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Obama Signs Jobs Bill as CBC Chair Calls for Specific Help for Blacks BY HAZEL TRICE EDNEY NNPA EDITOR-IN-CHIEF WASHINGTON (NNPA) — As the Black unemployment rate rose slightly last month, President Obama has signed the long-awaited jobs bill with hopes of turning around employment rates, which for African-Americans still nearly doubles the national average of 9.5 percent. “The Manufacturing Enhancement Act of 2010 will create jobs, help American companies compete, and strengthen manufacturing as a key driver of our economic recovery,” Obama said during a bill signing ceremony at the White House recently. “To make their products, manufacturers — some of whom are represented here today — often have to import certain materials from other countries and pay tariffs on those materials. This legislation will reduce or eliminate some of those tariffs, which will significantly lower costs for American companies across the manufacturing landscape — from cars to chemicals; medical devices to sporting goods. And that will boost output, support good jobs here at home, and lower prices for American consumers.”

Obama’s stroke of the pen will not wipe out all of the damage done during the economic crisis that started in earnest during the Bush administration. But, there are high hopes in Black communities where the jobless rate reached back to 15.6 percent last month, up from 15.4 in June, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Unemployment among Black males — though down significantly from its high of 19 percent in March — is still at 16.7 percent, nearly twice the average White rate of 8.6 and White male rate of 8.8 percent. There is contention among some that Obama may need to take specific actions to help quell the disparate economic suffering in the Black community. “Unemployment rates for African-Americans and Latinos remain unacceptably high at 15.6 percent and 12.1 percent, respectively, and highlighting the disproportionate impact the recession has had and the need for targeted efforts to address chronic unemployment,” Congressional Black Caucus Chair Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) said in a statement. In the president’s bill-signing statement, there was no specific

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President Barack Obama signs a $26 billion jobs bill to protect 300,000 teachers and other nonfederal government workers from election-year layoffs, in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2010. Behind him are, from left, Christina Romer, chair of the Council of Economic Advisers, and three out-of-work teachers teachers: Amanda VanNess of Toledo, Ohio; Shannon Lewis, of Romney, W. Va.; and and Rachel Martin of Richton Park, Ill. mention of the Black unemployment rate at the bill signing Aug. 11. However, recently, Obama acknowledged to thousands at the National Urban League Convention that Black communities had already been hit substantially by the economy before he ever took office. “The African-American unemployment rate was already much higher, the incomes and wealth of African-American families already

BRIEFS Memorial Honors Victims of L.A.’s ‘Grim Sleeper’ LOS ANGELES (AP) — Victims of the “Grim Sleeper” serial killer were honored with a photo memorial in South Los Angeles. Pictures of 10 slain women were placed in front of Bethel AME Church on Aug. 10 — the 25th anniversary of the first killing. Organizers say it’s an attempt to humanize victims who have become little more than names with the passage of time. People left flowers and candles and penned notes of consolation to the families on the photographs. Civic leaders also stopped by and an evening memorial service was planned. Local mechanic Lonnie Franklin Jr. has been charged with murdering women in a series of attacks from 1985 to 2007. A 14-year gap between assaults led police to dub the mysterious killer the “Grim Sleeper.” Police say DNA evidence led them to arrest Franklin last month.

L.A. Carwash Owners Sentenced To Prison (AP) — The owners of four Los Angeles car washes who were accused of mistreating workers have

each been sentenced to a year in prison as part of a plea agreement. Brothers Benny and Nissan Pirian also were ordered Monday to pay $1.25 million in unpaid wages to 54 workers and received four years probation. The men each pleaded no contest Friday to a half-dozen criminal counts, including conspiracy and grand theft, and several labor code violations. Prosecutors say the brothers’ employees worked for years without receiving minimum wage or overtime, and worked in hazardous conditions where they were regularly exposed to chemicals and also were not provided with drinking water. A prosecutor says the $1.25 million payment will be divided among the 54 workers named in the criminal complaint.

Excessive Bell Salaries Prompt Bills in California SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) —California lawmakers are debating bills stemming from a salary scandal in the small Los Angeles suburb of Bell that set off a fierce debate about the compensation of municipal employees. The deadline to introduce new bills in the California Legislature passed in February, but lawmakers

are amending existing bills to allay fears that other municipalities could be paying excessive salaries to their employees. Under one bill going before the Legislature this week, SB501, all city, county and school district employees would have to report their compensation each year and have it posted on a public website. The secretary of state would develop a form for employees to report salaries, stipends and other reimbursement. “We have all heard about the pillaging in the city of Bell,” Assemblyman Hector De La Torre, D-South Gate, co-sponsor of the bill, told colleagues in a recent address. “This is one measure ... that will be coming through the process so that we will never see this situation again.” Sen. Lou Correa, D-Anaheim, said he introduced SB501 to increase transparency in all levels of government. He said members of the Legislature and their staffs already report their compensation publicly. “People look through this stuff, and I think that’s good for the system,” Correa said. That bill will be heard in the Assembly Local Government Committee on Wednesday.

lower,” he said. “There was less of a cushion. Many minority communities — whether in big cities or rural towns — had seen businesses and opportunities vanish for years, stores boarded up, young people hanging out on the street corners without prospects for the future.” He added, “So when we came in to office, we focused not just on rescuing our economy in the short run, but rebuilding our economy for the long run — creating an economy that lifts up all Americans.” He also told the NUL crowd that certain actions by his adminis-

tration have been intended to at least respond to the Black unemployment rate, including “making sure civil rights and anti-discrimination laws are enforced.” Meanwhile, the issue that was predicted to be his toughest is measuring up to its expectations, Obama said: “Now, we knew from the beginning that reversing the damage done by the worst financial crisis and the deepest recession in generations would take some time — more time than anyone would like. And we knew that it would require an ongoing effort across all fronts.”


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‘I Am Here,’ Rangel Declares Alianza, the Post reported, owes $280,000 to its employees and is slated to receive $2.5 million from the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone (UMEZ), which is a nonprofit organization associated with Rangel. Ken Knuckles, president and CEO of UMEZ, told the Amsterdam News that the Post story was AP Photo by Bebeto Matthews misleading in several Rep. Charles Rangel speaks during a news conference at his Harlem office, Aug. 12, ways. “We didn’t guarantee in New York. Rangel says he’s ready to start campaigning for re-election. The embattled 20-year House veteran says he is ready to stop discussing the ethics allegation any of the loans,” he pending against him. Rangel says he’s going to turn his attention back to his district explained. He said the funds provided for the in New York City’s Harlem neighborhood. six-story building behind the Audubon Ballroom — commanding time that many of his BY HERB BOYD and the last work designed by the fellow Democrats preferred to SPECIAL TO THE NNPA spend celebrating the passing of a late Max Bond — is money for the FROM THE AMSTERDAM NEWS new jobs bill. Political consultant Bill Lynch (NNPA) — Congressman Charles Rangel, charged with 13 said in a recent interview that violations by the House ethics com- mainstream media “will do everymittee, took the House floor Aug. 10 thing they can to discredit him.” A recent story in the New York and, in effect, began his defense. Allotted an hour to express his Post is perhaps indicative of feelings about the charges, the 80- Lynch’s concern. According to the paper, year-old representative from Harlem, often resorting to the third per- Rangel was defiant in his defense son when referring to himself, threw of Alianza Dominicana, an Upper down the gauntlet and let his col- Manhattan charity group that is leagues know that he was not quit- enduring financial woes. “Anyone who wants to chalting, that “I am here.” “I rise to the floor because the lenge the integrity of Alianza newspapers and the media have Dominicana, talk to the people that indicated that there’s a concern of have been the beneficiaries of it,” some of the members of this House Rangel said during a prethat I retire or I remove myself from Dominican Day Parade breakfast at this body, and I’ve always tried to the Mamajuana Cafe on Dyckman play by the rules,” he said after Street.

“fit out or build out” or completion of a building that “will be a community asset (while) trying to preserve” many cultural aspects, Knuckles concluded. Rangel is trying to protect and preserve his career. During his floor speech, he made several references to his 40 years in Congress and the contributions he has made. “I’m the guy who was raising money in Republican districts to get you here,” he reminded some of his Democratic colleagues, many of whom are facing re-election bids and are wary of being too closely associated with him. Rangel also mentioned Adam Clayton Powell Jr., the legend he defeated in 1970, who, near the end of his political career, was similarly snared in a web of allegations about wrongdoing.

“Adam Powell knew (the situation) when they wouldn’t let him be seated,” Rangel said about Powell’s problems. “And the courts, of course, overruled it. But if I can’t get my dignity back here, then fire your best shot in getting rid of me through expulsion.” At the core of his speech was a call for the ethics committee to move with alacrity and not let him hang in the wind until November. “And maybe, just maybe, the members of the ethics committee might think about telling me when they think they might have a hearing, so that whatever they decide, I can let my constituents, my (family), my friends know that I did the best I could, as an American, as a patriot, and someone who loves this country,” Rangel concluded. “Thank you for your attention. Go home.”

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Dozens of people gathered Aug. 16 to remember Mitrice Richardson, the then-24-year-old African- American woman who was missing since last September and whose remains were recently found in a Malibu canyon. At the event, Michael Richardson, Mitrice’s father, stressed that he’s determined to find out what happened to his daughter. Mitrice Richardson was arrested at Geoffrey’s Malibu restaurant on Sept. 16, 2009, after reportedly not paying a bill for about $89. She was eventually taken to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Malibu/Lost Hills station in Agoura, and, after some time there, was released in the early morning without a purse, car or cell phone. Her remains were found last week. Pictured: (right) A crowd gathered at the vigil; (left) Michael Richardson speaks to the audience.

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African Diaspora South Africa’s Women’s Day Takes Aim at Inequality Special to the NNPA from GIN (GIN) – Following in the steps of 20,000 women who in 1956 marched to the Union Buildings, seat of government, in Pretoria, to protest racist pass laws, hundreds of women marked the day, Aug. 9, known as national Women’s Day. Led by Tshwane executive mayor Gwen Ramokgopa, the march was held under the banner of “Working together for equal opportunity and progress for women.� Cape Town Mayor Helen Zille paid tribute to the daughters and granddaughters of the women of 1956. “Over half a century later, on Women’s Day ... there is cause for some celebration, but much needs do be done.� A more critical note was sounded by Winnie Madikizela-Mandela who faulted the African National Party (ANC) party for failing to implement its own policies – especially those concerning women. “I wouldn’t say the ANC has failed women ... it’s the responsibility of every South African to transform society,� she said. But South African women need more than annual women’s rallies to solve their inequality, she said. At a crowded Buffalo City sta-

dium in the Eastern Cape, President Jacob Zuma agreed that rapid gender and racial transformation in the private sector was crucial. He urged men to “confront their attitudes and insecurities.� Currently, less than 3 percent of top level directors in the private sector are Black women, while coloured and Indian women make up only 1 percent each of all top management positions, according to a new study. Minister for Women, Children and People with Disabilities Noluthando Mayende-Sibiya, said a planned new law would look at equal pay for equal work and “5050 representation and participation of women in decision-making structures.� She said the bill will be introduced in Parliament soon.

Nigeria: Former VP Announces Presidential Bid BY BASHIR ADIGUN ASSOCIATED PRESS WRITER ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria’s former vice president Atiku Abubakar, who was accused of bribing a U.S. congressman while in office, announced Sunday he would seek the nomination of the oil-rich country’s ruling party to run for the presidency. Abubakar, 63, would need the

People’s Democratic Party to again accept him as a member before contesting the primary, as he ran unsuccessfully as a presidential candidate for an opposition party in 2007. However, his candidacy as a Muslim from northern Nigeria could pressure the party after a Christian from the south became Nigeria’s president earlier this year following the death of its elected Muslim leader. At a news conference Sunday, Abubakar told reporters he came to the decision after talking with family, friends and supporters. “I have no illusions about the toughness of the challenges ahead, but with the support of our people we can overcome them,� he said. He took only a few questions from reporters before rowdy supporters who flooded the event drowned out their voices. Abubakar served as vice president under President Olusegun Obasanjo during his two, four-year term presidency. Their time in office marked Nigeria’s return to democracy after a string of military dictatorships and failed governments that followed the nation’s independence from Britain in 1960. However, Abubakar received the most international attention during the trial of ex-Louisiana congressman William Jefferson, whose freezer was stocked with $90,000 in cash at the time of an FBI raid. During Jefferson’s 2009 federal trial, a Nigerian businessman testi-

fying for the prosecution told jurors that Abubakar paid Jefferson $100,000 to help Abubakar make political contacts in the United States. A lawyer for Abubakar denied the allegation at the time. Orphaned at age 8, Abubakar worked through law school and joined the Nigerian customs service, rising to the secondhighest position after 20 years. He left as a wealthy businessman and his support helped ensure Obasanjo’s electoral wins in 1999 and 2003. He fell out with the ruling party after refusing to support a constitutional amendment allowing Obasanjo to run for a third term. Abubakar is the second high-profile Nigerian to announce his plans to run in next year’s election, which could be held as early as January. Former Nigerian military leader Ibrahim Babangida, who seized power in a bloodless coup and annulled an election intended to hand over power to a civilian leader, also has said he will run. President Goodluck Jonathan, a Christian from Nigeria’s oil-rich and restive southern delta, has yet to say whether he’ll run. Jonathan came to office after the May 5 death of President Umaru Yar’Adua, a Muslim from the country's north. An unwritten agreement in the People’s Democratic Party calls for

AP Photo Atiku Abubakar

its presidential candidates to alternate between the Christian south and the Muslim north. Party leaders anticipated Yar’Adua holding office for two, four-year terms, like his Christian predecessor Obasanjo. On Friday, the ruling party’s executive committee said Jonathan could stand in the 2011 election, though that wouldn’t preclude any other candidate seeking the nomination during the primary.

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Shrimping Season in La. Reopens After Spill BY CAIN BURDEAU AND MARY FOSTER, AP WRITERS GRAND ISLE, La. – Fishermen who spent much of the summer mopping up oil from BP’s disastrous spill got back to work as the fall shrimping season in Louisiana’s coastal waters opened Monday amid anxiety over whether the catch will be tainted by crude and whether anyone will buy it even if it is clean. Scores of shrimpers headed out at first light, and early reports indicated a plentiful and clean catch. But a new analysis of federal estimates show the optimism may be premature about how much oil remains in the Gulf. “We’re not seeing any oil where I’m at. No tar balls, nothing,” said Brian Amos, a 53-year-old shrimper who trawled in his 28-foot skiff, The Rolling Thunder, in a bay near Empire. It was a step toward normalcy for many coastal towns that have been in limbo in the nearly four months since the spill shut down fishing, an economic linchpin for dock owners, restaurants and many other businesses along the Louisiana coast. Louisiana ranks first in the nation in shrimp, blue crab, crawfish and oysters, and the state's seafood industry overall generates an estimated $2.4 billion a year. Five Georgia scientists who reviewed the data said Aug. 16 that instead of only 26 percent of the oil remaining, as a federal report said earlier this month, it’s actually closer to 80 percent. “Where has all the oil gone? It hasn’t gone anywhere. It still lurks in the deep,” said University of Georgia marine scientist Chuck Hopkinson. He headed the quick independent look by the Georgia Sea Grant program at the estimates the White House released.

