Senator Visits Arroyo Vista Family Health Clinic

July 26, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

California State Senator Ed Hernandez (24th District) had a homecoming of sorts on Tuesday when he visited a local Arroyo Vista Family Health Clinic. Hernandez, who is a trained optometrist, had one of his first jobs at the Arroyo Vista clinic in Highland Park.

During his visit and tour of Arroyo Vista’s Lincoln Heights facility, located on North Broadway, he discussed national health care reform.

Hernandez said the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is the most important healthcare policy since the inception of Medicare. Hernandez is the chair of the Senate Committee on Health, he authored Senate Bill 961, approved by the Senate in May, which prevents insurance companies and health plans from denying coverage or charging excessive premiums on those who have preexisting health conditions.

Hernandez said ACA must be implemented in a way to improve the distribution of health care providers and the accessibility of health care to the medically underserved and traditionally uninsured.

Clinics like Arroyo Vista will play a vital role in meeting the healthcare needs of newly insured patients once the healthcare reform takes effect in 2014, he said.

Arroyo Vista is preparing for the implementation of healthcare reform. A recent staff retreat focused on the law, and their five clinics have all recently transitioned to an electronic records system, according to Arroyo Vista CEO Lorraine Estradas.

Meeting on Plan for LAC + USC Medical Campus

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(EGP) – Community members of the County of Los Angeles are encouraged to attend ongoing planning meetings for the LAC + USC Medical Center site on July 31, August 1 and August 4.

The meeting’s aim is to gather ideas and insight on the campus’s future, and discuss its relationship with surrounding neighborhoods, and how it can improve its health services.

The first community meeting on July 31 will be from 6:30-8:30pm at the Chinatown Alpine Recreation Center, Multipurpose Room on 817 Yale St., Los Angeles, CA. For more information on future meetings and the project itself, call project manager Clarice Nash at 626-300-2363 or visit

First 5 LA Launches Summer Campaign Promoting Physical Activity

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(EGP News) -First 5 LA’s “Best Start” initiative launched a new summer public education campaign called “Get Out & Play” promoting the importance of physical activity among young children and their parents to combat the growing risk of obesity.

According to a press release, the summer campaign is a response to recent data stating that one third of all American children born in 2000 or later will suffer from diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure and asthma. According to the same study 40% of children living in African American and Hispanic communities are overweight.

The campaign aims to reach communities in Compton/East Compton, East Los Angeles, El Monte/South Monte, Metro LA, Southeast La County cities, and Watts among others.

The campaign provides tips on fun and creative ways to play inside and outside, inexpensive and free ways to create games and physical activities at home, and how to incorporate daily physical activities for children ages 0-5. It will also bring new or increase existing services and resources to participating communities.

For more information on how to participate and up-coming community meetings hosted by the “Get Out & Play” campaign that runs through the summer, visit

Police Ask For Public’s Help to Track Down Suspect in a Fatal Bus Stop Shooting

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(CNS) – Los Angeles police detectives asked for the public’s help Tuesday in their investigation of the fatal shooting of a man at a bus stop in the Lincoln Heights area.

Officers responded to a report of shooting at the 500 block of North Mission Road on Friday, at about 8:15 a.m. They found Michael Rodriguez and a 52-year-old woman lying on the sidewalk.

Rodriguez, who had multiple gunshot wounds, was pronounced dead at the scene. The woman had a single gunshot wound and was listed as stable in a hospital.

According to police, the suspects drove up in a car and a passenger got out, walked up to the victims, and opened fire.

Anyone with information was asked to call detectives in the Homicide Division at (323) 342-8961 or (323) 342-8957.

Fire Claims Life of Glassell Park Man

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(CNS) – A 33-year-old man died Tuesday in a fire that destroyed a house on the rear of a hillside lot in Glassell Park.

The fire was reported at 1:09 a.m. behind a two-story, single-family home at 3848 E. Aguilar St., said Erik Scott of the Los Angeles Fire Department.

The victim was found lifeless in a bathtub and was pronounced dead at the scene, he said.

The roughly 400-square-foot rear house was engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived, Scott said. He added the fire also damaged a shed and carport on the property and at a two-story home next door.

A total of 52 firefighters responded to the blaze, which was knocked down in 20 minutes, Scott said.

Los Angeles police are assisting in the investigation into the cause of the fire. The body was turned over to the coroner’s office for an autopsy. The victim’s name was not readily available.

Community Calendar: July 26, 2012 to August 1, 2012

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Thursday, July 26
8pm—NELAart Short Film Festival Screening in Highland Park.
Festival director Allessandro Gentile will showcase five short films including the 2011 Cannes Festival Selection Narrative Short “Out of Darkness.” After the screenings join filmmakers in a discussion. Tickets are $10. To purchase tickets and for more information visit

Friday, July 27
3-7:30pm—Dive-in Movies at the Pool.
Join in the fun at a pool party or dry off and watch a movie on the big screen at the Bell Gardens Ford Park Pool and Auditorium. Popcorn, shaved ice, and concession stand provided. Admission is $5 per person/$15 for a family of four. Open to all ages. Ford Park Pool located at 8000 Park Lane. For more information call (562) 806-7650.

