from cops cracking down on drunk drivers. And so this weekend authorities are warning you that they'll be looking for m ... More >>
What was the California Supreme Court thinking? In a piece about the Compton mayoral race, the Los Angeles Times skimmed over the fact that former Compton Mayor Omar Bradley, who was found guilty in 2004 of illegally spending thousands of taxpayers' dollars to pay for golf balls, cigars, and hotel ... More >>
For all of you who make the regular trek down to Bludso's in Compton for, perhaps, the sole purpose of eating Kevin Bludso's justly celebrated barbecue, you can cut down on your carbon footprint (although maybe not that of Bludso himself; and your BBQ carbon joke here: ____ ), as of about 5 o'clock ... More >>
The Compton rapper carries the expectations of his city on his shoulders. It's tiring
An up-and-coming skateboarder named Charley Ford was fatally gunned down as he sat in a car in his hometown of Compton over the weekend, authorities said. The 24-year-old's death was quickly lamented by local skaters and friends on Facebook, who started an RIP Charley Ford page. Here's what sherif ... More >>
When you're at an illicit party in the middle of the night, you gotta think the cops are coming sooner or later. That notion didn't seen to occur to a party-goer who allegedly whipped out his gun just as deputy arrived to festivities in the 500 block of South Long Beach Boulevard in Compton about 2 ... More >>
There used to be a combination Arco gas station and AM/PM market at Rosecrans and Alameda in Compton -- a smoggy little spot beneath the train-track overpass. During the L.A. Riots, however, 20 years ago to the month...
Update, February 22: "'Parent Trigger' Petition Rejected by Adelanto School District After Teacher-Backed Rescission Campaign." A historic first for K-12 school reform might be chronicled tomorrow in the small desert town of Adelanto, two hours east of Los Angeles. If the Adelanto Unified Elementa ... More >>
The best albums of 2011 from Los Angeles artists came from a suitably diverse Angeleno cast of characters; there are rappers and singers, legends and transplants, folks with great careers in front of them, and those who may have peaked this year. One thing's clear: it was unquestionably a gre ... More >>
Justin BuaJustin Bua is a hip-hop painter; you may have seen the print of his painting "The DJ" (see below), at Target, of all places. It's been out for over a decade, and has been selling ridiculous amounts of copies for years. He's done portraits of everyone from Nas to Kool Herc to Quee ... More >>
Stash. You know you have it, somewhere. But authorities doing a Business and Professions Code compliance check on a Compton warehouse found $120,000 worth of marijuana stashed there. What were they saving all that bud for? The street corner, or ...
California Teachers AssociationRucker, to the right.One of the first things Governor Jerry Brown did upon taking the wand from Schwarzenegger -- aside from woo the people on a Southwest flight -- was sweep out the Governator's entire State Board of Education, a full house of radical reformist ... More >>
California Teachers AssociationPatricia Rucker, right, is both a Board of Education member and a CTA lobbyistIf the battle over California's new parent-empowerment law was only vicariously between the California Teachers Association and the growing charter-school business before, it just got ... More >>
PHOTO BY TED SOQUIOne small step for McKinleyThe last few months have been a painstaking uphill battle for Parent Revolution, the group of organizers and McKinley Elementary School parents trying to turn one vastly underperforming Compton campus into a charter school. Though the group does ha ... More >>
Simone WilsonA McKinley Elementary student looks up at the CUSD Board of TrusteesUpdated after the jump: We've got the PDF -- and a lot more questions. Finally, over two months after it was filed, Compton school board members responded to a parent petition at their meeting last night: After ... More >>
PHOTO BY TED SOQUIThings just got real in ComptonUpdated after the jump: Judge grants parents a restraining order against the Compton school district! Right after two big NorCal and SoCal newspapers released battling editorials on California's extreme "Parent Trigger" law -- the LA Times say ... More >>
PHOTO BY TED SOQUIOver 60 percent of McKinley Elementary parents signed a petition in December to convert their children's school to a charterCompton Unified School District's acting superintendent, Karen Frison, changed her game at last night's district board meeting. She released a "media ... More >>
School in August? Hot!The Los Angeles Unified School District board did more in one meeting last night than it's done in months. (Still, theirs couldn't compete with Compton's. Hot damn.) Board members passed two major changes to L.A. schools: 1) The academic year will now start on Aug. 15, ... More >>
Ted SoquiMcKinley Elementary School in ComptonUPDATE: L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa says school reform in Compton "isn't about pointing fingers or dragging our feet." More comments from Villaraigosa after break. First reported at 7 a.m. As expected, the battle over control of McKinley Ele ... More >>
puppydogwebAre you my mother?Update: The remaining Corgis show up in Compton! Stay tuned for how, and by whom, they were found. Trace and Didi, two fluffy show dogs who were stolen Tuesday -- one worth $250,000 and the other $100,000 -- jumped into the arms of owner Kristina Rickard yesterda ... More >>
When a new Chick-fil-A opened near USC last month, people seemed to get pretty excited about it. Part of it may have been the company's flair for self-promotion, but another part felt like something more. People, it seemed, had either eaten Chick-fil-A in their youth, or were eager to try the chicke ... More >>
Compton rapper HOPE, a U-N-I affiliate trying to make 401K in one dayHis MySpace page could use some pimping, but Compton rapper H.O.P.E., a.k.a. 24-year-old Marquis Wright, has got the skills to pay the bills. Whoops -- bad choice of outdated idiom. In the just-out music video for the new H ... More >>
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Some Came Running Kenya's Wesley Korir set a finish-time record for the 24th Los Angeles Marathon, which got very lucky with cool weather despite its latest start yet in the calendar. L.A. TimesFootball Prospect Shot Dead Dannie Farber Jr., a promising football player who had just graduated from Nar ... More >>
Muzak has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection -- but it doesn't put the blame on illegal downloads of its marzipanny melodies. Instead, the company pointed to longstanding debt and the cancellation of contracts by companies put out of business during the recession. A New York Times notice men ... More >>
With Tuesday's expected turnout at historic lows, electors are being treated like superdelegates, and missing out on the juicy infighting.
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