CVS Gets Approval for Signs On ‘Golden Gate’ Store

November 15, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday unanimously approved a zoning variance to allow signs to go up on a historic building in unincorporated East Los Angeles.

The CVS Pharmacy located 909 W. Atlantic Blvd, at the corner of Whittier Boulevard, opened in August with a temporary banner hanging over its front door. There are already two previously approved, freestanding signs on the property: one is the refurbished Jim’s Burger sign, the other is a 10-foot by 15-foot ground-level sign with a digital marquee.

The variance allows M & A Gabaee to hang signs on three of the nationally and state-registered historical building’s four exterior walls, exceeding the total sign area, total number of wall signs and the maximum letter height.

The Supervisors had wanted smaller signs, no more than 42 inches, but the petitioner’s appeal was ultimately approved.

The CVS will have signs on three of it’s walls, two of the signs will be a maximum of 48 inches, the Drive-Thru Pharmacy will also have a sign.

Supervisors approved the variance because of the 1927 building’s scale, and because it is setback from the major commercial street. A staff report states the signage would be “visible to pedestrians and vehicles … without resulting in visual clutter or inconsistencies in signage as compared to the surrounding community.”

New signs should be installed within a week or two after the final approval, the property owner’s consultant, Ron Holley of R.H. Properties, LLC, told EGP.

The Whittier Boulevard Merchants Association did not object to the proposed wall signs, according to the report.

The variance was approved with several legal conditions.

Estudio Indica Que el 80 Por Ciento de Latinos Tienen Enfermedades Cardiacas

November 15, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

El 80 % de los hombres y el 71 % de las mujeres de la comunidad hispana presentan al menos un factor de riesgo de sufrir enfermedades del corazón, señaló un estudio publicado el 7 de noviembre en una revista científica.

La investigación “Estudio de la salud de la comunidad hispana/Estudio de latinos” (HCHS-SOL, en inglés), realizada por National Institutes of Health, recordó que las “enfermedades cardíacas son la causa principal de muerte” entre los hispanos.

“Luego era crítico realizar un estudio que analizara la carga de factores de riesgo de enfermedades cardíacas en poblaciones específicas”, comentó la doctora Larissa Avilés-Santa, oficial del proyecto en el National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI).

Publicado en el Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), HCHS-SOL analizó los principales factores de riesgo para enfermedades del corazón: presión alta, colesterol alto, obesidad, diabetes y tabaquismo.

El estudio, presentado esta semana en la Convención Anual de la Asociación Estadounidense del Corazón (AHA, en inglés), “es el más grande realizado hasta ahora sobre la prevalencia de factores de riesgo de enfermedades cardíacas entre la población latina”, aseguró National Institutes of Health.

El estudio halló que los hispanos que tienen 10 años o más viviendo en Estados Unidos y/o prefieren utilizar el inglés al español son más propensos a tener tres o más factores de riesgo de infarto o embolia.

Este hallazgo sigue la línea de la denominada “Paradoja Latina de la salud”, según la cual inmigrantes recientes son más saludables, debido, según algunos autores, a que al llegar al país todavía tratan de mantener una dieta más sana, aunque sus hábitos se vuelven menos saludables en la medida en que se adaptan a la cultura.

La investigación encontró además que los hispanos con nivel más bajo de educación y con ingresos anuales menores de 20.000 dólares eran más propensos a presentar factores de riesgo múltiples de enfermedades del corazón que los de mayor nivel de educación e ingresos superiores.

El informe muestra que la prevalencia de factores de riesgo varía entre las diferentes poblaciones hispanas. Por ejemplo, las personas de origen puertorriqueño experimentan mayores índices de factores de riesgo de enfermedades cardíacas que otros grupos hispanos.

El análisis incluyó información de más de 16.000 adultos hispanos de diferentes orígenes -incluidos cubanos, dominicanos, mexicanos, puertorriqueños, centroamericanos y suramericanos- de edades entre 18 y 74 años, en Nueva York, Chicago, Miami y San Diego.

LAPD Searching El Sereno Area for Possible Kidnapping, Assault Victim

November 13, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

Helicopters, bloodhounds and police on horseback and foot are searching today for a teenage girl or a small woman who was heard screaming and may have been kidnapped in the El Sereno area, authorities said.

The calls reporting a screaming victim being dragged up into a hillside area around 4900 Klamath St., near the El Sereno Recreation Center, started coming at 7:52 p.m. Monday, said Officer Bruce Borihanh, a Los Angeles Police Department spokesman.

Police take a bloodhound up the hillside to continue their rescue efforts. (EGP Photo by Nancy Martinez)

A command post for the search has been set up near the intersection of Klamath Street and Eastern Avenue, according to Sgt. Karen Stanwix, the watch commander at the LAPD’s Hollenbeck Station.

The possible victim was thought to be a girl of between 13 and 16 or a small woman, said Cmdr. Andy Smith, another LAPD spokesman.

“Witnesses reported seeing a (female) screaming as she was being dragged up into the hillside by a man believed to be between 18 and 20 years-old,” Borihanh said. Officers from the LAPD’s Hollenbeck Division were sent to the scene to search the area, but the air search was suspended about 11 p.m., and restarted at daybreak.

Lt. Andy Newman told reporters they are “taking the reports very seriously.” He told KTLA’s Wendy Burch that two separate sets of witnesses, who are not related, gave very similar reports and descriptions of the victim and her assailant. They described the suspect as an 18-20 year-old male Hispanic, 6 foot-tall and 200 lbs, wearing jeans and a grey t-shirt.

Witnesses told police they saw the man rip off the woman’s clothes.

Officers found some leggings and tennis shoes near the reported site of the abduction and brought in bloodhounds and helicopters to search the area, which is more than 350 acres, Borihanh said.

“We have a big concern about this one,” Newman said earlier today.

Police have closed off the entrance to Ascot Park, part of the search area bounded by Eastern Avenue. They are conducting a grid search of the area described by Newman as “very rugged with several canyons.” LA County Sheriffs and search and rescue personnel from San Diego are helping with the operation. LAPD called in its mounted police unit and more bloodhounds to aid their search.

Police say they have no clue about the identity of the possible kidnapping and assault victim.

“We have not received any missing person’s report that matches the description of the girl but we are treating this as serious and responding with an abundance of caution,” Borihanh said.

Update 11-13-12: Police called off their search around 3:30 p.m. today without finding the possible kidnap victim or a suspect.

“So that is good news. The last thing we want to do is find remains in this remote location,” LAPD Chief Charlie Beck said. “This case has been actively worked by over 250 personnel from agencies all over the Southern California area.”

Beck said police responded in force to the reported abduction – with help from the Sheriff’s Department, Fire Department and other agencies.

Some information in this report is from City News Service.

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