George Stamouvlasis (Stamos) of Capitol Burgers

George Stamouvlasis (Stamos) of Capitol BurgersOn July 30th George Stamouvlasis (Stamos) the owner of Capitol Burgers, passed away.  Capitol, located at the corner of Pico Blvd. and South Victoria Ave., has been a neighborhood staple for nearly 50 years serving up some of the best hamburgers and pastrami sandwiches in Los Angeles. Customers sang…

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Joanne (Jo) Christine Schaefer 1947-2013

Joanne (Jo) Christine Schaefer 1947-2013With the recent passing of long time Mid-City resident, Jo Schaefer, we have lost an avid, dedicated community activist and supportive friend of many.  Jo began her activism as the first student director of the Educational Participation In Communities (EPIC)program out of Cal State L.A. where she organized students…

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LEO BRANTON JR. 1922 - 2013

Leo Branton Jr., a civil rights and entertainment lawyer who championed the underdog, died April 19 in Los Angeles. He was also father to Tony Nicholas who runs the Tom Bradley Youth and Family Center on Pico. Leo was, 91, and a longtime resident of LaFayette Square. We reprint the…

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Willis Edwards, Famed Local Civil Rights Activist

Willis Edwards, Famed Local Civil Rights ActivistRegina Jones remembers Willis Edwards.At age 66 and on Friday, July 13th, Willis Edwards succumbed to cancer. Willis was a celebrated force as a civil rights and political activist, once heading the Beverly Hills-Hollywood Branch of the NAACP and shaking things up when he ran the NAACP Image Awards.…

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Mel Cannel 1921-2012

Mel Cannel  1921-2012The poet Robert Frost proclaimed, “Good fences good neighbors make”.  But in a time when we’ve taken fence building to extremes, our family was blessed with a neighbor who took them down. From the time we moved into the Western Heights neighborhood in 1994, Mel Cannel gave meaning to the…

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John McCallum aka Pee Wee

John McCallum aka Pee WeeOn March 10, drivers travelling along Adams, west of Crenshaw, were met with a remarkable site. Approximately 700 bikers representing motorcycle clubs from around the state converged on the Southern Memorial Baptist Church to pay respect to one of their own, John McCallum or as they knew him, Pee Wee.…

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Elena A. Brown Anthony 1948-2012

Elena A. Brown Anthony  1948-2012Elena A. Brown Anthony dedicated 37 years of  motivation, inspiration, and leadership to the progress and enhancement of student education in our community. She began a teaching career at James A. Foshay Junior High School then transferred to Susan Miller Dorsey High School where she advanced from English teacher to…

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Corinne Pleger

Corinne Pleger In late November 2011, community dynamo Corinne Pleger passed away unexpectedly.   Corinne was an award-winning costumer, expert ballroom dancer, volunteer extraordinaire, and a CPA and partner with Brakensiek Leavitt Pleger LLP.  She was a past president of West Adams Heritage Association, its longtime treasurer and CPA, and she coordinated…

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Walt Hazzard

Walt Hazzard Long-time Lafayette Square resident and basketball legend, Walt Hazzard, has died at age 69.   Local basketball legend Hazzard passed away on November 18t at UCLA Medical Center of complications following heart surgery.  After leading UCLA to John Wooden’s first national championship, the 6’2” point guard went on to coach…

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Gladys Wesson-Strickland

Gladys Wesson-StricklandOn June 29, 2011, Councilman Wesson’s mother, Gladys Wesson-Strickland passed away at Cedars Sinai Hospital after a lingering illness. She had a lifelong passion for community involvement and engaged in a variety of social and professional organizations throughout her life. The Neighborhood News sends heartfelt condolences to Councilman Wesson.  

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Established in August of 2008 by writerartist Dianne V. Lawrence, The Neighborhood News covers the events, people, history, politics and historic architecture of communities throughout the Mid-City and West Adams area in Los Angeles Council District 10.

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