White House energy adviser Carol Browner said on morning news shows earlier this month: “More than three-quarters of the oil is gone. The vast majority of the oil is gone.” The Georgia team said it is a misinterpretation of data to claim that oil that is dissolved or dispersed is gone. “The bottom line is most of it is still out there,” Hopkinson told The Associated Press. “There’s nothing in the report to substantiate the 26 percent.” Also Monday: • Retired Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen, who is overseeing the oil-spill crisis for the government, said it will take at least a week to permanently plug the well with mud and cement once he gives the go-ahead for the “bottom kill.” He said he is not sure when that will happen, because scientists are working on ways to perform the kill without further damaging the well. • The Obama administration announced it is requiring environmental reviews for all new deep-water oil drilling, ending the kind of exemptions that allowed BP to drill its ill-fated well with little scrutiny. • BP said it will give federal and state health organizations $52 million to help people dealing with stress and anxiety because of the spill, which erupted after the offshore drilling rig Deepwater Horizon exploded April 20, killing 11 workers. The oil finally stopped flowing in mid-July after BP put a temporary cap on the blown-out well. Amos and his fellow shrimpers were working in Louisiana’s state-controlled waters, which extend three miles from shore. Shrimpers who ply those waters lost most of

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(Above) Shrimpers haul in their catch in Bastian Bay, near Empire, La., on the first day of shrimping season since the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, Aug. 16. their spring season — which runs from midMay to early July — because of the spill. The fall shrimping season runs from mid-August to December. Shrimping is also open in state-controlled waters off Mississippi, Alabama, Florida and Texas. Federal waters, which are open nearly year-round for boats to trawl for bigger shrimp, remain closed to shrimping off Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama, though some spots could open within days, depending on the results of extensive tests.

Laboratory tests on seafood from the gulf have shown little hazard from oil, and a test is being developed for the chemicals used to disperse the crude, though there is no evidence they build up in seafood. Still, shrimpers are worried that the public won't want what they catch. “I feel that we have had a bad rap on the perception of our product,” said Andrew Blanchard, who waited Monday for shrimp boats to arrive at his processing plant in Chauvin. Fewer arrived than normal, five versus the usual 20 on a normal opening

day, but he said that was because most boats are still doing cleanup work for BP, not because of any problem with the shrimp. Ravin Lacoste of Theriot said he believes his fellow shrimpers know better than to turn in a bad catch. “If you put bad shrimp on the market — we in enough trouble now with our shrimp,” Lacoste said. “You might can go in the closed waters and catch more shrimp. But it ain’t worth it.” Prices spiked soon after the rig explosion, fueled by fears that the shrimp would soon be unavailable. But then, despite state and federal assurances that the seafood reaching the market was safe, demand dropped and prices crashed a month ago. Things were precarious in the industry even before the spill. For the past decade, shrimpers along the Gulf Coast have had to contend with hurricanes, high fuel prices and a flood of imported shrimp. Louisiana’s shrimp harvest was valued at $240 million in 2000, but that dropped to about $133 million last year. The number of shrimp licenses issued by the state plummeted from about 44,000 in 1986 to 14,000 last year. Still, there are reasons for hope. There were fears that the spill would kill large amounts of shrimp larvae. But Martin Bourgeois, a state fisheries biologist, said initial observations show they may have made it through intact. Associated Press Writers Harry R. Weber, Kevin McGill and Tom Breen in New Orleans and Erica Werner, Lauran Neergaard and Seth Borenstein in Washington contributed to this report.


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Some Muslims Question Mosque Near Ground Zero BY RACHEL ZOLL AP RELIGION WRITER NEW YORK — American Muslims who support the proposed mosque and Islamic center near ground zero are facing skeptics within their own faith — those who argue that the

He said the space should include a synagogue and a church so it will truly be interfaith. Abdul Cader Asmal, past president of the Islamic Council of New England, an umbrella group for more than 15 Islamic centers, said some

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the location they’ve got,” said Nomani, an advocate for women’s rights and tolerance in the Muslim world. The developers for the project, called Park51, have modeled their plan on a YMCA and Jewish Community Center. The site, two blocks from

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In this Aug. 14, 2010, photo, pedestrians walk past the 19th century building on Park Place in Manhattan where Muslims plan to build a mosque and cultural center in New York. project is insensitive to Sept. 11 victims and needlessly provocative at a time when Muslims are pressing for wider acceptance in the U.S. “For most Americans, 9/11 remains as an open wound, and anything associated with Islam, even for Americans who want to understand Islam — to have an Islamic center with so much publicity is like rubbing salt in open wounds,” said Akbar Ahmed, professor of Islamic studies at American University, a former Pakistani ambassador to Britain and author of “Journey Into America, The Challenge of Islam.”

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opponents of the $100 million, 13-story project are indeed anti-Muslim. But he said many Americans have genuine, understandable questions about Islam and extremism. In light of those fears, and the opposition of many relatives of 9/11 victims, Asmal said organizers should dramatically scale back the project to just a simple mosque, despite their legal right to construct what they want. “Winning in the court of law is not going to help improve the image of Muslims nationwide,” said Asmal, a Massachusetts physician. “You have to win the hearts and minds of the ordinary American people.” The project has touched off a national debate over religious tolerance, American ideals and the stillfresh pain of the terrorist attacks. The center’s leaders, Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, and his wife, Daisy Khan, have a long record of interfaith outreach in New York and beyond. They insist the center will be a voice for moderate Islam and will welcome people of all religions. Supporters are outraged that critics suspect the couple of an extremist agenda. Asra Nomani, author of “Standing Alone: An American Woman’s Struggle for the Soul of Islam,” said she backs the idea of the mosque in principle but believes the feelings of families who lost loved ones in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks should trump the plan. “I haven’t been able to support the building of the mosque right there in

where the World Trade Center stood, will include a pool, gym and 500-seat auditorium for cultural events for the general public, along with a mosque and a Sept. 11 memorial. Rauf is now traveling overseas on his latest speaking tour for the U.S. State Department. Even among American Muslims who back the idea, there has been grumbling about what they consider the organizers’ public relations missteps. A plan to build what would essentially be a local city mosque has now turned into a national confrontation that is roiling Muslim communities nationwide. Rauf’s decision to remain overseas without making a statement on the controversy has also caused some frustration. Khan, and developer Sharif ElGamal of SoHo Properties, which owns the building, have mostly been the public face of Park51. “The total absence of Feisal Rauf has a ‘Where’s Waldo’ quality that is maddening in itself,” U.S. Muslim writer Aziz Poonawalla, who supports the center, told the blog ordinary-gentlemen.com. “I’m quite capable of defending Rauf against some of the accusations against him, but am not inclined to carry his water for him while he gallivants about the globe.” Beyond misgivings about the location, some U.S. Muslims have raised concerns about what the mosque could become after Rauf and Khan retire and inevitably turn the center over to new leadership. Like houses of

astor Alicia L. Partee is currently the interim associate pastor at Ascension Lutheran Church in Los Angeles. Previously, Pastor Alicia served at Maranatha Christian Center in San Jose, California, for 14 years, spending four of those years as the administrative pastor. As a biblical expositor and teacher, she brings a wealth of resources to all on living a life for God. Pastor Partee shares her spiritual journey, her knowledge, education, and biblical truths with honesty. As a sought-after teacher and conference speaker, she shares the realities of her faith and her abundant resources with an openness and sincerity. Pastor Partee earned a bachelor’s degree in theology from Williams Jessup University and a Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy from Western Seminary. She is also a marriage and family therapist intern. Her passion is to bring healing and reconciliation in the life of God’s people with a unique opportunity to integrate the Bible and therapy. She is married to Tyrone Partee, senior pastor of Olivet Lutheran Church. She is the mother of six children and two grandchildren.

worship in all faiths, Islamic centers can change over time depending on the worldviews of congregants and the imams who lead them. Nomani said American Muslims have not fully confronted extremism in Islam, which makes her worried that any mosque has the potential to become a haven for those with rigid views. “Yes, there is prejudice against Muslims in the modern day, but also Muslims in the modern day have an extremist problem,” Nomani said. Tawfik Hamid, an Egyptian scholar and reformer who said he was once a member of a terrorist group, said he had a “conditional objection” to the proposed Islamic center. He said it was not enough for Park51 leaders to call themselves moderate. Instead, they should “clearly and unambiguously” reject radicalization by opposing specific extremist practices, such as killing apostates, stoning women for adultery, calling Jews “pigs and monkeys” and "declaring war" on non-Muslims who refuse to convert. “This, in my view, will be perceived by radicals in Islam as a defeat for their ideology,” said Hamid, senior fellow at the Potomac Institute for

Policy Studies. “They think in a very primitive way. If they see a mosque near ground zero, this would certainly be perceived as a sign of victory for alQaeda. In the end, they will think, ‘They are bowing to us.’ ” Few American Muslims who lost relatives in the terrorist strikes have spoken out, but those who have are also divided. Talat Hamdani, a Muslim whose son Salman, a New York police cadet and emergency medical technician, was killed on Sept. 11, supports the proposal. “I’m not fighting for a mosque. I’m fighting for my rights,” she said. By contrast, Neda Bolourchi of Los Angeles, a native of Iran whose mother was on one of the planes that crashed into the World Trade Center, opposes the plan. “I fear that over time, it will cultivate a fundamentalist version of the Muslim faith, embracing those who share such beliefs and hating those who do not,” she wrote in a Washington Post op-ed. “To the supporters of this new Islamic cultural center, I must ask: Build your ideological monument somewhere else, far from my mother's grave, and let her rest.”


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SPORTS BEAT B Notes, quotes and things picked up on the run from coast-to-coast and all the stops in between and beyond. Tiger Woods still hasn’t won a tournament in 2010. He tied for 28th place and only made 46,700 of those pretty little green ones.

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Lorenzen Wright’s body was found July 28 in woods outside Memphis after he had been missing for 10 days. He was shot to death in what police are calling a homicide. No arrests have been made.

Wright’s Ex-Wife Says He Left Her House With Drugs MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The ex-wife of slain former NBA player Lorenzen Wright told police she saw him leave her home carrying money and a box of drugs the night he disappeared, according to court documents obtained Wednesday. Sherra Wright said her ex-husband left her home at 10:30 p.m. on July 18 with the drugs, returned a short time later, then left again with an unspecified amount of money, said an affidavit for a search warrant by Memphis police Sgt. W.D. Merritt. Before he left, Sherra Wright said she overheard her ex-husband on the telephone telling someone that he was going to “flip something for $110,000,� the document said. Sherra Wright said Lorenzen Wright left her home in a car with a person she said she could not identify. Hours later, police dispatchers received a 911 call from Wright's cell phone and heard noises like gunshots before the call was dropped. Wright’s body was found July 28 in woods outside Memphis. The 34-year-old had been missing for 10 days. No arrests have been made in the homicide and Memphis police

will not discuss whether they have a motive or suspects in the shooting death. The affidavit said Sherra Wright gave the statements to police in the Memphis suburb of Collierville, where she lives, on July 27 five days after the former University of Memphis basketball star's mother filed a missing person report. Sherra Wright also told police that her ex-husband owned a shotgun that he kept at her home and a handgun he kept inside the family van. A search of the home and the van failed to turn up the weapons, the affidavit said. Police did find shell casings of different caliber bullets at the scene where Wright was shot, but they could not find Wright’s cell phone. The affidavit said police were going to use documents showing ownership of the two weapons to see if they match the bullet shell casings recovered at the crime scene. Wright, a 6-foot-11 forwardcenter, played with five teams during his 13-year NBA career. He averaged 8 points and 6.4 rebounds in 778 career NBA games.

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Pierce, and the rest of the Celtics will play against the back-to-back champion Lakers. Also, the Lakers will open the season Oct. 26 against the Houston Rockets at the Staples Center. Lisa Leslie, now that she has retired as one of the greatest performers and record-setters in women’s basketball history, has a new goal: She wants to be an NBA studio analyst for TNT, the L.A. Times reports. Leslie tells the newspaper she feels she will fit just fine as a TV analyst with Charles Barkley and Kenny Smith. “I’ve got great love for Lisa,â€? the L.A. Times quoted Barkley as saying. “It would be cool to work with her.â€? And the beat continues‌ It’s official: The Williams sisters — Venus and Serena — will play in the final of the Fed Cup in San Diego on Nov. 6 and 7, according to the U.S. Tennis Association. And the beat continues‌ The L.A. Dodgers and L.A. Angels of Anaheim will be missing in the post-season playoffs unless both teams can come up with a pair of miracles. They need to do a better job and win more games. Yes, just list both the Dodgers and Angels as “missing in actionâ€? when it comes to the playoffs. And the beat ends. Brad Pye Jr. can be reached at switchreel@aol.com.

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Reunited—and It Sounds So Good

Long Beach Jazz Festival Brings On the Jazz Grooves George Duke and Al Jarreau performing at the 2010 Long Beach Jazz Festival.

