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February 2013 Newsletter

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Welcome to the February edition of the Second District Newsletter. The national recognition of Black History Month is underway, during which we recognize the accomplishments and sacrifices of African Americans that have enriched our daily lives and the wellbeing of our nation. By a fortunate coincidence, the 100th anniversary of Rosa Parks' birthday... See message

Perspectives on Gun Violence

Like people all across the country and indeed around the world, residents of the Second District have been engaged in debating the appropriate role of guns in American society and culture... Read more

A Season for Nonviolence

Mohandas Gandhi, who employed nonviolent civil disobedience to win India's independence from Britain, and who inspired civil rights movements around the world, was assassinated on January 30, 1948. T... Read more

Shakespeare in Watts

As a sophomore at George Washington Prep, Javier Gutierrez flirted with gangs, never contemplated going to college and rarely ventured outside of his West Athens neighborhood. But then he met the Bard. Cast as the lead in a high school production of Romeo and Juliet... Read more

Homeless Count 2013

As the stars began to shine in the night sky Thursday, more than two dozen volunteers gathered around the table in the education room at Holman United Methodist Church in the West Adams neighborhood, eagerly waiting to hit the streets... Read more

Del Aire's Public Fruit Orchard

Del Aire Park, located near the I-105 and 1-405 junction in an oft-forgotten section of the county, was in desperate need of a facelift. John Koppelman, Del Aire Neighborhood Association president, would walk through the park and... Read more

Architectural Sites: The Stealth Building

Is there anything like the Stealth Building? Cutting edge yet slightly retro, avant guard yet classic? And doesn’t it automatically call to mind Michelangelo’s David? That’s right, David, the 17-foot marble masterpiece completed in 1504... Read more

School Based Clinic Opens at Dominguez High School

Not too long ago when students at Dominguez High School in Compton got sick, the only option was a trip to the nurse’s office. At best, the nurse was equipped with a thermometer, a tongue-depressor and a hard vinyl couch...Read more

Los Angeles Residents Exchange Guns for Gifts

On the anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday, nearly 400 weapons were surrendered at a recent Gift for Guns exchange program in Compton...Read more

Trailblazing Korean American Honored

Fifty years to the month when the first Asian American was sworn into the California State Assembly, the late Alfred Hoyun Song received another distinction: the renaming of the Wilshire/Western metro station in his honor...Read more

Days of Dialogue: Gun Violence Prevention

Isis Attoia, a 15-year-old high school student from Hawthorne, does not walk around his neighborhood at night because he fears he might be shot. This is not mere speculation; relatives of his have been shot. He would like to see an...Read more

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