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The Los Angeles Times | August 1, 2011
Reporting from Los Angeles and Washington - From his perch behind the counter at a storefront taqueria in Van Nuys, Isaac Perla has a ground-level view of the neighborhood. He looks out on streets lined with fruit vendors, stores selling elaborate quinceañera gowns, and billboards that are mostly in Spanish. Like much of the east San Fernando Valley, Van Nuys is home to an increasing number of Latinos. And yet voters in the region have never sent a Latino representative to Congress, in part because the area is split into two congressional districts.
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By Angela Hokanson | December 5, 2007
Jon Wenn, who teaches U.S. history to eighth-graders at Toll Middle School, said he is always looking for ways to connect his history lessons to contemporary subjects. On Tuesday night, Wenn said he was introduced to some ideas that may help him relate the significance of the conclusion of the Mexican-American War in 1848 to the contemporary issues faced by Latinos in the United States. Wenn gleaned this new information about the Latino experience while listening to a lecture by UC Irvine political science professor Louis DeSipio about Latino movements for equality throughout American history.
NEWS
September 7, 2004
Darleene Barrientos If you're a culinary student with a goal of graduating from Cal Poly Pomona's Collins School of Hospitality Management, considered one of the nation's top-10 programs, your first stop could be Glendale Community College. With a nearly $300,000 grant to be spread over three years from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Services, GCC and the Collins School of Hospitality Management will be begin working together to give Latino students a chance to earn undergraduate credits at the community college and transfer their credits seamlessly to the four-year university program.
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By Steve Appleford | September 4, 2012
Opening night at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, revealed a strikingly diverse audience of delegates, activists and guests cheering even for the earliest speakers of the evening. Leading up to the night's scheduled main event -- a speech by First Lady Michelle Obama -- the speaker lineup was filled with women (including former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi), Latinos (including Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro, the convention's keynote speaker)
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By PATRICK AZADIAN | June 17, 2006
Councilman's Frank Quintero's attempt to win the Democratic nomination for the 43rd California Assembly seat coincided with some potentially priceless lessons. In September 2005, an article appeared in the Spanish-language newspaper La Opinion titled "Proposal to close the access to Atwater Village, residents site tensions between Hispanics and Armenians [as the cause]." The article talked about Glendale City Council's controversial proposal to close a railroad crossing following the horrific January train wreck that killed 11 and injured nearly 200 others.
NEWS
September 12, 2000
Claudia Peschiutta THORNYCROFT -- Pop star Gloria Estefan took to the stage on Monday, not to sing but to motivate kids at New Horizons Family Center to study hard. Estefan encouraged them toward that end by helping to present the children with 50 new computers. Eager kids in powder blue New Horizons T-shirts, cheering parents and employees and several reporters greeted the singer as she walked into the crowded center, where many of the computers donated by the bilingual Web site quepasa.
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May 12, 2000
John Francis GLENWOOD -- Just minutes after a community meeting on keeping the peace, an 18-year-old man was injured in a drive-by shooting Thursday night. About 9:30 p.m., a teal Honda Civic with three Latinos with shaved heads turned from Glenoaks Boulevard on to Kenilworth Avenue where three Armenian teens were waiting for their pizza, Glendale Police Sgt. Rick Young said. The passenger in the rear of the car leaned out and yelled obscenities at the men, then the passenger in the front pulled out a handgun and fired five or six shots at the men in front of Domino's Pizza, Young said.
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By Veronica Rocha | March 29, 2010
More than 1,500 people celebrated Saturday the many accomplishments of migrant farmworker activist Cesar Chavez at the city’s ninth annual event honoring his life. Residents and city officials gathered at Pacific Community Center and Park for the commemorative event held in tribute of Chavez’s tireless fight for labor equality and justice for Latinos. “He is a symbol of peace in intergroup relations,” said Fernando Guerra, director of the Center for the Study of Los Angeles.
NEWS
August 8, 2002
This letter is in response to comments made by Mr. Juan Alvarez. He says, in part, "Once again, the unspoken racism that exists in Glendale rears its ugly head, this time in opposition not to Armenians, but to Latinos. It angers me that Mr. Quintero ... is being targeted this way." After indicating Mr. Quintero is a champion of Latino causes, he concludes with, "I wonder if there would have been the same reaction had Mr. Weaver accepted the money.
NEWS
December 18, 2001
Gretchen Hoffman NORTHWEST GLENDALE -- Cuban transplant Consuelo Pernia and her family are getting ready for their third Christmas in the United States. They plan to spend o7 Noche Buenaf7 -- Christmas Eve, literally, the o7 Good Nightf7 -- at a friend's or relative's house. On Christmas morning, they'll be up at 6 a.m. with friends whose young children are too excited to sleep a wink past dawn. Consuelo's husband, Eladio Lorenzo, was granted an early Christmas wish -- a visa that will allow him to spend the holidays with his mother in Cuba.