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BY JOY CHILDS CONTRIBUTING WRITER There they were: With bodies swingin’ and swayin’ — and toes tappin’ and fingers poppin’ — the annual Long Beach Jazz Festival brought out lovers of all that jazz has become. From smooth jazz to straight-ahead, folks flocked to the grassy knoll and beautiful lagoon that has been its staging area for the past 23 years. The official theme of this year’s Long Beach Jazz Festival may have been “Jazz Up Your Summer,” but really, it should have been “the summer of reunions.” The festival was honored to be the first music venue in California to host the reunion of the groundbreaking

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Houston), there was “Way Back Home.” There’s no doubt that the Jazz Crusaders were there at the creation of smooth jazz — and no doubt that they remain indescribably smooth today. The first evening ended on a high-energy note. Smooth jazz master Boney James came out dancing and skipping, showing no visible signs of the recent near-fatal car accident which nearly claimed his life. The crowd opted to join his energetic display and partied with him on his “All Night Long.” Saturday’s show really kicked off with the siren stylings of Melanie Fiona. Given that some of her earliest musical influences were The Supremes and The Ronettes, it was easy to discern those artists in the Motown-tinged “Please Don’t Go”; the Ronettes-inspired “Johnny”; and “You Stop My Heart” (which samples Frankie Avalon’s “Venus”). She’s most known for her biggest hits to date, “Give It To Me Right” (featuring a sampling of The Zombies’ “Time of the Season”) and her anthem “Ay Yo,” to which her fans amply jammed with her and her two backup singers. The stage was them given over to “A Tribute to Grover Washington, Jr.,” which showcased saxophonDave Perry Jr. for the L.A. Watts Times ists Tom Scott and Ronnie Laws.; all-

original Jazz Crusaders. Although saxophonist Wilton Felder was forced to cancel due to illness, he was ably represented by as Felder protégé Euge Groove. Original members Joe Sample on piano (son Nick was on upright electric bass) and trombonist Wayne Henderson were in full effect on their ’60s catalog. These had major fun with major Jazz Crusaders hits like “The Thing,” “Scratch” (sounding much like it did when it was recorded at the old Lighthouse jazz club) and a funky, sneaky groove on “Street Life.” Drummer Moyes Lucas did Stix Hooper proud on “Snowflake.” For that Texas vibe for the home boys in attendance (remember: the Jazz Crusaders hail from

Robert Wilson, one third of the funkadelic brotherly trio, the GAP Band, passed away in Palmdale, California, on Aug. 15, his family announced. One of the funkiest bass players in R&B, Robert, together with his brothers, Ronnie and Charlie, created some of the biggest R&B and funk hits in the ’70s and ’80s, including “You Dropped a Bomb On Me,” “Outstanding,” “Burn Rubber On Me (Why You Wanna Hurt Me)” and “Oops Upside Your Head.” “My brother Robert was a bad boy on the bass,” stated brother Charlie. “We shared a bond as brothers, musicians and friends. I loved him and losing him is difficult for both Ronnie and I. The music world has lost a very talented man.” Robert was a legendary bass player whose style of play inspired Victor Wooten, Marcus Miller and the late Wayman Tisdale, also a Tulsa native, among others. At the time of Tisdale’s death, he and Robert were working on a solo project. One of Robert’s classic bass solos was on the GAP Band hit, “Shake.” The GAP Band first performed as the Greenwood, Archer and Pine Street Band in their hometown of Tulsa, Oklahoma. The group shortened its name to The GAP Band in 1973. Their hits have been sampled and covered by R&B and Hip-Hop artists including Nas, Snoop Dogg, Warren G, Jermaine Dupri, Da Brat, Notorious B.I.G., Blackstreet, Shaquille O’Neal, Mia X, Mary J. Blige and Madonna. Musicians inspired by their music include R. Kelly, Keith Sweat, Ruff Endz, Guy, Mint Condition, Jagged Edge and Aaron Hall. Funeral services are pending.

around good guy bass man Paul Jackson, Jr.; and Jason Miles on drums. Washington, who died in 1999, practically invented the smooth jazz genre back in the ’70s with his silky smooth renditions of “East River Drive” and “Let It Flow (for Dr. J).” Chanteuse Chanté Moore made the most of her duets with Laws on Washington’s “Just the Two of Us” and a version of “Inner City Blues” that made the audience wanna holler. As could have been predicted, one of Washington’s most recognizable hits, “Mr. Magic,” brought the crowd to its feet with the predominantly mature showing off those good ole dance moves. Said LBJF producer Al Williams: “They did Grover well, didn’t they?” That, they did. Up last were Dave Koz and Jonathan Butler with a special guest, percussionist Sheila E. The three teamed up on a cut from Koz’s new CD “Getaway,” while Butler brought back the ’80s danceable love song “Sara, Sara.” The final day three — though it

had the smallest crowd — had the biggest reception: first, for the straight-ahead jazz grooves of festival founder Al Williams and his Jazz Society (with the kick-butt thumb plucking of bassist Nedra Wheeler). Next, substituting for an ailing Laura Izibor was the popular Bay Area Goapele, whose fans from that area were very appreciative that she sang songs from her “Closer” and “Milk and Honey” CDs. Back in 1986, trumpeter Miles Davis recorded the Grammy-winning “Tutu” to honor the archbishop. His bassist, Marcus Miller, composed and arranged the title song — and, along with trumpeter Christian Scott doing wonders in filling in for Miles, rose the true jazz fusion stakes with “Tutu Revisited.” Undoubtedly, though, the night belonged to Al Jarreau and The George Duke Trio, who did everything from “Take Five” to Duke’s super-funky “Reach for It” — the one song that prompted dancing, singing — and an encore. It’s a sure thing that the LBJF next year will be a must-attend.


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By Charlene Muhammad Contributing Writer

Police keep riots under control in the Watts area of Los Angeles, Calif., Aug. 1965. (AP Photo)

Carrying armloads of clothes, black youths race from looted stores in the Watts area of Los Angeles Aug. 13, 1965, as lawlessness continues unabated in the riot torn district. (AP Photo)

On Aug. 11, 1965, a community — which some say was besieged by police and poor economic and social conditions, and frustrated by what seemed to be growing unequal rights — ignited into five days of rebelling that heightened its struggle for self-determination, self-policing and economic development. The direct incident that caused the 1965 Watts Rebellion was when a California Highway Patrol officer stopped Marquette Frye and his brother for allegedly speeding. According to oral and documented reports, a crowd gathered as Frye resisted arrest and his mother tried to calm him down. Police back up was called and three were arrested. Shortly after, Watts was burning. According to residents and historians, the community burned because people were fed up with being brutalized in police stations and sent home on foot. “I feel like what caused the rebellion was the complete exhaustion of people’s patience with being suppressed and contained by very, very aggressive enforcement tactics by the LAPD (Los Angeles Police Department),” said Timothy Watkins, president and CEO of the Watts Labor Community Action Committee (WLCAC). “People were so suppressed and oppressed in their condition of poverty that it just got to the point of overflow. They couldn’t take it anymore.” Timothy’s father, Ted Watkins, founded the WLCAC after the rebellion, to improve the quality of life for people in Watts and surrounding communities. Dick Gregory, comedian and civil rights activist, relived one night of the rebellion, specifically when he was shot in the leg. He had hit the streets after working outside of L.A. with the great jazz singer Sarah Vaughn. “I got off from work and I went out there with

A National Guard Seargent issues orders to a group of uniformed and helmeted men at staging area near Los Angles, August 13, 1965 before the troops were moved to riot torn Watts to help suppress violence among Black residents there. (AP Photo)


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some Black leaders, and when we got there it was a housing project where they were shooting at the cops and the cops were regrouping and we stood there,” Gregory said. “The cops said, ‘Ni**er, get out of here!’ I looked and said, ‘Man this could be a blood bath.’ Now I don’t have a problem if I’m shooting at you. You have a right to shoot back at me and we can talk about racism later ... but they were going to wipe them all out.” The National Guard had been called in and when Gregory saw the shooting coming out of the housing projects, he ran ahead of the cops because they weren’t ready to move, Gregory said. “I put my back to the cops and my front to them (the crowd). I said, ‘Ya’ll get out of here. Run. Get out of here! All of ya’ll are going to get wiped out!’And then, pow! ... they shot me.” Gregory said he was in Watts to study the rebellion because he did not understand it, but eventually he realized he was witnessing a revolution that had reached a boiling point. “Every rebellion … (was) tipped off by a police action and a ghetto dweller, and it just all boiled off to, ‘No more of this,’ and that’s what you saw in Watts and Detroit and Chicago,” Gregory said, referring to other uprisings in that era. According to Watkins, social conditions in Watts, for the most part, are worse now than before the rebellion. “What has happened is that the group that is in power, which is a predominantly Anglo group, has figured out that they don’t have to keep the lid on the pressure cooker so tight,” Watkins said. “They can loosen it a little bit, and even though the contents of poverty are just boiling, it won’t blow.” Instead, what people are witnessing daily, Watkins said, is ongoing death, pain, crimes of desperation and resistance to unlawful practices by law enforcement. All of this is going on in 2010. “Things are much worse now (than) before the ’65 Rebellion because we’ve got a Black president that somehow suggest that we’ve arrived when nothing could be farther from the truth, because following (Hurricane) Katrina — and on top of poor housing policy, poor school policy — Black folks in America have been scattered to the winds,” Watkins said. Watkins also said that what also has gotten worse is that many of the economic, educational, health and cultural institutions that grew out of the Watts Rebellion are under assault: The Watts Health Foundation, which began as a nonprofit in 1987 to provide health care services to low-income residents in South Los Angeles, is now a corporation, he said. Charles R. Drew University is under siege by financial institutions and people who feel it should serve a different interest than what it was founded for. Martin Luther King Jr. Hospital, the crown jewel of Watts, is closed, for the most part, Watkins argued. The Maxine Waters Employment Preparation Center and Southwest College are all struggling, he said. Watkins said the people of Watts continue to have hope. However, he said the truth is that, in a place that has been neglected and stymied in its growth by environmental pressures waged against it, it needs adequacy to pull itself out of poverty. Instead, elected officials talk about the equitable distribution of resources, he said. Amen Rah, a professor emeritus at California

Demonstrators push against a police car after rioting erupted in a crowd of 1,500 in the Los Angeles area of Watts, August 12, 1965. The disturbances were triggered by the arrest of a black person on charges of drunken driving. More than 100 officers were called into the area. (AP Photo)

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State University of Long Beach and consultant for Stop the Violence Increase the Peace Foundation, said the story told to future generations about the 1965 Watts Rebellion must include the history of institutions. Those institutions include the Brotherhood Crusade (founded in 1968 to provide funding, programs, and services to the community); The Organization Us (founded in 1965); and the Watts Summer Festival. The festival began as a celebration in 1966 as a tribute to people who died during the rebellion. Rah said the commemoration of the festival needs to be kept alive also for scholarly research on the historical significance of the local area, which includes the creation of the Sons of Watts and the Daughters of Watts, the WLCAC, the Watts Community Alert, and other self-help, protecting organizations. The rebellion also changed policing in the community, said Rah, who was arrested during the rebellion while he was riding in a car with several other men. After the riots, law enforcement marked the rooftops of homes with numbers to track their areas, began driving with helmets, and began driving with two officers in a police car, he said. “This all came after the rebellion, not riots,” Rah said. “Black conscious scholars began to call it a rebellion because it was more than some of the spontaneous, episodic behavior, and that’s why it lasted so long. Some viewed it as an opportunity to make a statement.” He said the term riots diminishes the political and social value that grew out of the rebellion. “That’s why the European doesn’t mention the (King) hospital,” he said. “He wants to keep most rebellions as just a spontaneous, episodic behavior, and not as one with any political significance. He can have the Tea Party and Boston Tea activities and put them in political relevancy, but he didn’t want to put the Watts Rebellion in politically empowering terminology, so there’s a fight between White writers and Black conscious scholars of that time to say, ‘No, this was a rebellion, not a riot.’ ” Despite its challenges before the rebellion, Watts managed to be a flourishing community, stated Edna Aliewine, creator of the Watts-Willowbrook Christmas Parade. She argued that a lot of money and programs were put into Watts after the uprising, but there’s nothing to show for it today. “I’m real upset with Watts, and I’ve been in Watts since 1925, and I know it as it was,” Aliewine said. “We had stores on 103rd Street, not houses. We had two shoe stores, Carl’s on one side and Kirby’s across the street. We had E.F. Smith Market here, a big Goodwill store, and two theaters. We had everything.”

The photos on the front cover of the L.A. Watts Times are from the following: (Dominant photo) Wikimedia Commons; (far left bottom photo) the Black Photographers of California, courtesy of the Institute for Arts and Media; (bottom middle and right photos) The Associated Press.

Smoke rises in Watts while fire personnel are working. (Photo by Harry Adams, Courtesy of the Institute for Arts and Media, California State University Northridge.)


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EVENT 08-19-10 CHINESE MEDICINE — This month, Black Women For Wellness Sister’s @ Eight topic is the history of traditional Chinese medicine, including: acupuncture, herbs, vitamins and more. The guest speakers will be Dr. Stephon Battle Bey and Alyce Hopkins. The event will take place on Aug. 19, 5:30 p.m., at Community Build, 4305 Degnan Blvd., Los Angeles. Information: (323) 290-5955.

LISTINGS

FONZWORTH BENTLEY — Fonzworth Bentley will perform his new hit single “Greener,” featuring Anthony Hamilton, on Aug. 21.

08-20-10 OPEN HOUSE — There will be an open house for the La Tijera School, hosted by the Turner/Bakewell Construction Management Team, on Aug. 20, 4 to 6 p.m., at 1415 N. La Tijera Blvd., Inglewood. Inglewood school board members Arnold Butler (president); Alena Giardina (vice president); Trina L. Williams; Carol Raines-Brown; and Johnny Young will attend. The event will be held to show the public the school’s progress, and to give community members the opportunity to meet the management team and ask questions. Information: brenda@lasentinel.net.

08-21-10 FUNDRAISER — The First Lutheran Church of Inglewood will present its 1st Annual College Scholarship Fundraiser Aug. 21, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. The First Lutheran Church Choir and Praise Band African Drummers will perform. There will also be guest speakers from the University of California of Los Angeles and Loyola Marymount University, African drummers and dancers, a fashion show and more. General admission will cost $20, but children under 12 years can get in $10. Also, children under 5 years old can get in free. The fundraiser will take place at 600 W. Queen St., Inglewood. Information: inglewoodfirst@yahoo.com, (310) 674-5103. JOB FAIR — A Southeast Los Angeles job and resource fair will take place Aug. 21, 9 a.m., in Maywood. Participating partners will be on hand to offer job counseling, discuss job openings, and perform on-site interviews in some cases. Partners include but are not limited to: AltaMed, The Home Depot, Kaiser Permanente and more. The job fair is free and open to the community. California State Assembly Speaker John Perez will host the fair. Candidates of all ages, experience levels and industries can attend. The fair will take place at Fishburn Avenue Elementary School, 5701 Fishburn Ave., Maywood. Information: (916) 319-2408. BOOK SIGNING — Charles Connor, the original drummer For Little Richard, will be a featured celebrity guest artist at The Westside Record Show on Aug. 21, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event will be held at The Veteran’s Memorial Teen Complex, 4117 Overland Ave., Culver City. Connor will autograph copies of his book, “Don’t Give Up Your Dreams: You Can Be A Winner, Too!”, drum sticks, photos, and movie posters of “The Girl Can’t Help It” (the musical comedy film in which he appeared with Little Richard and the Upsetters). More information: www.recordcollectornews.com.

