East L.A. Pool Groper Arrested

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(CNS) – A man arrested on suspicion of groping an 11-year-old girl while both were swimming in a pool in a county-run park in East Los Angeles was facing a possible child annoyance charge Tuesday.

Carlos Gutierrez, 34, of Los Angeles, was picked up Sunday and booked in the alleged Aug. 11 crime, according to deputies with the Sheriff’s Parks Bureau.

Gutierrez allegedly rubbed the girl in the chest and groin area. When she went to report what happened, Gutierrez fled.

Gutierrez, locked up at the sheriff’s East Los Angeles Station, is also being held on an immigration hold and may be turned over to federal authorities once the state case is resolved.

Monterey Park Police Warn Residents of Police Impersonator

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(EGPNews) – In August, a woman reported to police that she was stopped by a male adult in his 30’s with a heavy Spanish accent and dark curly hair, purporting to be a police officer. He had a thin-medium build and wore a brown t-shirt.The subject was driving a vehicle with red and blue lights on the grill and upper windshield.

Initially the woman thought he was a police officer, but still requested that the man show her his police identification. He refused and told her to go home. The incident occurred in the area of Graves and Alhambra Avenues at approximately 3 a.m.The Monterey Park police are reminding residents that all police officers carry proper police identification and will show it when asked.

To date, only one incident has been reported. However, anyone with information or a similar experience is encouraged to contact Detective Alvarez at (626) 307-1226.

Community Calendar: September 6, 2012 to September 12, 2012

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Sunday, Sept. 9, 10:30am—81st Annual Los Angeles Mexican Independence Parade presented by Comité Mexicano Cívico Patriótico. The parade begins on Cesar Chavez & Mednik avenues in East Los Angeles, travels west ends at Cesar Chavez and Gage. Mexican Singer Graciela Beltrán will be the Grand Marshall. A festival will follow on Mednick Avenue. For more information call (323) 587-6177.

Today, Thursday Sept. 6
11am—Grand Opening of Boyle Hotel. Join the East Los Angeles Community Corporation and Councilmember Jose Huizar
for the grand opening celebration of this historic site in Boyle Heights. The hotel is located at 1st and Boyle Ave. For more information, call ELACC at (323) 269-4214.

Friday, Sept. 7
5pm—Deadline to apply for White Memorial Medical Center internship.
Applicants must be a resident of East Los Angeles, 16-25 years old, authorized to work in the U.S., and must be able to work one of the following shifts: Monday-Wednesday 9am-2pm or 2-6pm, or Thursday-Saturday, same times. Interested applicants must email Piedad Morales at MoraleP2@ah.org before deadline to be eligible. Space is limited.

Saturday, Sept. 8
7am-1pm—Monterey Park Community Garage Sale at Barnes Park.
Clear out your garages, closets, and storage spaces and come sell your items. Sellers must provide their own tables and chairs. Free spaces to Monterey Park residents; $10 non-residents. First-come, first-choice, no reservations required. Park is located at 350 S. McPherrin Ave. For more information, call (626) 307-1388.

9am-3pm—Free Countywide Household Hazardous and E-Waste Roundup in Alhambra. Los Angeles County residents can safely discard of household hazardous waste such as antifreeze, unused pharmaceuticals, car batteries, used motor oil, paint, pesticides, home-generated sharps waste such as hypodermic needles, pen needles, syringes, lancets, and intravenous needles, universal waste including household batteries, fluorescent light bulbs, and electronic waste (e-waste) such as TVs and monitors, computers, VCRs, stereos, and cell phones. The Roundup will be held at the County of L.A. Dept. of Public Works Headquarters: 900 S. Freemont Ave., Alhambra, CA. For more information, call County of Los Angeles Department of Public Works at 1(888) CLEAN LA or go to www.888CleanLA.com or the Sanitation Districts of LA County at 1 (800) 238-0172 or www.lacsd.org. LA

10am-1pm—Adult Health Fair. Hosted by the Arroyo Vista Family Health Center, participants can check their blood pressure, receive an eye exam, and more. Additional services include: Healthy Education Exhibits; Free Healthy Eating Recipe Goodie Bag; Voter Registration Assistance; Family Health Review. Arroyo Vista is located at 6000 N. Figueroa St. L.A. (Highland Park), 90042. For more information, contact Irene or Julio at (323) 987-2000.

10am-1pm—Recycled Resources Outreach Event. Participants will learn basic training on mental illness, the homeless population in Los Angeles, substance abuse, communication and more to help reach out to the homeless population in Highland Park, El Sereno, Glassell Park, and South Pasadena. Event located at 715 Nolden St. For more information call (323) 697-0001.

11am-8pm—4th Annual Taste of East LA at the East Los Angeles Civic Center. The family-friendly event features 18 if the best restaurants in East LA, live bands, mariachis, DJ’s and more and is hosted by the East Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce. Taste Passports are $20 for 20 Taste Coupons. For more information, call (323) 578-0513 or email eddie.torres@att.net.

6pm—Miss Bell Gardens 2012. Tickets are $5 and available for purchase at the Recreation and Community Service Office at 8000 Park Lane. Contest is at The Bicycle Casino: 7301 Eastern Ave, Bell Gardens. For more information call (562) 806-7650.

