L.A. Story

Immigrant Workers and the Future of the U.S. Labor Movement


Author: Ruth Milkman

Publisher: Russell Sage Foundation

ISBN: 1610443969

Category: Social Science

Page: 264

View: 7421

Sharp decreases in union membership over the last fifty years have caused many to dismiss organized labor as irrelevant in today’s labor market. In the private sector, only 8 percent of workers today are union members, down from 24 percent as recently as 1973. Yet developments in Southern California—including the successful Justice for Janitors campaign—suggest that reports of organized labor’s demise may have been exaggerated. In L.A. Story, sociologist and labor expert Ruth Milkman explains how Los Angeles, once known as a company town hostile to labor, became a hotbed for unionism, and how immigrant service workers emerged as the unlikely leaders in the battle for workers’ rights. L.A. Story shatters many of the myths of modern labor with a close look at workers in four industries in Los Angeles: building maintenance, trucking, construction, and garment production. Though many blame deunionization and deteriorating working conditions on immigrants, Milkman shows that this conventional wisdom is wrong. Her analysis reveals that worsening work environments preceded the influx of foreign-born workers, who filled the positions only after native-born workers fled these suddenly undesirable jobs. Ironically, L.A. Story shows that immigrant workers, who many union leaders feared were incapable of being organized because of language constraints and fear of deportation, instead proved highly responsive to organizing efforts. As Milkman demonstrates, these mostly Latino workers came to their service jobs in the United States with a more group-oriented mentality than the American workers they replaced. Some also drew on experience in their native countries with labor and political struggles. This stock of fresh minds and new ideas, along with a physical distance from the east-coast centers of labor’s old guard, made Los Angeles the center of a burgeoning workers’ rights movement. Los Angeles’ recent labor history highlights some of the key ingredients of the labor movement’s resurgence—new leadership, latitude to experiment with organizing techniques, and a willingness to embrace both top-down and bottom-up strategies. L.A. Story’s clear and thorough assessment of these developments points to an alternative, high-road national economic agenda that could provide workers with a way out of poverty and into the middle class.

L.A. Story

And, Roxanne : Two Screenplays


Author: Steve Martin

Publisher: Grove Press

ISBN: 9780802135124

Category: Drama

Page: 274

View: 7852

'Behind the clownish make-up, Steve Martin gives a sweet and serious performance as a latter-day Cyrano de Bergerac in Roxanne. It's easy to see why Mr. Martin, who wrote the film...was moved to reinvent this role...Mr. Martin's screenplay is bighearted and funny.' The New York Times

La La La

A Story of Hope


Author: Kate DiCamillo

Publisher: Candlewick Press

ISBN: 0763658332

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 72

View: 8721

"La la la ... la" A little girl stands alone and sings, but there's no response. So, gathering her courage and her curiosity, she skips out into the world, calling to the trees and the pond and the reeds ... But will anyone sing back to her?

His and Hers

A Poetry Collection


Author: Keith Sikora,L. A. Story

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781987714609


Page: 74

View: 8649

Two award-winning poets in one book. Keith W. Sikora and L.A. Story pair up to put together a collection of poems filled with the best each poet has to offer. This book is filled with fantasy, romance, mysticism and magical realism. If you like your poetry brushed with magic and emotion, then you will find it here in the compiled work created by this powerful husband and wife writing team.

Tails of the Guppy Ranch

An La Story


Author: John R. K. Mitchell

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781541278202


Page: 412

View: 6203

In the late 1960's a young man travels to California to fulfill his ambition of working with animals and maybe even find a girl like the one his grandfather married. Living behind a run down little pet store operated by a peculiar "minister" with an odd church and age old secrets John falls into the gritty underworld of the animal trade. Here he is befriended by a foul little man who teaches him the craft of "monkey business" and other crude dealings. But by night John heads over the hill to Hollywood to socialize with young people his age where he discovers other kinds of animals in this strange new world of rock and roll and the Age of Aquarius.

