Io Triumphe Obama!
Occidental’s most famous dropout (move over Ben Affleck) is set to be profiled on California’s Gold on January 18th at 6 PM. The program promises to interview Obama’s professors, classmates, and even peek inside his dorm room. Check out this sneak preview to see Obama when he was known as “Barry”, and before he retreated from real academic coursework to the rubber stamp ivory towers of Columbia. Io Triumphe!
I don’t follow every crime in our city, but when an off-duty cop is shot to death in front of his home, it gets my attention. If you missed it, Deputy Juan Abel Escalante was killed in a drive by shooting at about 6 AM on August 2nd, and the case didn’t get much farther than reports of the shots coming from a white car. Anyone in the neighborhood with a pulse could pretty quickly point the finger in one of two direction (Cypress Park Gang or Avenues) and apparently two members of the latter “social club” are spending the night under the care of Escalante’s former coworkers in County. Chief Bratton’s statement indicates that it isn’t known if Escalante’s job at Men’s Central Jail had anything to do with his killing. To be fair, I’m not expert on law enforcement, but 6 AM seems a very odd time for a random drive-by and I don’t believe in the coincidence of that random drive-by resulting in a dead police officer. More details should be available when the case is filed with the DA later this week. Read the Times’ story here.
Once again we’re putting out a call to all readers to submit pictures of your favorite neighborhood light setups. Good, bad, or ugly, if it captures the spirit of the season or can be seen from space, we want pictures.
Submit your photos to email@example.com and we’ll post ‘em. Anybody who submits a picture will receive a free set of YORK BLVD. stickers*. Submit our favorite picture, and we’ll send you a “Carne Asada is not a Crime” t-shirt in the size of your choice.
Check out last year’s pictures and go out and take some for this year.
Also, check out this year’s 1st Glassell Park Tree Lighting Ceremony on Friday the 12th. It will take place in the Rite-Aid parking lot at 6:30pm. There are promises of free entertainment, refreshments and even a visit from the big, jolly guy himself–and in the spirit of the holidays, I’ll even refrain from making any “Gloria Molina in a red dress” jokes. Sort of. For more info, call (323) 254-5295.
* Please give us your address at the time of submission if you want the stickers. One set per household/email address of course. There is nothing official about any of this contest, so assume all the normal rules apply and all that. Happy holidays!