President Obama Remembers Entertainment Icon Dick Clark

April 19, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

(CNS) – President Barack Obama joined the chorus of Americans mourning Wednesday’s death of broadcasting pioneer Dick Clark in Santa Monica, saying the “American Bandstand” host changed the landscape of television.

“With ‘American Bandstand,’ he introduced decades’ worth of viewers to the music of our times,” Obama said in a statement released by the White House.

“He reshaped the television landscape forever as a creative and innovative producer,” he said. “And, of course, for 40 years, we welcomed him into our homes to ring in the New Year. But more important than his groundbreaking achievements was the way he made us feel — as young and vibrant and optimistic as he was.

“As we say a final ‘so long’ to Dick Clark, America’s oldest teenager, our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends — which number far more than he knew.”

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Archdiocese Sued Over Alleged Sexual Abuse by Former Vernon Mayor’s Son

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(CNS) – A lawsuit filed Wednesday on behalf of a former Catholic high school student alleges he was sexually abused by a teacher in 2006 and that school administrators and their superiors in the Los Angeles Archdiocese could have prevented it.

The suit was the subject of a news conference held yesterday in front of the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels by members of Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests.

The plaintiff, identified in the complaint as former Daniel Murphy Catholic High School student John Doe TD, filed the suit in Los Angeles Superior Court against the archdiocese and John Malburg, alleging sexual battery, negligence and fraudulent conveyance. He seeks unspecified damages.

The Archdiocese acted quickly when the allegations against Malburg surfaced, spokesman Tod Tamberg said.

“The archdiocese first became aware of the investigation from the police and fully cooperated with the investigation,” he said. “Malburg was immediately removed from his position and archdiocesan officials met with parents at the school.”

The plaintiff, now an adult, alleges he was coerced into appearing in a series of pornographic videos being produced by Malburg. At the time, Malburg was a teacher as well as the vice principal and dean of students at the school, which closed in 2009.

In addition to the allegations against Malburg and the archdiocese, the complaint alleges that Malburg’s parents, Dominica and former Vernon Mayor Leonis Malburg, were involved in a fraudulent scheme to transfer property assets in order for their son to avoid civil judgment claims.

The younger Malburg pleaded no contest to continuous sexual abuse of a minor and using a minor for commercial sex acts and was sentenced to eight years in state prison in a plea deal in which 12 other counts were dismissed.

One of the named victims in the criminal complaint was the plaintiff, according to his attorneys.

Malburg pleaded no contest in a separate case to conspiracy to commit voter registration fraud, voter registration fraud and perjury by declaration, and was sentenced in that case to three years and four months in state prison.

His father was convicted of charges including fraudulent voting and conspiracy for falsely claiming to live in the tiny municipality of Vernon, while his mother was convicted of conspiracy and fraudulent voting.

Leonis Malburg was sentenced to five years probation and ordered to pay $579,000 in fines and restitution, while Dominica Malburg was sentenced to three years probation and ordered to pay $36,000 in fines and penalty assessments.

Sex Offender Arrested for Lewd Conduct at Monterey Park L.A. Fitness Gym

April 19, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

(CNS) – Felony charges were filed today against a convicted sex offender accused of sexually assaulting a teenage boy at a Monterey Park gym.

Javier Magdaleno, a 55-year-old transient with a child annoying conviction on his record, pleaded not guilty to one count each of committing a lewd act on a child, indecent exposure with a prior and annoying or molesting a child with a prior.

He is due back in Alhambra Superior Court on May 11 to get a preliminary hearing date.

Magdaleno was arrested late Monday night in Rosemead in connection with the alleged sexual assault of a 15-year-old boy at the LA Fitness in Monterey Park, but investigators are concerned there may be additional victims, said Monterey Park police Lt. Carrie Mazelin.

Magdaleno is known to frequent LA Fitness locations in Alhambra and Arcadia and Bally’s Fitness in Rosemead, she said.

LA Fitness staff “were very cooperative and provided assistance to the police investigators at the scene,” Mazelin said.

