Miles de Árboles serán Plantados por Jóvenes en Los Ángeles

September 22, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

La junta de supervisores votó, el 20 de septiembre, a favor de asignar $1 millón a un programa de plantación de árboles el cual empleará a jóvenes de alto riesgo en el Este de Los Ángeles, Walnut Park, Bassett y Valinda.

La supervisora Hilda Solís, propuso que el dinero sea alocado al grupo, San Gabriel Valley Conservation Corps.

“Nuestro objetivo es crear barrios saludables, especialmente para los más vulnerables de nuestras comunidades. Los árboles crean hasta un 10% de áreas más frescas y ayudan a conservar energía, reduciendo nuestra huella de carbono”, dijo Solís.

El grupo, el cual es dirigido por jóvenes, concentrados en la comunidad, se enfoca en la educación y en el entrenamiento de muchachos en riesgo, ofrecerá sueldos a 90 participantes.

“Las áreas sombreadas aumentarán y se verán más calles verdes que animarán a la gente a hacer ejercicio, a establecer zonas verdes y a centrarse en otras oportunidades ecológicas con múltiples beneficios”, dijo Solís en un comunicado.

Un miembro del grupo dijo que espera que el programa motive el interés en especies invasoras y en espacios verdes.

“Lo más importante es que queremos asegurar de que los jóvenes en riesgo sean vistos en una luz diferente, así todos ganamos”, dijo Irvin Barragan, miembro del San Gabriel Valley Conservation Corp.

El programa también se asociará con seis organizaciones comunitarias para reclutar a jóvenes e inspirar a los residentes locales a cuidar de su comunidad.

Solís y el Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas al igual, propusieron entablar acuerdos con las corporaciones de conservación de California, Los Ángeles, San Gabriel y Long Beach. Esto, con el fin de proveer hasta $2 millones al año para el mantenimiento y servicios de conservación de agua por los próximos cinco años.

Ambas proposiciones fueron aprobadas unánimemente.

Los Ángeles Intenta Eliminar Fraudes por Servicios Migratorios

September 22, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Una moción fue aprobada unánimemente por la Junta de Supervisores del Condado de Los Ángeles con el fin de eliminar los fraudes y estafas que sufre la comunidad inmigrante gracias a varios notarios públicos.

La moción presentada el 13 de Septiembre por la presidenta de la junta, Hilda Solís junto con la supervisora Sheila Kuehl, busca “licenciar a los consultores de inmigración”. Esto, con el fin de “proteger” a más de 50.000 residentes del condado que califican para DACA y unos 800.000 que son elegibles para la ciudadanía, según un comunicado de prensa.

“Las víctimas del fraude son a menudo inconscientes de las posibles estafas de consultores de inmigración o notarios,” dijo la Supervisora Kuehl en el comunicado. “Las víctimas pueden ser dadas información inexacta y pagar sumas exorbitantes, y en la hora que se dan cuenta del fraude ya no tienen suficiente dinero para contratar abogados legítimos para remediar el caso,” continuó.

Multas se implementaran a aquellos notarios que trabajen sin una licencia y también se establecerá una cantidad máxima que se cobre por los servicios legales.

Miembros de la comunidad y víctimas de fraude por notarios asistieron a la presentación de la moción el 13 de septiembre. Foto: Cortesía de la oficina de Hilda Solís.

County Supervisors Back Tougher Fed Rules on Payday Lenders

September 15, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

The Board of Supervisors Tuesday voted its unanimous support of federal regulations targeting predatory lending practices by payday, car title and installment lenders.

“We believe protecting families and their pocketbooks is good public policy,” Supervisor Hilda Solis said.

The city of Los Angeles has the highest number of payday lenders in the state, with about 800 stores found mostly in communities of color, according to Solis.

“Californians now pay over $700 million in fees on these loans every year,” Solis said. “Our families are trapped in cycles of high-cost debt.”

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, created in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis, has proposed rules requiring lenders to assess a borrower’s ability to repay a loan, restrict lenders from requiring access to a borrower’s checking account and cap annual percentage rates for some short-term loans at 36 percent.

Payday loans typically have a 14- or 30-day term and are payable in full upon receipt of a paycheck, tax refund or other expected cash payment.

California law limits the fee on payday loans to $15 per $100, up to a maximum of $45. That charge translates to an APR of 460 percent for a two-week loan.

