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PURO CHISME: from Pepe de Pacas, GG Anaya, Krystal la Xingona

EDITOR’S NOTE:  
None of this content has been confirmed by El Boletín de Pacoima.  This is all puro chisme.  Thank you to all three contributors.  

 

What a Burnout

By Pepe de Pacas

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Are there a lot more undercover cops patrolling Pacoima??? Pepe the Frog by AnimeReallySucks. Rendition by Pacoima Bulletin/ El Boletín.

Last week, a cop stopped me as I was leaving the weed shop near the KFC on Laurel Canyon and Van Nuys Blvd.   The dispensary’s parking lot was full so I parked on the last stall on KFC’s lot. The officer rolled up behind me as I was about to pull away.   He said he stopped me because I looked suspicious coming from the alley. (Mind you, he approached me asking me how many kilos I had in the car.) I told him I was coming from the weed shop.

He said, “So you DO have drugs in the car.”

I stayed quiet, even when he asked me what my “condition” is as he skimmed through my medical recommendation.

After he let me go, I asked the office why he stopped me. He said he was from downtown, and he didn’t know there was a weed shop in the alley. Supposably there are many other unmarked police vehicles (he had an unmarked grey Ford Explorer) sent from downtown to patrol the area this time of year to prevent burglaries.

This was confirmed right after when I saw an unmarked grey Crown Victoria pulling over a small green Honda right behind the taco truck on Laurel Canyon in front of Ritchie Valens gym.

Fortunate news for Saul Lopez’s family?

By GG Anaya

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The scene of the tragedy Nov. 14, 2016 as reported by NBC Los Angeles. Lopez was riding his bicycle to school when he was caught between the collision of the two pickup trucks. He succumbed to his injuries and died at the scene. He was 15 years old.

Por ahí corren la voz, que the Lopez family got themselves a lawyer after they heard that the driver that killed Saul Lopez may have switched seats with the passenger, según los testigos de la tragedia.

 

Why would anyone do that? No tendrían licencia o qué? Well, por ahí cuentan que los supuestos culpables del choque ya han tenido problemas con la ley, supposably for doing contracting work without a license y no sé qué. Not to sure or entirely confirmed, pero si los chismes son verdad, aside from possibly getting a hefty settlement, this might turn into a criminal case. Justice or nah?

 

¿Qué pedo con Van Nuys Blvd?

By Krystal la Xingona

Okay, okay we all get it. Some people are putting so much effort trying to help Pacoima come up and be nice and healthy and all (shout out to Pacoima Beautiful!), but wtf is up with Van Nuys Blvd?

To be honest, I was all for the plan when I first saw it, and even after I went to a few meetings, but the final result? No manches, nos engañaron! They had these nice little designs with painted bike lanes and parklets, and little people in the pictures and it looked all nice and you can imagine the raza NOT riding the bikes on the sidewalk, y hasta imaginas tu bendita abuela en bicicleta using the bike lanes, pero NEL.

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Apenitas estoy viendo esos diseños de nuevo, y fíjense que apenas voy viendo que en small, little print que dice, “THIS GRAPHIC IS FOR ILLUSTRATION PURPOSE AND DOES NOT REPRESENT THE ACTUAL DESING FOR VAN NUYS BLVD.”

WTF!! Okay, I’m not gonna get crazy, but all I’m gonna say is that they better not leave that shit like that; that shit looks incomplete! If they are gonna do something, they better do it right! Nos ven con cara de pendejos o que? And I don’t even care that Felipe Fuentes dumped us for a better paying job (maybe he just couldn’t handle all the dissent from his constituents, maybe dijo, les trato de ayudar y todavía chingan…a la fregada! …)   And I don’t care which of the 30 people who are running to fill  Fuentes’ seat gets elected! Para mi, me da igual porque nosotrxs seguimos aquí, nosotrxs de Pacoima, the northeast san Fernando Valley, CD7, todxs seguimos aquí y seguiremos aquí tomando decisiones en nuestros barrios!

