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NAACPAwards Charles Crenshaw Patton, Esq with Lifetime Achievement Award By Gloria Zuurveen Editor-in-Chief LO S ANGELES— “Sterling may be rich, but he's not nearly as rich as the history of this organization,” said Al Sharpton during his speech at the 100 year anniversary gala of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) held at the Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles on Thursday night. Sharpton was referring to the Donald Sterling’s contro-
history of the NAACP and the battles it has fought for over 100 years. He said, "The NAACP is bigger than any one man or one incident." He told the enthusiastic audience, “Without the NAACP activists who marched and went to jail, the civil rights leader declared, the crowd wouldn't even be able to eat dinner at the Biltmore.” Along with Sharpton being honored were the Mayor of Los Angeles Eric Garcetti who told the crowd at the Biltmore, “The cause . . . is
Photo by Gloria Zuurveen Attorney Charles Crenshaw Patton (center) recipient of the NAACP Lifetime Achievement Award along with friend and supporters during the NAACP 100 anniversary at the Biltmore Hotel in Downtown.
Photo by Gloria Zuurveen NAACP Civil Rights Award recipients versy of racism and him being selected for a second time to receive the NAACP Lifetime Achievement Award even after he was known to be a racist through court documents. Sharpton reminded the audience of the
never defined by one leader, by a single chapter, by even a single organization. It is defined by all of us.” In keeping with that philosophy, the NAACP moved forward with selecting to bestow the Lifetime Achievement Award
Men Serves Mothers at Park Windsor Baptist Church Mother’s Day Brunch
Photos by Gloria Zuurveen Man to Man of PWBC honor mothers at the annual brunch on May 10.
Photo by Gloria Zuurveen Dr. Genevieve Shepherd, Principal, Tom Bradley Magnet School was the recipient of the 2014 Civil Rights Award and Byron Reed, Senior VP, Wells Fargo Bank at the NAACP Awards Gala on Thursday night.
PWBC Man to Man member serving mothers at brunch.
upon a fighter for justice and equlity. Charles Crenshaw Patton, Esq., a retired attorney. Patton who was born in a small town of 1000 in Common, Mississippi. The son of a sharecropper didn’t stop his
dreams even after picking and chopping cotton until age 14 and attending an all-black school. At 14 he and his family moved to Memphis and he went to Melrose High School where he graduated at about 19. He
worked various jobs and was a promoted to waiter at the elite Hotel Peabody where he said the guest behavior significantly influenced him to obtain a college education and law degree in order to achieve success in the upper class world. He traveled alone at 19 some 2000 from Memphis, Tennessee to Los Angeles where he knew no one except a man with whom I shared a non-stop car ride by paying for all the cost of gas. The ride and gas cost landed him at his destination and the rest is history. He became a lawyer who worked for the Los Angeles County Public Defender’s office where successfully represented, settled and defended people of all races and all persuasions against often trumped up charges to cover up police misconduct, brutality, racial bigotry and mistreatment. He successfully, tried, settled and defended many other serious criminal charges brought against poor defendants. L.A. City Councilman and retired Judge Billy G. Mills affectionately referred to Patton as the poor man’s Johnnie Cochran. Patton started his own practiced after several years as a Public Defender attorney. He retired from active law practice at age 70. He is the father of Paula Patton, a popular star in Hollywood and his son is Charles B. Patton, who is an ex-partner in a large Wall Street private equity firm. He said he has been trying to work on completing his memoirs, “Run Rabbit Run:from the cotton fields of Mississippi to the courtroom of California to Hollywood to Wall Street. The NAACP’s choice of Patton over Sterling is truly a lifetime achievement in its 100 year history.
