Los Angeles Councilman’s Life Archived in Immigrant Video Project

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The Immigrant Archive Project, an independent national initiative that aims to preserve the life stories of America’s immigrant population, recently added Los Angeles Councilmember Ed P. Reyes to their collection.

Los Angeles Councilman Ed Reyes

Reyes joined local leaders last week to kick off the local launch of the Immigrant Archive Project, and was videotaped sharing some of the childhood experiences he said he will never forget.

The project — an independent initiative of the Latino Broadcasting Company, a minority-owned nationally syndicated radio network based in Miami — so far features more than 300 stories from some of the country’s most successful immigrants.

Academy Award-nominated actor Edward James Olmos and Emmy Award-winning journalist Maria Antonieta Collins were also at the kick off event.

To view the videos or for more information, visit www.immigrantarchiveproject.com/

Breves de la Comunidad

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Centro de Los Ángeles

Las autoridades están investigando el robo de 21 subametralladoras y 15 pistolas modificadas para entrenamientos por la unidad SWAT del Departamento de Policías de Los Ángeles (LAPD). Las armas fueron trasladadas el 12 de octubre a un edificio ubicado en las calles San Pedro y la calle 14 en el centro de Los Ángeles, para un entrenamiento la siguiente mañana. Esa misma noche las armas desaparecieron de una caja con llave y del edificio seguro. Las autoridades temen que las armas, que estaban alteradas para solo disparar blancos, podrían ser modificada para uso letal, dijo el lunes el subjefe Michael Downing al diario Los Angeles Times.

 

Los Ángeles

Las autoridades están alertando al público acerca de robo de cobre del sistema de alumbrado de las calles de la ciudad. El robo de cobre de las luces ha aumentado y causan que las luces no funcionen. Las autoridades piden que si el público observa actividad sospechosa alrededor de las farolas de la ciudad que llamen al 9-1-1 de inmediato. Un vehículo amarillo oficial tiene la sella de la ciudad de Los Ángeles en las puertas y tiene las palabras “exempt” en la placa. El trabajador también debería de tener chaleco anaranjado, un casco de seguridad e identificación de la ciudad.

 

Boyle Heights

La escuela de adultos de Roosevelt y Garfield está ofreciendo clases de Inglés y capacitación de computadoras en Pueblo del Sol. Las clases de inglés son gratuitas y todo nivel de aprendizaje es bienvenido, las clases son lunes a viernes de 8:15 am a 12:30 pm. Las clases de computadoras son los martes y jueves de 6pm a 8 pm. El Centro de Servicio Comunitario Pueblo del Sol está ubicado en 1300 Plaza del Sol, en Boyle Heights. Para más información llame al (323) 980-8100.

 

Boyle Heights

Este sábado 22 de octubre se realizará una limpieza del camino de ejercicio alrededor del cementerio Evergreen. El evento comienza a las 9 am el público está invitado a participar y unirse en la esquina de 1st y Evergreen Ave. Para más información llame a la oficina de Boyle Heights del Concejal José Huizar al (323) 526-3059.

 

Bell Gardens

Hoy, 20 de octubre, a las 3pm la ciudad inaugurará la comunidad de viviendas asequibles para personas de la tercera edad. La construcción de estos apartamentos comenzó a principios de este año y es el más reciente proyecto de reurbanización de la ciudad.

Halloween & Día de los Muertos/Day of the Dead Events

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Saturday, October 22
7:30pm—Heritage Square Museum Halloween & Mourning Movie Night featuring the 1941 version of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde starring Spencer Tracy, Ingrid Bergman, Donald Crisp, and Lana Turner. Bring a picnic, blankets, chairs, and candy to enjoy. Free for Museum members; $10 for the general public. Heritage Square is located at 3800 Homer St in Northeast LA off the 110 Fwy. For more information, visit http://heritagesquare.org.

