east los angeles

Thursday, July 5th, 2012

Ode to LA: The Sister City of Your Best Nightmares

By Oscar Barajas I live in Los Angeles, which I find to be a weird city. It is a slow moving competitive city where no one is proud of being number two. This is embodied most of all in downtown. Downtown has gone through a recent facelift, but even with its social rhinoplasty, I do

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

The Long Haired Man Who Saved Me (It’s not who you think)

By Oscar Barajas It was the awful year of 1989, and I was getting ready to transition to junior high school. It all weighed heavily on my mind, because the priests and the comadres had scared my...

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

Counting The Signs That I Am Turning Into My Father

My friend Richard and I have known each other since middle school, and we have been friends since he was MEChA royalty and I was part of the Ecology Club. We were at that stage of life...

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

East LA Gentrification: Not Even Subcomandante Marcos Is Safe

I am a prideful beast and sometimes I allow it to get the better of me. Sometimes I start one-sided rivalries after I feel I have received a raw deal. The latest place to feel my embargo...

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

Studying Gangs From The Inside

Alex Alonso, expert in the subject, has been very close to the phenomenon.  From an early age Alonso became familiar with the violence that reigns in the streets of our neighborhoods, but New York in particular.  This...

Wednesday, September 14th, 2011

The Rise & Fall Of East LA’s Best Unknown Band, The Mexicats

Sometimes the stars that burn the brightest, also burn the fastest. Such was not the case with The Mexicats, a band some friends and I started back in the 1990s. We were more of a meteorite caught...