Although teens are welcome at many public gyms, they should always be accompanied by an adult family member if possible, the lieutenant said. Sexual predators frequent such establishments, and parents should talk with their teens about sexual predators in public places, she said.

Anyone with information about the case should contact Monterey Park police investigators at (626) 307-1236.

LAUSD School Board Member’s Chief of Staff Arrested

April 19, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

(EGPNews) – Los Angeles Unified School District Board Member Bennett Kayser’s chief of staff, Sarah Bradshaw, 47, was arrested on April 16 under suspicion of driving under the influence, the Glendale News-Press and La Cañada Valley Sun reported.

Bradshaw was leaving a gym in Glendale at 1:55 a.m. when police stopped her for an undisclosed traffic violation; a small plastic bag containing marijuana was seized from her car before she was taken into custody, the newspapers reported.

LA City Council Seeks to Ban Sale of Non-Rescue Pets

April 19, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

The Los Angeles City Council moved Tuesday to ban stores in the city from selling dogs, cats and rabbits that are not from shelters, humane societies or registered rescue organizations.

The council voted 11-1 to ask the City Attorney’s Office to draft an ordinance banning the pet sales. Councilman Bill Rosendahl cast the dissenting vote.

City Councilman Paul Koretz, who sponsored the motion, said the ban would help eliminate puppy mills and reduce the city’s animal euthanasia rates by trimming the overall pet population.

“Puppy mills are a very cruel practice with inhumane conditions that often result in the animals having many kinds of medical problems,” Koretz said.

The approved motion also directed the Animal Services Department to report back on how the proposed ban, if enacted, would affect kill rates at city shelters and its economic effect on pet stores.

Koretz’s motion also asks the department to craft a way to distinguish pet shops that comply by selling rescue dogs, cats and rabbits from stores that sell other live animals like fish and reptiles.

The ban on pet sales would got into effect six months after the ordinance is enacted and would be for a temporary three-year trial period.

Community Calendar: April 19, 2012 to April 25, 2012

April 19, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Today, Thursday April 19
10am-1pm—Arroyo Vista Family Health Centers Children’s Health Fairs
are offering free children’s health screenings starting today at the clinic in El Sereno 4837 N. Huntington Dr. LA 90032); Friday in Lincoln Heights (2411 N. Broadway, LA 90031) and Saturday in Highland Park (6000 N. Figueroa St., LA 90042). Screenings: vision, hearing, dental, blood pressure, height and weight, podiatry, free childhood vaccines, information for ladies on free mammograms. Music, face paintings, and more! For more information, call (323) 987-2028 or (323) 987-2007.

7pm—EYCEJ Hosts a Recycle Art Workshop at the Atlantic Library in the City of Commerce. Children will learn how to create a guitar out of recycled materials, while parents attend a workshop on the Green Zones campaign. The library is located at 2269 S. Atlantic Blvd Commerce, 90040.

Friday, April 20
7pm—Roosevelt High School Presents “Este es Mi Mexico” Concert featuring Mariachi Olimpico, Mariachi Olimpico Alumni,
Roosevelt High School Orchestra and special guest Mariachi Los Reyes from La Fonda Restaurant. Concert at 7pm in Roosevelt Auditorium: 456 S. Matthews ST. LA 90033. Tickets $15. For more information, call (323) 780-6500 ext 320.

Saturday, April 21
9am-2pm—Monterey Park Earth Day Festival & Bike Ride on the front lawn of City Hall:
320 W. Newmark Ave. Bike ride starts at 7am. Exhibitors, workshops and free giveaways. For more information, go to http://www.ci.monterey-park.ca.us.