Noon-3pm—Self Help Graphics & Art Free Community Art Workshop-paper flower making led by Ofelia Esparza and Rosanna Esparza; papel picado with Maricela Sosa and Olivia Y. Armas; Día de los Muertos Mask decorating with Becky Cortez; Papel mache mask with Dewey Tafoya
Self Help Graphics is located at 1300 East 1st St, Boyle Heights 90033. For more information call (323) 881-6444. Repeats on Oct. 29, same time.

Sunday, October 23
11am-5:30pm—Rose Hills Memorial Park & Mortuary 2nd Annual Día de los Muertos Cultural Festival and Marketplace with free admission and activities for the entire family, including an art exhibit featuring Los Angeles artist Hector Silva and other artists; children’s arts & crafts area, with mini workshops and interactive activities; a food court; a local vendor area; a full program of performances and entertainment including Pacifico Dance Company and the band domingoSiete. Families are invited to create their own altar and enter the community altar contest. Location: Rose Hills Memorial Park & Mortuary, 3888 Workman Mill Rd, Whittier, 90601. Enter Gate 1 – Follow signs to SkyRose Chapel. For more information,  call (562) 699-0921 or go to http://www.dayofthedead-rosehills.com/

Tuesday, October 25
3-8pm—Haunted Harvest Storytelling Festival at the Old LA Farmers Market in Highland Park. Featuring performances by Artichoke, We Tell Stories, and Angela Loyd. Special events for kids, come in costume. Fresh produce and food vendors. The Old LA Farmer’s Market is located on N. Figueroa and Ave. 59.  For more information, call (323) 256-2336.

4-5pm—Kids, come decorate Day of the Dead Masks at the Robert Louis Stevenson Branch Library in East LA. The library is located at 803 Spence St., LA 90023. For more information, call (323) 268-4710 or go to http://www.lapl.org

Wednesday, October 26
4-5pm—Creepy Scary Stories to Read in the Dark at the Robert Louis Stevenson Branch Library in East LA. The library is located at 803 Spence St., LA 90023. For more information, call (323) 268-4710 or go to http://www.lapl.org

Concejo Vecinal de Boyle Heights Busca Llenar Vacantes

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Lea esta nota EN INGLÉS: Boyle Heights Neighborhood Council Looking to Fill Vacancies 

El Concejo Vecinal de Boyle Heights ha comenzado a aceptar solicitudes para llenar posiciones vacantes, estos incluyen ser miembro general y un oficial enfocado en el uso de terreno.

Durante los últimos seis meses, la junta ha sido objeto de capacitación, reorganización y otros esfuerzos para evitar la descertificación. Varios miembros han renunciado desde que los esfuerzos comenzaron.

Personas interesadas pueden descargar la solicitud de la página web www.boyleheightsnc.com

El formulario incluye instrucciones para presentar la solicitud y los requisitos de elegibilidad.

Las solicitudes deben ser entregados antes de las 4pm este lunes, octubre 24, 2011.

Community Calendar: October 20, 2011 to October 26, 2011

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Today, Thursday, October 20
8am-4:30pm— “Stand Down for Homeless Veterans” at Whittier Narrows Recreation Center offers homeless veterans a variety of services including housing assistance, medical care, dental care, vision care, hygiene and grooming services, clothing donations and laundry services, mental health and substance abuse counseling, veterans benefits assistance and employment training services, legal services. The event will include food & drinks and live entertainment. Whittier Narrows is located at 1201 Portrero Ave., South El Monte, 91733.

6pm—Enjoy “An Evening in Italy” hosted by the Montebello Historical Society at the Montebello Senior Center: 115 South Taylor Ave., Montebello. For $20 you will get a full spaghetti dinner with meatballs, wine and dessert, door prizes and raffles. Call Gary Brougher at (323) 721-8779 for tickets.

