She Was a Realtor. And a Gang Leader.

She Was a Realtor. And a Gang Leader.

Victor Landa September 26, 2017

When Irene Rodriguez died last year at 72 of complications from Parkinson’s, Calvary Mortuary in East Los Angeles filled with mourners. A video screen showed photos of her beaming at […]

Hacking Hockney: the Mexican American painter bringing Latino culture into art

Victor Landa August 22, 2017

In the 1960s, a young David Hockney, infatuated with the sun and sensuality of the west coast, introduced the world of high art to the markers of Los Angeles domestic bliss. […]

California House race is a test of Latino, Korean influence

NewsTaco May 31, 2017

*This will be very interesting to watch. This is the race to fill the seat left vacant when Xavier Becerra left congress to become California’s Attorney General. The vote is […]

A Poor Christmas for Latino Elders on LA Streets

NewsTaco December 27, 2016

*Don’t mean to dampen your holiday mood, but this is important and not only in LA: “Twelve percent of the 7.1 million people the Regional Food Bank serves annually, more […]

L.A. Murder – Not The Real Story Any More

NewsTaco January 4, 2016

**Some reassuring news hidden behind Los Angeles murder stats. Context makes the difference in urban settings, along the border, anywhere that numbers are used to paint pictures. VL By Sam […]

Journalist Sam Quinones is on a Mission to Photograph Every Mural of La Virgen de Guadalupe In LA

NewsTaco December 18, 2015

*Sam Quiñoes has been making pictures of Virgen de Guadalupe murals in Los Angeles since 2010. He does it on his spare time and has lost count of the mural […]

Do Latino Neighborhoods Have More to Fear from Gentrification?

NewsTaco July 3, 2015

*A fascinating read! It turns out that traditional Latino neighborhoods are more prone to gentrification because new white residents are less likely to move into a neighborhood that has a […]