The majority of payday customers are repeat customers. The CFPB found that borrowers at payday loan stores took out a median of 10 loans and more than 80 percent of loans were rolled over or renewed within two weeks.

Roughly 75 percent of fees generated come from borrowers who take out 11 or more loans each year.

California law is tougher than that in many states and prohibits lenders from writing a new loan to pay off an existing debt or making a new loan while an existing loan is outstanding.

The public may comment on the proposed rules through Oct. 7 at consumerfinance.gov.

County Will Fight Moves to Cut Its Metro Board Seats

August 25, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors went on record Tuesday against a state bill that would cut the number of county seats on the Metropolitan Transportation Authority Board of Directors from five to two.

Senate Bill 1379, sponsored by Sen. Tony Mendoza, D-Artesia, would maintain 14 board seats, but replace three of the county seats with a post for Long Beach and for appointees of the president pro tempore of the Senate and the speaker of the Assembly.

Supervisor Hilda Solis recommended sending a letter to Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leaders opposing the bill and directing county lobbyists to actively advocate against it.

In her motion, Solis said each of the supervisors acts on behalf of the incorporated cities that comprise their district when they vote on the Metro board, not just the unincorporated areas of the county.

In addition to the five county seats, the current board includes Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and three of his appointees, four members appointed from other cities and one non-voting member appointed by the governor.

The debate comes as officials wrangle over Metro’s plans for spending the estimated $120 billion that would be generated by a half-cent sales tax increase proposed by Measure M. The measure is set for the Nov. 8 ballot and requires the approval of at least two-thirds of voters to pass.

Also known as the Los Angeles County Traffic Improvement Plan, the measure includes a package of new rail and bus lines, highway improvements, bike lanes and street repairs.

Mendoza said the plan does not consider the needs of communities countywide and questioned the Metro board’s process for choosing and prioritizing specific projects.

He originally proposed adding 10 seats to the Metro board to address what he sees as a “lopsided system.”

Supervisor Michael Antonovich said if Mendoza “was interested in having a real regional body,” he should reallocate seats held by the city of Los Angeles to other municipalities.

Before the vote, Antonovich amended Solis’s motion to also oppose any measure that would reduce the county’s representation on the board or expand the city of Los Angeles’ representation.

Breves de la Comunidad

August 18, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Highland Park

(CNS)- Los bomberos controlaron un incendio el lunes, 15 de agosto en una de las unidades de un edificio de apartamentos, con estilo de jardín, localizado en el 120 E. de la Avenida 40 en Highland Park.

Un hombre y su hijo fueron evaluados en el lugar de los hechos para determinar si habían sufrido quemaduras, dijo Margaret Stewart, parte del Departamento de Bomberos de Los Ángeles.

Echo Park

(CNS) – Se espera que los oficiales municipales y lideres de la ciudad aprueben recompensas que totalicen a $25,000 con esperanzas de encontrar al sospechoso encargado de una serie de intentos de ataques sexuales y de crímenes de invasión de hogares durante el mes de agosto en las áreas de Echo Park, Westlake, Silver Lake, Hollywood y el centro de Los Ángeles.

La Junta de Supervisores aprobó una recompensa de $10,000 el 17 de agosto gracias a las recomendaciones de la supervisora Hilda Solís. La próxima semana votarán por la medida.

El sospechoso fue descrito como un hombre afroamericano de piel clara, con una edad aproximada de 20 a 30 años y con pelo negro y ojos cafés.

Este de Los Ángeles

(CNS)- Más mosquitos han producido resultados positivos al virus West Nile durante la última semana en diferentes partes de Los Ángeles.

De acuerdo al Distrito de Control de Vectores de Los Ángeles, la actividad relacionada con el virus fue detectada por primera vez en el Este de Los Ángeles, Artesia, El Sereno, Elysian Valley, Hawaiian Gardens, Newhall y Signal Hill.

El Virus “West Nile” ha sido detectado en 169 mosquitos en el distrito y en 41 pájaros muertos y en cinco pollos.

Solamente un caso humano ha sido confirmado por el Condado de Los Ángeles.

Este de Los Ángeles

(CNS) – Se busca a un hombre que se robó $20 de la tienda Mayra’s 99 Cent Discount el miércoles 3 de agosto a las 4:20 p.m. en el bloque 100 de la Avenida Mednick, de acuerdo al Departamento del Sheriff del Condado de Los Ángeles.