Alex and Eliza

A Love Story


Author: Melissa De la Cruz

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1524739626

Category: Young Adult Fiction

Page: 368

View: 1222

A love story involving Alexander Hamilton and Elizabeth Schuyler.

Love & Legends

An L.a. Story


Author: Satin Bush

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781523692620


Page: 214

View: 471

MAHOGANY is definitely the new girl in town and her name is ringing bells. After battling six years in an abusive marriage, the last thing on her mind is a man. She has built an empire solely off the bricks that people have thrown at her. TRIP will stop at nothing to make the new comer his and how could she turn down one of the most eligible and wealthy men in Los Angles? As a single Father of twin girl, he is still battling the horrific murder of their mother. There is something about Mahogany that reminds him of the woman who was taken from him so early. LIAM is not ashamed to say where he has come from. Being openly gay he takes pride in his sexuality. If only Jamal would embrace his, their relationship could flourish. Living under the scrutiny of the media the NBA he can't afford for his secret to be exposed. FATIMA is the face of one of the largest lingerie companies in the world. Although beautiful, she is spiraling on a path of destruction. Jamal satisfies her craving for attention and caters to her sexual needs but what she doesn't know is that he has some sexual cravings he likes to satisfy as well. The noise from the kitchen startles her out of her sleep as a familiar voice grows angrier by the minute. "Liam" she whispers to herself in shock as she races down the stairs. Jamal is now faced with what will boil down to the pain staking truth. The gunshot echoed throughout the house and screams of agony quickly follow. The surprise Jamal leaves behind will shake up the world! The wedding date is set but, somehow Mahogany knows Trip is still not complete. As he opens the box tears flow from his eyes in disbelief. He is adopted and she has managed to track his birth mother. The voice on the other end of the phone is frail and weary. Trip introduces himself as the woman's son. "My son is dead!" she screams in a fit of rage. "He passed away in a house fire at the age of ten!" Listening down the hall, Mahogany quickly realizes that this was a big mistake and races towards his office to offer the information she has withheld from him. Trip is enraged at the news and grips Mahogany by the arm aggressively demanding answers. She looks at him with hate in her eyes as she demands to be let go. Fatima has bottled the truth up long enough it is time to come clean she has hidden the secret for over three years. She summons up the courage to tell Trip that she is his little sister. His jaw dropped in disbelief as the bottled anger within him erupts! The lies are starting to unfold and what comes to surface will be utterly shocking!

Goodnight, L.A.

The Rise and Fall of Classic Rock--The Untold Story from inside the Legendary Recording Studios


Author: Kent Hartman

Publisher: Da Capo Press

ISBN: 0306824388

Category: Music

Page: 304

View: 1270

A behind-the-scenes journey through the rise and demise of the '70s and '80s classic rock era Before disco, punk, hair metal, rap, and eventually grunge took it all away, the music scene in Los Angeles was dominated by rock 'n' roll. If a group wanted to hit it big, L.A. was the place to be. But in addition to the bands themselves finding their footing, their albums also needed some guidance. That came from a group of dedicated producers and engineers working in a cadre of often dilapidated-looking buildings that contained some of the greatest recording studios the music industry has ever known. Within the windowless walls of these well-hidden studios, legends-to-be such as Foreigner, Fleetwood Mac, Pat Benatar, Boston, the Eagles, the Grateful Dead, Chicago, Linda Ronstadt, Santana, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Loggins and Messina, REO Speedwagon, and dozens more secretly created their album masterpieces: Double Vision. Rumours. Hotel California. Terrapin Station. Damn the Torpedoes. Hi Infidelity. However, the truth of what went on during these recording sessions has always remained elusive. But not anymore. Longtime music-business insider Kent Hartman has filled Goodnight, L.A. with troves of never-before-told stories about the most prolific and important period and place in rock 'n' roll history. With music producer Keith Olsen and guitarist Waddy Wachtel as guides to the journey and informed by new, in-depth interviews with classic rock artists, famed record producers, and scores of others, Goodnight, L.A. reveals what went into the making of some of the best music of the past forty years. Readers will hear how some of their favorite albums and bands came to be, and ultimately how fame, fortune, excess, and a shift in listener demand brought it all tumbling down.

