Asista una Reunión Acerca del Estudio del SR-710

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El equipo de la investigación de la Autopista Estatal 710 (SR-710) esta informando a la comunidad y solicitando aporte acerca de cinco opciones multimodales como parte del documento ambiental para el posible proyecto de la extensión del SR-710 en dirección al norte.

El estudio busca solucionar el embotellamiento causado por la brecha entre la autopista Long Beach (710) que termina en Alhambra, y la autopista Foothill (210).

Tres jornadas de puertas abiertas “convocación a todas las comunidades” (All Communities Convening Open Houses) se realizarán por Metro en colaboración con Caltrans este mes. El público esta invitado a asistir las reuniones.

La primera reunión será el miércoles 23 de enero, de 6 a 8 p.m. en la preparatoria Maranatha, ubicada en 169 South Saint John Ave., Pasadena, CA 91105.

La segunda reunión será el 24 de enero, de 6 a 8 p.m. en la iglesia San Marino Community Church, ubicada en 1750 Virginia Rd., San Marino, CA 91108.

La última reunión será el sábado, 26 de enero, de 9 a 11 a.m. en la universidad Cal State LA, en el salón del edificio “Golden Eagle,” ubicado en 5151 State University Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90032.

Para obtener más información acerca del estudio visite www.metro.net/sr710study o llame al (855) 4-SR-710-0 / (855) 477-7100.

Fewer Young People to Support State’s Aging Population

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An unprecedented drop in California’s child population coupled with a growing wave of Baby Boomer retirements has major implications for the state and should drive lawmakers to adopt policies that will nurture young people with improved educational opportunities and healthcare, according to a report released Tuesday.

An analysis of census data shows that children will make up 21 percent of the state’s population by 2030, down sharply from 33 percent in 1970, according to the report by USC’s Price School of Public Policy and the Lucille Packard Foundation for Children’s Health.

Several factors are behind California’s shrinking child population, including declining birth rates, fewer newcomers coming to the state and a smaller number of women of childbearing age, said Dowell Myers, professor of policy and demography and director of USC’s Population Dynamics Research Group.

“These trends are not yet widely recognized, but they should be a wake-up call for policymakers,” Myers said. “We will be increasingly dependent economically and socially on a smaller number of children. They are more important to the state’s future success than ever before.”

Birth rates have declined in all major racial and ethnic groups in California since 2000 and are below the replacement level of 2.1 births per woman, according to the report.

Additionally, more than 20 percent of the state’s children live in households that are below the federal poverty level, and poverty rates are twice as high for California’s children as they are for adults, the study found.

Another key trend noted in the report involves the number of children born and raised in California compared to those from out of state.

More than 90 percent of the state’s children under 10 are home grown, a reversal from previous decades, which will force the state to rely more heavily on the abilities of its native-born children, according to a statement accompanying the study.

“The majority of the next generation of workers will have been shaped by California’s health and education systems,” Myers said. “It’s essential that we nurture our human capital.”

The study found that California will have 36 seniors per 100 working adults by 2030, as compared to the 21 seniors per 100 working adults the state has averaged since 1970. Additionally, it found that nearly half of school-age children are being raised in households where English is not the primary language, and they may need tailored social, health and educational services in the short term so that potential benefits of their bilingual abilities can be realized.

“All of these findings make a compelling argument that our policies and programs increasingly must support the health, education and well being of the state’s children, said Dr. David Alexander, president and CEO of the Lucille Packard Foundation for Children’s Health, which funded the study.

“In particular, we must address the growing rates of child poverty and the persistent child health disparities found in ethnic and racial groups.”

The full report is available at www.kidsdata.org/childpop.

Court Rules Church Officials Names Must be Made Public

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A judge on Monday ordered the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles to turn over the names of upper level church officials identified in internal church documents that deal with priests accused of sexually abusing children.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Emilie Elias’ order reverses part of a 2011 ruling by retired Judge Dickran Tevrizian, who said he feared including the names of the hierarchy could be used to embarrass the church further.

Elias said the public’s right to know how the archdiocese, the largest in the nation, handled molestation allegations outweighed such concerns. She also reversed retired Tevrizian’s ruling that priests who had faced only a single allegation of abuse would have their names blacked out, the Los Angeles Times reported.

The archdiocese announced that it would comply with the court ruling.