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Like a Phoenix, MLK Community Hospital Rises! By Geneviève M. Clavreul Have you heard the news? The ribbon cutting on the new MLK Outpatient Clinic has been announced and after a seven year wait the residents of South Central will welcome the opening of the outpatient clinics on Wednesday, May 28th at 9:30 in the morning. Unfortunately the community will have to wait more than a year for the adjacent hospital, dubbed MLK Community Hospital, to open and receive its first patients. It’s been a long and tortuous road to the opening of both the new outpatient clinic and the hospital. The 2007 closing of the former MLK/KDMC left an open and raw wound for many community residents and this feeling wasn’t confined to just South Central, there were many LA County residents outside of South Central, that fought tooth and nail to save MLK/KDMC this writer included – only to see the old hospital shuttered and gutted. Once closed the LA County Board of Supervisors promised a swift reopening of a new and improved, albeit much smaller, community hospital with a preliminary opening date of 2013 under the stewardship of a non-profit organization. The non-profit organization selected to run the new MLK Community Hospital would be the Martin Luther King, Jr. – Los Angeles Healthcare Corporation (MLK-LA). This would be an “arms reach” arrangement with the County providing a great deal of financial assistance – some $$ and MLK-LA would form a foundation to raise additional funds -- all with the common goal
to rebuild and reopen the new 131-bed MLK Community Hospital. As a RN with over 40-years of experience and extensive knowledge of hospital operations I watched the debacle of MLK/KDMC unfold, and like so many others, was very vocal as failure after failure mounted at MLK/KDMC that led to the eventual closure of this integral community hospital. I was skeptical that the County would make good on its promise to reopen the hospital. I remembered how the County downsized LA County/USC when they rebuilt that hospital from the ground up and the promised a smaller hospital yet to be built in El Monte. So I kept watch with an eagle eye as the County began to make plans to reopen a new hospital where the previous hospital once stood and opened the public purse to MLK-LA. Though the new hospital is to be run by the private, non-profit entity MLK-LA, most of the money used to build, outfit and eventually staff the new hospital will be due to the largesse of taxpayer dollars. So while MLK Community Hospital is a private, non-profit hospital it’s still very much the “property” of the people and as such requires us (the taxpayers) to stay vigilant and demand accountability. In short this is not the time for the community to relax its involvement in everything related to MLK Community Hospital. So while we rejoice in the return of this much-needed hospital let’s keep in mind, Winston Churchill’s words “those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.”
Network Wars - News or Just Views? By James Clingman I used to like watching the news on TV. In the morning I could check it out before my day got started, and in the evening I could get an update on the day’s occurrences before going to bed. Not too much of that going on now. Quite frankly, I detest most of the so-called “evening” news now because it’s nothing more than political oneupsmanship and “gotcha” reporting. Much of it comprises a tattle-tale mentality among totally biased commentators rather than real news journalists and reporters. The sad part is that Black people suffer the most from this charade of useless information by folks who couldn’t care less about anyone except themselves and their political agendas. Somewhat reminiscent of the 1976 movie, Network, today’s news shows mimic the main theme of that movie: Desperate measures to increase ratings. As a matter of fact, the writers of Network unknowingly predicted what our news shows would look like today. Watch it and see what I mean. Networks suffering from low ratings resort to parody, accusations, hypocrisy, innuendo, half-truths, and character assassinations to increase their ratings, all at the expense of their lemming-like viewers. What do they use to accomplish this? Politics, of course. The two worse culprits are MSNBC and Fox, the dueling networks. Of course, the old guard network news shows, ABC, NBC, and CBS are also lowering their standards more and more as well. Seems they are more into entertainment and shock value than simply reporting the “news” in an unbiased manner. We have come to a place where news is nothing more than just views. And each one of us should do what Howard Beale did, open our window and scream, “I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore.” But that won’t happen because we just love political rhetoric so much. We see millionaires arguing over political ideology, and we suck it up like it’s a delicious milkshake—empty calories and no substance. Before finishing this piece I made myself watch the “dueling networks” one night. MSNBC carried nonstop shows denigrating Chris Christie and his George Washington Bridge scandal. Of course, that is an effort to tear down a leading GOP Presidential candidate for 2016. On the other hand, over on Fox, they were constantly haranguing the Democrats’ leading candidate, Hillary Clinton with the Benghazi issue. The evening is filled with diametrically opposed
“views” on politics, which they want us to believe is real “news.” MSNBC is hopelessly in love with Barack Obama, who can do no wrong in the eyes of their commentators; Fox hates Barack Obama, and anything he does is lambasted, lampooned, and vilified. Hypocrisy abounds. The most egregious is Fox News’ outrage over the four lives lost in Benghazi, the lies they say were told, Hillary’s responsibility in the matter, and calling for a full investigation to prove their point. All of this while failing to do the same thing during the Iraq war where over 5000 lives were lost, lies were told by Rice, Rumsfeld, Cheney, and Powell, and no one was held accountable for ignoring the daily briefing papers that noted an airplane attack was highly probable. They say Hillary should be held accountable for Benghazi but not Condoleezza for Iraq. Obama, when he won the first time refused to call a special prosecutor to hold any of the culprits responsible for 5000 plus soldiers killed— a big mistake—but now for four lives, albeit just as precious, Fox is self-righteously outraged. MSNBC’s inclination is nearly everything Democrat. They talk, ad nauseam, about the evil Republicans, gay rights, the virtues of Obamacare, and of course Bridge-gate; Obama walks on water, and Hillary is the second coming of Joan of Arc. It’s an endless rhetorical parade of how bad the Republicans are and how great the Democrats are doing. Black people have literally fallen for what Harold Cruse called “noneconomic liberalism” from the Democrats. What does all of this mean to and for Black people? The answer: Nothing! Our unemployment rate is still twice as high as the national average; we are still disproportionately incarcerated, we are still murdering one another at alarming rates, and we are still mired in a never-ending and never-winning political charade, having left the Republican plantation 75 years ago and now stuck on the Democrat plantation, and still maachin’ for voting rights. As the network wars proceed, Black folks recede. We are left with Hobson choices, Catch 22 predicaments, and no-win political conundrums, all while falling deeper into the abyss of economic desperation. The views of those political ideologues on MSNBC and Fox, and some on CNN, who talk about racism and other condescending issues, should be shunned—turned off. All they are trying to do is direct your vote, by giving us their views rather than real news. To borrow a line from the movie, Network, “You are television incarnate…All of life is reduced to the common rubble of banality.”
