In our 35th episode, at bonus speed for the long holiday week, we touch base with Albert Corado, of Atwater Village, who just recently declared his candidacy for the 13th council district seat (CD-13) up for election in 2022. Albert explains to us how the unthinkable tragedy of his sister’s loss at the hands of LAPD has led him to run for office, how he believes every police officer should be held accountable for wrongdoing against communities, and why he is firmly of the mind that the next council member for CD-13 should be a person of color. A can’t-miss session for listeners, especially those most attentive to issues of civil unrest over this extraordinary year. And follow Albert’s campaign on social media at @ALforLA2022.


Recover your “old” Neighborhood using Google Maps

If voting for elected officials every four years is supposed to teach Americans about their rights to choose in a democratic society, it’s only logical for them to pursue even more ways to “get involved” in the shaping of their society. But historically, in inner cities all across America, where Black and immigrant families have made their living and supported the growth of this country for centuries, when it’s come to transforming their homes, streets, and neighborhoods according to their own judgments and expertise, they’ve had little, if any choice in the matter.

Today an alternative to such an exclusionary process may be possible, but first the “old” has to be uncovered, if not recovered. So here’s how almost any city-goer with an internet connection can see the changes–or lack thereof–within their neighborhood over the last ten years in four easy steps:

I. On a laptop or home computer, go to Google Maps.

II. In the search bar, think of a familiar building or business and type in its address. For example, “Cafecito Organico,” which is at 534 North Hoover street.

III. Once the image is done loading, find the transparent “legend” that contains the address, which looks like this:

IV. Click on the tiny triangle pointing downward next to the “Street View” option. Select the year for a prior photo of the address in question. You can now see some of your favorite intersections or old businesses from as far back as 2007, which is when Google Maps first started photographing cities to develop the GPS system we use daily today.

How does the Virgil Village, or LACC area look? Learn even more about the transformation of this community at This Side of Hoover on Instagram.



In our thirty-fourth episode, we connect with Godfrey Santos Plata, a queer, Filipino-American renter from Koreatown and first-time candidate for public office who just capped off one of the best races to watch in Los Angeles this election season. Jeffrey talks with us about he and his family’s migration to the United States when he was four years old, the structure and power wielded by the California legislature in L.A. politics, what inspired him to run for office to represent his community, and the power of storytelling when inviting non-white communities to the political arena. A truly galvanizing session for listeners, especially those rooting for the workers of Los Angeles.