today is Jose’s birthday, he’s 19

jose and elaine

Jose Martinez is the man and the muscle behind our South LA blog, OnCentral.

Today’s birthday boy was the college journalist of the year last year under the tutelage of former Daily Nexus sports editor Tom Nelson over at LMU.

when i wanted someone to run our blog i called Tom and asked if he had a recommendation he was all

do i!

Jose had just been the Loyolan editor-in-cheif and won that fancy award

so i interviewed him and he was fantastic and has only gotten better.

lovely young man who it has been a joy to work with and theres no way that OnCentral would be as kick ass as it is now without Mr. Martinez.

despite his questionable musical tastes.

but the kids… whaddya gonna do?

Happy birthday Jose! Don’t change a thing!

Birthday Bonus: My Top 3 favorite Jose Martinez pieces:

Know Your Graffiti: Disses, threats and the Mexican Mafia

OnCentral on Foot: Miramonte Elementary scandal

Nitrous: Providing courage, highs and more horsepower

Super Bonus Extra! Great story and perfect photo by Jose — 12-year-old blues guitarist phenom plays ‘like he’s about 50 years old’