Wednesday, Sept. 12
6pm—Deadline: 2012 Latino Heritage Month Poster Competition for LA County students in grades K-12.
Theme: “Celebrating the Latino dream, accomplishments and legacy.” Artwork must depict an individual who had made difference in their field & has paved the way for future generations. For complete guidelines, visit www.culturela.org or call (213) 202-5545.

6-8pm—Homeowner Bill of Rights Town Hall Meeting at the Whittier Community Center. Hosted by Assembly Majority Leader Charles Calderon. Get up-to-date information on new legislation that could save homes from foreclosure. For more information and to RSVP, call (562) 692-5858.

6:30-8:30pm—6th St. Bridge Replacement Project Community Meeting. Attend the first of a series of meetings hosted by Councilmember Huizar and City of Los Angeles project team where three design firms will present their concepts for the bridge. Location: Puente Learning Center, 501 S. Boyle Ave. For more information and to RSVP, visit www.6thstreetbridgereplacement.org.

10am-12pm—Latino Heritage Month City of Los Angeles Celebration. Plaza de la Raza students will perform at this kickoff event for the City of Los Angeles’s Latino Heritage Month Celebration. The festivities LA City Hall: 200 North Spring St. For more information call Plaza de la Raza at (323) 223-2475.

Monterey Park Bruggermeyer Library Foundation Presents Fabulous Fifties, Sixties, and Seventies Dinner Gala Dinner Dance on Sept. 14,
6pm. The blast to the past dance will be held at the Ocean Star Seafood Restaurant: 145 N. Atlantic Blvd. Tickets are $60 and tax-deductible. For more information call (626) 307-1269.

Annual Commerce to College Fair will be held Sept. 15 from 10am-2pm. Meet with college representatives and attend various helpful workshops at Veterans Park on 6364 Zindell Ave. Open to junior high, high school and adult students. For more information call (323) 722-6660.

SR 710 Extension Study Community Meeting on Sept. 19, 6:30-8pm at the El Sereno Senior Center. The office of Councilmember Huizar and Metro host this community meeting where constituents will be informed of the EIR process and residents get to voice their opinions. For more information call (323) 254-5295.

Garment Contractor to Pay Over $100,000 In Back Wages

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An investigation by the US Department of Labor forced Final Touch Laundries Inc. to pay $103,904 in back wages to 64 employees who missed several payrolls. The investigation was part of an on-going enforcement attempt in the garment industry by the Wages and Hours Division of the department, according to a statement from the federal agency.

Investigators found the garment contractor violated the Fair Labor Standards Act’s (FLSA) minimum wage and federal overtime requirements. Additionally, the employer is cited for violating an FLSA requirement of proper management of time and payroll records, according to the labor department.

“All workers who put in an honest day’s work are entitled to an honest day’s pay,” stated Priscilla Garcia, director of the Wage and Hour Division’s West Covina District Office, which conducted the investigation. “Low-wage workers, such as those employed at garment shops throughout Southern California, are particularly vulnerable. We will not tolerate employers defaulting on their obligations to pay employees.”

Until the violations are resolved, the department of labor has prohibited the shipping of goods produced in the time frame of the violations. Final Touch Laundries Inc. has agreed to pay the back wages in full and to comply with FLSA’s requirements in the future. To aid employees receiving the back wages, the department is offering a mobile timesheet application available in English and Spanish that allows employees to independently track the hours and wages owed. It is available as a free download at http://www.dol.gov/dol/apps.

Contractors Invited to Free Compliance Summit

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Construction contractors are invited to attend the free Southern California Construction Compliance Summit being held Sept. 27 from 9am-1pm to learn more about compliance issues and potential solutions.

The event is sponsored by the United Job Creation Council; the National Association of Minority Contractors, Southern California; and Playa Vista Job Opportunities and Business Services (PVJOBS) and will be held at the Carson Community Center: 3 Civic Plaza, Carson, California.

Government agency representatives, leaders of community-based organizations and other prominent community members will be leading discussions on topics ranging from the new norm of hiring local and disadvantaged workers, and the difference between union and nonunion contracting.

For more information and to register for the Construction Compliance Summit, visit http://tinyurl.com/2012SCCCSummit or call 323.432.3976.

Basic Rights for Calif.’s Domestic Workers A Signature Away

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Nannies, housekeepers, caregivers and other domestic workers in California will enjoy better working conditions, meals and rest breaks and overtime pay, thanks to a landmark bill that awaits Governor Jerry Brown’s signature.

The California Domestic Workers Bill of Rights (AB 889), authored by Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, D-San Francisco, offers the almost 200,000 domestic workers in California basic labor rights they have been excluded from for decades.

If signed into law, California will become only the second state in the country, after New York, which will extend labor protections to domestic workers.

“We’re really happy to be a part of this historic moment,” says Beatrice Herrera from People Organized to Win Employment Rights. “We were one of the organizations that was a part of the hearing committee and it was a struggle to get the bill out of appropriations so the outcome from the State Senate is well received.”

