Morning Brief: Sixth Street Bridge, ‘Nope’ at Universal Studios, Mexican American Baseball Team History
Good morning, L.A. It’s Thursday, July 28.
By now you’ve probably heard of all of the craziness surrounding the city’s $588 million project: the Sixth Street Viaduct. This bridge – the most expensive ever built in L.A. - was touted as a “love letter” to the city (straight out of Mayor Eric Garcetti’s mouth). But within weeks after launch, we hear there are safety concerns from cyclists and mobility advocates over the bike lanes. And, unfortunately, there've been a few car crashes that have caused the LAPD to shut down the bridge…more than a couple of times.
Then there’s also been something else really interesting going on. The folks in nearby communities are SHOWING up and SHOWING OUT. Whether it’s in their low riders like Councilmember Kevin de Léon on opening day…. snapping quinceañera photos on the side of the bridge…or even getting a haircut.
BUT there’s an issue. Actually a few. One…there ARE cars that drive too fast through the bridge, so it’s kind of a safety hazard to chill there. And TWO…folks in the community feel like there’s a huge disconnect between the city and the predominantly Latino communities that live around the bridge.
My colleague Brian De Los Santos broke this down for us in his latest story.
Now of course, Brian and I have had several conversations about this bridge. And one thing that he keeps bringing up is the fact that there’s a need for more outdoor space in Boyle Heights.
Brian reports that Boyle Heights is a neighborhood that doesn't have a lot of parks — it has only 0.7 acres of park per 1,000 people. So, right now, residents are finding that space on this bridge.
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So my big question is…with all of the community members going out and celebrating the bridge, and with LAPD shutting it down almost every night, who is this bridge actually for, and why is there such a disconnect?
As always, stay happy and healthy, folks. There’s more news below the fold.
What Else You Need To Know Today
- Have you seen Jordan Peele’s latest film Nope? Not only did it top the box office last week, there’s a new attraction at Universal Studios Hollywood. Jordan Peele has become the FIRST Black director to have his own attraction at the theme park. I’m going to check it out as soon as I can!
- Following resident protests, the Burbank City Council is taking action to pause new gun store permitsin the city. This follows some public anger over the grand opening of Gun World on Magnolia Blvd.
- L.A. City Council delays vote to expand anti-camping law near schools and daycares.
- This math problem has a lot of division in it, and I’m not talking about an equation. In California, a debate continues over thenew math guidelines to remind those that divisions remain deep for many reasons.
- The prestige of going to college is not what it used to be. According to the results of an annual survey by New America, Americans who believe colleges and universities positively impact the country have dropped by 14 percentage points since 2020.
- Data lovers can rejoice! Health insurance price data is out on the internet as insurers post their negotiated rates. Consumers may not be feeling the love, however.
- With fast pace inflation underway, the Federal Reserve hopes that another aggressive rate hike will help to control it. Alongside inflation, the economy also hangs in the balance.
Before You Go...Do You Know The History of Mexican American Baseball Teams in L.A.?
It’s time to hop in my little time machine and go on a trip to the past for today’s #tbt little known L.A. history fact of the week.
So POP QUIZ! Let’s see how well you know your baseball trivia. What baseball team won three Spanish American League titles in the 1920s?
If you answered the Los Angeles Dodgers, I’m sorry, Dodgers fan, but you’re most definitely WRONG. Not only was the team in Brooklyn in the ‘20s, they weren’t even called the Dodgers back then.
The correct answer is The Zapateros. They broke the color barrier in L.A. when they were invited by the Southern California Baseball Association to play in the all-white Summer League.
There’s a whole beautiful history behind Mexican American baseball teams in L.A.and Hadley Meares covered it in LAist.
Let me take you there…do you hear the Mariachi bands crooning? Do you see the children playing? Do you see the folks just enjoying the beautiful Southern Cali weather outside drinking beer and playing ball? It feels so freeing.
But there was some very real discrimination they faced in a country, state, and city that didn’t like the fact they had Mexican heritage running through their veins.