Sunset Over Improved Dodger Stadium

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(EGP photo by Fred Zermeno)

As the sun sets, the lights come on at the newly remodeled Dodger Stadium Tuesday as the team prepares for its first night game of the season.

The Los Angeles Dodgers made huge improvements and additions to Dodgers Stadium for the 2013 season, and finished them just in time for the home opener.

Dodger CEO Stan Kasten says there will be continued improvements throughout the year. “With construction happening all through the ballpark in every area of the stadium, we are proud to say that we have accomplished what we set out to do this year and we will continue to work to make sure the L.A. fans have the best experience of any ballpark,” added Kasten.

The team has put $100 million into stadium improvements that include new scoreboards, LDS screens, restroom upgrades, wider walkways, new eateries, children play areas, larger than life bobble heads, and Dodger memorabilia everywhere you look.

Tragedy Strikes East LA Family In Nevada

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Coroners in southern Nevada identified the five victims of a car crash northeast of Las Vegas as Los Angeles County residents, and an 18 year-old man from Southern California is charged with drunken driving and causing the crash.

The crash occured at 2:53 a.m. Saturday on Interstate 15 about 80 miles northeast of Las Vegas.

The five victims were identified as members of a family from East Los Angeles who were returning home following a visit to the ailing father of three the victims.

Killed in the accident were brothers Genaro, Leonardo, and Raudel Fernandez also killed were Raudel’s wife Belen and Angela Sandoval, the thirteen-year-old daughter of Leonardo’s girlfriend Maria Cardenas. Sandoval attended Eastmont Intermediate School in Montebello.

Two of the brothers, Genaro, 41 and Leonardo, 45 lived for years with their families on Northside Drive in East L.A.

Sandoval’s older brother Eddie was also severely injured in the crash, as was their mother who was reportedly driving the vehicle when it was hit.

A 1999 Dodge Durango driven by an alleged drunken 18-year-old Southern Californian named Jean Soriano allegedly caused the crash, according to a Nevada Highway Patrol report. The truck hit a 2002 Chevrolet Astro Van, according to a highway patrol official.

The van rotated clockwise and overturned off the right side of the roadway. As it spun and rolled, five of the seven people in it were thrown out, according to the NHP.

One survivor was a 15-year-old boy who also was thrown from the vehicle. The other survivor was the van’s driver, a 40-year-old woman who was wearing a seatbelt.

They were taken in critical condition to University medical Center in Las Vegas, the NHP said. Their names were being withheld.

Soriano’s Dodge truck also spun to the right side of the desert freeway, and landed on its roof. Soriano was treated at a hospital and then booked into the Clark County Detention Center on suspicion of drunken driving.

His passenger, a 23-year-old man, suffered non-life threatening injuries and was treated and released from a Nevada hospital, according to the NHP.

Beer bottles were found in the Dodge Durango and that troopers performed a blood alcohol test on Soriano at the hospital.

Nevada Highway Patrol Trooper Loy Hixson told a Las Vegas media member that the results won’t be known for a couple of weeks.

Authorities believe Soriano was returning from a visit with family in Utah back to Southern California at the time of the crash, Hixson said.

Information obtained by EGP was used in this report.

Vernon Residents Head to Ballot Mail Box April 9

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Hoping to address the city budget deficit, Vernon residents will be voting by mail on a business tax, parcel tax and a utility user’s tax during next week’s municipal election.

Mayor William J. Davis, whose five-year term is coming to an end, is up for reelection on the April 9 ballot. Davis has served as a Vernon city councilmember since 1981, and is running unopposed.

Lea esta nota EN ESPAÑOL: Residentes de Vernon Votarán Acerca de Tres Medidas Fiscales

The mail-in-ballot requires that residents ensure their ballots are received by the city clerk’s office by 8 p.m. on Election Day. If it is too late to mail the ballots, residents have the option of dropping off their ballots at the City Clerks’ office between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m on Election Day.

If passed, Measures K, L and M would provide an estimated $8 million in revenue for the industrial city, which reportedly had a $12 million deficit in July 2012, according to a recent report by Vernon’s Independent Reform Monitor John Van De Kamp.

Measure K, a business license tax measure, will make the tax currently paid by business owners five times higher, and modify city contract terms to match how long it usually takes to complete a project in the city as opposed to just awarding quarterly or annual contract terms. If passed, the measure would provide an estimated $4.5 million in revenue.

