FROM Katherine Nichols
Swimming weed from Mexico to U.S. brought big money - and trouble - for California student athletes During the 1970s, a group of swimmers from Coronado High School in California ran a small weed smuggling operation that grew into a $100 million global enterprise. They swam 25-pound packages of marijuana from Mexico to the U.S. The story of the Coronado Company is told in the new book titled “Deep Water: From The Swim Team to Drug Smuggling.” Pictures below courtesy of Coronado High School yearbook. Click to enlarge image. Eddie Otero was a water polo player, swimmer and lifeguard. He was the first recruit in the Coronado Company. Lou Villar was a coach and Spanish teacher at Coronado High School. He helped greatly expand the Coronado Company's business. Coronado Police Officer Dennis Grimaud first tipped off the DEA about the Coronado Company's activities.
Securing Public Spaces, Super Wealthy Asians Vehicles are increasingly being used as weapons, as seen in the London Bridge attack over the weekend and in New York’s Times Square last month. The Compton-based company Calpipe is designing security bollards to help make public spaces safer. And novelist Kevin Kwan satirizes the “crazy rich” Asian jet set and their luxurious tastes in his latest book, “Rich People Problems.”
Farewell LA freeways, Peter Shire is back Angelenos don't want more freeways but we seem not to want mass transit either. Metro has killed the 710 freeway extension, and bus and train ridership is down across the region. What's the future of getting around in LA? And, Peter Shire is having a comeback. What attracts a new generation to his playful ceramics and furniture?