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[Video] What is the Chicano Moratorium? And why is it in Pacoima?

The Chicano Moratorium is happening in Pacoima tomorrow.

But what is the Chicano Moratorium?  And why is it in Pacoima?

Here is La Raza Unida member Ernesto Ayala, who also is part of the Pacoima Neighborhood Council, explaining what is the Chicano Moratorium and why it is in Pacoima.

The march tomorrow will begin at 11 a.m. at Ritchie Valens Park and end at Bradley Plaza.

El Consejo Vecinal de Pacoima rechaza nombrar a hombre acusado de acosar vendedores ambulantes como representante

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En una estrecho voto de 6-5, el Consejo Vecinal de Pacoima (Pacoima Neighborhood Council) rechazó el nombramiento de Jaime Arias como representante para el presupuesto del consejo vecinal. El representante del presupuesto es el enlace entre el consejo vecinal y defensores de presupuesto, quienes hacen recomendaciones y comunican asuntos del presupuesto a la oficina del alcalde.

La votación tuvo un momento de tensión después que gente que asistieron a la reunión irrumpieron en contra del nombramiento de Arias, diciendo que no representa a la comunidad de Pacoima. Un hombre, que pidió sólo ser identificado como Ledesma, acusó que las tácticas de Arias de intimidar a los vendedores ambulantes no son representativos de la comunidad. Otro asistente, Jenaro Ayala, afirmó haber recibido Arias en su casa y que está de acuerdo con Ledesma y también protesta su nombramiento.

Cuando se le solicitó a Arias dar una declaración, él dió respuesta breves que buscaba el puesto para “participar” en la comunidad y que dicho puesto le permitiría comprender mejor cómo funciona el consejo vecinal.

Cuando llegó el momento de votar, el representante de inquilinos Alex Morales fue vacilante en su voto, diciendo que no estaba seguro creer las acusaciones, pero al final votó no, el cual fue el voto decisivo.

Después del voto, Arias le dijo a El Boletín que no tenía ni idea sobre las acusaciones, pero cree que “todo sucede por una razón.”

La consejo vecinal también decidió no tomar acción un tema en su agenda esa noche perteneciente a la venta ambulante,  y en vez organizar una reunión especial sobre el asunto. La presidenta Vanessa Serrano dijo que espera tener la junta antes de la próxima reunión del consejo el próximo mes.

[Video] Tours are now being given on Pacoima’s murals

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You have probably seen the many murals that have popped up the past few years around Pacoima, mostly along Van Nuy Blvd, dubbing the area “Mural Mile.”  Soon after Mural Mile’s inception, the Museum of the San Fernando Valley has been conducting walking tours of the murals.  Check out this video tour produced by videographer and lecturer at California State University Northridge, Miguel Angel Duran.

The video follows one of the tours  conducted every third Saturday of the month.  In the video, many of the murals are featured and, like on the actual tour, artists who painted the murals give insight on their works.

If the video is not enough to satisfy your interest, anyone can join the walking tour by getting tickets from the Museum of the San Fernando Valley website for a $15 donation.  It might seem a lot but the funds are used to maintain the murals.  So see it as an investment in your community and as support for public art.

As for Duran, the video producer, he was born and raised in the Pacoima/ San Fernando area.  He attended San Fernando High School and CSUN, where he now teaches video documentary.  He also owns Start Now Studios.  More of his videos can be seen on their website, including a video on the history about the Assata Shakur mural and another on the start of CSUN’s Chicano/a Studies program.  Check it out.

Fire erupts at San Fernando Road wrecking yard

Personnel of Battalion 12 huddle to assess the cause and damage of the fire as an employee of the wrecking yard walks by. Photo by Alexander Camarillo/ El Boletín.

Los Angeles Fire Department crews from Batallion 12 responded to a fire at 9871 San Fernando Rd. shortly after 3:25PM  Monday, December 1 and found a vehicle on fire at an auto wrecking yard.  LAFD Battallion Chief Tim Kelly said a gas leak started the fire. It was contained 20 minutes after response time.

There was damage to the vehicle by the gas leak and minor damage to the adjacent portable trailer.

No injuries were reported.

Arson investigators are still determining the exact cause of the fire.

 

Peace walk planned from Humphrey Park to police station

The Foothill Area Police Clergy Council has planned a peace walk Saturday, SCAN0009October 25 from Humphrey Park to the Foothill Division Police Station.  The gather will start at 8 a.m. at Humphrey Park and the walk starts an hour later, ending at 11 a.m. at the police station at 12760 Osborne Street.  There, the Foothill Police Station is having an open house from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.where community members can meet the community calvary and the officers who patrol our area and take a look at the police vehicles.  Osborne Street will be closed off and there will be live entertainment.  Local artist Levi Ponce will also reveal a mural he has painted at the station.  All community members are invited to both events.

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