Measure L would levy a 3-cent tax on every square foot of non-residential property in the city to fund public safety services. The 10-year tax would help fund fire, health and police services through 2023 and is expected to generate $1.9 million, according to city officials. The square footage that businesses are already being taxed for the Warehouse Parcel Tax would be excluded from the new tax.

As for Measures M, the Utility Users Tax, voters will decide if they want to approve a 10-year, 1% tax increase, which could generate $1.6 million for the city. The tax would be applied to water, gas, electricity and telecommunications usage for both residents and businesses. If approved low-income households and the disabled will be excluded from the tax.

The city council voted at its Jan. 9 meeting to place the measures on the ballot.

Several business owners opposed the tax measures when they three were introduced in January. They claim the increase in taxes would make it harder to do business in Vernon, which for decades had been touted as the most business friendly city.

One business owner also expressed concerns over the wording of the measures, which he said might not accurately represent the impact the tax will have on businesses in the city.

LA Council Committee Considers Taking Legal Action Against Vernon-Based Facility

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The City Council’s Energy and Environment Committee instructed the City Attorney’s Office and staff Wednesday to report back on how the city can take legal action against Exide Technologies, owners of a Vernon-based battery recycling facility recently cited for emitting potentially harmful levels of arsenic into nearby neighborhoods.

“I want to make sure the exposure levels are addressed immediately by Exide,” Councilman Jose Huizar said during a committee meeting Wednesday.

Officials of the South Coast Air Quality Management District, which monitors stationary sources of air pollution, estimated earlier this month the battery recycling facility has been releasing high levels of toxic arsenic emissions affecting a radius of about 110,000 people, some of them residents in Huizar’s district.

“We want to make sure we move forward and express to Exide we want this done at all costs. I don’t think any life has a price to it,” Huizar said. “Exide is adding toxic air pollution to Boyle Heights, in an area that already has unacceptable levels of air pollution.”

The arsenic emissions are high enough that the cancer risk for those closest to the facility – mostly people who work in nearby buildings – is 156 cancer cases in 1 million, while those in nearby residential neighborhoods including in Maywood, Huntington Park as well as in Los Angeles, have risks of between 10 in 1 million and 22 in 1 million.

The air pollution monitoring agency notifies the public if toxic emission levels reach 10 in 1 million, and if levels go to 25 in 1 million, the agency requires that the companies make changes to their facilities.

Exide has since installed some pollution control measures, which has reduced the emissions, “but from our point of view, it’s not a permanent fix and we want them to do more,” South Coast Air Quality Management District Deputy Executive Officer Mohsen Nazemi told the committee.

Nazemi added that typically companies have three years to come back with a permanent fix, but the monitoring agency wants Exide to improve their control systems in a few month’s time.

The cost of designing a “brand new air pollution system” could potentially cost the company “millions of dollars,” Nazemi told City News Service.

“They may not have to do that, but it will still be relatively costly” to implement a less drastic fix, he said.

Exide, which recycles 20,000 to 40,000 lead acid batteries a day, first came under scrutiny for its lead levels, which were so high that they pushed Los Angeles County’s overall levels of lead emissions beyond federally acceptable limits, Nazemi said.

The company’s lead levels are now under control, Nazemi said, but amid stricter monitoring of the facility’s operations, they discovered “fugitive” arsenic emissions were leaking out of the facility.

Nazemi said the arsenic emission appeared to have been going into the atmosphere since 2010, if not earlier.

Committee member and Councilman Dennis Zine also requested that staff bring back information on how many of the company’s employees have contracted cancer.

Whether employees have contracted cancer at higher than normal levels “plays into how serious this factor is, not only for the community, but for the employees who work there,” Zine said.

“And it may be that some of those employees live in the community, so when they leave work and take off their protective gear, they’re going to get exposed again.”

Exide Technologies purchased the Vernon facility 10 years ago, though the plant, one of just two left “west of the Rockies” that recycles lead acid batteries, has been in Los Angeles since the 1920s.

State Recognizes MUSD For Attendance Improvement

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The State Attendance Review Board recognized the Montebello Unified School District late last month as “a model of attendance improvement and dropout prevention,” the school district announced.

MUSD was one of just 11 programs across California to receive the designation.

According to the District, State Superintendent Tom Torlakson commended MUSD and the other model school districts for their tremendous work in reducing chronic absenteeism, thereby decreasing chances that a student will drop out of school.