“Judge Elias revised the Tevrizian order acknowledging that much of the information in question has already been made public by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles in the 2004 Report to the People of God and in the subsequent proffers,” according to the diocese. “The archdiocese will abide by Judge Elias’ decision. We are now working with all parties involved to facilitate the release of the documents as promptly as possible.”

The judge and lawyers for alleged victims and the archdiocese met this afternoon to discuss how and when the internal church records, which include psychiatric reports, reports of abuse and letters to the Vatican, will be released, according to The Times.

The Times and Associated Press filed court papers objecting to Tevrizian’s ruling that all names of church employees, including Cardinal Roger Mahony and other top archdiocese officials, be crossed out in the documents before they were made public.

Members of Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, a clergy abuse support group, applauded the judge’s decision.

“We’re thrilled and grateful that a California judge is refusing to protect corrupt Catholic officials by keeping long-secret and long-promised church abuse records hidden any longer,” according to a statement from the group. “For decades, the Los Angeles Catholic hierarchy has successfully kept under wraps thousands of pages of incriminating documents. Because of the courage and tenacity of hundreds of victims, that will soon end. And children will be safer as a result.”

The group said the action will achieve three SNAP goals.

“First, it will help bring some measure of healing and closure to the hundreds of LA area clergy sex abuse victims who demanded and fought for these records,” according to the SNAP statement. “Second, it will help protect kids by letting the public know which current and former Catholic staff chose to side with predators and against kids. And third, it will help prevent future child sex crimes and cover ups by showing officials in many institutions that it’s increasingly difficult to intimidate victims, witnesses and whistleblowers into staying silent about known and suspected child sex crimes.”

Eventos de Preparación de Impuestos

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La oficina del presidente de la Junta Estatal de Impuestos Sobre Ventas y Uso (Board of Equalization, o BOE) Jerome E. Horton el 3 de enero anunció que familias podrán recibir asistencia de preparación de impuestos gratuita en uno de varios eventos planificados por todo el Condado de Los Ángeles.

La preparación de impuestos sobre ingresos se hará por voluntarios del programa Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA). Aquellas familias que ganan menos que $51.000 anualmente son elegibles para recibir este servicio sin cobro, y también podrían estar elegibles para recibir hasta $5.891 de Crédito Tributario por Ingreso del Trabajo (Earned Income Tax Credit, EITC).

Lo siguiente es un horario de algunos de los eventos, pero habrá más eventos y localidades donde uno puede recibir asistencia de preparación de impuestos sin cobro.

Sábado, 16 de febrero: California State University Los Angeles, 5151 State University Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90032. De 8:00 a.m. a 4:00 p.m. Para hacer su cita llame al (323) 318-4339.

Sábado 23 de febrero: California State University, Dominguez Hills, 1000 East Victoria Street, Carson, CA 90747. De 10:00 a.m. a 3:00 p.m. Para hacer su cita llame al (323) 980-1221.

Viernes, 8 de marzo: Rio Hondo College, 3600 Workman Mill Road, Whittier, CA 90601. De 10:00 a.m. a 3:00 p.m. Para hacer su cita llame al (562) 463-7359.

Sábado, 9 de febrero: California State University Long Beach, 1250 Bellflower Boulevard, Long Beach, CA 90840. De 10:00 a.m. a 3:00 p.m. Para hacer su cita llame al (562) 985-5752.

Sábado, 2 de marzo: California State Polytechnic University Pomona, 3801 West Temple Avenue, Pomona, CA 91789. De 10:00 a.m. a 3:00 p.m. Para hacer su cita llame al (909) 869-2365.

Para obtener más información, comuníquese al (323) 980-1221.

Schurr Beats Montebello in Almont League Opener

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Schurr High School’s Efrain Valentine brings down a rebound in front of Montebello’s Andy Munoz Tuesday in the Almont League basketball opener for both teams.(EGP Photo by Mario Villegas EGP Photo by Mario Villegas)

If Tuesday’s game between Montebello and Schurr high schools is any indication, the race for the Almont League boys basketball title will be tight.

Schurr emerged with a rugged 51-41 victory to win the opener in a battle of teams that were each looking to move forward after going through struggles in nonleague play.

“We’re now 8-8 on the season and I’m very confident that our team can compete with anybody in our league, if we play hard game in and game out,” Schurr Coach Rene Herrera said.

The Spartans played hard especially in the fourth quarter, as they outscored Montebello, 24-13 to win it. The outburst in the final period nearly matched the Spartans’ scoring in the game’s first three quarters.

