Authorities Investigate Death of Woman in Bell Gardens

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Detectives Wednesday were investigating the death of a woman in Bell Gardens.

Homicide detectives were sent to the 5500 block of Lanto Street about 7:45 p.m. Tuesday, according to the Sheriff’s Information Bureau.

The woman’s name and cause of her death were not immediately revealed.

Sheriff’s homicide detectives assisted Bell Gardens police in the investigation.

 

 

High Speed Chase Ends in East LA

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 A 31-year-old motorcyclist suspected of leading the California Highway Patrol on a high-speed chase Tuesday night admitted he may have been speeding.

The man, who identified himself in interview with KCAL9 as Alex S., said he was trying to go home when the chase began.

The chase began on the westbound San Bernardino (10) Freeway in Boyle Heights around 8:10 p.m., California Highway Patrol Officer Monica Posada said.

It ended after the man abandoned his motorcycle on the right shoulder of the westbound Pomona (60) Freeway, ran up the embankment and for several blocks before stopping at a gas station at the intersection of South Gage Avenue and East Third Street in East Los Angeles around 9:40 p.m.

ABC7 reported the chase reached speeds of 100 mph.

“I was speeding a little bit,” Alex S. told KCAL9 from the back seat of CHP patrol car.

Aerial footage of the chase showed Alex S. riding through a multi-story parking lot and exiting without his passenger, who he identified as his girlfriend.

“She was scared,” Alex S told KCAL. “I’m trying to find out what happened to her. I think she’s OK.”

Posada said Alex was booked for DUI and evading pursuit in a reckless manner.

 

 

Programa “Edison Scholars” Esta Aceptando Solicitudes

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Ya esta vigente el período de solicitud de becas del programa “Edison Scholars 2014-2015” por parte de la compañía Edison International, la empresa matriz de Southern California Edison (SCE).

El programa estará disponible hasta el primero de febrero del 2015, ofreciendo 30 becas de $40.000 cada una, pagadas en un período de cuatro años a estudiantes del último año de la preparatoria que cuenten con un GPA de 2.8 como mínimo y planeen estudiar ciencia, tecnología, ingeniería o matemática (STEM por sus siglas en inglés) en la universidad.

Los solicitantes deben vivir o asistir a escuelas públicas o privadas ubicadas en el territorio de servicio de SCE y se les invita a las minorías y comunidades subrepresentadas a enviar su solicitud.

“Animo a los estudiantes elegibles de preparatorias ubicadas dentro del área de servicio de SCE a enviar su solicitud para una beca de Edison. Como una compañía de energía, reconocemos cuales son las habilidades necesarias para nuestro personal futuro y el progreso del país y es por esto que nuestro programa de becas está dirigido a los estudiantes que se están preparando para carreras denominadas colectivamente STEM ”, dijo Tammy Tumbling, director de Filantropía e Inversión Comunitaria de SCE.

Desde el 2006, Edison International ha otorgado alrededor de $4 millones en becas a más de 400 Edison Scholars. ?“Para nosotros es importante otorgar becas a los estudiantes provenientes de comunidades que tienden a estar poco representadas  y que están interesados en una carrera en el área de STEM ya que nuestro principio filantrópico es que todas las personas deben tener oportunidades para lograr sus metas”, agregó Tumbling.

Este año se entregaran $1.2 millones en el programa de becas.

Los ganadores de las becas serán anunciados en abril y al mismo tiempo podrían calificar para prácticas de verano en SCE al finalizar su segundo año en la universidad.

Para enviar su solicitud u obtener más información visite https://www.scholarsapply.org/edisonscholars/

Las personas a cargo de los empleados de Edison International no son elegibles para el Programa Edison Scholars.

Congressmembers Ask for Olympics to Be Held in L.A.

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 A bipartisan group of Southland Congress members signed a letter asking the U.S. Olympic Committee to pick Los Angeles as the nation’s bidder for the 2024 Summer Olympic Games, Rep. Xavier Becerra’s office said Wednesday.

