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Renán Almendárez Coello, "El Cucuy de la Mañana" or "Morning Boogeyman" to his radio audience, rules morning radio in Los Angeles with two million listeners a day.
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Helie Lee is a Los Angeles resident and author of the best-selling book Still Life with Rice, the story of her extended family's journey from Korea to China to the United States.


Mark Bradford is an artist whose paintings probe the relation between class, culture and identity.
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Cardinal Roger Mahony, Archbishop of Los Angeles, is the leader of the largest Catholic archdiocese in North America.
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Eli Broad is a businessman / philanthropist who is on a quest to build a "center" for Los Angeles.
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Gerald Matchin is a staff member of the Los Angeles County Medical Center Administration.
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Wanda Coleman is the author of several volumes of poetry including Bathwater Wine and the winner of the 1999 Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize.


William Alexander McClung is the author of Landscapes of Desire: Anglo Mythologies of Los Angeles.
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Mike Davis is an author whose works include Ecology of Fear: Los Angeles and the Imagination of Disaster and City of Quartz: Excavating the Future in Los Angeles.
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Medusa is a hip-hop artist who is one of a small underground cadre of female artists, record producers and concert promoters.
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Harry Gamboa Jr. is an artist who has pioneered multimedia formats for nearly three decades. His work is crucial to an understanding of Chicano art and the post-1968 avant-garde in the United States.
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Yxta Maya Murray is an author and professor of law at Loyola Law School. Her novels include The Conquest and Locas, both set within the Los Angeles area.
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Dr. Fernando Guerra has been a professor and director at the Center for the Study of Los Angeles at Loyola Marymount University since 1996. He is also an associate professor at LMU in Chicano studies and political science.
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Luis Orellana is a taxi driver who emigrated to the U.S. from El Salvador at the age of 18. He has been driving the streets of Los Angeles for over 20 years.
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Jessica Hall-Valdés is a designer for North East Trees and an impassioned advocate of watershed, and in particular, stream restoration in urban Los Angeles.
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Richard Rodriguez is an essayist and author of three books including Brown: The Last Discovery of America and Days of Obligation: An Argument With My Mexican Father and two BBC documentaries. He is a frequent contributor to The News Hour on PBS.
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Salma Hayek is an actress who was born in Coatzacoalcos, Mexico to parents of Lebanese and Spanish heritage. She came to Los Angeles in 1991.
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Yuval Rotem has been the U.S. Ambassador of the Consul General of Israel in Los Angeles since 1999.
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Pico Iyer is the author of The Global Soul, which begins in Los Angeles International Airport, a place he terms the model for future cities.


Kevin Starr is a historian and librarian for the State of California. His six-volume book series titled Americans and the California Dream is more than 30 years in the making.
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Phil Jackson is the former head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers.
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Uptown 3000 is a hip-hop group that has sold millions of records in Asia and has been labeled as the Run DMC of Korea.
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Norman Klein, is a cultural critic, urban and media historian and novelist whose works include TThe History of Forgetting: Los Angeles and the Erasure of Memory and Bleeding Through: Layers of Los Angeles, 1920-86.
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Michael Ventura is an author who writes for L.A. Weekly and the former columnist of "Letters at 3 AM," a weekly, award-winning meditation on odd angles of Angeleno life.
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Joel Kotkin, an author and authority on global, economic, political and social trends, is a senior fellow at the Davenport Institute for Public Policy at Pepperdine University.
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D.J. Waldie is the author of Holy Land: A Suburban Memoir and Where We Are Now: Notes From Los Angeles.
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