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EDUCATION & COMMUNITY NEWS All Eyes are Watching Local Control Funding Formula and Plan By Olu Alemoru From California Black Media With school districts across California gearing up to finalize their 2014-15 budgets, African-American parents and educators are closely watching how the state’s radical new funding model will affect black students. The coming fiscal year will be the first under the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) and its implementation method, the Local Control Action Plan (LCAP). They are designed to address the academic achievement gap affecting African-Americans and Latinos, by targeting additional resources at the lowest performing schools — those that tend to have a high concentration of low-income families, English language learners and students in foster care. However, since the California State Board of Education (SBE) early this year issued a template detailing how those funds might be spent, stakeholders of color have expressed deep concern that those dollars could be diluted across the entire system rather than aimed where they’re needed most. “The concern was that in the LCAP it does not say you
have to [explicitly] focus on those groups,” said Dr. Judy White, superintendent of Moreno Valley Unified School District and the president of the Black parents, educators and students are working to ensure that California’s new education funding model remains undistorted and targets additional resources where they are needed most.
California Association of African-American Superintendents and Administrators (CAAASA). To better grasp the task before educators, observers have been digging deep into understanding where exactly the state’s African-Americans are, and what is needed to boost their academic fortunes in California’s 68 counties. According to the California Department of Education, the state averages an AfricanAmerican student population of 6.3 percent. By percentage, the ten counties with the highest concentration of AfricanAmerican students are, in descending order: Solano (16.8); Sacramento (13.2); Alameda (12.8); Contra Costa (10.5); San Francisco (9.8); San Bernardino (9.2); Inyo (9); San
Joaquin (8.7); Los Angeles (8.5); and Riverside (6.7). In a dramatic show of how implementation of LCAP could play a decisive role in shaping the future for students of color, hundreds of demonstrators took part in a raucous protest outside Los Angeles Unified School District headquarters on April 7. One of the key themes of the rally: the unveiling of a comprehensive, data-driven “Student Need Index,” which uses environmental, social and academic factors known to impact student achievement — such as poverty and violence — to produce a district-wide ranking of schools based on need. “We want to make the point that South L.A. needs better resources,” said student leader Damian Valentine, a senior at Manual Arts High School. He described the circumstances that could affect his peers’ academic performance. “I and my friends have gone to school and not known whether we were going to be jumped by gang members or stopped by the police. Sometimes our books are torn up or have graffiti all over them.” Alberto Retana of the Community Coalition echoed
School Board Candidates Speaks On Local Control Funding By Olu Alemoru From California Black Media Less than one month before voters in historically black South Los Angeles go to the polls to elect a new representative on the Los Angeles Unified School District board, a nearcapacity crowd turned out to hear four of the leading candidates tout their credentials. Hosted May 7 at Ward A.M.E Church, the forum was sponsored by several organizations, including SCOPE (Strategic Concepts in Organizing and Policy Education), Community Coalition, the Black Workers’ Center and CADRE (Community Asset Development Redefining Education). The event was also supported by The California Endowment, a private statewide health foundation with a mission to expand access to affordable, quality healthcare for underserved individuals and communities, and to promote fundamental improvements in the health status of all Californians. The participating candidates — Alex Johnson, Genethia Hudley-Hayes, Sherlett Hendy Newbill and George McKenna — are among those contending in a special election prompted by the death last December of Marguerite Poindexter LaMotte, who had represented much of South L.A. on the board since 2003. In all, seven candidates will appear on the June 3 ballot. Forum organizers said participants in the event, moderated by USC professor Dr. Ange-Marie Hancock and divided into three
20-minute segments, were chosen based on a formula that included funds raised and endorsements secured. With questions posed by the moderator — as well as by students, parents and other stakeholders appearing by video — the debate covered a range of topics, including funding and resources, improving the campus climate, preparing for the 21st century global economy, academic performance and community accountability. In a welcoming address, SCOPE founder Gloria Walton praised turnout at the gathering, noting that it was a fine example of what civil engagement should look like. “We are in a historic moment,” she said. “For the first time in over a decade, South L.A. voters will have the opportunity to elect a new representative for the LAUSD [District] 1 seat. That person has a chance to partner with the community to reshape education here, and ensure that students are prepared to contribute their talents, skills and leadership to our city’s future and economy.” Unsurprisingly, a hotbutton topic was the state’s recently enacted Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), designed to allocate extra money to the poorest performing schools. Stakeholders such as the Community Coalition and the Advancement Project have research that has led to development of a needs index to identify struggling schools across the district.