6pm—“Take A Stand Against Bullying” Candlelight Vigil at Bell High School. Wear purple and take a stand against all forms of bullying. Bell High is located at 4328 Bell Ave, Bell 90201. For more information, call (323) 286-7224 or visit http://www.facebook.com/latinoequalityalliance

5:30-7pm—Information Session on U.S. Military Service Academies’ top-notch education and careers in the military hosted by U.S. Rep Xavier Becerra. Learn how to navigate the application process and nomination requirements. Location: 1910 W. Sunset Bkvd,, 3rd Floor Conference Rm, LA 90026. RSVP to Brenda Vargas at (213) 483-1425.

Friday, October 21
11am—Month “Story Hour” presented by Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing and the Simon Kidgits Club at The Shops At Montebello. Children and their parents are invited to the upper level play area to listen to captivating stories and participate in fun activities. Raffles will be held and each child will get a bookmark.

Saturday, October 22
10am-2pm—Seating is limited so sign up early for an SAT practice test at the Montebello Library. Open to students in grades 11 & 12. Bring a calculator and a #2 pencil. Test Results will be given on Tuesday Nov. 1 from 6:30 – 7:30pm. The library is located at 1550 W. Beverly Blvd, Montebello, 90640. Call (323) 722-6551 or email Beth krupsaw at  bkrupsaw@library.lacounty.gov for more information.

8:30am-1pm—Free Immigration Casework Clinic at the Armenian Community Center, hosted by U.S. Rep. Grace Napolitano. Experts and lawyers from a variety of public and private groups, including USCIS, 605 Citizenship Project, CARACEN, County of LA Dept. of Consumer Affairs, NALEO Education Fund, Neighborhood Legal Services, Catholic Charities of Los Angeles, Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles, and CHIRLA will attend. The center is located at 420 Washington Blvd., Montebello, 90640. For more information, visit www.napolitano.house.gov or call (562) 801-2134.

9am-3:30pm—Monterey Park Artisans’ Faire & Harmony Festival Car Show at Barnes Park: 350 S. McPherrin Ave. Monterey Park, 91754. Do some shopping and admire some hot wheels. Lots of vendors, food & entertainment. For more information, visit the City’s special events page at www.ci.monterey-park.ca.us or contact the Recreation Department at (626) 307-1388.

8pm—“Juan and John” opens at the Los Angeles Theatre Center. The play is inspired by the remarkable friendship of baseball immortals Juan Marichal, Hall of Fame pitcher for the San Francisco Giants, and the late great John Roseboro, catcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers. The show created and performed by Roger Guenveur Smith and produced by LATC’s Latino Theater Company, runs through Nov. 13. Age 13 & older. Tickets: General Admission $40/Students & Seniors $20. Theater is located at 514 S. Spring St., LA 90013. For more information, go to www.thelatc.org

5pm-7pm—Montebello-Commerce YMCA free Halloween Festivities: costume contest, fitness classes, trick or treating, and games & activities. For more information, call (323) 887-9622.

Sunday, October 23
2pm—Learn how to create a Green Menu as part of the Monterey Park Bruggemeyer Library’s Healthy Life Program. No charge to attend. The library is located at 318 S. Ramona Avenue, Monterey Park, 91754. For more information, call (626) 307-1333.

Monday, October 24
8am-5pm—The Wall las Memorias Conference on Latinos, Faith, Culture, HIV & Mental Health at The California Endowment: 1000 North Alameda St. LA 90012. Featured speakers are Sister Catherine Marie Bazar, O.P. and Jorge Castillo, MA Advocacy & Out Reach Manager. The event is free to attend. To register, call (323) 257-1056 ext. 23 or email lvelasquez@thewalllasmemorias.org

Upcoming Events
Mayor’s Community Budget Day on Oct. 29, 8am to 12:30pm at Los Angeles City Hall. Neighborhood Council members and community stakeholders can weigh in on the city’s budgeting process.

Latino Diabetes Association Candlelight Vigil honors those who have passed away with diabetes on Nov. 1, from 6-8pm. Bring pictures of loved ones and share your experiences. Event will feature Aztec dancers, coffee, and light snacks. Location: La Placita Olvera Church, 535 N. Main St, LA 90012.