La victima, según, vio la punta de una pistola que el hombre cargaba y fue entonces cuando le robó.

El individuo, de unos 20-25 años de edad, llevaba puesto una sudadera y gorra negra, pantalones cortos a la rodilla de color beige con zapatos y calcetines negros.

Si tiene información relevante puede contactar a la estación de policías al (323) 264-4151.

Programa Comunitario Abre Nuevo Jardín en Este de Los Ángeles

July 28, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

La octava y última gran apertura de un jardín, parte del programa “Little Green Fingers”, fue celebrada el sábado 16 de julio, en el Parque Belvedere de acuerdo a un anuncio de la oficina de la Supervisora del Condado de Los Ángeles Hilda L. Solis.

Gracias al jardín, los residentes del Este de Los Ángeles tendrán acceso a crecer sus propias frutas y vegetales. También podrán recibir clases de cocina y jardinería.

El nuevo promueve mejores opciones de alimentos saludables para los residentes en la zona e incluye contenedores de compostaje, según el comunicado.

Solis asistió ha el evento y agradeció al programa Little Green Fingers y a la Corporación de Conservación en Los Ángeles por ofrecer una alternativa para mejorar la salud de la comunidad.

“Este jardín comunitario ofrece un ambiente sano donde las familias pueden cultivar hábitos saludables mientras sus niños disfrutan crecer sus propias frutas y vegetales,” dijo Solis en una declaración.

Little Green Fingers es un programa dirigido a ayudar a familias con niños menores de 5 años de edad y a vecindarios de bajos ingresos en el Condado de Los Ángeles.

El nuevo jardín está localizado en el Parque Belvedere, 4914 East Cesar Chávez E Avenue, Los Ángeles, CA 90022.

Foto: Oficina de la Supervisora del Condado de Los Ángeles Hilda L. Solis.

Foto: Oficina de la Supervisora del Condado de Los Ángeles Hilda L. Solis.

County Supervisors Place Parks Parcel Tax on November Ballot

July 7, 2016 by · 1 Comment 

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to put a measure on the November ballot that would levy a one-and-a-half cent per square foot parcel tax on properties countywide to fund parks development and maintenance.

They also approved a motion to draft three potential tax measures for the November ballot to increase funding to address homelessness.

The board directed Chief Executive Officer Sachi Hamai to present proposals at next Tuesday’s meeting for a parcel tax, sales tax increase or marijuana tax.

The votes come on the heels of a Los Angeles City Council decision last week to ask voters to authorize $1.2 billion in bonds to address the city’s homelessness problem, rejecting a competing proposal for a city parcel tax measure.

If approved by voters, the parcel tax to fund park services is estimated to raise roughly $95 million annually. The annual tax bill for a 1,500-square-foot house would be $22.50.

Supervisor Hilda Solis, who recommended pushing the measure forward, said it was a small price to pay.

“We’re not asking for a lot,” Solis said. “We’re being very cautious about the taxpayers.”

The board’s vote was 3-1. Supervisor Don Knabe voted against the measure because a sunset clause that would end the tax in 35 years was eliminated.

Supervisor Michael Antonovich was absent for the vote.

The Safe, Clean Neighborhood Parks, Open Space, Beaches, Rivers and Water Conservation Measure would replace funding under Proposition A, first passed more than 20 years ago. The last of that Proposition A funding is set to expire in 2019.

L.A. County voters will decide in November on whether to raise taxes to fund parks. (EGP photo by Nancy Martinez)

L.A. County voters will decide in November on whether to raise taxes to fund parks. (EGP photo by Nancy Martinez)

Solis pointed out that the new measure seeks to raise only about $10 million more than the original proposition.

Voters are expected to consider several revenue-generating measures in November, including the Measure R half-cent sales tax for transportation and a statewide measure to renew income tax increases to fund education, as well as the parcel tax to fight homelessness being pushed by Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, who said Tuesday it’s “time for the board to identify an ongoing funding stream” to put before voters in November.

Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, who co-authored Solis’ motion, took a different perspective.

“This is like walking into a Starbucks … and getting anything you want for free, forever,” Kuehl said. “Because the parks are free, the beaches are free.”

In 2014, the board tried to replace Proposition A funding with Measure P, which fell short of the two-thirds majority needed for passage, with 62.8 percent in favor.

