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.

EPISODE 74 – A LATINX HISTORY OF LOS ANGELES

In our 74th episode, we chat with Oscar Monroy, a father of four from Echo Park and owner of the recently closed Cuscatleca Bakery along Sunset boulevard. Oscar and I discuss his family’s roots in Los Angeles since the 1970s, and how his parents (hailing from Mexico and El Salvador) first came to establish Panaderia Cuscatleca in the Pico-Union area in the early 2000s. We also discuss being Latinx in L.A. (including as “Mexidorans”), the future of the Latinx demographic in the U.S. (whose population currently numbers at 60.6 million), the current struggle for families like Oscar’s in the midst of gentrifying Echo Park, and much more. A can’t-miss session for any and all ‘coming up’ in the city of Los Angeles, and the first installment of a three-part discussion for Los Cuentos.

J.T.