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The Community Mourns the Loss of an Icon: Marva Smith Battle-Bey By Gloria Zuurveen Editor-in-Chief LOS ANGELES—Marva Smith Battle-Bey, a community icon, passed late Wednesday evening, April 6, 2016. Smith Battle-Bey has left us a legacy in community development that is very hard to match. From the Los Angeles Time to the New York Times, Smith Bat-

Photo by Gloria Zuurveen Marva Smith Battle-Bey and Omarosa Manigault at the Black Women’s Network Luncheon in October 2015.

Photo by Gloria Zuurveen Marva Smith Battle-Bey and her collaborative partners, 9 District Councilmember Curren Price and Kareem of Kareem Carts.

Photo by Gloria Zuurveen Marva Smith Battle-Bey at Harold and Belles restaurant during a tle-Bey story has been told about her good works. The Bible calls it “Well done thy good and faithful servant.” Well done can be said about Smith Battle-Bey. In one Los Angeles Times article dated April 5, 2007 Cyndia Zwahlen said about Smith BattleBey, “After more than a quartercentury of struggle to nurture small businesses in the challenging environment of South Los Angeles, Marva Smith Battle-Bey received national recognition for her efforts Monday when the Small Business Administration honored her as its 2007 National Minority Small Business Champion.” Smith Battle-Bey served as the president and chief executive of the Vermont Slauson Economic Development Corp. (VSEDC), a private nonprofit that helped many, like myself, with community economic development strategies. Smith Battle-Bey was always highlighting the importance of investing in South Los Angeles. This Detroit native who earned her master's degree in urban planning at USC could have, like so many others, received her degree and moved to cities like Beverly Hills or worked in corporate America but no, not Smith Battle-Bey, she stayed and made a difference in the community where many businesses had fled during the 1965 Watts Riots leaving a void when it came to business development. Smith Battle-Bey saw potential and she worked to make a difference. In a May 17, 1992 New York Times piece on Smith BattleBey, entitled, “The Executive Life; A Human Whirlwind In South-Central L.A” Smith Battle-Bey said about Los Angeles, “The problems in Los Angeles "have been building for the last 10, 15 years," "It's a whole different kind of inner city than it was after the Watts riots, with more ethnic diversity, and some communities in transition. The trouble isn't over yet." Ethnic diversity was no hindrance to her when it came to community development. She was able to leverage the neighborhood's changing demographics and per-

Photo by Gloria Zuurveen Marva Smith Battle-Bey (behind podium) with many collaborative partners to help businesses that have been disrupted by the Metro rail line. suade the Gigante grocery store chain, Mexico's third largest, to open a store in 2003. Gigante now anchors the 60,000-square-foot Vermont Slauson Retail Center, developed by Battle-Bey's group at Vermont and Slauson avenues. Overall Smith Battle-Bey was responsible for spearheading VSEDC to accomplish over $60 million in economic development projects within the Vermont Slauson community. As a nationally recognized authority on economic development, Battle-Bey also attained academic recognition from the University of Southern California, where was a Ph.D. candidate and served on the Advisory Council for the School of Policy, Planning and Development. Active in a variety of organizations, Ms. Battle-Bey was a member and/or served on the Board of the National Congress for Community Economic Development, Association of Women Business Entrepreneurs, the Southern California Business Development Center, a multi-bank CDC representing 30 lenders and a loan fund of $35 million; the California Economic Development Lending Initiative (CEDLI), and the California Organized Investment Network (COIN), which was co-founded by VSEDC. Marva Smith Battle-Bey has been recognized as a pioneer and innovator in the realm of economic development. She was a nationally authority in this planning specialty field and has been instrumental in

founding several organizations dedicated to empowering and providing economic development in the South Central Los Angeles community. She was founder of the Coalition of Neighborhood Developers; founder of the Black Women’s Network; founding member of the Friends of the Commission of the Status of Women for the City of Los Angeles; and President of the Los Angeles Chapter of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women. She held numerous leadership positions and memberships in economic development organizations. Smith Battle-Bey, an Icon will be missed by so many who knew her to have a kind heart, a giving heart and one who looked out for the less fortunate. She gave just about anyone and everyone a chance to succeed at their dream. All they had to do were to have an idea and she would hook them up with the right sources and resources to inspire them on toward their goal. Mayor Eric Garcetti said about Smith Battle-Bey after hearing the news of her passing, “Marva Smith Battle-Bey was one of a kind. She was a fighter, fearless in her work to help people get access to goodpaying jobs — no matter who they were or where they lived. She transformed lives by helping people dream beyond their circumstances, turn those dreams into goals, and make those goals into progress for themselves and their community. Businesses thrived because

Photo courtesy Earl “Skip” Cooper Earl “Skip” Cooper (standing) along with Marva Smith Battle-Bey and her husband, Stephon F. Battle-Bey.

Photo by Gloria Zuurveen Marva Smith Battle-Bey with women who spoke during VSEDC celebration of Women during Women History Month in March 2015. of Marva’s tireless efforts to broaden opportunity in South L.A. — and under her indispensable leadership, the Vermont Slauson Economic Development Corporation was instrumental in rebuilding after the civil unrest of 1992. Her passing is a tremendous loss for all of Los Angeles. We must honor her memory by recommitting ourselves, every day, to our calling to make a seat at the table for everyone in the city she loved." Smith Battle-Bey held yearly women’s events during National Women History Month. She was so progressive and innovative when it came to being out front and first. She, through her

collaborative efforts with local manufacturers, city officials, and entrepreneurs started an annual mobile retail food truck and business expo. Because of Smith Battle-Bey’s unique ability to draw the best out of people she developed a team of professionals who caught the vision and in doing so more than 500 businesses have benefitted from VSEDC. Smith Battle-Bey has left a mark of excellent and now it can surely be of her just like it said in the Bible, “Well done thy good and faithful servant.” Smith Battle-Bey was truly a faithful servant and always tried to help the least of her brethrens especially those in South LA. At press time, plans are in progress for more information contact: Lura Ball at lball@vsedc.org.

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Hello Readers , Praise God we are still here bringing you news that you can actually use. We have some sad news on our front page. Marva Smith Battle-Bey transitioned on early yesterday morning and we pray for your family and staff members at Vermont Slauson Economic Development Corporation (VSEDC). We know that God is able to comfort in times like these. Also, as we reported last week, I am being honored along with a list of honorees by the Top Ladies of Distinction, Inc. I would love to have your support by either coming out to the event or buying a congratulatory ad in the program booklet or in Pace News. It is always a privilege to be honored by such an illustrious organization who is doing good in the community. May God continue to bless them as they help young people with scholarship and teaching about community service and how to extend them self to do good for others. We pray that you will be able to attend . Thank you in advance., May God continue to bless and keep all you daily from all harm and danger. We are truly blessed and we need to give God the glory.

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TITHES VS. TAXES By Dr. E. Faye Williams Trice Edney – There was a time when I didn’t tithe. I, like many people, dropped my few dollars in the collection plate when it came around or when I was on my way out of church. In my mind at the time, tithing was never mandatory, but I always felt good when I was able to listen to the song called “You Can’t Beat God Giving.” I reasoned, logically, that the lyrics were correct and that my good feeling came in the confirmation that God had a lot more to give than I had. Then I studied the ministry, received an academic Doctor of Ministry and was blessed with an honorary Doctor of Divinity for my community service. I already had a Juris Doctor and a Doctor of Public Administration, and a few other miscellaneous degrees. I was feeling pretty blessed in my achievements and, contrary to my previous beliefs, came to learn that tithing was an obligation and a matter of personal commitment. As one who was always serious about meeting my obligations, I began tithing and, before long, I began receiving and enjoying significant blessings! In the spirit of complete disclosure, I will be honest and say that when I wasn’t making much money, tithing wasn’t too bad. I gave my “little” tithe, hardly missing it. As my blessings increased and I made more money, it became more intellectually difficult to tithe. Although I knew it was the right thing to do, thinking or speaking the amount my commitment required me to offer seemed to be an awfully large amount! However, in faith, I gave to the level of my commitment and began to receive even larger blessings in my life. Now, I look forward to earning more money so I can get closer to God’s giving! I’m a happy tither these days!

