Estudiantes Angelinos Asisten a Día Universitario en Occidental College

February 23, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Más de 1,000 jóvenes residentes de Boyle Heights, del Sur de Los Ángeles y de Watts visitaron Occidental College el sábado como parte del Día Universitario anual presentado por la Asociación De Escuelas de Los Ángeles (o The Partnership for Los Angeles Schools en inglés).

Estudiantes de diversas escuelas intermedias y secundarias asistieron al evento juntamente con sus padres para recibir visitas guiadas de las instalaciones, talleres de admisión y de la vida estudiantil.

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“El Día Universitario le provee una experiencia invaluable a nuestros estudiantes y a sus padres para entender qué es lo que se requiere para ser admitidos a colegios de alto nivel”, dijo Joan Sullivan, director general ejecutivo del grupo sin lucros, Asociación De Escuelas de Los Ángeles.

“El acceso equitativo a la educación de calidad es el tema de derechos civiles más critico actual en nuestra nación”.

Program to Tackle Heroin and Opioid Abuse Launched at Local Colleges

October 6, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Federal prosecutors in Los Angeles Tuesday announced the launch of a community program to tackle the growing epidemic of heroin and prescription opioid abuse.

Over the coming weeks and months, law enforcement and public health officials will present programs and panel discussions at Occidental College in Eagle Rock, Cal State Los Angeles and Chapman University in Orange to highlight the impact opiates have on individuals and families.

“The increased use of heroin and opioids has infected communities from coast to coast and in many neighborhoods within our district,” said Eileen M. Decker, the U.S. attorney in Los Angeles.

“Prosecutors in my office have targeted drug traffickers who import heroin and doctors who issue prescriptions for addictive painkillers without any medical purpose,” she said. “We are working with our law enforcement colleagues to develop new strategies to investigate drug trafficking

organizations that import and distribute opioids and heroin (and) to better track prescription drugs that may be diverted to street users.”

Law enforcement agencies throughout the country are seizing record amounts of heroin and other opioids, said John S. Comer, U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency special agent in charge.

“DEA will continue to target the illicit trafficking organizations responsible for these detriments, but we’re also committed to educating the public about the dangers of drug misuse and reducing demand — awareness is a crucial element in combating this epidemic,” he said.

Beginning this week, federal prosecutors will be joined by DEA agents, expert physicians and public health officials on local campuses.

The events are designed to educate students on the dangers of prescription drugs, the presence of counterfeit drugs and what to do in the event of a potential overdose.

 

Participants will be able to view excerpts from the FBI-produced film

“Chasing the Dragon: The Life of an Opioid Addict,” which is available on YouTube and illustrates the harsh reality of opioid addiction.

Prosecutors hope to bring the program to other campuses across the region and welcome input from the public on what more the Justice Department can do to combat the problem, Decker said.

 

Programa para Combaitr Abuso de Opiáceos y de Heroína se Lanza en Colegios Locales

October 6, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Fiscales federales anunciaron el 3 de octubre, en Los Ángeles, el comienzo de un programa comunitario que busca combatir una epidemia creciente del abuso de opiáceos de prescripción y de heroína.

Durante las próximas semanas y meses, las fuerzas policiales y oficiales de salud pública presentaran programas y paneles de discusión en el Occidental College en Eagle Rock, en la Universidad Estatal de California en Los Ángeles y en Chapman University en Orange. Esto será con el fin de explicar el impacto que los opiáceos tienen en individuos y en las familias.

“El incremento en el uso de heroína y opiáceos ha infectado a las comunidades de costa a costa y en varios vecindarios dentro de nuestro distrito”, dijo Eileen M. Decker, procuradora general de Estados Unidos en Los Ángeles.

“Los fiscales en mi oficina se han dirigido hacia los traficantes de drogas quienes introducen la heroína y hacia los doctores que emiten prescripciones para los analgésicos adictivos sin uso necesidad médica”, dijo ella.

“Estamos trabajando con las fuerzas policiales para desarrollar nuevas estrategias de investigación para entender el trafico de drogas y para seguir mejor las rutas de los que los usan en las calles”.

Las fuerzas policiales a lo largo del país están confiscando cantidades récord de heroína y de opiáceos, dijo John S. Comer, el agente especial encargado, parte de la Agencia Estadounidense Contra la Droga (DEA).