“The way you make sure that the money gets where it needs to go, is to begin to look at the work of the Coalition and The Advancement Project,” said Hudley-Hayes, a former school board member. “We have to understand that those schools that have been underfunded for the last 30 years are the ones that get the funding they need, and it’s not about equitably spending or spreading that money. It’s really about whether or not we can make sure that after 30 years, those schools get sufficient funding to bring them up to where they need to be.” Johnson, an assistant senior deputy for education and public safety for L.A. County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, echoed those sentiments. “Those students have been languishing in this achievement gap, too many of the kids have been pushed into this school-to-prison pipeline,” he said. That’s why I support the need index that the Coalition and the Advancement Project have created to ensure those highestneed schools get the dollars they need.” Also stressing the importance of need index research, Hendy Newbill, a teacher at Dorsey High School added that a key element is parent engagement. “I see it every day where the funding comes into our school sites, but it does not go exactly where it’s supposed to,” she noted. “It’s critical that each campus needs to Please see School, page 11
those sentiments. “We’re here to push the LAUSD to direct the new LCFF to the highestneeds schools in the district,” he said. “That is schools with the highest number of [students in] foster care, issues with gun violence and the lowest test scores. They can’t be left behind. We have a unique opportunity to change the way in which we finance L.A. Unified, and we have to make sure they are listening.” Dr. Ramona Bishop, superintendent of the Vallejo City Unified School District in Solano County, is among those leading the charge in Northern California to ensure that the spirit of LCFF/LCAP is strictly adhered to as funds are doled out. “We have the highest concentration of African-American students within our district, and we’ve really looked at our achievement scores in terms of the root of this legislation — and what you find is that certain sub groups just need extra care to meet our high expectations of them,” she said. “More specifically, when you talk about disproportionality in expulsions and suspensions, you find that one of the key measures calls for us to reduce those statistics. You can’t help but see that African-American students are at a disadvantage.” According to Bishop, her district has taken the the pulse of the community to ensure that all voices is heard. “We got over 50 percent of our families, 75 percent of our teachers and over 20 percent of our students to complete a survey so that we could do a needs assessment,” she added. “We took that and met with small groups, which included parents, teachers and students, to see what was work-
ing and what could be improved. We’re just getting ready to commit that to paper.” She added: “Students recommended things like more after-school time, which included tutoring and enrichment and asked for Saturday academies around science, technology, engineering and math. They felt student achievement was the number-one priority. They wanted to make sure we had a favored teacher in each classroom, because they could point to the teachers that were really doing their best; they would be there all the time to plan, collaborate and engage with students and their families. The students also wanted to figure out how we could include extra coaching and development for teachers to enhance our recruitment efforts.” State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson and members of the state board of education did not respond to a request for comment placed through Julie White, the board’s director of communications. But for Bishop, who recalled attending a marathon eight-hour January board meeting (during which several activist demonstrators were ejected from the chamber for protesting too loudly), this is a defining moment in the history of the California education system. “My colleagues and I are really taking this very seriously, because we all believe in the public education system,” she said. “We’re trying to come up with some innovation that is going to stick for our students. We appreciate that the Legislature has gone out on a limb and really provided some funding for the students that need more of our care.