9am-3pm—Too Toxic to Trash: Free Countywide Household Hazardous and E-Waste Roundup at South Gate Park:
Tweedy Blvd at Hildreth Ave. LA County residents can safely discard antifreeze, unused medicines, car batteries, used motor oil, paint, pesticides, hypodermic needles, pen needles, syringes, lancets, and intravenous needles, household batteries, fluorescent light bulbs, and electronic waste (e-waste) such as TVs and monitors, computers, VCRs, stereos, and cell phones. For more information, call County of LA Dept. of Public Works at 1(888) CLEAN LA or go to www.888CleanLA.com or the Sanitation Districts of LA County at 1 (800) 238-0172 or www.lacsd.org.

10am—Earth Day Latino 2012: An Urban Camping Experience at Los Angeles Historic State Park, Downtown LA; continues on Sunday. Free and open to the public. Join a variety of activities, including: Ground blessing ceremony by Tongva Native Tribe; Arroyo Seco oaks planting with Urban Semillas; Unveiling of Zanja Madre Water Wheel artistic model; LA River-area youth battle of the bands and more. Park:1245 N. Spring St. LA 90012. For more information, go to

2pm—Hermon’s First “Kite Flight” atop Los Angeles International Charter High School. Bring your own kite or buy one there for $8. Adults & children welcome. Buy a hamburger lunch for $10; $5 for kids under 12. Location: 625 Coleman Ave. LA 90042.

7pm— Lummis Day Film Screening Fund-Raiser: An Evening of LA Film, LA Myth at the Highland Park Ebell Club: 131 S. Ave 57, LA 90042. Starts off with first look excerpt from Richard Montoya’s prize winning Chicano-noir play, “Water & Power,” followed by “Chinatown,” the L.A. noir classic starring Jack Nicholson. Tickets: $15 at the door, or at www.LummisDay.org and local retailers. Proceeds support the 2012 Lummis Day program. For more info, e-mail lummisday@yahoo.com.

Wednesday, April 25
7-9pm—Los Angeles Astronomical Society’s Free Astronomy Class at Garvey Ranch Park Observatory in Monterey Park.
Use the onsite telescopes at weekly Wednesday fun and educational “Science Nights.” Observatory is located at 781 Orange Ave. Monterey Park, 91755. For more information, visit http://nightsky.jpl.nasa.gov/event-calendar.cfm .

Upcoming
The Benjamin Franklin Library will screen “The Latino Family and Alzheimer’s Disease,”
a film in Spanish with English subtitles, on April 26 at 6:30pm. The Alzheimer’s Association will hold a bilingual informational discussion following the movie. The Library is located at 2200 East 1st St. LA 90033. For more information, call (323) 263-6901.

2012 Annual May Day Mass March & Rally will take place May 1 at 1pm.
The march will start at Olympic and Broadway in Downtown Los Angeles. As in years past, the focus will be on immigrant and workers’ rights. For more information, call AnswerLa.org at (213) 251-1025.

To submit an event or announcement to the Community Calendar, email calendar@egpnews.com. All submissions are subject to space availability. Paid advertising available, for more information, contact: advertise@egpnews.com.

Obama Names TELACU CEO to Key Treasury Department Board

April 19, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

President Barack Obama recently appointed David Lizarraga, President and CEO of TELACU, to the Community Development Advisory Board, a position under the U.S. Department of the Treasury.

“I am grateful that [this] impressive individual [has] chosen to dedicate [his] talent to serving the American people at this important time for our country. I look forward to working with [him] in the months and years ahead,” stated Obama.

The Community Development Advisory Board — comprised of 15 members including the Secretaries of the Departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Housing and Urban Development, Interior and Treasury and the Administrator of the Small Business Administration — advises Donna Grambell, Director of the Community Development Financial Institutions Fund (CDFI Fund), on policies regarding the activities of CDFI Funds.

David Lizarraga

CDFI funds promotes access to capital and local economic growth in urban and rural low-income communities across the nation, particularly important as many of those communities continue to look for ways to strengthen their economic outlook.

Lizarraga also serves as Chairman of the Board at Community Commerce Bank and is a member of the Minority Business Roundtable. He is the immediate past Chairman of the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and has served on a number of other boards, including the Congressional Hispanic Caucus’ Corporate America Task Force, Wells Fargo’s Community Development Enterprise, and Bank of America’s National Community Advisory Council.