“I’m proud of our District for putting in the hard work to keep our students engaged in our classrooms,” MUSD Board of Education President Hector Chacon said in the announcement.

“We’re truly making a difference in the lives of our community and this is just one more example of how we’re doing it.”

The state review board also recognized MUSD a model program in 2010 and 2012.

The District cites its dedication to creating safe learning environments and engaging curriculum as the reason for the rise in attendance in recent years.

In 2011-12, Montebello Unified had an overall 95.85 percent attendance rate, with Macy Intermediate School having the highest percentage of students attending classes daily at 97.08 percent.

Decomposed Body Found at Whittier Narrows

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Los Angeles County Flood Control workers conducting a survey on a water causeway 200 yards north of the Whittier Narrows Dam found decomposed remains there Tuesday.

The discovery of the remains, estimated to have been in the location for several months, was made at 8:39 a.m. on the west bank of the San Gabriel River, about 100 yards west of Bicentennial Park, said Sgt. Rich Pena of the Sheriff’s Headquarters Bureau.

The remains were removed and the coroner’s office and sheriff’s detectives will work to determine the cause and time of death, as well as identifying the remains.

Anyone with information related to the remains was asked to call the sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500.


Boyle Heights Shooting Death

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Authorities are investigating the killing of a man who was gunned down in Boyle Heights last week.

Officers sent to the area of Grande Vista Avenue and Eighth Street about 6:30 p.m. Thurs, March 28 found the man lying on the ground, the Los Angeles Police Department reported. He had been shot multiple times.

The man, in his 30s, died at the scene, said coroner’s Assistant Chief Ed Winter. Detectives believe the crime was gang-related, LAPD Officer Norma Eisenman said. A white four-door Honda occupied by two males was seen leaving the area.

Maya Brings Baseball Passion to United States

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SAN FRANCISCO – In Mexico, the Mayas are a people apart. Half a millennium since Spanish conquistadors set foot in Mesoamerica, their numbers stand in the millions and they remain racially, linguistically and culturally distinct from their non-indigenous countrymen. While most Mexicans are bursting with national pride, Mayas are Yucatecos first (the greatest concentration of Maya are in the Mexican state of Yucatán) and Mexicans second. Most Mexicans speak only Spanish, while most Mayas can speak both Spanish and Maya. And while soccer is practically akin to religion across much of Mexico, for Yucatec Mayas, baseball is life.

Baseball is so popular among Yucatec Mayas (almost all Mayas in Yucatán are either players or fans) and their love of the sport so unique in their country, that it has become a self-identifier, a point of pride and an integral part of what it means to be Maya — right up there with poc-chuc (traditional grilled pork), jarana yucateca (traditional dance) and colorful huipiles (traditional clothing).

“Baseball is an important element of Mayan culture,” says Alberto Perez, director of Asociación MAYAB, a Bay Area Yucatec Maya organization. It’s a culture that is becoming increasingly visible in the United States, where hundreds of thousands of Mayas now live. Baseball, says Perez, provides a way for Maya immigrants in the U.S. to stay connected with community, display cultural pride and establish their unique place within the Latino Diaspora. “It is almost like an underground movement.” Today, a growing but untold number of Yucateco baseball teams are scattered across the state of California – there are even whole leagues here whose rosters are mostly made up of Yucatecos.

There are big teams — the Yucatán Leones play in the highest rung of Mexican professional baseball and have a 13,600-seat stadium – but those are the exception. Attending a Yucateco baseball game is usually an intimate affair, says Gaspar Chi, a Yucateco immigrant to the Bay Area who founded a baseball team here. Many fans who attend games in Yucatán are family members and neighbors that have lived together for generations.

As a result, team loyalties run deep. When teams from the municipalities of Cenotillo and Homún play each other, locals support their players and follow the action as avidly as an American football fan would the NFL. Yucatecos still discuss a remarkable game played in Mérida in 1960, when a team from the tiny municipality of Kopté and a team from the 1,900-person village of Suma de Hidalgo took a tie ballgame into the 18th inning. With only one out needed for a win in the bottom of the 18th, Kopté’s pitcher threw an errant pickoff throw, allowing two runners to score and giving Hidalgo the win, “in a blink of an eye.”

Yet while other baseball playing countries in the region – most notably the Dominican Republic, current champions of the World Baseball Classic — churn out Major League Baseball stars like cars from an assembly line, and young boys dream of becoming rich playing in the U.S., Yucatecos are less inclined to view the sport as a way to escape poverty.