 

 

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Los Angeles is legalizing illegal residential units, just not your illegally converted garage…. yet.

It is not known how many illegally converted garages are in Pacoima, but it safe to say there is at least one per street.

It is not known how many illegally converted garages are in Pacoima, but it safe to say there is at least one on each street.

To ease the current housing shortage in the city, the Los Angeles City Council unanimously voted Wednesday, June 24 to make it easier for unapproved housing units to become legal.

The law will make it easier to legalize dwellings found in multi-unit complexes that are not suppose to be there, like converted recreation rooms or a unit made into two. More than 1,700 of these illegal units were removed since 2010, and the city knows about an addition 600 that remain out of compliance that can benefit from the new ordinance.

The ordinance, proposed by Councilmember Felipe Fuentes (who represents Pacoima), however, only applies to illegal units in multi-unit complexes, not converted garages, which can be found on almost every block in Pacoima.

The Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety said it is difficult to know how many illegally converted garages there are in Pacoima or Los Angeles because homes are not routinely inspected, unlike apartment complexes which are inspected every four years, but Pacoima Beautiful estimates that nearly 20 percent of people in Pacoima rent a room or live in a converted garage.  

Fuentes’ office said he is hoping to work on this issue next, but first it is necessary to analyze the impact variances in this new ordinance will have. For example, currently zoning law requires a parking to be available per unit. Fuentes’ approved proposal will overlook such variances as long as “it meets certain fire, life safety, and habitability requirements.”

“Right now the issue is those residential apartments, and then we’ll see how this works out in the city, and then learn from this ordinance.  Learn best practices, then move to garages,”said a representative from Fuentes’ office. “We have to see best practices, see what works, what doesn’t work.”

Pacoima se levanta en contra del tren de alta velocidad

Chimalli Cuetlachtli, miembro los Brown Berets, los cuales tienen sede en Pacoima, se dirige al público en la reunión del Consejo de Barrio Pacoima 21 de enero 2015.

Chimalli Cuetlachtli, miembro de los Brown Berets, los cuales tienen sede en Pacoima, se dirige al público en la reunión del Consejo de Barrio Pacoima 21 de enero 2015.

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El Consejo del Barrio de Pacoima anunció en su reunión mensual en el Centro Comunitario de Pacoima su oposición a la ruta del controvertido tren de alta velocidad que puede cortar a través de Pacoima. El presidente a lado de la junta vecinal se dirigió a una sala llena en la reunión el miércoles, a la que asistieron el concejal Felipe Fuentes, la alcaldesa de San Fernando, representantes de la oficina de la asambleísta Patty López y la Autoridad del Tren de Alta Velocidad, y residentes de Pacoima y las comunidades cercanas.

“Si usted está aquí para oponerse al tren de alta velocidad, bueno, ni siquiera estamos aquí para entretener eso,” dijo Michael González, presidente del Consejo del Barrio de Pacoima.

“Nuestro argumento es que queremos la mejor ruta, una ruta justa, que afecta a la menor cantidad de personas. Y nosotros, nuestra comunidad piensa que aquí no es el mejor lugar para hacer eso,” dijo.

Cerca de 100 personas asistieron a la reunión, la mayoría también para expresar su oposición a la ruta propuesta que puede disecar Pacoima al igual con Sun Valley, San Fernando, y Sylmar a 200 millas por hora. Los temas del programa se estrellaron en la agenda, (en específico, el tema del tren de alta velocidad) a fin de que ese tema se pueda abordar. Presentaciones de los políticos se convirtieron en sesiones de preguntas y respuestas, y algunos estallidos del público causaron a González pedir orden.

