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RIES ~ Partnerships continue to be featured this week. This week is especially favorable for a fresh start or a new beginning for you in love. Avoid distractions at work this week and you’ll get much accomplished. Soul Affirmation: There is a funny side to everything I see. AURUS ~ Friendship remains highlighted; you may be attending a social event with good friends, or may be planning one. Whichever, it will be a very happy occasion. Be happy! You’ve got many loving friends. Soul Affirmation: Hope is a beautify jewel. I enjoy owning it. EMINI ~ You may find out this week that the project you didn’t really want to work on has been scrapped. That leaves you plenty of time to finish up the stuff you want to work on! Money concerns ease up. This week a romantic get-together will remind you of what bliss really is! Soul Affirmation: He who asks might seem foolish for a while. ANCER ~ Keep an eye on your budget this week, but also indulge your creative senses with the visual and the tactile. You might find yourself wanting to “feel” something new in your hands. Just the feeling may be enough; you don’t necessarily have to spend money to satisfy your artistic urge this week. Soul Affirmation: Happiness is my only goal this week. EO ~ Call early in the week and make a date so you can catch the person that you want to spend time with this week. An old love may turn up in your romantic mix, and romance will be very sweet if you rise above the temptation to remember why you split in the first place! Soul Affirmation: What I need to be is fully present inside of me. IRGO ~ This is a good week for exercising that clever mind of yours. Luck will be with you in all endeavors you start. Luck is with you always because positive outlook attracts positive vibrations. Soul Affirmation: I appear to others what I know myself to be.

IBRA ~ Exercise will work off some of your excess energy this week. Take a walk and remember that your world is made up of many beautiful parts. The part you are focusing on so intently this week is not your entire world. Proceed accordingly! Soul Affirmation: All things work together for good. CORPIO ~ Everything seems to be moving along in a very pleasant way this week. Friends are helpful, family is supportive, even the sun seems to be shining just for you! Enjoy this harmony and count your blessings. Finish a task at work. Soul Affirmation: I let go and let the spirit take control. AGITTARIUS ~ You have very creative mental energy this week! You’ll probably be wanting to talk or write or read about health or career matters. Your ability to absorb information is remarkable. Make phone calls for work early in the week, then phone calls for play in the afternoon! Soul Affirmation: I give my mind a big rest again this week. APRICORN ~ Remember that exercise is a wonderful tension-reliever if things get too intense this week. A walk over your lunch hour could make all the difference in how you feel this afternoon. Love yourself and reward yourself with perfect health and happiness. Soul Affirmation: The essence of life is in each grain of sand. QUARIUS ~ Take a week off from sparkling at work and spend some time thinking about what is most important to you. The solution comes while you are thinking about love. Healthy habits are easy to keep. Soul Affirmation: I can see clearly now the rain is gone. There are no obstacles in my way. ISCES ~ If you want to keep your positive outlook intact, avoid gossip and those who might want to just cry the blues for no good reason. You’ll be happiest this week if you keep busy and keep your opinions to yourself. However, good advice is available from an older female relative. Soul Affirmation: I turn all of my emotions toward the home front.











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African American poised to lead community in Pasadena BY KENNETH MILLER LAWT WRITER


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BY MICHAEL R. BLOOD | said in a fundraising pitch after the ASSOCIATED PRESS polls closed. “It would be easy to let up LOS ANGELES (AP) — Two and take a break. But you deserve betCity Hall veterans claimed spots Wednesday in a runoff for mayor of Los Angeles, setting up a confrontation likely to turn on personality and style since the Democratic pair share much of the same policy turf. City CounAP Photo cilman Eric Garcetti topped This combo shows a Feb. 20, 2013 file photo of Los the field in Angeles mayoral candidate Eric Garcetti speaking to Tuesday’s elec- media in Los Angeles, left, and undated image provided tion, carrying 33 by the Wendy Greuel Campaign of mayoral candidate percent of the Greuel meeting with voters. vote. Since no candidate cleared a majority of the ter from me, and Los Angeles deserves vote needed to win outright, he'll face better from us. We need to keep our Controller Wendy Greuel in the May foot on the gas.” 21 matchup to replace exiting Mayor Greuel promised to “work on the Antonio Villaraigosa. She had 29 per- tough issues like education and jobs cent, accordingly to preliminary and getting LA back on track.” In an returns. interview Wednesday with KNX-AM Meanwhile, in a decision that will radio, she offered little in the way of hang heavy on the next mayor of the specifics about how she would invest financially troubled city, voters in street repairs and other programs knocked down a proposed increase to starved for cash while contending with the city’s sales tax — a half-cent boost rising employee costs and a shaky to 9.5 percent. The measure was budget. defeated by a double-digit margin, “It’s about priorities,” she said. returns show. With all precincts reporting, along “Our work isn’t over,” Garcetti See MAYORAL RUNOFF, page 14

Kennedy wins outright in Pasadena

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March 7, 1965 Thousands of marchers, led by Martin Luther King Jr. completed first leg of five-day Selma-to-Montgomery march. Marchers were protected by federalized Alabama National Guardsmen and U.S. Army troops. Selma-to-Montgomery march ended with rally of some fifty thousands at Alabama capitol. One of the marchers, a White civil rights worker named Viola Liuzzo, was shot to death on U.S. Highway after the rally by White terrorists. Three Klansmen were convicted of violating her civil rights and sentenced to ten years in prison.

John J. Kennedy, whose roots in the Pasadena community spans 70years, captured a seat on the Pasadena City Council winning 55% of the vote and avoiding a runoff in the March 5 municipal elections. “I think the voters in District 3 are speaking volumes in terms of my message,” said Kennedy, who described his message as increasing quality of life and economic growth while maintaining government accountability. “I’m looking forward to extraordinary collaborations and just providing the very best service to my district." Kennedy, 51, had raised more than $77,000 for his council campaign as of late February, according to reports filed with the Pasadena city clerk’s office. The area is currently represented by developer Joel Bryant, who was appointed to serve as an interim council member on Jan. 22. The new council member will begin his term

John J. Kennedy on May 6. Kennedy works as an executive of the Urban League after working for Southern California Edison (SCE) as the senior project manager for community involvement ensuring that local organizations made good use of SCE grants toward education, health, human services, the arts and the environment. He has worked for city governments in Pasadena as manager of transportation and Richmond, See KENNEDY, page 6

Thursday, March 7, 2013


AltaMed sponsors Scientists say baby born free HIV testing with HIV apparently cured at Macedonia Baptist Church BY LAURAN NEERGAARD ASSOCIATED PRESS

LAWT NEWS SERVICE AltaMed Health Services—a Southern California non-profit health care organization—sponsored HIV prevention for on-site testing at Macedonia Baptist Church in Watts last Sunday March 3. Macedonia Baptist hosted a day of prayer and healing for residents of the Watts community who have been affected by HIV/AIDS and encouraged all church individuals from the community to receive testing. “HIV/AIDS has been taboo in the Black Church for far too long. It is the Church's responsibility to inform and inspire people to live better lives and one of the ways we do that is through information and education,” said lead pastor of Macedonia Baptist Church Shane Scott. “HIV/AIDS is here to stay, but it doesn't mean we have to keep carrying it and dying from it! Macedonia is committed to supporting those infected and affected by this epidemic.” Pastor Scott, who took a test during the morning’s service, invited AltaMed to provide the testing and encouraged congregants to get tested themselves. After the service, congregation members were able to meet with the AltaMed representatives and receive their own, free HIV test. “There is an alarming disparity in the rising HIV infection rates among

communities of color,” said Castulo de la Rocha, AltaMed’s president and CEO. “Our organization believes that de-stigmatizing testing, and making it a part of routine health care for all individuals will help us identify and treat the disease early, allowing patients to live long, healthy, productive lives.” While serving communities throughout Los Angeles and Orange Counties for more than 40 years, AltaMed Health Services is a nonprofit community health provider that is introducing the organization to the South Los Angeles Community. Beginning in 2014, AltaMed is scheduled to open a senior care site at 1776 East Century Boulevard, the organization is connecting with local partners to meet members of the community. The site will care for frail, elderly residents who are eligible for nursing home care, but will remain in their homes thanks to this new site. Enrolled participants will receive adult day care, dentistry, laboratory, diagnostic services, meals, and physical and occupational therapies. Transportation, home care, hospital and nursing home care are coordinated as necessary. Residents interested in learning more about the new site can call AltaMed’s Community Access Point at 1-877-462-2582.

A baby born with the virus that causes AIDS appears to have been cured, scientists announced Sunday March 3, describing the case of a child from Mississippi who’s now 2½ and has been off medication for about a year with no signs of infection. There’s no guarantee the child will remain healthy, although sophisticated testing uncovered just traces of the virus’ genetic material still lingering. If so, it would mark only the world's second reported cure. Specialists say Sunday’s announcement, at a major AIDS meeting in Atlanta, offers promising clues for efforts to eliminate HIV infection in children, especially in AIDS-plagued African countries where too many babies are born with the virus. “You could call this about as close to a cure, if not a cure, that we’ve seen,” Dr. Anthony Fauci of the National Institutes of Health, who is familiar with the findings, told The Associated Press. A doctor gave this baby faster and stronger treatment than is usual, starting a three-drug infusion within 30 hours of birth. That was before tests confirmed the infant was infected and not just at risk from a mother whose

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This image provided by Johns Hopkins Medicine shows Dr. Deborah Persaud of Johns Hopkins’ Children’s Center in Baltimore. A baby, born with the AIDS virus, appears to have been cured. HIV wasn’t diagnosed until she was in labor. “I just felt like this baby was at higher-than-normal risk, and deserved our best shot,” Dr. Hannah Gay, a pediatric HIV specialist at the University of Mississippi, said in an interview. That fast action apparently knocked out HIV in the baby’s blood before it could form hideouts in the body. Those so-called reservoirs of dor-

mant cells usually rapidly reinfect anyone who stops medication, said Dr. Deborah Persaud of Johns Hopkins Children’s Center. She led the investigation that deemed the child “functionally cured,” meaning in long-term remission even if all traces of the virus haven't been completely eradicated. Next, Persaud’s team is planning a study to try to prove that, with more See HIV CURE, page 4


Thursday, March 7, 2013

Supreme Court Justice equates Black voting rights with ‘racial entitlements’

In the oral arguments last week before the Supreme Court to determine whether a key section of the Voting Rights Act should be upheld, Justice Antonin Scalia referred to the provision as “perpetuation of racial entitlement.” It was the kind of comment that could easily spark a demonstration in front of the court. But when Scalia made his comment about the pre-clear-

ance provision of the 1965 law last Wednesday, there were already protesters in front of the U.S. Supreme Court marching in support of the Voting Rights Act. The Voting Rights Act was originally passed in 1965. When Section 5 was scheduled to expire, it was extended by Congress in 1970, 1975, 1982 and for another 25 years in 2006. It was approved the last time with broad bipartisan support. It passed the House by a 390-33 margin and the Senate 98-0. Under Section 5 of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, jurisdictions with a history of racial discrimination must receive pre-clearance from the Justice Department or a federal court before they are allowed to make any changes in their voting procedures. Inside the court, Scalia addressed the various extensions of the Voting Rights Act since its passage. “…The initial enactment of this legislation in a—a time when the need for it was so much more abundantly clear—in the Senate, there—it was double-digits against it. And that was only a 5-year term. Then, it is reenacted five years later, again for a 5-year term. Double-digits against it in the Senate. Then it was reenacted for seven years, Single digits against it. Then enacted for 25 years, eight Senate votes against it. And this last enactment, not a single vote in the Senate against it. And the House is pretty much the same. Scalia then said, “Now, I don’t think that’s attributable to the fact that it is so much clearer now that we need this. I think it is attributable, very likely attributable, to a phenomenon that is called perpetuation of racial entitle-