Los Angeles is one of four U.S. finalists named this summer. San Francisco, Boston and Washington, D.C. are also potential bidders considered by the U.S. Olympic Committee, which is expected to select a city in the next few months.

Becerra and other Congress members said in a Nov. 13 letter to the committee that they “stand ready to partner with the city of Los Angeles in this endeavor,” just as they did when Los Angeles successfully secured the 2015 Special Olympics World Games.

Breves de la Comunidad

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Bell Gardens

Detectives investigan la muerte de una mujer el martes por la noche. Detectives de homicidios fueron enviados al 5500 Lanto Street alrededor de las 7:45pm, de acuerdo a la oficina de información del alguacil.

El nombre de la mujer y la causa de su muerte no fueron inmediatamente reveladas. Detectives del alguacil asistieron a la policía de Bell Gardens en la investigación.

 

Este de Los Ángeles

Dos sospechosos murieron el domingo alrededor de las 2:39am en un tiroteo que involucró a oficiales del alguacil. Eduardo Bermúdez, 26, y Ricardo Avelar-Lara, 57, de Los Ángeles fueron declarados muertos en el lugar del tiroteo en la 5300 Verona St, dijo la oficial Lillian Peck de la Oficina de Información del Alguacil.

El incidente comenzó cuando un hombre de 32 años de edad, informó a los oficiales que los hombres habían estado caminando por el estacionamiento de un negocio en la cuadra 1100 Atlantic Boulevard sobre las 2:20am. Después, la SUV de color claro se le acercó y el hombre en el asiento del pasajero presuntamente le apuntó con un arma de fuego, dijo Peck.

Los oficiales encontraron la SUV de los sospechosos e intentaron detenerlos, pero el conductor sólo desaceleró y luego salió de la camioneta en la entrada de un complejo de apartamentos, dijo Peck.

Una vez que el vehículo estaba estacionado, el pasajero que habia salido “intento sacar un arma de fuego de sus pantalones y apuntar en dirección de los oficiales,” dijo Peck.

Casi al mismo tiempo, sospechoso número dos salió de la SUV comenzando un tiroteo implicando a policías.

Ambos hombres fueron alcanzados por las balas pronunciándolos muertos en la escena del crimen. Una replica de una pistola de calibre 45 fue recuperada. No hubo oficiales heridos.

Los familiares de Bermúdez han disputado la versión oficial de los disparos.

 

Este de Los Ángeles

La Patrulla de Caminos de California detuvo a un motociclista de 31 años de edad, después de una persecución a alta velocidad el lunes por la noche.

El hombre, que se identificó en entrevista con KCAL9 como Alex S., dijo que iba camino a casa cuando comenzó la persecución en la autopista 10 al oeste en Boyle Heights.

Alrededor de las 9:40pm el hombre abandonó su motocicleta sobre el hombro derecho de la autopista 60 Pomona (oeste), corrió por varias cuadras antes de detenerse en una gasolinera en la intersección de la Avenida South Gage y East Third Street.

El sospechoso fue detenido por DUI y evadir persecución de manera imprudente, dijo la oficial de CHP, Mónica Posada.

 

Este de Los Ángeles  

Un hombre que había sido baleado fue encontrado el viernes afuera de un negocio y murió en un hospital poco después, dijeron las autoridades.

El herido fue descubierto por el propietario del negocio en el 4300

Telegraph Road alrededor de las 5:30am. Murió unos 45 minutos más tarde, dijo Ed Winter de la oficina del forense.

Las autoridades retuvieron su nombre, en espera de la notificación de la familia. Las circunstancias de su muerte estaban bajo investigación.

LAUSD Approves Ethnic Studies Requirement

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The Los Angeles Unified School district board voted Tuesday to make an ethnic studies course a graduation requirement, beginning with the class of 2019.

The board’s vote came following a raucous rally outside the district’s headquarters by students supporting the requirement.

“I often feel that we feel oppressed because all we learn is the white man’s point of view of history, and sometimes that does not, like, teachers don’t express it like the way we want it as people of color,” student Cindy Reyes told ABC7. “We want to learn our side of the story as well.”