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HEALTH & COMMUNITY NEWS California Groundwater Issues: Experts to meet in Los Angeles (Forty water attorneys to weigh-in on California’s top water issues) “Water problems in California won’t be solved by engineering or raindances without attention to established legal frameworks of water rights, responsibility for water quality and resource allocation protocols” says American Ground Water Trust Executive Director Andrew Stone. “At a time of water scarcity, an understanding of legal issues becomes a prerequisite for local, regional or state water management and allocation policy.” The program developed for a Groundwater Law conference next week in Los An-
geles will focus on a range of California’s water-related priority issues. Topics including water ownership, regulatory authority and allocation priorities will be discussed at the conference at the Marriott Marina del Rey, May 20-21 organized by the nonprofit American Ground Water Trust. This conference program features fifty presentations from top ranked experts on groundwater issues. Forty leading water attorneys, including out of state water litigation specialists from NJ, TX, MO, OH, DC and NY will discuss many of the state’s groundwater issues such as drought management, water
Earthly Vessel Gratitude By Dean L. Jones, CPM An elevated amount of people are being caught using improper language and/or exploiting physical abuse on others. Is it possible that the brain is vulnerable or perhaps under attack? For example, Donald Sterling (Los Angeles Clipper team owner with a net worth of $1.9 billion), should know better not to make questionable and obviously regrettable remarks. This situation illustrates how the mind is a powerful tool, requiring proper maintenance of sleep, exercise and nutrients to function at peak efficiency. Whenever we deprive the mind and body of sleep it will not perform at its best potential. Like Sterling, it is normal to assume those with demanding schedules could jeopardize their mental clarity from being too busy making money. Just as important is to maintain a healthy blood sugar level. The body and brain depends on nurturing the proper blood sugar level just as a car's engine and computer needs to have quality fuel to make it perform. I do not doubt that Sterling is subjected to dementia with him being over 80 years of age. It would come as no surprise to find out that the lack of rest and nutrients he is undergoing have raised his blood sugar levels. The mind cannot make clear statements when the blood sugar is out-ofwhack. Sterling did not attract tremendous wealth from being an unclear thinker, but currently he is supporting an earthly vessel that looks out-of-shape and sounds incoherent. Our mind and organs that deliver our respective instincts and directions are protected by an earthly vessel, whereby ensuring that it gets well-balanced, lowsugar and portion-controlled meals throughout the day is highly important. Adding small carbohydrate snacks between meals, such as fresh fruits and vegetables really helps with mental supremacy. Attaining a good
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Dean L. Jones quality and quantity of sleep combined with regular exercise for the body and brain stimulate strength. The brain in comparison to other organs is that it forms the physical structure associated with the mind. Constant high blood sugar levels degenerate the hippocampus and amygala in the brain, both of which play a key role in memory and mental skills. For that reason, people with higher blood sugar levels are more at risk for contracting dementia symptoms. It is easy to see such dementia like signs in older people, but we tend to call it something very different in the young when they sound incoherent or become belligerent. Stay SugarAlert! As nearly half of the foodstuff items called breakfast cereals on grocery shelves are full of way too much processed sugar, especially the ones marketed to children. These boxed items notoriously contain considerably more of the daily recommended added sugar limits. Scientifically, we have one vessel on Earth to embody our mind and organs, so it stands to reason to treat it with the best practices that ensure life-giving properties. www.SugarAlert.com Dean Jones, Ethics Advocate, Southland Partnership Corporation (a public benefit organization), contributes his view on health attributes derived from processed foodstuff items.
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Post-Production Tax Credit Passes Second Hurdle Sacramento (CA) – This week the Assembly Committee on Revenue and Taxation unanimously passed AB 2700, a measure authored by Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian (D-Van Nuys), which would establish tax incentive program, to create jobs and spur the economy by increasing the postproduction industry presence in California. The measure aims to combat the negative effects of “run-away” post production, which includes jobs in editing after filming is complete, visual effects, color correction, sound editing, scoring and mixing. Overall, AB 2700 will provide the necessary economic incentive to retain and attract post production work back to California. An industry that according to the Milken Institute, “is under greater pressure than perhaps any other in filmed entertainment”. The bill set to be heard in Assembly Appropriations Committee on May 21st.
In February 2009, the California Film & Television Tax Credit Program was enacted as part of an economic stimulus plan to promote production spending, jobs, and tax revenues in California and the state’s film industry. However, the current California Film Tax Credit focuses on actual shooting days of the qualified film and there is no current minimum requirement on post production costs to be spent or done in California. Consequently, there is no incentive for visual effects and post production studios to stay and do business in the golden state. With technological advances in the film industry in the past decade, post production has become an integral component in film making, providing thousands of Californian’s lucrative jobs. The number of post-production jobs in California fell from 15,252 in 1996 to 8,734 in 2003, a 43 percent decrease. The situation has somewhat improved since then, and in 2010, California had close to 10,000
post-production jobs. It is imperative that we incentivize postproduction work and preserve the viability of postproduction industry in California. Additionally, competition for the postproduction industry is fierce, New York, England and Canada have established thriving programs to boost post-production and have developed local clusters of employment in digital and visual effects. Recent media reports and data compiled by the Post New York Alliance, shows a major increase in permanent jobs and business growth in New York. California visual effects companies face rising costs, increased underbidding for services, and pressure from nonCalifornia incentives on their bottom line. In order to target post productions most likely to leave California for other incentives offered, provisions in AB 2700 will encourage post production companies to do business in California.