At the time, Ridley-Thomas, who represents the Second District, had pressed for more dollars to be allocated to underserved areas.

The new measure has a greater needs-based component, though 50 percent of dollars raised will go back to the communities where they were raised.

The parks assessment found that about 51 percent of county residents do not live within a 10-minute walk of a park. The incidence of health problems like asthma, diabetes and heart disease is higher in park-poor communities, said Cynthia Harding, interim director of the county’s public health department.

The Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce and other business organizations opposed the measure.

Chamber CEO Gary Toebben told the board that transportation and homelessness are the organization’s local priorities and that it wasn’t “strategic” to add another measure to a ballot expected to include 17 state propositions. Toebben also objected to the fact that commercial property owners would pay nearly two-thirds of the total tax raised.

Priorities for spending the money — should the measure pass — have been set based on meetings with residents from 188 study areas aimed at identifying each community’s top 10 parks projects.

Thirty-five percent of funds will be tagged to pay for those projects.

Another 15 percent will be used to fund parks maintenance in the communities where taxes were levied. Thirteen percent will go to high-needs communities.

Another 13 percent will be used for environmentally-oriented projects, including beach and waterway clean-up; with 13 percent more for regional trail and accessibility projects that connect urban areas to nature.

The balance will go to related job training for youth and veterans and to administrative costs.

Even if the measure passes, the county will only have a fraction of the money needed to complete the $8.8 billion in priority projects identified by the area study groups and another $12 billion in deferred maintenance.

A two-thirds majority of November voters is required for passage.

Residents Displaced by Maywood Fire Begin to Return Home

July 7, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

“Significant accomplishments” were made over the July 4 weekend in cleanup operations of hazardous materials released by a spectacular fire at a Maywood warehouse, officials said Tuesday.

The three-alarm fire on June 14 gutted the warehouse in the 3500 block of Fruitland Avenue that housed Gemini Plastic Enterprises, authorities said.

Magnesium, copper, zinc and lead were among the explosive materials present at the business, along with chemicals and propane, Los Angeles County Fire Department Chief Daryl Osby said.

The fire sparked a series of strong explosions that sent a thick plume of noxious smoke over the region and resulted in evacuations.

In the aftermath of the blaze, a unified command was established that includes personnel from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health and the Los Angeles County Fire Department Health Hazardous Materials Division.

“Since June 30, 16 households were moved from their previous temporary accommodations to new hotels/motels,” according to a joint command statement.

“All displaced households were offered free public transportation cards, food and water provided by the Food Center, Tzu Chi Water Company and Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda Solis’ office. Further, the Los Angeles Dodgers donated free tickets to an upcoming baseball game to all displaced residents.”

The first residence for re-occupation was approved on Saturday by the Department of Public Health and Unified Command.

“The returning household was greeted by representatives from the city of Maywood, LA County Fire Department, DPH and EPA,” officials said.

“Residents were provided a ‘Welcome Home’ gift basket by (the city) in celebration of their re-occupancy.”

Four more residences were approved for re-occupation on Sunday, the same day that all outdoor cleanups were completed and 14 of the properties were signed off by cleanup and assessment teams.

Four more residences were approved for re-occupation this morning and it’s anticipated that eight more will be cleared in the next two days.
According to the Unified Command:
– 37 households have been temporarily relocated, including four on the south side of East 52nd Street;
– 172 people remain temporarily relocated;
– all outdoor soil sampling, which was conducted at 24 parcels, including seven parcels on the south side of East 52nd Street, has been completed;
–outdoor cleanup is nearly complete on three parcels not yet cleared for reoccupation;
– all indoor sampling has been completed;
– nine residences have been identified as requiring indoor cleaning, and all have been cleaned up, but officials are awaiting verification sampling results to return before clearing the homes for re-occupancy.

Authorities opened a Community Information Center last week for residents and businesses affected by the fire.

The center, at the corner of Everett Avenue and East 52nd Street in Maywood, is open daily and can be reached by calling (323) 267-3843.
More information is available at publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/fire.

Se Reanuda Recompensa para Encontrar a Sospechoso de Ataque con un Martillo

June 30, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

La Junta de Supervisores renovó el martes una recompensa de $15,000 para encontrar a un hombre que atacó a dos personas con un martillo en el Este de Los Ángeles.

La supervisora Hilda Solís recomendó extender la recompensa, que expiraría el 10 de julio, llamando a los ataques del 25 de marzo “brutales” y diciendo que las víctimas parecen haber sido elegidas al azar.

