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Acclaimed Architect Frank Gehry Designs a Safe Haven for Kids in Watts

One of the world’s greatest architects has designed a safe haven for Watts’ most vulnerable. Frank Gehry, the genius behind Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown Los Angeles and other masterpieces, recently unveiled his vision for Children’s Institute, Inc.’s $35-million Watts campus, scheduled to break ground in 2018. “Children’s Institute is an incredible organization with a […]


50 Years Later: Watts, the Voting Rights Act and Making Black Votes Count

By Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas Fifty years ago this month, residents of south Los Angeles were witness to two watershed events in the struggle for empowerment. On August 6, 1965, President Lyndon Johnson signed into law the Voting Rights Act and, with it, gave millions a new sense of possibility borne of the […]


Watts Girl Scout Troop Comes to the Board

When Janet Frias, 34, moved from South Central to Watts three years ago, she worried how her 6–year-old daughter would adjust.  Her daughter, Aliayah Gonzalez was shy when she first began preschool at Grape Street Elementary School, but after enrolling her in Girl Scout Troop 19785, she noticed a remarkable change in her daughter. “She […]