6pm—Movie Night & Ford Theatre JAM Session at the East L.A. Civic Center. From 6 to 8pm enjoy Accordion JAM session followed by movie screening at sundown. The East LA Civic Center is located at 4801 E. Third St., LA 90022. Take Metro, exit ELA Civic Center Station. For more information, contact Los Angeles County Parks at (323) 260-2360, or visit Go Metro, 800-COMMUTE,

Saturday, July 28
9am—March for Montebello with Pride.
Support local businesses and raise awareness of community needs at this walk led by the Montebello High School Drumline. Registration starts at 8:30 am at Heavenly Choice located at 534 N. Montebello Blvd. For more information on participating vendors and other details call (323) 728-2728.

9am-12pm—Free Eco Gardener Classes. Learn about sustainable garden designs at the first class in the homeowner series presented by the Water Replenishment District of Southern California. Future classes deal with drought tolerant plants and drip & sprinkler system care. Classes will take place at 4040 Paramount Blvd., Lakewood 90712. For more information and to register, call (562) 275-4215 or visit

2-4pm—Dream Big Read! Magic Wands at Bell Gardens Library. Take part in the summer reading program with storytime in English and Spanish and an art activity for making magic wands. The library is located at 7110 S. Garfield Ave. For more information the children’s librarian at (562) 927-1309 or email jweinstein@library.

5pm-12am—Chinatown Summer Nights at Central and West Plaza.
Family workshops, cooking demos, live performances and food trucks are available for a free nighttime spectacular at 943-951 N. Broadway, LA 90012. Bike racks and parking available. Go Metro to the Chinatown Gold Line Station. Free Starline Tours shuttles available at station. For a schedule and events and more information visit

Sunday, July 29
11am-11pm—Nahuatl Poetry and Songs at El Papalut.
Enjoy an afternoon of poetry, music, food, and dance with live performances by Son El Centro, Son Valleros, and more. Admission is $10. El Papalut located at 3201 Maple Ave, LA, 90011. For more information visit the facebook page of Martha Malinalli Galeana.

6pm—Concerts in the Park at the Eagle Rock Recreation Center, featuring the vibrant Latin jazz & salsa sounds of the Susie Hansen Latin Band. Concert in the band shell. Park is located at 1100 Eagle Vista Dr. in Eagle Rock.

8pm—Life of Frida Kahlo Featured in New Murals Under the Stars at the Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA) in Long Beach. Internationally renowned lecturer Gregorio Luke leads the popular outdoor multimedia show focusing on the art and life of Frida Kahlo including recently discovered photos and film clips. For tickets or more information call, (562) 437-1689 or go online to MOLAA is located at 628 Alamitos Ave. Long Beach, CA 90802.

Tuesday, July 31
6-8pm—Stand Up and Speak Out Against Bullying and Cyber Bullying.
Benjamin Franklin Library invites community members to this meeting on the dangers of bullying and cyber bullying and ways to stop them. Guests include LAPD Senior Officer Joe Chacon and Monica Harmon, Public Safety Advocate. Event located at 2200 E. 1st St. For more information call the library at (323) 263-6901.

Wednesday, August 1
8:30am-2pm—Commerce Casino Job Fair.
Positions open for cooks (Asian cuisine preferred), cook helpers, stewards, food servers, casino gaming, support staff, security and more. The Commerce Casino is located at 6131 E. Telegraph Rd., Commerce 90040. Please rsvp by contacting Human Resources Department at (323) 721-2100 or email

Submit an event or announcement to the Community Calendar: email All submissions subject to space availability. Paid advertising available; for more information, email or call (323) 341-7970.

Salvadorans Seek Representation on Los Angeles City Council

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Salvadorans in Los Angeles are not currently represented in political posts in Los Angeles, but that could change this year because several individuals of Salvadorian descent have announced they are running for public office.

“I am launching a campaign to run as candidate for councilwoman of District 9 to help people have better lives and a clean and safe neighborhood where people will want to live and work,” Ana Cubas, who works as chief of staff for councilman Jose Huizar of District 14, told Efe.

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Although the official candidate filing deadline for the Los Angeles City Council isn’t until November and the election isn’t until March 5, 2013, Cubas knows that this is the right time to aspire to join the City Council.

“Jan Perry, an African-American councilwoman has been in charge of this district for 12 straight years and she is now running for Mayor of Los Angeles. Twenty years ago, the majority here [9th Council District] were African-American, but now Latinos make up more than 78 percent and people are used to a female leader, that’s why I have a chance to win,” she said.