“DEA continuará buscando a las organizaciones de traficantes de drogas ilícitas y responsables pero también estamos decididos ha educar al público acerca de los peligros del maluso de la droga. El reducir la demanda y el estar informados son elementos esenciales para combatir ésta epidemia”, dijo él.

A empiezo de la semana entrante, procuradores oficiales junto con oficiales de la DEA, y médicos expertos visitaran a las escuelas locales.

Los eventos están diseñados con el fin de educar a los estudiantes en los peligros que representan las drogas, y el qué hacer en caso de una sobredosis.

Los participantes podrán ver extractos de una película producida por el FBI titulada, “Chasing the Dragons: The Life of an Opioid Addict”, publicada en YouTube, la cual ilustra la cruda realidad de la adicción a los opiáceos.

La fiscalía espera llevar el programa a otros colegios por la región y busca aportaciones del publico en que puede hacer el Departamento de Justicia para combatir el problema, dijo Decker.

Vandals Trash 9/11 Memorial at Occidental College

September 15, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

An investigation was underway Monday into the removal of nearly 3,000 small American flags that had been set up as a 9/11 memorial at Occidental College for the 15th anniversary of the terrorist attacks.

The 2,997 flags were put in place in the quad area Saturday night by members of the Occidental College Republican Club, a student organization, as a 9/11 memorial, with each flag representing a victim of the terror attacks, the Los Angeles Daily News reported.

By Sunday morning, the anniversary day of the attacks, the club reported that the memorial had been trashed.

On their Facebook page, the Occidental College Republican Club said that vandals had “crushed, snapped, and threw in the garbage every single flag. Not one was left on the ground.”

The group also said posters and flyers that “shamed the victims of 9/11” were posted on campus.

President Obama attended Occidental from 1979 to 1981. However, he finished his undergraduate degree at Columbia University in New York.

In response to the 9/11 memorial incident, Occidental College issued a statement saying administrators don’t know yet who is responsible for the memorial destruction, but those responsible will be found and the school “will take disciplinary action.”

The college asks that anyone with information about the incident contact officials at conduct@oxy.edu.

Breves de la Comunidad

September 15, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Echo Park

(CNS) – Una mujer de Echo Park se declaró no culpable el 8 de septiembre a cargos de asesinato y abuso infantil por la muerte de su hijo de 11 años, quien fue encontrado muerto en el closet de su casa.

El juez de la Corte Superior de Los Ángeles, Sergio C. Tapia el segundo, le ordenó a la mujer, Verónica Aguilar, a permanecer encarcelada bajo una fianza de $2 millones. Esto será mientras ella espera su próxima cita del el 20 de octubre, en dónde se presentará ante el tribunal. Durante esa presentación, se determinará la fecha en dónde se decidirá si hay suficiente evidencia par ir a juicio.

Montebello

(CNS) Un tren de carga se estrelló en contra de una mujer en Montebello, matándola al impacto, en lo que la policía cree fue un suicidio planeado.

El accidente fue reportado a la 1:47 a.m. el 9 de septiembre, cerca de la intersección de los bulevares Montebello y Olympic. La identidad de la mujer no ha sido publicada por la policía hasta que sus familiares sean notificados.

A causa del accidente, las intersecciones de el Bulevar Montebello y la Avenida Greenwood junto con las de las avenidas Maple y Vail entre el Bulevar Olympic y Avenida Mines fueron cerradas mientras se conducía la investigación, dijo la policía. 

Eagle Rock

(CNS)- Un hombre fue arrestado después de haber conducido un carro robado durante una persecución policial, dijo la policía el 8 de septiembre.

El sospechoso, quien no ha sido identificado, emprendió una corta persecución el miércoles, 7 de septiembre por la noche, la cual acabó cerca de la intersección de la Calle North Figueroa y la Autopista de Ventura (134) . Todo termino, cuando el hombre chocó en contra de un carro estacionado mientras manejaba una Isuzu, confirmó la División de Hollenbeck del Departamento de Policía de Los Ángeles. Ningún herido resultó a causa de la persecución.

Eagle Rock

(CNS)- Una investigación está en marcha después que casi 3,000 banderas americanas, las cuales fueron instaladas para conmemorar el aniversario del 9/11 en el Colegio Occidental, fueron removidas.