Falling with Wings: A Mother's Story


Author: Dianna De La Garza,Vickie McIntyre

Publisher: Feiwel & Friends

ISBN: 1250143322

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 304

View: 5479

Before she was mother to global superstar Demi Lovato, she was just Dianna Hart. Dianna tells her story from the very beginning in this complete and genuinely affecting memoir. She had big plans of becoming a country music star, but her life went in a different direction than her dreams. She developed an eating disorder early in life to gain a sense of control in her strict upbringing. As she continued to struggle with body image and her obsession with being perfect her entire adult life, she was also met with other difficult situations. Her husband and father of her two eldest daughters, Dallas and Demi, had his own troubles that effected the entire family. She coped with alcohol and pills, forming a long-lasting addiction. She's had terrible lows but also some great highs as she watched her daughters break out in Hollywood to become strong, empowered young women. As a mother caring for daughters with addictions while continuing to battle her own, Dianna offers a unique perspective. And as a family, they have survived everything life has thrown at them and come away from it stronger than ever. Dianna tells her story of living through and surviving adversity--with tremendous strength, love and faith.


Rise of the Prophets


Author: L. A. Story

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781533167989


Page: 290

View: 2847

Only two things are certain. The Criers are coming. The Criers will change everything. The infamous street preacher Duke Batten has foretold the coming of the Criers for more than a quarter of a century to an unbelieving world that does not know of The War between the Healers and Adversaries. For many years, he was the first and only Crier - a powerful prophet for the Father God. Now, Criers are coming into their powers and some are the most unlikely individuals one would expect to be called into service by the King of Light. Sage and Rachel Waldron, and their grown children, Daniel and Sarah, are a powerful force for the Healers. The Adversaries have become more desperate as the Healers have begun to win too many skirmishes. In a bold move, the Adversaries employ a terrible strategy to turn the tide of the war. As part of this strategy, Duke and his family, as well as the Waldron family, become primary targets. Blood with be shed. Hearts will be broken. Lives will be saved and everything will change.

La Lucha

The Story of Lucha Castro and Human Rights in Mexico


Author: Jon Sack

Publisher: Verso Books

ISBN: 1781688028

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 112

View: 8545

A front-line human rights defender fighting murderous impunity in the Mexican borderlands The Mexican border state of Chihuahua and its city Juárez have become notorious the world over as hotbeds of violence. Drug cartel battles and official corruption result in more murders annually in Chihuahua than in wartorn Afghanistan. Thanks to a culture of impunity, 97 percent of the killings in Juárez go unsolved. Despite a climate of fear, a small group of human rights activists, exemplified by the Chihuahua lawyer and organizer Lucha Castro, works to identify the killers and their official enablers. This is the story of La Lucha, illustrated in beautiful and chilling comic book art, rendering in rich detail the stories of families ripped apart by disappearances and murders—especially gender-based violence—and the remarkably brave advocacy, protests, and investigations of ordinary citizens who turned their grief into resistance. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Bad Boy Brawly Brown

An Easy Rawlins Mystery


Author: Walter Mosley

Publisher: Little, Brown

ISBN: 9780759528123

Category: Fiction

Page: 320

View: 2628

Easy Rawlins is out of the investigation business and as far away from crime as a black man can be in 1960s Los Angeles. But living around desperate men means life gets complicated sometimes. When an old friend gets in enough trouble to ask for Easy's help, he finds he can't refuse. Young Brawly Brown has traded in his family for The Clan of the First Men, a group rejecting white leadership and laws. Brown's mom asks Easy to make sure her baby's okay, and Easy promises to find him. His first day on the case, Easy comes face-to-face with a corpse, and before he knows it he is a murder suspect and in the middle of a police raid. Brawly Brown is clearly the kind of trouble most folks try to avoid. It takes everything Easy has just to stay alive as he explores a world filled with betrayals and predators like he never imagined.

