Posts Tagged ‘community’

Taking Back the City — One Movie at a Time!

Taking Back the City -- One Movie at a Time!

  When we first moved to Compton in the mid 90′s, it was an accepted reality that most residents stayed away from the city parks.  Parks were considered “dangerous” and “run by gangs”, and other than for some occasional summertime relief at the city pool, best to be avoided.  I drove past Lueder’s Park almost [...]


Tomorrow’s Aeronautical Museum “Operation Hangar Cleanup” – Part Three

Tomorrow's Aeronautical Museum "Operation Hangar Cleanup" - Part Three

  “Operation Hangar Cleanup” was a wonderful day of celebrating history while looking toward the future.  It was an event filled with history-makers themselves, as members from the Los Angeles chapter of the Tuskegee Airmen, former Captain Fred Pitcher of Western Airlines, and record-setting young pilots were on hand to join the clean-up crews.  These [...]


Tomorrow’s Aeronautical Museum “Operation Hangar Cleanup” – Part Two

Tomorrow's Aeronautical Museum "Operation Hangar Cleanup" - Part Two

  The Tomorrow’s Aeronautical Museum is a real source of pride for anyone who lives in Compton.  Housed at the Woodley Airport since 2001, it is the home of several outstanding youth programs and the first non-profit flight school in the entire country! The youth programs offer kids from the community tutoring, mentoring, and a [...]


Tomorrow’s Aeronautical Museum “Operation Hangar Cleanup” — Part One

Tomorrow's Aeronautical Museum "Operation Hangar Cleanup" -- Part One

I’ve been working on a blog post about the Martin Luther King Day celebration we had at the Woodley Airport here in Compton.  (What? You didn’t know there’s an airport here in Compton?! Well then there’s a lot of things you still need to learn about Compton.  Cause this is not just any airport…but more [...]


Christmas Around Compton — Part Three

Christmas Around Compton -- Part Three

I was standing outside in the rain at the annual Ortega Holiday Party, put on by Community Lawyers, Inc. and El Nido Family Centers. My head was cold and my jacket was damp. My feet were downright soggy.  My heart, however, was full, because the smiles on the kids’ faces were pure sunshine! A special shout out [...]


Christmas Around Compton — Part Two

Christmas Around Compton -- Part Two

In the midst of stormy weather, the neighbors on Peck Street gathered for a neighborhood Christmas dinner the weekend before Christmas.  Two huge tents provided shelter, City Church of Compton provided the ham, and each individual family brought a side dish.  Although the clouds cleared a bit in the morning before the event was to [...]


The Real Stars of School Pride @ Enterprise — Part One

The Real Stars of School Pride @ Enterprise — Part One

This week I am working on a set of posts related to the renovation of Enterprise Middle School, shown on the pilot episode of NBC’s School Pride.  Anyone who happened to tune in on Friday, Oct. 16th saw four “community activists” ride into Compton on their white horses to awaken the community and turn a [...]


A New Don for D High — the Transformation Continues

A New Don for D High — the Transformation Continues

Saturday, July 24, 2010 marked the second Compton Initiative work day dedicated to Dominguez High.  The school’s marching band started the morning off right with a musical greeting for all the volunteers.  From the first sound of the tuba to the drop of the last paint brush, the day was a success at every level! [...]


Beautiful Contradictions

Beautiful Contradictions

This is a blog entry I wrote back in early August — it expresses well my view of this place I call home.  After reading, I hope you’ll leave a comment! Its been a while since i posted new photos.  I’ve been a little discouraged lately — spending too much time trying to edit images [...]


A New Don for Dominguez — Round One Results

A New Don for Dominguez — Round One Results

Hi folks — It’s been two months since I’ve posted anything.  I took some time off this summer — worked on learning (and relearning) some photoshop skills, took a lot of family photos, and ignored this blog for far too long!  However, the fall has descended quickly with so much going on — and my [...]


A New Don for Dominguez — the Process

A New Don for Dominguez — the Process

Things are not the same since Mr. Rigoberto Roman took over as Dominguez High’s new principal in 2009. As he promised students and faculty at the beginning of the school year, “Together, we are going to make changes around here. Dominguez High is going to be different…” Those promises rung true throughout the year, as [...]


A New Don for Dominguez — Phase One (Before)

A New Don for Dominguez — Phase One (Before)

Back in October 2009, Dominguez High staff and students, other Compton residents, and local volunteers began a huge undertaking — the restoration of Dominguez High School. Initial Stage One plans focused on four areas — repainting the black iron fence surrounding the school, refacing the school gym, painting the admin hallway, and an extensive remodel [...]


Alma Vargas

Alma Vargas

“Just Doing Good” in the City of Compton Though located in the neighboring community of Paramount, Alma Vargas jokes about her office that, “Hey – when you walk in here, you’re stepping into the city of Compton!” No doubt many citizens of Compton would grant her that honorary residency.  As the main liaison representing the [...]


Building Community on Peck Street (Part 2)

There’s no freedom like that of a child that’s totally in the moment.  Worries and cares (and cleanliness) are all cast aside — all that matters is the joy and experience being sought at the time. That freedom makes children beautiful.  They are even more beautiful when they can hold onto that essence in the [...]


Building Community on Peck Street (Part. 1)

Building Community on Peck Street (Part. 1)

I’m pretty sure cities are transformed one family, one block, one section at a time.  Many people in Compton love this city and want to build a stronger sense of community in their neighborhoods. On Easter Sunday just passed, several such families came together to host an all-invited BBQ for their entire street!  They fired up [...]