Born in 1970 in the Texistepeque municipality of El Salvador, Cubas immigrated to the Untied States with her parents when she was 10 years old where, thanks to various scholarships, she studied sociology at the University of California Berkeley, and graduated with a masters degree in public administration in 1996 from the University of Pennsylvania in New Jersey.

“From the sociological perspective, the Salvadoran community is already politically mature, we’re no longer only thinking about the politics in El Salvador, and we’re preparing ourselves to run for publicly elected positions such as council members,” Cubas said.

In her opinion, Salvadoran immigrants already have the education and work experience and they consider the United States as their country and they understand that one must “compete for positions of power.”

According to the 2010 Census, close to 250,000 people live in 9th City Council District which encompasses South Los Angeles, and where 78.9 percent of the population is Hispanic.

“Unofficially, it is estimated that there are 2.5 million Salvadorans in the U.S., according to the 2010 Census there 1.8 million; in California roughly 900,000; in the county of Los Angeles 350,000; and in the city of Los Angeles 250,000,” Francisco Rivera, president of the National Central American Round Table, told Efe.

Ron Góchez, born in Los Angeles to a Salvadoran mother and Mexican father, is another candidate for District 9. Deputy Chief of the Los Angeles Police Department Terry Hara, business advisor Elaine Gaspard, and Assemblyman Michael Davis have also announced they are running for this seat on the City Council.

“Salvadorans have never held a high public office in Los Angeles, but in local politics we’ve participated for many decades through working for social organizations and protesting for our community’s rights,” Góchez said.

He thinks that the coincidence that various Salvadorans are running for public office is due to the feeling that they are already “prepared” and that they count on “experience” and are “sophisticated enough to do well politically.”

Los Angeles Councilmember Eric Garcetti, who represents the 13th City Council District, is leaving his seat open now that he’s announced he is running for Mayor. Reuben Martínez, born in Santa Ana, El Salvador, is one of the aspiring candidates for that seat.

“The Salvadoran community is the third largest Hispanic group in the U.S, the largest concentration being in California and Los Angeles, yet we don’t have representation in public office,” Martínez, a business man living in the U.S. since the age of 12, told Efe.

“That’s why I believe that it is urgent that we understand that we must educate ourselves more because if we only go ‘blah blah’ in the corner and we don’t educate ourselves in schools or universities, then we will accomplish nothing,” he concluded.

L.A. Port Traffic Up in 2012

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Container traffic at the Port of Los Angeles, an important metric of the region’s economy, was up 6.5 percent during the first half of 2012 compared to the same period last year, according to data released last week.

The increase was bolstered by an 8.8 percent jump in container volume at the port as of June 2012, compared to the prior-year period.
Imports were up by about 20,000 containers over June 2011, and exports rose by about 11,300 containers, or 6.9 percent.

International trade is considered a major economic engine in Southern California. There were 157,200 export-oriented trade jobs in Los Angeles County in 2010, according to a May report on international trade by the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC).

“We’re cautious about the next six months,” Port of Los Angeles Media Relations Director Phillip Sanfield said. “Consumer spending has been off the last couple of months, just as we’re going into peak shipping season.”

Late summer and early fall is traditionally when most goods come into the L.A. port complex, which includes the Port of Long Beach, for the holiday season.

“Those are the goods that are on the retailers’ shelves in December. We’re looking at modest year-over-year increases over the next six months,” Sanfield said.

Both the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach are vigorously upgrading and expanding their facilities in an effort to compete with ports on the East Coast after a widening of the Panama Canal is finished in 2014, allowing easier passage of bigger ships from Asia to the East Coast.

The Los Angeles-Long Beach port complex ranked eighth in the world in 2011, down two spots from 2010. It was the only port in the top 10 to see a decline in cargo traffic that year, according to the LAEDC report.

Shanghai, China, the world’s top port, did nearly twice the traffic of Los Angeles-Long Beach in 2011.

Monterey Park Browns-Out Fire Engine as a Budgetary Measure

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The City of Monterey Park browned-out one of its three fire engines to balance its budget. Station 61, located next-door to city hall, temporarily and immediately lost its fire engine but will continue to operate its ambulance and ladder truck equipment.

The cut will provide for $67,000 in monthly savings after a reduction of fire personnel overtime pay that currently costs the city $1.2 million annually.

Fire Chief Jim Birrell implemented an operational plan involving cooperation from neighboring agencies to better deal with the impact of the cut in the community.

City administrators, meanwhile, continue negotiations with the firefighters association on a contract that would ask association members to pay for their employee shares of pension costs. The city currently pays for 25 percent of the employee share contribution and 9 percent of the CalPERS pensions. The current contract expired June 30 and so far only 7 employees have agreed to pay for their PERS pensions.

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