Taking Place This Week

September 21, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

From a 2-day Latin Jazz Festival to a workshop on Alzheimer research, here’s a look at the week ahead.

Los Coyotes - (led by Cesar Rosas and David Hidlago of Los Lobos) will close out the festival, Sunday, Sept. 24 at 5:30 p.m.

Los Coyotes – (led by Cesar Rosas and David Hidlago of Los Lobos) will close out the festival, Sunday, Sept. 24 at 5:30 p.m.

Featured Event: Saturday, Sept. 23 & Sunday, Sept. 24 –Councilman Gil Cedillo’s 4th Annual Latin Jazz & Music Festival at Sycamore Grove Park (4702 N. Figueroa, LA 90042). Free Admission. Two days of live music: (Sat) Joe Batann, Susie Hansen Latin Band, Jimmy Imperial, Soul Sauce, Plaza de la Raza Youth Ensemble, (Sun) Hola Youth Ensemble, Cold Duck, Arturo O’Farrill Quartet, & Lobos Coyotes Blues Band. For more info, visit www.GilCedillo.com.


Today, Sept. 21

7-8:30pm–Eagle Rock Disaster Preparedness Neighborhood Meeting at Eagle Rock City Hall. Help create Eagle Rock’s disaster response plans & build volunteer neighborhood response teams ready to take action when a disaster strikes. ER City Hall is located at 20135 Colorado Blvd, LA 90041. Register at Eventbrite.com: https://cert2-eaglerockmeeting.

3pm–Workshop on Latest Alzheimer Research at the Montebello Library. Hear from researchers about the latest findings related to causes, symptoms, available and future treatments for Alzheimer’s disease. Presented by Alzheimer’s Greater Los Angeles. No charge. Library is located at 15550 W. Beverly Blvd., Montebello 90640. For more info, call (323) 722-6551.


Saturday, Sept. 23

8am–Ascot Hills Challenge – 5K Run/Walk in El Sereno. Finisher medal, t-shirt, food, entertainment & more. Location: Ascot Hills Park, 4371 Multnonah St., LA 90032. Register at AscotHills.com.

4-7pm–Eagle Neighborhood Picnic and Movie Night at Yosemite Park: 1840 Yosemite Dr. LA 90041. “Beauty and the Beast” screens at 7:30pm. Free admission. Bouncy house& kids activities. Bring a blanket or chair. Presented by Councilman Jose Huizar & ERNC. For more info, call (323) 254-5295.


Community Meeting on 710 Freeway Project Draft EIR Sept. 28 in Huntington Park Hosted by East Yard Communities for Environmental Justice. Discuss information & alternatives in report for expanding the 710 Fwy through East/Southeast LA. Provide official comment on the DEIR. Time: 6-9pm. Location: Huntington Park Community Center, 6925 Salt Lake Ave, Huntington Park 90255. For more info,

4th Annual Highland Park Independent Film Festival Oct. 5-8. Event features submissions by local filmmakers from Highland Park and Northeast Los Angeles. Location: Highland Park Theater. For more information, visit http://www.HPIFILMFEST.com

Eastside Residents Prepare for Disaster

May 5, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

“How many of you have a preparedness plan in case of a natural disaster?” Mariela Balam asked a crowd gathered in East Los Angeles last week.

Just a handful raised their hands.

“Today we will show you the four basic preparation steps: have a plan, keep supplies, stay informed, get involved,” said Balam, a program manager with the Los Angeles County Office of Emergency during the “PrepareAthon” resource fair April 28 at the Centro Maravilla Service Center.

Lea este artículo enEspañol: Residentes del Este de Los Ángeles Se Preparan en Caso de un Desastre

A coalition of county, state and federal agencies took part in the fair attended by nearly 100 participants, most of them Spanish speaking seniors and people with disabilities.

Speakers presented information on everything from how to do CPR to putting together an emergency kit and plan, with special emphasis on what to do if you are elderly or disabled.

