Supreme Court strikes does LA law on police access to hotel registers + Bernard Parks looks to the finish line

Bernard Parks, councilman for District 8 | Stephanie Monte

Bernard Parks, councilman for District 8 | Stephanie Monte

Supreme Court strikes does LA law on police access to hotel registers: After a campaign from the Los Angeles Lodging Association, which represents small, family-owned motels in South L.A., the U.S. Supreme Court struck down at Los Angeles ordinance that requires hotels to maintain a guest register subject to police inspection. (Wall Street Journal)

Bernard Parks, City Hall’s Lone Wolf, Looks to the Finish Line: Councilmember Bernard Parks will end his 50-year civil service career when he terms out of office on June 30. His son has put together a 110-minute documentary about his father’s life’s work (DT News)

Police Make Arrest in Shooting of Teen Over His Red Shoes: Four people have been arrested in the case involving a 19-year-old from South LA who was allegedly killed over the color of his shoes. The mother of the victim, Tavin Terrell Price, said, “I want to thank God for answering me prayer for justice for my son.” (KTLA)


Hip nickname for South LA leaves some feeling lonely + In South LA, anger sadness in the wake of Charleston shooting


Hip new nickname for South Los Angeles is stirring up controversy.

Hip nickname for South LA leaves some feeling lonely: Outgoing councilmember Bernard Parks is trying to rebrand South Los Angeles as “Sola” to make it more hip, but in Spanish – which is widely spoken in the area — the word has a different connotation. (LA Times)

In South LA, anger sadness in the wake of Charleston shooting: The First African Methodist Episcopal Church — the oldest black church in the Los Angeles — stood in solidarity with the members of A.M.E. church in Charleston recently affected by a mass shooting. (KPCC)

Photo exhibit features students from LAUSD schools:A pop-up photo gallery highlighted the experiences of students within South L.A. schools, including Jefferson High and John Muir middle schools. The Instagram pictures were taken by City Year AmeriCorps members. (Los Angeles Wave)

Taco stand vendor shot dead in South LA: A well-known street vendor who ran a taco stand was shot and killed on Friday at the corner of East 51st Street and McKinley Avenue. No suspects have been apprehended yet. (NBC4)

South LA’s food desert might be getting some homegrown relief: A South L.A. non-profit focused on food justice issues just purchased a 5,000 sq. ft. building on 66th Street and Vermont Avenue. The organization is hoping to transform the area into the neighborhood’s first beyond-organic produce market. (LA Weekly)

New name game: South LA or SOLA?


What’s in a name? More than a decade ago Los Angeles officials decreed that the area south of the 10 freeway would no longer be referred to in official documents as South Central. Instead, to end the stigma of crime and violence associated with the area, officials rebranded it “South L.A.” but the area may soon see another name change.

District 8 Councilman Barnard Parks introduced a proposal last week to abbreviate South L.A. to “SOLA.” The proposed change is indicative of a larger trend at promoting city nicknames: West Hollywood has been embraced as WeHo, and Downtown has taken on the moniker DTLA for locals.

Read the original City Council file on changing “South Central” to South L.A.” in 2002.

As far as South L.A. residents? “They see these other communities reinvigorated by these contemporary names,” Parks told the L.A. Times. “And they wonder, at times, why their community is lagging behind.” [Read more…]