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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT NEWS Maria Shriver to Receive LAPC's Public Service Award HOLLYWOOD— The Los Angeles Press Club is proud to present Maria Shriver with its Public Service Award for Journalistic Contributions to Civic Life at the Club's annual gala on June 29. The event will take place in the Millennium Biltmore Hotel’s Crystal Ballroom. Shriver receives the award for her expert use of considerable journalistic skill and experience to help make the world a better place. Through The Shriver Report she has brought to light issues concerning mental illness and Alzheimer’s and helped to lessen the stigma associated with these life-changing diseases. She has also addressed society’s all-toocommon disregard for its poorest and disenfranchised members, often by forming partnerships with HBO, NBC and other media outlets to reach the broadest audiences possible. The Shriver Report’s Special Reports are booklength examinations of major transformational forces in American society affecting women and families, combin-
ing research and analysis from the nation’s top academic institutions and think tanks with news-making national polls, captivating photography, and personal narratives from everyday Americans along with leaders from the worlds of government, corporate, faith, opinion, and media. Since 2009, Shriver has produced the groundbreaking and award-winning series of Shriver Reports chronicling and exploring the seismic shifts in American culture and society affecting women today. The most recent, “A Woman’s Nation Pushes Back From the Brink,” received over a billion media impressions after reporting for the first time that one in three
women in America is living in poverty or teetering on its brink. The report received the Los Angeles Center for Law and Justice’s 2014 Justice Award. As part of the multiplatform initiative, the HBO documentary, “Paycheck to Paycheck: The Life and Times of Katrina Gilbert,” following one of those many women living "on the brink," was also released to rave reviews in 2014. When she became the First Lady of California in 2003, Shriver stepped down from her job as anchor and correspondent for NBC’s Dateline. In her current role as producer and special correspondent she is once again focusing her time and talent on issues where she believes she can make a difference. On her Facebook page Shriver describes herself this way: “I'm a journalist, producer, author & mother. My mission is to inform, inspire & ignite people to be Architects of Change in their own lives & communities.” Maria Shriver truly practices what she preaches. For ticket information
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NEWS & VIEWS Business Owners Graduates from VSEDC Business Plan Writing Class By Gloria Zuurveen Editor-in-Chief LOS ANGELES—It was hotter than the Fourth of July in Los Angeles on Thursday morning, but it wasn’t too hot for the students to attend their graduation ceremony Vermont Slauson Economic Development Corporation (VSEDC) to receive their certificates that shows they had met the requirements to get their businesses up and running with a plan. Thanks to instructor Farid A. Haqq, Business Consultant,
VSEDC, James T. Mitchell, Coach Ron, Dr Emily Fields, Kenneth Brown, Daaiyah Allah, Clipper Scott, Randy Greene and Kacqueline Amah they were awarded certificates for completing an eight weeks Business Plan Writing class. The class was given in collaboration with L.A. Urban League West Adams Baldwin Hills Worksource Center. During the class students learned about a marketing plan and strategies, financial planning and forecasting, Legal
Feuer Secures Injunction Barring Chronic Counterfeiters From Downtown Fashion District LOS ANGELES – City Attorney Mike Feuer today announced his office has secured a permanent injunction banning two chronic counterfeit merchants, from returning to the Fashion District of Downtown Los Angeles. The defendants were also assessed a $26,245,000 penalty, the largest counterfeiting judgment in the City’s history. “Counterfeiting is highly corrosive to our community, victimizing the consumer and legitimate businesses as well as endangering public safety,” said City Attorney Mike Feuer. Last Fall Feuer secured injunctions in two separate Fashion District counterfeit cases with a total of $6.9 million in penalties. In his order, Superior Court Judge Richard Rico prohibited Falcon and Garcia from returning to the Fashion District of Downtown Los Angeles, specifically 9th Street to the north, 16th Street to the south, San Pedro to the east and Broadway to the west. Additional restrictions also prohibit the defendants from operating any business in Cali-
fornia related to the manufacture, sale or storage of goods commonly counterfeited including: clothing, related apparel, shoes, hats bags, electronics, pharmaceuticals or software. Falcon and Garcia previously operated T.J. Accessories, a clothing business at 310 E. Olympic Avenue. Undercover investigations by the LAPD in coordination with the FBI resulted in the recovery of more than 10,498 counterfeit apparel and related items. The court assessed the maximum civil penalty of $2,500 for each of the counterfeit items recovered from the store. The defendants were previously convicted of selling counterfeit goods on five separate occasions and given nine cease and desist letters advising them to stop selling counterfeit goods. Deputy City Attorney Kevin A. Gilligan of the City Attorney’s Counterfeit Abatement Prosecution Program successfully prosecuted the case. Funding for the counterfeit abatement prosecutor is provided by a grant from the United States Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance.