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ment. It’s been written about. Whenever a society adopts racial entitlements, it is very difficult to get out of them through the normal political process.” Justice Sonia Sotomayor did not let Scalia’s entitlement comment go unchallenged. She pressed Bert W. Rein, the lawyer representing Shelby County, Ala., four times on the issue. She asked, “Do you think that the right to vote is a racial entitlement in Section 5?” Rein finally answered, “…May I say Congress was reacting in 1964 to a problem of race discrimination which it thought was prevalent in certain jurisdictions. So to that extent, as the intervenor said, yes, it was intended to protect those who had been discriminated against.” Stephen G. Breyer said the case should be looked up through a historical context. “So in 1965, well, we have history,” he said. “We have 200 years or perhaps of slavery. We have 80 years or so of legal segregation. We have had 41 years of this statue. And this statue has helped a lot. So, therefore Congress in 2005 looks back and says don’t change horses in the middle of the stream, because we still have a ways to go.” If Section 5 is upheld on this conservative-leaning court, it would probably be on the vote of Anthony M. Kennedy. The right-leaning justice hinted that the Voting Rights Act may have run its course. After Solicitor General Donald B. Verrilli, Jr. praised the effectiveness of the Voting Rights Act, Kennedy said, “Well, the Marshall Plan was very god, too, the Morale Act, the Northwest Ordinance, but times change.” Sotomayor said Shelby County has not changed enough. “Assuming I accept your premise, and there’s some question about that, that some portions of the South have changed, your country pretty much hasn’t.” she said. “In the period we’re talking about, it has many more discriminating—240 discriminatory voting laws that were blocked by Section 5 objections.” Shelby County went to court after the Justice Department rejected a redistricting plan that evidently played a role in the defeat of Ernest Montgomery, the only Black member of the 5-member city council in Calera, Ala., a bedroom community of 12,000 people near See SCALIA, page 10



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Accused triple-murderer pleads not guilty CITY NEWS SERVICE A 72-year-old man pleaded not guilty Monday to charges that he murdered three women in Los Angeles in the 1980s. Samuel Little, who appeared in court in a wheelchair pushed by a sheriff’s deputy, is charged with three counts of murder for allegedly strangling: – Carol Alford, 41, whose body was found July 13, 1987, in an alley off east 27th Street; – Audrey Nelson, 35, whose Samuel Little body was discovered Aug. 14, 1989, inside a trash bin on East Seventh Street; and – Guadalupe Apodaca, 46, who was found Sept. 3, 1989, inside a commercial garage in South Los Angeles. The murder charges also include the special circumstance allegation of multiple murders. Prosecutors will decide later whether to seek the death penalty against Little. He was arrested in Louisville, Ky., in September on an unrelated narcotics charge out of Los Angeles, and extradited to California. Police said he was linked to the killings through DNA evidence examined by LAPD cold case detectives. A preliminary hearing is scheduled to be set on April 17.

HIV CURE Continued from page 3 aggressive treatment of other highrisk babies. “Maybe we’ll be able to block this reservoir seeding,” Persaud said. No one should stop anti-AIDS drugs as a result of this case, Fauci cautioned. But “it opens up a lot of doors” to research if other children can be helped, he said. “It makes perfect sense what happened.” Better than treatment is to prevent babies from being born with HIV in the first place. About 300,000 children were born with HIV in 2011, mostly in poor countries where only about 60 percent of infected pregnant women get treatment that can keep them from passing the virus to their babies. In the U.S., such births are very rare because HIV testing and treatment long have been part of prenatal care. “We can’t promise to cure babies who are infected. We can promise to prevent the vast majority of transmissions if the moms are tested during every pregnancy,” Gay stressed. The only other person considered cured of the AIDS virus underwent a very different and risky kind of treatment — a bone marrow transplant from a special donor, one of the rare people who is naturally resistant to HIV. Timothy Ray Brown of San Francisco has not needed HIV medications in the five years since that transplant. The Mississippi case shows “there may be different cures for different populations of HIV-infected people,” said Dr. Rowena Johnston of amFAR, the Foundation for AIDS Research. That group funded Persaud’s team to explore possible cases of pediatric cures. It also suggests that scientists should look back at other children who've been treated since shortly after birth, including some reports of possible cures in the late 1990s that were dismissed at the time, said Dr. Steven Deeks of the University of California,

San Francisco, who also has seen the findings. “This will likely inspire the field, make people more optimistic that this is possible,” he said. In the Mississippi case, the mother had had no prenatal care when she came to a rural emergency room in advanced labor. A rapid test detected HIV. In such cases, doctors typically give the newborn low-dose medication in hopes of preventing HIV from taking root. But the small hospital didn’t have the proper liquid kind, and sent the infant to Gay’s medical center. She gave the baby higher treatment-level doses. The child responded well through age 18 months, when the family temporarily quit returning and stopped treatment, researchers said. When they returned several months later, remarkably, Gay’s standard tests detected no virus in the child's blood. Ten months after treatment stopped, a battery of super-sensitive tests at half a dozen laboratories found no sign of the virus’ return. There were only some remnants of genetic material that don’t appear able to replicate, Persaud said. In Mississippi, Gay gives the child a check-up every few months: “I just check for the virus and keep praying that it stays gone.” The mother’s HIV is being controlled with medication and she is “quite excited for her child,” Gay added. The United Nations agency that guides the global fight against HIV/AIDS, known as UNAIDS, hailed the news. “This news gives us great hope that a cure for HIV in children is possible and could bring us one step closer to an AIDS-free generation,” said UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibe. “This also underscores the need for research and innovation especially in the area of early diagnostics.” Associated Press writer Ron DePasquale contributed from the United Nations in New York.

Thursday, March 7, 2013


Rosa Parks honored by Detroit mayor opposes financial Congress with full-length statue emergency appeal BY MAYA RHODAN NNPA WASHINGTON CORRESPONDENT

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Detroit Mayor Dave Bing is interviewed in his office, Wednesday, March 6, 2013. BY COREY WILLIAMS | ASSOCIATED PRESS DETROIT (AP) — Mayor Dave Bing acknowledged Wednesday that an emergency manager will be appointed to oversee Detroit’s finances and said he won’t participate in the city’s appeal of a report criticizing local officials for their handling of the economic mess. The City Council approved a resolution authorizing an appeal of Gov. Rick Snyder’s finding that an outside overseer is warranted because Detroit is in a financial emergency with no good plan to get out of it. Bing, who had the option of either joining that appeal or filing his own, told reporters that he sees no way of avoiding an emergency manager, even though he opposes it. “We need to end the drama and the infighting and understand that whether we like it or not, an emergency financial manager is coming to Detroit,” Bing said. Under Michigan law, emergency managers have the power to develop financial plans, renegotiate labor contracts, revise and approve budgets to help control spending, sell off some city assets and suspend elected officials’ salaries. Snyder said Friday he agrees with a state-appointed review team that spent two months delving into Detroit's finances. The city’s budget deficit is at $327 million. It also has long-term debt topping $14 billion and has had trouble in recent months making payroll and paying other bills. He scheduled a hearing date for next Tuesday in case his decision was appealed. Chief Deputy Treasurer Mary MacDowell will preside over that hearing in Lansing as Snyder’s designee, spokesman Terry Stanton said. “There is no statutory time frame for the governor to either confirm or revoke his determination that a finan-

cial emergency exists in Detroit,” Stanton wrote in an email to the Associated Press. Bing said he met with Snyder this week in Lansing and concluded efforts to head off a manager will be fruitless. The Republican governor said he already has a person in mind to take the emergency manager’s job if he decides Detroit needs one to get out of its fiscal mess. “For me, I don’t mind fighting, but I’m not stupid,” Bing told The AP Wednesday morning. “If I know I’m going to get in a fight that I have no chance of winning, why in the hell should I get in that fight? I'm much better off walking away from that and fight another day.” Council President Charles Pugh said he was holding out hope that Snyder may ultimately not appoint a manager and that city officials “are going to try every avenue that we can.” Bing said he disputes portions of the review team’s report, namely the determination Detroit has no plan to deal with its financial emergency. Bing also said he questions if Detroit is responsible for budget problems in the city’s 36th District Court. The court had $279 million in outstanding accounts receivables as of June 30, according to the review team report. Of that amount, an estimated $199 million is owed to the city. Court officials, as of early this year, had taken no actions to reduce expenditures and had 350 workers while budgeted for 285, the review team said. If Snyder does appoint a fiscal overseer, Bing said he intends to work “collaboratively” with that person instead of battling with Lansing. “This city has a reputation of fighting, fighting, fighting and so we wind up fighting each other,” Bing told the AP. “And when we do that, the city loses.”

WASHINGTON (NNPA) – As Black History Month came to a close, a Civil Rights icon made history once again in the halls of the U.S. Capitol. On Feb. 27, in a ceremony hosted by President Obama and members of Congress, Rosa Parks became the first Black woman to have her full-length likeness depicted in the National Statuary Hall. The statue of Parks, which stands at 9-feet tall, depicts the Civil Rights icon seated and clutching her purse to commemorate her refusal to move to the back of a Montgomery, Ala. bus, sparking the Montgomery bus boycott of 1955 that lasted more than a year. During his speech, President Obama told the story of Parks’ encounter with the bus driver on Dec. 1, 1955 which led to the boycott. Parks had been kicked off the bus by the same driver twelve years prior for entering through the front door when the back was too crowded. “He grabbed her sleeve and he pushed her off the bus. It made her mad enough, she would recall, that she avoided riding his bus for a while,” President Obama said. “And when they met again that winter evening in 1955, Rosa Parks would not be pushed.” Later, when Parks refused to move from her seat, even after the bus driver who had kicked her off the bus 12 years before threatened, and later delivered on his promise, to have her arrested, she remained. “Some schoolchildren are taught that Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat because her feet were tired,” then Sen. Obama remarked at Rosa Parks’ funeral in 2005.“ Our nation’s schoolbooks are only getting it half right. She once said: “The only tired I was, was tired of giving in.” For 385 days, Black people across Montgomery boycotted the bus system until it was desegregated; a feat President Obama said last Wednesday led to “the entire edifice of segregation” beginning to tumble like the “ancient walls of Jericho.” Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga), who grew up in Troy, Ala., only 40 miles from Montgomery, did not meet Parks until he was a student at Fisk University. “I was only 15 years old during the Montgomery bus boycott,” Lewis said. “But I, like everyone else I knew in Alabama, had a deep admiration and respect for Rosa Parks because of her dignity, her courage and her integrity.” President Obama referred to Parks as a woman who “defied the odds and defied injustice.” Although known for sparking the bus boycott, Parks’ activism extended far beyond refusing to be removed from her seat. She was an eternal activist who served in her local NAACP, and worked with Congressman John Conyers of Michigan from 1965-1988. At 74, Parks opened the Rosa and Raymond Parks Institute for SelfDevelopment, an organization that educates and trains disadvantaged youth for employment. Twelve years later President Bill Clinton honored an 86year-old Parks with a Congressional Gold Medal. “Rosa Parks held no elected office.

