23. April 2014

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Eddie Quiñonez: From Anaheim Gang Member to Street Scholar


{Down His Lonely Streets / Photo cred: John Gilhooley}

The luckiest day of Eddie Quiñonez’s life just happened to arrive on a Friday the 13th. It was just after midnight in mid-October 2006, and Quiñonez, a former member of the Anaheim-based gang Down Familia de Wicked Soldiers (DFWS), had spent the afternoon at a local high-school football game with some old friends. The then-22-year-old Quiñonez hadn’t been an active member of the gang for years. He’d grown out his hair from the close gangster shave he used to sport, wore clothes that covered his old tattoos, and was on his way to graduating from Fullerton College. But there’s a saying about old gang members: They never really leave their barrio.

After the game ended, Quiñonez met up with some of his old homies from DWFS. Together, they headed to one of the places where he used to hang out: an alley near where Dogwood Avenue dead-ends at Interstate 5 in Anaheim. At some point, Quiñonez began arguing with one of his old friends. He tried to leave and had just sat down in the driver’s seat of his truck when one of his ex-homies confronted him.

“Give me your fucking truck!” the guy demanded.

Read more as the story is online today and on newsstands tomorrow. For those outside the Weekly’s distribution area, click the link below:

http://www.ocweekly.com/2014-04-24/news/eddie-quinonez-joe-casas-anaheim/

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22. April 2014

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Bruno the Monument: Coming to an Anaheim Dog Park Near You

A month later, fundraisers and news reports are still pouring in for Bruno, the Anaheim police K-9 severely wounded by gunfire after a deadly shootout between officers and Robert Moreno, Jr. A group calling itself “Dog Park for Chino Hills” held a “Breakfast for Bruno” event at Applebee’s on Saturday that tallied up $3,000 in donations. Not to be outdone, the Anaheim City Council, at the suggestion of Kris Murray, is getting in on the “Brunomania” bit. At this evening’s meeting, council members will direct city staff to organize a committee to build a monument to Bruno at one of Anaheim’s future dog park sites.

Read more on my latest OC Weekly Navel Gazing Blog report:

http://blogs.ocweekly.com/navelgazing/2014/04/bruno_the_police_dog_anaheim.php

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18. April 2014

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Fired Black Hotel Worker in Irvine Claims Racial Discrimination

Activists and clergy members from numerous organizations gathered outside Irvine Embassy Suites earlier this month to support former employee Aaron Westly who claims management fired him after he complained to no avail about a coworker calling him an “animal” and “nigger.” The story of racial harassment went unreported save for the Tri-County Bulletin, an African-American newspaper serving the Inland Empire, Long Beach and Orange County.

Read more on my latest OC Weekly Navel Gazing Blog post:

http://blogs.ocweekly.com/navelgazing/2014/04/black_activists_and_clergy_mem.php

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17. April 2014

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[Spare Notes] Rapper Cecy B is Putting in ‘Werk!’


{It’s Cecy B’s world! / photo cred: Francis Bertrand}

We don’t see Chicana femcees like Cecy B representing OC all too often. We’d have a lot more people paying attention to us if we did. With her endless swag, speedy flow and devastating sexy appeal, it’s a wonder this former San Juan Capistrano resident wasn’t discovered a whole lot earlier. But thanks to new management and a big break opportunity from the legendary radio personalities/producers the Baka Boyz, her latest trap happy single, “All I Do is Werk,” is working its way onto FM airwaves from coast to coast.

Read more on my latest OC Weekly Heard Mentality Spare Notes post:

http://blogs.ocweekly.com/heardmentality/2014/04/cecy_b_baka_boyz_spare_notes.php

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17. April 2014

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Long Beach Woman Faces Deportation Despite Trust Act

A clothing store employee in Long Beach called the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department (LASD) on Kareli Barrera last Monday. They arrested the woman on suspicion of shoplifting. Nervously, she gave deputies a false name as she’s an undocumented immigrant. Later that night, they booked and jailed Barrera for the misdemeanor offenses. When she went before a judge, she pleaded no contest to petty theft, but instead of being released, the mother of an American citizen remained detained at Lakewood Sheriff’s Station until being transferred to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) early Monday morning. The move angered activists, stating she should’ve been protected by California’s TRUST Act.

Read more on my latest OC Weekly Navel Gazing Blog post:

http://blogs.ocweekly.com/navelgazing/2014/04/kareli_barrera.php

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