Boyle Heights Beat

LA City Council passes ban on homeless encampments near schools and daycares

The Los Angeles City Council has voted to ban homeless encampments within 500 feet of schools and daycares. The vote Tuesday was 11 to 3. Before the vote, a group of advocates for the unhoused disrupted the meeting. One woman climbed over a set of benches towards where the City members were seated and began shouting; she and another man were taken away in handcuffs.
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María Ramírez: a leader in her community

María Ramírez says that she is the person she is thanks to her life in Ramona Gardens. In the interview, she talked about how she became a leader in her community, seeing the needs that existed and investigating the resources available to bring them to her neighbors. She...
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Peace & Healing Center coming to Boyle Heights

The Los Angeles’ Civil + Human Rights and Equity Department is looking to partner with a Boyle Heights-based community organization to establish one of nine upcoming neighborhood Peace & Healing Centers throughout the city. The centers will operate in an existing space in each community as part of a...

Tradition, consistency keep customers coming back to Al & Bea’s

Between the Hollenbeck Youth Center and a Dollar Store on First Street sits a small restaurant with a sign that proudly displays “Al & Bea’s Mexican Food Since 1966.”. As you enter the establishment, the smell of slow-cooked beans and the sweet odor of hot grease fill your nose. In the take-out window, wrapped burritos sit neatly on patterned trays waiting to be picked up. A printed menu on the wall has many types of Mexican food. On top, it reads “Specializing in Burritos,” with more than 10 options offered.

Nikkei Celebration comes to Boyle Heights

Boyle Heights is set to celebrate its Japanese history with the first annual Nikkei Celebration to take place on Sunday, Aug. 7. Lead organizers – Boyle Heights Community Partners and the Little Tokyo Historical Society – say the event, set to run from 3 – 8 p.m., will serve as a celebration of the Nikkei (Japanese emigrants and their descendants) throughout Los Angeles and as an opportunity for community members to learn about the large Japanese population that once lived in Boyle Heights.

Free Artificial Intelligence Bootcamp for high school students coming to Boyle Heights

The Mark Cuban Foundation will hold one of 30 Artificial Intelligence bootcamps for underserved high school students in Boyle Heights this fall. According to a press release, the free AI Bootcamp in Boyle Heights will introduce students in grades 9-12 to basic AI concepts and skills. CSL Behring, a leading global biotech company, will be hosting the workshop over four consecutive Saturdays from October 22 to November 12, in collaboration with the community’s own Foundation.

First crash reported on Sixth Street Viaduct

A little over a week after the new Sixth Street Viaduct opened, a street takeover that led to a three-vehicle collision Monday night forced the Los Angeles Police Department to temporarily shut down the span. Police said the crash was reported around 10:30 pm. According to witnesses who spoke to...