On the other hand, even when I only earned a little money, I was never pleased about being required to pay taxes. I still can’t see why it’s my obligation to pay the salaries of Senator Ted Cruz and people like him with my tax dollars—only to have him shut down a government that’s set up to help the people, and having him cause havoc for those of us who pay our taxes whether we like it or not. I’ve learned that tithes and taxes are very different. When you tithe, God blesses you for being faithful and obedient; but, while paying taxes, the Internal Revenue Service extracts every bit out of you that it can, and you rarely see the rewards! Sometimes even your worst enemies benefit from what you pay! Knowing that taxes are due on April 15th and recognizing that you may have second thoughts about paying, I don’t expect you to be happy with the prospect. The best I can offer is, like it or not, it’s an obligation for which you may not receive blessings. And, it’s far worse if you don’t pay when taxes are due. That’s when you have interest and penalties added! You don’t have to pay tithes in church when you don’t have money to give. The IRS doesn’t care that you aren’t making enough money this year to pay last year’s taxes. They expect you to figure out a way to pay anyway! If you do tithe, you can at least use what you gave for a tax deduction; but, again, when you pay your taxes, you may not see the benefit. Which would you prefer? Tithing or paying more taxes? You’ll know that your tithing at the church will help someone who has little or nothing to pay tithes or taxes. Consider yourself blessed if you earn money enough to pay both your tithes and your taxes! Dr. E. Faye Williams can be reached at: 202-6786788. www.nationalcongressbw.org)

In Wisconsin, Struggle for Voting Rights Justice Goes On By Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. On April 4, we celebrated the life of Dr. Martin Luther King even as we marked the 48th anniversary of his assassination. On April 5, voters will go to the polls in the Wisconsin primaries, but a new raft of voter suppression laws will insure that the results are skewed. One of Dr. King’s great legacies — the Voting Rights Act — is now under assault across the country. In Wisconsin, voter suppression laws were passed by a conservative Republican legislature despite the fact that there was no evidence of voter fraud to justify them. The legislature seemed intent on passing the most restrictive laws. They passed the whole passel of conservative model laws and invented a few more. The laws were challenged in court, but the Supreme Court refused to review a lower court decision leaving them in place. The voter suppression laws include requiring a photo ID for voting, a measure that may impact an estimated 300,000 voters, disproportionately older, younger, poor and people of color. They reduced early voting times from 30 days to 12 days and eliminated it on weekends and evenings, discriminating against workers who can’t get leave to go to the polls. They eliminated statewide certification of registrars, so registrars can only enroll voters the country where they are certified, making registration more difficult. They eliminated faxing and emailing of absentee ballots — except to military and overseas voters — making absentee voting more difficult. They eliminated straight ticket voting, except for military and overseas voters, ensuring that waiting times and lines will be longer when people go to vote. They made it harder to use student ID as proof of residence, even as they required proof of residence to vote.

The thrust of these laws is clear: They are designed to make it harder to vote, particularly for working people who can’t take time off, for students, for the elderly who may not have the right ID, for the poor and people of color. No wonder Bernie Sanders denounced the suppression laws as “truly un-American.” Hillary Clinton’s legal counsel challenged them in court. Key constituents of both candidates will be impacted. The Wisconsin primary results will be distorted — and that is the intent. In the general election, these laws will be most destructive to the Democratic voting base, not the Republican base. And that is intentional also. This is a disgrace. Forty-eight years after Dr. King’s death, we witness how much of his agenda remains unfinished, how much is being reversed. He marched against inequality and poverty, but inequality is worse, and childhood poverty in the United States is the worst of any major country. He marched for equal protection under the laws, but our system of racial injustice continues to discriminate, particularly against young black men. He marched for voting rights, and now across the country conservatives are systematically passing laws to making voting harder. He protested against the endless war in Vietnam that robbed the funds needed for the war on poverty at home. And now we seem stuck in endless wars without victory on the other side of the world, even as our own neighborhoods suffer from the lack of public investment in everything from clean water systems to public schools. Dr. King will be remembered for helping to make America better. But he always taught us that justice can’t be inherited. Equal opportunity can’t be taken for granted. “Human progress,” he wrote, “is neither automatic nor inevitable. … Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering and struggle, the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals.” And as Wisconsin will show, the struggle must continue simply to guarantee every American the right to vote.


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EDUCATION & COMMUNITY NEWS Black Girls CODE Los Angeles Chapter Meet & Greet Kickoff By Jolena Lomax-Brown Grace Hopper STEM Academy Correspondent Women and minorities are being left behind in the booming digital economy. With this in mind Kimberly Bryant, founder of Black Girls CODE, embarked upon a mission. She envisioned a world where girls of color, ages 7-17 would be

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Jolena Lomax-Brown empowered to become innovators in STEAM fields, leaders in their communities, and builders of their own futures through exposure to computer science and technology. Black Girls CODE inspires girls to become not only tech consumers but also creators. They will gain valuable skills and life changing experiences, while developing a solid foundation of technical skills to prepare them to become the strong, self-confident tech leaders, innovators and entrepreneurs of tomorrow.

On Saturday April 2, 2016, Kimberly Bryant was an inspiring panelist at the Black Girls CODE Los Angeles Chapter Meet & Greet Kickoff. With Verizon as the flagship corporate sponsor, Black Girls CODE hosted young girls, parents, educators, students, and those who want to be a part of the movement. Although the stage was set in a town hall type forum, the atmosphere of the room was as if you were sitting in the living room talking with family. Young African American girls sat Indian style on cushioned pillows near the panelists feet, as if being read a story by their grandparents. Bryant, along with panelists Maria Smith, Annisa Thompson, Cortney Woodruff, and Anthony Kelani, spoke to attendees as their brother,

Marie Smith, sister, aunt or uncle. A true village indeed, advising their young family members about the struggles they may face along their journeys. They learned of the bouts they may face being in an industry where only 3% of the people will look like them. “What can I do now for my daughter to help her get to where you are now?” asked one parent,“I don’t have any knowledge of computer programming, and I have a Bachelor's Degree.” This has been the question of many parents. Traditionally, inner city schools may offer Computer Programming as a core subject, and even more rarely as a core subject. Why aren’t students being prepared for the high demand field of Computer Programming? The rate of women earning a Bache-

Cortney Woodruff lor's Degrees in Computer Science is a lowly 18%, with African American Women only representing 3% of the tally. The present and the future demand Computer Programming professionals. The areas of Computer Programing jobs in highest demand include robotics, web design, mobile app development, and game design. In the state of California alone there are: 79,743 open computing jobs (3.8x the state average demand rate) 3,525 computer science graduates

Sources: The Conference Board, National Science Foundation, Code.org database. Bryant, a Biotechnology/ Engineering professional got her first taste of computer programming as a freshman in Electrical Engineering when Fortran and Pascal were still popular languages for newbies in the computing world, and the “Apple Macintosh” was the new kid on the block. “Much has changed since my college days, but there’s still a dearth of African-American women in science, technology, engineering and math professions, an absence that cannot be explained by, say, a lack of interest in these fields.” Lack of access and lack of exposure to STEM topics are the likelier culprits. At the kickoff’s end, the feeling of family was ever present. Hugs were given, contacts were exchanged, and relationships were solidified. During the course of the Please see Code, page 11

Michael and the Puzzle By Israel Matthews Contributing Writer

Hello Readers, Michael went to the mall with his mom. Michael asked if he could go to the puzzle store because Michael loved puzzles. He saw this cool 750 piece picture puzzle of a beautiful mountain with a rainbow so he bought it. As soon as he got home he worked on it. Sadly, it was a school night and he had to go to bed early but that wasn’t going to stop him. The next morning he worked on it for about 30 minutes then he put his school clothes on and ate breakfast. Then his mom drove him to school. Five days later he had almost finished it and he was so excited. Eventually, he finished it and drew a picture of it. He had so much fun. The end. That’s Izzy’s column for today and I hope you liked it. Have a blessed day :).