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Actress Elise Neal (“Hustle and Flow” and “The Hughleys”), rapper E-40 and other celebrities will attend the event. The performance will take place at Club 3100, 3100 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. General public must RSVP at urbanelitepros@gmail.com. MOVE — Adopted from first lady Michelle Obama’s campaign to end childhood obesity, “Let’s Move” will be a day of free events devoted to healthy living on Aug. 21, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be a 3K and 5K walk/run. In addition, demonstrations will be held in basketball, Tai Chi, gymnastics, jump roping and dancing. Health screenings for medical, dental and vision will be offered at no cost, along with music and fun. The event will take place at Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science, 1731 E. 120th St., Los Angeles. The free event is for children and adults of all ages. Walk/run regisgration: (323) 563-4926 BACK TO SCHOOL — Project IMPACT and the Compton/Watts Interfaith Collaborative will host a back-to-school celebration at Compton Community College District, 1111 Artesia Blvd., Compton, on Aug. 21, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event will include free backto-school supplies (including backpacks, pens, pencils, notebooks and more); free tutoring registration; free health screenings; and more. Parents must accompany their children to this free event. More information: Patricia Wilson, (323) 974-5729.

08-24-10 LOU GOSSETT — Lou Gossett Jr. will sign copies of his book, “An Actor And A Gentleman,” at the Museum of African American Art on Aug. 24, 4 to 6 p.m. The Los Angeles Sentinel Book Club will host the event. Admission and parking are free. The museum is at 4005 Crenshaw Blvd., Los Angeles. Information: (323) 294-7071. CD RELEASE — Imago Dei Music Group recording artist and BET’s “Sunday Best” second season winner Y’Anna (EE-AH-NAH) Crawley is set to release her first solo CD project, “The Promise,” on Aug. 24. The title track and current single, “The Promise,” reminds listeners that Jesus is the Way and the Promise, and that if you keep trusting in His Word and keep persevering, you will attain your goals. This mid-tempo, contemporary gospel performance is a hit in the making. The CD also includes her first single, Y’Anna’s rendition of the Bill Wither’s classic hit “Grandma’s Hands,” which she sang on “Sunday Best.” GALA — The 16th Anniversary Breakfast Gala of Women Who Dared: Our Legacy & Our Future will take place Aug. 24, 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. At the event, singer Nancy Wilson, clinical psychologist Gloria Morrow and Watts Healthcare Corp. Director of Nursing Ann Everett will be honored. The gala will take place at City Club on Bunker Hill, 333 S. Grand Ave., 54th floor, Wells Fargo Center, Los Angeles. Sponsorship and ticket information: (310) 412-1828, www.cabwhp.org, wellwoman@cabwhp.org.

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FREE N ONE— Free N One (Free from drug and Alcohol and One In Christ) will provide training Aug. 23, 24 and 25, 6 to 9 p.m. This training will train individuals from your local church who will have the opportunity to take this information and start a Christcentered meeting in your church. Church representatives from all over the city will meet at 5838 S. Overhill Drive, Los Angeles. Topics that will be covered are: understanding the process of Christian recovery, 12 spiritual steps to recovery, conducting a successful Christ-centered support group and more. More information: (323) 295-0009.

BUSINESS ISSUES — A roundtable about “answers to your business problems” will take place Aug. 25, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at the PACE Business Development Center. Attendees will have the opportunity to discuss many issues that face businesses on a day-to-day basis: profitability, promoting business, increasing sales and lower overheads. The moderator will be Victor Green, an entrepreneur who has numerous businesses in different industries and has knowledge about what is needed to achieve success. The event is free. The center is at 1055 Wilshire Blvd., suite 900B, Los Angeles. Information: (213) 353-9400.


www.lawattstimes.com 08-28-10 WALK — Great Beginnings for Black Babies’ Fatherhood Initiative, in conjunction with Inglewood City Councilmember Daniel K. Tabor, will host a “Fathers of the Community Back to School Walk” kick off on Aug. 28, noon, in the Darby Park gymnasium, 3400 W. Arbor Vitae St., Inglewood. The kick off will be held to enlist 300 men to commit to walking a child to the first day of school on Aug. 30. During the event, children, parents and mentors can have free food and participate in a free basketball clinic, among other things. Information: (323) 789-7955. GIVEAWAY — Free backpacks will be given to the first 500 students between ages 5 to 17 on Aug. 28 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will be food, games and community and health information at the event. The event will take place at St. John’s United Methodist Church, 1715 Santa Ana Blvd., Los Angeles. The site is across the street from the Watts Towers. More information: Royce Porter, (310) 977-2349.

L.A. Watts Times FESTIVAL — Adilah Barnes, an award-winning actress and Essence magazine bestselling author, will be at this year’s 4th Annual NAACP Theatre Festival Aug. 29 and 31 at the Los Angeles Theatre Center Adilah Barnes on 514 S. Spring St. Barnes wrote the book "On My Own Terms: One Actor's Journey." Her website is www.adilahbarnes.com. The festival will hold diverse workshops, panel discussions and performances. Information: (213) 489-0994. PERFORMANCE — Songstress Goapele will perform at the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza as part of the BHCP Live! Summer Concert series on Aug. 29, 6:30 to 8 p.m. The concert s free, and the mall is located at 3650 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Los Angeles. Information:www.crenshawplaza.com.

08-29-10 BOOK LAUNCH — A launch party for the book “The Underbelly” will take place Aug. 29, 1 to 3 p.m., at the Reserve Loft Building, 409 W. Olympic Blvd., third floor patio, Los Angeles. “The Underbelly” is a mystery novella by Gary Phillips in which a semi-homeless black Vietnam veteran named Magrady searches for a disabled friend who has disappeared from L.A.’s Skid Row. Refreshments will be served. Information: (877) 843-1778.

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09-01-10 WALKING WITH DINOSAURS — Walking With Dinosaurs will play its final engagements at Honda Center in Anaheim Sept. 1 to 5, followed by seven performances at

Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles, Sept. 9 to 12. Walking With Dinosaurs – The Arena Spectacular is based on the BBC television series. Tickets are now on sale. More information: www.dinosaurlive.com.

09-04-10 FEST — Mothers in Action will present their 12th Annual Back to School Health & Family Festival Sept. 4, 2010, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the L.A. Sports Arena, 3939 S. Figueroa St., LA. Free health screenings, back to school supplies, haircuts Information: (323) 299-3800, brenda@lasentinel.net.

09-25-10 ‘RECKONING’ — The Robey Theatre Co. will present the world premiere of “The Reckoning” at the Los Angeles Theatre Center Sept. 25. Written by Kimba Henderson, the play is about one plantation, two families and so many secrets. Rubaiyat, a Louisiana crawfish farm owned by the Robillards, an affluent African -merican family, was once a sugar plantation worked by slaves, and is consequently filled with all manner of secrets and treacheries. As LJ, the family’s fiery but aging patriarch, prepares to hand over control of his estate to his devoted yet defiant daughter, secrets long buried gradually come to light, and the resurgence of an age-old betrayal will bring the Robillards face-to-face with the family whose long-held claims to Rubaiyat and bitter desperation have made them a dangerous force with which to be reckoned. The Los Angeles Theatre Center is at 514 S. Spring St., Los Angeles. There will be previews Sept. 22 to 24 at 8 p.m. Admission cost $30, but students can get in for $20. Preview show admission cost $15. A limited number of tickets will be available for each Thursday performance for $10. Reservations: (213) 489-0994, ext. 107; www.thelatc.org.

10-02-10 JAZZ ON GRASS — The Jackie Robinson Foundation (JRF) will host the 5th Anniversary JAZZ on the Grass benefit concert Oct. 2, 2 p.m., at the estate of Lynne and Oz Scott, renowned director and producer, in Sherman Oaks. Rooted in the Robinson legacy of promoting social causes through art, JAZZ on the Grass has four hours of live musical performances, cuisine and a silent auction featuring vacation packages, sport and music memorabilia. Hosted by comedian and actor James Ingram Chris Spencer, JAZZ raises funds for JRF’s comprehensive program including financial support, mentoring and professional development. Some of the guest artists will include musicians Boney James, Sheila E., Marcus Miller and many more. Tickets are on sale online and via phone until Aug. 20 for the “early bird” price of $300. For more information on JRF, sponsorship/advertising opportunities, and full lineup of performers, visit www.jackierobinson.org/events, or call (213) 330-7726.


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Civil Rights Vet Continues in Fight For Justice MICHAEL BROWN, CONTRIBUTING WRITER When Rob Robbins, 71, first heard the details of Arizona’s controversial immigration law, SB 1070, traveling by bus and braving the heat to march against it wasn’t a farfetched idea if you had a glimpse of his history. Robbins, a Los Angeles resident, joined more than 500 people in an 11bus caravan to Arizona organized by the L.A. Federation of Labor to march against the immigration law in July. A day before the arrival of the protestors, U.S. District Court Judge Susan Bolton placed an injunction on the law’s more controversial aspects, until a hearing is

held during the week of Nov. 1 at the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco. During the caravan’s trek toward Arizona, Robbins talked about how the Southern California contingent began with sweaters and blankets, but once they arrived in Phoenix, they were met by a blistering sun, which led to profuse sweating by all. However, Robbins shared an anecdote on the marchers’ first hours in the “valley of the sun.” “After we arrived at a Catholic church, the beaming sun started to turn into a light drizzle and when we left-we had an almost picture-perfect mist to march toward the capital in,” he said.

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“It’s almost as if God smiled down on us during our two and a half mile walk.” The Arizona protests weren’t Robbins’ first experience as an activist. Born in Tuskegee, Alabama, Robbins organized during the Civil Rights Movement and challenged draconian laws such as “separate but equal.” “Once I heard this law explained and looked at it, it reminded me of Alabama during the ’50s,” Robbins said. “Targeting people because of the way they look is not American. I was born in 1939 and I think this is a step backwards. I thought we were done with these kinds of laws being passed.” People being “targeted” are not the only aspect of SB 1070 that reminds Robbins of 1950s Alabama. Proponents of SB 1070 insist that Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer was correct in signing the law. Supporters cite “states rights,” and charge the federal government with interference. Robbins said, “The phrase ‘states rights’ is just political cover. They used the same argument when we wanted voting rights and fought discrimination in the south during the movement. This is about the status quo wanting to maintain what they have. It’s the haves vs. the have-nots.” “Exploitation is at the heart of the matter here,” he continued. “If they wanted to stop illegal immigration they could, but business offers incentives to attract immigrants. They like cheap labor they can exploit.” Robbins said some of the highlights of the trip to Arizona were the L.A. group being joined along the route by state residents, who picked up picket signs and chanted with members of organized labor, clergy and immigration rights groups. “People of good will stood up collectively that day,” he said. “I agree with those who say we have an immigration problem, but SB 1070 isn’t the answer. Either you’re for right or for wrong.” Robbins’ strong beliefs and convictions were cultivated at an early age. He recalls being involved in the civil rights struggle at the age of 16.

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71-year-old L.A. resident, who fought unjust laws in the south, travels to Arizona to protest against immigration law. He discusses beginnings in Tuskegee, Alabama, social justice advocacy and what makes him go.

He then pursued his education at the famed historically black college, Tuskegee Institute (now: Tuskegee University). There, he attended classes for a year until he saw pictures flash across his television screen that changed his life forever. “I saw people in California at the beach in December,” he said with a chuckle. “I thought to myself, ‘I’m sick of this cold Alabama weather. I’m moving to Los Angeles.’” Once he made the move to sunny California in 1957, Robbins didn’t leave his organizing and activist roots behind in Alabama. He almost immediately enmeshed himself in Los Angeles politics by volunteering for Augustus “Gus” Hawkins and Kenneth Hahn. Hawkins, who passed away in 2007, was California’s first AfricanAmerican elected to Congress. The deceased Hahn was and is still revered by residents of South L.A. for his civil rights advocacy. The 40-year member of the L.A. Board of Supervisors made quite an impression on Robbins. “Both Gus and Kenneth Hahn were men of integrity,” he said. “They stood for dignity for all people. They influenced me tremendously.” Robbins, a member of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), is a long-term care worker-and

has been with the union for eight of his 10 years in the profession. His first experience in the field involved caring for his first wife, who had a triple bypass surgery. She passed in 2005 after a lengthy battle. Robbins remarried, but in an ironic twist, he’s currently providing care for his second wife, who is on disability. Robbins said it’s a “divine pleasure” to take care of both women. When he isn’t working, Robbins is a member and former president of the South Coast Interfaith Council, a mixed denomination of churches that addresses social issues. Becoming a Pentecostal Baptist at 11-years-old inspired Robbins to view the gospel as a tool for social change. “You’re either part of the solution or part of the problem,” he said. “My organization will remain vocal in opposing Arizona’s law. We can’t fall asleep at the wheel. We need solutions for this problem to be led at the federal level.” At 71 years old, most would assume that Robbins is ready for retirement, but he hinted that he has other ideas. “I go to 24 Hour Fitness, never drank or smoked, and I plan on doing a 26-mile bikeathon on Labor Day,” he said.


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Changing the Status Quo in Our Schools BY MARIAN WRIGHT EDELMAN NNPA COLUMNIST (NNPA) — In late July, both President Obama and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan spoke to the National Urban League’s Centennial Conference about what the President called “an issue that I believe will largely determine not only African American success, but the success of our nation in the 21st century — and that is whether we are offering our children the very best education possible.” Right now, of course, the answer is no so President Obama and Secretary Duncan were there to speak about the administration’s plans for education reform. American education, which used to be the envy of the world, is in dire straits. The United States ranks 21st among 25 developed countries on overall educational achievement for 15-yearolds. Many public school students are struggling; minority children and poor children are struggling most. Too often they fall behind in school and drop out, increasing their risk of entering the cradle to prison pipeline. Staying in school and receiving a quality education are the best deterrents to juvenile delinquency and the surest route towards responsible, productive adulthood. But 46 percent of Black high school students, 39 percent of Hispanic, and 11 percent of White students attend the 2,000 “dropout factories” across our country, where less than 60 percent of the freshman class will graduate in four years with a regular diploma. The United States spends almost three times as much per prisoner as per public school pupil every year. When it comes to preparing our children to compete and succeed in a rapidly globalizing world, we are falling behind. As President Obama said, “I know some argue that as we emerge from a recession, my administration should focus solely on economic issues. But education is an economic issue — if not ‘the’ economic issue of our time. It’s an economic issue when the unemployment rate for folks who’ve never gone to college is

almost double what it is for those who have gone to college. It’s an economic issue when eight in 10 new jobs will require workforce training or a higher education by the end of this decade. It’s an economic issue when countries that out-educate us today are going to out-compete us tomorrow.”

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President Obama continued, “Now, for years, we’ve recognized that education is a prerequisite for prosperity. And yet, we’ve tolerated a status quo where America lags behind other nations. Just last week, we learned that in a single generation, America went from number one to 12th in college completion rates for young adults. (We) used to be number one, now we’re number 12. At the same time, our 8th graders trail about eight (to) 10 other nations in science and math. Meanwhile, when it comes to black students, African American students trail not only almost every other developed nation abroad, but they badly trail their white classmates here at home — an achievement gap that is widening the income gap between black and white, between rich and poor. We’ve talked about it, we know about it, but we haven’t done enough about it. And this status quo is morally inexcusable, it is economically indefensible, and all of us are going to have to roll up our sleeves to change it.”

