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Somewhere between Montecito Heights, El Sereno and Monterey Hills sits the community of Rose Hills. Or at least that’s what many of the residents who live there have long insisted. Meanwhile another group of residents, lead by the El Sereno Historical Society, have been equally vocal that Rose Hills does not and has never existed.
The long-running debate recently escalated and spilled over into City Hall and a neighborhood church as the City Council prepares to take a vote that could help decide whether or not there really is a Rose Hills.
It would not be the first time a section of El Sereno has been renamed. The area around Cal State L.A., for example, is now “University Hills” while “Hillside Village” is the name applied to area around Wilson High.
The El Sereno Historical Society’s most vocal member, Jorge Garcia, explains – a number of times – in person and on the society’s website that Rose Hills does not exist, and that actions of the Rose Hills’ community activists lack community participation.
“The great majority of the community has been left out of most of the important issues and decision making, especially when it comes to the creation of sub-communities,” says Garcia via email.
Residents of Rose Hills see it differently. Community activist and neighborhood council member Anthony Manzano lives in Rose Hills and has researched its history. He claims that it’s one of the oldest communities in Los Angeles and should be recognized as Continue reading →
BY DALINA CASTELLANOS AND HOWARD BLUME, L.A. Times
Supporters of a high-profile charter school with a focus on Nahuatl culture wept and held each other after the Los Angeles Board of Education voted to close its high school campus.
Anahuacalmecac International University Preparatory High School had sought a second, five-year charter, as well as permission to expand to offer a kindergarten-through-12th-grade program.
But district staff recommended closing the school because of low test scores, financial troubles and an alleged refusal to cooperate with district auditors. They said the El Sereno school repeatedly failed to follow guidelines required of all district charters.
The action did not affect the larger kindergarten-through-eighth-grade campus run by the same operators, but district officials may also move against the other school over similar issues.
School board president Monica Garcia cast the lone dissenting vote, saying Continue reading →
After serving as Captain of the Los Angeles Police Department Hollenbeck Division for nearly four and a half years, Anita Ortega is moving on to a new assignment.
Ortega executed her final duties last week, and will now transfer to her new position in the department’s recruitment and employment division.
Ortega was appointed to the Los Angeles Police Department in March 1984. Before heading the Hollenbeck division, she served as Commanding Officer of the Communications Division, Juvenile Division, Devonshire and Hollenbeck Patrol Divisions and Hollenbeck Operations Support Divisions. She has also worked a variety of patrol, investigative and staff assignments.
In 2011, Ortega was honored as the UCLA Latina Alumna of the Year, and in 2012 she was selected by the Speaker of the California Assembly Speaker as the Woman of the Year.
Captain Martin Baeza, who has been with the LAPD since 1989, and a Commanding officer of Operations of the West Bureau since 2008, will replace Ortega. Baeza will continue to work with Commanding Officer Gina Sanders, who recently transferred from the Rampart Division.
Boyle Heights Beat talked to Ortega about her experience at Hollenbeck, her accomplishments, and what she would miss about Boyle Heights:
In the last few months there have been a few instances of individuals approaching small business customers with LADWP’s CLEO application, asking for cash up front to perform lighting retrofit work, and then never returning to perform the installations that were promised.
Please urge community members to note that LADWP does not charge for energy efficiency rebates or direct installation of efficiency upgrades.
FYI – The Korean community seemed to have been targeted for these scams early on. In response, ads were placed on Korean-language radio to raise awareness. Any additional efforts you can make to reach out to small businesses in the Korean community would be helpful.
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