Vote for North Virgil’s Very Own Arasele Torrez

In the throes of Los Angeles, where traffic jams crowd out hopes of a day when the world might move differently, it can be difficult to imagine things actually changing. Yet when one encounters stories of the shakers and movers right in our midst, it’s clear that even if it appears like we’re only slouching […]

L.A. Metro’s Buses Are for Writers

I can still remember riding Metro’s 780 bus –from Los Feliz and Vermont–all the way to Pasadena City College–with my notebooks in hand, as I mused about the world I viewed through the windows. Still a teenager at the time, in true L.A. fashion I’d always take the seat all the way in the back-corner, […]

The Summer is Ours Los Angeles

Less than a week since my return, and once again I’m in the midst of more devising for the vecindad. I took a few days off to center myself back into L.A., but now I can see my focus sharpening like when the aperture of my DSLR is locking into the focus. It’s a buoyant […]

East Hollywood Can and Must Do Better By Its Youth

In the same spirit of my peers, honoring and respecting the community’s loss of another youth whose life was taken too prematurely from, I want to reflect on a few of the details circulating about the altercation which led to the tragedy. The following writing places this most recent loss of life in the “Virgil […]