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Rosa Parks statue lives in the halls of the U.S Capitol. She possessed no fortune; lived her life far from the formal seats of power. And yet today, she takes her rightful place among those who’ve shaped this nation’s course,” President Obama said during the ceremony. Parks, whose casket became the

first of an African American to lie in the Capitol Rotunda when she died in 2005 at age 92, now stands among 100 of the most notable leaders in our nation’s history. “Rosa Parks’ singular act of See ROSA PARKS, page 14

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UNCF Masked Ball SCLC leader honors Magic Johnson warns FBI – hands and Sheryl Underwood off Rep. Brooks And says farewell to its host, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa

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UNCF President and CEO Dr. Michael Lomax congratulates the night’s honoree Sheryl Underwood along with the evening’s host Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. begun in Atlanta to help raise Photo by Valerie Goodloe for Sentinel funds for the Los Magic and Cookie Johnson celebrate the Mayors Masked Angeles Branch Ball. of UNCF. The Ball, which LAWT WIRE SERVICES imposed a very sophisticated dress code of black tie for men and long While candidates were combing evening gowns for the women and face the city campaigning for votes during masks was a fun evening for all as the the first weekend of March, Mayor organization paid tribute to longtime Antonio Villaraigosa was celebrating UNCF supporters Earvin “Magic” the end of his second term at the 2nd Johnson and television host and comeAnnual Mayors Masked Ball. dian Sheryl Underwood. Villaraigosa brought the United UNCF National President Dr. Negro College Fund (UNCF) fundrais- Michael L. Lomax was on hand to celer to Los Angeles in 2012, after it was ebrate the evening. Lomax pointed out

that “as the national economy struggles to recover, our students struggle to find the support they need to earn the college degrees that they need and that we need them to have. They count on UNCF for the support they need to complete their education. And UNCF counts on you our supporters to provide funding.” Curtis Silvers the UNCF Los Angeles area director said he “was very appreciative of everyone in attendance.” He was particularly thankful, he said, of Toyota Motor Sales USA who served as the evening’s founding sponsor as well as Edison International, Mattel and Farmers Insurance Group who were marquis sponsors for the evening. Silvers stated, “This is our premiere event of the year and our largest fundraiser. Tonight would not have been possible without the help of our co-chairs Lisa Cagnolatti of Edison or Carl Ballton of Union Bank, they did an outstanding job along with my board chairperson Carol Jackson of Macy’s and my entire leadership council. Without events such as this one UNCF would not be able to provide the support to the 38 member colleges and universities or the 60,000 students who depend on UNCF for their education.” R&B group The Whispers provided the night’s entertainment. “One thing is for sure, the pressure is on the next mayor of the city to step up their game for next year’s event because [Villaraigosa] has brought one of the most enjoyable as well as classiest events to Los Angeles, while at the same time supporting our most sacred Photo by Valerie Goodloe for Sentinel institutions,” state Assembly memDr. Lomax and Area Director Curtis Silvers along with Co-Chairs Lisa ber Reginald Byron Jones-Sawyer Cagnolatti and Carl Balton thank the mayor for bringing the ball to Los Angeles. who attended the event.

BY KALIN THOMAS SPECIAL TO THE NNPA FROM THE ATLANTA VOICE Southern Christian Leadership Conference CEO Charles Steele Jr. has a stern warning for the FBI – leave State Rep. Tyrone Brooks alone. “If they can bring about the harassment and intimidation of a man like Tyrone Brooks, just think what they can do to others,” Steele said, referring to reports that FBI officials are investigating Brooks for alleged improper use of funds. “We’re going to show U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder that intimidation of people of integrity like Tyrone Brooks will not be tolerated,” he added. “If they think they saw a movement in the 1960s, we’re going to make that look like a Sunday school picnic.” Federal Bureau of Investigation officials reportedly have questioned members of the Georgia Association of Black Elected Officials (GABEO) – which Brooks heads – about funding for the reenactment of the 1946 Moore’s Ford Bridge lynchings in Monroe, Georgia. Brooks coordinates the annual event to spur the FBI to actively investigate one of most heinous civil rights era murders on the books. Many observers believe that some of the white killers of two black couples –including a pregnant woman – are still alive and should be brought to justice. Georgia NAACP president Edward DuBose called the reported investigation of Brooks a “witch hunt” and said federal authorities should focus on the Moore’s Ford Bridge killers, not on Brooks. “The NAACP has coordinated quite a few organizations to speak out in support of Tyrone Brooks,” he said. “We think it’s a witch hunt and an effort to detract from the real issue of bringing the Moore’s Ford Bridge killers to justice.” Neither the FBI nor U.S. Attorney Sally Yates’ office responded this week to repeated calls for comment. For his part, Brooks said this kind of FBI “intimidation” is nothing new. “I understand exactly what’s

Southern Christian Leadership Conference CEO Charles Steele Jr.

State Rep. Tyrone Brooks going on,” said Brooks, a veteran civil rights activist. “I haven’t been contacted by the FBI directly, but we heard about it in Quitman, Georgia at our winter conference this past weekend. And we heard that the black-owned restaurant in Athens that feeds us has also been threatened.” Brooks vows, however, that no attempt at intimidation will stop the movement. “We still will continue our plans for our annual march across Moore’s Ford Bridge on April 6,” he said. “And if they kill me, Charles Steele and Edward DuBose will carry on the fight.”

KENNEDY Continued from page 2 Virginia as deputy chief of police for administrative services. He started the Pasadena Police Foundation and served as the organization’s first secretary. Kennedy also knows what it’s like to own a small business having started his own management consulting firm in 1987. Kennedy comes from humble

beginnings, growing up in Pasadena, the eighth child of 10, with seven sisters and two brothers. He attended and graduated from Blair High School where he began to show promise as student body president. He later attended USC attaining his degree in International Relations and Economics with a certificate of defense in strategic study.

Thursday, March 7, 2013


Calif. woman dies after CSUDH political science student nurse refuses to do CPR takes award at Harvard National

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A car passes through the gate of Glenwood Gardens in Bakersfield, Calif., Monday March 4, 2013, where an elderly woman died after a nurse refused to perform CPR on her last week. The central California retirement home is defending one of its nurses who refused pleas by a 911 operator to perform CPR on an elderly woman, who later died. BY GOSIA WOZNIACKA AND TRACIE CONE ASSOCIATED PRESS A nurse’s refusal to give CPR to a dying 87-year-old woman at a California independent living home despite desperate pleas from a 911 dispatcher has prompted outrage and spawned a criminal investigation. The harrowing 7-minute, 16-second call also raised concerns that policies at senior living facilities could prevent staff from intervening in medical emergencies. It prompted calls for legislation Monday March 4, to prevent a repeat of what happened Feb. 26 at Glenwood Gardens in Bakersfield. Lorraine Bayless collapsed in the dining room of the retirement home that offers many levels of care. She lived in the independent living building, which state officials said is like a senior apartment complex and doesn't operate under licensing oversight. “This is a wakeup call,” said Assemblywoman Mariko Yamada, chair of the California Assembly Aging and Long-term Care Committee. “I’m sorry it took a tragedy like this to bring it to our attention.” Yamada cautioned that while it’s not yet known whether intervention would have saved the woman’s life, “we want to investigate because it has caused a lot of concern and alarm.” Independent living facilities “should not have a policy that says you can stand there and watch somebody die,” said Pat McGinnis, founder of California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform, a consumer advocacy group. “How a nurse can do that is beyond comprehension.” In all her years of advocating for the elderly, McGinnis said: “This was so horrifying. I’ve never seen this happen before.” State officials did not know Monday whether the woman who talked to the 911 dispatcher actually was a nurse, or just identified herself as one during the call. She said one of the home’s policies prevented her from doing CPR, according to an audio recording of the call. “The consensus is if they are a nurse and if they are at work as a

nurse, then they should be offering the appropriate medical care,” said Russ Heimerich, spokesman for the California Board of Registered Nursing, the agency that licenses health care providers. The executive director of Glenwood Gardens, Jeffrey Toomer, defended the nurse in a written statement, saying she followed the facility's policy. “In the event of a health emergency at this independent living community, our practice is to immediately call emergency medical personnel for assistance and to wait with the individual needing attention until such personnel arrives,” Toomer said. “That is the protocol we followed.” Toomer offered condolences to the woman’s family and said a thorough internal review would be conducted. He told KGET-TV that residents of the facility are informed of the policy and agree to it when they move in. He said the policy does not apply at the adjacent assisted living and skilled nursing facilities. Multiple calls to the facility and its parent company seeking more information were not returned. Unlike nursing homes, which provide medical care, independent living facilities generally do not. “These are like apartments for seniors. You’re basically living on your own. They may have some services provided by basic nursing staff, but it’s not their responsibility to care for the individual,” said Dr. Susan Leonard, a geriatrics expert at the University of California, Los Angeles. Residents of independent living communities can still take care of themselves, but may need help getting to doctor’s appointments. In skilled nursing facilities and nursing homes, many residents require around-the-clock care. Staff members are “required to perform and provide CPR” unless there’s a do-not-resuscitate order, said Greg Crist, a senior vice president at the American Health Care Association. Bayless did not have such an order on file at the facility, said Battalion Chief Anthony Galagaza of See CPR, page 15

California State University, Dominguez Hills political science student Arnaud Lukombo received an honorable mention award at the Harvard National Model United Nations (HNMUN), held in Boston Feb. 14-17. HNMUN is the oldest, and considered the most prestigious of Model UN conferences in the county, bringing together more than 3,000 students from American and international universities to serve as UN delegates and debate global issues as if they were before the UN. Lukombo, who is an international student from France, said he came to the U.S. three years ago with a limited command of English. He spent a year in the CSU Dominguez Hills American Language and Culture Program through the College of Extended and International Education before enrolling as an undergraduate in the political science department. “It’s thanks to the language program and to Professor Hamoud Salhi [associate professor of political science] that I was there,” Lukombo said of winning the award, referring to the solid foundations in English and of political science, respectively, he has received.

Arnaud Lukombo Lukombo was recognized with the honorable mention for his contributions as a member of the HMNUN’s Organization of Islamic Cooperation delegation representing Palestine on talks concerning the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Lukombo was among eight students from CSU Dominguez Hills who participated in the HMNUN, debating

and negotiating resolutions on topics ranging from targeted killings to the aging populations of the Third World. The delegation included Brigett Garibay (senior, political science), Iran Guzman (senior, political science), Regina Hernandez (senior, political science), Ana Lopez (senior, political science), Jennifer Lopez (junior, criminal justice), and Julia Pak (senior, political science), all representing Central African Republic; and Lukombo and Raffi Norberg (junior, political science), representing Palestine. The students participated in five committees: Commission on the Status of Women, Disarmament and International Security, Organization of Islamic Cooperation, Third World Assembly on Aging, and World Health Organization. The students are part of a Model UN class (POL 339) taught by Salhi through the Department of Political Science each spring semester. The class is designed to train students in the art of diplomacy, including public speaking, debate, negotiation, and consensus building. Up next for the class will be the Western Collegiate Model UN conference in Santa Barbara March 28-30. Lukombo will be there, hoping to bring back another award for the university.