Schurr did most of its damage at the free throw line, making 14 of 18 attempts in the second half, with Jason Ibarra hitting five of six to finish the game with nine points.

“We knocked down free throws when we needed to and that’s what won the game for us,” Herrera said.

Brenden Fujishige scored a team-high 11 points to lead the Spartans, who also got 10 from Michael Ortega and eight from Steve Ramirez.

“We played our style and I thought we did a real good job in terms of executing our plays,” Herrera said. “We play good defense and we’re pleased with the play we got from our bench.”

Schurr takes on San Gabriel (6-7, 0-1) at 7 p.m. Friday at home. San Gabriel lost its league opener to Keppel, 57-28.

“San Gabriel is our next test and that’s going to be a hard game just like this one,” Herrera said. “It’s only going to get harder from here on because all the coaches in the Almont League do a good job of scouting.”

Montebello dropped its fourth straight game and fell to 7-12 on the season. The Oilers play Bell Gardens at 7 p.m. Friday at Bell Gardens. The Lancers took an 8-9 record into Tuesday’s league opener at Alhambra.

The Oilers were led Tuesday by Christian Astorga with 10 points and Andy Munoz who had eight. Michael Mendoza chipped in seven.

Monterey Park Takes Utility Payments Online

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Residents of Monterey Park can now pay their utility bills with the click of a button. The city is now offering an online service that makes it easy to make payments without having to write a check or go to city hall.

Those who use the service will be able to pay for their water or trash bill online or by phone using their debit card, credit card or with an electronic check. In order to offset the cost of the service, users will be charged a $3.25 convenience fee.

Water Department Supporting Supervisor Dia Khuu told EGP that the online service would allow residents to pay 24/7 without fear of getting a late fee.

“If we put out the bill and it is due today and you make a payment tonight you will not get a late fee,” said Khuu.

Residents will only need to have their account information to use the service online or through the automatic phone service.

“There was definitely a need,” Khuu said. “Everyone has a different preference.”

Residents who do not want to use the service can still make payments at the city hall cashier, by sending a check in the mail or through an automatic debit from a bank account.

To make a payment online, visit https://ipn.paymentus.com/otp/stde/comp or call (855)288-1490 to make a payment by phone.

For more information about the service, call Monterey Park’s Water Department at (626) 307-1342.


Convocatoria de Nominaciones Para Los Premios ‘Latino Book’ 2013

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Una vez al año, los ojos de la comunidad latina y de los miembros del mundo editorial se tornan hacia los Premio Latino Book, que rinden homenaje a lo mejor de la literatura latina. Latino Literacy Now actualmente acepta inscripciones para los 15 Anual Premios International Latino Book.

Los premios, que representan uno de los más antiguos para lo literario latino y que por mucho son los más grandes, rindieron homenaje a 148 autores y editoriales durante los premios 2012.

El evento, presentado por Latino Literacy Now, arranca con la petición de inscripciones de autores latinos de alrededor del mundo y culmina con la presentación de los premios en Nueva York durante el BookExpo America.

Fundado en 1997, Latino Literacy Now es una organización sin fines de lucro 501c3 en California que promueve el alfabetismo y la excelencia en la literatura en la comunidad latina.

Además de los Premios International Latino Book, la organización dirige los Premios Latino Books into Movies, el Premio Latino Literacy Now para una trayectoria de excelencia en publicar y, en conjunto con Edward James Olmos, un actor destacado, director y activista comunitario, la serie Latino Book & Family Festival.

Durantes los últimos años, los Premios International Latino Book han crecido para incluir más entradas y categorías. Este año se han agregado más de 20 categorías nuevas, entre éstas mejor libros enfocados en lo latino, libros de autoayuda, libros en portugués, mejores libros sobre deportes y actividades recreativas, una categoría para novelas gráficas, fantasía y ciencia ficción, mejores libros con múltiples autores y una categoría para las mejores traducciones.

El año pasado también participaron más jueces que nunca, entre ellos ganadores del Premio Pulitzer, directores de organizaciones nacionales, maestros destacados, profesionistas en los medios y ganadores pasados.

Una vez más el evento se llevará a cabo en el prestigioso Instituto Cervantes en 211 E. 49th Street en la Ciudad de Nueva York, con asientos estilo teatro y un proyector de pantalla ancha, la noche del 30 de mayo de 2013. Se presentan en conjunto con Las Comadres para las Américas y BookExpo América. Habrá una recepción después del evento.

