Posts Tagged ‘pride’

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 [...]


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 [...]