‘Gifts for Guns’ Event Saturday at East LA Sheriffs Station

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The Sheriff’s Department’s East Los Angeles Station on Saturday will host a five-hour “Gifts for Guns” event, during which people can turn in firearms and receive a gift card.

The program will be conducted from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in the parking lot of Belvedere Park at East First Street and Mednik Avenue, according to Nicole Nishida of the sheriff’s department.

Under the program, people can surrender a firearm and receive gift cards in varying denominations: $200 for an assault weapon; $100 for a handgun, rifle, or shotgun; and $50 for a “non-operational firearm,” Nishida said.

The gift cards will be redeemable at Target stores or Ralphs markets. Participants will be directed to a series of checkpoints, where the firearms will be located, inventoried and rendered safe, Nishida said.

Fiesta de Las Flores at Olvera Street

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Thursday, June 12

11am-8pm—Fiesta de Las Flores at Olvera Street in downtown Los Angeles. The historical El Pueblo Monument will be blooming with color as Folklorico dancers and Mariachis perform live as part of this traditional celebration. There’s no charge to attend and lots to enjoy. For more information, call ((213) 625-7074 or visit www.calleolvera.org.

Community Calendar: June 13, 2013- June 19, 2013

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Today, Thurs. June 13

5-6pm—Make Father’s Day Cards at the Chet Holifield Library in Montebello. Want to make something meaningful for Dad? The library will provide a wide variety of art supplies for you to experiment, explore, and perfect your very own creation. Library is located at 1060 S. Greenwood Ave. Montebello, 90640. For more information, call (323) 728-042.

5-6:30 pm & 6:30-7:30 pm—Attention DREAMers! Free DACA/ Deferred Action Workshop at the Robert L. Stevenson Branch Library: 803 Spence St., LA 90023. Bring your passport, photo ID, matrícula consular, school records, medical records, immunization records, bank statements, etc. Workshop in Spanish 5-6pm; English 6:30-7:30pm.

6pm—Mural Ordinance Status Meeting at Avenue 50 Studio in Highland Park. Get an update on the latest draft of the ordinance ready for passage from Councilman Ed Reyes. Avenue 50 is located at 131 N. Ave 50, LA 90042. For more information, call (323) 256-1435.

6pm—Free Business Meet  & Greet in El Sereno hosted by The LA-32 Business and Economic Development Committee, El Sereno Historical Society & Councilman Jose Huizar. It’s a great opportunity to meet new clients & learn how to make your business grow. Location: Hecho En Mexico, 4976 Huntington Dr. LA 90032. For more information, contact Julio Torres, CD 14 – El Sereno Office at (323) 226-1646 or Connie Castro, LA 32 NC at (323) 335-8546.

Friday, June 14

5:30-7pm—Father’s Day Event at the Lou Costello Jr. Recreation Center on June 14. Fathers, grandfathers and father figures invited to BBQ and Indoor Soccer Tournament. RSVP Required for BBQ. The center is located at 3141 E. Olympic Blvd., LA 90023. For more information, call (213) 485-9111. Sponsored by: Council District 14 Jose Huizar, PEPSI, WILL-I-AM, Hollenbeck PAL, Smart & Final, LA Dept. of Recreation and Parks.

Saturday, June 15

7:30am-12 Noon—Monterey Park Community Cleanup Day at Sierra Vista Park. Show civic pride and help brighten a Monterey Park neighborhood. Wear work clothes & gloves to pull weeds, trim branches, paint retaining walls, handrails, picnic tables & playground equipment. Students can earn service hours. Contact the Recreation and Community Services Department at (626) 307-1388 or recreation@montereypark.ca.gov to RSVP. Park is located at 311 N. Rural Dr., Monterey Park, 91755.

10am-12:15pm—Free 12-week Series of Citizenship Classes at the Benjamin Franklin Branch Library. Prepare for the citizenship interview and exam. The classes are presented by CARECEN in English and Spanish. The library is located at 2200 E. 1st St., LA 90033. For more information, call (323) 263-6901.

11am-12:30pm—Teen Photography Exhibit & Reception at City Terrace Library. Thank the sponsors who made the program possible. Student photography will be exhibited. Refreshments will be served. City Terrace Library is located at 4025 E. City Terrace Dr. LA 90063. For more information, call (323) 261-0295.