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CHURCH & COMMUNITY NEWS Bill To Make Bible Official State Book Goes to Tenn. Governor By Joel Ebert From USA Today Network NASHVILLE — Tennessee is poised to make history as the first state in the nation to recognize the Holy Bible as its official book. After nearly 30 minutes of debate, the state Senate on Monday (April 4) approved the measure, sponsored by state Sen. Steve Southerland, with a 19-8 vote, sending the legislation to Gov. Bill Haslam’s desk. While proponents stressed the historic significance of the holy book and its religious meaning, opponents argue that the bill trivializes something they hold sacred. Both Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey and Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris opposed the measure. Haslam and Attorney General Herbert Slatery have expressed constitutional concerns regarding the legislation. Slatery issued an opinion last year suggesting that the measure would violate separation of church and state provisions in the federal and state constitutions. If Haslam signs the bill, the Bible would join a list of state symbols such as the raccoon as the state’s wild animal, the Eastern box turtle as the state reptile, the square dance as the state folk dance, milk as the official state beverage and the Barrett M82 sniper rifle as the official state rifle, which lawmakers approved earlier in the session. All state symbols are listed in the Tennessee Blue Book, an annual guide to state government. Although the House narrowly approved the measure last year with a 55-38 vote, the bill was thought to be dead after the Senate sent it to a committee, effectively killing the legislation for the year. The effort, however, was revived last week and was given approval by the Senate Judiciary Committee, which held

its final meeting for the year March 29. To address the constitutional concerns, last year the House sponsor of the bill, Republican Rep. Jerry Sexton, tried to amend the legislation to make Andrew Jackson’s Bible the official state book, but that effort failed. Haslam’s decision on whether to sign the bill into law will likely draw national attention. Tennessee lawmakers are not alone in an attempt to make the Bible their official state book. Last year, legislators in Mississippi and Louisiana took similar approaches but ultimately failed to pass their version of the Bible bill. In Alabama the Bible used to swear in Jefferson Davis as president of the Confederate States is the state’s official Bible, but not the state’s official book. Other states have proposed or named official state books. In 2003 Massachusetts named “Make Way for Ducklings” the official children’s book. Minnesota lawmakers once considered making Laura Ingalls Wilder’s “Little House on the Prairie” their state book. It remains unclear whether opponents of Tennessee’s Bible bill

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will take the issue to court should Haslam sign the measure. Before the chamber’s vote on Monday, ACLUTennessee Executive Director Hedy Weinberg said her organization is hopeful the governor will veto the bill. Since becoming governor in 2011, Haslam has rarely used his veto power. (Joel Ebert writes for The Tennessean)

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Let Your Light Shine! By Dr. Gloria Zuurveen Matthew 5:16 Don’t you know that you are the light of the world? Jesus said it and I believe it. He said it in the book of Matthew that we have an important job to do as believers. We are to not walk in darkness because of what He has done we have the light and therefore we should walk in the light and light the pathway for others to get to Christ the Anointed One. He said in verse 14 –16 “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. “ Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” This is a command. “Let Your Light Shine.” Let is an active word and it means to do. Not for someone else to do for us but to use what we have and that is our life which is our light. We must let our life reflect the light of Christ to show others that they too can have the hope that is in Christ Jesus. He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. We have the light of Life to shine forth. Let Your light shine today. Don’t let darkness rule in your life. Praise God for evermore and BCOM like Christ who is the Light of the World.

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HEALTH & COMMUNITY NEWS Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science Names New Dean for the College of Science and Health, Hector Balcazar, Ph.D LOS ANGELES, CA — Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science (CDU) has appointed Hector Balcazar, Ph.D., as the new Dean of the College of Science and Health. The appointment will be effective as of April 4, 2016. In his new role, Dr. Balcazar will provide overall academic, administrative, and financial leadership for the College. “We are thrilled that Dr. Balcazar will be taking the helm of CDU’s College of Science and Health,” said Dr. David M. Carlisle, President of CDU. “He brings a wealth of experience in public health that will give our program greater prominence and enhance its outreach in the South Los Angeles community.” Before his appointment, Dr. Balcazar was the Regional

Dean of Public Health at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, School of Public Health, El Paso Regional Campus. He was also a tenured professor of health promotion and behavioral sciences. Prior to joining UT, he was a tenured professor and Chair of the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, School of Public Health at University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth, TX and a tenured Associate Professor at Arizona State University. He holds a Ph.D. and M.S. degree in International Nutrition from Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, and a B.S. degree in Nutrition and Food Science from Iberoamericana University, Mexico City. Dr. Balcazar served as

Imperfect Harmony By Dean L. Jones, CPM The year was 1971 when a familiar commercial soda jingle 'I'd Like to Buy the World a Coke' shared the phrase to teach the world to sing in perfect harmony. Understatedly, this jingle chanted about wanting to grow apple trees and honey bees surrounded by snow white turtle doves when the very product that it represents is filled with a destructive inflammatory processed sugar. Unfortunately, clever advertising are duty-bound for major corporate executives to activate increased sales. Advertising departments/agencies are pushed by corporate executives and shareholders to produce hogwash messages like I'd like to have the world to sing in perfect harmony, all the while representing a sugary soda that is the real thing for contracting diseases. Even so, yet once again in an effort to capture minds and have people buy more soda, starting this month Coca-Cola is producing an ad campaign consisting of printing song lyrics on their soda cans. This corporation believes that consumers will enjoy reading lyrics from rock 'n' roll classics and thereby increase sales. This line of thinking appears to be catchy as Coca Cola's big rival Pepsi is planning to decorate its cans and bottles in custom 'Emoji' designs called 'PepsiMojis.' Our bodies require hormone insulin to drive glucose from the bloodstream into cells and too much sugary soda can cause cells to become resistant to the effects of insulin. When this happens, the pancreas must make even more insulin to remove the glucose from the bloodstream, so insulin levels in the blood go up. Too many people are being diagnosed with this condition known as insulin resistance, and consequently making the aforementioned ad campaigns counterproductive to good health. Insulin resistance is the next step towards contracting type 2 diabetes and/or heart disease.

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Dean L. Jones In view of that, it seems highly suspect for foodstuff executives to overtly encourage people to increase their soda consumption, especially when as little as one can of soda per day has been scientifically linked to contracting type 2 diabetes. This is attributable to how processed sugar dispenses large amounts of fructose that does not lower the hunger hormone (ghrelin) in the same way as glucose (human body's key source of energy). Sodas are essentially liquid sugar that does not work to make you feel full, so you continue to eat and more than likely will eat extra sugary calories to expedite that sought after feeling of fullness. Science research reveals how drinking sugary sodas are easily linked to gaining unwanted weight. In addition, too much of it overloads the liver organ and that fructose is turned into fat. While part of the fat remains in the liver, a considerable amount of fat gets shipped out as blood triglycerides, which can contribute to a nonalcoholic fatty liver disease. Thus, to achieve a more perfect dietary harmony align with living SugarAlert! www.SugarAlert.com As a strategic alliance strategist, Dean shares his best viable practices on behalf of a public benefit organization named the Southland Partnership Corporation.