Las banderas pequeñas, 2,997 en su totalidad, habían sido puestas en la escuela la mañana del sábado por miembros del Club Republicano del Colegio Occidental, reportó Los Angeles Daily News. La organización, hizo la instalación con el fin de recordar a las víctimas, usando cada bandera en representación de una de las víctimas del ataque terrorista.

Widow Sues Occidental College, Professor for Husband’s Death

July 28, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

The widow and four children of a motorcyclist killed in a collision with an Occidental College professor allegedly driving while using a cell phone sued the school and the professor July 22.

Emily Dalton Chavez, the widow of 43-year-old Victor Chavez of Eagle Rock, filed the lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court, naming Occidental College, the professor, Malek Moazzam-Doulat, and Julie Sadoff, who is described in the complaint as being an owner of the car Moazzam-Doulat was driving.

The suit seeks unspecified damages.

A school spokesman could not be immediately reached.

The suit states that Victor Chavez was riding his motorcycle on Eagle Rock Boulevard and was crossing Avenue 42 in Glassell Park on Oct. 9, 2014. Moazzam-Doulat was making a left turn from Avenue 42 onto Eagle Rock Boulevard when he failed to yield to the motorcyclist and collided with him, the suit alleges.

The suit states that the plaintiffs are “informed and believe” the professor failed to obey a stop sign, made an unsafe turn and was “using a handheld wireless telephone while driving.”

Moazzam-Doulat was using the device to “write, send or read a text- based communication,” the suit alleges.

Victor Chavez’s family has lost the financial support he provided as well as his love, companionship and affection, the suit states.

Moazzam-Doulat is described in the Occidental College website as an assistant professor of religious studies.

Occidental College Reaches Agreement Over Sexual Assault Reporting

June 16, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

The U.S. Department of Education announced Friday that it has reached an agreement with Occidental College to resolve allegations that students were discouraged from reporting incidences of sexual assault.

The department’s civil rights office “found a campus actively engaged in important work to satisfy Title IX responsibilities for all students,” said Catherine E. Lhamon, the Department of Education’s assistant secretary for civil rights.

Where we had concerns, Occidental leaders committed to taking appropriate steps to ensure student safety,” she said. “I am grateful for Occidental’s responsiveness during the course of the investigation, as well as its commitment to its students.”

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in all education programs or activities that receive federal financial assistance.

The findings came three years after dozens of then-students and faculty members at the Eagle Rock campus filed federal complaints that college administrators had fostered a hostile environment for victims of sexual assault.

Occidental voluntarily resolved the investigation before the civil rights office had completed its review, addressing concerns that arose in the course of the probe. For the issues under review, the board found insufficient evidence that Occidental violated federal law, except with respect to promptness of the college’s review of several cases during the 2012-13 school year.

The investigation did reveal concerns in some areas, and the college committed moving forward to secure full satisfaction of Title IX requirements, Lhamon said.

The civil rights office determined that the college’s current policy and procedures for addressing complaints of sexual violence and harassment are in compliance, and that the college meets requirements regarding publication of a notice of non-discrimination and having a civil rights coordinator.

The office found insufficient evidence that the college violated a federal requirement to provide an equitable grievance process over the four-year period – 2010-2014 – that was examined, but did find that some sexual assault complaints were resolved in an untimely manner.

The investigation also concluded insufficient evidence of a hostile environment on the basis of sex existed during the time period examined.

Finally, there was insufficient evidence to show that the college engaged in retaliatory conduct against the individual students and faculty who advocated for changes in the college’s sexual misconduct policies and procedures, according to the findings.

However, the civil rights office was concerned about actions by college administrators to discourage students from speaking up about their experiences with sexual violence, indicating that the college’s staff may not be aware of their responsibility to safeguard student speech, along with the Title IX requirement not to interfere with student advocacy.

Staff responses to such advocacy can have an impact on whether students and the broader college community feel comfortable speaking about Title IX protections and reporting complaints of sexual harassment and violence, according to the Department of Education.

In addition, the civil rights office said it is concerned that a recent survey conducted by the college suggested that students are not reporting complaints of sexual assault.

Prior to the conclusion of the investigation, Occidental agreed to take action to resolve all areas of concern and to enter into a voluntary resolution.

Occidental committed to revise its sexual misconduct policy, which the college has already completed to the civil rights office’s satisfaction, Lhamon said.

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