Sam Slovick

Dito Montiel and Aqeela Sherrills at Occupy L.A.; Credit: Luigi Ventura

Up From the Streets: A Scene From Occupy L.A.

Woodrow Coleman came all the way from Long Beach to see the Arab Spring bloom in downtown L.A. The African-American septuagenarian with deep-set brown eyes and a woolly white tangle of beard sports a well-worn baseball cap that suggests he has something money can't buy -- poverty. "For a change,......
Sam Slovick in front of his tent at City Hall

Pavement Occupies L.A.: The Revolution Unfolds (VIDEO) (NSFW)

Sam Slovick is sleeping down at City Hall to report firsthand on Occupy L.A. For continued coverage, visit SamSlovick.com. "Mic check, mic check," a voice booms from the PA system in front of City Hall in downtown L.A. I move into a tent on the south lawn outside the Mayor's......
Sam Slovick in front of his tent at City Hall

Pavement Occupies L.A.: The Many Voices of the Movement (VIDEO)

Sam Slovick is sleeping down at City Hall to report firsthand on Occupy L.A. For continued coverage, visit SamSlovick.com. There are many voices to be heard in the movement. The nightly general assembly meets on the south steps at 7:30pm where wide-ranging ideas and proposals are heard. The ideas centering......
Abraham Alarcon Jr

Hotel Hell: The Ford Hotel Is Given New Life (VIDEO and PODCAST)

For a podcast of this column, click here. Travelle Robertson takes no notice of a large black woman in a bright orange T-shirt exhibiting her substantial bare breasts to passing traffic as he walks Gladys Street near Sixth Street downtown. He's numb to the madness -- he'd seen it all......
Erick Moreno

Angel of Peace: Homies Unidos and the Art of Handgun Alchemy

"I could be kicking it in my projects right now," says Albert Sanchez, intermittently making eye contact and shoe-gazing on the patio at La Fonderie, a bronze and steel foundry on Glendale Boulevard in Silver Lake. "I live in Ramona Gardens projects in East L.A." The 17-year-old with shaved head......
Mauricio Cruz at California Workers Advocates; Credit: Sam Slovick

Anger Management: Mauricio Cruz Fights the Power on the Job

Mauricio Cruz doesn't like to talk about himself. He's a gentle person with big, brown eyes, seemingly incapable of malice. "I always tell the truth, so no one can talk behind my back," he offers quietly in a small office on Van Nuys Boulevard. The 24-year-old documented Nicaraguan immigrant, at......
Maggie Goodrich; Credit: Luigi Ventura

In a Glass House: Police Policing the Police with TEAMS II Technology

Los Angeles is a capacious megalopolis that begins at Tijuana and ends at San Francisco. A rugged portion of that geography falls under the jurisdiction of the Los Angeles Police Department, serving some 4 million people in the almost 500 square miles of L.A. proper. From Rodney to Rampart, the......