Vernon Names New Housing Project

March 6, 2014 by · 1 Comment 

Construction is set to begin soon on an affordable housing project meant to double the number of residents in the city of Vernon, and following recommendations by residents and city staff, the project now has a name.

The new, 45-unit gated community will be called  “Vernon Village Park.” A city ad hoc subcommittee selected the name from a list proposed by sixth grade students at Vernon Elementary School.

Vernon’s housing project, pictured, located at 52nd Drive is expected to be completed by late 2015.  (City of Vernon)

Vernon’s housing project, pictured, located at 52nd Drive is expected to be completed by late 2015. (City of Vernon)

Vernon Village Park will be built on 2 acres on 52nd Drive, along the city’s southeast border with Maywood. Construction is expected to get under way next month.

The city last year selected Meta Housing Corporation to build and operate the apartment complex. The city agreed to lease the property to the developer for $1 a year for 65 years, but reserved the right to name the housing development.

Vernon Elementary students were asked to come up with names for the project, and last month the city council narrowed their suggestions down to “Vernon Pueblo Del Rio”, “Vernon Pueblo Del Rio Gardens”, “Vernon Villas”, “Vernon Village Apartments” and “Vernon Houses.” The city then conducted an online poll of the names; 42% of the 147 votes cast favored “Vernon Villas,” but the ad hoc subcommittee, made up of Mayor W. Michael McCormick and Councilman Michael Ybarra, decided to go with the community’s second choice,  “Vernon Village Apartments” to avoid confusion with another apartment complex with the same name west of the city on Vernon Avenue.

They decided to change “apartments” to “park,” believing it better reflected the essence of the new development, according to a city staff report.

Increasing the city’s housing stock is one of several good-government reforms Vernon is taking in the wake of efforts to disincorporate the city in 2011 amid corruption accusations. With about 100 residents and only 42 ballots cast in the last election, Vernon was accused of not having enough voters to function as an independent electorate. The new housing is expected to double the number of residents and in turn voters, according to city staff.

Vernon Village Park will be made up of 9 one-bedroom apartment units, 22 two-bedroom units and 14 three-bedroom units. The gated community will include a community building, an office for property managers and social service providers, a laundry room, computer lab, tot lot and onsite parking.

City staff estimate the project will be completed in 2015.

Lincoln Heights Intersection Named for Pioneering Football Player

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A sign was unveiled last week designating the intersection of North Broadway and Lincoln Park Avenue in Lincoln Heights as Kenny Washington Square in honor of the late pioneering running back.

UCLA football coach Jim Mora and athletic director Dan Guerrero were among the speakers at a ceremony at Washington’s alma mater, Lincoln High School, in connection with the unveiling of the sign near the school.

Los Angeles Councilmember Gil Cedillo, pictured left, presents the Kenny Washington sign that will honor the legendary football player.  (Photo by Mario Villegas)

Los Angeles Councilmember Gil Cedillo, pictured left, presents the Kenny Washington sign that will honor the legendary football player. (Photo by Mario Villegas)

St. Louis Rams Chief Operating Officer Kevin Demoff sent the ceremony’s organizers a letter, calling Washington “perhaps the Rams most influential alumni member.”

“Kenny Washington’s signing opened the doors for future African American players to follow in his footsteps and started the Rams down a path to recognizing the importance of diversity,” Demoff wrote.

Washington helped lead Lincoln High School to the 1935 Los Angeles City Section football and baseball championships and became UCLA’s first All-American football player in 1939.

Washington was initially barred from the NFL because he was black, playing instead for the Hollywood Bears of the Pacific Coast Professional Football League from 1940-45.

When the Cleveland Rams moved to Los Angeles in 1946, the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Commission made integrating the team a condition of it being allowed to play in the stadium.

Washington signed with the Rams on March 9, 1946, becoming the first black player in the NFL since 1933. He played with the Rams through 1948.

Following his playing career, Washington was a Los Angeles Police Department officer, actor, held various civic leadership positions and was a scout for the Los Angeles Dodgers. He died in 1971 at the age of 52.

The Los Angeles City Council voted 12-0, with three members absent, on Jan. 14 to approve a motion by Councilman Gilbert Cedillo to name the intersection in honor of Washington.

The effort to have the intersection named for Washington was spearheaded by the Kenny Washington Stadium Foundation, which seeks to recognize and preserve Washington’s legacy and modernize the athletic field and stadium at Lincoln High School.