“Remember, you must have the essentials; water, first aid kit, non-perishable food, a battery operated lamp, batteries and a fire extinguisher,” Balam told the group, pointing out the items must be organized in a central place and offering the country’s free Emergency Survival Guide that details how to prepare, respond and recover if disaster strikes.

In an earthquake, remember to  “drop, cover and hold on,” Balam said, emphasizing options for the elderly and disabled.

If you use a cane, drop it next to you and try to get under a desk or table. If you use a walker or wheelchair, be sure to lock the brake, stay sitting, bend over, and cover your head with your hands and hold on, Balam said.

“PrepareAthon” events like this are a way to help people get prepared before disaster strikes, Kenneth Kondo, a spokesperson with the LA County Office of Emergency told EGP.

Members of Los Bomberos Association demonstrated to residents how to perform CPR during the PrepareAthon event at Centro Maravilla. (EGP photo by Jacqueline Garcia)

Members of Los Bomberos Association demonstrated to residents how to perform CPR during the PrepareAthon event at Centro Maravilla. (EGP photo by Jacqueline Garcia)

We’ve found that people often don’t have basic items such an emergency kit, or they think installing a fire alarm is too complicated, Kondo said, adding many people do not know how to perform life-saving cardiopulmonary resuscitation or CPR.

“We want to be in front, before disaster hits,” he explained.

Ben Hernandez is a member of Los Bomberos, an association of Latino firefighters. You can be a “hero” he told the audience as he and his partner demonstrated the proper way to perform CPR.

First check their pulse, if there’s no pulse, begin compressions in the middle bone of the chest, he explained.

“There’s no specific amount of time [to do it]; You don’t stop until the person breathes again,” Hernandez said.

A lot of strength is needed to compress the chest and some older people might find it too strenuous, but if they’ve been trained, they can explain it to someone else, Hernandez pointed out.

He also encouraged the audience to sign up for Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training to learn basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue and disaster medical operations.

Anna Divia, deputy officer is assigned to the East Los Angeles Sheriff’s Station. She told the crowd that the department often works with other agencies such as the American Red Cross and the fire department.

She encouraged people to check their fire alarms to be sure they are working. If you don’t know how or don’t have one, call the Red Cross to get one for free and someone will install it for you at no cost, she said.

“These new smoke alarms last up to 10 years without changing the battery,” said the deputy officer.
Earthquakes and other disasters can cause gas leaks, said David Meza with SoCal Gas, advising participants to follow the utility’s natural gas safety tips – “look, listen, smell” – to determine whether to shut  the gas valve off. “Everybody should have an adjustable wrench next to the gas meter,” he said, recommending people also know where their electric switch box and water valves are in case they also need to be shut off.

People with serious illnesses, such as diabetes, must be sure to have emergency supplies nearby, advised Brian Ballard with CareMore Health Plans. Some of the most important items to keep handy—and extras in a different locations if possible—are glucose monitors, batteries for insulin pumps, food, alcohol and a copy of important documents such as prescriptions, medical emergency card and a list of contacts.

It is better for blood sugar to be higher than lower, Ballard said. “Low blood sugar can kill you instantly, while high blood sugar can stay high for up to two weeks before turning to a chronic illness,” he said.

“We can’t prevent a disaster, but we can minimize” its damage if we are all well prepared, emphasized John Cvjetkovic from the county’s public services department, showing photos of California disasters dating back to the 1800s.

East Los Angeles resident Maria Bobadilla said she was very impressed with the event because she learned many new things to help her be better prepared in an emergency.

“I knew a little bit of everything, but they explained it clearly,” she told EGP in Spanish.

Inez Rodriguez cares for Maria Zamora, who is in a wheelchair. She told EGP the resource fair provided a lot of new information to them and that she was glad they included options for people with disabilities.

“Now we feel more prepared,” she told EGP as she was leaving the event.

For more information on how to get the preparedness plan and guide, visit www.espfocus.org or call (323) 980-2260.


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