Dr. Hector Balcazar, new Dean of Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science’s College of Science and Health

the Co-Director of the Hispanic Health Disparities Research Center, an NIH funded initiative in collaboration with the College of Health Sciences and School of Nursing of the University of Texas at El Paso from 2003-2013. Dr. Balcazar served as Chair of the Editorial Board of AJPH from 2008-2011. “CDU is an ideal educational institution to continue exploring how to reduce determinants of health disparities in underserved communities,” said Dr. Balcazar. “I look forward to joining the CDU community and leading the College of Science and Health through its next phase.” The College of Science and Health is a unique and dynamic educational center en-

compassing a range of health sciences disciplines. Departments in Health, Biomedical Sciences and General Studies, as well as programs in Urban Public Health and Allied Health provide the foundation for academic offerings. Programs from associate to bachelor’s and master’s level degrees, as well as professional certificates of completion, are offered. The College is recognized regionally and nationally as an institution dedicated to educating and preparing students to become compassionate health science professionals who serve with excellence. “We are extremely excited with the appointment of Dean Balcazar to the College of Science and Health. He brings a

perfect blend of academic excellence, institutional leadership experience, and dedication to improving health outcomes,” said Dr. Steve O. Michael, Executive Vice President, Academic Affairs and Provost. “As the University Provost, I am particularly thrilled and pleased with the national leadership and visibility of our decanal team. Certainly, CDU is poised for a bright future.” For more information about CDU, visit http:// www.cdrewu.edu/. Additionally, follow CDU on Facebook, Twitter (@cdrewu), and Instagram (@charlesdrewu). CDU is a private, nonprofit, nonsectarian, medical and health sciences institution. Located in the WattsWillowbrook area of South Los Angeles, CDU has graduated more than 575 medical doctors, 2,700 post-graduate physicians, more than 1,200 physician assistants, 615 nurses and hundreds of other health professionals. CDU’s mission is to develop a diverse group of health professional leaders who seek social justice, promote wellness, provide care with excellence and compassion and are uniquely qualified to transform the health of underserved populations through outstanding education, research and clinical services in the context of community engagement.

Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science’s Physician Assistant Program Receives Accreditation – Provisional LOS ANGELES, CA — The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) has granted Accreditation–Provisional status to the Charles R. Drew University Physician Assistant Program sponsored by Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science. As defined by the ARCPA: “Accreditation-Provisional is an accreditation status granted when the plans and resource allocation, if fully implemented as planned, of a proposed program that has not yet enrolled students appear to demonstrate the program’s ability to meet the ARC-PA Standards or when a program holding AccreditationProvisional status appears to demonstrate continued progress in complying with the Standards as it prepares for the graduation of the first class (cohort) of students. AccreditationProvisional does not ensure any subsequent accreditation status. It is limited to no more than five years from matriculation of the first class.” “The University is proud to establish a master's level Physician Assistant Program in Service Planning Area 6,” said Dr. David M. Carlisle, President of CDU. “Not only does the accreditation verify the quality of our training for physician assistants, it will help us continue our mission to increase access to primary care for residents in underserved and under-resourced communities.” The 27-month Master of Health Science Physician Assistant (PA) Program in CDU’s College of Science and Health is the newest program addition to the University. It

Program Director, Katayoun Moini, is designed to prepare a diverse group of highly qualified, compassionate physician assistants, who distinguish themselves through providing excellence in patient-care as members of the healthcare team. After demonstrating preparedness in accordance with the accreditation standards, the PA Program will matriculate its inaugural class of 26 students in August 2016. The class was selected from a pool of over 2,700 applicants. In the past, the University offered a bachelor degree Physician Assistant Program that trained over 1,200 PAs. “The PA Program is off to a great start, which is a testament to CDU’s strong commitment to excellence and a reflection of the incredible exemplary leadership of the Program Director, Katayoun Moini, and faculty,” said Dr. Steve O. Michael,

PhD, Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs and Provost at CDU. Before Moini joined CDU she served as an Educational Coordinator and Clinical Assistant Professor in the Physician Assistant Program at Quinnipiac University and as an Assistant Professor in the Quinnipiac University Department of Medical Sciences. She has extensive experience servicing as a Physician Assistant in a number of clinical settings, with an area of specialty in blood and marrow transplantation. “Having this opportunity to develop future medical providers who will serve our community is indescribable,” said Moini. “CDU’s PA Program will forever strive to emulate Dr. Charles R. Drew’s legacy of a pioneering spirit.” For more information on the PA program at CDU visit: http:// www.cdrewu.edu/cosh/PA/.


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POLITICAL & COMMUNITY NEWS State’s Minimum Wage Increased to $15 Hike Will Benefit Only Five Percent of Black Workers By McKenzie Jackson/ California Black Media The Golden State is the first state in the nation to approve a statewide minimum wage as high as $15 -- but not without sparking rigorous discussion. Gov. Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 3 on Monday, four days after the measure passed the State Assembly and State Senate. The new law will gradually raise the state’ minimum wage each year until it reaches $15 in 2022. Brown said raising California’s minimum wage from $10 an hour is not just a calcu-

lated economic move, but action that speaks to the responsibility that comes with being a part of a moral community. “Morally and socially and politically, they (minimum wages) make every sense because it binds the community together and makes sure that parents can take care of their kids in a much more satisfactory way,” he said. The hike to a $15 minimum wage puts California on the forefront of a sweeping national movement to raise the income of the country’s lowest paid workers. In California, the legislation has its supporters

and detractors. The measure’s coauthor, Sen. Mark Leno, said no one with full-time employment should live in poverty due to a low wage. “SB 3 respects and rewards work, reduces turnover, and increases productivity and consumer spending, thereby stimulating economic growth while helping low-wage workers end their dependence on public assistance,” said the San Francisco Democrat. “The bill takes a thoughtful approach to raising the minimum wage by giving small businesses more time to adjust to higher wages

Audit Reveals UC Schools Lowering Admission Standards for Nonresidents By Madlen Grgodjaian California Black Media A new state audit revealed The University of California is admitting a higher percentage of under-qualified international students than California residents. The audit released by the State Auditor accuses the public university system of lowering admission standards for nonresidents to make up for funding cuts. “Over the past several years, the university has undermined its commitment to residents in an effort to increase its revenue by recruiting and enrolling nonresidents,” auditor Elaine Howle wrote in a letter about the report to Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leaders. The State Auditor’s office recommended a cap and stricter entrance for nonresident students, and more focus on admitting Californians specifically underrepresented minorities, Latinos, and African Americans. Assemblyman Kevin McCarty (D-Sacramento) and Jose Medina (D-Riverside) introduced Assembly Bill 1711. The new bill would withhold funding from the UC unless it caps the amount of out-of-state and international undergraduates at the current level of 15.5 percent system-wide, require the UC to publish an annual report on undergraduate nonresident tuition and revenue, and mandate that at least half of the money generated from nonresidents’ supplemental fees be used to support more university spots for Californians. “The UC has not only rationed access for California’s students who are qualified and even exceeded admission requirements under California’s Master Plan for Higher Education, but over the last three years, the UC has admitted 16,000 non-resident students with lower academic scores than the top half of admitted resident students,” said

McCarty, chair of the Assembly Budget Subcommittee on Education Finance. “This policy has had a disproportionate effect on underrepresented students who are finding it harder to access the UC System.” California State University Long Beach graduate, Jaivon Grant said he applied to four different UC schools and was accepted to one. “I graduated in the top three percent in my class,” said the Long Beach resident. “My grade point average was 3.83, and I only got into UC Davis.” The university has acknowledged its growing financial reliance on fees from out-of-state students but contends they don't displace instate applicants. School officials said nearly $25,000 in additional tuition that nonresidents pay each year has allowed UC to enroll thousands of more California students than the system could otherwise afford. "What accounted for the increase in out-of-state enrollment was a 30 percent cut in state funding," said UC spokeswoman Dianne Klein. In 2014, UC President Janet Napolitano and Gov. Jerry Brown reached a momentous agreement that provides UC with significant revenue while capping resident tuition at its current level for two years. The revised state budget provides UC with a four percent increase to its base budget for four years beginning in the upcoming fiscal year or $119.5 million for 2015–16. This represents the addition of two years as it extends the funding increase through the end of the governor’s term. The system-wide tuition would remain at $11,220 through 2016–17. Beginning in the 2017-18 school year, tuition for Californians will rise again in a formula that will involve the general inflation rate but will be capped at five percent annually.