12 Noon-5pm—Fiesta De Pio Pico at Pio Pico State Historical Park in Whittier. Free admission to the event that will include live entertainment, historical reenactments, blacksmith & chuckwagon demonstrations, adobe brick making, children’s arts & crafts, panning for gold, tours of historic Adobe, food and much more. Pio Pico is located at 6003 Pioneer Blvd., Whittier 90606. For more information, call (562) 567-7651 or visit www.piopico.org.

11am-3pm—Kids Day Concert Festival at Our Lady of Guadalupe School Parish in El Sereno. Event will include live entertainment, a craft corner, local food vendors, jumper, games, prizes, raffles & free health screenings. Proceeds benefit Tender Loving Covers which makes quilts for orphans and homeless children. School is located at 4522 Browne Ave LA 90032. For more information call Lisa Almeida at (626)233-1245.

Tuesday, June 18

3:30-4:30pm—Musical Feast With Musician Craig Newton at the Montebello Library. Open to families & children of all ages. Part of summer reading program: “Reading Is So Delicious.” Montebello Library is located at 1550 W. Beverly Blvd. Montebello 90640. For more information, call (323) 722-655.

Wednesday, June 19

5:30pm—Roosevelt High School Music Scholarship Benefit Concert featuring the Roosevelt Alumni Jazz Band & R & B Group performing jazz, Latin jazz, soul and R & B. Admission: adults $10 at the door; High & middle school students with ID $5; elementary students free.  Location: Roosevelt Auditorium, 456 S. Matthews St. LA 90033.


Montebello to Hold Public Information on Proposed Water Rate Increase on Wed. June 19, 6:30pm in City Hall Council Chambers. Sessions are in advance of public hearing on July 10. City officials will provide background information on the water system and a Q&A session. For more information, visit the city’s website at www.CityOfMontebello.com.

Free Workshop: How to Get Results from the Immigration System June 22, Benjamin Franklin Library- 1-3pm. Get information on how to apply for residency or hire an immigration attorney, & update on the current immigration bill. Hosted by Benjamin Franklin LAPL and Dream Team L.A. Library is located at 2200 E. 1st St. LA 90033. For more information, call (323) 263-6901. / / Aprenda Como Navegar el Sistema de Inmigración ¿Tiene preguntas acerca de como recibir ayuda de inmigración o como contratar un abogado de inmigración? Asista a este taller gratuito sobre como localizar asistencia en el sistema de inmigración de los Estado Unidos. Además, venga para ponerse al día sobre la reforma migratoria. El evento es presentado por la biblioteca pública Benjamín Franklin y Dream Team Los Ángeles. El taller es este sábado 22 de junio, de 1 a 3pm en la Biblioteca Benjamin Franklin en Boyle Heights.

Three Eastside-area Charter High Schools Graduate First Class of Seniors

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Alliance Media Arts & Entertainment Design High School, which has been temporarily housed at the corner of Whittier and Atlantic Boulevards in East Los Angeles, marked the end of their high school careers at USC’s Bovard Auditorium June 8. (German Olivia Photography)

As if graduating from high school wasn’t an exciting enough accomplishment, seniors from three eastside-area charter high schools last Saturday, June 8, also earned the distinction of being the first graduating class for their schools: Alliance Environmental Science and Technology High School, Alliance Tennenbaum Family Technology High School and Alliance Media Arts & Entertainment Design High School.

According to Communications Director California Charter Schools Association Sierra Jenkins, a local standout is Daniel Amaya, a student at Alliance Environmental Science and Technology High School, who became one of just 1,000 students in the country to receive the prestigious Gates Millennium Scholarship. The scholarship is a full-ride for selected high-achieving, low-income students at the university of their choice.

Students Credit Small Prep Program for Higher SAT Scores

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Some local college-bound students are crediting a Highland Park resource center for helping them get the SAT scores that helped them earn a place at several prestigious universities.

“Hathaway-Sycamores really gave me the start on my road toward college,” says Valentino Gonzalez, referring to the free SAT prep class she took at the Hathaway-Sycamores Child and Family Services Highland Park Family Resource Center.

The nonprofit agency has a history of helping area teens land at top-tier universities – often with full-ride scholarships. For Gonzalez, plenty of hard work and help from Hathaway-Sycamore has landed him a spot in the freshman class at Harvard this fall, and he’ll be attending on a full-tuition scholarship.