Casino Night Fundraising Event on Nov. 3 to benefit the Eastmont Community Center, sponsored by Pan American Bank. Premium tequilas, beer & wine; heavy Hors d’Oeurvers & dessert; black jack; craps; roulette; entertainment and more. Tickets $50. Location: Pan American Bank, 4631 Whittier Blvd., LA 90022. For reservations or information, go to www.eastmontcommunitycenter.org .

Bell Gardens Police Cards4Kids Poker Classic on Nov.3 to benefit local youth boxing program, at 5pm hosted by the Bicycle Casino. $10,000 Guaranteed!  Cocktail & Buffet Dinner. $100 + $25 Buy-In. Cash & proze raffles. Silent auction and more. The Casinpo is located at 7301 Eastern Ave., Bell Gardens, 90201. For more information, go the TheBike.com.

The Montebello-Commerce YMCA’s 100th Anniversary Celebration & Fundraiser takes place Nov. 7 at the Quiet Cannon: 901 Via San Clemente, Montebello. Special guests and entertainment by vocalist Lisa Donahey. Reception and silent auction at 5:30pm; dinner at 7pm. Black tie optional.  $125 per person. For information, call (323) 887-9622 or visit www.ymcala.org/mc.

Announcements
The Los Angeles County Public Library’s 32nd Annual Children’s Bookmark Contest entry deadline is Oct. 29. Bookmark contest entries should reflect this year’s theme, “Picture the Adventure — READ! / ¡Imagínate la Adventura – LEE!” Bookmark Contest entries can be dropped off at the Anthony Quinn Library, located at 3965 Cesar Chavez Ave., LA 90063 or any county library. The winners at each library will be announced in November. Visit your local county library for more details.

Tickets now on sale for Montebello Chamber of Commerce’s “Taste of the Town” on Nov. 4, 6-9pm at Bagramian Hall: 900 W. Lincoln Ave., Montebello, 90640. Sample food and wine from more than 20 local restaurants, enjoy live entertainment and a live auction. Tickets are $35 until Nov. 1/$45 at the door. For more information, call (323) 721-1153.

Tickets now on sale for the Garfield Alumni Foundation’s  49th Annual 5th Quarter Dance and Fundraiser on Friday Nov. 4 — same night as the Annual East LA Classic between  Garfield and Roosevelt High Schools— at the Quiet Cannon: 801  San Clemente in Montebello. Proceeds from the dinner dance benefit the Garfield Alumni Foundation Scholarship Program. Love music, and dance performances; Dj and more. Must be 21 or older. Doors open at 7pm, but you can arrive before, during or after the game. Tickets: $35 in advance/$45 at the door/ $25 after 10:30 pm with ticket stub from the game. Get advance tickets at Sounds of Music, 4956 East Whittier Blvd. LA 90022; ChimMaya Gallery, 5283 East Beverly Blvd. LA .90022. For more information, go to garfieldalumnifoundation.org or call Henry Beltran at (323) 728-9353.

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Plan Propone Convertir Terreno Industrial a una Comunidad ‘Verde’

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El Concejal de Los Ángeles Ed Reyes (CD-1) el 15 de octubre realizó una reunión para discutir el Plan Específico Cornfield Arroyo Seco (CASP por sus siglas en inglés), cuyo objetivo es transformar 650 acres de tierra industrial a una comunidad residencial y comercial respetuosa del medioambiente.

Lea esta nota EN INGLÉS: Plan Proposes to Convert Industrial Land into ‘Green’ Community

El terreno en cuestión se extiende desde la Estación de la Línea Dorada de Chinatown hasta pasar la estación de la Línea Dorada del Lincoln Heights, y esta atravesada por el Río de Los Ángeles y la Autopista 5.

