WHEN DID LOS ANGELES GET ITS NAME?

Please note that our interview with Eva Recinos is now scheduled for January 24th at 7 PM via IG Live. Also note that at L.A. City Council this Tuesday, Patrisse Cullors, a co-founder of Black Lives Matter, called for justice in the name of Keenan Anderson; she was joined in these calls by community members speaking out for Anderson, Takar Smith, and Oscar Leon Sanchez, all three of whom were shot and killed by the Los Angeles Police Department within the first week of 2023.

As for this update’s main segment, the first of a new kind for the podcast, we discuss the naming of Los Angeles, the city’s age, what the Mojave and Sonoran deserts have to do with it, and why this info is still relevant for communities today. Sources for the “tid-bit” include the L.A. City Gov’s website, as well as LAtitudes: An Angeleno’s Atlas, and Rosten Woo.

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J.T.

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LOS CUENTOS SALUTE 2023

Happy 2023, Los Angeles! If you’re listening from Spotify or Apple Podcasts, you’ll notice a new look to the show. This is courtesy of Aspen Leavitt, whose illustration for yours truly captures the spirit of Los Cuentos like few others could. See more of Aspen’s work via Instagram at @artbyazpen.

Secondly, save the date for our next IG Live session taking place next Tuesday, January 17th and featuring Eva Recinos, a writer on arts and culture in L.A. who’s going to take us through some of her latest, must-read stories.

And if you’ve been anywhere in California lately, you know it’s been fiercely cold; so pick up some Los Cuentos pink and yellow beanies to keep you and your counterparts warm over the next few months; this way you’ll not only support the show, but you’ll do so in style. Place your order via jmbtms.com and thank you in advance, it means the world.

This tidbit also reflects for a moment on recent developments in Los Angeles, where Karen Bass was just elected to the mayor’s office. Bass recently declared a state of emergency for the city’s roughly 50,000 people without shelter, and her administration’s Inside Safe initiative has been slowly but steadily offering hotel rooms in exchange for removal of tents along the street; we’ve not yet seen the numbers for tracking this system but will make them available if and when we can access them.

We also note not one but three new progressive L.A. City Council Members, including Eunisses Hernandez, Hugo Soto-Martinez, and Katy Young-Yaroslavsky. A shout out also goes to Lindsey P. Horvath, who just became the new representative for the 3rd District, of which West Hollywood, Hollywood and East Hollywood are a part of. For more of these updates and then some, please follow the show on Apple or Spotify, then rate and review us!

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J.T.

EPISODE 108 – MIKE BONIN WILL TURN 70 AND STILL BE DOING THE WORK

L.A. City Council Member Bonin and yours truly discuss a range of things: The racist L.A. City Council leaks. The fight against his office’s work to expand transitional housing for unhoused people in Venice beach. The Los Angeles Police Union’s efforts to recall Bonin. The passage of measure ULA (or a tax on transfers of residential and commercial real estate in L.A. valued over $5 million to support renter’s assistance programs; other tools this measure provides the new L.A. City Council. The L.A. City Council’s Transportation Committee and Bonin’s time on the L.A. Metro Board; the path towards fareless transit, the expansion of L.A. City Hall over the next few years and how it might be phased out, and more. Another can’t-miss episode for the people of Los Angeles and a great way to acknowledge Council Member Bonin’s years of service for communities in the city.

J.T.