Piden que Dueños de Radio Ya No Permitan Mensajes de Odio Contra Latinos

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Una coalición nacional que promueve y defiende a los hispanos en los medios de comunicación, advirtió a los clientes de una estación radial, que uno de sus programas lleva a cabo una campaña de odio racial contra los hispanos.

La National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC)- una organización no lucrativa y no partidista- alertó a los clientes de Clear Channel Communications, dueña de la estación de radio KFI de Los Ángeles, sobre la campaña de odio racial que la emisora está realizando contra los latinos en el programa “John and Ken Show”.

“Con sus acciones, Clear Channel y KFI han enviado un fuerte mensaje, aprobando diatribas llenas de odio de John (Kobylt) y Ken (Chiampou) y al mismo tiempo demostrando una completa indiferencia por servir a la comunidad de Los Ángeles”, argumentó en un comunicado Alex Nogales, presidente y director ejecutivo de NHCM.

La NHMC había acordado una reunión el 6 de octubre para discutir el tema con el presidente de Clear Channel que fue cancelada inesperadamente, lo que ha traído mayor frustración a la coalición hispana.
Clear Channel en un comunicado aseguró que sus locutores están haciendo uso de la libertad de expresión protegida por la Constitución y que si esa libertad pretende ser restringida, la reunión no sería productiva.

Uno de los casos a los que se refiere NHCM ocurrió el pasado 1 de septiembre, cuando los locutores criticaban el apoyo de la Coalición por los Derechos Humanos de los Inmigrantes de Los Ángeles (CHIRLA) al DREAM Act, y dieron al aire el teléfono celular de uno de sus representantes e invitaron a los oyentes a llamarlo para manifestarle su desacuerdo.

“Como consecuencia de esto recibí más de 450 llamadas en mi celular muchas de ellas amenazantes y con palabras ofensivas”, declaró a Efe Jorge-Mario Cabrera, portavoz de CHIRLA.

LA NHMC publicó la lista de las empresas que compran publicidad a la emisora KFI e invitó a estos anunciantes a que revisen su intención de invertir dinero en programas que “promueven el odio contra los hispanos”.

Igualmente, han hecho un llamado a la comunidad hispana para que llame o escriban a Clear Channel pidiendo que “se saque del aire a John y Ken”.

Roybal-Allard, Chu, Napolitano Still Support East LA Cityhood

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East Los Angeles’ incorporation effort received wide-spread support from elected officials during their signature petition drive to get a Comprehensive Fiscal Analysis (CFA) done for unincorporated East Los Angeles to determine if the area has enough financial resources to become an independent city.

The CFA has been completed and discussions on whether cityhood is a good idea are ongoing. As the process continues to unfold, several local officials are saying they still support the movement and the proponents, the East Los Angeles Residents Association (ELARA), despite the concerns of some residents and business owners that the CFA raises concerns about the area’s economic base.

Read this story IN SPANISH: Roybal-Allard, Chu, Napolitano Apoyan una Ciudad del Este de Los Ángeles

In the near future, U.S. Rep. Grace Napolitano will no longer represent East Los Angeles, now that redistricting has eliminated the area from the 38th Congressional district. Yet she remains invested and committed to supporting ELARA’s efforts to achieve cityhood.

The group’s president, Benjamin Cardenas, is a member of her staff.

“I think its time has come,” she said about cityhood.

Incorporation will benefit the county and East Los Angeles, currently ELARA is working with officials to determine what can be done — what funds, if not credits, they could get, Napolitano told EGP.

She says a review by the State Controller should be requested.

“East LA has been ignored for a long time, whatever funds are disposable and legal recourses, then they have a right for those services…” she told EGP.

Napolitano noted the low public participation at LAFCO hearings and said residents are afraid of government, but they “need to understand that this is their government.”

U.S. Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (34th District) supported ELARA’s originaal effort to explore the feasibility of cityhood for East L.A.

“While I have not read or studied the Comprehensive Fiscal Analysis, it is my understanding that ELARA disagrees with the findings presented by the Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO) and they have offered different fiscal scenarios to overcome the projected ‘shortfall’ as reported by LAFCO. I continue to support ELARA’s efforts to ensure a complete and fair process so that the community has accurate information to make an informed decision on the future of East L.A,” she told EGP in a written statement.

U.S. Rep. Judy Chu (32nd District) also supports ELARA’s efforts and believes the CFA backs the incorporation effort, according to Chu’s spokesperson, Fred Ortega.
“She believes the recently released fiscal analysis supports the case for cityhood, with a $26 million benefit to county taxpayers that more than offsets the roughly $19 million shortfall to the new city. That shortfall could be further reduced by, among other things, having the county maintain responsibility over Belvedere Regional Park and the county library, as it does so for so many other cities,” Ortega said. He said the $2.8 million in possible CDBG funds should also be taken into consideration.

“Saving taxpayers $7 million annually, indefinitely, is a great deal and the county should seriously consider this as a benefit to our residents.”

Senator Kevin de León (22nd District) also supports the incorporation effort, according to his spokesperson Greg Hayes.

“The communities of East Los Angeles suffer disproportionately from civic neglect. Cityhood will empower people of these communities to govern in a more responsive manner that respects the unique needs of the region,” Hayes said.

Girl Hit By Car Walking To School Suffers Minor Injury

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(CNS) A 14-year-old girl bumped by a vehicle as she walked near Irving Elementary School in Glassell Park suffered a minor injury Tuesday.

Paramedics sent to the 3000 block of Estara Avenue at 7:44 a.m. took the girl to a hospital to be checked out, Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey said.