Esta zona incluye partes de Lincoln Heights, Chinatown y Cypress Park, según la oficina de Reyes. El mapa del proyecto muestra los límites del plan incluye el Parque Histórico Estatal de Los Ángeles (donde hubo un maizal temporal creado por Farmlab), el Centro de Recreación Downey, Smart & Final, Goodwill Industries, el refugio de Animales de la Calle Lacy, el complejo de viviendas públicas William Mead Homes y el centro de reunión Los Angeles River Center and Gardens (ubicado cerca del Home Depot en la calle San Fernando).

El Plan Específico final será un documento de planificación y zonificación que promoverá el desarrollo ambientalmente responsable y sostenible, que incluye crear viviendas, empleos, y aumentar el uso de las bicicletas y el acceso peatonal.

El Plan Específico Cornfield Arroyo Seco fue puesto en libertad el 22 de septiembre y es un proyecto del concejo nacional U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Development (LEED) for Neighborhood Development.

Copias del borrador del Reporte de Impacto Ambiental (EIR) están disponibles en la Biblioteca Central (630 W. 5th St.), la Biblioteca Chinatown (639 N. Hill St.) y la Biblioteca Lincoln Heights (5230 Workman St.). Es también en el sitio web de la Ciudad del Departamento de Planificación en el siguiente enlace http://cityplanning.lacity.org/EIR/CornfieldArroyo/DEIR/CASP_DEIR_Index-file.html

 Los comentarios acerca del borrador deben someterse antes del 21 de noviembre, y se animan los comentarios escritos. Los comentarios pueden ser enviados por correo electrónico a planificador de la ciudad Claire Bowin en claire.bowin@lacity.org. Para más información, llame al (213) 978-1477.

The GOP Loves the Federal Spending it Hates

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Whatever else you think about tea-party-infused Republican leaders in Congress, at least they’re consistent in their opposition to big government intrusion in the economy, right?

Absolutely. Unless you count intrusions of taxpayer funds into corporate projects back in their districts.

For example, President Barack Obama’s effort to accelerate federal-backed loans to job-creating, green-energy projects has been a target of howling Republican ridicule. In particular, they’re now assailing a 2009 loan guarantee to the failed solar-panel maker, Solyndra, holding it up as proof that green energy programs are a waste, driven by raw politics.

GOP Senate leader Mitch McConnell recently sputtered in rage that “The White House fast-tracked a half-billion dollar loan to a politically connected energy firm.”

Fair enough — the Solyndra deal did stink. However, Mitch’s tirade would’ve had a lot more moral punch if it were not for Zap Motors.

In 2009, even as the Kentucky senator was loudly deriding Obama’s original stimulus program, he was quietly urging Obama’s energy secretary to give a quarter-billion-dollar loan guarantee to Zap for a clean-energy plant it wanted to build in McConnell’s state.

Never mind that Zap Motors had its own shaky financial record; it was, as McConnell now says of Solyndra, “a politically connected energy firm.” Connected directly to him, that is. The senator’s robust enthusiasm for Zap came after the corporation hired a lobbyist with close ties to the Kentucky Republican, having been a frequent financial backer of the senator’s campaigns.

The moral of this GOP morality tale is it’s okay to hate government spending, except when you love it. Decry federal largesse loudly, but when it serves your own political needs, hug it quietly…but tightly.

Jim Hightower is a radio commentator, writer, and public speaker. He’s also editor of the populist newsletter, The Hightower Lowdown. OtherWords distributed this column.

Wall Street Couldn’t Have Done It Alone

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The spreading Occupy Wall Street movement, despite a vague worldview and agenda, properly senses that something is dreadfully wrong in America. The protesters vent their anger at the big financial institutions in New York’s money district (as well as other big cities) for the housing and financial bubble, the resulting Great Recession, the virtual nonrecovery, the threat of a second recession, and the long-term unemployment — which averages over 9 percent but hits certain groups and areas far more severely than others.