In a separate deal the UC agreed to admit 5,000 additional California students for the fall 2016 term in exchange for $25 million more and a continued lid on tuition increases. The rationale for additional state funding by the UC prompted Assemblyman Mike Gipson (D-Carson) to call for the state audit. The assessment revealed by the 2014-15 school year, out-of-state enrollment had grown by 82 percent from 2010-11, and UC campuses were collecting $728 million in out-of-state tuition, more than double the amount from four years earlier. “We cannot wait years to determine whether our policies are effective, and when students are facing tuition increases, it is our responsibility to ensure that their sacrifice is not wasted,” said Gipson. Tuition and fees for out-of-state students totaled $38,108 this academic year, compared with $13,400 for instate students. The state finance department said the UC needs to control its costs. The audit recommends a biennial cost study and a review of how to reduce the $13 billion spent on staff salaries in 2014-15. “I believe that part of the bigger picture here is greed. Many of the luxuries the UC’s and even the CSU’s have are quite unnecessary,” said Grant. Gipson also asked that the audit investigate the UC progress in equalizing funding per student across campuses. The 2011 audit found that the four undergraduate campuses with more underrepresented minorities received about $3,600 less per student, on average, than the five campuses with fewer minorities. “It’s a form of discrimination against California students that UC would accept a lower standard for nonresidents, but maintain a higher one for Californians,” said Gipson.

and policy makers the flexibility to respond to economic uncertainties in our future.” Sen. Isadore Hall said the people who will benefit from the $15 minimum wage are families that are struggling. “These are not families that are putting away money for a rainy day fund. These are not families that are planning vacations to Europe,” said the Los Angeles Democrat and chair of the California Legislative Black Caucus. “I don’t look at this as a Republican issue. I don’t look at it as a Democratic issue. I look at it as a humanity issue. The folks in our communities, they are trying to buy groceries, they are trying to pay rent and utilities. The California Black Caucus, we support SB 3.” The United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Western States Council executive director Jim Araby said his organization, one of the bill’s many sponsors, is proud to stand with working families struggling to make ends meet on minimum wage. “We join many who are fighting to end income inequality and put the working poor on a pathway to livable wages,” he said. Employment Policies Institute research director Michael Saltsman, on the other hand, sees the new minimum wage increase differently. He predicts many businesses will have to cut staff or close because of the minimum wage increase. “California may be the first state to pass a $15 minimum wage, but it will also be the first to find out why that's a bad idea," he said. "This pain from a $15 minimum wage will only be exacerbated in more troubled counties in the state." Although the bill passed the Assembly by a 48-26 vote and the Senate by 26-12, during a hearing in Sacramento some criticized the Governor and the labor leaders for working in secret in recent weeks to craft the agreement and rushing it through the Legislature. The bill, critics say, passed after only one committee hearing and with little to no public comment. California Chamber of Commerce President Allen Zaremberg said SB 3 is too much, too fast. "It is unfortunate the Legislature didn't take advantage of the opportunity to address the issue in a more balanced manner,” he said. Sen. Susan Eggman voted “yes” for the bill but questioned how quickly supporters thrust it in front of the two legislative bodies. "How we got here doesn't feel right," said the Democrat from Stockton. “What's the rush to do this?” The Central Valley politician said small business owners that will have to pay the increasing floor wage should

have been thought of more when the bill came together. “I’m going to go back to my district…. and talk with my small business owners and hear from them after the fact how this impacts them. What we could have potentially done differently to make this a win, win, win, win for all of California,” she said. California Business Roundtable President Rob Lapsley spoke out against the Governor signing the bill into law. “Since the minimum wage is now indexed to grow each subsequent year, the impact to future state budgets will be even higher,” he said. “This legislation comes on top of increased legislation, regulations and policies that continue to make California one of the most expensive states in the nation to do business.” The new legislation raises the state’s minimum wage to $10.50 per hour in January 2017 and $11 in January 2018. The state’s bottom wage would then increase an additional $1 per hour each year until reaching $15 in 2022. The bill allows the Governor to pause scheduled increases as the minimum wage climbs to $15 an hour if the state has an economic downturn or budget crisis. SB 3 establishes annual increases capped at 3.5 percent based on the U.S. Consumer Price Index once California’s minimum wage reaches $15.The bill also delays wage increases for businesses with 25 or fewer employees. For those small companies, the first increase to $10.50 will begin in 2018. The new income floor of $15 an hour will be reached a year later in 2023 for them. UC Berkeley's Center for Labor Research and Education projects the ripple effect of the increase could boost wages for 5.6 million Californians by an average of 24 percent. The research body said Latinos and workers in their 20s would benefit the most because they hold a disproportionate number of low-wage jobs. African Americans make up five percent of the workers that would benefit. The Black Caucus chair Hall said in Black communities such as the Los Angeles area’s Compton and Watts neighborhoods, the first increase in the minimum wage hike next year is progress but still not enough money to afford renting a one-bedroom apartment. “We have a fundamental responsibility to lift up as we climb,” Hall said. “We have a fundamental responsibility to make sure when we go back to our respective districts, we say we advocated and fought for the most vulnerable population in our community.”


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BUSINESS & COMMUNITY NEWS Campaign To Reform City Hall’s Broken Building Approval System is On Neighborhood Integrity Initiative Ballot Language Approved by City Clerk LOS ANGELES—— The drive to place the Neighborhood Integrity Initiative - a measure to reform City Hall's broken building approval system - on the Los Angeles ballot in March 2017 took a major step forward today when the city clerk's office announced that it had approved the language on the petitions that will be circulated to vot-

ers. "This is a great day for Los Angeles," said Neighborhood Integrity Initiative campaign director Jill Stewart. "When this measure qualifies for the ballot, the voters will finally have an opportunity to put the brakes on irresponsible development, and to significantly increase their power to shape building projects in their communities." Now, L.A. City Hall's politicians and its building

Opportunity Youth Code Websites For South L.A. Businesses at CODEchella Event On Saturday, April 9th, YouthBuild Charter School of California (YCSC), with generous support from Colocation America, will host CODEchella, an all-day website coding event at L.A. Trade Tech College from 8:00am to 8:00pm. At the event, ten teams of students will have less than twelve hours to build websites for community members. The forty students participating, who are all former high school dropouts between the ages 16 -24, previously had little to no experience in coding websites. The event is the culmination of a week of intensive classes in HTML, CSS, and Adobe Photoshop, designed to help these students learn skills that will translate into jobs to lift them out of poverty. A panel of industry leaders and teachers will judge the students’ websites, with awards for the best website design at the end of the night. “We encourage our young people to be leaders and social justice advocates,” said YouthBuild Charter School of California Founder/CEO Phil Matero. “Teaching them how to code will not only open the door to a potential career in the tech industry, but will also provide them with a new skillset to support their communities.” The students will be designing websites for local clients to help give back to their community and promote small businesses and local non-profits. This year’s clients include The Community Policing Advisory Board, Colima’s Party Supplies, The Fair Chance Project, La Cevicheria, and six others. Students will be judged on their website’s design, its ease of navigation, and how well it serves their client’s needs. “Over three years ago YouthBuild Charter

School offered us an opportunity to sponsor a new coding program,” said Colocation America VP of Online Strategies Samantha Walters. “At the time, we knew the value in teaching students to code but what we did not expect it would transform the lives of the students and their community.” CODEchella is not only an excellent opportunity for YouthBuild Charter School of California students to learn from professionals in the field, it’s also a fantastic opportunity for local tech companies to give back to the community and work towards closing the Digital Divide in South Los Angeles. Industry professionals from local graphic design and tech companies, such as Factual and Second Spectrum, have volunteered to serve as mentors for the teams. “We are grateful for the opportunity to help equip this next generation of bright, hard-working engineers and entrepreneurs,” stated Eric Lui, Director of Data Operations at Factual. “The STEM workforce of 2040 won't-and can't afford to-- overlook talent, wherever it grows.” CODEchella has continued to grow each year since the inaugural event in 2014 (then called WebSlam). In addition to CODEchella, YCSC has several other computer science initiatives, including a Tech Entrepreneurs Computer Science class launched at the school’s South L.A. site in last February. “Our students are incredibly resilient and resourceful young people,” said the school’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Coordinator Nadia Despenza. “I see computer science as a pathway for these young people to transcend some of the obstacles caused by poverty and strengthen their communities.”

