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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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Local de El Girasol será Salón del Reino de Los Testigos de Jehová

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Photo de El Girasol después de su cierre.  El edificio fue demolido marzo 2016 y la propieded está bajo obras. Photo from Yelp/ El T.

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Los Testigos de Jehová han adquirido una propiedad popular, la cual era antes un nightclub en Pacoima.

De acuerdo con registros del condado de Los Angeles, la propiedad ubicada en 13535 Van Nuys Blvd, previamente el sitio de El Girasol, está titulada al Regional Building Committee of Jehovahs Witnesses Inc.

No se pudo confirmar los planes para la propiedad, pero un representante de las oficinas centrales del la religión, situadas en Brooklyn, Nueva York dijo que cuando la iglesia adquiere propiedades, probablemente es para construir un Salón del Reino, cuyo nombre de sus centros de congregación.

Si se construe el nuevo Salón del Reino, será el segundo en Pacoima; se encuentra otro por la Pierce y Dronfield. Los Testigos de Jehová se fundaron en el estado de Pennsylvania en el año 1881, y hoy día forman 8.2 millones de feligreses por el mundo.

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El Girasol es la segunda propiedad deteriorada que se convierte en una iglesia en Pacoima. El 19 de junio 2016 fue la apertura de esta catedral de la Iglesia Universal, donde antes operaba El Mercadito de Valle por la Glenoaks Boulevard y Vaughn Street. Antes de la catedral, la propiedad estaba vacía y cercada por más de cinco años. Foto El Boletín.

Tens of thousands expected in Pacoima for CicLAvia

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CicLAvia in MacArthur Park 2015. Although the Pacoima route is about two miles shorter than previous routes, it is still expected to attract 20,000- 50,000 people. Photo by Steve and Julie/ Flickr.

Imagine Van Nuys Boulevard closed and car-free from Panorama City to Pacoima, where adults and kids alike can enjoy the street on bicycle, foot, scooter, or any other means except automobile.

Well, that is what is going to happen Sunday, March 6 when the popular Los Angeles event, CicLAvia, will make it’s first appearance in Pacoima.  The 4-mile route is planned to be along Van Nuys Boulevard from Roscoe Boulevard in Panorama City to Lehigh in Pacoima.  Although this is a shorter route than previous ones, 20,000 to 50,ooo are still expected to attend.

This is the furthest the popular Los Angeles events extends from downtown’s epicenter.  Previous CicLAvias have been held in Pasadena, South LA, and Culver City, Venice and downtown LA; the first time in the valley was last year when it rolled down Ventura Boulevard.

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Van Nuys Boulevard will be closed to cars for most of the day March 6, 2016 from Roscoe Boulevard to Lehigh Avenue. Cars can cross only certain intersections noted on the map. Image courtesy of CicLAvia.

The route was originally desired to extend all the way to Oxnard Street to connect to the Orange Line, but complications with major retail stores at The Plant in Panorama City caused that plan to be abandoned, a CicLAvia representative said at a community meeting. Issues with crossing the railroad tracks at San Fernando Road, however, were resolved allowing the route to extend further east.

One of CicLAvia’s goals aside from transforming streets into “safe spaces for thousands of people to bike, play and smile,” is to allow people to explore new neighborhoods.  Local businesses are encouraged to set up stands along the route, and, even though street vending is a controversial subject, a CicLAvia representative said there are no restrictions banning them from participating as long as they are not blocking the route.

So get those bikes ready and get ready to ride! CicLAvia is coming to town!

 

[Vídeo] Se ofrecen tours de los murales in Pacoima

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Probablemente ha visto los varios murales que han surgido en los últimos años alrededor de Pacoima, principalmente a lo largo de Van Nuy Blvd, denominando la zona como “La Milla de Murales” (Mural Mile).  Poco después de la denominación, el Museo del Valle de San Fernando ha estado llevando a cabo recorridos a pie de los murales. Echa un vistazo a este video-tour  producido por el camarógrafo y profesor en California State University Northridge, Miguel Ángel Durán.

El vídeo sigue uno de los tours que se conducen cada tercer sábado del mes. Se pueden ver muchos de los murales en el video y, al igual que en la gira actual, son presentados por los artistas que los pintaron.

Si el video no es suficiente para satisfacer su interés, cualquier persona puede unirse a la excursión a pie con una donación de $15 al Museo del Valle de San Fernando a través de la página web.  Puede parecer costoso, pero los fondos se utilizan para mantener los murales. Así lo pueden ver como una inversión en su comunidad y como apoyo para el arte público.

En cuanto a Duran, el productor de vídeo, él nació y se crió en el área de Pacoima / San Fernando. Asistió San Fernando High School y CSUN, donde ahora enseña video documental. También es dueño de Start Now Studios. Más de sus videos se pueden ver en la página web, que incluye un vídeo sobre la historia sobre el mural de Assata Shakur y otro en del inicio del programa de estudios chicanos/as en CSUN. Échale un vistazo.

[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.