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By Ruth Sowby | March 5, 2014
"She could be the unholy love child of Ricky Ricardo and Charo. " That's how Glendale City Manager Scott Ochoa described the Glendale Latino Assn.'s 2014 Woman of the Year Mercy Velazquez , past president of the organization. Dubious birthright aside, this dynamo has recently been seen about town in her capacity as chief executive of the Arturo Sandoval Institute. More awards were given as dozens of Glendale VIPs including a smattering of Glendale's finest turned out for the association's Community Awards and Installation Luncheon.
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By Tim Traeger, tim.traeger@latimes.com | January 11, 2014
In keeping with its stated mission of inclusion, the Glendale Latino Assn. chose a top city official, one of its own, and a hospital for its top honors. Glendale City Manager Scott Ochoa, Mercy Velazquez, a past president of the organization, and Glendale Adventist Medical Center received nods for the man, woman and business of the year. “It's a tremendous honor for me because the GLA does so many wonderful things in the community,” Ochoa, 42, said. “From awarding scholarships to students allowing them to realize their own potential, to facilitating growth and development among business professionals, to simply being a positive force in the community.
NEWS
November 14, 2013
Three Latino students who sued the Glendale Police Department alleging racial profiling have settled for $2,500, according to court documents released this week. Negotiations continue with the Glendale Unified School District, which is a co-defendant in the case, according to court records. Jose Muro, Andres Muro and Francisco Martinez are plaintiffs in the lawsuit, which was filed by the ACLU of Southern California in October 2011, claiming they were detained and searched during lunch at Hoover High School on Sept.
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By Megan O'Neil | May 24, 2013
If Adelante Latinos - an organization launched in 2004 to promote and celebrate the success of Glendale Unified's Latino students - needs a poster child, Gabrielle Granados would fill the role admirably. The 17-year-old is set to graduate from Crescenta Valley High School next month with a 4.2 GPA, earned while captaining the varsity swim team and working as a lifeguard and swim instructor at the Verdugo Hills YMCA. Gabrielle, who was raised in La Crescenta, has accepted a half-tuition scholarship to USC, where she intends to study occupational therapy and gerontology.
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By Ruth Sowby | March 6, 2013
Members of the Glendale Latino Assn. make any event a party. The tone of their annual Community Awards Luncheon was fun with just the right amount of earnestness. On Thursday more than 200 members and guests gathered at the Oakmont Country Club to honor community leaders. Glendale Mayor Frank Quintero offered greetings from the city. Quintero is the founder and past president of the Glendale Latino Assn. His remarks were followed by the introduction of VIP's by Past President Mercy Velazquez.
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By Ruth Sowby | December 4, 2012
The Assistance League Glendale celebrated its 37th annual Festival of Trees. On Sunday the Glendale Hilton was all aglow with the league's theme, “By the Candle's Glow.” More electric light than candlelight, the city's fire laws were met. Some 400 women and a smattering of men basked under the glow of the Hilton's largest ballroom, decorated with 20 Christmas trees. League President Alma Tycer welcomed members and their guests. Event Chair Sally Benson was a one-woman show. She had just spent the last two weeks in league headquarters decorating the trees.
NEWS
By Steve Appleford | September 4, 2012
Opening night at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, revealed a strikingly diverse audience of delegates, activists and guests cheering even for the earliest speakers of the evening. Leading up to the night's scheduled main event -- a speech by First Lady Michelle Obama -- the speaker lineup was filled with women (including former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi), Latinos (including Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro, the convention's keynote speaker)
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By Ruth Sowby | June 5, 2012
What if, at 26-years-old, you were a slightly older student looking to pick up some needed classes at Glendale Community College? What if you were a minority student, not of the majority ethnicity on campus? What if you had to negotiate the many highways and byways on campus via a walker? What if you had cerebral palsy since you were a toddler? What if, in spite of these obstacles, you maintained a 3.78 grade point average in naturopathic medicine and had already received a bachelor's degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara?
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By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | April 26, 2012
They do things “Filipino-style” at Holy Family Catholic Church. They call Mary by her Filipino name - Our Lady of Perpetual Help - and have a Filipino choir. Seventy percent of the parish's population is Filipino. And it's growing every year, just as it is throughout Glendale. In the past two decades, the city's Filipino population has grown 66% to 13,328, according to recently released 2010 U.S. Census data. Filipino Americans now make up about 7% of Glendale's population, outpacing Koreans, who were once the third-largest minority group in a city of about 192,000.
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January 31, 2012
The Glendale Latino Assn. announced its Woman of the Year, Man of the Year and Organization of the Year for 2012. The following members will be presented with a Community Award on Feb. 23 at the La Cañada Flintridge Country Club. Denise Miller, Woman of the Year, is the director of the Live Well (55+) Senior Program at Glendale Adventist Medical Center. She is responsible for navigating seniors and their families toward easier access to health-care information, resources and wellness and prevention programs within the hospital and in the community.
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