Thursday, March 7, 2013


L.A. Watts Times WEEKENDER


is Voters Choice to Lead the ‘New Ninth’ District An African American has historically represented Los Angeles City Council’s Ninth District from Gil Lindsay to Jan Perry, but to continue that legacy voters will have to get behind Curren Price in the May runoơ against Latino opponent Ana Cubas. Born in Los Angeles, Price was first Black student body president in the history of Morningside High School in 1967, he is without question the most accomplished in the field of candidates for the race. In the lowest voting sector in Los Angeles, a field of seven candidates was narrowed to Price and Cubas who advance to the May 21 runoơ for the Ninth District City Council seat. The recently redrawn district includes the L.A. Live campus. Price won 27.22 percent of the vote in the March 5th primary election and Cubas, who spent three years as chief of staơ to 14th District City Councilman José Huizar, came in second with 23.96%. Finishing a distant third was Mike Davis, a former state assemblyman, who received 15.69% of the ballots. According to the City Clerk’s oƥce, just 9,605 votes were cast in the Ninth District. The community that rolls

down the Figueroa Corridor and encompasses a large portion of South Los Angeles recorded the lowest turnout of the eight council races. Decorated State Senator and highly respected African American public servant, Price separated himself as the leading Black candidate in the field for Ninth District City Council. Price campaigned on his solid record of achievement on one of the most pressing issues facing Los Angeles: access to quality, aơordable healthcare. “Our Ninth District communities are uniting behind

this campaign, because the people in our neighborhoods understand the urgency as it relates to matters of health and wellness — particularly for our children, young families and elderly,” said Price. “It will take proven leadership to make the kind of change we need in the 9th District, and expanding access to healthcare is central to improving the quality of life in South Los Angeles.” However, having represented a portion of the Ninth District as a Senator for the 26th District since 2009, Price is more than qualified to address the needs and concerns of the constituency. “I am very familiar with the opportunities and obstacles that exist in this district, almost one-third of which is in the 26th Senate District, which I now represent,” he said. Price is a lifetime credentialed adult and community college teacher, and has served as deputy to two Los Angeles City Councilmembers. He also has a stellar stint on the Inglewood City Council and is one of the leading lawmakers in the California legislature since 2006 on his resume as well. Price attended the prestigious Sanford University earning a BA in political science and then obtained his law degree from Santa Clara University. For several years he was a consultant for the Small Business Administration, served on the Los Angeles County Commission on Insurance and Community Economic Development Committee and the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s South

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I am very familiar with the opportunities and obstacles that exist in this district, almost onethird of which is in the 26th Senate District, which I now represent.

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~ Senator Curren Price Bay Governance Council. During his tenure on the Inglewood City Council and in the legislature he has been a steadfast champion on economic development. “I plan on encouraging more private sector investment, improving the infrastructure on roads, address the adequate housing and most importantly safety in the New 9th,” he explained. The primary diơerence between him and the other candidates is that he has sustained the relationships with policy makers and in the private sector who can be instrumental in helping him achieve these goals. Price is the overwhelming choice of unions and Los Angeles City Council President Herb Wesson and Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas. “I believe that Sen. Curren Price would be the most viable candidate in the 9th Council District race. He is someone who is respected and someone around whom the community can unite,”

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said City Council President Herb Wesson. The Supervisor added, “I think the president of the City Council has given a lot of thought to the 9th District and I am prepared to follow his lead. I agree with the City Council president that Sen. Curren Price will be very hard to beat.” Congresswoman Karen Bass, the majority of his colleagues in the legislature, Black and Latino clergy members, most of the weekly publications have all endorsed Curren Price for “The New” Ninth District.



Thursday, March 7, 2013

Republicans advance State of emergency discredited ‘entitlement’ lies for Black youth BY GEORGE E. CURRY NNPA COLUMNIST Even after the White House and Congress stagger to reach a lastminute deal to avert yet another budget crisis, there is a fundamental difference in approach between the Obama administration and House Republicans. And those two stark approaches to governing goes to the type of society we want to be: one that protects the needy or one that protects the greedy. Surprisingly, the Republicans’ position is crystal clear: they favor extending special favors to the wealthy at the expense of the most vulnerable in our society. “Republicans say that from here on, we should do only spending cuts, focusing on entitlement programs. But their approach to entitlements is highly selective — they seek to cut the entitlement programs on the spending side of the budget, whose benefits go overwhelmingly to middle-class and poor families. But they want no deficit reduction to come from the most wasteful and inefficient of entitlements — those embedded in the tax code,” observed Robert Greenstein, director of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP). Republican leaders say they will not budge on cutting tax expenditures, a term for tax deductions, exclusions, credits, and other tax preferences that disproportionately benefit the wealthy. “Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell proclaimed in an op-ed … ‘I have news for [President Obama]: the moment that he and virtually every other elected Democrat in Washington signed off on the terms of the current arrangement, it was the last word on taxes. That debate is over,’” Greenstein wrote. “Similarly, House Speaker John Boehner’s staff declared, ‘As far as we’re concerned, the tax issue is off the table.’ This,

George E. Curry despite the fact that Boehner proposed several hundred billion dollars of additional revenues during his negotiations with President Obama only a few weeks ago.” What is it that Republicans are so adamant about protecting? As Greenstein notes, “Tax expenditures cost about $1.1 trillion a year, far more than Social Security or than Medicare and Medicaid combined and nearly two-thirds more than the total cost of all non-defense discretionary programs.” It is such a logical – and fair – place to cut that Martin Feldstein, former chair of President Reagan’s Council of Economic Advisers, said that “cutting tax expenditures is really the best way to reduce government spending.” The Urban Institute-Brookings Institution Tax Policy Center estimates that for tax year 2011, the top fifth of the population will receive 66 percent of the $1.1 trillion in individ-

SCALIA Continued from page 4 Birmingham. Montgomery was elected to the council in 2004 from a district that was nearly 71 percent Black. The district was redrawn two years later, reducing the Black presence to 23 percent. Montgomery narrowly lost his 2008 reelection bid to a White challenger. But

Black March 13, 1946 Col. B.O. Davis Jr. assumed command of Lockbourne Air Force Base, Ohio. The Tuskegee Airmen are the black pilots, bombardiers, navigators and support personnel trained during World War II. The fighter pilots of the 99th Fighter Squadron and the 332nd Fighter Group of the U.S. Army Air Corps, led by Col. B. O. Davis, Jr., distinguished themselves in combat in numerous missions in the European theater during 1944 through 1946.

the Justice Department invalidated the election because district changes had not been pre-cleared. Shelby County went to court to overturn the decision. In meantime, Montgomery won a newly-called election. Chief Justice John Roberts wrote an opinion in 2009 that might signal how he will vote in this case. He said at the time, “Things have changed in the South. “The evil that Section 5 is meant to address may no longer be concentrated in the jurisdictions singled out for preclearance. The statute’s coverage formula is based on data that is now more than 35 years old, and there is considerable evidence that it fails to account for current political conditions.” Elena Kagan, an Obama appointee, referred to Senate support of the Voting Rights Act. “Well, that sounds like a good argument to me, Justice Scalia,” she said. “It was clear to 98 Senators, including every Senator from a covered state, who decided that there was a continuing need for this piece of legislation.”

ual tax-expenditure benefits (the top 1 percent alone will receive 23.9 percent of the benefits), the middle 60 percent of the population will receive slightly more than 31 percent of the benefits, and the bottom 20 percent of the population will receive only 2.8 percent. The headline of another CBPP report says it all: “Contrary to ‘Entitlement Society’ Rhetoric, Over Nine-Tenths of Entitlement Benefits Go to Elderly, Disabled, or Working Households.” According to the study issued last year: “…”More than 90 percent of the benefit dollars that entitlement and other mandatory programs spend go to assist people who are elderly, seriously disabled, or members of working households – not to able-bodied, working-age Americans who choose not to work.” Mitt Romney was arguing the opposite position in a surreptitiously recorded video that contributed to his defeat against President Obama. “In Obama’s ‘entitlement society,’ everyone receives the same or similar rewards, regardless of education, effort and willingness to take risk,” Romney charged. “Once we thought ‘entitlement’ meant that Americans were entitled to the privilege of trying to succeed in the greatest country in the world. Americans fought and died to earn and protect that entitlement. But today the new entitlement battle is over the size of the check you get from Washington.” That was a callous lie. In fact, the CBPP study notes, “Federal budget and Census data show that, in 2010, 91 percent of the benefit dollars from entitlement and other mandatory programs went to the elderly (people 65 and over), the seriously disabled, and members of working households. People who are neither elderly nor disabled – and do not live in a working household – received only 9 percent of the benefits.” Moreover, the study found, “the vast bulk of that 9 percent goes for medical care, unemployment insurance benefits (which individuals must have a significant work history to receive), Social Security survivor benefits for the children and spouses of deceased workers, and Social Security benefits for retirees between ages 62 and 64. Seven out of the 9 percentage points go for one of these four purposes.” Contrary to public perception, it is Whites who benefits disproportionately from entitlements. “Also, contrary to what a substantial share of Americans may assume, non-Hispanic whites receive slightly more than their proportionate share of entitlement benefits,” the CBPP study found. “Non-Hispanic whites accounted for 64 percent of the population in 2010 and received 69 percent of the entitlement benefits.” George E. Curry, former editor-inchief of Emerge magazine, is editor-inchief of the National Newspaper Publishers Association News Service (NNPA.) He is a keynote speaker, moderator, and media coach. Curry can be reached through his Web site, You can also follow him at

and education? BY REP.KAREN BASS We need to declare a state of emergency regarding African American education in Los Angeles if a recent report from an education non-profit advocacy group is correct. In fact, even if the report is wrong we still need to address its conclusions about the state of education in the black community and address some truly concerning points raised about African American students. The report entitled, “At a Crossroads: A Comprehensive Picture of How African American Youth Fare in Los Angeles County Schools,” was compiled by the Oakland based Education Trust – West. In their report, the group claims that by the time African American youth reach the 2nd grade, they already demonstrate significant learning gaps that only get worse as they matriculate. Sadly, according to the report, the end result is a higher high school drop-out rate for African Americans and a majority of black children being unprepared to attend our four year public universities because they failed to take the rigorous college prep courses needed for admittance. If these numbers are correct, we are at a point of crisis. Something must be done when in Kindergarten researchers look at our children and say that only one of every 20 African American students will graduate from college if we do not make a significant change. For the sake of our children, I hope these calculations are overstated. We all see so many dedicated public servants in our community working so hard to deliver the promise of a quality education to our youth, under very trying circumstances and oftentimes without the necessary support they need. That’s why it’s so important we convene a dialogue to discuss methods for federal, state and local government to reassess our efforts in educating black youth. Even if the report doesn’t tell the whole picture, then we should convene to redouble our efforts to ensure that every child in our community who wishes to get a quality education has every tool available to succeed. Reports like these sadly often come and go but this time should be different. We cannot give up on our African American youth or accept these disheartening statistics. Black students should not feel that we have given up on their ability to learn. They deserve adequate resources and to know that we care about their educational outcomes. This report should be a flashpoint in our community to rethink our advocacy and activism on behalf of African American education. We need to take these steps to bring about much needed solutions and coordination to address the root caus-

Rep. Karen Bass es of the systemic problems that can lead to educational underachievement. This work is critical because we all know what happens when African American youth fail to get a good education. The impact lasts throughout the rest of their lives with higher rates of unemployment and sadly incarceration. At a White House conference near the end of Black History Month highlighting the President’s Initiative on Educational Excellence For African Americans, local leaders from across the country said a frustration they shared was a federal education policy that too often changes the rules for state governments, making it difficult to put into place the resources, flexibility and planning necessary to help African American children succeed. By working together, we can break some of the silos that exist between federal and state government and begin working constructively to bring all resources to bear in a targeted way that specifically addresses this problem. African American youth are the future of our country. The stakes are too high for our city, state and country to let another report like this one come and go without all of us doing our part to advocate for more effective policies targeting the educational outcomes of African American students. As a member of Congress, I’m committed to utilizing the resources of my office to be a voice for our youth. Stay tuned for updates on proposed next steps. Congresswoman Karen Bass represents California’s 37th Congressional District and previously served as Speaker of the California General Assembly.

