Photos of the families who were forcibly evicted to make room for Dodgers Stadium
The Arechigas finally left for east Los Angeles in 1961, but the trauma of their experience lingered. A June 1978 follow up in The Los Angeles Times found Aurora Vargas still hurting from the memories of uncertainty and violence. “Actually I had a nervous breakdown after it happened, and I spent 30 days in jail,” she revealed to reporter Penelope McMillan. “I think they did that to scare the other homeowners not to fight. And they didn’t. We were the example.”
If only we could make America this great again.