Fiorello's Sister

Gemma La Guardia Gluck's Story


Author: Gemma La Guardia Gluck

Publisher: Syracuse University Press

ISBN: 9780815608615

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 152

View: 8397

Born in 1883 in New York City, Gemma La Guardia Gluck was the daughter of an American army bandleader and European mother of aristocratic Italian Jewish lineage. She was the sister of beloved New York City mayor Fiorello La Guardia. Gemma and her Hungarian Jewish husband were living in Budapest in 1944 when Nazi troops stormed the city. The Gestapo arrested her as a political prisoner because she was La Guardia's sister. Gluck recounts the plight of Budapest's Jews, deportation to Mutthausen with her husband, and enslavement at Ravensbruck, a notorious concentration camp for women. With painful sensitivity she chronicles unspeakable evil, kindness at great risk, and courage among women in a prefeminist world. She also recalls her girlhood years spent in the Old West, Native Americans befriended by her mother, international travel with her father, and her brother's ambitions and rise to success.

Ecology of Fear

Los Angeles And The Imagination Of Disaster


Author: Mike Davis

Publisher: Metropolitan Books

ISBN: 146686284X

Category: Science

Page: 496

View: 2028

Los Angeles has become a magnet for the American apocalyptic imagination. Riot, fire, flood, earthquake...only locusts are missing from the almost biblical list of disasters that have struck the city in the 1990s. From Ventura to Laguna, more than one million Southern Californians have been directly touched by disaster-related death, injury, or damage to their homes and businesses. Middle-class apprehensions about angry underclasses are exceeded only by anxieties about blind thrust faults underlying downtown L.A. or about the firestorms that periodically incinerate Malibu. And the force of real catastrophe has been redoubled by the obsessive fictional destruction of Los Angeles--by aliens, comets, and twisters--in scores of novels and films. The former "Land of Sunshine" is now seen by much of the world, including many of L.A.'s increasingly nervous residents, as a veritable Book of the Apocalypse theme park. In this extraordinary book, Mike Davis, the author of City of Quartz and our most fascinating interpreter of the American metropolis, unravels the secret political history of disaster, real and imaginary, in Southern California. As he surveys the earthquakes of Santa Monica, the burning of Koreatown, the invasion of "man-eating" mountain lions, the movie Volcano, and even Los Angeles's underrated tornado problem, he exposes the deep complicity between social injustice and perceptions of natural disorder. Arguing that paranoia about nature obscures the fact that Los Angeles has deliberately put itself in harm's way, Davis reveals how market-driven urbanization has for generations transgressed against environmental common sense. And he shows that the floods, fires, and earthquakes reaped by the city were tragedies as avoidable--and unnatural--as the beating of Rodney King and the ensuing explosion in the streets. Rich with detail, bold and original, Ecology of Fear is a gripping reconnaissance into the urban future, an essential portrait of America at the millennium.

American Son

My Story


Author: Oscar De La Hoya,Steve Springer

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0061983268

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 288

View: 8273

From Oscar De La Hoya, one of the most celebrated fighters in the history of boxing, comes a frank and touching memoir about achieving the American Dream: his rise to the top, the power of a solid work ethic, his mother's painful death from cancer, the pitfalls of stardom, and a very personal take on what it means to be an American The son of Mexican-born parents, Oscar "The Golden Boy" De La Hoya has had an astonishing career. From boxing to business, from the recording industry to the charitable accomplishments of his foundation, his success is a testament to what one can achieve in the United States. But who is this man who has changed the lives of so many? Who has imprinted a positive mark upon the sport of boxing, for which many have all but given up hope? Who has become a symbol of success for an entire community, without many heroes to call their own? American Son answers these questions. Born into a boxing family, De La Hoya has defeated more than a dozen world champions and won six world titles as well as an Olympic gold medal—a moment forever marked in the memory of anyone who has followed his career. Yet within the maelstrom of this success lay a man whose earnest belief in the goodness of everyone around him sometimes led him to stray far from his intended path. This book is The Golden Boy, and he bares his most heartbreaking mistakes as well as his most stunning triumphs for all of the world to see. This thrilling tale of an immigrant's son—a quintessentially American story—is the chronicle of an amazing journey that will provide readers with new insight into the private life of a figure who has to many reached iconic status.

