BONUS: THE CALIFORNIA READER – EP 1

On this first episode of the new California Reader podcast, we quote Carey McWilliams’ Factories in the Field (1940), as well as an LA TIMES editorial from the good ole days of 1890. We also discuss the relation of these items to struggles for Black and migratory workers at companies like Uber and Lyft in CA today. Find episode two of the California Reader at patreon.com/jimbotimes!

J.T.

Our Pamphlets are what Language Justice in East Hollywood Looks Like

In California, there is a long history of excluding and otherizing immigrant workers and families from all over the globe, going back to the earliest years of California’s years under U.S. jurisdiction with cases like People vs Hall (1854). In that case, the California Supreme Court established that Chinese people, like Native and African Americans at the time, were “mongrels” who had no right to testify against whites in California’s court. This had the effect of increasing hate crimes against non-whites, culminating with the Chinatown Lynching of 1871, when at least eighteen Chinese residents were hanged by a white mob.

But what if more of California’s resources were devoted to including those groups it’s historically silenced and deemed unworthy? This is what that looks like. Translation support for our informational pamphlets was provided by friends at the The Armenian National Committee of America Hollywood, The Thai Community Development Center, The Little Tokyo Service Center, the Anti Eviction Mapping Project @antievictionmap, This Side of Hoover’s @samanta_helou, and by moms and pops throughout our neighborhoods, who are the backbones of East Hollywood, and to whom these pamphlets are dedicated.

To pick up a free copy, find it at a legacy business in East Hollywood over the next few days!

And tell a mom and pop near you to RSVP to our panel series at easthollywood.eventbrite.com.

J.T.

Making Our Neighborhood – The Pamphlets

Making Our Neighborhood – The Pamphlets (English version; inside)
Making Our Neighborhood – The Pamphlets (English version; outside)

We are going Chocolate Factory with the campaign for these pamphlets, dropping off packs at legacy businesses throughout East Hollywood this week. After the first batch runs out, supporters can check back with http://www.jimbotimes.com to purchase sheets in packs.

Versions in Español, Armenian, Thai and Tagalog are also soon forthcoming.

RSVP to our Panel Series at Easthollywood.Eventbrite.com.

J.T.

Undesign the Redline, a Webinar

UnDesign the Redline unpacks and demystifies this history, bringing to life the consequences and stories of Redlining and policies like it. The exhibit travels to cities across the country. Local content is co-created with community members in each place, along with unique programming. What are the local stories we need to tell? Join Abundant Housing LA, APA Los Angeles, SoCal NOMA, and United Way of Greater Los Angeles on February 17th from 6-8 pm as we partner with Designing the We to bring back UnDesign the Redline to Los Angeles… virtually of course!”

Registration for this event is free HERE.

J.T.

black tattooed man speaking into loudspeaker during manifestation

Notice of Public Hearing: Hollywood Community Plan Update

According to the digital pamphlet for this hearing:

In its consideration of the recommended Community Plan, the City Planning Commission will conduct a limited Public Hearing to consider changes (Proposed Changes) to the recommended Plan Update proposed at the initial Public Hearing held on December 9, 2020. The Proposed Changes are proposed to respond to input received at the initial Public Hearing and include:

— The application of Open Space land use and OS zoning designations to additional hillside properties (inset page)

— A change in zoning Height District and Qualified [Q] Conditions for properties located in the Hollywood Media District area (inset page)

— A change in zoning designation from C4 to C2 within the Proposed Regional Center (inset page); and

— Amendments to the Hollywood Redevelopment Plan to clarify its relationship to the forthcoming recommended Community Plan (inset page).”

There are zero notes for @Planning4LA‘s Public Hearing this Thursday regarding the Just Hollywood Coalition‘s repeated calls for equity-based counts of affordable housing, an end to Luxury hotel development in Hollywood, and a halt to any more Ellis Act evictions in the community. However, something tells this blogger that the Coalition is not done making its voice heard over this plan yet. There’s only one way to find out. Be there via Zoom this Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 8:30 AM, Los Angeles.

J.T.

In Los Feliz, No Good Deed Goes Uncovered

The working people of Los Angeles are people who do not believe in much until they see it. Here is a recovered Deed Restriction from Los Feliz, circa 1926, reading, on Paragraph 11:

“This property…subject to the following conditions…That said property or any part thereof shall not, nor shall any interest therein at any time, be rented, leased, sold, devised or conveyed to or inherited by, or be otherwise acquired by or become the property of or be occupied by any person whose blood is not of the Caucasian Race, but persons not of the Caucasian Race may be kept thereon by such a Caucasian occupant strictly in the capacity of servants of such occupant.” 

The image is taken from Cal State University Northridge’s LA: On Film and On Record series.

Since 1926, the Los Feliz neighborhood has grown in diversity, but according to a study of the 90027 zip code, in which Los Feliz is situated, as recently as 2018, 59% of the neighborhood remains white. Latino and Asian residents make up 21% and 13% of the neighborhood’s population, while Black residents make up only 3% of the population. The data make Los Feliz one of the more segregated neighborhoods with respect to the city of L.A.’s current demographics.

To learn more about deed restrictions and housing in Los Angeles, you can now RSVP for Making Our Neighborhood: Redlining, Gentrification, and Housing in East Hollywood, our panel series with This Side of Hoover, via EVENTBRITE.

J.T.