Although some players earn as much as $3,000 per week playing in Mexican professional leagues, most who first play ball as children in Oxkutzcab’s palm-lined sandlots do so solely because they love the sport. It’s a love that is passed down; every generation endows the next with their skills and techniques.

“It is very beautiful to me,” says Rafael ‘Carmito’ Tep, who has served as the official scorer for a local San Francisco-based team for 15 years. “Even if you are down by five runs late, you can still come back and go ahead.” For many Maya immigrants in the U.S., baseball also offers relief from the stress of a long workday. Freddy Cetina, a Bay Aea Yucatec baseball player, says he plays ball to “relax and have fun, to be together with my teammates, my people.”

Nevertheless, Yucatec baseball is notoriously rough and physical. Barreling into the second baseman to break up a double play? Knocking down a runner trying to touch home? It is just another Sunday on a Yucatec baseball diamond. “Yucatec baseball is very aggressive. Both verbally and physically,” says Chi. “They need to be disciplined. They need to be able to attack the ball.”

One San Francisco-based league fields six Maya teams and describes itself as being “led by members of the community that feel a strong affinity and commitment for the favorite sport of the contemporary Mayas of Yucatán: baseball.”

Chi has for 12 years been the Manager of Club Yucatán, which plays in another, primarily non-Maya, competitive league where wooden bats are used and pitches reach 70 miles per hour. The team is an ensemble cast, some as young as 20, others much older, but they are all joined by a profound love of bax’abola (bash-ah-bohl-ah), as baseball is called in Maya.

They can use their shared culture to their advantage on the field: calling pitches and other moves in Maaya t’aan, their native-tongue. “Sometimes we will say, ‘run’ or ‘steal the base!’ in Maya, instead of using signals so the other team doesn’t hear.” says Gómez. “White people who play us, they have no idea what is going on.”

Chi is proud of being a mentor, and sees baseball as a way to unite the local Yucatec community and pass on valuable skills to its members. He makes an effort to speak to his young players in Maya, for example, “to teach them to value themselves as Mayas.”

Chi plays the role of any baseball manager, preaching unity and praising his team with familiar sports clichés. At a recent Sunday-morning game in San Francisco against another Yucateco team, Club Yucatán scored 11 runs but still finished in a tie after their pitcher faltered. The bench and their supporters cheered anyway, thrilled with the result because the club’s hitting had previously been of concern.

As a player’s wife brought in a steaming tub of tamales for the team, she balanced the heavy container atop her head, as Mayan woman have done since time immemorial — a touch of Maya identity hidden among the American surroundings.

Similarly, Yucatec baseball teams are beacons of the uniqueness and worth that Maya immigrants bring to the nation, for those that care to look. “Sometimes people value us less because we are Yucatecos.” Says Alberto Gómez, “What we are trying to do when we play baseball is to show them that it doesn’t matter where your are from, as long as you have fight in you, if you know how to give 100 percent, like Yucatecos do.”

To see video interview of players or read text, go to http://newamericamedia.org


Negligence Lawsuit Against Monterey Park Family Revised

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A judge on ruled last week that lawyers for the parents of a 17-year-old girl who died after being hit by a truck on the Pomona (60) Freeway will have to revise their lawsuit alleging that a Monterey Park family negligently allowed alcohol to be served to the teen before she was killed.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Barbara Scheper said she was not convinced the suit met the statute of limitations when it was revised last August to add Mary Genovia Rodriguez, her son, Kody Genovia, and her daughter, Azia Genovia. But she gave attorneys two weeks to file an amended complaint on behalf of plaintiffs Anette Esmaili and Rodolfo Salazar. The Monterey Park couple, the mother and father of the late 17-year-old Sophia Ilona Salazar, filed the lawsuit in May 2011.

Scheper also placed a stay on the remainder of the case pending the couple’s appeal of her Nov. 16 ruling dismissing the state and two California Highway Patrol officers as defendants. The suit alleges that the officers ignored pleas by the couple’s daughter to help her get home.

The suit also alleges that either no adults were present at the Genovia home when Sophia Salazar and other minors were allowed to consume alcohol, or that if adults were there they were “grossly negligent and derelict.”

Rodolfo Salazar dropped his daughter off at the Genovia residence, the suit states.