He is the recipient of numerous awards, including from the California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce, the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Minority Small Business Advocate of the Year Award, and the NAACP’s Thurgood Marshall Award.

Lizárraga received an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters degree from the California State University at Los Angeles.

Business Publication Hands Out Healthcare Awards

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AltaMed CEO Castulo de la Rocha was one of 13 healthcare professionals honored by the Los Angeles Business Journal April 11 at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles.

De la Rocha received the Business Journal’s Lifetime Achievement Award “for his efforts in making health care accessible to the Los Angeles community,” according to an AltaMed press release.

According to the LA Business Journal, the awards honor the accomplishments of individuals and organizations that have helped Angelinos receive better healthcare, while still protecting their organization’s bottom line.

“Cástulo de la Rocha saw lines of people waiting for care at store front clinic in East Los Angeles, 35 years ago, he knew something needed to be done. Since then, he has taken AltaMed, a non-profit community health clinic, from a two employee clinic to a fully-accredited Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) with approximately 1900 employees,” according to wording on the business award.

It goes on to state that “AltaMed is now the largest independent FQHC in the nation, delivering more than 800,000 patient visits annually from 44 sites in Los Angeles and Orange Counties … Since 2006, AltaMed has grown from 398,000 to 855,000 patient visits per year. Additionally, AltaMed is one of the few not-for-profit community clinics that have remained financially stable throughout one of the most turbulent financial times in U.S. history – growing from $77.4 million in 2006 to more than $200 million this year.”

A. Shawn Adhami, M.D., of Vistasol Medical Group in Montebello and Morelia Medical Clinic in El Monte was also honored at the Business Journal luncheon, winning the prestigious Medical Group CEO Award. He was also nominated for the Healthcare Leadership Lifetime Achievement Award for Los Angeles.

Dr.Adhami is a practicing Internal Medicine physician, CEO and Medical Director of Vistasol Medical Group in Montebello and Morelia Medical Clinic in El Monte, and Chief of Staff at Monterey Park Hospital.

Dr. Adhami, the only physician to be honored, said he was humbled by the award, and thanked his father, who was in the audience, “for his lifelong inspiration.”

His skills as a physician has earned him various other awards in the past including: Patients’ Choice Award by American Registry in 2008, 2010 and 2011, Most Compassionate Doctor in 2010 and 2011, and Healthgrades 5 star doctor in 2010 and 2011.

Founder of ‘Mothers of East LA’ Passes Away

April 12, 2012 by · 3 Comments 

An unconventional activist, who made the mothers of an inner city neighborhood a force to be reckoned with, has passed away.

Lucy Delgado, founder of Mothers of East Los Angeles (MELA), passed away on April 11, she was 87 years old.

Delgado was born on Dec. 15, 1924 and lived her entire life in Boyle Heights.

Read the final version of this obituary published in EGP newspapers on April 19: ‘Mothers of East LA’ Founder Passes Away

Photo courtesy of Mothers of East Los Angeles

She is being remembered as  a fierce leader who organized mothers living in East Los Angeles  to fight against the construction of a prison in Boyle Heights in the 1980s, and as a graceful woman who dedicated her life to improving the local community.

Delgado helped create a movement among regular people who were fed up with being the dumping ground for public projects other communities did not want, such as the prison.

“There were weekly Monday night demonstrations that were held on the Olympic Boulevard bridge in which hundreds of mothers along with their spouses and children would march up and down the Olympic Boulevard bridge demanding that their voices be heard.

“The women would always wear scarves on their heads as a sign of peace, dignity and respect for their community,” states the Mothers of East Los Angeles website about the group’s fight against the raising of a prison on the Eastside.

Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria Molina said Delgado was an inspiration to all who fought against the proposed prison in East Los Angeles, including herself.

“Even at our lowest times, her smile and determination propelled us forward. When you spoke to her, she would hold your hand in a firm, but loving grip, a gentle reminder that everything you love you work hard for.  She loved her church and she loved her community and no matter what else she had to do with her family, her church, her community, she was at heart a warrior for justice,” Molina told EGP in a statement.

