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Mariachi Plaza, Evictions, and the Bullsh*t Ideology Of Capitalism

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If you are moved by these tenants’ struggle, please consider donating to support their rent strike and help cover legal fees: https://www.gofundme.com/mariachisupport By: Jacob Woocher The following is inspired by a comment I received in response to this recent piece about gentrification in L.A. Mary C., who identifies herself as someone working in real estate with “over 30+ […]

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Westlands Water District Votes No on Delta Tunnels Project!

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“Today is a very good day for California,” said Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, Executive Director of Restore the Delta, in a statement. “By rejecting California WaterFix, the Westlands Water District has dealt a blow to the project. There are many better solutions for creating a sustainable water supply in California.” Westlands Water District Votes No on Delta […]

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Consumer Watchdog Kicks Off Campaign To Fire LADWP Ratepayer Advocate Fred Pickel; Launches “Can The Pickel” Video And Ratepayer Action Against Runaway Rates at Los Angeles City Hall Rally Today

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SANTA MONICA, Calif., Sept. 18, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Consumer Watchdog, Food & Water Watch, DWP ratepayers and other advocacy groups rally today in front of City Hall to urge the Los Angeles City Council to fire DWP ratepayer advocate Fred Pickel for selling out ratepayers instead of protecting their interests. “Pickel is an energy consultant whose bread has always been […]

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Facing Eviction, Boyle Heights Mariachis Are Going to Court

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BY JASON MCGAHAN At twilight on Tuesday at Hollywood and Vine, two Mexican men in dark mariachi suits strummed and tuned the strings of their guitars. They were flanked by a crowd of two dozen protesters who stood shoulder to shoulder and held up signs outside the W Hollywood Residences. A few news crews filmed. A few reporters scribbled […]

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Mariachi musicians fighting to keep homes they’ve lived in for decades

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By: Zohreen Adamjee (FOX 11) – Fourth generation mariachi musicians like Luis Valdivia played in the middle of Hollywood Blvd Tuesday … to protest, hoping their landlord, who they believe lives near Hollywood and Vine, could hear them. “I’ve been living there 21 years,” said Valdivia. The residents of an apartment complex one block from Mariachi Plaza say rent recently […]

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Race-based attacks on Boyle Heights businesses prompt this L.A. councilman to take sides

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by Ruben Vives | July 29, 2017 Los Angeles City Councilman Jose Huizar spoke out Friday against the vandalism and race-based tactics being used against art galleries and a coffee shop in Boyle Heights amid gentrification concerns, saying the actions were “unacceptable” and would not be tolerated. Huizar said he shared concerns about displacement and rising costs […]

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