Attorneys for the Genovias state that the allegations against their clients should have been brought forward in the original lawsuit, even if their identities were not known to the plaintiffs’ lawyers at the time. The Genovia lawyers say the failure to do so violates the statute of limitations.

In a sworn declaration, Genovia Rodriguez states that at Esmaili’s request she met with the woman two to three months after the teen’s death to discuss what happened at her home that night. Genovia Rodriguez stated that she told Esmaili that she did not normally have alcohol at her residence, but that if it was present she did not know how it got there.

Genovia Rodriguez also states that her husband and brother are members of the Glendale and Los Angeles police departments, respectively. She said her father was an LAPD officer before he became an attorney.

According to the suit, the Pasadena City College student went to a party at the Genovia home the evening of May 28, 2010. She was intoxicated when she left about midnight to return home and walked a mile before becoming lost, according to the lawsuit.

About 12:30 a.m. on May 29, she approached two CHP officers at a 7-Eleven store on Monterey Pass Road in Monterey Park and asked for help in returning to her house, according to her parents’ court papers.

The officers hailed the girl a cab, but she could not pay the $10 fare so resumed her quest to find her way home on foot, according to her parents.

The suit maintains that a “special relationship” had developed between the officers and the teen once they began to assist her.

“The officers failed to pursue the distraught minor or in any way attempt to stop her from walking alone at night in a high-crime area,” their suit alleges.

The CHP later received calls of a woman walking alone on the 60 Freeway, according to the plaintiffs. A helicopter was dispatched, but no rescue vehicle was sent and only one side of the freeway was ordered closed, the family’s court papers state.

The former South Pasadena High School student was struck by a Jeep at about 1 a.m. while walking near the 60/Long Beach (710) Freeway interchange in East Los Angeles.

In a related action, Fire Insurance Exchange is asking a judge to find that they do not have to compensate the Genovias for their costs in hiring lawyers to defend them in the Esmaili and Rodolfo Salazar actions. The insurer maintains that such coverage is not included in the Genovias’ homeowner policy.

Community Calendar: April 4, 2013- April 10, 2013

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Today, Thur. April 4

11am-3pm—LA County & LA City Health Expo 2013 Olvera Street. Expo will feature free health screenings, entertainment, cooking demonstrations, and information about common health issues. Olvera Street is located at 125 Paseo de La Plaza, in downtown Los Angeles, across from Union Station. For more information, go to publichealth.lacounty.gov or call 2-1-1.

7pm—L.A. Contemporary Dance Company Then.  Now.  Onward! at the Diavolo Dance Space in the Brewery: 616 Moulton Ave. LA 90031. LACDC’s Spring Repertory Concert features new work by L.A. choreographers Arianne MacBean, Lindsey Lollie, and Artistic Director, Kate Hutter & live performance of original music by composers Peter Gonzales and Austin Wintory. Repeats Saturday at 8pm & Sunday at 7pm. For more info and tickets: onward.brownpaperticket.com

Friday, April 5

10am-6pm—Focus on the Subject: The Art of the Harari Collection opens at the Pacific Asia Museum in Pasadena. Exhibit features selected works from the museum collections that elucidate how Japanese painters and artisans shared their appreciation for subjects including landscapes, physical beauty and pursuits like poetry and tea ceremonies. Runs through March 2014 during regular museum hours, Wed-Sun 10am to 6pm. Museum is located at 46 North Los Robles Ave, Pasadena, 91101. For admission prices and information, visit www.pacificasiamuseum.org or call (626) 449-2742.

Saturday, April 6

8am-4pm—Northeast Los Angeles Day of Service presented by Councilman Ed Reyes, the Historic Highland Park Neighborhood Council & Greater Highland Park Kiwanis Club. There are opportunities to participate in several projects throughout the Northeast LA community; gather at the Southwest Museum, 234 Museum Dr. in Mt. Washington for the kick off. For more info on the projects, email NELADayofService@gmail.com or call (213) 485-0763.

9am-3pm—Boyle Heights LGBTQ Forum, Community Resource Fair at Mariachi Plaza. Come learn how to make homes, schools & neighborhoods safer and healthier for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBTQ) Youth and their families. This is a free event. Hosted by The Wall Las-Memorias. All are welcome. Workshops at 11am & 2pm. Lunch & entertainment at 12:30pm. Mariachi Plaza is located at 1831 East 1st St. LA 90033. For more information please call  (323) 286-7224 or visit http://www.facebook.com/BoyleHeightsLGBTQForum.

