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June 2012 Newsletter

Board of Supervisors to vote on repeal of 1942 support for Japanese internment

Seventy years ago, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted itself onto the wrong side of history. A month after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, when passions were high and federal officials were weighing a plan to forcibly detain Japanese Americans, the Board voted unanimously to urge President Franklin D. Roosevelt to proceed with internment. It was difficult, the Board said, “If not impossible to distinguish between loyal and disloyal Japanese aliens.” Roosevelt issued Executive order 9066 in February 1942 and 120,000 people of Japanese descent – nearly one-third of who were from Los Angeles County — were held in camps for up to three years... Read more

Architectural sites that define our community - Leimert Park

In the heart of the Crenshaw District sits lovely Leimert Park. Developed in the late 1920’s by real estate mogul Walter Leimert, the neighborhood was an example of cutting-edge urban planning. Walter Leimert’s other projects included Beverly Highlands in the Hollywood Hills, Sierra Park in Orange County, and Cambria Pines near Hearst Castle. Leimert Park’s quaint shopping district today is an arts Mecca -- the hub of Los Angeles’ spoken word, jazz, blues, and poetry community and an important cultural center for the city’s African-American community... Read more

Free STD testing kits now available at Second District kiosks

Last year in the County of Los Angeles, 33,000 women were infected with Chlamydia or gonorrhea, and nearly one-fourth of all these sexually transmitted diseases were in South Los Angeles. The consequences of untreated infections can be grave, resulting in chronic pain, infertility, life-threatening tubal pregnancies, and harm to infants born to mothers who are infected... Read more

Get ready to jam

Kick off summer by channeling your inner artist and get ready to move. Beginning at 6 p.m., June 6 and every subsequent Wednesday for eight weeks through August 1 attendees will be able to sing, dance, and make music with professional Los Angeles based artists at the Ford Jazzed and Motivated (J.A.M.) Sessions at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Ambulatory Care Center in Willowbrook... Read more

It's time to play ball

Three new Dodger Dream Fields are officially opened for ball games at Lennox and Athens Parks. The new baseball fields, with more than $225,000 worth of improvements are pristine, beautiful, and ready for teams to enjoy. Improvements included new irrigation systems, a re-grading of the entire fields, new turf and infield dirt, new solar-powered scoreboards and new field signage... Read more

Spring into Summer hiring spree

Job seekers turned out in full force for the second annual Spring into Summer Hiring Spree Job Fair held recently inside the gym at Victoria Community Regional Park in Carson. For three hours, over 2,000 attendees spoke with more than 70 employers from government, private sector, and non-profit agencies... Read more

Celebrating Cinco De Mayo in Willowbrook

Salsa music, great food and performances from a mariachi band and folklorico dancers kicked off a fun-filled Cinco de Mayo celebration at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Public Health in Willowbrook Thursday, May 3. More than 350 people attended the event, which along with food and music, also had resources tables with information about fitness and nutritional eating. Attendees ate traditional Mexican food fair such as frijoles and chicken fajitas, and sampled watermelon salsa and guacamole with jicama sticks. By the time they finished their meals, it was clear that the crowd was ready to celebrate -- and celebrate they did... Read more

The free silent film workshop at William S. Hart Park and Museum returns

Back by popular demand, the free silent film workshop for young people at the William S. Hart Park and Museum in Newhall, California is back for an encore. For the second year in a row, the Los Angeles County’s Civic Art Program will extend an invitation to prospective applicant’s 10 to 17 years of age, to take part in five free silent film workshops... Read more

Compton Resident named Second District Honoree for the Preschool Teacher of the Year Award

Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas is pleased to announce that Shauneé Breaux Roberson, a teacher and director at the Training and Research Foundation Ozzie Goren Head Start preschool in Los Angeles, is the Second District recipient for the Los Angeles County Preschool Teacher of the Year Award. Roberson, joined honorees from the four other Supervisorial Districts at an awards dinner hosted by Los Angeles Universal Preschool (LAUP) on Thursday, April 26, at the Universal Studios Globe Theater in Universal City. For the last 17 years, Roberson has demonstrated a commitment to early education and child development...”Read more




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