La reunión se puso más tensa cuando González públicamente enfrentó a Ricardo

Ricardo Benítez, representante de la asambleísta Patty López, evitó hablar de sus declaraciones hechas el 13 de enero a una manifestación contra el tren de alta velocidad, donde dijo que López apoyaba la ruta SR14, que pasaría a través de Pacoima.

Ricardo Benítez, representante de la asambleísta Patty López, evitó hablar de sus declaraciones hechas el 13 de enero a una manifestación contra el tren de alta velocidad, donde dijo que López apoyaba la ruta SR14, que pasaría a través de Pacoima.

Benítez, representante de la asambleísta López, sobre su declaración que hizo la semana pasada en la reunión en la comunidad estribacional que la asambleísta López estaba en favor de la ruta que puede pasar por Pacoima.

Puede encontrar más información sobre la ruta Palmdale a Burbank haciendo clic aquí.

Aunque López emitió un comunicado el día siguiente de la manifestación en la estribación en cual dijo que ella no ha tomado una posición al respecto, Benítez evitó la pregunta acerca de la posición de la asambleísta con la retórica de repetir que López es nueva en su puesto y todavía está aprendiendo los asuntos, e incluso trató de cargarle el muerto al Concejal Fuentes.

“Eso fue en el pasado, así que ahora estoy dando mi declaración de hoy,” dijo Benítez. “Hasta el señor Fuentes dijo que quiere que la ruta allá  [a lo largo de la carretera] 14 así, no estoy diciendo que estoy en la misma posición, pero eso es mi presentación”, dijo, y luego se escabulló.

El concejal Fuentes, sin embargo, quedó en su posición neutral diciendo que

El concejal Felipe Fuentes dijo que necesita más información para tomar una posición sobre cualquier ruta propuesta, sin embargo, se mostró esperanzado en que el proyecto contribuirá a mejorar las áreas a lo largo de San Fernando Road si se elige esa ruta.

El concejal Felipe Fuentes dijo que necesita más información para tomar una posición sobre cualquier ruta propuesta, sin embargo, se mostró esperanzado en que el proyecto contribuirá a mejorar las áreas a lo largo de San Fernando Road si se elige esa ruta.

necesita más información de la Autoridad del Tren de Alta Velocidad para tomar una decisión, pero imploró a la comunidad que hagan escuchar su voces ya que el proceso avanza. Dijo que no sabe los beneficios que el proyecto traerá, pero fue tan lejos para lanzar unos escenarios de como el proyecto puede beneficiar, por ejemplo, en la limpieza de la barandilla a lo largo de San Fernando Road y la eliminación de algunos de los depósitos de chatarra en Sun Valley.

“Pero hoy no puedo decir que nada de esto es digno de nuestra consideración todavía porque tenemos que dejar que el proceso siga adelante,” dijo Fuentes a la multitud y les imploró a participar en todo el proceso.

“Si salimos de nuestra conversación, entonces, ¿qué pasa entonces? Se toma la decisión, con o sin nosotros,”  dijo.

González tuvo la última palabra antes de la apertura del comentario público.

“Nuestro argumento es que estamos al favor de la mejor ruta, una ruta justa que afecta a la menor cantidad de personas, sin embargo,”  dijo. “Y sostenemos que si construimos por San Fernando [Road], construimos este enorme muro, un muro de sonido que dividirá nuestra comunidad, es la peor opción, es la peor ruta. Retiren esa idea.”

Pacoima stands up against High Speed Rail

A member of the Brown Berets, whom have headquarters in Pacoima, addresses the public at the Pacoima Neighborhood Council meeting Jan. 21, 2015.

Chimalli Cuetlatchli from the Brown Berets, whom have headquarters in Pacoima, addresses the public at the Pacoima Neighborhood Council meeting Jan. 21, 2015. Photo by Alexander Camarillo/ El Boletín.