Secretary Duncan explained that the Department of Education is creating an Equity and Excellence Commission to address the critical problem of fiscal inequities in K-12 schools and how these inequities lead to the achievement gap. He also made similar observations about the need to change the current status quo as he spoke about the reform measures the Administration is putting into place as part of the Race to the Top initiative. He correctly argues that they are bold and ambitious, as they need to be: “Our children are at risk. Their future — and ours — is at risk. We must prepare them to compete in a global economy, and that requires all of us to move outside of our comfort zones. We have to challenge the status quo, because the status quo in public education is not nearly good enough — not with a quarter of all students and, almost half, 50 percent of African American and Latino young men and women dropping out of high school. How many good jobs are out there today for high school dropouts? What chance do they have to build positive futures? Our nation's young people deserve dramatically better than we are giving them today — they deserve a real chance in life. This issue is even bigger than education — it is an issue of social justice and economic security. We have a moral obligation to change these outcomes and it won't happen unless we start doing things differently. Not just talking about it, but actually doing it.” The president and secretary are absolutely right on that the current state of American education is “morally inexcusable” and “economically indefensible” — and that the time is now for our nation to stop talking about doing things differently, and actually do it. Millions of child lives are at stake. It’s time for every parent, educator, community and political leader to put children first. Marian Wright Edelman is President of the Children’s Defense Fund whose Leave No Child Behind mission is to ensure every child a healthy start, a head start, a fair start, a safe start and a moral start in life and successful passage to adulthood with the help of caring families and communities. For more information go to www.childrensdefense.org.

Let’s Reclaim the Dream on Aug. 28th passed the Voting Rights Act of 1965. King undoubtedly understood (NNPA) — Forty-seven years the necessity of immediacy. He ago, our nation was in the midst of knew that despite the emancipation uncertainty, trepidation, fear, frustra- of slavery, “100 years later, the Negro is still tion, anger and not free,” and unrest. Fortythat, “100 seven years ago, years later, the we were simultaNegro lives on neously hopeful, a lonely island dedicated, ambiof poverty in tious, determined the midst of a and resilient. vast ocean of Forty-seven material prosyears ago, people perity.” Today, of all races gathwith incompreered on the hensible unemNational Mall in ployment rates Wa s h i n g t o n , as high as 50 D.C., to urge their percent in federal governplaces like ment to live up to New York, unthe standards and The Rev. Al Sharpton equal access to ethos embodied in our Constitution. Forty-seven decent education and housing, years ago, we demanded equal access astronomical arrest and imprisonto education, voting rights, desegre- ment rates, skyrocketing foreclogation across the board, just employ- sures and remaining strongholds of ment opportunities and equanimity in racial injustice, African-Americans are still vying to fully realize King’s society. And 47 years ago, men and dream. With ridiculous state laws like women from all walks of life, and from all ethnic persuasions rallied Arizona’s anti-immigration SB and marched for a larger federal 1070 bill, Latinos and other minorigovernment to intervene because ties are welcoming federal intervenstates were failing to ensure our tion to fully realize King’s dream. basic human civil rights. It was on And as women still fight for higher Aug. 28, 1963, that the great Martin wages and an end to discriminatory Luther King Jr. unequivocally sum- policies, the dream must still be marized the sentiments of more than fully realized. Join us at Dunbar High School 250,000 attendees and millions across the country at home when he at 11 a.m. as we mobilize once again delivered his “I Have a Dream those that refuse to settle for injusSpeech.” Now 47 years later, it is tice and inequality. In honor of King, we will again march in the time to Reclaim that Dream. National Action Network and I country’s capital as we call on our invite you to join us on Aug. 28th in federal government to ensure our Washington, D.C., as we mobilize inalienable rights when states somealong with other progressive lead- times fail to do so. But we will in no ers, clergy, activists and dream way be deterred by those dividers keepers to unanimously Reclaim like Glenn Beck and other Tea Party The Dream. We will meet at 11 a.m. members who are attempting to tarat Dunbar High School and then nish the legacy of this historic day march forward in the same peaceful and our impeccable leader. We will manner as King did on that historic not allow them to hijack the dream, nor destroy King’s mission. day. And we will not give credence When most people reflect on Aug. 28, 1963, they often forget the to this disturbance, and distraction premise of why Dr. King and other for that is all that it is. In true nonleaders organized such a massive violent King fashion, we will not be congregation to begin with. Billed silenced. We again are living in tumulas the “March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom,” the Aug. 28 tuous, volatile times, but we again rally pushed for the federal govern- remain hopeful and vigilant that ment to take more direct action in change is just around the corner. It enforcing laws and policies that begins with laws and policies that would end institutional racism and create opportunity and impartiality. create a level playing field for all And it begins with each one of us. On Aug. 28, 1963, King infapeople despite race, color or creed. The three-hour long program at the mously stated: “I have a dream that Lincoln Memorial united civil rights one day this nation will rise up and leaders like John Lewis and King live out the true meaning of its himself to present a unified front in creed: ‘We hold these truths to be the quest for justice. And the fol- self-evident, that all men are created lowing year, the success of that day equal.’ ” Let everyone who believes in and King’s relentless work were realized when Congress passed the justice join us in Washington on the Civil Rights Act, and one year later 28th as we reclaim the dream.

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Synchronicity BY JULIANNE MALVEAUX NNPA COLUMNIST (NNPA) — I haven’t seen the movie, Eat Pray Love. I just read the book. After I read it I put it on a friend’s desk and asked if she’d get more from it than I did. The book is a travelogue of Italy, India and Indonesia, and Elizabeth Gilbert’s romp through the three countries in such a way as to find herself after her marriage went bad. To be sure, there were moments of mmm, and moments of aaaugh, and moments when I absolutely empathized with Elizabeth Gilbert. And there were moments when I reminded myself that 15 million American don’t have work, and that half of those haven’t had work for half a year. They aren’t running around the world finding themselves and having Julia Roberts play them in the reality show. They are simply searching for survival. Synchronicity. Alignment. They ways that all of our stuff makes sense. It doesn’t make sense to write a book or watch a film about this search for self even as so many search for survival. Last week, unemployment rates were again released and we learned that, at 9.5 percent, our country’s ability to employ has not improved. More importantly, the unemployment rate for African Americans exceeds 16 percent, and that, too, is something that somehow coexists with this fabulous movie romp through self-discovery. I’m not annoyed (too much) at Elizabeth Gilbert or Julia Roberts, though they ought to break off a little piece of their profits for those who can’t romp as wildly as they do. I am concerned that the timing of the release of their movie has a bit of smug selfsatisfaction to it. Will I go see it? Possibly. Without seeing it, but with reading the book, the entire enterprise strikes me as discordant, absent synchronicity. So if I am mad at Liz and Julia,

what about Michelle Obama, our stunning First Lady who took herself to Spain a week or so ago. The pundits say that she was wrong and out of touch and tone deaf to our nation’s economic crisis. One of her

Julianne Malveaux best translators, Liz sweet from the Chicago Times says that the vacation was a way of allowing First Lady Obama to connect with friends who’d lost a parent. I say if I have to do discordance, I’ll accept the First Lady’s. Don’t get me wrong. If I were making up a white house schedule, I would have passed on the Spain trip. At the same time, who knows what happens in that house and how the First Mom decides to parse her time. I want to give her hugs, not criticism, for all the work she does, and for all the work she really could do but is not allowed to. The Spain trip is not an Eat Pray Love thing, not even slightly. And the tone and tenor of some of the objections to Mrs. Obama’s trip frankly reek of racial resentment. Abbey Lincoln once wore a dress also worn by Marilyn Monroe. When she grew into herself she burned it. She died this week, a

woman whose fierce voice searched for synchronicity, for authenticity, for that which is real. She died on August 14, a voice until her waning years, an inspiration even at the invocation of her name. Abbey Lincoln was described by some fool critic as a “professional Negro” as if there is something wrong with that. The description came after she used her voice and raised her voice to speak of freedom. Imagine this w o m a n , transforming herself form a Marilyn Monroe imit a t i n g ingénue into a tool and an instrument for peace and justice. She, too, was searching for synchronicity, for alignment. One might argue that she found it and embraced it, embracing it for all of us. I had the phenomenal pleasure of hearing Abbey Lincoln sing a bunch of times, but most recently when she graced an Indianapolis state in the mid-1990s. I was the guest of a woman whose organization had engaged me to speak, and she was rather insistent that I enjoy Ms. Lincoln’s performance. Beyond enjoying it, the moment took my breath away. I can clearly remember her wrapping herself around a microphone to sing, “The world is falling down, hold my hand”. Powerful. We do not need to hit three continents to find the synchronicity that is necessary. All we need to do is to remember who we are and whose we are. I wish Abbey Lincoln on Elizabeth Gilbert. I wish Abbey Lincoln, born Anna Maria Woolridge, on each and every one of us. Julianne Malveaux is president of Bennett College for Women in Greensboro, N.C.

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The Terrible Case of Mitrice Richardson For the past year, I have lived with the terrible case of Mitrice Richardson, whose remains were found last week in a Malibu canyon. The surface circumstances about the case are now well known. Richardson, the 24-year-old African-American woman, with emotional challenges, was held and then released alone from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Lost Hills/Malibu station in the early morning hours of Sept. 17, 2009. She then disappeared. Her disappearance touched a national nerve. It ignited loud and anguished pleas Earl Ofari Hutchinson from her parents, friends and thousands of concerned citizens. There were also searches of the area where sheriff’s deputies last saw her and teams of volunteers, and countless reports of Richardson sightings in Los Angeles and various other cities. People Magazine also had a cover photo of her. Richardson’s mother, Latice Sutton, appeared twice on my radio shows asking for the public’s help in finding her daughter. But that wasn’t enough. Sutton then asked for my help in formally appealing to Attorney General Eric Holder to direct the FBI to enter the investigation. This was a more than reasonable request since Richardson’s disappearance had by then generated national publicity and outrage. There was great concern that she may have been the victim of foul play that may have involved the crossing of state lines. This made her disappearance and possible death a federal matter. We knew that Richardson was by no means an aberration. More than 800,000 missing persons cases are on file with the FBI. Most of those are children. However, nearly 29,000 of them are adults and juveniles who are “missing under circumstances indicating that the disappearance was not voluntary; i.e., abduction or kidnapping.” This made the case even more compelling. Sutton and I jointly made the request in November 2009 for Justice Department involvement. The response was the typical a bureaucrat’s duck-and-dodge. The FBI said it was sympathetic to the plight of Richardson and her family, and would keep a close watch on developments. There was no commitment to investigate, and no promise of a follow up. This was a double blow. The L.A. County Sheriff’s Department had vehemently disclaimed any responsibility for Richardson’s disappearance. It exonerated itself in a lengthy report, which insisted it followed proper rules and procedures. This Pontius Pilate hand wash came on the heels of the Justice Department’s refusal to take action. But now with Richardson’s death, the questions are even more troubling. Why was she released alone? How did she die? When and how did she die? Were others involved in her disappearance and death? What and how did the sheriff’s department, with the renewed call for the FBI to get involved in the case, handle the investigation into her disappearance and death? The FBI and sheriff’s department’s response to the Richardson case again raised ugly questions regarding how diligently officials investigate the deaths or disappearance of African Americans, and whether the press reports their murders or disappearances with the same intensity as white victims, especially when the victims are young black females. The charge by Richardson’s family and local civil rights leaders that the police are insensitive to the disappearance and possible murder of African Americans such as Richardson is not new. Countless groups have marched, picketed and screamed loudly that law See HUTCHINSON, page 19


