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La Plaza to feature L.A. Times columnist Hector Tobar

April 12, 2010 | 11:22 am

LaPlazaHectorTobar040610 L.A. Times metro columnist Hector Tobar, a former Mexico City bureau chief and local reporter for the Times, shares his experiences in Los Angeles through Friday columns. He writes an occasional bonus column on other days. As the son of Guatemalan immigrants and a native of East Hollywood, Tobar can relate to the challenges faced by families throughout the city. For a look at some of his work, click on the links below. La Plaza will feature his columns from time to time.

-- Angeleno Jack Sanchez hopes the city will restore the sign marking Sanchez Street, which was named for his great-great-uncle. After all that his ancestors lost, it doesn't seem like much to ask.

-- Immigrant parents must demand improvement at kids' schools. Case in point: L.A. Unified's troubled Markham Middle campus.

-- At Plaza Mexico in Lynwood, some merchants and shoppers voice anger about the conditions that led them to migrate, and they worry about misperceptions back home about life in the U.S.

-- People need to know the full nuanced story of those who die trying to walk into the United States.

-- Native Spanish speakers break the code of the written word with help from an L.A. adult-education center.

-- When I was a boy growing up in Los Angeles circa 1970, I did something that brought dishonor to my people.

-- Efrain Hernandez Jr.

Photo: Columnist Hector Tobar. Credit: Los Angeles Times