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The Pacoima Neighborhood Council announced  its opposition to the controversial bullet train route that may cut through Pacoima at its monthly meeting at the Pacoima Community Center.  The president alongside the neighborhood council addressed a full room at Wednesday’s meeting, which was attended by Councilmember Felipe Fuentes, the mayor of San Fernando, representatives from Assemblymember Patty Lopez’s office and the High Speed Rail Authority, and residents from Pacoima and nearby communities.

“If you are here to oppose the high speed rail, well, we’re not even here to even entertain that,” said Pacoima Neighborhood Council President Michael Gonzalez.

“Our contention is we want the best route, a fair route, that affects the least amount of people.  And we, our community thinks this is not the best place to do that,” he said.

About 100 people showed up to this meeting, most to also state their opposition to the proposed route that will disect Pacoima along with Sun Valley, San Fernando, and Sylmar at up to 200 miles per hour.    Items on the agenda were bumped up on the agenda, (specifically, high-speed rail) so that issue can be addressed.   Politicians’ presentations turned into a Q&A, and a few outbursts from the public caused Gonzalez to call for order.

The meeting became more tense when Gonzalez publicly confronted Ricardo

Ricardo Benitez, representative for Assemblymember Patty Lopez, avoided speaking about his statements made January 13 at a rally against the bullet train, where he said Lopez supported the SR14 route, which would pass through Pacoima.

Ricardo Benitez, representative for Assemblymember Patty Lopez, avoided speaking about his statements made January 13 at a rally against the bullet train, where he said Lopez supported the SR14 route, which would pass through Pacoima. Photo by Alexander Camarillo/ El Boletín.

Benitez, Assemblymember Lopez’s representative,  about the statement he made last week at the foothill community’s rally that Assemblymember Lopez supported the route going through Pacoima.

 You can find more information about the Palmdale to Burbank routes by clicking here.

Although Lopez released a statement the day following the foothill rally saying she has not taken a position on the matter, Benitez avoided the question about Lopez’s position by repeating rhetoric that Lopez is new and is still learning the ropes, and even tried throwing Councilmember Fuentes under the bus.

“That was in the past, so now I am giving my statement today,” said Benitez.  “Even Mr. Fuentes said that he wants it over there in [along Highway]14 so, I’m not saying I am in the same position but that’s my presentation,” he said, then scurried away.

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Councilmember Felipe Fuentes said he needs more information to take a position on any route proposed, yet he was hopeful the project will help improve areas along San Fernando Road if that route is chosen. Photo by Alexander Camarillo/ El Boletín.

Councilmember Fuentes, however, stuck with his neutral position saying he needs more information from the High Speed Rail Authority to make a decision but implored the community to let their voices be heard as the process moves forward.  He said he does not know which benefits the project will bring, but went so far as to throw “what if” scenarios like cleaning up the railing along San Fernando Road and removing some of the junk yards in Sun Valley.

“But I can’t say today that any of this is worthy of our consideration yet because we have to let the process go forward,” Fuentes said to the crowd and implored them to be involved throughout the process.  

“If we get out of our conversation, then what happens then?  The decision will be made, with or without us,” he said.

Gonzalez had the final word before public comment was opened.

“Our contention is, we’re for the best route, a fair route that affects the least amount of people though,” he said.   “And we contend that if we build it down San Fernando [Road], we build this huge wall, a sound wall dividing our community, that is the worst option, that is the worst route.  Take that off the table.”

Pacoima celebrates its first Día de los Muertos

Photo by Ana Rosa Murillo

Photo by Ana Rosa Murillo/ El Boletín

Pacoima City Hall was transformed from a sparsely used government building to a community space this weekend as the first Día de los Muertos Festival in Pacoima was celebrated there.    Altars built in memory of community members were decorated with their photos along with candles, photos, and flowers.  Banners hung from the building’s second floor railing and colorful artwork was displayed in almost every corner.  Local organizations sponsored their own altars where they honored their deceased members.  The main, larger altar remembered the community: family, friends, and even pets.