Look No Further – Your Career Starts Here! Culver City – California State Board of Equalization (BOE) Chairman Jerome E. Horton invites job seekers and those looking for new, exciting career opportunities to visit our Employment Open House on Friday, May 16, 2014, at the BOE Culver City District Office. Representatives from the BOE, Employment Development Department, and Franchise Tax Board will be there to discuss current career opportunities for tax auditors, business tax representatives, and tax technicians with their respective agencies. “Starting my career as an intern at the BOE, more than 36 years ago, I’ve truly ap-
preciated the opportunities provided to me,” said Chairman Horton. “We offer great benefits, flexible hours, statewide placement, and opportunities for advancement.” Free Employment Open House on Friday, May 16, 2014 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the BOE Culver City District Office located at 5901 Green Valley Circle, Board Room 3A, Culver City, CA 90230. Attendees should bring a resume and their unofficial transcripts. More information about career opportunities at the BOE and the state are available at http://www.boe.ca.gov/exams/ employcont.htm.
James T. Mitchell, Coach Ron Crockett, Dr Emily Fields, Kenneth Brown, Daaiyah Allah, Clipper Scott, Randy Greene, Kacqueline Amah and Farid A. Haqq Photo by Gloria
structure options and benefits, management and operations planning and business finance presentation by lending repre-
sentative. The Business Plan Writing class will begin on Thursday, May 22 at 9:30 am.
For more information contact Leslie Elliot at (323)789-4515 or Rhonda Santifer at (323) 299-9660 ext. 2209.
UPCOMING EVENTS 2014 Entrepreneurial Training Level I Introduction to Entrepreneurship Saturday, May 3 – May 17, 9:30am – 11:30am Saturday, June 7 – June 21, 9:30am – 11:30am Entrepreneurial Training Level II Business Plan Writing Saturday, May 24 – July 19, 9:30am – 12:30pm Saturday, July 26 – September 20, 9:30am – 12:30pm Tuesday May 20 – July 8, 6:00pm-8:30pm (THIS CLASS IS IN SPANISH)
Business Mindset for Success Presented by Marketing Expert Deborah Deras Wednesday, May 7 Do you have the right mindset for business success? Being an entrepreneur can be challenging and understanding how to overcome obstacles is crucial. Join for this workshop and learn about building a strong business mindset. 6:00pm-8:00pm
Small Business Week Lending Workshop Tuesday, May, 13 Do you need a business loan? Increase your likelihood of approval by attending this workshop and meet 3 VSEDC banking partners. This workshop will cover participating lender’s loan process and minimum requirements. 6:00pm-8:00pm
SBA Application Roundtable Tuesday, May 13 Completing a business loan application can be complex and cumbersome. The “Application Roundtable” will walk participants through a SBA Small Business Express Loan application. 5:00pm – 6:00pm
The Business of Managing a Successful Non-Profit Workshop Wednesday, May 21 Learn about the essential components of establishing and running a successful non-profit. Workshop discussion points include board governance, fundraising strategies and grant preparedness.
9:00am – 11:30am License and Permit Roundtable Thursday, May 29 Do you have all the required licenses and permits to operate your business? This workshop will outline the process for obtaining your City of Los Angeles Business License, Sellers Permit and Fictitious Business Name Statement. 9:00am-11:30am Free Business Technical Assistance – Southeast/Crenshaw Work Source Every Tuesday from 9:00am – 10:30am 3965 S. Vermont Ave Los Angeles, CA 90037 Unless otherwise referenced, all of the above seminars will be held at 6109 S. Western Ave Los Angeles CA 90047 Call 323.789.4515 or email lelliott@VSEDC .org to RSVP
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STATE / NATIONAL & WORLD NEWS Formally Incarcerated Individuals Travel from Across California for Historic Quest for Democracy Lobby Day SACRAMENTO--California Quest for Democracy, the second annual lobby day and rally, will take place in Sacramento at the Capitol on May 19, 2014. Quest for Democracy is a historic grassroots endeavor envisioned and led by formerly incarcerated people who believe the time has come to speak up clearly and collectively in their own voices to policymakers that enact policies that impact them, their family members, and their communities, over 300 individuals are anticipated at Monday's event. The event will feature a series of briefings by community members, and Assembly and Senate members in Rm 4202 of the State Capitol. Some of the elected leaders who have attended last year’s event and have been invited again include Assemblymember Jones-Sawyer, Assemblymember Dickinson and many more. This historic space has been created so that those most impacted by legislative and judicial decisions and
elected officials join in partnership to create new solutions and strategies that prioritize the dismantling of collateral consequences, funding for reentry services, policies that end prison and jail overcrowding and the education of our communities. Vonya Quarles, Executive Director of Starting Over stated, "This is about people that have been locked up and then locked out who are finally and clearly exercising their right to speak out and to be included in the democratic process. We are not running from civic engagement, we are running to it. This is evident by the number of new registered voters, the thousands of us that trudge to Sacramento representing organizations, communities, and families all across the state. Others have been influenced by the commitment they have seen in people released from jails or prisons determined to move past the collateral consequences of a conviction record".
