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July 2013 Newsletter

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Greetings and welcome to our July edition of the Second District newsletter. There have been no summer doldrums in the Second District. As you’ll see, we have a lot going on. You’ll find an important update on child protection and safety issues.... See message

Help for Children: Blue Ribbon Commission Coming

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has voted to create an independent commission that will be charged with rigorously examining why child protection reforms at the Department of Children and Family Services as well as other county agencies have not been implemented... Read more

All Aboard: Metro Funds Crenshaw-to-LAX Train

After more than 30 years of discussion and planning, organizing and advocating, full funding for the design and construction of the Crenshaw-to-LAX light rail line was approved by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority Board Thursday. The vote, at last, gives the South Los Angeles corridor a rail line that will spur economic development and serve as a regional connector to the Los Angeles International Airport... Read more

Probation Camps Launch Freedom Schools Pilot Program

More than 160 boys in two Los Angeles County juvenile probation camps have been selected to participate in the Children’s Defense Fund Freedom Schools program, an innovative educational program... Read more

Architectural Sites: Spruce Goose Hangar

In the recorded histories of gargantuan, Brobdingnagian, pharaonic boondoggles, Howard Hughes’ Spruce Goose – the World War II-era wooden airplane that flapped off the ground for all of one minute... Read more

Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science Receives $1- million Donation

Ask a student attending college about the cost of higher education and they will likely attest to the mounting debt and financial burden that comes along with attending a university... Read more

Students who Overcome Odds Graduate in Special Ceremony

Eighteen-year-old Jeremy Schaub of Culver City has been arrested for vandalism and assault, placed on house arrest for not going to school and, eventually, shipped off to a youth home. With his life spiraling out of control, he ended up at Christa McAuliffe High School... Read more

Youth Summer Internships Give Kids a Chance

Berli Degado felt adrift when her father was killed by gang members in her neighborhood seven years ago. She was in high school and she says she struggled with guidance. Many, she said, expected her to fail. But she was motivated to prove them wrong... Read more

Architectural Awards in the Second District

What do a former YMCA, the Natural History Museum, a transit center, an elementary school and an elderly care facility have in common? They were five projects in the Second District singled out by the Los Angeles Business Council for architectural awards... Read more

USC to Govern Coliseum Commission

The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Commission recently approved a series of reforms to make governance of the historic facility more streamlined and accountable... Read more


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