Community News Briefs: October 2, 2008

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Metro Begins Street Reconstruction as Construction on Gold Lines Continue

Metro construction crews began street reconstruction on Indiana and Lorena streets in Boyle Heights on Monday as construction of the Metro Gold Line Eastside Extension continues.

Indiana Street work will consist of installing a new sidewalk on the west side of the street and street repaving between Second and Gleason streets. Construction is planned to last six weeks.  Lorena and First streets are being re-striped and re paved.  There will also be a new crosswalk on this intersection.  Work will last another week.

Access to homes, businesses and to emergency vehicles will be maintained. Pedestrian access also will be maintained outside the construction zone. Parking on Indiana will be restricted at this time.

The Metro Gold Line Eastside Extension, which will feature eight stations (two underground), will span six miles from Union Station in downtown Los Angeles via the Arts District/Little Tokyo and Boyle Heights to Atlantic/Pomona Boulevards in East Los Angeles and scheduled to open in June 2009.

McCormick Enchilada Sauce Mix Recalled

McCormick & Co. Inc. voluntarily recalled their enchilada sauce mix, sold nationwide, because it contains undeclared milk ingredients.

People allergic to milk “run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reactions” if they consume McCormick Enchilada Sauce Mix with UPC Code 52100091600, according to a company statement.

The enchilada sauce mix was distributed to grocery stores nationally on Sept. 17 in 1.5-ounce pouches with an expiration date of “AUG2910CH.”

No illnesses or allergic reactions have been reported to date, according to the company and no other McCormick products are involved in the recall.

All grocery outlets stocked with affected sauce mix have been notified to remove them from shelves immediately, and consumers who have purchased the product should return it to the place of purchase for a full refund.

PetSmart Donates Money to Support Low Cost Pet Clinics

PetSmart’s charitable arm announced it is donating $13.8 million for eight low-cost spay/neuter clinics in the city and county of Los Angeles on Monday.

Beginning Wednesday, most dogs and cats in the city of Los Angeles will have to be spayed or neutered by the time they are four-months-old. Los Angeles County already requires most dogs to be neutered and microchipped.

PetSmart Charities’ five-year plan is expected to result in the sterilization of 500,000 pets.

“The best solution for reducing the steady stream of homeless companion animals into the shelter system, and ultimately reducing the tragedy of euthanasia, is to reduce the number of unwanted pets. That is achieved with spay and neuter efforts,’’ said Susana Della Maddalena, executive director of PetSmart Charities.

Two nonprofit organizations, Clinico and FixNation, will administer the funding and provide low-cost services to pet owners.

Roosevelt Rough Riders Ripped Off

Thieves broke into Roosevelt High School on Sunday and stole equipment and supplies from several areas around the campus, including shoulder pads and helmets for about 20 members of the Rough Riders Varsity football team. Practice was impacted as several players were forced to do without or share, according to Coach Javier Cid.  As of press time, it was not yet clear what actions would be taken to replace the equipment in time for the team’s league opener game against South Gate on Friday.

L.A. Granted ‘Guest of Honor Status for International Book Fair

(CNS) – The Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs received $1.6 million on Sept. 9 from the National Endowment for the Arts to pay the travel expenses of local artists who will attend the 2009 International Book Fair of Guadalajara, it was announced last week.

The city of Los Angeles will be showcased at the fair, which will feature L.A-based artists in more than 100 exhibitions, performances, films, readings and lectures.

“In naming a city as ‘ guest of honor’ for the first time, the Guadalajara International Book Fair honors and recognizes Los Angeles as a vibrant creative center for the arts,” said Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.

“For nine days in 2009, Los Angeles literature, film, dance and theater will have a privileged place in the largest celebration of reading and learning in Latin America,” he said.
The festival will run from Nov. 28 to Dec.6 2009.

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