Artists Wanted to Paint Utility Boxes in Hollywood

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The Sunset & Vine Business Improvement District is seeking submissions for an LA artist to create artwork for 10 utility boxes in the Sunset & Vine District. The chosen artist will receive a $2,000 stipend for final designs. Art must be original and neighborhood-specific.

Painting // Illustration // Text Art // Photography // Collage



These Are The Videos Inglewood’s Mayor is Suing to Suppress

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Inglewood Mayor James T. Butts is clearly not familiar with “The Streisand Effect,” but he’s about to be. The Streisand effect is when an attempt to hide or censor a piece of information has the exact opposite effect, and instead results in publicizing the information online far more than it ever would have been if the attempt to shut it down had not been made. It’s named after Barbra Streisand’s ill-fated attempt to suppress aerial photographer of her coastal mansion in Malibu.


Found in Los Angeles


A collection of items found in real life and online, sourced from Imgur, Craig’s List, Reddit, local blogs, etc. Found something interesting? Let us know

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Found on Craig’s List.


East L.A. Interchange Will Debut This Weekend, But You Can Watch the Preview Now

The documentary film East L.A. Interchange will makes its world première this Sunday at the Downtown Film Festival L.A. The film is an eight-year labor of love from director Betsy Kalin, and follows the evolution of Boyle Heights and how the neighborhood survived the construction of the largest and busiest freeway interchange in the nation. The film features interviews with people like Xavi Moreno (pictured above in a photo by Chris Chew/Bluewater Media), (The Black Eyed Peas), Father Greg Boyle (Homeboy Industries), and Josefina López (Real Women Have Curves). There’s also an original song by Raul Pacheco (Ozomatli) and voiceover from Danny Trejo.


Watts Waits: Documentary Film on the Jordan Downs Housing Project

Watts Waits is a short documentary film by Drew Bachrach that explores the changes coming to South Central L.A.’s Jordan Downs, the best known and housing project in the Western United States. The trailer was released last month, and you can watch it above.

After surviving two riots and the crack wars of the 80’s and 90’s, the 700 low-income housing units that make up this development are being torn down. What will happen next? Who will be welcome in the remade South Los Angeles?

This film serves as the last look at this cultural icon that was immortalized on-screen in Menace II Society and has played a central role in the tumult of South Central Los Angeles since it was built after World War II.


GTA in Real Life on the Streets of Los Angeles

Everyone knows that the wizards at Rockstar Games did an incredible job with their version of Los Angeles (Los Santos) GTA V, but now the people at Corridor Digital have returned the favor. Using just the right physics, camera work, and locations, they’ve recreated GTA in real life. Shot at iconic locations in Los Angeles like Venice Beach, Griffith Park Observatory, and the Arts District, any fan of the game will be blown away by this 3:22 experience.


Motorcycle Vs. Car in Beverly Hills

This video, which at the time of this writing has been viewed 561,000 times since it was published, shows a confrontation between a motorcyclist and BMW driver near Beverly Hills on March 26th. The incident starts when the guy on the moto, who made the video, tells the driver “put down your fucking phone”. The driver did not appreciate the remark and drives aggressively near the motorcycle, culminating in the motorcyclist getting knocked off his bike in the middle of the street. Here’s how the motorcyclist describes what happened:


Watch the Hollywood Park Grandstand Implode

It’s all over for Hollywood Park, and yesterday they blew up the grandstand to smithereens. They grandstand was built in 1950, and used to draw big crowds from all walks of life, include literary luminaries like Charles Bukowski. Now the land is in the process of being redeveloped by owner Stan Kroenke, who wants to build an 80,000 seat football stadium. The stadium could become home to the St. Louis Rams, also owned by Kroenke. For now, you can enjoy the destruction…


SAND ONE Presents “The Bottle Issue” Charity Event in DTLA

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One thing I like better than beer is a great cause. Come out and support an incredible one on Thursday, April 9 at Ebano’s Crossing ( during the Downtown LA Art Walk with the one-and-only SAND ONE (

What You Need to Know About Gangs in Los Angeles in 2015 ~ A Q&A With Sam Quinones


Sam Quinones is an author and journalist who lives and works in Los Angeles. He spent many years with the Los Angeles Times, and has done some of his best work since leaving the organization, including recent pieces in the New York Times, National Geographic, and Pacific Standard magazine. The author of several books, including the forthcoming Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic, he is also the originator of the Tell Your True Tale workshop which we have featured here on L.A. Taco (here, and here). Sam is a nationally known as an expert on gangs in Los Angeles, and we wanted to get some basic information that could be useful for all Angeleños…

You recently said that the Mexican Mafia is something all Angelenos should know about. What are some basics that you can share with our readers?

That’s a big topic. Basically, the Eme is perhaps an enormously important institution in the lives of people who live in Latino barrios across Southern California. It is so because two decades ago it began organizing, from prisons and county jail, the Latino gang members on the streets, ordering them to tax drug dealers in their areas and funnel part of the profits to whatever Eme member controlled the gang’s area, or his associates or family members.

This new system was instituted by one or two, then copied by many other Mexican Mafia members. The taxation system transformed a prison gang into a mafia on the streets. It transformed local neighborhood gang members from guys who strictly were about controlling their turf into guys far more interested in making money and acquiring power.

Above: “Boxer” Enriquez, former Mexican Mafia killer turned informant who was recently denied parole.

The local Eme member, from his cell in Pelican Bay or Corcoran maximum security, could in broad terms control things on the street, ordering a gang to kill its own members, which is something that never happened before. They also have ordered some gangs to tax certain businesses that have nothing to do with drug sales but are on the edge of legality – like ice cream and fruit vendors, cantinas and bar operators.

Some Eme members have ordered what amounts to crime waves in their areas. Many have let it be known that they didn’t want blacks operating in their territories, leading gangs to go on ethnic cleansing crusades for a several years.  (Continued)

Loud Sex Noises From Santa Monica Palihouse Hotel Plague Neighbor

Living next to a hotel in a quiet residential areas has its challenges, and apparently living near a “sexy” hotel offers its own special issues. Westside Today has produced the above video which goes into the issue of horny hotel visitors in Santa Monica getting too loud for one (somewhat unhinged) neighbor’s liking.