Thursday, March 7, 2013


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L.A. Watts Times Calendar, Compiled by Brandon I. Brooks, Co-Managing Editor 3/9 11TH ANNUAL DISCOVER YOUR ROOTS CONFERENCE: California African American Genealogy Society and the LDS church presents its 11th Annual Discover Your Roots Conference. WHEN: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. WHERE: Historical Chapel, 1209 S. Manhattan Pl., Los Angeles. $35, lunch included, You can register online at For more information call (310) 475-7018.



To celebrate Woman’s History Month, Dark Blue Mondaze is reprising it’s production of for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf. Back for just seven performances, the show on March 10, will serve as

p.m. WHERE: Pasadena Civic Auditorium300 East Green Street Pasadena, California 91101. In keeping with its mission to embrace the unexpected, Patti Austin MUSE/IQUE seats guests at cocktail tables and on risers and bleachers for a close-up musical conversation with Tena Clark, a Grammy Award-winning songwriter/producer, who takes the audience inside the process of building a song from scratch, highlighted by performances by some of the artists who have been a part of her storied career. Tickets are $60 per person. Tickets are also free with MUSE/IQUE membership, which start at $250 and includes a variety of special benefits. $60 (includes wine reception and concert) Tickets are also free with MUSE/IQUE membership, which starts at $250 and includes a variety of special benefits. For tickets and membership information, please call 626-539-7085 or visit

Photo by Kim C. Martin Photography (L-R) Imani Burton, Shenika Travis, Ruby Livingston, Brianna Hamilton, Kasi Yates, Jennifer Talton, Charnayne Brooks and Stevi Meredith.



The Concerned Black Men of Los Angeles, a non-profit mentoring organization, offers a powerful series of youth mentoring workshops through its signature Welcome-toManhood Program, promoting education, career and life skills guidance, and instructions in the importance of self-mastery and personal achievement. Workshops and youth activities are free. Workshops are designed for youth 11 to 19 years of age. Our next workshop is titled Relationships & Fatherhood: Examining the Role of a Man to that of a Woman. WHEN: Saturday, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. WHERE: at the Hyde Park Miriam Matthews Library 2205 West Florence Avenue, Los Angeles at the corner of Florence and Van Ness. For more information please call 213-359-3378 to preregister for yourself and friends.



a fundraiser for Dark Blue Mondaze. According to Marshall, “people come and they see lots of patrons in the theater and they assume that we are making lots of money. But at $10. a ticket, no one is making money. We need to call upon the people in the community that will give in order to protect all that art means to a community and to society at large.” The tickets for the fundraiser are $25. All remaining performances are $10. WHERE: Manazar Gamboa Theater, 1321 Gundry Avenue, Long Beach CA. WHEN: March 10, 17 & 24 @ 2:30 pm. March 15, 16, 22 &23 @ 7 pm. For tickets, visit For information on group sales, call (562)264-5717.

FROM THE FIREHOUSE: The Legendary Tena Clark Backstage: MUSE/IQUE, an innovative cross-genre music organization curated by noted artistic director/conductor Rachael Worby, continues its popular Uncorked Series with “Powerhouse from the Firehouse: The Legendary Tena Clark Backstage,” including special guests Patti Austin and Mary Mary Wilson Wilson. WHEN: 7

WOMEN’S APPRECIATION DAY CELEBRATION: Holman United Methodist Women are having their Women’s Appreciation Day Celebration. WHEN: Sunday at the 8:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. service. The keynote speaker will be our First Lady, Reverend Judi Wortham-Sauls, speaking on the theme: “Christian Women Obeying His Call”. A reception will follow the 11:00 a.m. service in L.L. White Fellowship Hall, 3320 W. Adams Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90018.

ON GOING MONDAY FREE SMALL BUSINESS ADVISING: The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is conducting free advising for business owners and new entrepreneurs. WHEN: The informational workshops are scheduled every Monday

at 9 a.m. Some of the topics include how to start a new business, licensing and permits, the planning process, how to grow your existing business, and how to obtain a business loan. WHERE: St. Lawrence of Brindisi Church 10122 Compton Av. Los Angeles. For more information or to confirm your participation, please call Martha G. Castro (562) 212-0312 or Email:






Join celebrity host Kelly Price as each week she will invite several of her closest friends and fellow entertainers to share the stage for impromptu performances. Kelly Price has worked with the best in the business and with her new reality television Kelly show “R&B Price Divas: L.A.” currently on air, you never know who may show up. WHERE: The Savoy Entertainment Center, located at 218 S. La Brea Avenue, in Inglewood, CA 90302. WHEN: Every Thursday doors open at 9:00 p.m. Signed and unsigned R&B artists alike were given the once in a lifetime opportunity to perform alongside Kelly and her band. The Savoy Entertainment Center has given Kelly Price and her band the stage set an encore every Thursday night. In reference to her new entertainment endeavor Kelly Price recently tweeted, “Preparing the next generation of GREAT R&B performers! My band and singers…YOUR VOICE!” On February 28th, 2013, to kick off the series, the Savoy Entertainment Center will host a Red Carpet from 8pm to 9pm. For Celebrity RSVPs, Press, and Media inquiries please contact Jade Umbrella publicist, Erica Hill, at 818-434-3369 or

SATURDAY (NOW – 3/16) URBAN SCHOLAR SATURDAY ENRICHMENT ACADEMY: Urban Scholar Athletes, Inc. will conduct its Urban Scholar Saturday Enrichment Academy [Winter Term]. WHEN: Every Saturday until March 16, 2013, from 11:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. WHERE: Darby Park Recreational Center, 3400 Arbor Vitae, Inglewood, CA 90305. The Academy is targeted for students currently in 1st-6th grade. Certificated and experienced teachers will help students explore specialized areas of science, reading, and math in fun and engaging ways as well as prepare students for the upcoming California standardized test. Additionally,

throughout the program, students will have an opportunity to earn “scholar bucks” for prize redemption, receive free books, and participate in fieldtrips and community service initiatives. Program registration is $40.00, which includes the 1st session, t-shirt, and a Scholastic Weekly Reader magazine subscription. Weekly classes are $20/week, in which sibling discounts are available. For additional information about the program, contact Alexis Coleman, Program Director, at (310) 528-3845/ or visit the website at

FRIDAY & SATURDAY (NOW – 3/31) BARBARA MORRISON PAYS TRIBUTE TO DINAH WASHINGTON: Barbara Morrison, one of the top jazz, blues & R&B singers of the past 30 years, pays tribute to the Queen Of The Blues Dinah Washington in an exciting new show. WHEN: Feb. 8 – Mar. 31, 2013. The event takes place on Friday and Saturday nights starting at 8 p.m. Barbara Morrison and Sunday matinees 4 p.m. WHERE: Barbara Morrison Performing Arts Center 4305 Degnan Blvd., #101, Los Angeles, CA 90008. Each performance at the Barbara Morrison Performing Arts Center will be followed by a Champagne Reception for the full price ticket holders. Tickets are going fast, with eight of the 22 performances already sold out as of this writing. For more information and to purchase tickets, please call 310-462-1439 or logon to

NOW – 4/7 CAAM PRESENTS GO TELL IT ON THE MOUNTAIN: The California African American Museum (CAAM) presents the exhibition “Go Tell It On The Mountain.” The exhibit showcases 24 artists who examine Christianity’s role in fostering political action and social engagement. The exhibition’s curators, Nery Gabriel Lemus and Mar Hollingsworth, utilized James Baldwin’s 1953 novel of the same title, “Go Tell It On The Mountain,” as a point of departure to select a variety of pieces. The selections celebrate faith and, at times contrast, the oppositional forces within Christianity and the underlying tensions of religious control as well as human hypocrisy. WHERE: CAAM is located at 600 State Drive, Exposition Park, Los Angeles. For more information visit or call (213) 744-2024. Parking is $10 per vehicle and available on 39th and Figueroa streets.

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Thursday, March 7, 2013

Dennis Rodman ‘worms’ his way into North Korea

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, left, and former NBA star Dennis Rodman watch North Korean and U.S. players in an exhibition basketball game at an arena in Pyongyang, North Korea, Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013. Rodman arrived in Pyongyang on Monday with three members of the Harlem Globetrotters basketball team to shoot an episode on North Korea for a new weekly HBO series. ASSOCIATED PRESS Former NBA star Dennis Rodman brought his basketball skills and flamboyant style — tattoos, nose studs and all — to the country with possibly the world's strictest dress code: North Korea. Arriving in Pyongyang, the American athlete and showman known

as "The Worm" became an unlikely ambassador for sports diplomacy at a time of heightened tensions between the U.S. and North Korea. Or maybe not so unlikely: Young leader Kim Jong Un is said to have been a fan of the Chicago Bulls in the 1990s, when Rodman won three championships with the club. Rodman is joining three members

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In this image released by the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) and distributed by the Korea News Service, former NBA star Dennis Rodman, third right, visits the Arch of Triumph in Pyongyang in North Korea Friday, March 1 2013.

of the Harlem Globetrotters basketball team and a VICE correspondent for a news show on North Korea that will air on HBO later this year, VICE producers told The Associated Press in an exclusive interview before they landed. “It’s my first time, I think it’s most of these guys’ first time here, so hopefully everything’s going to be OK , and hoping the kids have a good time for the game,” Rodman told reporters after arriving in North Korea on Tuesday. Rodman and VICE’s producers said the Americans hope to engage in a little “basketball diplomacy” by running a basketball camp for children and playing with North Korea's top basketball stars. “Is sending the Harlem Globetrotters and Dennis Rodman to the DPRK strange? In a word, yes,” said Shane Smith, the VICE founder who is host of the upcoming series, referring to North Korea by the initials of its formal name, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. “But finding common ground on the basketball court is a beautiful thing.” The notoriously unpredictable and irrepressible Rodman might seem an odd fit for regimented North Korea, where men’s fashion rarely ventures beyond military khaki and where growing facial hair is forbidden. Shown a photo of a snarling Rodman, piercings dangling from his lower lip and two massive tattoos emblazoned on his chest, one North Korean in Pyongyang recoiled and said: “He looks like a monster!” But Rodman is also a Hall of Fame basketball player and one of the best defenders and rebounders to ever play the game. During a storied, often controversial career, he won five NBA championships — a feat appreciated even in North Korea. Rodman, now 51, was low-key and soft-spoken in cobalt blue sweatpants and a Polo Ralph Lauren cap. There was a bit of flash: white-rimmed sunglasses and studs in his nose and lower lip. But he told AP he was there to teach basketball and talk to people, not to stir up trouble. Showier were three Harlem Globetrotters dressed in fire-engine red. Rookie Moose Weekes flashed the crowd a huge smile as he made his way off the Air Koryo plane. “We use the basketball as a tool to build cultural ties, build bridges among countries,” said Buckets Blakes, a Globetrotters veteran. “We’re all about happiness and joy and making people smile.” Rodman’s trip is the second highprofile American visit this year to North Korea, a country that remains in a state of war with the U.S. It also comes two weeks after North Korea conducted an underground nuclear test in defiance of U.N. bans against atomic and missile activity. Google’s executive chairman, Eric Schmidt, made a surprise four-day trip in January to Pyongyang, where he met with officials and toured computer labs, just weeks after North Korea launched a satellite into space on the back of a long-range rocket. Washington, Tokyo, Seoul and others consider both the rocket launch and the nuclear test provocative acts that