9am—Commerce Relay for Life to Raise Funds to Fight Cancer. Sponsored by the City of Commerce, Commerce Industrial Council &American Cancer Society, the unique 24-hour event aims to increase cancer awareness while raising funds for the American Cancer Society. Teams from all over the community camp out overnight while at least one team member walks or runs around the track in shifts throughout the 24-hour event at the Veterans Memorial Park Baseball Field, 6364 Zindell Ave., Commerce. The event concludes at 9am on April 7. For more information, contact Francine Ayala at (323) 724-8801.

10-11am—“Coffee With Congressman” Xavier Becerra Town Hall meeting at the PUENTE Learning Center. Share your ideas and concerns directly with the congressman. Open to the public. PUENTE Learning Center: 501 South Boyle Ave, LA. Parking entrance on Boyle between 4th and 5th Street. For special accommodations, call (213) 481-1425.

10:30am-2:30pm—2nd Annual Financial Fitness Fair at the Los Angeles Central Library. Participants can talk to experts about a range of personal finance issues, review credit reports, & meet with trained financial coaches for help with creating a budget or paying-off debt. Help available to apply for public benefits such as CalFresh and Medi-Cal. Program includes workshops on buying a home, debt consolidation, saving for college & preventing identity theft. Registration is free & open to the public. Parking available at Westlawn Garage at 524 S. Flower St, next to the Central Library. Parking validation at the Library Information Desk (1st Floor) upon presenting a LAPL library card for $1; cars entering after 10am validation parking fee is $8.

1-5pm—RockaYourSoul: LA’s Celebration of Dance, Gospel and Ailey at Grand Park in downtown LA (Grand Avenue to Hill Street, blocks one & two of the park). Inspired by the rich heritage of the African American community, visitors of all ages engage directly with accomplished performers and teaching artists who will lead dance, singing and arts workshops. Festival is free. For more information or to register for for quilt and fan-making workshops, visit http://www.musiccenter.org/rocka or call (213) 972-7211.

2-4pm—Montebello Library Hosts American Idol Season 6 Songwriter Winner Kelly Corsino, who will help teens explore how poetry & self expression are revealed through music. She will guide teens in re-writing the lyrics to a well-known pop song, improv style, in this free fun workshop. Library: 1550 W. Beverly Blvd Montebello 90640. For more information, call (323) 722-6551.

Wednesday, April 10

6-8pm—Monthly Open House -Optimist Foster Family and Adoption Services for prospective LA area foster/adoptive parents. Get an overview of the process of becoming a foster/adoptive parent, meet social workers & current foster parents. Optimist LA office: 6957 N. Figueroa St, Highland Park. For more information and to register, call Cecelia Gibson at (800) 454-5561, or email cgibson@oyhfs.org. Bilingual staff will be available.

Upcoming

Partnership for LA Schools’ Boyle Heights Parent College Program at Hollenbeck Middle School, Saturdays, April 20-May 18, 9am-12:30 pm. Free & open to parents & families of Stevenson Middle School, Mendez Learning Center, Roosevelt High School, Hollenbeck Middle School, and Sunrise Elementary School. Hollenbeck: 2510 E. 6th St., LA 90023. Free childcare & breakfast. For more information, contact Stanley.anjan@partnershipla.org, call (213) 201-2000 X 234 or Roberto.Carlos@partnershipla.org, (213) 201-2000 X 211.

Road Map to High School College Prep Workshop on Apr. 18 at the Robert Louis Stevenson Library at 4pm. Learn about grade point averages, honor and AP classes, as well as what the College A-G requirements are and which extra-curricular activities to consider while in high school. Workshops are hosted in partnership with the Princeton review and are intended for middle school students and their parents. Boyle Heights Parent College Program. The library is located at 803 Spence St.

2013 Healthy Kids Day on Apr. 27 from 10am to 2pm at the Weingart East Los Angeles YMCA: 2900 Whittier Blvd, LA 90023. Take the whole family for free swim, games, food, health screenings, crafts, giveaways and more. Call the YMCA at (323) 260-7005 for more information.

Announcements:

The Greater Cypress Park Neighborhood Council is seeking volunteer musicians to perform during the group’s annual Cinco de Mayo community celebration on Saturday, May 4, 2013. For more information call Alexia Teran at (323) 223-6840.

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