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The L.A. Taco Summer Mix is Here

L.A. TACO · L.A. TACO SUMMER MIX 2021 by DIEGO FUEGO Mixed by one of our favorite L.A. DJ’s, DJ Diego Fuego, this mix is designed for summer house parties, bbqs and cruises. Cumbia, hip-hop, pop, house, and Foos Gone Wild all blended together into a delicious concoction you’ll play multiple times this Summer– it’s 55 minutes of heat that we’re proud to present to you today. I enjoy music like I enjoy tacos… all the time and in a […]

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Go to Sylmar for the Best Asada Fries in L.A.

sada fries can be divisive, to say the least, but to those people, I say, you’re wrong. As a kid, they were in constant rotation; a tray of cheesy asada fries was a guarantee of satisfaction. So they’ll always have a special place in my soul. But for those who can’t get over their ego, Mi Ranchito Taqueria in Sylmar might help you see the light. Mi Ranchito Taquería is a lonchera that parks nearby a Bank of America and […]

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Meet the Woman In Charge of Conserving Every Single Inch of the Watts Towers, L.A.’s Most Iconic Landmark

Elisabetta Covizzi at the Watts Towers in Watts for LA Taco (Brian Feinzimer)

ith gentrification on the rise comes the not always aesthetically pleasing money-over-culture approach to L.A.’s historically rich and beautiful architecture. As a result, old craftsman homes and California bungalows are becoming contemporary buildings planted like markers of systemic racial inequalities within Los Angeles neighborhoods. However, through Art Conservation, Elisabetta Covizzi is helping preserve the culture of native Angelenos through her most significant conservation project at the world-famous Watts Towers.  Covizzi says, “When Abbot Kinney came to Los Angeles and built […]

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Hand-Washing Station Vendors Collected Millions of Dollars In Payments From The City While Some Units Went Dry

hand-washing station completely covered in trash.

ortable hygiene station vendors picked up a major client just as events came to a screeching halt, when the pandemic emerged a little over a year ago. The city with the largest unhoused population in the country needed to roll out hundreds of portable hand-washing stations and toilets to dozens of encampments across the city. Not only that, they needed the units to be serviced at least once a day, indefinitely. The job paid hundreds of thousands of dollars each […]

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Remembering DJ Al Jackson, the Voice of the Soul Children

l Jackson is our ancestors watching. Al carried ancestral weight—in that lean frame, there was the weight of a million records, thousands of record bag skillets, hundreds of after-hour anvils, he could elevate dance floors, but Al was held to the ground by the ancestors.  Al was always the high priest, never needing explanation, always completely available, happy, and affirming to see you… the nod of a thousand Kamau Daaood poems.” The words of world-renowned photographer Brian Cross aka B+, […]

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Sobaquera Summer: Boyle Heights’ Carne Asada Star El Ruso Opens Today In Silver Lake

iant Sonoran-style, paper-thin, handmade sobaquera flour tortillas have arrived on Sunset Boulevard. Starting at 10 AM today, El Ruso is officially offering his award-winning true, mesquite-charred carne asada tacos on handmade flour tortillas to Silver Lake.  This second location is years in the making for Walter Soto, who has been putting in work on an industrial corner of Boyle Heights since 2018. In just three years, he has grown from having a small cart to a carreta (food vending trailer) […]

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A New Rideshare App in L.A. Aims to Get Rid of ‘Electronic Hitchhiking’ Feeling of Rides, Respect Workers, and Curb Surge Pricing  

f all the lessons that Will Coleman learned from years of using various rideshare apps as a passenger, there are two that stand out the most: the importance of guaranteeing safety for both passengers and drivers and maintaining high levels of service. As many can attest to, it sounds obvious, but the reality can be quite the opposite of what’s provided.   “It’s really like electronic hitchhiking,” says Coleman, who is CEO and co-founder of Alto, a new rideshare company that […]

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Former L.A. Crip, Best-Selling Author, and Randy’s Donut-Phobe “Monster” Kody Scott Found Dead at 57

peranyika Shakur, the infamous former Eight Tray Gangster Crip who was once known as “Monster” Kody Scott, was reportedly found dead on June 6 at the age of 57 in a tent along the San Luis Rey River Trail in Oceanside, CA. Shakur first blasted into national consciousness both on the cover and in the pages of Leon Bing’s seminal 1992 book on L.A. gangs, Do or Die. The next year, Scott published his own best-selling memoir, Monster: Autobiography of […]

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In Gentrifying East Hollywood, These Three Tienditas Fight to Survive

he abrupt closure of East Hollywood’s staple grocery store, Food 4 Less on Sunset Boulevard, has created a state of confusion for most of the BIPOC community that relied heavily on its services. However, as the community continues to change in the face of gentrification quickly, some constants remain at the heart of the neighborhood, specifically the multi-generational tienditas that offer a wide range of grocery options. These types of stores are unmistakably significant in BIPOC culture throughout Los Angeles. […]

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Here Is the Full Grand Performances Lineup for All of their Free Shows This Summer

ummer is back. Last year was a bit of a bust, of course. But with the sun shining and cool breeze in the air, it’s safe to say that the people of the greater L.A. area and beyond are ready to get back out there and get back to what we know best…straight vibing with the best of them. For those Angelenos in the know, Grand Performances, the nonprofit free all-ages concert series, has been filling the streets of DTLA […]

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