“We lost a true matriarch, it is a loss not only to her family but to Boyle Heights. She was somebody,” said Monsignor John Moretta, pastor at Resurrection Church.

“Lucy Delgado was a passionate advocate of community awareness and fulfillment of needs; a tireless community woman who fought the environmental injustices in her own backyard,” said MELA Executive Director Diana del Pozo-Mora, whose mother, Josie Del Pozo, was Delagado’s sister. The two women and Lucy Ramos co-founded MELA .

MELA received its name quite accidentally,  according to Moretta. Over 200 local mothers had traveled to Sacramento to testify against the plans for the prison. While there, someone asked who the mothers were and Moretta responded,  “They are the Mothers of East Los Angeles.”

The name stuck.

The nearly  decade long fight ultimately ended in victory for the residents of East Los Angeles.  It was decided the prison should instead be  built in Lancaster, according to Frank Villalobos of Barrio Planners, Inc,  who along with Moretta was one of the male members of MELA.

“With the help of Lucille Roybal-Allard, Gloria Molina and Xavier Becerra we were able to defeat these projects on [our] home ground by taking them through the process of environmental activism. We were able to challenge the plans in court and in legislation,  with a female head of household leading the way against all these unwanted projects,” Villalobos said.

Delgado’s health began to decline after her sister Josie died in 2006,  according to Villalobos.

The sisters’ community involvement started long before the fight against the prison, he said, also recalling that both sisters had worked at the old Sears & Roebuck in Boyle Heights,.

They were heavily involved in the school district and other issues in the neighborhood located in the vicinity of Assumption Parish, Villalobos said.

Delgado  joined Cesar Chavez during his first fast against the use of pesticides on California grapes,  Del Pozo-Mora said.

She was a historical preservationist and fought against the construction of the highways that bisect Boyle Heights, and changing the name of Brooklyn Avenue to Cesar Chavez.

Delgado promoted the restoration of the Breed Street Shul by the Jewish community and the establishment of the Japanese-American National Museum in the neighboring district of Little Tokyo. She was a founding member of the Boyle Heights Historical Society and the Breed Street Shul Preservation Committee.

“Lucy was La Madre del Este Los Angeles, the quintessential proud and loving mother of the Eastside, and, in the words of the Jewish tradition, an exemplary eyshet chayil, woman of valor,” said Stephen Sass, chairman of the board for the Breed Street Shul Project. said

“Her passing is a huge loss for our community.”

Delgado was a founding member of the Boyle Heights Neighborhood Council, Boyle Heights Neighbors Organization, and active in numerous other organizations.

During the 1990’s, Delgado fought against Vernon’s plans to construct a hazardous-waste incinerator, and most recently, she protested plans for a Vernon Power Plant and the sale of alcohol at a retail pharmacy at the site of the historic Golden Gate Theatre.

Delgado supported METRO/MTA’s development and local projects in Boyle Heights.

She  was a talented pottery maker and frequently made gifts for her family and friends. A mosaic street beautification project showcases her talent as an artist. She and fellow artist  Juaquin Castellanos made the mosaics that now adorn a section of Cesar Chavez, near Soto Street.

“First my faith, then my love for Boyle Heights” was her motto, Del Pozo-Mora told EGP.

Delgado’s activism was fueled by concern for the health and safety of her neighborhood. She fought against “environmental racism” and took on quality-of-life issues, Del Pozo-Mora said.

She challenged the stereotype that poor people don’t care about the environment, Del Pozo-Mora said. As a leader of action, change and empowerment, she was an inspiration to the community.

Delgado is survived by her three children Robert, Victor and Irene, seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren,.

A rosary and mass for Delgado will be held at Resurrection Church at 9:30am on Wednesday, April 18. Her burial will follow at Calvary cemetery.

Editor’s note: this post was updated on April 13 at approximately 5:30 p.m.

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