Sunday, November 18, 2007

Hi-Fi Roller Derby

This past Saturday night, I had the honor of blowing the first whistle for the Derby Dolls, our newest neighbor in Historic Filipinotown. The Derby Dolls are Los Angeles' local roller derby league and they originally set up shop in Chinatown, then in Little Tokyo, and now they call an old ice cream factory in Hi-Fi home. Before moving to their new digs, they introduced themselves to the neighborhood, meeting with local community groups and co-sponsoring a recent neighborhood clean-up. The first match in Hi-Fi featured the Tough Cookies against the Sirens. While the Cookies jumped out to an early lead, the Sirens fought back led by former junior national skating champ Milla Minute, and dominated the second half, cruising to victory. Officers from Rampart station stopped by to catch the action and local bands and vendors set up shop during the game inside the warehouse. Congrats to the Sirens and welcome to the Derby Dolls--no doubt they will bring many more people into Historic Filipinotown to see all the good things that are happening in the neighborhood. (photo by Boss Hogg)