The protest is understandable, even laudable, but there’s something the protesters need to know:
Wall Street couldn’t have done it alone. The protesters’ wrath should also be directed at the national government and its central bank, the Federal Reserve System, because it took the government or the Fed (or both) to

— create barriers to entry, for the purpose of sheltering existing banks from competition and radical innovation
— then regulate for the benefit of the privileged industry
— issue artificially cheap, economy-distorting credit in order to, among other things, give banks incentives to make shaky but profitable mortgage loans (and also to grease the war machine through deficit spending)
— make it lucrative for banks — and their bonus-collecting executives — to bundle thousands of shaky mortgages into securities and other derivatives, knowing that a government-licensed rating cartel would score them AAA and that government-sponsored enterprises Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and other companies would buy them
—  insure deposits so that individual depositors had no need to worry about the risks their banks might be taking
—  inflate an unsustainable housing bubble by the foregoing and other methods, enticing people to foolishly overinvest in real estate
— work closely with lending companies to establish a variety of programs designed to lure people with few resources or bad credit into buying houses they can’t afford
— attract workers to the home-construction bubble, setting them up for long-term unemployment when the bubble inevitably burst
— implicitly guarantee big financial companies and their creditors that if they got into trouble they would be rescued
— compel the taxpayers to bail out those companies and creditors when the roof finally did fall in.

No bank or group of banks could do these things on its own in a freed market. It requires a government–Wall Street partnership — the corporate state — to create such misery and exploitation. The corporate state is nothing new in American history. Politicians across the spectrum have long instituted policies that benefit big banks and big business generally, and they have dressed those policies either in free-market (Republicans) or progressive (Democrats) rhetoric to lull the people into acquiescence. The result is an overgrown government that bestows privileges on the well-connected and then regulates on their behalf. The rest of the population pays and suffers.

Many participating in Occupy Wall Street sense this, but they need sound economic theory and economic history to see fully who the adversary is. Wall Street couldn’t have done it alone. Greed without political power is boorish. Greed with political power is dangerous.

So demonstrators, you are right. Something is dreadfully wrong. But your list of culprits is far from complete. So go ahead and protest outside Goldman Sachs and Bank of America. But also spend time (as a few already have) outside the White House, the Fed, the Treasury, and the Capitol Building. Together they are responsible for our current economic woes. These are the entities that control our fate and over which we have no real say. This is not how America was supposed to be.

It’s time for things to change.

The freed market — embodying individual freedom and autonomy, voluntary social cooperation, and peace — is the alternative to the corporate welfare-warfare system you properly despise. All you have to do is discover it.

Sheldon Richman is senior fellow at The Future of Freedom Foundation (www.fff.org) and editor of The Freeman magazine.

New Cal Law Could be Game-Changer on Elder Poverty

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When President Johnson declared the War on Poverty in 1964, the government needed a poverty line to determine who would be eligible for new benefits like Medicaid and food stamps. But that measure, based only on the cost of food, has become so outdated that the country needs more accurate formulas today.

More than one in three California seniors are struggling to survive on a fraction of the income they need to make ends meet—and the proportion is even higher for black, Latino or other ethnic elders—but you don’t often hear them complain.

In fact, most local agencies on aging or senior centers probably don’t know how many seniors are actually struggling in their community or where they live for that matter.

As of Oct. 9, however, California agencies and organizations have a new state-mandated tool enabling them to tailor their plans and more sharply determine who needs assistance in meeting basic needs for their health and safety.

This change took effect last Sunday, when Gov. Jerry Brown signed the Elder Economic Planning Act of 2011 — a little-known bill to help seniors that was previously vetoed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Due to the high cost of living in California and a one-size-fits-all federal poverty measure, the official poverty rate used to determine eligibility for dozens of programs, leaving thousands of California seniors invisible to the public eye.

That’s because the federal poverty line—based on a formula developed over a half-century ago—does not include such essential costs of living as housing or health care and does not adjust for where you live.

The official U.S. measure is so outdated that for a single older adult it sets the poverty line at $10,890/year, an amount easily exceeded for most people by housing costs alone.

Because seniors have to be poorer than poor to be considered impoverished under the federal formula, parents and grandparents struggling to make ends meet disappear from the American system in a resulting “eligibility gap”. They have too much money to qualify for many public and private support programs, but not enough to cover their most basic needs.