“It’s the first time for many to actually participate in Día de los Muertos, so it’s all new to some of them because they haven’t practiced it in years.  And this is the first one in Pacoima,” said Manny Velazquez, artist and art curator for the event.  He invited 30 artists including local painters Kristy Sandoval and Rah Azul- to collaborate in the event.

Manny Velazquez stands in front of the main altar.  Community members were invited and submitted photos for this altar, which was the largest of them all.

Manny Velazquez stands in front of the main altar. Community members were invited and submitted photos for this altar, which was the largest of them all. Photo by Guadalupe González/ El Boletín

In the past, Pacoima residents had to travel to San Fernando, Canoga Park, Hollywood, or other parts of Los Angeles to enjoy Día de los Muertos festivities.

“But now, this is one where you can actually cross the street and drop off a picture, and that’s what we did.  We made it ultra big to allow them to come and drop off a picture,” Velazquez said.

Forty local organizations and dozens of parent and youth volunteers participated in putting on the three-day event.  The celebrations started October 31 with a Halloween festival that included free candy and movie screening and ended yesterday with the final viewing of the altars.

Councilmember Felipe Fuentes hosted the event as an effort to revitalize the Van Nuys Boulevard corridor, where Pacoima City Hall is located, and to celebrate the community.

“It’s precisely what this building was designed for,” he said.  

Up until recently, the city hall building was unoccupied since it was finished in 2009 because of leasing complications, said Fuentes.  Now the five suite building houses Pacoima Beautiful, the Los Angeles Police Department’s Community Relations office, and Fuentes’ field office.  But he wants the location to be more than just a place for residents to  submit their complaints.

“In addition, to us trying to solve people’s city problems, it’s also a place that should bring together sort of people to celebrate what it is to be a member of this community.  And that’s what we are trying to do this weekend.”

Director of the Parent Center at Pacoima Charter School Eva Torres sits next to the altar she built in honor of Marsha Finch and Mr. Snader, two Pacoima Charter teachers who recently died of cancer.

Director of the Parent Center at Pacoima Charter School Eva Torres sits next to the altar she built in honor of Marsha Finch and Mr. Snader, two Pacoima Charter teachers who recently died of cancer. Photo by Guadalupe González/ El Boletín

Snacks and coffee were provided, and nothing was sold to avoid commercializing the event, said a volunteer.  Not even those coveted purple Día de los Muertos shirts provided to volunteers.  There was live musical acts and children were able to do some painting of their own.

Elsa Gonzales, a long-time Pacoima resident, stopped by with her three children after their soccer practice.

“It’s close, and my husband heard about it at Pacoima City Hall and we came by to see if it was still on,” she said.  It was her first Día de los Muertos event she has ever been to, she said, and is looking forward to more community events like this.

Photo by Ana Rosa Murillo/ El Boletín

Photo by Ana Rosa Murillo/ El Boletín

Here is a map of the altars at Pacoima’s Día De Los Muertos Festival

10608187_1548060595429405_4210106047716425249_oLive music, art exhibitions, as well as community alters honoring the
deceased. These are just some of the sights and sounds that can be
experienced at this weekend’s Dia De Los Muertos festival at Pacoima
City Hall.

As part of the festival, five local restaurants and some local businesses along Van Nuys blvd will be participating in an outdoor dining experience happening in simulation with the main events at City Hall. That means that instead of purchasing food at City Hall, the restaurants will be selling outside their location.  And you want to check it out: each of the seven sites will have calavera (skull) and altar displays set-up at their storefronts. All of which are handcrafted from artists from Pacoima and surrounding communities.

Here is map of where you can find the altars.

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View Pacoima Día de los Muertos Altar Map in a full screen map

Participating restaurants include, Antonio’s  Tacos & Kobob, Birriería Rosamaria, El Indio Restaurant, Lenchita’s, as well as Myke’s Café. Additionally, food vouchers for participating restaurants will be available to the general public at City Hall, along with a guide map of their locations, and other points of interests on the boulevard. The event hours are scheduled for 1 to 9pm on Saturday, in addition to 1 to 5pm on Sunday.