Murder Suicide Suspected In Bell Gardens

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Bell Gardens police officers and firefighters responding to a call from a concerned family member climbed through a window of a home on 5900 block of Quinn Street at 6:43 p.m. Monday and found two dead bodies, according to authorities, who suspect it was a murder-suicide.

One of the deceased was identified as Christine Medina, 25, said coroner’s Assistant Chief Ed Winter. The other person’s name was not released because family members in Mexico had not yet been notified, Winter told EGP on Wednesday.

Police believe Medina was strangled by her boyfriend, who then hung himself at the home they shared, Winter said.

The two only lived here a short time, had no prior contact with police and have a 4-year-old daughter, a source told EGP. The child was not at home at the time, and is expected to be placed a family member, the source said.

Anyone with information was urged to call sheriff’s homicide detectives at (323) 890-5500.

Chase Ends In Boyle Heights Crash

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(CNS) A motorist who had been driving recklessly led deputies Tuesday on a short chase that ended when she crashed into a curb in Boyle Heights and suffered minor injuries, authorities said.

Deputies on patrol spotted a car swerving and going through stop signs around 12:30 a.m. and started pursuing the driver at Woods Avenue and Whittier Boulevard, said Lt. Tim Carr of the sheriff’s East Los Angeles Station.

The driver did not stop until the car hit a curb at Mirasol Street and Olympic Boulevard a few minutes later, Carr said.

The female driver was taken to the hospital for treatment of minor head injuries and was being held on suspicion of felony evading, Carr said, adding that she may also face DUI charges.

Sheriff’s Department Investigating Suspicious Death in Montebello

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(CNS) Authorities Tuesday identified a woman who died in Montebello under what the Sheriff’s Department said were suspicious circumstances.

Montebello police were called to the 800 block of Yorktown Avenue shortly after 9 a.m. Monday, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

Cora Sam, 60, died at the hospital, said Assistant Chief Ed Winter of the coroner’s office. An autopsy will be conducted to determine the cause of death, Winter said.

Sheriff’s homicide detectives were assisting Montebello police in the investigation.

Monterey Park Appoints Permanent Police Chief

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The new police chief of Monterey Park is a nearly 20-year veteran of the department. Jim Smith’s appointment as the city’s top cop was ratified unanimously by the City Council on Oct. 5.

Smith began serving as police chief Oct. 1, according to the city manager’s office. He had been serving as interim police chief since September 2009, and served as acting city manager several times in 2010. He joined the Monterey Park police department in 1992, after serving as an explorer scout and reserve officer.

Smith grew up in Rosemead and attended Mark Keppel High School. He earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Cal State Los Angeles, and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of La Verne. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy.

He and his wife, Margie, have a 15-year-old son.

Langley Center Park Named in Honor of Beth Ryan

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The Beth Ryan Park at Langley Center was dedicated October 4, under an umbrella of newly planted trees, by a gathering of elected officials, family and friends

Over the years Beth Ryan’s name has been synonymous with the vibrant Senior Center that features trips and tours, weekly dances, a daily lunch program, plus dozens and dozens of classes and activities for Monterey Park senior citizens. Ryan has also been the driving force in getting the center expanded five times, through her work with the Monterey Park Friends of Seniors organization.

The Monterey Park City Council unanimously voted in June to name the park in her honor.

A Tree Memorial Ceremony was also held in honor of both Mrs. Ryan and former Mayor Benjamin “Frank” Venti, who was first elected to the Monterey Park City Council in 1999 and served three terms as mayor.

Montebello Bus Lines Celebrates 80 Years With Video Contest

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Montebello Bus Lines is giving away a $200 gift card to The Shops At Montebello to the winner of a video contest in honor of the municipal transit service’s 80th year in existence.

Whether you have a cell phone camera or a regular video camera, the bus lines wants you to get creative by making a two-minute video on why you enjoy riding the Montebello Bus Lines or why it is important to you.

Videos will be posted onto Facebook and the video with the most “Likes” will receive prizes. The $200 gift card goes to the grand prize winner. Other prizes will also be given out, including bus tokens, commemorative t-shirts and tote bags. The videos are due by Nov. 10 at midnight, and winners will be announced Nov. 12.

The contest is open to anyone living in the Los Angles County. Videos are limited to two-minutes, must not contain inappropriate behavior or profanity, and cannot contain copyrighted material such as music or lyrics, and anyone appearing visually or vocally in the video must have given consent.

For more information about the contest, please contact Julie Gatica at (323) 887-4638 or email

Hall of Fame Inductee a ‘Key Part’ of Commerce Aquatics

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A City of Commerce lifeguard and assistant coach was inducted into the Water Polo Hall of Fame last month for her pioneering work in promoting water polo as a sport, especially for women.

Jennie Jacobsen-Huse joined the city’s aquatic’s division in 2003 as a supervising lifeguard and has served as a chaperone and assistant coach for the Commerce Aquatics Women’s Program.

Considered a key part of the Commerce program, Jacobsen-Huse also teaches and coaches water polo at Pasadena High School.

According to the USA Water Polo association, Jacobsen-Huse broke ground in women’s water polo, establishing a women’s water polo team at Pasadena High School and then later at UC Santa Barbara. She won a national championship with the Merced Water Polo club and is currently active in the masters water polo circuit.

Water Polo Hall of Fame inductee and Commerce employee Jennie Jacobson-Huse is introduced by Scott Wasserman, Park and Recreation's Interim Director.

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