approval system are dominated by a real estate industry, its campaign contributions, its gifts and its army of lobbyists, PR firms and land-use attorneys. The result has been reckless development that has swamped the city's streets with traffic, overwhelmed its infrastructure, jeopardized the health of residents, displaced tens of thousands of working class families from their homes and wrecked the character of entire neighborhood, said Stewart. "Our initiative will help level the playing field at City Hall so the residents have an opportunity to shape the destinies of their communities," said Stewart."Now the fate of our communities is determined too much byf absentee real estate speculators, fatcat investors and the politicians at City Hall who act like little land-use czars in their districts." Also up for election on the March 2017 ballot will be Mayor Garcetti, at least eight and possibly nine city council seats, City Atty. Mike Feuer and City Controller Ron Galperin. "We want this election to be a referendum on the broken planning and land-use system in Los Angeles," said Stewart. "It would not be sur-

prising if the voters will demand that their elected officials take a stand on our initiative." To get on the ballot, the initiative petitions describing the ballot plan must be signed by 61,486 registered voters of the city within a 120 day period. The "clock" on that period starts running as soon as the first signature is obtained. The actual circulation of the petitions among voters will begin very soon, said Stewart. The initiative will: 1) End the outrageous practice in which developers choose the very consultants who write the trumped-up Environmental Impact Reports. These so-called EIRs are often fantasy-based reports that allow for those traffic-jam creating, ugly box-like buildings that ruin neighborhood character and jam our streets, with profoundly negative environmental impacts as the result. 2) Ban forever the backroom "spot zoning" deals in which developers drench City Hall with money -- and are then given inappropriate favors by the very same politicians. City Hall grants permission to build big projects

that ignore neighborhood height and zoning rules and hurt real people, and their actions have forced thousands of LA residents out of homes that suddenly stand in the way of wrecking balls. 3) Force the City Council to do the job it has shirked for 20 years: write up real Community Plans, not "developer plans" for our 35 communities. To assure that this process is not controlled by developers' lobbyists -- as it clearly is today -- the Initiative forces City Hall to hold these public hearings only at night or weekends -- and in our communities, not Downtown. 4) During this work, insider developers who are now being allowed, by a vote of the City Council, to break the rules and build megaprojects that create traffic havoc and ruin communities, will be prevented from pursuing these ill-advised projects. The twoyear moratorium exempts any development that obeys the rules — and more than 95% of L.A. construction follows the rules. The measure also exempts developments with 100% affordable housing, and "downzoning" such as to create a park.

Ms. Jolena Lomax-Brown Asked Students at Grace Hopper STEM Academy about Coding:

What Challenges Did You Face While Learning to Code? small mistakes like not looking through or following the right steps. When I face challenges I have just learned to work through it. More challenges I have faced have been frustration when I could not get something right or when I can not understand. When I get stuck my teacher, Ms. Lomax, always lets me know that I can ask her questions or tell her what I am frustrated on. My teacher encourages me to

When Ms. Lomax said that we are going to start coding, I was thinking “Come on! We are going to do all this stuff and I'm probably going to be the only person, who doesn't understand. We started by getting used to coding on paper. Then, we sort of, morphed, into coding on the computers. Our first lesson was from Code.org. Which was a website to give us a boost, to fully un-

Black Girls CODE Los Angeles Chapter Meet & Greet Kickoff (Continued from page 3) event was, there was a sense of lineage, the passing of a torch. I was reminded of how in slavery times, we were unable to freely communicate for fear of giving a warning or tipping off cruel overseers and masters. As a people we had to find a way to encourage, uplift, and give tactical advice of survival and success while among the oppressors who viewed themselves as superiors. In this case these panelist exemplified superiority. They have created their own passageways, and had given themselves a name. They did not accept the roles that were offered to them. Instead, they created

roles and positions for themselves that made them highly sought individuals. I must say, I felt quite humbled by the intellect, beauty and passion exhibited by the panelists. In a personal conversation after Bryant’s awesome forum, I had the opportunity to praise her and express my admiration for her accomplishments and status she has achieved age, Bryant simply replied, “Girl, it's just me. You don’t have to do that”, just as one of my girlfriends would say. True to her mission, she was already on board with beginning a program Grace Hopper STEM Academy before being asked.

Chloe Levert in Grace Hopper STEM Academy Coding class taught by Ms. Jolena Lomax-Brown

derstanding, how to code. By a few months, we turned to CSFirst. But, it was very easy! When we started it, I thought to myself, ¨ I bet I will quit if I

don't understand this¨. I tried, and like I said, it was easy! Chloe Bradley The challenges that I have faced while coding were

talk to her when I need help with something important. Brooklyn Bennett


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NATIONAL/STATE & REGIONAL NEWS Four Los Angeles Social Workers Charged after Beating Death of Boy, 8 By Victoria Cavaliere Four Los Angeles County social workers have been charged with child abuse for failing to protect an 8-year-old boy who was found beaten to death in his home, the district attorney's office said on Thursday. The four employees with the Department of Children and Family Services are accused of minimizing the abuse suffered by Gabriel Fernandez despite routine visits to his Los Angeles-area

home and warnings from his teacher that he was in danger, prosecutors said in a statement. "These social workers allowed a vulnerable boy to remain at home and continue to be abused," District Attorney Jackie Lacey said. Fernandez's mother and boyfriend have been charged in the child's 2013 beating death, with prosecutors contending the boy endured ongoing physical and mental abuse at their hands. He died of multiple injuries, including

a fractured skull, broken ribs, and had burns over his body, authorities said. Two social workers, Stefanie Rodriguez, 30, and Patricia Clement, 65, are accused of visiting the boy's home over a seven-month period and falsifying reports that should have documented sign's of his escalating physical abuse, prosecutors said. Supervisors Kevin Bom, 36, and Gregory Merritt, 60, "should have known that they were approving false reports that con-

flicted with the evidence of Gabriel's deteriorating physical wellbeing," the district attorney's office said in a statement. The four were charged with one count each of child abuse and falsifying public records, according to the office. The social workers were arraigned on Thursday but did not enter pleas, the Los Angeles Times reported. Outside the court, Merritt and Clement declined to respond when reporters asked how they

intended to answer to the charges, the Times said. The Department of Children and Family Services, department Director Philip Browning told the Times in a statement that following Gabriel Fernandez's death, he directed all four to be discharged from the agency because they had "failed to perform their jobs." Merritt appealed his discharge and was reinstated. (Editing by Robert Birsel)

Michigan Association of Black Social Workers (MABSW) Says the Crisis in Flint, Michigan is Comparable to Genocide Detroit, MI — During a recent March 25th presentation at the National Association of Black Social Workers, Inc. 48th Annual Conference in New Orleans, Cheikh Mbacké, a previous president of The Michigan Association of Black Social Workers, Inc (MABSW), said, “The Michigan Association of Black Social Workers, Inc has been affiliated since 1972 with the national and international chapters of the National Association of Black Social Workers, Inc. We believe that whatever discussion(s) generated about Flint must rightly call for the resignation of Michigan’s Governor and criminal prosecution of those having knowledge of or duplicity in the perpetuation of the horrific travesty surrounding what has become known locally, regionally, nationally, internationally, and universally [sic] as ‘the Flint water crisis.’” Mbacké continued, “MABSW is advocating for a pragmatic data-based, research driven, and out-come focused, long-term solution to this dilemma facing Flint. Mere anecdotal

Attendees of the National Association of Black Social Workers, Inc. 48th Annual Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana commentary, apologetic, severity minimizing rhetoric, flowery, or warm-fuzzy sound bites and photo ops will not suffice. Nor will condescending re-statement of the obvious, or discounting the values and beliefs inherent in the culture and history of people of African ancestry be acceptable. Finally, we vehemently oppose any conciliatory action which would further victimize the people of Flint by failing to create sustainable change.” According to Ella Green Moten, a previous President of both MABSW and the Flint

