Monday, June 30, 2014

Yosemite Grant Act 150th

The Yosemite Grant Act was signed in to law 150 years ago on this date by President Abraham Lincoln. Even during the middle of the civil war, President Lincoln knew preservation of our land and natural resources was important. Hoping future politicians will learn from this incredible act.
The Union Forever.

Photo by Ted Soqui © 2014
Afternoon light on Half Dome.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Saturday Night Nitro

Saturday Night Nitro event at the Auto Club Raceway in Famoso.
The event included 16 T/F funny cars, several top fuelers, and nitro burning Harleys all running on a full 1/4 mile track at night.
California Hustler T/F funny car.

Plymouth Duster 340.

High Speed top fueler.

Jet car.

1/4 motorcycle racing.

Funny car skin.
Sullivan's '37 Fiat top fuel altered.

Photos by Ted Soqui © 2014

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Town and Country

Saw this lovely simulated wood paneled baby-blue convertible turbocharged Chrysler Town and Country parked in the Hancock Park district of LA yesterday.

Photo byTed Soqui © 2014
Town and Country indeed.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

LA Driver

A car hangs over the 4th story ledge of a parking lot on Alvarado Street and 2nd in the Westlake district.
LAFD quickly pulled the car from the ledge. No one was injured.

Photo by Ted Soqui © 2014
Hanging 2.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

FBI LAPD Gang Sweep

1300 FBI agents and LAPD officers arrested over 50 people this morning that were associated with the Five Deuce Broadway Gangster Crips. The code named operation "Gremlin Riderz," after a Crip subset, netted several hang guns and rifles along with the arrest. The gang is also facing a 112 count indictment which includes murders, robberies, extortion, witness intimidation, and narcotics trafficking.

Photos by Ted Soqui © 2014
A suspect under arrest.

Seized weapon.

Arrest processing at the LA Sports Arena parking lot.

LAPD checking out the seized weapons.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

OJ Simpson Circus Begins Twenty Years Ago

Twenty years ago the OJ Simpson media circus began.
OJ Simpson was accused of brutally killing his former wife, Nicole Brown, and her friend, Ron Goldman, outside Nicole's Brentwood condo.
Hundreds of thousands of dollars were spent during the trial by the Simpson camp, and a attorney dream team soon put the LAPD and DNA evidence on trial.
The trial split innocence and guilt to many Angelenos by race.
OJ was found not-guilty in the criminal proceedings, but was eventually found responsible for killings in a civil trial held in Santa Monica.
Covering the trials were both exhausting and strange. Met many weird and wonderful people out front of the courthouse. Most of my colleagues wanted to shoot inside the trial for the pool, I thought outside the courthouse is where the real trial was being held.
I first photographed OJ at his arraignment. He looked completely out of it and he never looked at the camera. His eyes were red and glazed over, he faced downwards during the proceedings. His tie and shoe laces were taken from him because the jailers thought he may commit suicide during custody. Earlier in the day he told the LAPD he had killed Nicole and Ron. His statement was not allowed in court due to legal procedures.
To this day no one else but OJ was ever arrested or put on trial for the killings of Nicole and Ron.
OJ remains in custody at a jail in Nevada on a unrelated charge.

LA Weekly slideshow of images.

Photos by Ted Soqui © 1994
OJ Simpson and his attorney Robert Shapiro.

First contact.

Monday, June 2, 2014

LA Gun Buyback

What we turned in this weekend.
The city of LA's semi-annual gun buyback program. It's a no questions asked, turn in you guns for food vouchers program.
You can receive a $100 voucher for food at Ralphs's Supermarket per handgun, or $200 for an assault rifle.

Photos by Ted Soqui © 2014
$100 worth of food now.


Soon to be re-bar.

Headed for a melt down.

Future scrap.