More information can be found on the Celebrate Pacoima at Dia De Los Muertos Festival Facebook page. Also by contacting the Pacoima District Office at 818-485-0600.

Eventos en Pacoima para llevar la familia este Halloween

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¿Busca dónde más llevar su familia este Halloween en vez de solo dar vuelta a la manzana?  Este año habrá varios eventos aquí mismo en mero Pacoima.  Lo mejor es que todos los eventos son gratis, familiares, y suficiente cerca para ir caminando.   Entonces agarre su su duende y dama, el costal para los dulces, y unas lámparas para la noche y pase por estos eventos en su barrio!

1.  Heroes of Life

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Imagen cortesía de Heroes of Life.

Heroes of Life (Héroes de la Vida), una organización juvenil que se centra en la música, el arte y la cultura, está teniendo un evento de todo el día para todos los padres, abuelos y niños en la ubicación en el Centro Comunitario de Pacoima.  Su familia puede comprobar su salud en la feria de la salud que se llevará acabo desde el mediodía hasta las 4 pm.  Luego pueden engullir un montón de caramelos del “trunk-or-treat” de 6-7:30 p.m., donde coches decorados se alinearán en el estacionamiento y los niños podrán ir “trunk-or-treating” (o sea, tronco-o-trato) de maletero a maletero de los coches. También habrá un concurso del coche mejor decorado.  Disfrute el resto de la noche con el concierto de 1 Love (Un amor) y apoye a sus jóvenes artistas mediante la compra de sus artefactos que se venderán en el evento. Recuerde llevar su disfraz y participe en el concurso de disfraces! Pacoima Community Center, 11243 Glenoaks Blvd., 12-9 p.m.  

2.  Parques y recreación 

Photos from Flickriver/ MisterGoleta and CemeteryGuide.com/ Mark Masek

Photos from Flickriver/ MisterGoleta and CemeteryGuide.com/ Mark Masek.

Dos parques pacoimeros- David M. Gonzales (3-7 pm) y Ritchie Valens (5-8 pm)- estarán facilitando festividades de Halloween en sus zonas de recreo. Ambos parques tendrán juegos, premios, pintura de la cara, aperitivos, y un concurso de disfraces. Seguro que va a ser divertido para los más pequeños, y lleve a los más mayores, porque de cualquier parque puede llegar a pie a las festividades en el Ayuntamiento de Pacoima (Pacoima City Hall). Y si va “trick-or-treating” de un parque al ayuntamiento puede pedir montones de dulces! David M. Gonzales Recreation Center, 10943 Herrick Ave., 3-7 p.m./  Ritchie Valens Recreation Center and Park, 10731 Laurel Canyon Blvd., 5-8 p.m.  

3.  Ayuntamiento de Pacoima

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Imagen cortesía de la oficina del Concejal Felipe Fuentes.

El Ayuntamiento de Pacoima va a regalar algo más que dulces: perros calientes, agua, y palomitas también serán delicias gratuitas. Los niños podrán pedir más dulces en el “trunk-or-treat” y ganar premios si entran en el concurso de disfraces.  Y guarde unas palomitas para disfrutar durante la película.   La proyección de Hotel Transylvania se mostrará a las 7 de la tarde y cerrará la noche. Así que asista los eventos en de Héroes de la Vida, a continuación, gire al parque más cercano a usted, y por último vaya “trick-or-treating” en su camino al ayuntamiento. Esa es la mejor manera de celebrar Halloween en comunidad. Y no se olvide asistir al festival de Día de los Muertos los siguientes días en el mismo ayuntamiento. Más detalles vendrán muy pronto de su Boletín de Pacoima! Pacoima City Hall, 13520 Van Nuys Blvd., 6-9 p.m. 

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