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.
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?
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Revisiting showrunner Steven Bochco on his memoir Steven Bochco, the writer-producer behind record-breaking Emmy winners Hill Street Blues, LA Law and NYPD Blue, fought battles with everyone from out-of-control actors to network censors in his long career. He isn’t afraid to tell those tales in his memoir, Truth Is a Total Defense. This week we revisit the conversation where he shared some of his favorite stories with us.