Gonzalez graduated from Franklin High School in Highland Park on June 7. He says the free SAT prep course he took at Hathaway-Sycamore bolstered his scores to the 97th percentile.

Silvia Morales and Denise Peralta graduated from Wilson High School in El Sereno last Friday, and both agree that the help received from Hathaway-Sycamore helped them get into college. Morales, who will attend the University of Southern California, USC, this fall, notes that she was accepted to 13 schools: “I would not have gotten this many acceptances if I had not taken the SAT prep course at Hathaway-Sycamores.”

Peralta said Hathaway-Sycamores also helped her with the personal statements for her college applications and gave her information and advice on college and finances. “They played a major role in helping me achieve my college acceptances,” she said.

Melina Alonso, also a recent Franklin graduate, has been accepted to the University of California, Irvine. She says the center gave her and her younger brother a place to study. “Since last summer,” Alonso explains, “Hathaway-Sycamores helped me prepare not only for the SAT, but also for my AP calculus test.”

The Resource Center, located at 840 N. Avenue 66, is once again offering a free, four-week, SAT prep course starting July 8. Interested students should call (323) 257-9600 or e-mail contact@hathaway-sycamores.org

Nearly Half of Votes Cast By Mail, Yet Turnout Still Low

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Nearly half of the Angelenos who voted in last month’s mayoral election – in which the turnout level was an historic low of 23.3 percent – submitted their ballots by mail, according to certified election results released Monday by the city clerk’s office.

The number of voters mailing in absentee ballots grew to 212,202 in the May 21 election, of which 207,078 were properly submitted, making up about 45 percent of all ballots cast.

In the mayoral runoff elections in 2005 and 2001, the vote-by-mail balloting totaled 139,295 or 27.93 percent and 120,645 or 19.08 percent, respectively.

The number of vote-by-mail ballots for the May 21 election was also up from the March 5 primary, when 185,300 absentee ballots were submitted.

The majority of voters in the May 21 election turned in their vote-by-mail ballots early, with just 27,989 people actually going to a polling place on election day to drop off a filled-in vote-by-mail ballot.

Even though convenience is becoming an ever-more important factor in convincing people to take part in an election, the increased vote-by-mail numbers in Los Angeles have not meant more voter engagement, said Raphael J. Sonenshein, executive director of the Pat Brown Institute for Public Affairs at Cal State Los Angeles.

In Oregon, where all elections are done through the mail, the “turnout went up considerably for quite awhile,” he said. But in Los Angeles, the rise in vote-by-mail ballots has instead coincided with a steady drop in turnout, Sonenshein said.

“A lot of people are falling out of the local political system completely and can’t be reached so far by vote-by-mail,” he said.

Eric Garcetti was elected mayor on May 21 with 222,300 votes, which, according to an analysis by the Los Angeles Times, is less than any other non-incumbent mayor elected since the 1930s. The 23.3 percent turnout is also the lowest for runoff mayoral races of the last 100 years.

Meanwhile, the rising number of people voting by mail is part of a statewide trend, according to Sonensheim, partly because “campaigns have become more skilled at making it easy for people to vote by mail.”

The more people who send in their ballots early, the less campaigns have to do on election day to turn out voters, he said.

“It’s a big part of the strategy now,” Sonenshein said.

The mail-in ballot strategy has also been used by some campaigns to get out the vote when things are looking good for them in the polls, with Wendy Greuel’s campaign working to “get the vote out when they reached their best point, a couple of weeks out before the election,” he said.

In the city clerk’s certified results, which could go to the Los Angeles City Council later this week for approval, Garcetti secured 54.23 percent of the vote to Greuel’s 45.76 percent to win the mayor’s race.

Carmen Trutanich, the incumbent city attorney, drew 37.72 percent, losing his seat to Mike Feuer, who took in 62.27 percent.

Ron Galperin led Dennis Zine with 56.6 percent to come out ahead in the runoff for the controller’s seat.

In the 1st District, Gilbert Cedillo edged out Jose Gardea with 51.95 percent of the vote. Curren Price Jr. won the 9th District council seat with 52.39 percent of the vote to Ana Cubas’ 47.6 percent, while Mitch O’Farrell beat out John Choi in the 13th District with 52.75 percent of the vote.