Following the legislative briefing participants in the Second Annual Quest for Democracy are coordinating a series of lobby visits to support legislation that impacts the formally incarcerated and currently incarcerated community. The event will end with a rally outside of the capital building at the south steps featuring a hundreds of formerly incarcerated people, their family, and community at 3pm. "Today we are here to turn away from three decades of destructive criminal justice policy," said George Galvis with Communities United for Restorative Youth Justice. "We need policies that will positively impact the formally incarcerated community. We need policies that will stop starving reentry, education, and social services that will keep our community out of the criminal in-justice system. We hope to use this historic day and the momentum created to push for further change.”
Post-Production Tax Credit Passes Second Hurdle Sacramento (CA) – This week the Assembly Committee on Revenue and Taxation unanimously passed AB 2700, a measure authored by Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian (D-Van Nuys), which would establish tax incentive program, to create jobs and spur the economy by increasing the post-production industry presence in California. The measure aims to combat the negative effects of “run-away” post production, which includes jobs in editing after filming is complete, visual effects, color correction, sound editing, scoring and mixing. Overall, AB 2700 will provide the necessary economic incentive to retain and attract post production work back to California. An industry that according to the Milken Institute, “is under greater pressure than perhaps any other in filmed entertainment”. The bill set to be heard in Assembly Appropriations Committee on May 21st.
In February 2009, the California Film & Television Tax Credit Program was enacted as part of an economic stimulus plan to promote production spending, jobs, and tax revenues in California and the state’s film industry. However, the current California Film Tax Credit focuses on actual shooting days of the qualified film and there is no current minimum requirement on post production costs to be spent or done in California. Consequently, there is no incentive for visual effects and post production studios to stay and do business in the golden state. With technological advances in the film industry in the past decade, post production has become an integral component in film making, providing thousands of Californian’s lucrative jobs. The number of post-production jobs in California fell from 15,252 in 1996 to 8,734 in 2003, a 43 percent decrease. The situation has somewhat improved since then, and in 2010,
California had close to 10,000 post-production jobs. It is imperative that we incentivize postproduction work and preserve the viability of post-production industry in California. Additionally, competition for the post-production industry is fierce, New York, England and Canada have established thriving programs to boost post-production and have developed local clusters of employment in digital and visual effects. Recent media reports and data compiled by the Post New York Alliance, shows a major increase in permanent jobs and business growth in New York. California visual effects companies face rising costs, increased underbidding for services, and pressure from non-California incentives on their bottom line. In order to target post productions most likely to leave California for other incentives offered, provisions in AB 2700 will encourage post production companies to do business in California.
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The 2014 Quest for Democracy is a quest for justice. The individuals and organizations represented are supporting a series of bills and
one ballot initiative that will help reduce systemic inequalities and create stronger, safer, and healthier communities here in California.
School Board Candidates Speaks On Local Control Funding Formula at Forum (Continued from page 3) have engaged parents to be able to respond to these situations.” Meanwhile, McKenna, a retired LAUSD administrator, expressed a slightly different point of view. “Actually, the amount of money that’s given is not as important as what you do with it,” he told the audience. “We still don’t have adequacy of resources, so whatever funds are available will not be adequate. We have to be strategic in what we use
them for. I propose we start with a zero tolerance for dropouts in our district. What if we brought back vocational education and what if we had flexible hours for students that need to work? What about funding more counselors? You can’t have one counselor counseling 500 kids in high school or middle school if we want to eradicate the achievement gap and want our kids to be superior.”
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BUSINESS DIRECTORY FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2014133099 The following person (s) is/are doing business as: 1. Shady Lady Accessory Bar 2. S.L.A.B. 2047 W. 104th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90047 Los Angeles Registered Owner(s): Sharondra K. Marks, 2047 W. 104th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90047. This business is conducted by an Individual Registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on N/A. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true information which he or she knows to be false is guilty of a crime.) SIGNED:Sharondra Marks Title: Owner This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles County on May 15, 2014. Notice-This fictitious Name Statement expires five years from date it was filed in the office of the County Clerk. A new Fictitious Business Name Statement must be filed prior to that date. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (See Section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code). (First Filing) Pub May 16, 23, 30, June 6, 2014PN
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