Es necesario que todas las inscripciones lleguen a más tardar el 15 de febrero de 2013. Para más información sobre los premios, favor de visitar www.LBFF.us.

Los finalistas se anunciarán la semana del 22 de abril de 2013, antes de la ceremonia de premiación. Kirk Whisler dirigirá los premios, con la ayuda de Nora Comstock, Annie Pérez y Jim Sullivan. Para más información sobre cómo patrocinar los premios, favor de comunicarse con Jim Sullivan por correo electrónico a jim@lbff.us.

Community Calendar: Jan. 10- Jan. 15

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Today, Thursday, January 10

6-7:50pm—Boyle Heights Neighborhood Council Transportation & Environment Committee Meeting at the Benjamin Franklin Library: 2200 E. 1st St., LA 90033. Open to the public. Topics will include discussion of new bylaws; business assessment conducted by VEDC; possible action for parking enforcement improvement to make the shopping districts more inviting and customer friendly. For more information, visit Boyleheightsnc.net.

Friday, January 11

10am-Noon—NELA Leadership Meeting at Esmirma Pentecostal Church: 5414 N. Figueroa St., Highland Park 90042. All LA Mayoral candidates have been invited. For more information, call Pastor Randy Carrillo at (626) 421-9103.

Saturday, January 12

9am-3pm—Free Countywide Household Hazardous and E-Waste Roundup in Bell Gardens at John Anson Ford Park. Los Angeles County residents can safely discard of household hazardous waste such as antifreeze, unused pharmaceuticals, car batteries, used motor oil, paint, pesticides, home-generated sharps waste such as hypodermic needles, pen needles, syringes, lancets, and intravenous needles, universal waste including household batteries, fluorescent light bulbs, and electronic waste (e-waste) such as TVs and monitors, computers, VCRs, stereos, and cell phones. Event will take place in Park Swimming Pool parking lot: 7800 block of Scout Ave. in Bell Gardens. For more information, call County of LA Dept. of Public Works at 1(888) CLEAN LA or go to www.888CleanLA.com, contact LA County Sanitation Districts at 1 (800) 238-0172 or www.lacsd.org.

1-4pm—Club Victoria Hosted Dance at Ruben Salazar Park in unincorporated East LA.  The park is located at 3864 Whittier Blvd., East Los Angeles 90023. For more information, call (323)260-2330.

2pm—Montebello Library presents Barry Rothstein, author of “Eye-Popping 3-D Pets” and “Eye-Popping 3-D Bugs.” He will present amazing 3-D images and show you how to make them for yourself. Admission is free. Program is for teens and adults. The library is located at 1550 W.  Beverly Blvd., Montebello, 90640. For more information, call Beth Krupsaw at (323) 722-6551.

Sunday, January 13

3pm—Free CalStateLA Symphony Orchestra Concert with Olympia Youth Orchestra, featuring violinist Kerson Leong and cellist Stanley Leong performing Brahms Double Concerto for violin & cello. Concert will be held at the San Gabriel Mission Playhouse: 320 S. Mission Dr., San Gabriel. For more information, contact Fung Ho via email at Fungho1vln@sbcglobal.net or at (626)242-3579.

Monday, January 14

4-6pm—Bell Gardens Youth: Learn to Make Candles at Veterans Park in the Arts & Crafts Room. Learn how to scent and decorate candle from scratch. Once you are done, take it home to show-off. Space is limited so hurry & sign up in the Arts & Crafts Room: 6662 Loveland St. Open to ages 7-14; $2 per person. For more information, call (562) 806-7654 or email rveloz@bellgardens.org.

7pm—Author and local historian, Charles Fisher, will be showcasing his collection of books about the Southwest by and about Charles Fletcher Lummis. The presentation will be held at Hathaway-Sycamores in the preschool room: 840 N. Ave. 66, LA 90042.

Tuesday, January 15

6:30-8:30pm—LA City Council District 1 Candidates Forum at Franklin High School in Highland Park. The forum will focus on policy and quality of life issues impacting Highland Park residents and businesses. Forum is hosted by the Historic Highland Park Neighborhood Council, Highland Park Chamber of Commerce and Highland Park Heritage Trust. Location: School cafeteria, located at 820 N. Ave 54, Los Angeles.

6:30-8:30pm—LAUSD School Board District 2 Candidates Forum at the Boyle Heights Senior Center: 2839 E. Third St., LA 90023. All candidates who have qualified for the March ballot are invited to participate. For more information, go to http://bhnc.net

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