Lawmakers seek pardon for boxing champ BY ANDREW MIGA ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers seeking a presidential pardon for Jack Johnson, the world’s first Black heavyweight boxing champion imprisoned a century ago for his romantic relationships with white women, renewed their efforts on Tuesday. Sens. Harry Reid, D-Nev., and John McCain, R-Ariz., joined Reps. Peter King, R-N.Y., and William “Mo” Cowan, D-Mass., to reintroduce a resolution urging President Barack Obama to pardon Johnson because he was wronged by a racially motivated conviction. “Jack Johnson was a legendary competitor who defined an era of American boxing and raised the bar for all American athletics,” said Reid. “Johnson’s memory was unjustly tarnished by a racially motivated criminal conviction, and it is now time to recast his legacy.” A similar resolution passed Jack Johnson both houses of Congress in 2009, but Obama did not act on it. The Justice Department has told the bill’s backers its general policy is not to process posthumous pardon requests. The White House declined to comment Tuesday on the measure. Johnson, a native of Galveston, Texas, was convicted of violating the Mann Act, which made it illegal to transport women across state lines for immoral purposes. He was hated by many White Americans, especially after retaining his title by defeating White boxer Jim Jeffries in the 1910 “Fight of the Century.” Johnson’s victory infuriated Whites, sparking deadly race riots across the country. Three years later, Johnson was convicted of violating the Mann Act. Authorities first targeted his relationship with Lucille Cameron, who later became his wife. She refused to cooperate. They then turned to Johnson’s former mistress, a prostitute named Belle Schreiber, to testify that Johnson had paid her train fare from Pittsburgh to Chicago, for immoral purposes. An allwhite jury convicted Johnson in 1913, and he skipped bail and fled the country. But in 1920 Johnson agreed to return and serve his sentence. threaten regional security. North Korea characterizes the satellite launch as a peaceful bid to explore space, but says the nuclear test was meant as a deliberate warning to Washington. Pyongyang says it needs to build nuclear weapons to defend itself against the U.S., and is believed to be trying to build an atomic bomb

small enough to mount on a missile capable of reaching the mainland U.S. VICE, known for its sometimes irreverent journalism, has made two previous visits to North Korea, coming out with the “VICE Guide to North Korea.” The HBO series, which will air weekly starting April 5, features See RODMAN, page 14

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In this image released by the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) and distributed by the Korea News Service, former NBA star Dennis Rodman, second right in front row, visits a dolphin aquarium in Pyongyang in North Korea Friday, March 1, 2013.

Thursday, March 7, 2013


George Lopez to host Playboy Jazz Festival


(From left) Hubert Laws, Jeffrey Osborne, Quincy Jones, George Lopez (host), Pancho Sanchez and Herbie Hancock. BY KATHY WILLIAMSON LAWT CONTRIBUTING WRITER LOS ANGELES — Comedian George Lopez is taking over as master of ceremonies of the 35th annual Playboy Jazz Festival. The announcement and the reveal of this year’s lineup was made Thursday at the iconic Playboy Mansion on the rear lawn near the pool and grotto. “I’ve never been here before,” chuckled Lopez as he glanced around the grounds. “I was married for 17 years. I couldn’t even have a Playboy air freshener.” Last year Bill Cosby stepped down as the host after serving since the inau-

gural festival in 1979 and introducing audiences to his “Cos of Good Music,” his handpicked band of jazz greats. Lopez said Cosby offered this advice, “Don’t let the musicians in your dressing room because they’ll eat all your food and drink all your drink.” The two-day lineup will surely satisfy all jazz palates with performances by the Sheila E., India.Arie, Brubeck Brothers Quartet, Gregory Porter, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Robert Glasper Experiment and Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue. Music legend Quincy Jones will celebrate his 80th birthday on Sunday with the special performance by the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra See PLAYBOY JAZZ, page 14

Suggesting that he has what it takes to hold his own outside of the comedy film and stand-up arena, comedian D.L. Hughley officially joined the cast for season 16 of “Dancing with the Stars” (DWTS). News of this year’s line-up came on Feb.26 as cast members made the announcement on ABC’s “Good Morning America” with DWTS hosts Tom Bergeron and Brooke BurkeCharvet. The comedian follows in the footsteps of NFL star Emmitt Smith, the season three winner, and war hero J.R. Martinez, winner of season 13, who have both taken their twists and turns on the professional ballroom dance

floor and closed out competitions with the Mirror Ball Trophy. “I guess I’ll see if I can learn to dance with my foot in my mouth,” said the 49- year-old Hughley at the ABC cast reveal. “I’m excited.” “I never knew my hips were supposed to move like that.” In the coming weeks, Hughley will attempt to dazzle audience members with renditions of dances such as the mambo, tango, samba, and rumba. Each star is partnered with a professional dancer who will work with the celebrities to bring their ballroom skills up to par. Hughley is partnered with professional dancer Cheryl Burke, who has won two seasons of DWTS. Other stars included in this season’s cast include Baltimore Ravens Super Bowl Champ Jacoby Jones, 28,

and former welterweight champ Victor Ortiz. The competition will kick-off on Mar. 18 at 8 p.m. Eastern Time on ABC and everyday citizens aren’t the only ones looking forward to watching the competition unfold. “I’ve never seen you dance!” said fellow comedian Cedric the Entertainer via his Twitter account on D.L Hughley’s page. “No ‘C’ walk’n LOL. Go gett’um Bruh. Tag me in if you need me!” This season fans will have four different options when it comes to voting, which include calling-in, visiting the show page online at, or via Facebook AT&T customers can also text in their votes, which are added in with scores from three judges.

Two Motown Temptations members pass away within 10 days


Baltimore’s Damon Harris Dies at 62, followed by Richard Street’s Death at 70 SPECIAL TO THE NNPA FROM THE AFRO-AMERICAN NEWSPAPER

The Temptations in 1972 (L to R): Richard Street, Melvin Franklin, Otis Williams, Dennis Edwards and Damon Harris.

Motown’s Temptations family has suffered two losses in less than 10 days. While Baltimore was mourning the Feb. 18 passing of Otis “Damon” Harris at 62 from prostate cancer, Richard Street, another member of the iconic singing group, died in Las Vegas of a pulmonary embolism. He was 70. “He was really fighting for his life,” Street’s current wife, Cindy, told the, an entertainment web site. “He’s a fighter. They’re dancing up there in heaven, him and Damon. I’m in disbelief right now.” Chuck Woodson, a cousin serving as family spokesman, confirmed that Harris died at a Baltimore hospice last week.

Harris and Street were part of a Grammy-winning lineup in the 40 year-old group that scored big on the pop charts with hits such as Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone (1972) and Masterpiece (1973). Harris performed with the celebrated Motown act from 1971 to 1975. Woodson says joining The Temptations was “the realization of a dream” for Harris. Harris formed a new group after leaving The Temptations and later released solo recordings. Woodson says that in his final years, Harris established a cancer foundation that was still in its early stages when he became ill. Harris also became a strong advocate for prostate cancer screening.


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disobedience launched a movement. The tired feet of those who walked the dusty roads of Montgomery helped a nation see that to which it had once been blind,” President Obama said during the unveiling. “It is because of these men and women that I stand here today. It is because of them that our children grow up in a land more free and more fair; a land truer to its founding creed.” The icon who would have turned 100 on Feb. 4, joins the likenesses of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Sojourner Truth in the hall of more than 180 pieces of art that celebrate men and women who are “illustrious for their historic renown.” Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio), the current chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, released a statement on the unveiling praising Parks for her “dedication to ensuring no human being is treated like a second class citizen.” She added, “I am grateful to Mrs. Parks for her contributions to our country. As the statue of Mrs. Parks will remind every person who walks through the halls of the U.S. Capitol, the sacrifices and the fight to secure civil rights in this country are far from over.”

The Independent Citizen’s Advisory and Oversight Committee (ICAOC) will hold a public hearing on Monday, April 8, 2013 at 11:00 A.M. in the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority Boardroom located at One Gateway Plaza, Los Angeles. The ICAOC was appointed under the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LACMTA) Reform and Accountability Act of 1998, approved by voters in November 1998. The hearing is being held in conformance with federal public hearing requirements outlined in Section 9 (e) (3) (H) of the Surface Transportation Assistance Act of 1982, as amended, and public hearing guidelines adopted by the LACMTA’s Board of Directors in 1993, as amended. The purpose of this hearing is to receive public comments on the result of the independent audit conducted on LACMTA’s accountability of sales tax revenues and expenditures under Proposition A and Proposition C ordinances from July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2012. BACKGROUND Proposition A and Proposition C are voter approved ordinances that provide for a one-half percent sales tax in the County of Los Angeles, the proceeds of which are to be used for transportation purposes as specified in the two ordinances. The Los Angeles County voters approved the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LACMTA) Reform and Accountability Act of 1998 (the Act) in November of 1998. The purpose of the Act was to provide accountability in the expenditure of Proposition A and Proposition C sales tax revenues through annual independent audits of transportation sales tax expenditures, the creation of an Independent Citizen’s Advisory and Oversight Committee, and public hearings on the independent audit reports. The Act requires an annual independent audit of the Propositions A and C Sales Taxes Revenues and Expenditures. The Independent Citizen’s Advisory Oversight Committee in accordance with the Act provides this summary of the independent audit for fiscal year ending June 30, 2012. INDEPENDENT AUDITOR’S REPORT The Independent Auditor’s Report provides schedules of revenues and expenditures for Propositions A and C for fiscal year ending June 30, 2012, showing amounts of transportation sales tax revenues received and expended by the LACMTA. These Propositions A and C schedules were prepared by the LACMTA and audited by the independent accounting firm of Bazilio Cobb Associates (BCA). BCA conducted the audit of the Propositions A and C’s financial schedules in accordance with generally accepted auditing standards in the United States of America. Based on the results of the audit, the Independent Auditor’s Report provides: • • •