Loulou & Yves

The Untold Story of Loulou de La Falaise and the House of Saint Laurent


Author: Christopher Petkanas

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

ISBN: 1250161428

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 512

View: 7814

No one interested in fashion, style, or the high-flying intrigues of café society will want to miss the exuberantly entertaining oral biography Loulou & Yves: The Untold Story of Loulou de La Falaise and the House of Saint Laurent, by Christopher Petkanas. Dauntless,“in the bone” style made Loulou de La Falaise one of the great fashion firebrands of the twentieth century. Descending in a direct line from Coco Chanel and Elsa Schiaparelli, she was celebrated at her death in 2011, aged just sixty-four, as the “highest of haute bohemia,” a feckless adventuress in the art of living—and the one person Yves Saint Laurent could not live without. Yves Saint Laurent (1936-2008) was the most influential designer of his times; possibly also the most neurasthenic. In an exquisitely intimate, sometimes painful personal and professional relationship, Loulou de La Falaise was his creative right hand, muse, alter ego and the virtuoso behind all the devastatingly flamboyant accessories that were a crucial component of the YSL “look.” For thirty years, until his retirement in 2002, Yves relied on Loulou to inspire him with the tilt of her hat, make him laugh and talk him off the ledge—the enchanted formula that brought him from one historic collection to the next. “Her presence at my side is a dream,” Yves declares in Loulou & Yves. “I trust her reactions. Sometimes they are violent but always positive... I bounce ideas off her and they come back clearer and things begin to happen.” Yves’s many tributes shape Loulou’s memory, as if everything there was to know about this fugitive, Giacometti-like figure could be told by her clanking bronze cuffs, towering fur toques, the turquoise boulders on her fingers and her working friendship with the man who put women in pants. But parallel to this storyline runs another, darker one, lifting the veil on Loulou, a classic “number two” with a contempt for convention, and exposing the underbelly of fashion at its highest level. Behind Yves’s encomiums are a pair of aristocrat parents—Loulou’s shiftless French father and menacingly chic English mother—who abandoned her to a childhood of foster care and sexual abuse straight out of “Les Misérables”; Loulou’s recurring desperation to leave Yves and go out on her own; and the grandiose myths surrounding her family. Loulou felt that her life had been kidnapped by the operatic workings of the House of Saint Laurent, and in her last years danced with financial ruin. Delving beyond the “official” version of her life, Loulou & Yves unspools an elusive fashion idol—nymphomaniacal, heedless and up to her bracelets in coke and Boizel champagne—at the core of what used to be called “le beau monde.” On the theory that everyone loves a cocktail party, Loulou & Yves traces her life chronologically through the charming literary device of oral biography, in which the spoken memories of more than two hundred “voices”—husbands, lovers, extended family, friends, enemies, slightly less bitter detractors, colleagues, groupies, pundits, and hangers-on—are seamlessly interwoven with those of Yves and Loulou themselves. Readers mingle at the party as invited guests, listening in on Andy Warhol and Karl Lagerfeld and collecting clues from Mick Jagger and Tom Ford as the narrative unfolds. Topping the A-list of figures who tell Loulou’s story in their own words, uncensored, are Cecil Beaton, Diana Vreeland, Thadée Klossowski, Robert Mapplethorpe, Helmut Newton, Hubert de Givenchy, Manolo Blahnik, Diane von Furstenberg, Elsa Peretti, Betty Catroux, John Richardson, Alber Elbaz, Christian Louboutin, Grace Coddington, Ben Brantley, Bruce Chatwin, Lady Annabel Goldsmith, André Leon Talley, and Pierre Bergé. In a fluent round of sparkling conversation, author Christopher Petkanas brings them all together for a party that swirls around one of the most scintillating women the fashion world has ever known. “She’s the sounding board,” Yves rhapsodizes of his second self in Loulou & Yves, a sweeping, waspish work of fashion and social history. “She’s never wrong.”