A Corona-area man was convicted Tuesday of double murder for shooting his ex-girlfriend and her new boyfriend in Monterey Park.
The Alhambra Superior Court jury that convicted Richard Tauch, 49, of two counts of first-degree murder also found true the special circumstance allegations of multiple murders and lying in wait, according to Deputy District Attorney David Ayvazian.
Authorities believe the Jan. 19, 2010, slayings of Jenny Sor and Wen Wa Chao were motivated by jealousy.
Tauch had lived with Sor for about two years. She kicked him out just under a month before she was killed, according to the prosecutor.
Sor and Chao were shot as she walked into an assisted senior citizens’ apartment to visit Chao’s father, Ayvazian said.
Tauch is facing life in prison without the possibility of parole, with sentencing set for Jan. 24.
John Sayles’ Go For Sisters is a movie goers’ anti-dote for big-budget action thrillers; a character study that takes its time in allowing its stars, Edward James Olmos, LisaGay Hamilton and Yolanda Ross with appearances by Hector Elizondo and Evelina Fernandez, to reveal, in rich detail, their intertwining individual stories and underlying motivations in tension packed scenes that drive the movie to its conclusion.
Beyond the relationships, Sayles’ intimate story reveals how close to the surface of our daily lives runs the current of a turbulent world that one must sometimes traverse to find a family member. This is where LisaGay Hamilton’s character, Parole Officer Bernice, finds herself, searching for her son, Rodney, played by McKinley Belcher, III, a former soldier who has lost his way after returning from active duty.
Bernice enlists the help of Freddy Suarez, played by Edward James Olmos, a disgraced but savvy former detective, desperate in his own way, and Fontayne, Yolanda Ross’ character, an old friend and current parolee trying to survive in desperate personal and economic times.
Fontayne speaks of how desperation is a mental state that “excuses everything – everything you’re about to do, everything you’ve ever done”. As Bernice gets more and more desperate, her moral compass begins to waver, symbolically represented by a GPS compass that points the way while searching for her son. She must answer the question: how far will I go to find my son?
When Suarez leads the search across the border into Tijuana, his swarthy essence rules the screen. His voice alone carries the gravitas Sayles’ script was searching for. Olmos’ portrayal of an elderly detective with health problems yet known in the past as “The Terminator”, reaches deep, one foot in the Mexican culture, the other, firmly planted in the USA, making a significant point of how these worlds have became a mirror of each other in many ways.
As the search continues, Suarez and his cohorts must deal with a variety of characters, each more deeply involved with more and more heinous crimes. Every confrontation, revealing how far each will go in searching for Rodney, is in stark contrast to where their morals stood at the beginning of the story, especially Bernice. These characters are succinctly and convincingly played by Tessa Rose Ferrer, Jonathon Castellanos, Vanessa Martinez, Sal Lopez, Manny Montana, Jesse Borrego, Martha Higareda, Alejandro Cardenas, Omar Leyva, Dominic Colon, Jacob Vargas, Javier Calderon, Cesar Alejandro and others.
I was riveted to the screening, listening to each word, each sentence, while watching intently as the story unfolded. Subtle facial expressions gave rise to questions about what each of us carry every day, a moral compass. A sense of right and wrong, and whether it can be articulated or not. Each character had to decide where the line was drawn. I asked myself many times, where would I draw the line? Now the question is: Where would you draw the line?
Go For Sisters, which Olmos calls “One of my all time best”, opened last week in Los Angeles, with additional markets opening soon.
Today, Thur., Nov. 21
4-5pm—Just Say No to Drugs Teen Program at the Cypress Park Library. Speakers will provide materials and discuss the dangers associated with drug use. Very informative program, and parents are strongly encouraged to attend. Library is located at 1150 Cypress Ave, LA 90065. For more information, call (323) 224-0039.
Friday, Nov. 22
4-5pm—Create Holiday Gift Bags at the Robert Louis Stevenson Library. Use foam stamps, color-stamp pads, stickers, and markers, etc. All materials will be provided. Free-Open to teens. Library is located at 803 Spence St. LA 90023. For more info, call (323) 268-4710.
Saturday, Nov. 23
6:30am-Check In For City of Commerce Annual 5K Turkey Trot. People of all ages are invited to take part in the run/walk through the Rosewood Park neighborhood. Awards for both male and female participants, including fastest & oldest runners. Entry is free for residents with a current Commerce Resident Card; Non-resident can pre-register for $20/$25 on-site. Runs starts at 8:10am. For more information, call the Commerce Sports Office at (323) 887-4432.