ABSW chapter, “As Black social workers, the MABSW membership is constitutionally mandated to involve itself in human service delivery systems relative to the needs of Black people, and declare ourselves to be advocates of the Black community. As such, our finances, energies, and time is devoted to the development and implementation of programs and policies that reduce threat and enhance the growth of the Black community.” On July 26, 2010, the UN General Assembly declared “the right to safe and clean drink-

Cyber Fraudsters Reap $2.3 Billion Through Email Wire-Transfer By Jim Finkle (Reuters)—Businesses have lost billions of dollars to fast -growing scams where fraudsters impersonate company executives in emails that order staff to transfer to accounts controlled by criminals, according to the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation. Losses from these scams, which are known as "business email compromise," totaled more than $2.3 billion from October 2013 through February of this year, the FBI said in an alert issued this week, citing reports to law enforcement agencies around the globe. The cases involved some 17,642 businesses of all sizes scattered across at least 79 countries, according to the FBI alert posted on the website of the agency's Phoenix bureau. Law enforcement and cyber security experts have been warning that business email compromise was on the rise, but the extent of losses has not previously been disclosed. Cyber security experts say they expect losses to grow as the high profits will attract more criminals. "It's a low-risk, highreward crime. It's going to continue to get worse before it gets better," said Tom Brown, a former federal prosecutor in Manhattan. The FBI's alert said that fraudsters go to great lengths to spoof company email accounts

A man types on a computer keyboard in Warsaw in this February 28, 2013 illustration file picture. and use other methods to trick employees into believing that they are receiving money-transfer requests from CEOs, corporate attorneys or trusted vendors. "They research employees who manage money and use language specific to the company they are targeting, then they request a wire fraud transfer using dollar amounts that lend legitimacy," the alert said. It said they often target businesses that work with foreign suppliers or regularly perform wire transfers. The size of the losses vary widely from case to case. Austrian aircraft parts FACC said in January that it lost about 50 million euros ($55 million) through such a scam. In

Arizona, the average loss ranges from $25,000 to $75,000, according to the FBI. The FBI said in its alert, which was dated Monday, that it has seen a 270 percent increase in identified victims and exposed loss since January 2015. Brown, who now runs the cyber investigations unit with Berkeley Research Group, said that the potential consequences of the breach of an email account are sometimes not immediately apparent to victims. "This shows that even the hack of an email account can cause significant financial loss," Brown said. (Reporting by Jim Finkle; Editing by Robert Birsel)

ing water and sanitation to be a human right that is essential for the full enjoyment of life and all human rights.” Prior to that declaration, the world had previously acknowledged rights to health, well-being, food, and freedom from political persecution, and much more. But not water and sanitation. Anthony Harris, current MABSW President, states, “Access to a basic water requirement is a fundamental human right implicitly and explicitly supported by international law, declarations, and State practice. Governments, international aid agencies, non-governmental organizations, and local communities work to provide all humans with a basic water requirement and to guarantee that water as a human right. By acknowledging a human right to water and expressing the willingness to meet this right for those currently deprived of it, the water community has a useful tool for addressing one of the most fundamental failures of 20th century development.” Harris and the MABSW contend that the United States, which has typically been a world leader on protecting and enhancing political human rights, has always had a flawed position on economic and social human rights, including the human right to water. It has long been a position characterized by bad logic and a narrow and inconsistent interpretation of human rights law. The United States chose to abstain from voting on the 2010 resolution and sought to justify its abstention by asserting that the resolution described a right to water and sanitation in a way that was not reflective of existing international law; and further that there was no right to water and sanitation in an international legal sense as described by the resolution. Their disposition is this: The international legal definition of the crime of genocide is found in Articles II and III of the 1948 Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of Genocide. The two elements of the crime of genocide include a physical and mental element, both having the “intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group. A crime must include both elements to be called “genocide.” In Article II of the current Convention, genocide means any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group. Those acts include killing members of the group; causing serious

bodily or mental harm to members of the group; deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part; Imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group; and forcibly transferring children of the group to another group. Article III described five punishable forms of the crime of genocide: genocide; conspiracy, incitement, attempt and complicity. Whether intentional, inadvertent, or through failed oversight, the situation in Flint, by extension, certainly displays the clear absence of a moral compass. The situation in Flint visibly brushes against the physical and mental elements of the crime of genocide through its potential to destroy, in whole or in part, an ethnic or racial group. Was there conspiracy, or complicity. We say that is a question best suited for in an arena for criminal and legal proceedings. Michigan Governor Snyder’s actions, concomitant with the premeditated actions of other state, county, and local government officials, effectively orchestrated the poisoning of Flint, home to a population of predominant (57%) African ancestry. The deleterious behavior of heartless politicians and their bureaucratic lackeys literally opened the tap permitting unsafe levels of lead and other toxins to flow unabated into Flint’s water supply. State officials who tried to report this callous, reprehensible, and inhumane act were rebuffed or ignored. The discounting of those ignored concerns has led to irreversible brain damage in Flint’s children, in addition to the future potential for significant bodily harm to all of Flint’s citizens. While making an economic decision, Michigan’s Governor, members of his administration, and a host of others were instrumental in the April 2014 cut off of clean, Great Lakes water (Lake Huron via Detroit) to which Flint had long been privy. Current Flint ABSW Interim President, Majorie Evans, says, “With 68% of residents having annual income (2010 U.S. Census) of less than $40,000 (22% less than $10,000, and 27% less than $25,000) Flint had already suffered through two bouts of emergency financial management upon suddenly finding itself in the cross-hairs of a tremendous water associated financial burden. In addition, long-term medical, psychological, and physical challenges loomed over Please see Flint, page 13


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ART&ENTERTAINMENT NEWS Johnny Guitar Watson Celebration After 20 Years By JGW Estate to Benefit LAUSD Donating Musical Instruments Los Angeles, CA) -Johnny Guitar Watson, one of the music industries most beloved guitarist was silenced by a massive heart attack in Yokohama, Japan while in the middle of one of his GRAMMY nominated songs “Superman Lover” on May 17, 1996. Now it’s time to celebrate his legacy after 20 years, the 1st Annual Johnny Guitar Watson Heart for Music Foundation Celebration will be held on May 17, 2016 at the Los Angeles Theatre Center, 514 S. Spring St., Los Angeles at 8 PM. The star-studded celebration will include a host of celebrity guest and performances including; Lenny Williams, Raphael Sadiq, Marla Gibbs, Mary Wilson, David Ritz, Vanessa Bell Calloway, Holly Robinson Pete, YoYo and Kool Moe Dee, just to name a few. The Red Carpet Event Begins At 7pm and Show Time at 8pm, with a VIP Reception immediately following the event, featuring an exhibit of artifacts belonging to the late Great Johnny Guitar Watson. Watson’s daughter, actress, writer, producer Virginia Watson said, “I decided that the time had come to take the legacy of my father and find a way to help people in his name, so The Johnny Guitar Watson Heart For Music Foundation came to be”. Johnny Guitar Watson was A Musicians Musician, A Mentor, Teacher, Trend Setter, and Innovator In Rock & Roll, R & B, Jazz, Funk, and Rap! He Made His Mark In These Genres With Unforgettable Style And Finesse And Even In His Passing His Music Is Still Reaching The Masses Through Sample, Cover And Sync Use. With His Latest Col-

