Monthly Archive: May, 2005

Free the Beach! Public Access, Equal Justice, and the California Coast

Friday, May 27th, 2005

The struggle to preserve public access to the beach is spreading across the nation from California to Connecticut and from Florida to the Great Lakes. California’s beaches belong to all the people. The wealthy beachfront enclave of Malibu and media mogul David Geffen nevertheless filed suit to cut off the people’s right to reach the [...]

Bali Hoi Polloi: Public Gains Entry at Geffen’s Beachhead

Thursday, May 26th, 2005

By William Booth Washington Post Staff Writer Friday, May 27, 2005; C01 MALIBU, Calif., May 26 — The public was not exactly invited. But now it is at least allowed. After decades of resistance and a three-year legal battle, the pretty white gates shuttering a short pathway from the Pacific Coast Highway to the super-exclusive [...]

School district may charge fees for use of its facilities. Nonprofit youth groups that play ball and hold meetings after hours on fields and in facilities owned by the LAUSD may have to start paying.

Tuesday, May 24th, 2005

By Melissa Milios Daily Breeze Nonprofit youth groups that play ball and hold meetings after hours on fields and in facilities owned by the Los Angeles Unified School District may have to start paying usage fees under a plan that opponents worry will force some community groups to reduce services. Providing free facilities to groups [...]

Convert Abandoned Police Station Into Green Space for New School

Friday, May 20th, 2005

On July 1, 2005, the Los Angeles Unified School District will open North Hollywood Elementary School #3. This new elementary school is part of a massive campaign by LAUSD to modernize, and build new schools to ease over crowding. Unfortunately, next to the new school is an abandoned and dangerous police station. LAUSD is working [...]

Terrorist Tactics Threaten Lives, First Amendment Freedoms for Artist Judy Baca and Baldwin Park Residents

Thursday, May 19th, 2005

We ask you to support the First Amendment rights of Baldwin Park residents and artist Judy Baca to preserve the Danzas Indigenas public art monument against bigoted attacks by the anti-immigrant hate group Save Our State — Sink Our State would be more appropriate. The hate group has charged that the twelve-year old monument to [...]

Chinatown Time Capsule: Building once owned by lawyer who helped thousands of Chinese gain U.S. citizenship is sold. His files go to Huntington Library.

Wednesday, May 18th, 2005

By David Pierson Los Angeles Times Staff Writer May 18, 2005 In Chinatown’s Central Plaza, elderly men sit on benches sipping milk tea, old women nosily shuffle mah-jongg tiles and cooks clack metal spatulas against their woks, filling the air with the pungent aroma of ginger and garlic. Overlooking this scene is a white, three-story [...]

Accommodating a Whole New Ballgame

Wednesday, May 18th, 2005

By Cameron W. Barr, Washington Post May 17, 2005 The geometry of recreation is shifting across the Washington suburbs, driven in part by the sporting preferences of a burgeoning immigrant population. As the rectangles of soccer gradually overtake baseball’s diamonds, parks officials are even finding room for the large, grassy ovals of cricket. Also fading [...]

Protest Over Art Forces Police to Draw the Line — Groups clash over what some consider ‘anti- American’ inscriptions on a Baldwin Park arch.

Sunday, May 15th, 2005

By David Pierson and Patricia Ward Biederman Times Staff Writers Los Angeles Times May 15, 2005 For 12 years, public artwork near the Baldwin Park Metrolink station never caused a stir. But when a Ventura-based group that opposes illegal immigration got wind of what was inscribed on the artwork this month, they organized a protest [...]

Attend City Planning Hearing to Support Public Access to the Big Wild

Thursday, May 12th, 2005

On May 18, 2005, at 10:30 a.m., the Los Angeles Department of City Planning will hold a hearing on the proposal to build a new development along Canyonback Ridge. The developer wants to privatize the area including Canyonback Trail. If the City approves, the public will be forced to beg access from residents of the [...]

Planning for a Livable City: An Open Letter to the Mayor and next Director of the Los Angeles Department of City Planning

Wednesday, May 11th, 2005

Updated May 11, 2005 Preamble: a Vision for the City In the face of the myriad of challenges confronting Los Angeles are a great many opportunities to create healthy communities. Our vision of a healthy community is one that has enough affordable homes for our growing workforce, as well as homeless people; viable alternatives to [...]