The board’s motion, which was introduced by board members Bennett Kayser, George McKenna and Steve Zimmer, calls for a phasing in of the requirement, beginning with a handful of schools in 2015-16.

The curriculum, a one-semester course, will become a graduation requirement for all district schools by 2019.

The board also called for the creation of an Ethnic Studies Committee —including students, scholars and teachers — to “advise, assist and make recommendations to the board about programs, professional development, curriculum and issues related to ethnic studies for the pilot program rollout and beyond.”

Board members noted that the district already offers ethnic studies courses at some schools. The authors of the motion also cited a National Education Association report that found ethnic studies courses had positive impacts on students of color, making them more engaged academically, leading to better academic performance and graduation rates, along with a feeling of personal empowerment.

Local activist Ron Gochez, who helped organize the Ethnic Studies Now Campaign in support of the proposal, said the move will become “a model for other districts to follow.”

He said it is a remarkable step to “require all LAUSD students to have a better understanding and respect for other cultures, traditions and histories.”

Chicana Artist Shares A New Type of Children’s Book

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In a colorful room decorated with papel picado (Mexican cutouts) and skull piñatas, two-dozen or so toddlers sit in a circle around Martha Gonzalez as she reads her modern take on the ABCs.

Instead of apples, balls and cats “A de Activista” (A is for Activist) is filled with words like “artista” (artist), “barrio” (neighborhood) and “creativo” (creative).

“The problem in the publishing world is there are not enough books [that are] bilingual,” says Gonzalez.

For her first entry into Spanish language children’s literature, Gonzalez, a Chicana activist and founding member of the Grammy award-winning band Quetzal, has adapted “A is for Activist,” written and illustrated by Innosanto Nagara.

Quetzal singer, Martha Gonzalez, reads her book to children at Espacio 1839 in Boyle Heights on Sunday.  (EGP photo by Nancy Martinez)

Quetzal singer, Martha Gonzalez, reads her book to children at Espacio 1839 in Boyle Heights on Sunday. (EGP photo by Nancy Martinez)

“Say ‘m,’” Gonzalez tells the kids during her book reading last Sunday. “Say ‘moviemiento,’” she encourages the giggling children to get them involved.

Gonzalez, a self-proclaimed “artivista” – combination of artist and activista (activist) – describes the book as a way to introduce children to college aged ideas such as democracy, equality, immigrant, justice and Zapatista.

“Every single one of these [pages] is about self identity and empowerment,” Gonzalez tells EGP.

“The general idea of the book is not just about informing them about the ABCs, it’s informing them early on about their rights,” Gonzalez explained.

Monica Perez, 37, attended the event Sunday at Espacio 1839 in Boyle Heights with her young daughter. She said she did so after realizing the word activist was a foreign concept to her.

“I can’t believe that I, who I consider a more conscientious person, hasn’t even brought up words that describe to her what I do,” said Perez, a social worker who says she is active in the community.

Perez told EGP books like “A de Activista” keep the “bilingual door open for kids.”

“A lot of these kids won’t have a culture to connect to and that’s when identity crisis occurs,” said Perez about the importance of exposing them to these types of experiences.

Gonzalez said Nagara approached her about writing a Spanish version of his book after being exposed to her lyrical work with Quetzal. The alliteration and rhymes written by Gonzalez are not a Spanish translation, but rather an adaption.

“I was writing directly to the actual images,” Gonzalez said, referring to the colorful images of historical figures, farmers, protestors, families and symbols of love, peace, politics and labor in the original book.

“I jumped at the chance of being a part of a Spanish language children’s book,” she said. “By the time they [kids] learn the words and letters for some of these ideas and go into the world they already have a name for the kind of oppressions they are going to experience,” Gonzalez explained about the book’s literary and social objective.

The Quetzal singer and percussionist grew up in Boyle Heights and is now a professor in Chicano Studies at Scripps Claremont College. She believes there are many people of her generation who, like her, have made the choice to return to the neighborhoods where they grew up and to make a difference.