Proposition C, which calls for a constitutional amendment to limit corporate or interest group spending on political campaigns, passed with an overwhelming 76.65 percent of the vote. Proposition D, a measure regulating medical marijuana and limiting the number of pot shops to 135, was approved by a 62.43 percent margin, besting two competing marijuana measures.

In a special election, Nury Martinez, with 24.29 percent of the votes, and Cindy Montanez, with 43.23 percent, advance to a July 23 runoff election for the 6th District council seat.

The Los Angeles City Clerk handled two races outside of the city of Los Angeles, each with a little less than 6 percent of registered voters turning out.

In the race for the District 6 seat on the Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education, fifth-grade teacher Monica Ratliff, with 51.76 percent of the votes, defeated Antonio Sanchez.

Incumbent Nancy Pearlman defeated challenger David Vela by a 56.73 percent margin to retain the District 6 seat on the Los Angeles Community Collect District board.

Council Funds Mayoral Transition Costs

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The Los Angeles City Council Monday approved setting up an account to take donations to cover Mayor-elect Eric Garcetti’s transition costs until Sept 30.

Garcetti can solicit up to $250,000 in gifts, and each donor can give a maximum of $10,000. Any money that goes unspent will be absorbed into the city’s general fund, which pays for city services and operation costs.

Money in the fund can be used to pay for staffing and equipment related to the transition and inauguration expenses.

Donors to the transition fund – which will be handled by the office of City Controller Wendy Greuel until June 30 – will be made public. Ron Galperin will be city controller starting July 1.

The controller must release money to Garcetti’s transition team within 24 hours of the requests being made.

To lead his transition team, Garcetti named his longtime adviser and City Hall staffer Rich Llewellyn, who will be unpaid.

Llewellyn will be the only “official team member,” with the transition staffed mostly by volunteers, according to Garcetti spokesman Yusef Robb.

“Most transitions rely on a committee of insiders and celebrities. We have a streamlined office that is reaching out to issue experts and volunteers to accomplish specific tasks, while Mayor-elect Garcetti is going into the community to get ideas from neighborhood residents,” Robb said.

Garcetti is in the midst of a “listening tour” to solicit suggestions as he prepares to assume the mayor’s office starting July 1. About 200 people showed up last week for the Boyle Heights town hall, Robb said, adding the attendees wanted job training programs, getting their alleys cleared and a City Hall that is “closer to the people.”

Since announcing his transition process, including a website website where people can comment on what his priorities in office should be moving forward, the mayor-elect has been swamped with emails from people seeking to work for his administration, the city, or to be appointed to one of the dozens of city commissions or advisory panels. Garcetti has said he will ask general manager to reapply for their jobs as soon as he takes office. Only Los Angeles Police Chief Back, who is on contract, will be immune from the process.

Garcetti’s “listening tour” is scheduled to swing by south Los Angeles this Saturday at 3 p.m. at the Holman United Methodist Church, 3320 W. Adams Blvd.

He is also scheduled to make stops in: – West San Fernando Valley on Tuesday, June 11, at 7 p.m. at Faith Presbyterian Church, 5000 Colfax Ave.; – Northridge on Wednesday, June 12 at 7 p.m. at the Grand Salon Room of the CSUN Student Union, 18111 Nordhoff St.; – West Los Angeles on Saturday, June 15 at 1 p.m. at Windward School, 11350 Palms Blvd.; – Downtown Los Angeles on Thursday, June 20, at 7 p.m. at Warner Grand Theatre, 478 W. Sixth St.

Those interested in attending must RSVP to backtobasics@lacity.org or call (213) 473-2367.

Garcetti will also hold an online town hall on Thursday, June 13, at 7 p.m. More details will be posted at http://transition.lacity.org/news.

LA Launches ‘User-Friendly’ Zoning Website

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City leaders hope to cut City Hall red tape with the launch yesterday of a five-year process to simplify Los Angeles’ 600-page zoning code – the first such effort since 1946.

The revisions, city officials said, will make the code book more user- friendly to businesses and residents.

“We need to make it easier, smarter and more transparent to develop in this town,” said Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who unveiled the website http://recode.la to solicit feedback from the public.

The website will update the public on hearings and workshops and provide access to documents about the zoning code revision process, as well as allow people to comment and make suggestions.