Auditor’s Opinion on Financial Schedule Presentation

Continued from page 12 documentary-style news reports from around the world. The Americans also will visit North Korea’s national monuments, the SEK animation studio and a new skate park in Pyongyang. The U.S. State Department hasn't been contacted about travel to North Korea by this group, a senior administration official said, requesting anonymity to comment before any trip had been made public. The official said the department does not vet U.S. citizens' private travel to North Korea and urges U.S. citizens contemplating travel there to review a travel warning on its website. In a now-defunct U.S.-North Korean agreement in which Washington had planned last year to give food aid to Pyongyang in exchange for nuclear concessions, Washington had said it was prepared to increase peopleto-people exchanges with the North, including in the areas of culture, education and sports. Promoting technology and sports are two major policy priorities of Kim Jong Un, who took power in December 2011 following the death of his father, Kim Jong Il. Along with soccer, basketball is enormously popular in North Korea, where it’s not uncommon to see basketball hoops set up in hotel parking lots or in schoolyards. It’s a game that doesn’t require much equipment or upkeep. The U.S. remains Enemy No. 1 in North Korea, and North Koreans have limited exposure to American pop culture. But they know Michael Jordan, a former teammate of Rodman’s when they both played for the Chicago Bulls in the 1990s. During a historic visit to North Korea in 2000, then-U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright presented Kim Jong Il, famously an NBA fan, with a basketball signed by Jordan that later went on display in the huge cave at Mount Myohyang that holds gifts to the leaders. North Korea even had its own Jordan wannabe: Ri Myong Hun, a 7foot-9 star player who is said to have

the independent auditor’s opinion on whether the Proposition A and C financial schedules present fairly, in all material respects, the revenues and expenditures of Proposition A and C sales tax revenues; the explanatory notes to the schedules of revenues and expenditures; the independent auditor's report on compliance and internal control over financial reporting of Proposition A and C;

renamed himself “Michael” after his favorite player and moved to Canada for a few years in the 1990s in hopes of making it into the NBA. Even today, Jordan remains wellloved here. At the Mansudae Art Studio, which produces the country's top art, a portrait of Jordan spotted last week, complete with a replica of his signature and “NBA” painted in one corner, seemed an odd inclusion among the propaganda posters and celadon vases on display. An informal poll of North Koreans

revealed that “The Worm” isn’t quite as much a household name in Pyongyang. But Kim Jong Un was a basketballcrazy adolescent when Rodman was with the Bulls, and when the Harlem Globetrotters kept up a frenetic travel schedule worldwide. In a memoir about his decade serving as Kim Jong Il’s personal sushi chef, a man who goes by the pen name Kenji Fujimoto recalled that basketball was the young Kim Jong Un's biggest passion, and that the Chicago Bulls were his favorite.

The Independent Auditor’s Report provides the opinion that for fiscal year ending June 30, 2012, the LACMTA’s schedules of revenues and expenditures for Proposition A and C present fairly, in all material respects, the revenues and expenditures of Proposition A and C sales tax revenue. LACMTA’s Schedule of Proposition A and C Revenues and Expenditures (Amounts expressed in thousands) Proposition A Proposition C

Revenues $ 649,453 860,251 $1,509,704

Expenditures $ 259,569 585,522 $ 845,091

Explanatory Notes to Schedule of Revenues and Expenditures The explanatory notes provide background information on the LACMTA, Propositions A and C, and the LACMTA’s accounting policies. Auditor’s Report on Compliance With Proposition A and C Provisions The report on compliance states that the independent audit included tests of compliance with certain provisions of laws and regulations, noncompliance with which could have a direct and material effect on the determination of the revenue and expenditure amounts within the Schedules. The results of tests disclosed no instances of noncompliance that are required to be reported under Government Auditing Standards. Auditor’s Report on Internal Controls Over Financial Reporting

MAYORAL RUNOFF Continued from page 2 with a partial count of mail-in ballots, Garcetti and Greuel were followed by Republican Kevin James, with just over 16 percent, and Democratic Councilwoman Jan Perry, who was a fraction behind him. Several candidates trailed far back. The city appears headed for another first at City Hall. Greuel could become the first woman mayor, and Garcetti could become the first Jew elected to the post (but not the first to hold it in a temporary capacity). The two candidates have roots in the city’s San Fernando Valley. The election capped a lackluster primary campaign that was snubbed by most of the city’s 1.8 million voters. Turnout was scant. Preliminary figures pegged turnout at 16 percent, though an unknown number of mail-in votes remained uncounted. Garcetti claimed the top spot, even though he failed to clear 100,000 votes in a city of nearly 4 million people. The next mayor of the nation’s second-largest city inherits a raft of problems: Crime is relatively low but City Hall is nearly broke, the airport is an embarrassment, freeways remain clogged and potholes, cracked sidewalks and untended trees infest many neighborhoods. Rising pension and health care costs for workers threaten dollars need-

ed for libraries, street repairs and other services. “The city’s ability to provide services that improve the quality of life of city residents has diminished,” city Administrative Officer Miguel Santana wrote in a report last month. Angelenos are known to give local politics a collective shrug, and turnout failed to reach 30 percent in Villaraigosa’s hotly contested primary in 2005, when he was trying to become the first Hispanic mayor in more than a century. He was re-elected in 2009 with a meager 152,000 votes, in a city of nearly 4 million people. The leading candidates dueled mostly over pocketbook issues and City Hall insider politics — a looming deficit, 10.2 percent unemployment, the grip of municipal unions. “The campaign itself hasn’t really gotten people's blood going,” said longtime Democratic strategist Garry South. “It’s been small-bore stuff for the most part and the average voter is saying, ‘What’s this got to do with me?’” The Los Angeles mayor presides over a budget that exceeds $7 billion, but it is a comparatively weak office hemmed in by a powerful City Council. Unlike other big cities such as New York, the Los Angeles mayor cannot directly appoint the head of schools or police.

The report on internal controls over financial reporting states that as part of the audit, TCBA considered the LACMTA’s internal control over financial reporting in order to determine auditing procedures for the purpose of expressing an opinion on these schedules and not to provide assurance on the internal control over financial reporting. TCBA noted no matters involving the internal control over financial reporting and its operation that TCBA considers to be material weaknesses. Written comments on this matter will be accepted through Monday, April 8, 2013. All comments should be addressed to Board Administration, LACMTA, One Gateway Plaza, Mail Stop 99-3-39, Los Angeles, CA 90012-2952. Copies of the Independent Auditors Report on Schedule of Revenues and Expenditures for Proposition A Sales Tax Revenue and Proposition C Sales Revenue are available from Records Management Center at the LACMTA Plaza Level at (213) 922-2342. CNS#2451823 IFB 7798 Microsoft Licenses (Issue 03/04/2013; Due 3/26/2013) To provide Microsoft licenses/software products

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PLAYBOY JAZZ Continued from page 13 featuring Patti Austin and Hubert Laws. This year’s show will offer some great collaborations featuring George Duke with Jeffrey Osborne; Naturally 7 with Herbie Hancock; Angelique Kidjo with Hugh Masekela; Ole Coltrane with Poncho Sanchez and his Latin Jazz Band, James Carter; Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band with Lee Ritenour; Grace Kelly Quintet with Phil Woods; Pedrito Martinez Group with Ariacne Trujillo; Bob James/David Sanborn, Steve Gadd, James Genus; Clayton

Hamilton Jazz Orchestra with Patti Austin, Hubert Laws; Taj Mahal and the Real Thing Tuba Band; and Elew and Jazzantiqua Dance Ensemble. Student band performances include the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Jason Goldman and The LAUSD Beyond the Bell Jazz Band under the direction of Tony White and J.B. Dyas. Playboy Jazz will hold two free community concerts in Beverly Hills on Sunday, May 5 and at the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza on June 2. The Playboy Jazz Festival is scheduled for June 15 and 16 at the Hollywood Bowl.

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CPR Continued from page 7 the Bakersfield Fire Department, which was the first on the scene. That’s when firefighters immediately began CPR, continuing until she reached the hospital. Dr. Patricia Harris, who heads the University of Southern California’s geriatrics division, said the survival odds are slim among elderly who receive CPR. Even if they survive, they are never the same. She said she would override the home’s policy and risk getting fired “rather than watch somebody die in front of me.” During the call, an unidentified woman called from her cellphone, and asked for paramedics to be sent to help the woman. Later, a woman who identified herself as the nurse got on the phone and told dispatcher Tracey Halvorson she was not permitted to do CPR on the woman. Halvorson urged the nurse to start CPR, warning the consequences could be dire if no one tried to revive the woman, who had been laid out on the floor on her instructions. “I understand if your boss is telling you, you can’t do it,” the dispatcher said. “But ... as a human being ... you know, is there anybody that’s willing to help this lady and not let her die?” “Not at this time,” the nurse answered. Halvorson assured the nurse that Glenwood couldn’t be sued if anything went wrong in attempts to resuscitate the resident, saying the local emergency medical system “takes the liability for this call.” Later in the call, Halvorson asked, “Is there a gardener? Any staff, anyone who doesn’t work for you? Anywhere? Can we flag someone down in the street and get them to help this lady? Can we flag a stranger down? I bet a stranger would help her.” “I understand if your facility is not willing to do that. Give the phone to a passer-by. This woman is not breathing enough. She is going to die if we don’t get this started, do you understand?” The woman had no pulse and wasn’t breathing when fire crews reached her, Galagaza said. Sgt. Jason Matson of the Bakersfield Police Department said its investigation so far had not revealed criminal wrongdoing, but the probe is continuing. First responders say often it’s hard to find someone willing to provide CPR in an emergency. “It’s not uncommon to have someone refuse to provide CPR if they physically can’t do it, or they’re so upset they just can’t function,” Kern County Fire Department Deputy Chief Michael Miller said. “What made this one unique was the way the conversation on the phone went. It was just very frustrating to anyone listening to it, like, why wasn’t anyone helping this poor woman, since CPR today is much simpler than it was in the past?”


NOTICE INVITING BIDS NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the City of Long Beach, California, acting by and through the City’s Board of Harbor Commissioners (“City”) will receive, before the Bid Deadline established below, sealed Bids for the following Work: PIER E – MIDDLE HARBOR TERMINAL MARINE OPERATIONS BUILDING AND POWER / CRANE MAINTENANCE SHOP LONG BEACH, CALIFORNIA AS DESCRIBED IN SPECIFICATION NO. HD-S2384 Bid Deadline:

Prior to 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 9 , 2013. Bid packages will be time/date stamped on the 4th floor or in the Lobby and shall be submitted prior to 10:00 a.m.