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Trustee Sale No. CA09000808-10-1 . Loan No. 1009220821 Title Order No. 100280808-CA-GTI APN 6073-026-001 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE'S SALE YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED January 22, 2007. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDINGS AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. On September 15, 2010, at 01:00 PM, At the front entrance of the Pomona Superior Courts Building,350 West Mission Blvd, Pomona CA, MTC FINANCIAL Inc dba Trustee Corps, as the duly appointed Trustee, under and pursuant to the power of sale contained in that certain Deed of Trust Recorded on January 30, 2007, as Instrument No. 20070191359 of Official Records in the office of the Recorder of Los Angeles County, CA , executed by: JORGE A HERNANDEZ A MARRIED MAN AS HIS SOLE AND SEPARATE PROPERTY, as Trustor, in favor of ONEWEST BANK, F.S.B. as Beneficiary, WILL SELL AT PUBLIC AUCTION TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER, in lawful money of the United States, all payable at the time of sale, that certain property situated in said County, California describing the land therein as: As more fully described on said Deed of Trust. The property heretofore described is being sold "as is". The street address and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 350 E 112TH ST, LOS ANGELES, CA 90061 The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. Said sale will be made without covenant or warranty, express or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining principal sum of the Note(s) secured by said Deed of Trust, with interest theron, as provided in said Note(s), advances if any, under the terms of the Deed of Trust, estimated fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee and of the trusts created by said Deed of Trust. The total amount of the unpaid balance of the obligations secured by the property to be sold and reasonable estimated costs, expenses and advances at the time of the initial publication of this Notice of Trustee`s Sale is estimated to be $379,169.11 (Estimated), provided, however, prepayment premiums, accrued interest and advances will increase this figure prior to sale. Beneficiary`s bid at said sale may include all or part of said amount. In addition to cash, the Trustee will accept a cashier`s check drawn on a state or national bank, a check drawn by a state or federal credit union or a check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, savings association or savings bank specified in Section 5102 of the California Financial Code and authorized to do business in California, or other such funds as may be acceptable to the trustee. In the event tender other than cash is accepted, the Trustee may withhold the issuance of the Trustee`s Deed Upon Sale until funds become available to the payee or endorsee as a matter of right. The property offered for sale excludes all funds held on account by the property receiver, if applicable. If the Trustee is unable to convey title for any reason, the successful bidder`s sole and exclusive remedy shall be the return of monies paid to the Trustee and the successful bidder shall have no further recourse. DATE: August 19, 2010 MTC FINANCIAL INC dba Trustee Corps TS No. CA09000808-10-1 . 30 Corporate Park, Suite 400 Irvine, CA 92606 949-252-8300 Clarisa Gastelum, Authorized Signature SALE INFORMATION CAN BE OBTAINED ON LINE AT www.NoticeSolutions.com AUTOMATED SALES INFORMATION PLEASE CALL 714-786-5351 Compliance with California Civil Code Section 2924f: The Beneficiary or Beneficiary's agent has indicated that the requirements of California Civil Code Section 2924f have been met. Regarding the property that is the subject of this notice of sale, the "mortgage loan servicer" as defined in Civil Code s 2923.53(k)(3) declares that it has obtained from the Commissioner a final or temporary order of exemption pursuant to Civil Code section 2923.53 that is current and valid on the date this notice of sale is recorded. The time frame for giving a notice of sale specified in Civil Code Section 2923.52 subdivision (a) does not apply to this notice of sale pursuant to Civil Code Sections 2923.52. Clarisa Gastelum, Authorized Signature TRUSTEE CORPS IS A DEBT COLLECTOR. ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. Ad #5172 2010-08-19 2010-08-26 2010-09-02 Trustee Sale No. CA09000915-10-1 . Loan No. 502197213 Title Order No. 4449936 APN 6117-014-014 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE'S SALE YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED October 13, 2008. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDINGS AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. On September 15, 2010, at 01:00 PM, At the front entrance of the Pomona Superior Courts Building,350 West Mission Blvd, Pomona CA, MTC FINANCIAL Inc dba Trustee Corps, as the duly appointed Trustee, under and pursuant to the power of sale contained in that certain Deed of Trust Recorded on October 21, 2008, as Instrument No. 20081870751 of Official Records in the office of the Recorder of Los Angeles County, CA , executed by: JAMES CLARK, AN UNMARRIED MAN, as Trustor, in favor of MORTGAGE ELECTRONIC REGISTRATION SYSTEMS, INC SOLELY AS NOMINEE FOR LENDER AND LENDER`S SUCCESSORS AND ASSIGNS FOR FLAGSTAR BANK, F.S.B. as Beneficiary, WILL SELL AT PUBLIC AUCTION TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER, in lawful money of the United States, all payable at the time of sale, that certain property situated in said County, California describing the land therein as: As more fully described on said Deed of Trust. The property heretofore described is being sold "as is". The street address and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 625 LACONIA BLVD, LOS ANGELES, CA 90044-3839 The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. Said sale will be made without covenant or warranty, express or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining principal sum of the Note(s) secured by said Deed of Trust, with interest theron, as provided in said Note(s), advances if any, under the terms of the Deed of Trust, estimated fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee and of the trusts created by said Deed of Trust. The total amount of the unpaid balance of the obligations secured by the property to be sold and reasonable estimated costs, expenses and advances at the time of the initial publication of this Notice of Trustee`s Sale is estimated to be $312,807.29 (Estimated), provided, however, prepayment premiums, accrued interest and advances will increase this figure prior to sale. Beneficiary`s bid at said sale may include all or part of said amount. In addition to cash, the Trustee will accept a cashier`s check drawn on a state or national bank, a check drawn by a state or federal credit union or a check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, savings association or savings bank specified in Section 5102 of the California Financial Code and authorized to do business in California, or other such funds as may be acceptable to the trustee. In the event tender other than cash is accepted, the Trustee may withhold the issuance of the Trustee`s Deed Upon Sale until funds become available to the payee or endorsee as a matter of right. The property offered for sale excludes all funds held on account by the property receiver, if applicable. If the Trustee is unable to convey title for any reason, the successful bidder`s sole and exclusive remedy shall be the return of monies paid to the Trustee and the successful bidder shall have no further recourse. DATE: August 19, 2010 MTC FINANCIAL INC dba Trustee Corps TS No. CA09000915-10-1 . 30 Corporate Park, Suite 400 Irvine, CA 92606 949-252-8300 Clarisa Gastelum, Authorized Signature SALE

Thursday, August 19, 2010 INFORMATION CAN BE OBTAINED ON LINE AT www.NoticeSolutions.com AUTOMATED SALES INFORMATION PLEASE CALL 714-786-5351 Compliance with California Civil Code Section 2924f: The Beneficiary or Beneficiary's agent has indicated that the requirements of California Civil Code Section 2924f have been met. Regarding the property that is the subject of this notice of sale, the "mortgage loan servicer" as defined in Civil Code s 2923.53(k)(3) declares that it has obtained from the Commissioner a final or temporary order of exemption pursuant to Civil Code section 2923.53 that is current and valid on the date this notice of sale is recorded. The time frame for giving a notice of sale specified in Civil Code Section 2923.52 subdivision (a) does not apply to this notice of sale pursuant to Civil Code Sections 2923.52. Clarisa Gastelum, Authorized Signature TRUSTEE CORPS IS A DEBT COLLECTOR. ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. Ad #5207 2010-08-19 2010-08-26 2010-09-02 Trustee Sale No. CA09000821-10-1 . Loan No. 1010406021 Title Order No. 100280941-CA-GTI APN 2324-021-026 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE'S SALE YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED August 21, 2007. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDINGS AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. On September 7, 2010, at 01:00 PM, At the front entrance of the Pomona Superior Courts Building,350 West Mission Blvd, Pomona CA, MTC FINANCIAL Inc dba Trustee Corps, as the duly appointed Trustee, under and pursuant to the power of sale contained in that certain Deed of Trust Recorded on August 28, 2007, as Instrument No. 20072005486 of Official Records in the office of the Recorder of Los Angeles County, CA , executed by: SUSANNA NASHIKYAN A MARRIED WOMAN AS HER SOLE AND SEPARATE PROPERTY, as Trustor, in favor of INDYMAC BANK, F.S.B., A FEDERALLY CHARTERED SAVINGS BANK as Beneficiary, WILL SELL AT PUBLIC AUCTION TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER, in lawful money of the United States, all payable at the time of sale, that certain property situated in said County, California describing the land therein as: AS MORE FULLY DESCRIBED ON SAID DEED OF TRUST. The property heretofore described is being sold "as is". The street address and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 7052 BELLAIRE AVE, LOS ANGELES, CA 91605 The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. Said sale will be made without covenant or warranty, express or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining principal sum of the Note(s) secured by said Deed of Trust, with interest theron, as provided in said Note(s), advances if any, under the terms of the Deed of Trust, estimated fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee and of the trusts created by said Deed of Trust. The total amount of the unpaid balance of the obligations secured by the property to be sold and reasonable estimated costs, expenses and advances at the time of the initial publication of this Notice of Trustee`s Sale is estimated to be $433,499.28 (Estimated), provided, however, prepayment premiums, accrued interest and advances will increase this figure prior to sale. Beneficiary`s bid at said sale may include all or part of said amount. In addition to cash, the Trustee will accept a cashier`s check drawn on a state or national bank, a check drawn by a state or federal credit union or a check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, savings association or savings bank specified in Section 5102 of the California Financial Code and authorized to do business in California, or other such funds as may be acceptable to the trustee. In the event tender other than cash is accepted, the Trustee may withhold the issuance of the Trustee`s Deed Upon Sale until funds become available to the payee or endorsee as a matter of right. The property offered for sale excludes all funds held on account by the property receiver, if applicable. If the Trustee is unable to convey title for any reason, the successful bidder`s sole and exclusive remedy shall be the return of monies paid to the Trustee and the successful bidder shall have no further recourse. DATE: August 19, 2010 MTC FINANCIAL INC dba Trustee Corps TS No. CA09000821-10-1 . 30 Corporate Park, Suite 400 Irvine, CA 92606 949-252-8300 Clarisa Gastelum, Authorized Signature SALE INFORMATION CAN BE OBTAINED ON LINE AT www.NoticeSolutions.com AUTOMATED SALES INFORMATION PLEASE CALL 714-786-5351 Compliance with California Civil Code Section 2924f: The Beneficiary or Beneficiary's agent has indicated that the requirements of California Civil Code Section 2924f have been met. Regarding the property that is the subject of this notice of sale, the "mortgage loan servicer" as defined in Civil Code s 2923.53(k)(3) declares that it has obtained from the Commissioner a final or temporary order of exemption pursuant to Civil Code section 2923.53 that is current and valid on the date this notice of sale is recorded or the time frame for giving a notice of sale specified in Civil Code Section 2923.52 subdivision (a) does not apply to this notice of sale pursuant to Civil Code Sections 2923.52. Clarisa Gastelum, Authorized Signature TRUSTEE CORPS IS A DEBT COLLECTOR. ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. Ad #5247 2010-08-19 2010-08-26 2010-09-02 Trustee Sale No. CA09000864-10-1 . Loan No. 7337778 Title Order No. 100289312-CA-GTI APN 5011-017-017 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE'S SALE YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED July 29, 2008. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDINGS AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. On September 13, 2010, at 01:00 PM, At the front entrance of the Pomona Superior Courts Building,350 West Mission Blvd, Pomona CA, MTC FINANCIAL Inc dba Trustee Corps, as the duly appointed Trustee, under and pursuant to the power of sale contained in that certain Deed of Trust Recorded on August 5, 2008, as Instrument No. 20081398142 of Official Records in the office of the Recorder of Los Angeles County, CA , executed by: ROSTON THOMAS, A SINGLE MAN, as Trustor, in favor of HSBC MORTGAGE CORPORATION (USA) as Beneficiary, WILL SELL AT PUBLIC AUCTION TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER, in lawful money of the United States, all payable at the time of sale, that certain property situated in said County, California describing the land therein as: AS MORE FULLY DESCRIBED ON SAID DEED OF TRUST. The property heretofore described is being sold "as is". The street address and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 5208 VALLEY RIDGE AVENUE, LOS ANGELES, CA 90043 The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. Said sale will be made without covenant or warranty, express or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining principal sum of the Note(s) secured by said Deed of Trust, with interest theron, as provided in said Note(s), advances if any, under the terms of the Deed of Trust, estimated fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee and of the trusts created by said Deed of Trust. The total amount of the unpaid balance of the obligations secured by the property to be sold and reasonable estimated costs, expenses and advances at the time of the initial publication of this Notice of Trustee`s Sale is estimated to be $430,260.31 (Estimated), provided, however, prepayment premiums,

accrued interest and advances will increase this figure prior to sale. Beneficiary`s bid at said sale may include all or part of said amount. In addition to cash, the Trustee will accept a cashier`s check drawn on a state or national bank, a check drawn by a state or federal credit union or a check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, savings association or savings bank specified in Section 5102 of the California Financial Code and authorized to do business in California, or other such funds as may be acceptable to the trustee. In the event tender other than cash is accepted, the Trustee may withhold the issuance of the Trustee`s Deed Upon Sale until funds become available to the payee or endorsee as a matter of right. The property offered for sale excludes all funds held on account by the property receiver, if applicable. If the Trustee is unable to convey title for any reason, the successful bidder`s sole and exclusive remedy shall be the return of monies paid to the Trustee and the successful bidder shall have no further recourse. DATE: August 19, 2010 MTC FINANCIAL INC dba Trustee Corps TS No. CA09000864-10-1 . 30 Corporate Park, Suite 400 Irvine, CA 92606 949-252-8300 Clarisa Gastelum, Authorized Signature SALE INFORMATION CAN BE OBTAINED ON LINE AT www.NoticeSolutions.com AUTOMATED SALES INFORMATION PLEASE CALL 714-786-5351 Compliance with California Civil Code Section 2924f: The Beneficiary or Beneficiary's agent has indicated that the requirements of California Civil Code Section 2924f have been met. Regarding the property that is the subject of this notice of sale, the "mortgage loan servicer" as defined in Civil Code s 2923.53(k)(3) declares that it has obtained from the Commissioner a final or temporary order of exemption pursuant to Civil Code section 2923.53 that is current and valid on the date this notice of sale is recorded or the time frame for giving a notice of sale specified in Civil Code Section 2923.52 subdivision (a) does not apply to this notice of sale pursuant to Civil Code Sections 2923.52. Clarisa Gastelum, Authorized Signature TRUSTEE CORPS IS A DEBT COLLECTOR. ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. Ad #5274 2010-08-19 2010-08-26 2010-09-02 Trustee Sale No. CA09000888-10-1 . Loan No. 1880506154 Title Order No. 4448192 APN 5521-012-011 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE'S SALE YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED April 10, 2008. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDINGS AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. On September 13, 2010, at 01:00 PM, At the front entrance of the Pomona Superior Courts Building,350 West Mission Blvd, Pomona CA, MTC FINANCIAL Inc dba Trustee Corps, as the duly appointed Trustee, under and pursuant to the power of sale contained in that certain Deed of Trust Recorded on April 22, 2008, as Instrument No. 20080700600 of Official Records in the office of the Recorder of Los Angeles County, CA , executed by: IRMA CORTEZ HERNANDEZ, A SINGLE WOMAN, as Trustor, in favor of JUST MORTGAGE, INC. as Beneficiary, WILL SELL AT PUBLIC AUCTION TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER, in lawful money of the United States, all payable at the time of sale, that certain property situated in said County, California describing the land therein as: AS MORE FULLY DESCRIBED ON SAID DEED OF TRUST. The property heretofore described is being sold "as is". The street address and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 512 NORTH SERRANO AVENUE, LOS ANGELES, CA 90004 The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. Said sale will be made without covenant or warranty, express or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining principal sum of the Note(s) secured by said Deed of Trust, with interest theron, as provided in said Note(s), advances if any, under the terms of the Deed of Trust, estimated fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee and of the trusts created by said Deed of Trust. The total amount of the unpaid balance of the obligations secured by the property to be sold and reasonable estimated costs, expenses and advances at the time of the initial publication of this Notice of Trustee`s Sale is estimated to be $429,547.74 (Estimated), provided, however, prepayment premiums, accrued interest and advances will increase this figure prior to sale. Beneficiary`s bid at said sale may include all or part of said amount. In addition to cash, the Trustee will accept a cashier`s check drawn on a state or national bank, a check drawn by a state or federal credit union or a check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, savings association or savings bank specified in Section 5102 of the California Financial Code and authorized to do business in California, or other such funds as may be acceptable to the trustee. In the event tender other than cash is accepted, the Trustee may withhold the issuance of the Trustee`s Deed Upon Sale until funds become available to the payee or endorsee as a matter of right. The property offered for sale excludes all funds held on account by the property receiver, if applicable. If the Trustee is unable to convey title for any reason, the successful bidder`s sole and exclusive remedy shall be the return of monies paid to the Trustee and the successful bidder shall have no further recourse. DATE: August 19, 2010 MTC FINANCIAL INC dba Trustee Corps TS No. CA09000888-10-1 . 30 Corporate Park, Suite 400 Irvine, CA 92606 949-252-8300 Clarisa Gastelum, Authorized Signature SALE INFORMATION CAN BE OBTAINED ON LINE AT www.NoticeSolutions.com AUTOMATED SALES INFORMATION PLEASE CALL 714-786-5351 Compliance with California Civil Code Section 2924f: The Beneficiary or Beneficiary's agent has indicated that the requirements of California Civil Code Section 2924f have been met. Clarisa Gastelum, Authorized Signature TRUSTEE CORPS IS A DEBT COLLECTOR. ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. Ad #5275 2010-08-19 2010-08-26 2010-09-02 Trustee Sale No. CA09000885-10-1 . Loan No. 1240049555 Title Order No. 4448188 APN 5684-003-008 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE'S SALE YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED January 2, 2003. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDINGS AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. On September 15, 2010, at 01:00 PM, At the front entrance of the Pomona Superior Courts Building,350 West Mission Blvd, Pomona CA, MTC FINANCIAL Inc dba Trustee Corps, as the duly appointed Trustee, under and pursuant to the power of sale contained in that certain Deed of Trust Recorded on January 9, 2003, as Instrument No. 03 0066095 of Official Records in the office of the Recorder of Los Angeles County, CA , executed by: BETTY NGOC BAO TRAN, A SINGLE WOMAN, as Trustor, in favor of CHASE MANHATTAN MORTGAGE CORPORATION as Beneficiary, WILL SELL AT PUBLIC AUCTION TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER, in lawful money of the United States, all payable at the time of sale, that certain property situated in said County, California describing the land therein as: AS MORE FULLY DESCRIBED ON SAID DEED OF TRUST. The property heretofore described is being sold "as is". The street address and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 3032 NORTH SHASTA CIRCLE, LOS ANGELES, CA 90065 The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. Said sale will be made without

