As part of Vernon’s ongoing effort to reorganize, the city council this week appointed fire department veteran Mike A. Wilson as the city’s new fire chief.
Wilson will replace Mark Whitworth, who is also Vernon’s city administrator.
The change comes because the city wants to move away from department heads “wearing multiple hats,” according to the city.
Wilson was selected following a search process that lasted several months during which time several candidates were interviewed for the position. Wilson has been with the department for 25 years, most recently serving as the city’s Battalion Chief.
“It’s been quite a ride for me,” Wilson said.
Wilson told the council he will maintain the Class I service that the department is known for, but will also be “spending plenty of time looking at the budget” to find ways to reduce costs, including overtime.
Pictured: Mike A. Wilson, right, takes the oath at Vernon’s council meeting.
Today, Thursday May 9
10am-9pm—42nd Annual International Children’s Art Exhibit at the East Los Angeles Library. The exhibit includes art by children of different ages as well as from different countries. Continues through the month of May during regular library hours. The Library is located 4837 E. Third St., LA 90022. For more information, call (323) 264-0155.
6-8pm—Introduction to Cardmaking and Scrapbooking at the Benjamin Franklin Library. Learn tools and techniques to create beautiful cards or pages for your scrapbook. Bring photos or special images you wish you use. Free. Library is located at 2200 E. 1st St. LA 90033. For more information, call (323) 263-6901.
Friday, May 10
6:30-7:30pm—Mommy & Me Tea Time at Rosewood Park in Commerce. Mothers, grandmothers or godmothers bring your 2-5-year-old for an evening of tea, cookies, and crafts. Wear your favorite party dress for pictures. Fee: $2. Register at your local park. Rosewood Park is located at 5600 Harbor St Commerce, 90042. For more information call (323)887-4427.
7:30pm—Final Weekend for “Fuente Ovejuna: The Legend of Lauren Lopez” at Plaza de La Raza Margo Albert Theater. Play is a contemporary adaptation of Lope de Vega’s Golden Age classic “Fuenteovejuna,” featuring Plaza’s CAP theater students bringing their voices and experiences to this 17th century story of a village’s collective action in the face of injustice. Repeats Sat., May 11 at 7:30 pm. All performances are FREE. Call Plaza’s School Office to make reservations at (323) 223-2475.
Saturday, May 11
10am-4pm—6th Annual Peace in the Northeast Walk & Community Resource Fair. Kicks off at Highland Park Recreation Center, 6150 Piedmont Ave., at Figueroa St, LA 90042 where speakers will share stories of hope. Free food, music, entertainment & 30+ resource booths. Activities: Safe bicycle riding course, basketball free throw contest for youth ages 7-17, kid’s zone for age 6 and under, free helmets sponsored by the Kiwanis Club for graduates of the bike riding course, live music, DJ music and more. For more information, contact Heinrich Keifer at email@example.com or by phone at (323) 385-4935.
10am-3pm—Observe Fire Service Day at Montebello Fire Station 55 Open House. Take a tour, see equipment displays & demonstrations by Montebello Fire Explorers. Learn about fire safety, emergency preparedness & arson awareness & prevention. Fire Station 55 is located at 600 N. Montebello. For more information, visit www.cityofmontebello.com.
11am-3pm—“Are You My Mother” Pet Adoption Event at the North Central Animal Shelter, presented by The Friends of Hermon Dog Park (FHDP). Adoption fees will be greatly reduced — $83.50 for dogs, $50.50 for cats — includes spay/neuter, microchip, vaccinations, and for dogs – a license. First 25 adoptions will receive additional $25 discount. Entertainment, educational pet demonstrations, food & games are free. Animal Shelter is located 3201 Lacy St. L.A. 90031. Interested volunteers should email volunteer@HermonDogPark.org.
Noon-4pm—AltaMed Celebrates Mother’s Day with Free Health Screening & Entertainment. Includes blood pressure and glucose screenings, senior aerobics, live entertainment (Los Pasteles Verdes, Mariachi, Flamenco Dancers), refreshments and more. Learn more about AltaMed’s health & senior services and health insurance enrollment. Location: AltaMed’s East Los Angeles facility, 5425 Pomona Ave, LA 90022. For more information or to RSVP, call Roberto Carrillo at (323) 313-3371. To learn more about AltaMed, visit www.AltaMed.org <http://www.AltaMed.org> .
6-10pm—NELAart Second Saturday Gallery Night in Eagle Rock, Highland Park & Glassell Park. Local art galleries open late for monthly event. For more information including locations, go to www.NELAart.org.
7-10pm—Opening Reception for Ave 50 Studios’ “Seven Beauties,” an eclectic mix of work by L.A. artists brought together by José Lozano. Features Kim Abeles, Leigh Salgado, Rochelle Botello, Poli Marichal, Stephanie Mercado, Linda Arreola and Lili Bernard with portraits of each artist by Lozano. Ave 59 will be screening the movie “Seven Beauties” during the reception. Exhibit runs through June 2. Ave 50 is located at 131 North Avenue 50, Highland Park, 90042. For more information, call (323) 258-1435 or visit www.avenue50studio.org.
Free Small Business, Entrepreneur Conference on May 30 at USC Health Sciences Campus, from 7:30am to 12:30pm. Attend “Applying Strategic Planning to Help Grow Your Business” & learn about government & private resources. Spanish translation will be available. USC Campus is located at 1969 Zonal Ave. LA 90033. For more information and to register, contact Vikki at (323) 264-9020 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Bell Gardens Recreation Department is now accepting online applications for the 2013 Miss Bell Gardens Pageant. Young women who are residents of Bell Gardens and between the ages of 16-22 are encouraged to apply. The deadline to submit an application is 5pm, May 31. Visit www.bgrecreation.org/missbg to apply or for more information, or contact the recreation department at (562) 806-7650.
Three students from Vernon Elementary School were recognized at this week’s meeting of the Vernon City Council for essays they wrote on being drug-free.
Vernon Police officer Alexy Escobedo, who teaches the 10-week Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E) curriculum intended to teach kids how to avoid drugs and alcohol, chose the essay contest winners.
The first place winner was Nathalie Medinilla. Her prize was four tickets to Disneyland, $100 in Disney Dollars and free parking at the theme park. Runner-ups Desiree Granados and Janeth Diaz each received a $100 Target gift card.
Pictured: Three 5th grade students (center) from Vernon Elementary School were recognized at Vernon’s city council meeting as winners of an anti-drug program essay contest.