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Boyle Heights Development Seeks To Sell ‘Mariachi’ Experience While Displacing Actual Mariachis

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BY JULIA WICK Mariachi Plaza has been a physical and cultural gathering point for mariachi musicians since the 1930s. As L.A.’s Boyle Heights neighborhood becomes a flashpoint in the city’s gentrification wars, Mariachi Plaza is an increasingly symbolic space. Mariachi musicians, who have long lived in close proximity to the plaza and gathered there to […]

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Outside of LA, county tenants want brakes on rising rents

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Groups representing tenants in unincorporated areas like East Los Angeles marched Tuesday on Los Angeles County supervisors offices to push for restrictions on rent increases and protection from evictions without any cause cited. Dozens of activists targeted the office of Supervisor Hilda Solis, who represents East L.A., and demanded she support tenant protections. “What do […]

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Mariachis Are Getting Priced Out of Boyle Heights

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BY JASON MCGAHAN As a mariachi in Boyle Heights, Luis Valdivia plays a bit of everything: trumpet, violin, a ukulele-sized guitar called the vihuela and a very large, six-string acoustic bass called the guitarrón. Valdivia’s younger brother Enrique Valdivia is also a mariachi. Their father and grandfather were mariachis as well. Each keeps three white mariachi […]

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L.A. Landlords Exploiting Immigration Fears To Threaten Tenants

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BY JULIA WICK IN NEWS ON APR 7, 2017 11:09 AM In immigrant-heavy neighborhoods like Boyle Heights, community groups have seen a marked uptick in landlords exploiting immigration fears to threaten tenants since the election. Unscrupulous landlords who threaten to call immigration authorities on undocumented tenants are not a new phenomenon, but, as first reported […]

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