City officials envision a zoning code book with fewer pages and more charts to aid in a better understanding of how to tackle major architectural efforts or the everyday home renovation project.

The revision of the zoning codes will occur as the city updates 35 community plans that set priorities on which types of developments that can be built in a particular neighborhood. The codes that will undergo revision govern building heights, whether an area can have residential, commercial or industrial buildings, and other requirements.

Councilman Ed Reyes, who chairs the Planning and Land Use Committee, called the zoning code reform effort a “game changer” that will make the process more accessible to “mom and pop” shops.

“With this reform, you’re going to address this imbalance and embrace the part of the city that needs attention,” he said.

The city’s zoning code began as an 84-page document in 1946, but additions over the years have created a “hodge-podge” of rules, some of which may be inconsistent or obsolete, according to Councilman Jose Huizar, a member of the planning committee.

The City Council this week approved a contract with Code Studio, a planning and land use firm based in Austin, Texas, to work with city staff and other consultants to revise the zoning code. The company will be paid $990,000 from the city’s Construction Services Trust Fund in the first year, and can be paid up to $5 million over the next five years based on annual reviews of funding availability.

Solar Generated Energy Reaches New High

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With Southern California’s largest electric generating station broken and scheduled for removal, solar generation levels have reached a record level in California, state officials said Sunday.

Solar power generation on California’s grid set a new all-time high output of 2,071 megawatts at 12:59 p.m. Friday, June 7, said officials at the California ISO, the state agency that balances customer demand on regulated power utilities with power generation from commercial vendors.

That nearly equals the 2,250 megawatts of nuclear-powered generation that was lost in January, 2012, when small amounts of radiation began leaking from Southern California Edison’s San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, at Camp Pendleton.

This amount of energy is enough to power more than 1.5 million homes across California, Cal ISO officials said.

“This new record is remarkable considering the amount has more than doubled since last September when solar peaked at 1,000 megawatts,” said Steve Berberich, the agency’s president. “We are excited by this trend and expect to hit more record peaks on a regular basis.”

California is the largest producer of solar power in the nation. Total statewide electric demand on June 7 was about 36,000 megawatts, meaning solar power supplied more than five percent of demand for electricity, the agency said.

Despite the solar wattage surge, regulators predicted very-tight supplies of electricity for California this summer.

Natural gas-powered generators were expected to fill much of the need.

But Cal ISO officials have said southern Orange County and San Diego County have relied on the San Onofre nuclear power beyond just its megawatts of power. The once-reliable constant power from its two nuclear generators were also used as a gigantic voltage regulator for Southern California, allowing engineers to mix power from different sources into the grid and allocate it where necessary.

The loss of San Onofre’s voltage regulation function has challenged engineers, and state officials have drafted contingency plans to avoid system overloads and malfunctions. Southern Orange County and San Diego County are the particularly-vulnerable areas, Cal ISO officials said last winter.

An old natural gas generating station at Huntington Beach, once scheduled for mothballs, was pressed into service as an emergency voltage regulator last summer, allowing blackouts to be averted.

Convocatoria para Artistas

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Obras por George Yepes estan en exhibición en Corazon de Los Ángeles, en la histórica Placita Olvera.

Corazon de Los Ángeles, una tienda de artesanía Mexicana moderna y especializada, esta semana anunció su convocatoria a artistas que desean exhibir sus obras en las paredes de la galería ubicada en la histórica Placita Olvera en el Centro de Los Ángeles.

El afamado pintor George Yepes, quién actualmente tiene sus obras originales en exhibición allí hasta el 30 de junio, invita a los artistas a presentar sus obras para ser consideradas para exhibición en la galería para las siguientes fechas y exhibiciones.

– Julio de 2013: Exhibición en grupo de obras de Frida Kahlo

– Septiembre de 2013:Exhibición en grupo, abierto

– Noviembre de 2013: Exhibición en grupo de Día de los Muertos.

Para obtener más información, comuníquese con Gloria Álvarez o Rose Ramírez al (213) 617-0227 o envíe un correo electrónico a info@corazonla.com

La gallería Corazón de Los Ángeles esta ubicada en 634 North Main Street W-19A, Los Ángeles, CA 90012. Para obtener más información acerca de George Yepes, visite www.georgeyepes.com

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