El primer ataque ocurrió en el bloque 1400 de South Bonnie Beach Place  y el segundo en el bloque 4400 de la calle Triggs, de acuerdo con el detective Ed Sánchez, de la estación del alguacil del Este de Los Ángeles.

En el primer ataque, el sospechoso se acercó a un hombre a quien Sánchez describió como “una persona mayor” y, sin provocación, lo golpeó con “un arma que parecía un martillo”.

(Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department)

(Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department)

“Cuando la víctima cayó al suelo, el sospechoso le dio una patada” antes de salir corriendo, dijo Sánchez.

Unas horas más tarde, y a menos de tres cuadras de la primera escena del crimen, una mujer que estaba parada frente a una casa fue atacada de manera similar por un hombre empuñando un arma similar a un martillo, de acuerdo con el detective.

La mujer fue golpeada varias veces “en la cabeza” y la dejó inconsciente, dijo Sánchez.

Ambas víctimas fueron ingresadas en un hospital en estado grave.

El sospechoso fue descrito como un hombre hispano corpulento con una barbilla de chivo. Se

cree que tiene alrededor de 40 a 45 años, mide de 5 pies, 10 pulgadas a 6 pies de alto y pesa entre 200 y 240 libras.

Los detectives dijeron que en el momento de los ataques el sospechoso llevaba un sombrero de paja, una chaqueta azul tipo cortaviento, gafas de sol, pantalones cortos color café y zapatos blancos.

Se instó a cualquier persona con información llame a la estación del alguacil de Los Ángeles al (323) 264-4151 o a Crime Stoppers al (800) 222-TIPS (8477). Todas las llamadas pueden ser anónimas.

Q&A: Sup. Hilda Solis On Why L.A. County Parks Matter

June 30, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

In response to a recent needs assessment report that found most Los Angeles County Parks in need of significant improvements, county supervisors will next week consider placing a measure on the November ballot to raise money to pay for future improvements and maintenance.

 For the last two decades, funding for county parks was supplemented through Proposition A, a county parks tax, which generated millions of dollars for park projects and maintenance. The special tax is scheduled to expire in June 2019.

In an interview with EGP, Supervisor Hilda Solis explained why she supports the ballot measure proposal.

(Office of Supervisor Hilda Solis)

(Office of Supervisor Hilda Solis)

EGP: Why do parks play a vital role in the lives of Latino residents in particular?
Solis: Parks serve as a gathering place for family barbeques, birthday parties and simple picnics not just for Latino families but for all families. Many densely populated communities do not have the necessary amenities and parks provide an outlet for families either for recreation, learning, socializing and tiny tot programs, exercise and organized sports.

EGP: How important are parks to the health of the community?
Solis: According to a recent report published by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, “Parks and Public Health in Los Angeles County: A Cities and Communities Report”, rates of premature mortality from cardiovascular disease and diabetes and prevalence of childhood obesity were inversely related to park space per capita; as park space per capita decreased, premature mortality from cardiovascular disease and diabetes and prevalence of childhood obesity increased. Park space per capita was also associated with race/ethnicity. African Americans and Latinos were more likely to reside in cities/communities with less park space per capita.

EGP: How could these potential improvements make a difference in your district? In the County?
Solis: When LA County completed the “Park Needs Assessment” it included a price tag of over $20 billion worth of projects. While we know that the County cannot fund everything, we do want all residents to have a park within a 5-minute walk for residents. We have a public health epidemic and would like to build, use of our public spaces as opportunities for recreation, such as walking paths around our cemeteries.

EGP: With another potential tax measure (for transportation) on the ballot, why should County residents welcome this tax for park improvements? And why is there an urgent need to place a parks funding proposition in the November ballot?
Solis: Parks do not have a permanent funding source at the local level or at the State level. Especially with the recent economic down-turn, general fund dollars for health and safety related repairs, deferred maintenance and/or critically needed new parks and amenities have decreased significantly, especially in working and poor communities. To build new parks, local government needs to create funding sources that provide the ability to build new parks, new fitness zones, and new playgrounds.

The County Board of Supervisors will take up needs assessment and proposed ballot measure at its meeting on July5.

For more information about Los Angeles County Parks, visit http://hildalsolis.org/services/for-our-health-recreation-and-memories.

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