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Michigan Association of Black Social Workers (MABSW) Says the Crisis in Flint, Michigan is Comparable to Genocide (Continued from page 12) Flint’s future due being forced to use water from the Flint River….an industrial dumping ground for numerous manufacturing, chemical and automotive entities for more than a century. The uncalculatable costs and devastating consequences of this debacle are and will continue to surface for generations to come.” Today, over 50% of the world is found in urban cities like Flint. By 2040, it is projected that around 60% of the world’s population will occupy cities and will be confronted with major challenges, particularly the provision of clean, potable water. As with most disparities and inequities, the greatest impact will be borne by urban poor: typically disenfranchised, marginalized, and suffering long-term, chronic economic distress. Lacking relia-

ble access to safe drinking water and adequate sanitation, cities will require sustainable, equitable management of water resources and systems as a paramount priority. Mistakenly, the purity of tap water is often taken for granted, placing people at considerable risk. Many U.S. water systems deliver drinking water that poses health risks as a result of pollution and deteriorating, out-of-date plumbing. Employment of preWorld War I-era water delivery systems and treatment technology exacerbates breakage in aging pipes, and seepage of contaminants into the water. Equipment designed originally to filter out or kill parasites and bacteria decades ago, are today incapable of managing many of the contaminants being introduced into the

environment. As the highest elected Michigan authority, the Governor has ultimate oversight and bears the responsibility and obligation for insuring that Michigan water is safe, clean, and potable. The Michigan Association of Black Social Workers, Inc. charges that a crime against humanity has been committed in Flint, Michigan. Although they are acutely aware that in the strictest sense the actions or inaction of Governor Snyder do not fit perfectly within the definition and charge of genocide, they do contend that the resultant outcome has proven to be no less grievous, must not be minimized, and must be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. For more details about the Michigan Association of Black Social Workers, Inc., visit

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BUSINESS DIRECTORY Notice of Certificate of Acceptance and Declaration of Land Patent Assignee. To all to whom these presents shall come, Greeting: Know that the live man, one, Mark Lynn Crumpacker, does hereby certify and declare that: 1.One is a lawful "Assignee" in the federal Land Patent # 737246. Dated, February 27 in the year of our Lord one thousand nine hundred and twenty [A.D. 1920]; that one has brought up said Land Patent In one’s name as it pertains to that portion of the land described as Lot 40 of tract 26801 near the city of Santa Clarita Los Angeles county, California, as per book 174 pages 48-50, inclusive. The character of said land so claimed by the patent, and legally described and referenced under the Patent Number listed above is: Township four, north of Range fourteen west and the south half of the northeast quarter and the northeast quarter of the southeast quarter of Section twelve in Township four north of Range fifteen west of the San Bernardino Meridian, California. Containing one hundred sixty-five and thirty-eight-hundredth acres." 2.One is an Assignee at Law and a bona fide Assignee and lawful “absolute owner” by way of valuable consideration, only for the certain legally described portion of the tract of Land, which is duly authorized to be executed in pursuance of the supremacy of Treaty Law, citation and Constitutional Mandate, herein referenced, whereupon a duly authenticated true and correct lawful description, together with all hereditament, tenements and pre-emptive rights appurtenant thereto, the lawful and valuable consideration which is appended hereto, and made a part of this Notice of Certificate of Acceptance and Declaration of Land Patent Assignee. 3. Said tract of Private Land is located in California and is not “in this state” (as defined under California

Revenue and Taxation Code, Section 130(f)) 4. The filing of this Notice of Certificate of Acceptance and Declaration of Land Patent Assignee shall not deny or infringe upon any right or privilege, or Immunity of any other Heir or Assigns to any other portion of the tract of land covered in the abovedescribed federal Patent Number 737246. 5. If this duly certified copy of the Land Patent is not challenged by a lawfully qualified party having a lawful claim, lien, debt, or other equitable interest in a lawful court of competent jurisdiction within thirty days from the date of the filing of this NOTICE then the above described property shall become the allodial Freehold of the Heir or Assignee to said Patent, the certain lawfully described portion of the private Land of the federal Land Patent shall be considered henceforth perfected in one’s birthright Title: "Mark Lynn Crumpacker", and all future claims against this private Land shall be forever waived. 6. Therefore, said land remains unencumbered, free and clear, and without liens or lawfully attached in any way, and is hereby declared to be private land and private property, not subject to any commercial forums (e. g. U. C. C.) whatsoever. Additionally, a Common Law courtesy period of thirty calendar days is stipulated for any challenges hereto, otherwise, laches or estoppel shall forever bar the same against said allodial freehold estate; assessment lien theory to the contrary, notwithstanding. Therefore, said declaration after thirty calendar days from verified date of receipt, if no challenges are brought forth and upheld, perfects this allodial Title for the Declarant and his heirs or assigns forever. Pub. March 25, April 1, 8, 15, 2016 PACE NEWS

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2016057655 The following person (s) is/are doing business as: Integrity Property Management, 216 Myrrh, Compton, CA 90224, LA County; P.O. Box 6153Compton, CA 90224 Registered Owner(s): Catherine Anderson, 216 E. Myrrh Street, Compton, CA 90220 This business is conducted by an individual. The date 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: Catherine Anderson Title: Managing Member Registrant Signature This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles County on March 9, 2016 Expires March 9, 2021. 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 March 18, 25, April 1, 8, 2016PN

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2016057515

The following person (s) is/are doing business as: Accounting Career Awareness Program, 5471 Hillcrest Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90043 LA County Registered Owner(s): Ida E. Yarbrough, 5471 Hillcrest Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90043 This business is conducted by an individual. The date 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: Ida E. Yarbrough Title: Owner Registrant Signature This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles County on March 9, 2016 Expires March 9, 2021. 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 April 8, 15, 22, 29 ,2016PN

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2015290119 The following person (s) is/are doing business as: All Children Unite, 9451 La Salle Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90047; P.O. Box 6153 Compton, CA 90224 Registered Owner(s): Catherin Anderson, 9451 La Salle Los Angeles, CA 90047 This business is conducted by an Individual. The date 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: Catherine Anderson Title: Owner Registrant Signature This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles County on November 13, 2015 Expires November 13, 2020. 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 December 4, 11, 18, 25, 2015PN

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2016060197 The following person (s) is/are doing business as: Green Works Construction, 8306 Wilshire Blvd, #221, Los Angeles, CA 90211-2304 LA County Registered Owner(s): Timothy Campbell, 8306 Wilshire Blvd, #221, Los Angeles, CA 90211-2304 This business is conducted by an Individual. The date registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on 01/01/2012. 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: Timothy Campbell Title: Owner Registrant Signature This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles County on March 11, 2016 Expires March 11, 202021. 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 March 18, 25, April 1, 8, 2016PN

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Daren DiNicola, 3545 El Lado Dr., Glendale, CA, 91208 Attorney for Daren DiNicola, In ProPer in the matter of the Adoption Petition of Daren DiNicola. Application is hereby made for an order directing service of the abovecaptioned summon, citation or notice of hearing on defendant, respondent, or cite James Douglas Hodgson by publication of said summons, citation or notice of hearing in the PACE NEWS which newspaper is adjudicated a newspaper of general circulation in California and most likely to give notice to defendant, respondent, or cite because the citation, complaint or petition, which is for Adoption, was filed herein on October 9, 2015. A copy of summons, citation or notice of hearing and the complain or petition could not be served by any of the following methods for the reasons shown: 1. Personal service-section 415.10CCP 2. Service on a corporation, partnership, association, or public entity-section 415.20 (a) CCP). 3. Service on natural person, minor, incompetent, or candidate-section 415.20 (b) CCP. 4.Service by mail-section 415.30CCP 5. Service by mail outside the State of California-section 415.40 CCP 6. Other-Section 413.10, 413.3 Executed October 9, 2015 at Glendale, California. I declare under penalty of perjury under the laws of the State of California that the foregoing is true and correct. Pub. Oct. 16, 23, 30, Nov. 6, 2015PN

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2015306405 The following person (s) is/are doing business as: 1.Gladstone Rocks, 2. Bahati Books Publishing, 6074 Pickford St. #2, Los Angeles, CA 90035 Los Angeles County Registered Owner(s): 1. Amiekoleh Usafi, 6074 Pickford St #2, Los Angeles, CA 90035. This business is conducted by an Individual. The date 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: . Amiekoleh Usafi Title: Owner Registrant Signature This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles County on November 4, 2015 Expires November 4,2020. 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 December 4, 11, 18,25 2015PN

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