Place for Submission of Bids: 1. By Delivery Any Calendar Day Before the Bid Deadline Harbor Department Administration Building 4th Floor, Plans and Specifications/Program Management Office 925 Harbor Plaza Long Beach, CA 90802 2. By Delivery on the Same Calendar Day as the Bid Deadline Harbor Department Administration Building Ground Floor Lobby 925 Harbor Plaza Long Beach, CA 90802 Bid Opening: As soon as practical after the Bid Deadline Harbor Department Administration Building 6th Floor Board Room 925 Harbor Plaza Long Beach, CA 90802 Contract Documents Available: Date/Time: Beginning Thursday March 7, 2013. Monday –Friday 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Location: Harbor Department Administration Building 4th Floor, Plans and Specifications 925 Harbor Plaza Long Beach, CA 90802 Mandatory Pre-Bid Meeting and Site Visit: Date/Time: Thursday, March 21, 2013, 10:00a.m. Location: Harbor Department Administration Building 6th Floor Board Room Project Contact Person: Monique Aguilar, PE 562-283-7352 fax email NIB -1 Contract Documents. Copies of Contract Documents in DVD format may be obtained, at no cost, at the Plans and Specifications Office, 4th floor, Harbor Department Administration Building, 925 Harbor Plaza, Long Beach, CA 90802 during the hours of 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. To arrange to receive a DVD of the Contract Documents by courier at the expense of the Bidder, call (562) 283-7353. For information on this Project and other upcoming Port projects, you may view the Port website at Copies of all Port insurance endorsement forms, SBE/VSBE Program forms, Harbor Development Permit Applications and other Port forms are available at NIB -2 Mandatory Pre-Bid Meeting and Site Visit. The engineering staff of the City’s Harbor department will conduct a pre-bid meeting and site visit at 10:00a.m., on Thursday, March 21, 2013 in the Board Room, 6th floor, of the Harbor Department Administration Building, then at the project site. Attendance is mandatory. Note that attendance at the pre-bid meeting can be used to satisfy a portion of a Bidder’s good faith efforts to meet the SBE/VSBE participation goals listed below. Attendees of the Site Visit must bring and wear their own Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), including, but not limited to: a hard hat, a safety vest, and closed toe shoes. EACH BIDDER MUST ATTEND THE MANDATORY PRE-BID MEETING AND MANDATORY SITE VISIT. FAILURE TO ATTEND THE MANDATORY PRE-BID MEETING AND SITE VISIT SHALL DISQUALIFY YOUR BID. NIB -3 Summary Description of the Work. The Work required by this Contract includes, but is not limited to, the following: Construction of a 2-story, steel framed marine operations (office) building (MOB) and a 2-story, steel framed maintenance and repair building (PCMS) with automobile parking lot, internal terminal roadway, site improvements, security fencing around the site, landscaping, site utilities including water, gas, sewer, storm drain, site lighting, electrical and communication ductbanks. Construction of an open Storage Canopy on the east side of the PCMS site. Soil improvement for the building pads of the PCMS (Deep Dynamic Compaction) and the MOB (Stone Columns). The Work also includes similar preparation of the building pad for an adjacent Battery Exchange Building (BXB) to be constructed under a separate contract. Construction of concrete footings and steel frames for solar carport structures at the MOB parking lot and the North Operations and IT Building (NOIT) parking lot. The NOIT is being constructed under a separate contract. The Work of this contract shall include co-ordinating with the contractor of the NOIT in the construction of the solar carport structures. The Contractor will also have design responsibilities for certain elements of work as described below: Deferred Submittals: The Contractor will retain Subcontractors to design and obtain separate building permits for the following work: • Fire Protection and Life Safety Systems including: o Wet Pipe Sprinkler System o Fire Detection and Alarm System o Fire Extinguishers o Signage • Fire Hydrants & Underground Waterline System • 10,000 Gallon Diesel Fuel Tank and Dispensers • Storage Racks and Shelves (By Tenant, NIC) Construction Documents: The Contractor will retain professional engineers to provide detailed design documents for approval. Design calculations and drawings shall be signed and sealed by a registered California professional engineer (Civil or Structural) to be submitted to engineer of record and city building department for approval and record. See General

Conditions paragraph This work includes: • Steel Stairs • Curtain Walls and Attachments • Vehicle Lifts • Bridge Cranes, including crane rails NIB -4 Contract Time and Liquidated Damages. The Work shall be completed within 450 days as provided in Paragraph SC - 6.1 of the Special Conditions, from a date specified in a written “Notice to Proceed” issued by the City and subject to adjustment as provided in Section 3.1 of the General Conditions. FAILURE OF THE CONTRACTOR TO COMPLETE THE WORK WITHIN THE CONTRACT TIME AND OTHER MILESTONES WILL RESULT IN ASSESSMENT OF LIQUIDATED DAMAGES IN THE AMOUNTS ESTABLISHED IN THE SPECIAL CONDITIONS. NIB -5 Contractor’s License. Each Bidder shall hold a current and valid Class ”A” or Class “B” California Contractor’s License to bid this Project. NIB -6 Contractor Performed Work. The Contractor shall perform, with its own organization, Contract Work amounting to at least 15% of the Contract Price, except that any designated “Specialty Items” may be performed by subcontract and the amount of any such “Specialty Items” so performed may be deducted from the Contract Price before computing the amount required to be performed by the Contractor with its own employees. “Specialty Items” will be identified by the City in the Schedule of Bid Items. NIB-7 SBE/VSBE. This project is subject to the Port of Long Beach (POLB) Small Business Enterprises (SBE)/Very Small Business Enterprises (VSBE) Program. The combined SBE/VSBE participation goal for this project is thirty percent (30%), of which a minimum of five percent (5%) must be allocated to VSBEs. POLB expects all Bidders to achieve the combined SBE/VSBE participation goal. Award of the Contract will be conditioned on the Bidder submitting an SBE-2C Commitment Plan demonstrating the Bidder’s intent to meet the combined SBE/VSBE participation goal. If the Bidder’s Commitment Plan does not demonstrate intent to meet the combined goal, the Bidder shall demonstrate that it made an adequate good faith effort to do so, as specified in the Instructions to Bidders (ITB 18). The Port’s SBE Program staff is available to provide information on the program requirements, including SBE certification assistance. Please contact the SBE Office at (562) 283-7598 or You may also view the Port’s SBE program requirements at NIB -8 Prevailing Wage Rates and Employment of Apprentices. This Project is a public work as defined in Labor Code Section 1720. The Contractor receiving award of the Contract and Subcontractors of any tier shall pay not less than the prevailing wage rates to all workers employed in execution of the Contract. The Director of Industrial Relations of the State of California has determined the general prevailing rates of wages in the locality in which the Work is to be performed. The rate schedules are available on the internet at DPreWageDetermination.htm. Bidders are directed to Article 15 of the General Conditions for requirements concerning payment of prevailing wages, payroll records, hours of work and employment of apprentices. A Project Labor Agreement (PLA) is required under this Contract. By submitting a bid, the Contractor is representing that it is prepared to sign the Letter of Assent and comply with the PLA requirements as defined in Appendix GG if awarded the Contract. NIB -9 Trade Names and Substitution of Equals. With the exception of any sole source determination that may be identified in this paragraph, Bidders wishing to obtain City’s authorization for substitution of equivalent material, product, or equipment, are required to submit a written request for an Or Equal Substitution using the form included in Appendix A together with data substantiating Bidder’s representation that the non-specified item is of equal quality to the item specified, thirty five (35) calendar days after Bid Opening. Authorization of a substitution is solely within the discretion of the City. Bidders shall note that the only acceptable manufacturer specified in SC-22 and in the following Technical Sections shall be Johnson Controls Company, pursuant to Public Contract Code Section 3400 (c)(2) and (c)(3): (1) 15900, “Instrumentation and Control of HVAC – MOB Building” (2) 15951, “Energy Management and Temperature Control System (EMTCS) – PCMS Building”. Any bid listing any other manufacturer will be considered non-responsive. NIB -10


NIB -11 Bid Security, Signed Contract, Insurance and Bonds. Each Bid shall be accompanied by a satisfactory Bidder’s Bond or other acceptable Bid Security in an amount not less than ten percent (10%) of the Base Bid as a guarantee that the Bidder will, if Conditionally Awarded a Contract by the Board, within thirty (30) calendar days after the Contract is conditionally awarded to the Contractor by the City, execute and deliver such Contract to the Chief Harbor Engineer together with all required documents including insurance forms, a Payment Bond for one hundred percent (100%) of the Contract Price, and a Performance Bond for one hundred percent (100%) of the Contract Price. All Bonds shall be on forms provided by the City. NIB -12 Conditional Award of Contract and Reservation of Rights. The Board, acting through the Executive Director, reserves the right at any time before the execution of the Contract by the City, to reject any or all Bids, and to waive any informality or irregularity. The Conditional Award of the Contract, if any, will be to the responsible Bidder submitting the lowest responsive and responsible Bid. If the lowest responsive responsible Bidder fails to submit the required documents including insurance forms, bonds and signed Contract within thirty (30) calendar days after Conditional Award of Contract, the Board reserves the right to rescind the Conditional Award and Conditionally Award the Contract to the next lowest responsive and responsible Bidder. NIB -13 Period of Bid Irrevocability. Bids shall remain open and valid and Bidder’s Bonds shall be guaranteed for ninety (90) calendar days after the Bid Deadline or until the Executive Director executes a Contract, whichever occurs first. NIB -14 Substitution of Securities. Substitution of Securities for retainage is permitted in accordance with Section 22300 of the Public Contract Code. Issued at Long Beach, California, this 19th day of February, 2013. J. Christopher Lytle Executive Director of the Harbor Department City of Long Beach, California


Thursday, March 7, 2013

DEAR FRIENDS, FAMILY AND SUPPORTERS OF THE BLACK COMMUNITY: Sabriya’s Castle of Fun Foundation, The Los Angeles Sentinel and The Bakewell Family Foundation are hosting a blood drive at the LA Sentinel offices on Saturday, March 16th from 10am-2pm (see below). This is an opportunity for us all to show our good will and support towards children of color suffering from leukemia, sickle cell disease and other blood disorders. Blood donations from African Americans are at a critical low, and Black Children struggling with the disease of sickle cell anemia and other blood related disorders need our donations in the worst way. Most people know of the three blood types A, B & O, but what you may or may not know is that within these blood types are specific antigens which are specific to people of African and non-African descent. Because of this fact, patients of African descent needing blood to assist in their treatment have a greater chance of success when receiving blood from a donor of African descent. That is why I am calling on every God Fearing, Law Abiding and Community Conscious and Caring Citizen of our Community to please join me as we embark on this courageous and painless mission of helping our children. Often, we as a group or as individuals are asked to give our support through financial means; this request is not of that nature. This is a request of the heart (literally); this is a gift of your time and a little bit of you in order to save the life of another. I need your support. I am asking each of you individually to commit to participating in this endeavor and I am hoping that individually and collectively that you, your friends and your family will commit to helping recruit over 200 people (men or women, of all colors and nationalities) to come out on Saturday, March 16, 2013 and donate blood. There is a serious shortage of blood for children of color and if we all come together we can all do our part to combat this dreadful disease. Sabriya’s Castle of Fun Foundation was named in honor of my youngest sister Sabriya Bakewell who passed away of leukemia at the age of 17. March 13th would have been Sabriya’s 37th Birthday. This blood drive is in honor of her and stands as a celebration of Sabriya’s life. Please help me by committing to come out on March 16, 2013 and give blood in order to help save a life. This will be a fun filled day for all, with hourly raffles, music, free food and prizes for all ages. If you have any ideas for other organizations or individuals who you believe would like to participate in this worthwhile endeavor please, don’t hesitate to let me know. Thank you in advance for your support and I look forward to seeing you on March 16th. God Bless You All | Danny J. Bakewell, Jr.

DONOR REQUIREMENTS - Must be at least 17 years of age - Must provide valid photo ID

- Must weigh more than 110 pounds - Should be well hydrated

(drivers’ license preferred) KAPPA ALPHA PSI


SATURDAY MARCH 16 10AM-2PM LOS ANGELES SENTINEL 3800 S. Crenshaw Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90008

Every month, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles needs to collect 1,000 units of blood products to meet the needs of its patients. Please join us at our upcoming blood drive and help with this very important cause. Each donation can help two children in need, and you can double your efforts by bringing a friend!

LAWT 03-07-2013  


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