covenant or warranty, express or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining principal sum of the Note(s) secured by said Deed of Trust, with interest theron, as provided in said Note(s), advances if any, under the terms of the Deed of Trust, estimated fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee and of the trusts created by said Deed of Trust. The total amount of the unpaid balance of the obligations secured by the property to be sold and reasonable estimated costs, expenses and advances at the time of the initial publication of this Notice of Trustee`s Sale is estimated to be $149,138.36 (Estimated), provided, however, prepayment premiums, accrued interest and advances will increase this figure prior to sale. Beneficiary`s bid at said sale may include all or part of said amount. In addition to cash, the Trustee will accept a cashier`s check drawn on a state or national bank, a check drawn by a state or federal credit union or a check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, savings association or savings bank specified in Section 5102 of the California Financial Code and authorized to do business in California, or other such funds as may be acceptable to the trustee. In the event tender other than cash is accepted, the Trustee may withhold the issuance of the Trustee`s Deed Upon Sale until funds become available to the payee or endorsee as a matter of right. The property offered for sale excludes all funds held on account by the property receiver, if applicable. If the Trustee is unable to convey title for any reason, the successful bidder`s sole and exclusive remedy shall be the return of monies paid to the Trustee and the successful bidder shall have no further recourse. DATE: August 19, 2010 MTC FINANCIAL INC dba Trustee Corps TS No. CA09000885-10-1 . 30 Corporate Park, Suite 400 Irvine, CA 92606 949-252-8300 Clarisa Gastelum, Authorized Signature SALE INFORMATION CAN BE OBTAINED ON LINE AT www.NoticeSolutions.com AUTOMATED SALES INFORMATION PLEASE CALL 714-786-5351 Compliance with California Civil Code Section 2924f: The Beneficiary or Beneficiary's agent has indicated that the requirements of California Civil Code Section 2924f have been met. Clarisa Gastelum, Authorized Signature TRUSTEE CORPS IS A DEBT COLLECTOR. ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. Ad #5287 2010-08-19 2010-08-26 2010-09-02 Trustee Sale # CA0924203-1 Loan# 3002773954 Order # G853745 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE'S SALE YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED 02/08/2007. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDINGS AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. On 09/03/2010 at 01:00PM, MTC FINANCIAL INC., dba TRUSTEE CORPS as the duly appointed Substituted Trustee under and pursuant to Deed of Trust Recorded on 02/15/07 as Document No. 20070328616 of official records in the Office of the Recorder of Los Angeles County, CALIFORNIA, executed by, ALEJANDRA PACHECO, A SINGLE WOMAN, as Trustor, MORTGAGEIT, INC, as Beneficiary, WILL SELL AT PUBLIC AUCTION TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER FOR CASH (payable at time of sale in lawful money of the United States, by cash a cashier's check drawn by a state or national bank, a check drawn by a state or federal credit union, or a check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, savings association, or savings bank specified in section 5102 of the Financial Code and authorized to do business in this state). AT: At the front entrance of the Pomona Superior Courts Building, 350 West Mission Blvd, Pomona CA The property heretofore described is being sold "as is". All right, title and interest conveyed to and now held by it under said Deed of Trust in the property situated in said County and State describing the land therein: APN # 2125-007-004 AS MORE FULLY DESCRIBED ON SAID DEED OF TRUST. The street address and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 18324 HART STREET, LOS ANGELES, CA 91335 The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. Said sale will be made, but without covenant or warranty, expressed or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining principal sum of the Note(s) secured by said Deed of Trust, with interest thereon, as provided in said Note(s), advances, if any, under the terms of the Deed of Trust, estimated fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee and of the trusts created by said Deed of Trust. The total amount of the unpaid balance of the obligation secured by the property to be sold and reasonable estimated costs, expenses and advances at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Trustee's Sale is: $490,715.27 (estimated amount). Accrued interest and additional advances, if any, will increase this figure prior to sale. If the Trustee is unable to convey title for any reason, the successful bidder's sole and exclusive remedy shall be the return of monies paid to the Trustee and the successful bidder shall have no further recourse. The Beneficiary under said Deed of Trust heretofore executed and delivered to the undersigned a written Declaration of Default and Demand for Sale, and a written Notice of Default and Election to Sell. The undersigned caused said Notice of Default and Election to Sell to be recorded in the County where the real property is located and more than three months have elapsed since such recordation. Compliance with California Civil Code Section 2924f: The Beneficiary or Beneficiary's agent has indicated that the requirements of California Civil Code Section 2924f have been met. See Exhibit "A" attached hereto and made a part hereof. Compliance with California Civil Code Section 2923.52: 1. Pursuant to California Civil Code 2923.54 the undersigned, on behalf of the beneficiary, loan servicer or authorized agent, declares as follows: X Servicer does hereby state that Servicer has obtained from the commissioner a final or temporary order of exemption pursuant to Section 2923.53 that is current and valid on the date of the notice of sale is filed. 2. Timeframe for giving notice of sale specified in subdivision (a) Section 2923.52 Does X Does not apply pursuant to section 2923.52 or 2923.55 Dated: 08/12/2010 MTC FINANCIAL INC. DBA TRUSTEE CORPS, as Successor Trustee By: CLARISA GASTELUM, TRUSTEE SALES OFFICER *TRUSTEE CORPS* 30 Corporate Park, Suite 400, IRVINE, CA 92606 FOR SALE INFORMATION CONTACT: (714)786-5351, (714) 786-5351, (949) 252-8300 FOR REINSTATEMENT / PAY OFF REQUESTS CONTACT: (949) 252-8300 Ad #5300 2010-08-12 2010-08-19 2010-08-26 Trustee Sale # CA0940261-3 Loan# 3002932980 Order # 090245645 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE'S SALE YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED 06/18/2007. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDINGS AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. On 09/02/2010 at 01:00PM, MTC FINANCIAL INC., dba TRUSTEE CORPS as the duly appointed Substituted Trustee under and pursuant to Deed of Trust Recorded on 06/22/2007 as Document No. 20071505910 of official records in the Office of the Recorder of Los Angeles County, CALIFORNIA, executed by, RAFAEL CARDENAS AND ERIKA CARDENAS, HUSBAND AND WIFE, as Trustor, AMERICAN MORTGAGE NETWORK, INC., A DELAWARE CORPORATION, as Beneficiary, WILL SELL AT PUBLIC AUCTION TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER FOR CASH (payable at time of sale in lawful money of the United States, by cash a cashier's check drawn by a state or national bank, a check drawn by a state or federal credit union, or a check drawn by a state or federal

savings and loan association, savings association, or savings bank specified in section 5102 of the Financial Code and authorized to do business in this state). AT: At the front entrance of the Pomona Superior Courts Building, 350 West Mission Blvd, Pomona CA The property heretofore described is being sold "as is". All right, title and interest conveyed to and now held by it under said Deed of Trust in the property situated in said County and State describing the land therein: APN # 6109-002-033 AS MORE FULLY DESCRIBED ON SAID DEED OF TRUST. The street address and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 1013 WEST 185TH STREET, LOS ANGELES, CA 90248 The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. Said sale will be made, but without covenant or warranty, expressed or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining principal sum of the Note(s) secured by said Deed of Trust, with interest thereon, as provided in said Note(s), advances, if any, under the terms of the Deed of Trust, estimated fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee and of the trusts created by said Deed of Trust. The total amount of the unpaid balance of the obligation secured by the property to be sold and reasonable estimated costs, expenses and advances at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Trustee's Sale is: $452,363.92 (estimated amount). Accrued interest and additional advances, if any, will increase this figure prior to sale. If the Trustee is unable to convey title for any reason, the successful bidder's sole and exclusive remedy shall be the return of monies paid to the Trustee and the successful bidder shall have no further recourse. The Beneficiary under said Deed of Trust heretofore executed and delivered to the undersigned a written Declaration of Default and Demand for Sale, and a written Notice of Default and Election to Sell. The undersigned caused said Notice of Default and Election to Sell to be recorded in the County where the real property is located and more than three months have elapsed since such recordation. Compliance with California Civil Code Section 2924f: The Beneficiary or Beneficiary's agent has indicated that the requirements of California Civil Code Section 2924f have been met. See Exhibit "A" attached hereto and made a part hereof. Compliance with California Civil Code Section 2923.52: 1. Pursuant to California Civil Code 2923.54 the undersigned, on behalf of the beneficiary, loan servicer or authorized agent, declares as follows: X Servicer does hereby state that Servicer has obtained from the commissioner a final or temporary order of exemption pursuant to Section 2923.53 that is current and valid on the date of the notice of sale is filed. 2. Timeframe for giving notice of sale specified in subdivision (a) Section 2923.52 Does X Does not apply pursuant to section 2923.52 or 2923.55 Dated: 08/12/2010 MTC FINANCIAL INC. DBA TRUSTEE CORPS, as Successor Trustee By: CLARISA GASTELUM, TRUSTEE SALES OFFICER *TRUSTEE CORPS* 30 Corporate Park, Suite 400, IRVINE, CA 92606 FOR SALE INFORMATION CONTACT: (714)786-5351, (714) 786-5351, (949) 252-8300 FOR REINSTATEMENT / PAY OFF REQUESTS CONTACT: (949) 252-8300 Ad #5321 2010-08-12 2010-08-19 2010-08-26 Trustee Sale No. CA09000857-10-1 . Loan No. 1596872780 Title Order No. 4446938 APN 5186-012-031 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE'S SALE YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED November 13, 2006. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDINGS AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. On September 15, 2010, at 01:00 PM, At the front entrance of the Pomona Superior Courts Building,350 West Mission Blvd, Pomona CA, MTC FINANCIAL Inc dba Trustee Corps, as the duly appointed Trustee, under and pursuant to the power of sale contained in that certain Deed of Trust Recorded on November 21, 2006, as Instrument No. 06 2582143 of Official Records in the office of the Recorder of Los Angeles County, CA , executed by: CLAUDIA GOMEZ, MARRIED AS HER SOLE AND SEPARATE PROPERTY, as Trustor, in favor of JPMORGAN CHASE BANK, N.A. as Beneficiary, WILL SELL AT PUBLIC AUCTION TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER, in lawful money of the United States, all payable at the time of sale, that certain property situated in said County, California describing the land therein as: AS MORE FULLY DESCRIBED ON SAID DEED OF TRUST. The property heretofore described is being sold "as is". The street address and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 3447-3449 E 5TH ST, LOS ANGELES, CA 90063 The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. Said sale will be made without covenant or warranty, express or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining principal sum of the Note(s) secured by said Deed of Trust, with interest theron, as provided in said Note(s), advances if any, under the terms of the Deed of Trust, estimated fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee and of the trusts created by said Deed of Trust. The total amount of the unpaid balance of the obligations secured by the property to be sold and reasonable estimated costs, expenses and advances at the time of the initial publication of this Notice of Trustee`s Sale is estimated to be $442,037.62 (Estimated), provided, however, prepayment premiums, accrued interest and advances will increase this figure prior to sale. Beneficiary`s bid at said sale may include all or part of said amount. In addition to cash, the Trustee will accept a cashier`s check drawn on a state or national bank, a check drawn by a state or federal credit union or a check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, savings association or savings bank specified in Section 5102 of the California Financial Code and authorized to do business in California, or other such funds as may be acceptable to the trustee. In the event tender other than cash is accepted, the Trustee may withhold the issuance of the Trustee`s Deed Upon Sale until funds become available to the payee or endorsee as a matter of right. The property offered for sale excludes all funds held on account by the property receiver, if applicable. If the Trustee is unable to convey title for any reason, the successful bidder`s sole and exclusive remedy shall be the return of monies paid to the Trustee and the successful bidder shall have no further recourse. DATE: August 19, 2010 MTC FINANCIAL INC dba Trustee Corps TS No. CA09000857-10-1 . 30 Corporate Park, Suite 400 Irvine, CA 92606 949-252-8300 Clarisa Gastelum, Authorized Signature SALE INFORMATION CAN BE OBTAINED ON LINE AT www.NoticeSolutions.com AUTOMATED SALES INFORMATION PLEASE CALL 714-786-5351 Compliance with California Civil Code Section 2924f: The Beneficiary or Beneficiary's agent has indicated that the requirements of California Civil Code Section 2924f have been met. Regarding the property that is the subject of this notice of sale, the "mortgage loan servicer" as defined in Civil Code s 2923.53(k)(3) declares that it has obtained from the Commissioner a final or temporary order of exemption pursuant to Civil Code section 2923.53 that is current and valid on the date this notice of sale is recorded or the time frame for giving a notice of sale specified in Civil Code Section 2923.52 subdivision (a) does not apply to this notice of sale pursuant to Civil Code Sections 2923.52. Clarisa Gastelum, Authorized Signature TRUSTEE CORPS IS A DEBT COLLECTOR. ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. Ad #5324 2010-08-19 2010-08-26 2010-09-02