But for California agencies, dependence on only the federal poverty line to evaluate who is in genuine need, has changed with the new statute.

With this new law on the books, the Elder Economic Security Standard™ Index (Elder Index for short) becomes the new standard for all California aging agencies to assess how many seniors in any county can or cannot make ends meet.

Overall, the federal measure showed that in California the poverty rate for all seniors was eight percent in 2008-09. The figures are somewhat higher for different ethnic groups.

But using the Elder Index the Center for Health Policy Research at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) showed a much higher percentage of seniors in need: in 2006—before the recession—47 percent of all older Californians and a stunning 76 percent of Latino elders, 69 percent for blacks, 67 percent for older Asians and—still very high—44 percent for non-Latino whites.

Importantly, given current resources, this new law won’t cost the state a dime in general-fund dollars. It won’t create new state-funded social programs or impose new regulations on businesses. Instead, this bill will quietly empower agencies and program administrators to make better decisions regarding their allocation of precious resources.

This act will help California’s policymakers and administrators understand and support our parents and grandparents as they age, and allow them to plan ahead for the wave of aging boomers, who are now beginning to consider their retirement options.

The Elder Index provides the state’s policymakers and local agencies a 21st century planning tool to make smarter, data-driven decisions about how they use existing, limited resources.

Every year new Elder Index data is released for each of California’s 58 counties by the UCLA health policy center and the Insight Center for Community Economic Development.

The Elder Index measures the actual costs of basic necessities for older adults, so decision-makers are able to account for the real difference between the cost of living in rural Kern County, say, versus what it takes to make ends meet in San Francisco, Monterey or Los Angeles County.

The Elder Index shows that housing costs alone can differ from county to county by as much as $8,000 a year.

Public agencies and private service providers can use the Elder Index to quantify how much closer their programs bring seniors to true economic security.

Standardized use of the Elder Index will improve the efficiency of agencies or companies. For instance, it can help them save staff time by identifying where the most vulnerable adults reside in their communities and around California, so they can allocate more of their limited resources to assisting seniors needing help the most.

Seniors are the backbone of our communities, our state and our nation. It’s time we heard them, saw them, understood their struggle. The Elder Economic Planning Act is a little law that brings us a big step closer to ensuring that no Californian ages into invisibility.

For more information on the statewide California Elder Economic Security Initiative Cal-EESI or the Elder Index, go to http://www.insightcced.org/www.insightcced.org

FTA Concede a Metro $34 millones para Proyectos de Autobuses

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La Administración Federal de Transporte (FTA) le concedió a Metro dos subvenciones. La primera es de 25 millones de dólares para la compra de autobuses de Gas Natural Comprimido (CNG) que emiten menos gases contaminantes.

La segunda es de 9.6 millones de dólares para reconfigurar la Plaza Patsaouras y construir una estación para los pasajeros de autobuses de El Monte que incluirá techo, asientos, alumbrado, elevadores y escaleras que se conectarán directamente con Union Station.

El proceso para conceder los fondos fue altamente competitivo. La FTA revisó 839 solicitudes de diferentes proyectos en todo el país que representan 4,900 millones de dólares. Los fondos concedidos a Metro fueron los de mayor cantidad asignados a California.

Adicionalmente, la subvención para la Plaza Patsaouras es la de mayor proporción que se ha concedido bajo la llamada Livability Initiative.

La FTA no ha anunciado todavía a los ganadores del Programa de Reducción de Energía y Gases de Efecto Invernadero (TIGGER), del Programa Piloto de Evaluación y Adaptación del Transporte al Cambio Climático, del Programa de Combustibles Limpios y del Programa de Subvenciones de Capital para la Iniciativa de Comunidades y Transporte de Veteranos. Las solicitudes para los fondos de TIGGER se deben entregar a más tardar el 31 de octubre de este año.

Esta nota originalmente se público en El Pasajero, blog en español de Metro.

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