We celebrate the creative impulse and the vibrant cultural aspirations it inspires in Boyle Heights, Lincoln Heights, City Terrace, El Sereno, Highland Park, East L.A, and other Greater East Side L.A. comunidades. A similar renaissance in performing, visual and literary arts now blooming in cities throughout South East Los Angeles County is a clear vindication of our 2008 launch as a print and online media platform for the arts: our stories matter, and they are best when we write them ourselves.
José Rizo (kneeling) leads a band called Mongorama in honor of legendary Mongo Santamaría. Photo by Dr. Andrea Bruce By Abel M. Salas Tranquil and dotted with the tall trees from which it takes its name, Sycamore Grove Park greets visitors with a quiet peace and a pleasant stillness. The park appears to offer more wide-open space than it really has, a result of its proximity to Debs Park, which stretches over the crest of the highest nearby hilltop visible directly across the 110 North. Until recently, more than half of Highland Park residents were children, grandchildren or great-grandchildren of either U.S.-born Mexican Americans or Mexican immigrants. These often gathered their families on warm summer weekends under the shade of a Sycamore or at a picnic table for birthday parties, baptismal celebrations, ball games, and carne asadas. Others came in pairs on missions of courtship and romance. Some drove in from neighboring East Side neighborhoods or rode public transit to the
Special to Brooklyn & Boyle by Hugo Merida, Chairman - Los Angeles Metro Hispanic Chamber of Commerce As a Latino business leader in Los Angeles, I see that equity and inclusion for underserved communities of color continues to be an issue. Communities of color—including business owners and entrepreneurs—are disproportionately denied lending products such as second mortgages or home equity lines of credit because of credit scores. These lending products are crucial tools to starting and growing businesses. Today, what is needed are new approaches to finance that are not weighed down by past inequalities. Home ownership and the capacity to invest in, and maintain, what is traditionally a family’s most valuable asset—their home—is a critical part of wealth development for Latino communities. In Los Angeles, the Property Assessed Clean Energy program, known as PACE, has shown great promise as an alternative finance tool. Hundreds of California cities are part of PACE, which meets thi