www.lawattstimes.com Trustee Sale # CA0930342-2 Loan# 1009164532 Order # 1030837-05 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE'S SALE YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED 01/11/2007. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDINGS AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. On 09/02/2010 at 01:00PM, MTC FINANCIAL INC., dba TRUSTEE CORPS as the duly appointed Substituted Trustee under and pursuant to Deed of Trust Recorded on 01/22/2007 as Document No. 20070123936 of official records in the Office of the Recorder of Los Angeles County, CALIFORNIA, executed by, INDALECIO MARTINEZ AND MARCELINA MARTINEZ HUSBAND AND WIFE AS JOINT TENANTS, as Trustor, INDYMAC BANK, F.S.B., A FEDERALLY CHARTERED SAVINGS BANK, as Beneficiary, WILL SELL AT PUBLIC AUCTION TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER FOR CASH (payable at time of sale in lawful money of the United States, by cash a cashier's check drawn by a state or national bank, a check drawn by a state or federal credit union, or a check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, savings association, or savings bank specified in section 5102 of the Financial Code and authorized to do business in this state). AT: At the front entrance of the Pomona Superior Courts Building, 350 West Mission Blvd, Pomona CA The property heretofore described is being sold "as is". All right, title and interest conveyed to and now held by it under said Deed of Trust in the property situated in said County and State describing the land therein: APN # 6341-012-014 AS MORE FULLY DESCRIBED ON SAID DEED OF TRUST. LOT 337 OF TRACT 7193, COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA AS PER MAP RECORDED IN BOOK 78, PAGE 100 OF MAPS IN THE OFFICE OF TH4E COUNTY RECORDER OF SAID COUNTY. The street address and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 480 MARGARET AVENUE, LOS ANGELES, CA 90022 The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. Said sale will be made, but without covenant or warranty, expressed or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining principal sum of the Note(s) secured by said Deed of Trust, with interest thereon, as provided in said Note(s), advances, if any, under the terms of the Deed of Trust, estimated fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee and of the trusts created by said Deed of Trust. The total amount of the unpaid balance of the obligation secured by the property to be sold and reasonable estimated costs, expenses and advances at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Trustee's Sale is: $467,620.87 (estimated amount). Accrued interest and additional advances, if any, will increase this figure prior to sale. If the Trustee is unable to convey title for any reason, the successful bidder's sole and exclusive remedy shall be the return of monies paid to the Trustee and the successful bidder shall have no further recourse. The Beneficiary under said Deed of Trust heretofore executed and delivered to the undersigned a written Declaration of Default and Demand for Sale, and a written Notice of Default and Election to Sell. The undersigned caused said Notice of Default and Election to Sell to be recorded in the County where the real property is located and more than three months have elapsed since such recordation. Compliance with California Civil Code Section 2924f: The Beneficiary or Beneficiary's agent has indicated that the requirements of California Civil Code Section 2924f have been met. See Exhibit "A" attached hereto and made a part hereof. Compliance with California Civil Code Section 2923.52: 1. Pursuant to California Civil Code 2923.54 the undersigned, on behalf of the beneficiary, loan servicer or authorized agent, declares as follows: X Servicer does hereby state that Servicer has obtained from the commissioner a final or temporary order of exemption pursuant to Section 2923.53 that is current and valid on the date of the notice of sale is filed. 2. Timeframe for giving notice of sale specified in subdivision (a) Section 2923.52 Does X Does not apply pursuant to section 2923.52 or 2923.55 Dated: 08/12/2010 MTC FINANCIAL INC. DBA TRUSTEE CORPS, as Successor Trustee By: CLARISA GASTELUM, TRUSTEE SALES OFFICER *TRUSTEE CORPS* 30 Corporate Park, Suite 400, IRVINE, CA 92606 FOR SALE INFORMATION CONTACT: (714)786-5351, (714) 786-5351, (949) 252-8300 FOR REINSTATEMENT / PAY OFF REQUESTS CONTACT: (949) 252-8300 Ad #5341 2010-08-12 2010-08-19 2010-08-26 Trustee Sale # CA0936322-3 Loan# 1009348259 Order # 090163362 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE'S SALE YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED 02/12/2007. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDINGS AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. On 09/09/2010 at 01:00PM, MTC FINANCIAL INC., dba TRUSTEE CORPS as the duly appointed Substituted Trustee under and pursuant to Deed of Trust Recorded on 02/20/2007 as Document No. 20070360045 of official records in the Office of the Recorder of Los Angeles County, CALIFORNIA, executed by, FRANCISCO J RAMOS SAUCEDO, A SINGLE MAN AND IBIS ALFONSO RAMOS, A SINGLE MAN AS JOINT TENANTS, as Trustor, INDYMAC BANK, F.S.B., A FEDERALLY CHARTERED SAVINGS BANK, as Beneficiary, WILL SELL AT PUBLIC AUCTION TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER FOR CASH (payable at time of sale in lawful money of the United States, by cash a cashier's check drawn by a state or national bank, a check drawn by a state or federal credit union, or a check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, savings association, or savings bank specified in section 5102 of the Financial Code and authorized to do business in this state). AT: At the front entrance of the Pomona Superior Courts Building, 350 West Mission Blvd, Pomona CA The property heretofore described is being sold "as is". All right, title and interest conveyed to and now held by it under said Deed of Trust in the property situated in said County and State describing the land therein: APN # 5456-006-026 AS MORE FULLY DESCRIBED ON SAID DEED OF TRUST. The street address and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 3175 CAZADOR ST, LOS ANGELES, CA 90065 The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. Said sale will be made, but without covenant or warranty, expressed or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining principal sum of the Note(s) secured by said Deed of Trust, with interest thereon, as provided in said Note(s), advances, if any, under the terms of the Deed of Trust, estimated fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee and of the trusts created by said Deed of Trust. The total amount of the unpaid balance of the obligation secured by the property to be sold and reasonable estimated costs, expenses and advances at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Trustee's Sale is: $494,333.98 (estimated amount). Accrued interest and additional advances, if any, will increase this figure prior to sale. If the Trustee is unable to convey title for any reason, the successful bidder's sole and exclusive remedy shall be the return of monies paid to the Trustee and the successful bidder shall have no further recourse. The Beneficiary under said Deed of Trust heretofore executed and delivered to the undersigned a written Declaration of Default and Demand for Sale, and a written Notice of Default and Election to Sell. The undersigned caused said Notice of Default and Election to Sell to be recorded in the County where the real property is located and more than three months have elapsed since such recordation. Compliance with California Civil Code Section 2924f: The Beneficiary or Beneficiary's agent has indicated that the requirements of California Civil Code Section 2924f have been met. See Exhibit "A" attached hereto and made a part hereof. Compliance with California Civil Code Section 2923.52: 1. Pursuant to California Civil Code 2923.54 the undersigned, on behalf of the beneficiary, loan

L.A. Watts Times 19 servicer or authorized agent, declares as follows: X Servicer does hereby state that Servicer has obtained from the commissioner a fina or temporary order of exemption pursuant to Section 2923.53 that is current and valid on the date of the notice of sale is filed. 2. Timeframe for giving notice of sale specified in subdivision (a) Section 2923.52 Does X Does not apply pursuant to section 2923.52 or 2923.55 Dated 08/19/2010 MTC FINANCIAL INC. DBA TRUSTEE CORPS, as Successor Trustee By: CLARISA GASTELUM, TRUSTEE SALES OFFICER *TRUSTEE CORPS* 30 Corporate Park Suite 400, IRVINE, CA 92606 FOR SALE INFORMATION CONTACT: (714)786-5351, (714) 786-5351, (949) 252-8300 FOR REINSTATEMENT / PAY OFF REQUESTS CONTACT: (949) 252-8300 Ad #5355 2010-08-19 2010-08-26 2010-09-02

Qualified “B” licensed General Building Contractors are invited to submit a sealed bid on Project E10-21, Module 12.3 to the Burbank-GlendalePasadena Airport Authority by 2:05 PM, September 22, 2010. The Work includes, but is not limited to, the following: Installation of new doors, new windows, air conditioning, insulation and correction of some code deficiencies for 31 Single Family homes. Bidders may obtain construction documents from the Bob Hope Airport Web Site at bobhopeairport.com under Business Opportunities and are encouraged to do so prior to the mandatory pre-bid conference. All Bidders shall register with the Airport Engineering Department either via web site or in person. Bids submitted by firms who have not registered with Airport Engineering will be considered non-responsive. A mandatory Pre-bid conference has been scheduled for September 8, 2010, at 10:00 A.M. at the Bob Hope Airport Engineering Offices, 2800 N. Clybourn Ave., Burbank, California.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 20100978114 The following person is doing business as: BALDERAMOS 731 W. El Segundo, Apt. 12 Gardena, CA 90247 Andre Richard Balderamos 731 W. El Segundo, Apt. 12 Gardena, CA 90247 This business is conducted by an Individual. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct (The registrant who declares as true information which he or she knows to be false is guilty of a crime.) is This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles County on July 16, 2010. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on N/A. NOTICE: This Fictitious Name Statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the office of the Los Angeles County Clerk. A New Fictitious Business Name Statement must be filed before that time. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a Fictitious Business Name in violation of the rights of another under Federal, State, or common law (See Section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code). Published Runs: 7/29/10, 8/5/10, 8/12/10, 8/19/10 LAWT 427

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 20101013320 The following person is doing business as: Rechinder Décor 812 N. Evers Ave Compton, CA 90220 Rechinder Player 812 N. Evers Ave Compton, CA 90220 This business is conducted by an Individual. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct (The registrant who declares as true information which he or she knows to be false is guilty of a crime.) is This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles County on July 23, 2010. The registrant(s) commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on N/A. NOTICE: This Fictitious Name Statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the office of the Los Angeles County Clerk. A New Fictitious Business Name Statement must be filed before that time. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a Fictitious Business Name in violation of the rights of another under Federal, State, or common law (See Section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code). Published Runs: 7/29/10, 8/5/10, 8/12/10, 8/19/10 LAWT 428

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS (RFP# 7539) INVESTIGATION SERVICES FOR EMPLOYEE RELATED ISSUES

LOS ANGELES COUNTY METROPOLITAN TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY (Metro) REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS

The Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles invites proposals from qualified firms interested in providing investigation services for employee related issues on an “as-needed” basis. Typical employee related issues for which the Authority requires investigations services involve, but are not limited to, pre-employment background investigations, allegations or evidence of harassment, discrimination, hostile work environment or other employee misconduct. Copies of the RFP may be obtained beginningAugust 16, 2010 online at www.hacla.org/ps. Proposals will be accepted until 2:00 P.M., September 17, 2010. 8/19, 8/26/10 CNS-1917100# WATTS TIMES

Metro will receive proposals for PS107140502 Guaranteed Ride Home per specifications on file at the LACMTA Office of Procurement & Material Mgmt, One Gateway Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90012 (12th Floor). All proposals must be received on or before September 14, 2010 at 2:00PM Pacific Time at the address listed above, sent to the attention of Linda Wasley. Proposals received later than the above date and time will be rejected and returned to the proposer unopened. A Pre-Proposal conference will be held on Tuesday, August 24, 2010 at 10:00AM in the Imperial Conference Room, 12th Floor, located at the address above. You may obtain a copy of the RFP, or further information, by faxing Linda Wasley at (213) 922-4186 or downloading the RFP at www.metro.net.

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enforcement and judges impose a hard racial double standard when the victim is a young African American, whether a missing person such as Richardson, or a murder victim, as Richardson may well turn out to be. Whatever the case, the implicit message is that black lives are expendable. Police officials and judges vehemently deny that they are any less diligent in prosecuting the kidnapping or murder of blacks, or that they expend less time tracking down leads and mounting a full-court investigation in the case of a missing person who is African American. The tipping point is the willingness of the victim’s family and friends to go public and keep pressure on authorities to take the murder or disappearance seriously. Richardson’s family put constant public pressure on the sheriff’s department to pursue every lead and possibility in trying to find Richardson. This made the media take note, especially mindful of the popularly dubbed “missing-white-woman syndrome.” That is to deluge the public with story after story on missing white women such as Jennifer Wilbanks, Chelsea King, Susan Powell, and Natalee Holloway. Richardson’s family demanded the same headline treatment news for Mitrice. But what if the Richardson family and friends hadn’t turned Mitrice into a cause célèbre in the media and law enforcement? If not, we’ll never know whether she would have been less than a bare footnote in the news. Fortunately, this was not the not the case. Richardson’s death now marks another chapter in the terrible saga of her disappearance. The questions about her death are just as endless as those of her disappearance. Richardson’s family now more than ever needs those questions answered. Earl Ofari Hutchinson is a

INVITATION FOR BIDS Metro will receive bids for 11-0003 NATURAL GAS FUELED HEAVY DUTY ENGINES per specifications on file at the Office of Procurement & Material Mgmt, One Gateway Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90012 (12th Floor). All Bids must be submitted on forms furnished by Metro, and must be filed at the reception desk of the Office of Materiel on or before 1:30 P.M., September 2, 2010 Pacific Time, at which time bids will be opened and publicly read. Bids received later than the above date and time will be rejected and returned to the bidder unopened. Each bid must be sealed and marked Bid No. 11-0003. You may obtain bid specifications, or further information, by faxing OTTO OJONG at (213) 922-5265. Advertisement for Prime Contractor Pre-Qualification WATTS CINEMA AND EDUCATION CENTER (WCEC) PROJECT: Wattstar Theater and Education Center General Contractor Prequalification Statements will be received until 3:00 PM on August 30, 2010 at the office of Jenkins/Gales & Martinez for the pre-qualification to submit bids for the construction of the Wattstar Theater and Education Center in Watts, CA. The building’s area is approximately 34,781 sq. ft. It will contain four theater auditoriums as well as multi-purpose classrooms with support offices and production studio. Pre-Qualification is mandatory in order to submit bids as a General Contractor. Although a bid date not been determined, it is the intent of the WCEC to bid the project within the next 12 months. This project will be bid as a single prime. Watts Cinema and Education Center encourages participation by disadvantaged firms and supports the promotion of opportunities for minority businesses. Pre-qualification forms must be obtained from e-mail dsneed@jgminc.com and submitting them electronically is encouraged. Request Qualification Form and list company name, name of contact person, physical address, telephone number, fax number and your e-mail address to receive electronic file of form. At the time of final procurement this project will be a prevailing wage job, subject to Davis Bacon and will require 100% Performance and Payment bond, a 10% Bid Bond, in addition, and while this is not a City of Los Angeles Project, the contractor will be required to comply with the requirements associated with work for the City of Los Angeles The Watts Cinema and Education Center reserves the unqualified right to reject any and all pre-qualification submittals.

political analyst and author of “How Obama Governed,” among other works. His nationally heard talk show is on KTYM-AM 1460 AM Los Angeles, Fridays, 9:30 a.m., and KPFK Pacifica Radio 90.7 Los Angeles, Saturdays, noon, Pacific Standard Time. Hutchinson is also president of

the Los Angeles Urban Policy Roundtable, which has weekly news, discussion and speaker forums. Attendees can come hear and dialogue with community leaders, elected officials and policymakers on Thursdays, 7 p.m., at the Lucy Florence Cultural Center, 3551 W. 43rd St., Los Angeles. Information: (323) 383-6145.


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