City Attorney presses charges in million-dollar wage theft case

One of the dogs at a recent vaccination fair held at the LA Animal Service Center. | Anita Kelso Edson/ASPCA

One of the dogs at a recent vaccination fair held at the South L.A. Animal Care Center. | Anita Kelso Edson/ASPCA

The City Attorney’s office announced last week that work on an almost $10 million contract awarded to Mackone Construction and its subcontractors had been done with underpaid workers. The city alleges that “almost fifty” workers building the South L.A. Animal Care Center were denied overtime, underrepresented in workman’s compensation claims and paid lump sums of cash that added up to below city-mandated prevailing wage.

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St. John’s treats South LA’s incoming young immigrants, Two high schoolers win essay contest + The history of the LAPD’s “militarization”


City Watch: St. John’s Well Child and Family Center in South L.A. helps care for many of the kids immigrating alone from Central America.

KCET: A conference last week addressed South L.A.’s environmental health challenges.

LA Weekly: The LAPD’s “militarization” has roots in South L.A.

LA Times: Two South L.A. high schoolers have won a Charles Dickens essay writing contest.

New housing development making waves in South LA, LAUSD board race + Former aide to Councilman Price charged with corruption

Builder: New development in infill houses makes use of small area lots and gives residents a shot at home owning.

LA School Report: The runoff contest for the LAUSD board race may draw a record turnout– on the low end, unfortunately.

LA Times: A former aide to Councilman Curren Price has been charged with corruption in a case involving the water district.

SCPR: Serial killer Chester Turner has been sentenced to death again after his conviction for the murders of 10 women.

AllenCo in South LA fined $99,000, Protesters dump alley trash downtown + “Grim Sleeper” documentary premiers

Allenco | Emmanuel Martinez

Allenco | Emmanuel Martinez

LA Times: Energy company AllenCo, operating near University Park, has been fined $99,000 for their violation of toxic emissions standards– check out our coverage of the investigation for more information.

IndieWire: “Tales of the Grim Sleeper,” a documentary about the notorious serial killer, will premier at the Toronto Film Festival.

LA Times: Protesters dump trash from a South L.A. alley onto downtown buildings to protest poor city fiscal deal-making.

LA Times: Summer classes at the Salvation Army’s Siemon Family Youth and Community Center help local kids in trying times.

USC grad student murder leads to four arrests + Frank Gehry design coming to South LA

Commander Andrew Smith and others discuss the four arrests made in the killing of a USC student. | Daina Beth Solomon

Commander Andrew Smith and others discuss the four arrests made in the killing of a USC student. | Daina Beth Solomon

Reuters: The case of a Chinese graduate student at USC who was beaten to death has lead to the arrests of four suspects.

SF Bay View: The Leimert Park Village Book Fair will be coming back for its eighth year.

LA Times: Famed architect Frank Gehry has signed on to design a community center, just half a block north of the Watts Towers.

KCET: Restaurateur Brad Johnson brings his Post and Beam restaurant to Crenshaw.

NPR: Crime writer Rachel Hall sets her new book and protagonist in South L.A.

Bicycling event CicLAvia coming to South LA + Pictures of shoes give new art project sole

Bikers at the last CicLAvia event.

Bikers at the last CicLAvia event.

NBC: Gigantic cycling event CicLAvia will come to South LA in December.

Streetsblog: Artist Kim Abeles helps people understand life in others’ shoes– using the actual shoes themselves.

Hartford Business: A new book follows a South LA entrepreneur as part of its narrative on rebuilding the path to the middle class.

HutchinsonReport: Could a possible smear campaign mar the LAUSD School Board race?

South LA Project Willowbrook wins national art award + LAUSD District 1 runoff election heats up


LA Times: Project Willowbrook, an in-depth assessment of Willowbrook’s artistic and creative flourishing,  won a national public art award.

LA School Report: LAUSD’s runoff election for District 1, which covers South L.A., heats up before its August finale.

ABC: An 8-year-old girl abducted by her biological mother outside a McDonald’s is returned home.


South LA native Dr. Dre is Compton’s newest billionaire + New regulations for Exide Battery Plant


A sign for Compton Boulevard running through Compton. | Boo Reynolds / Flickr

A sign for Compton Boulevard running through Compton. | Boo Reynolds / Flickr


LA Times: Compton celebrates, and contemplates, its newest billionaire, Dr Dre.

SCPR: The Exide Battery Recycling Plant in Vernon has new regulations that may allow it to reopen, according to the South Coast Air Quality Management District. See from Intersections: Facing off against pollution in South LA neighborhoods

ApparelNews: Knitting becomes big business in Huntington Park.

LA Times: Police offer a $50,000 reward for any information or leads in two separate murders.


Huntington Park fans react to Mexico’s World Cup loss + New York’s “Ghetto Film School” comes to South LA


NBC: Fans of Mexico’s soccer team gather, watch, and commiserate in Huntington Park after Sunday’s World Cup loss.

LA Times: New York’s “Ghetto Film School” brings its unique approach to teaching filmmaking to South L.A.

KTLA: A shooting in Inglewood lead to one death and a wounded police officer.

CurbedLA: The upcoming Crenshaw line project has another stop established, this one with bells and whistles.

Chipotle comes to South LA + Ricky “the Pirate” Taylor’s family welcomes mourners to funeral


DailyNews: Chipotle opens the doors of its first branch in Compton.

Bradenton Herald: A man on death row for murdering 10 women gets another death sentence for further murders.

LAist: The family of Watts-born Ricky “The Pirate” Taylor, a well-known character, opens his upcoming Saturday funeral to those who would like to remember him.

LA Times: Police identified two women shot in their car Tuesday night, and ask the community for information.