Child Abuse Rises In Areas With Large Income Gaps, Cornell Study Shows

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A nationwide, county-by-county study shows that the rate of child maltreatment — from sexual, physical and emotional abuse to traumatic brain injuries and death – worsened as the Great Depression deepened and the gap between rich and poor became more pronounced, according to a study by Cornell University.

The Income Inequality and Child Maltreatment in the United States study will be published in the March 2014 edition of the peer-review journal Pediatrics. The study is one of the most comprehensive of its kind, according to a university press release.

It is one of the first studies to target child abuse based on wide income disparities in a region. Researchers examined data from 2005-2009 in all 3,142 American counties.

“Our study is the first to demonstrate that increases in income inequality are associated with increases in child maltreatment,” said John J. Eckenrode, professor of human development and director of the Family Life Development Center in the College of Human Ecology. “More equal societies, states and communities have fewer health and social problems than less equal ones – that much was known. Our study extends the list of unfavorable child outcomes associated with income inequality to include child abuse and neglect.”

Cornell researchers noted that nearly 3 million children younger than 18 are physically abused, sexually abused, physically neglected or emotionally abused each year in the United States. That is about 4 percent of the youth population – and those are just the officially documented cases.

“Certainly, poor counties with general, overall poverty have significant problems with child abuse,” Eckenrode said. “We were more interested in geographic areas with wide variations in income – think of counties encompassing affluent suburbs and impoverished inner cities, or think of rich/poor Brooklyn, New York – that’s where income inequalities are most pronounced. That’s where the kids are really hurting.”

The impact of the abuse is long lasting, according to researchers.

“Child maltreatment is a toxic stressor in the lives of children that may result in childhood mortality and morbidities and have lifelong effects on leading causes of death in adults,” they wrote.

“This is in addition to long-term effects on mental health, substance use, risky sexual behavior and criminal behavior … increased rates of unemployment, poverty and Medicaid use in adulthood.”

Breves de la Comunidad

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Monterey Park

Un hombre fue encontrado muerto el miércoles alrededor de las 4 a.m. en el 500 N. Florence Avenue. Aparentemente murió victima de una golpiza según informó el asistente del forense Ed Winter.

Las autoridades no han revelado su nombre hasta notificar a sus familiares. Las circunstancias de la muerte están bajo investigación.


Los Ángeles

El martes por la mañana el cuerpo de un hombre identificado como Pearson Kim Taing, 21, residente de Los Ángeles fue descubierto en el Río de Los Ángeles cerca de Lincoln Heights. Las autoridades llegaron al 1700 N. Spring Street alrededor de las 7:25 a.m. dijo Shawn Lenske del Departamento de Bomberos de Los Ángeles. La policía fue enviada para investigar la muerte.

Todavía no se sabe si el accidente esta relacionado con una búsqueda de el sábado alrededor de las 2:17 p.m. después que se les informara a las autoridades de que alguien se había caído del puente en Fletcher Drive, alrededor de 3 millas de distancia de donde fue encontrado el cuerpo de Kim.

Más de 50 bomberos hicieron la búsqueda por aire y tierra desde Fletcher Drive a Main Street en el centro de los Ángeles pero se canceló después de alrededor de 40 minutos.


Los Ángeles

Debido al maratón que se llevará a cabo el 9 de marzo  se les recomienda a quienes usan los servicios del Metro que revisen las áreas que serán afectadas y si es posible que tomen el tren en lugar de los autobuses para evitar largas desviaciones.

Habrá interrupciones en el servicio del autobuses a lo largo de la ruta del maratón entre el centro de Los Ángeles y Santa Monica.  Se les recomienda a los clientes de los servicios del Metro que planeen sus viajes con tiempo extra.

El servicio en algunas líneas regresará a la normalidad en cuanto termine el maratón pero el servicio completo en todas las líneas no regresará a su horario habitual hasta el atardecer.


Cambio de Horario

Prepárese para perder una hora este fin de semana debido al cambio de horario el domingo a la 1 a.m. Se adelantará una hora el reloj.

Expertos recomiendan que ajusten su reloj antes de ir a dormir el sábado y tomen algunos minutos extras para asegurarse que las alarmas de humo estén trabajando y cambiar las baterías de dichas unidades en caso de un accidente.