9am-3pm—Too Toxic to Trash: Free LA County Hazardous & E-Waste Roundup atEast Los Angeles College Stadium Parking Lot. Safely discard household hazardous waste such as antifreeze, unused pharmaceuticals, car batteries, used motor oil, paint, pesticides, home-generated sharps waste such as hypodermic needles, pen needles, syringes, lancets, and intravenous needles, universal waste including household batteries, fluorescent light bulbs, and electronic waste (e-waste) such as TVs and monitors, computers, VCRs, stereos, and cell phones. East LA College Stadium Parking Lot is located at Bleakwood Ave. & Floral Drive in Monterey Park . For more information, call County of LA Dept. of Public Works at 1(888) CLEAN LA or go to www.888CleanLA.com, contact LA County Sanitation Districts at 1 (800) 238-0172 or www.lacsd.org.
Sunday, Nov. 24
9:30am-5pm—The 21st Anniversary of the Arroyo Arts Collective Discovery Tour in Northeast Los Angeles. The self-guided auto tour showcases more than 100 artists in homes and studios in Eagle Rock, Highland Park, Mount Washington and neighboring areas. The tour features a diverse range of fine art and craft by both emerging and established artists, and is one of the oldest art tours in Los Angeles. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 day of tour. For more information or to purchase, go to www.arroyoartscollective.org.
10am-4pm—23rd Annual Mariachi Festival & Community Fair at Mariachi Plaza in Boyle Heights. Enjoy a day full of Mariachi Music, Folklorico Dancers, Arts Activities, and Delicious food! The Mariachi Plaza Festival Foundation is proud to present this year’s Mariachi Festival with a tribute to Female Mariachis. Our featured artists include Trio Ellas, Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles, and headlining group, Grammy Award winning Mariachi Divas de Cindy Shea. The event is free to the public, don’t forget to ride the Metro! MTA Goldline – Mariachi Plaza Station: 1831 E 1st St, LA 90033. For more information, visit mariachiplazafestival.com
Tuesday, Nov. 26
5:30-7:30PM—Free Housing Rights Workshop at the Monterey Park Bruggemeyer Library. The Housing Rights Center (HRC) will present information & resources regarding housing discrimination and landlord-tenant rights and responsibilities. Library is located at 318 S. Ramona Ave, Monterey Park 91754. For more information, or to RSVP call Amy at (800) 477-5977 extension 1104. TTY users please call (213) 201-0867. Location is handicap accessible.
Wednesday, Nov. 27
3-4pm—Senior Program on Holiday Blues at the Montebello Library. The holidays can be a depressing time of year for some seniors; the LA County Dept. of Mental Health will present information about dealing with the holiday blues and depression. Library is located at 1550 W. Beverly Blvd Montebello 90640. For more information, call (323) 722-6551.
3:30pm—Sword Fighting Demonstration for Teens at Benjamin Franklin Library. See a live demonstration of sword fighting with the professional stunt team from Tigertainment Studios. Learn about the history of swords, weaponry, and how fights are safely staged in your favorite movies!
4:30pm—East LA-Montebello Business and Professional Women (BPW) Dinner Meeting. Monterey Park Police Det. Bing Han will talk about “Scams Against Seniors and Identity Theft.” Location: DoubleTree Hotel, 888 Montebello Blvd., Rosemead. Meeting is open to the public; to make reservations, call (626) 307-5650 or E-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
7:30-10pm—Garvey Ranch Park Observatory Program in Monterey Park. The Los Angeles Astronomical Society (LAAS) Members are eager to answer questions & let you peek through the 8” telescope, weather permitting. Free telescope-making classes and seasonal astronomy classes are available during operating hours. Garvey Ranch Park is located at 781 S. Orange Ave Monterey Park 91755. For more information, contact LAAS at www.laas.org; www.facebook.com/losangelesastronomicalsociety; or call (213) 673-7355.
The 69th Annual Northeast Los Angeles Holiday Parade will take place Dec. 1. This year’s Celebrity Grand Marshall is ALMA award actor Jose Yenque. Over 100 NELA bicyclists, Urban Farmers, NELA drum club, NELA artist and various local high school bands will participate. Event is sponsored by the Highland Park Chamber of Commerce. The parade starts at 1pm, and will travel along Figueroa from Ave. 60 to Ave. 50.
82nd Annual Procession and Mass in Honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe Sunday, Dec. 1. Thousands of Catholic faithful will gather to honor the Virgin of Guadalupe. There will be decorated floats, dancers, music and more. Following the procession, Archbishop José H. Gomez, the Auxiliary Bishops of Los Angeles and participating clergy will celebrate Mass at East LA College-Weingarten Stadium with mariachis, bandas, dances, hymns and poems. For more information, the public can call Resurrection Church at (323) 268-1141.