“They have an understanding of how important it is to come back and really connect to the community here and to the different generations,” she said.

While there is more bilingual reading material available today than when she was growing up,  Gonzalez believes Latinos must be critical and selective about what’s put there. Just being in Spanish is not enough, she says.

“Our responsibility is to have the bilingual and Spanish stuff be conscientious,” she said, “not about selling these cheap ideas or ridiculous stereotypes to us.”

When the reading session was over, Gonzalez turned to what she is best known for, performing a song for the mothers in the room: “We’re not just celebrating kids, we’re celebrating moms,” she said.

Gonzalez’s husband and band co-founder, Quetzal Flores, and their nine-year-old son Sandino joined her for the event.

“Sandino introduced me to children’s literature,” she told the group in Spanish. “He loves reading.”

“Just sitting there he learned the culture of the book,” the activity that involves just sitting still and flippling through books, she added.

Monica Serafin took her children to the event because she enjoys finding literature that will encourage her children to read and introduce them to social issues.

“I grew up with the idea of the artivista in my life and I’m not sure my kids are getting enough of it,” said Serafin, a Whittier resident who frequently visits Espacio 1839.

“[The book] is nothing like anything that’s on my shelf right now,” she said enthusiastically.

 

Hispanos Obtienen Menor Acceso a Tratamiento de Depresión, Señala Informe

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Los hispanos en EE.UU. son los menos diagnosticados con depresión y además tienen menos acceso a tratamiento, en parte por el estigma que existe en torno a esta condición entre la comunidad inmigrante.

“Nos sorprendió que existen diferencias entre los distintos grupos que componen esta población con respecto a los problemas de salud mental”, Sylvia Smoller, principal autora de un estudio publicado recientemente sobre los hispanos y los síntomas depresivos, le dijo a Efe.

Smoller ?indicó que esto subraya la importancia de que el personal médico debería prestar más atención a los síntomas de depresión en esta comunidad para poder proveerles con los servicios apropiados.

El informe, publicado en la última edición de la revista “Annals of Epidemiology”, indica que los niveles de ansiedad y depresión varían ampliamente entre los hispanos, con los puertorriqueños encabezando la lista.

Los investigadores analizaron datos entre 2008 y 2011 de encuestas de más de 16.000 hispanos de diversos orígenes como cubanos, puertorriqueños, mexicanos, dominicanos, centroamericanos y sudamericanos, lo cual sería el estudio más amplio sobre el tema, de acuerdo con Smoller.

Los participantes, todos latinos entre 18 y 74 años residentes de nueva York, Chicago, San Diego y Miami, respondieron dos cuestionarios en los que se les preguntaba sobre síntomas relacionados a la depresión, como ansiedad o nerviosismo, entre otros.

En total, un 27% de los hispanos reportaron altos niveles de síntomas depresivos, con un 22.3% entre los de origen mexicano y 38% en puertorriqueños.

Asimismo, la investigadora señaló que es más común que las mujeres expresen sentir más síntomas relacionados a la depresión que los hombres.

“Es algo que esperábamos ver y vimos como se ha encontrado en otros estudios”, dijo Smoller.

De acuerdo con la investigadora, el estigma que rodea a la depresión entre esta comunidad sigue siendo una de las barreras que impiden un mayor acceso a diagnosis y tratamiento adecuado en esta minoría.

“Hay barreras relacionadas con el acceso a seguros de salud en general, pero definitivamente con los síntomas de depresión y ansiedad las personas están más reacias a admitir a ciertas cosas que ellos puedan percibir pueden ser vistas como debilidades o que pueda afectarles laboralmente o vida familiar. Todavía hay mucho estigma y es desafortunado porque hay mucha ayuda disponible”, aseveró.

Solo un 5% de los participantes indicaron el uso de antidepresivos, pese a que el 27% se consideraba afectado por depresión.?? Entre las personas con seguro médico, el uso de antidepresivos era de un 8.2% en comparación con un 1.8% entre los que no tenían cobertura médica.