Community Calendar: March 6, 2014 – March 12, 2014

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Today, Thur, March 6

4pm—Movie Celebrating Women’s History Month at the Robert Louis Stevenson Library. Based on a true story about a strong-willed mother of two who takes in a 17-year-old African American boy. Free admission. Library: 803 Spence St. LA 90023. For more information, call (323) 268-1349.


Saturday, March 8

2pm—Discussion On “The Other Side: Chinese and Mexican Immigration to America” Exhibit at the USC Pacific Asia Museum. Artists Andrea Bowers, Margarita Cabrera, Tony de los Reyes, Zhi Lin & Hung Liu visual narratives explore the Chinese and Mexican immigrant experiences and issues of immigration, border relations & labor practices throughout U.S. history. Museum: 46 N. Los Robles Ave. Pasadena 91101. For more information, call (626) 449-2742 or email

7:30pm—Japanese American Cultural & Community Center Presents Tierra, known for their blend of rock, pop, jazz, R&B and salsa with special guests Little Willie G, original voice of The Midnighters. Tickets: JACCC Members $37/$49; Non-members $40/$50. Japanese American Center is located at 244 S. San Pedro St., Downtown L.A. 90012. For more info or to buy tickets, go to

8pm—Opera in Highland Park-“Carmen” Presented by the Pacific Opera Project at the Highland Park Ebell Club: 131 S. Ave. 57, LA 90042. A story of seduction, betrayal, jealousy, revenge, duty & downfall. $20 General Admission; Table for 2, $60.  Table for 4, $100. Tables include a bottle of wine and appetizers. For more information,, or email


Sunday, March 9

2pm—Monterey Park Bruggemeyer Library Video & Discussion On Role of Chinese Hawaiians with Historian/Author Robert K.H. Cup Choy. Video in English & Mandarin. Library: 318 S. Ramona Ave. Free admission. For more information, call (626) 307-1368.

6pm—Mujeres De Maiz 17th Anniversary Live Art Show at The Vex in Alhambra. Interdisciplinary, intergenerational, Intercultural experience includes performance of music, spoken word and more. $10 donation. Vex: 5240 Alhambra Ave. For more information, visit

5-6pm—Drums from Around the World at the Chet Holifield Library in Montebello. Professional percussionist Marcus Miller discusses the history of drums across the world. Priority given to teens, but all ages welcome. Library: 1060 S. Greenwood Ave. For more information, call (323) 728-0421.



Community Design Workshop March 20 at City Terrace Park. Get an update on the Community Parks and Recreation Plan; help design potential new parks & trails in East L.A. Meets 6 to 8:30pm. Raffle & free activities for the kids, Park is located at 1126 N. Hazard Ave. East LA 90063. For more information, contact Stephano Medina at (213) 797-6553.

Sign Ups Open for 4-Mile Challenge Run/Walk/Hike on March 22 to benefit the Audubon Nature Center at Debs Park. Join community leaders, celebrities & others taking the challenge. Course follows Debs Park Trails & covers historical points of interest. Awards to top 3 finishers in each category. Event includes a Community Wellness Fair. For more information, go to .

Central Basin and LA County Public Works Smart Gardening Workshops Through April. Free workshops teach water-wise gardening, composting and grass cycling. Local workshops: March 8 (9:30-11:30 am) at Roosevelt Park, 7600 Graham Ave, LA; March 22 (9:30-11:30 am), Potrero Heights Park, 8051 Arroyo Dr, Montebello. For more dates & locations, visit

WRD 7th Annual Groundwater Festival “Treasure Beneath Our Feet” March 15 from 10am to 2pm in Lakewood. Free event promotes importance of groundwater as a valuable resource. Festival will include over 40 exhibitors: Discovery Science Center – Live entertainment at center stage; Aquarium of the Pacific – Watershed on Wheels; Cabrillo Marine Aquarium – Ocean on Wheels and a WRD Photo Booth to take family portraits. At 12 noon, Groundwater Ambassador Awards presented to US Rep. Janice Hahn & Assemblyman Anthony Rendon; Announcement of WRD’s Art Completion Winners. WRD is located at 4040 Paramount Blvd., Lakewood, 90712. For more information, visit


To submit an event to the Community Calendar, e-mail All submissions are subject to space availability. Paid advertising available for guaranteed calendar placement. For more information, email or call (323) 341-7970. 



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