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by LA1 News Desk    From the outside courtyard at Ramona Hall last night, if one listed just carefully enough, massive applause could almost be heard as the Assembly District 51 runoff candidates were announced inside. The massive applause was not for candidates Wendy Carrillo and Luis Lopez, of course, although a... + continue reading
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NELA Vets Gather to Denounce Bray-Ali Comments

by News Desk

   A group of NELA veterans gathered together this morning and held a news conference at Veteran's Memorial Square in Highland Park. They met in order to denounce comments written by city council candidate Joe Bray-Ali about the US Flag. The comments were made 10 years ago but are just now coming to light on a larger scale. After suffering the damage of withdrawn endorsements in response to insensitive online comments Bray-Ali made about various ethnic and social groups, his campaign is now dealing with his comments about the Flag. “Let people burn the flag all they want,' Bray-Ali wrote in his blog in 2006, "let ’em put it in their avant-garde art videos smeared in poo, let them destroy it.”

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Maverick Pro to Debut in Highland Park Tomorrow

This weekend, Highland Park will play host to Maverick Pro Wrestling. The professional wrestling event organizers will make their debut at the American Legion Post 206. The upstart company is debuting a unique blend of local talent and nationally renowned superstars.

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An Analysis of the Raucous CD1 Candidate Debate

by David R. Bloom

   To describe Monday night's debate between 1st Council District incumbent Gil Cedillo and his runoff election rival Joe Bray-Ali as simply a discussion on the issue of housing, as it was designed, would be curt. It is more appropriate to elaborate on the brewing fist fights in the crowd, for example, and how they play into the story.

   The candidate debate at the Central American Resource Center near MacArthur Park was the second in the run-up for the 1st District city council race. The first debate occurred on February 16 with Bray-Ali and Cedillo, in addition to Highland Park business owner Jesse Rosas and activist Giovanni Hernandez. It was a prelude to the March 7 municipal election, which resulted in Bray-Ali able to force a runoff election on May 17 by just 130 votes.


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