En el caso de los ansiolíticos, solo 2.5% de los hispanos utilizaron este tipo de medicamentos contra la ansiedad, con una mayor proporción entre quienes padecían de problemas cardíacos.

Smoller señaló que los hallazgos arrojan además importante información para ayudar a entender las implicaciones que pueden tener los síntomas de depresión en la salud de quienes los experimentan.

El reporte encontró que quienes presentaban más factores de riesgo de enfermedades cardiovasculares, como presión arterial alta, diabetes, obesidad o tabaquismo, tenían más posibilidades de indicar síntomas consistentes con la depresión.

El estudio, llevado a cabo por el Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University, sugiere también que los síntomas de depresión en los latinos podrían estar siendo tratados en menor proporción en los hispanos que en otros grupos, especialmente en el caso de aquellos que no tienen seguro médico.

“Es importante que los médicos estén alerta porque esto puede afectar la salud en un futuro”, señaló la autora.

 

Thanksgiving for the Troops at LAX

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(Courtesy of Bob Hope USO)

(Courtesy of Bob Hope USO)

The Bob Hope USO at LAX celebrated the 9th Annual Thanksgiving Dinner for the Troops on Tuesday to support the young men and women who leave on assignment during the holidays. Pictured left to right: USO of Southern California Executive Director Bob Kurkjian, L.A. Dodgers legend Tommy Lasorda thanked the troops for their service, especially at a time when most Americans will be spending time with their families. The event, produced by EGP photographer and L.A. promoter Fred Zermeno (right), includes a traditional Thanksgiving meal and is served at the airport.

Montebello Gets Another Shot at Northview in CIF

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Hoping that the third time will be the charm, Montebello High School will attempt to defeat Northview for the first time in the third meeting between the teams in the last year.

The Oilers and Vikings square off in a CIF Southern Section Mid-Valley (X) Division second round playoff game Friday night at Montebello.

The Oilers defeated Northview in the playoffs last season 24-17 in the first round. They met again Sept. 4 in the season’s second week, with Northview winning easily, 38-6 in a nonleague game.

Montebello High running back Isaac Mendibles, front, takes a handoff from quarterback Ryan Rivera in last Friday’s CIF Southern Section playoff game with La Puente. (Photo by Mario Villegas)

Montebello High running back Isaac Mendibles, front, takes a handoff from quarterback Ryan Rivera in last Friday’s CIF Southern Section playoff game with La Puente. (Photo by Mario Villegas)

Montebello overcame a slow start this season to win the Almont League for the second consecutive season and then defeat La Puente, 24-17 last Friday in the first round of the playoffs. The Oilers improved to 7-4 overall.

Montebello’s Charlie Zuniga scooped up a fumble and returned it 37 yards for a touchdown with 6:13 left to lift the Oilers to the win over visiting La Puente.

Offensively, Montebello was led by Isaac Mendibles, who rushed for 217 yards on 22 carries and scored two touchdowns on runs of 37 and 69 yards.

Northview (10-1), the Valle Vista League champion, opened the playoffs with a 49-21 victory over Brentwood.

Montebello and Northview each bring six-game winning streaks into Friday’s game.

Southeast Division

Salesian’s first road victory of the season came at the right time, as the Mustangs stunned top-seeded La Mirada, 24-18 in a first round game.

Salesian (5-6) won the Northeast championship last season and was moved up to the Angelus League. The Mustangs finished fourth behind St. Francis, Cathedral and Harvard- Westlake, but received an at-large playoff berth.

And now the Mustangs play an upstart team like them in Burbank (8-3) Friday night at home. Burbank, the Pacific League’s third place finisher, outlasted El Rancho, 38-34 to win its playoff opener.

Salesian’s Keisean Nixon had a big night at La Mirada as the senior defensive back scored touchdowns on an interception return and a kickoff return. Kyahya Tezino added 67 yards on 10 carries and Deommodore Lenoir scored on a 31-yard touchdown run.

12:54 p.m. Jan. 30, 2015. Correction: The Montebello Oilers beat Northview 24-17 during the 2013 playoffs, not the other way around.

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