Monthly Archives: March 2013


Battery recycling plant exposes Boyle Heights residents to dangerous emissions A battery recycling plant bordering Boyle Heights has been ordered to lower its cancer-causing emissions posing a danger to more than 110,000 southeast Los Angeles area residents. The South Coast Air Quality Management District directed the Vernon facility, Exide Technologies, to provide a “risk reduction […]

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Topic: Reclaiming Neighborhood

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No Beach? No Greenery? Paint the Floor and Watch An Alley Grow by Kris Fortin Teresa Alfaro, 45, waters the plants in an alley between Mathews Street and Penrith Drive, just two blocks from Whittier Boulevard and Soto Street. Alfaro, whose home is at the entrance of the alley, said her husband and three sons […]

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The order from the South Coast Air Quality Management District comes after recent tests showed that Exide Technologies is posing a health danger to as many as 110,000 people in neighboring cities. By Jessica Garrison, Los Angeles Times A battery recycling plant in Vernon is being told to reduce its emissions after recent tests showed […]

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Topic: Environment

Alma Salcido and her husband Nicolás have lived in Boyle Heights for more than 20 years and raised their family in the majority-Latino community just east of downtown across the Los Angeles River. Boyle Heights is a vital community with a rich history as a West Coast gateway for Mexican, Japanese and European Jewish immigrants. […]

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Topic: Tenant Rights

Court Fails to Rule on “Hubbing” After two days of arguments, a Federal Judge dismissed a request for a restraining order to stop LA County Superior Court from “hubbing” eviction cases heard in its jurisdiction. The judge’s decision was based on the doctrine of “abstention,” — basically, the idea that the Federal court shouldn’t tell […]

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UNION DE VECINOS AND THE LA RIGHT TO HOUSING COLLECTIVE work with tenants to stop the demolition of their building.  Developer confirms that he is now backing away from the property. By Katherine Davis, Posted 3/7/13(Story written by Annenberg Radio News) ^play At the intersection of 30th and Flower Street there is a McDonald’s, a […]

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Topic: Neighborhood


Alegria Committee of Union de Vecinos Begins Their Street Build One of Union de Vecinos’s neighborhood committees, Alegria, began their construction today of benches and tables to be installed along St. Louis St near Hollenbeck Park. They also began building benches for their mini mobile movie theater the plan to use for movie nights in […]

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Superior Court facing lawsuit over courtroom closures Several legal services organizations said they plan to sue the Los Angeles Superior Court today to force it to drop plans to stop hearing eviction cases in dozens of courtrooms, arguing that cost-cutting move would be devastating to poor and disabled tenants trying to save their homes. Neighborhood […]

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Topic: Housing


WYVERNWOOD APARTMENTS NEXT TARGET FOR DESTRUCTION OF RENT CONTROLLED HOUSING. Los Angeles Tenants Need to Prepare for the Battle Ahead. In the last month many people have asked Union de Vecinos about Wyvernwood and the struggle to stop its demolition. We have signed the petitions, we have seen the flurry of facebook messages, emails, tweets, […]

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