Currently, domestic workers are excluded from labor laws that other workers are entitled to. The National Labor Relations Act of 1935 that sets guidelines on labor disputes between employees and employers excludes domestic workers and farm workers. And the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 that guarantees American workers the right to minimum wage, overtime and a day of rest each week leaves out domestic workers.

“It’s because a lot of people don’t consider my work real work,” says domestic worker Eva Hernandez (not her real name). “It is a lot of hard work, a lot of long hours so even having something as small as minimum wage will make a big difference.”

Domestic workers are mostly women and many are immigrants, some of whom are undocumented. They are housekeepers, babysitters and caregivers. Due to the private nature of their work, many suffer in silence even in the face of verbal, physical and sexual abuse.

The new law will give domestic workers the right to meal and rest breaks of 30 minutes for every five hours of work, and 10 minutes for every four hours of work. They will also be entitled to overtime pay. Those in live-in workplaces or who work 24-hour shifts will have the right to eight hours of continuous sleep. Those who work for more than five hours will be permitted to use their employer’s kitchen facility to cook their own food at no cost.

“It’s really basic rights that some of us who already enjoy these things take for granted,” notes Herrera. “This is about the quality of life. Domestic work is real work and all workers should have basic labor protections.”

Opponents of the bill say that many provisions will be unmanageable in a domestic setting and can actually cause more harm to domestic workers. They may lose their jobs, or not be hired if employers who feel they cannot afford the additional cost they will incur trying to comply with the law.

Freeway Closures for I-210 Gold Line Bridge

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(EGPNews) – After more than one year of intense activity, the Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension Construction Authority announced Monday that all structural work has been completed on the I-210 Gold Line Bridge.

Up to 20 nighttime closures of the eastbound I-210 Freeway will take place over the next six weeks to safely remove the falsework.

To safeguard the traveling public, full closures of the eastbound I-210 Freeway are planned between Baldwin and Santa Anita avenues from midnight until 5:00 a.m. The first closures started late Tuesday, Sept. 4, and continues tonight. Night to morning closures will also take place starting Sunday, Sept. 9, and continue through Friday, Sept. 14. Additional dates will be announced as they are scheduled, with work expected to continue through mid-October.

Three Shot in Lincoln Park

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(CNS) – Three young men shot in a gang-related attack in Lincoln Park were hospitalized Monday.

The shooting outside the apartments at 2316 Lincoln Park Ave. was reported at 10:20 p.m. Sunday, Los Angeles police Sgt. John Porras of the Hollenbeck Station said.

“One man was shot in the right leg, one in the left thigh and one in the abdomen,’’ he said.

The suspects may have fled in dark-colored pickup truck, possibly a Ford F-150, or a white Volkswagen Rabbit, Porras said.

The names of the victims, all in their 20s, were withheld.

Local Nonprofit Employee Killed

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(CNS) – A Homeboys Industries Inc. employee was stabbed to death in a backyard fight last week.

Gonzalo Robles died in his backyard in the 3600 block of Shadyglen Drive after the roughly 1:50 p.m. stabbing on Aug. 26, the San Gabriel Valley Tribune reported.

Thirty-two-year-old Louis Alberto Villaneda, who also was stabbed and treated at a hospital, was booked on suspicion of homicide, the newspaper reported.

NEWS IN BRIEF: Boyle Heights Bar Fight, Senator’s Aide Enters L.A. Council Race

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Man Slashed in the Face at Bar
(CNS) – A man involved in a brawl at a Boyle Heights bar was slashed in the face with a broken bottle Monday, police said.

Los Angeles firefighters saw the fight when they arrived at La Zona Rosas bar at 1010 E. Cesar E. Chavez Ave. to treat the man, and called for police backup. Los Angeles police Sgt. John Porras of the Hollenbeck Station said.

Police arrived and stopped the fight, and paramedics took the bleeding man to a hospital, Porras said. It was unclear if any arrests were made.

Senator’s Aide Enters L.A. Council Race
(CNS) – Atwater Village resident Robert Negrete, an aide to Democratic state Sen. Alex Padilla, says he is joining the long list of candidates vying to replace Los Angeles City Councilman Eric Garcetti in the 13th District.

Negrete, 39, is staff director in Padilla’s Los Angeles office and says he has worked for Padilla for 10 years.

Thirteen others have filed to run for Garcetti’s seat in a district that branches into such communities as Hollywood, Koreatown, Filipinotown, Echo Park, Silver Lake, Los Feliz, Atwater Village, and Glassell Park.

Driver’s License Bill Goes to Gov.
(EGPNews) – On August 30, AB 2189, a bill reintroduced by Assemblyman Gilbert Cedillo (D-Los Angeles) which will allow undocumented students who are granted federal deferred action to apply for a California Drivers’ License, passed the Assembly by a vote of 55 to 15. The bill states that any document received by a person granted deferred action would be accepted as proof of legal presence for the purpose of applying for a California Drivers’ License.

The Governor has 30 days to either sign AB 2189, let it become law without his signature or veto it.

Investigators Question Man’s Death
(CNS) – Los Angeles police were investigating whether an 81- year-old man found dead at the bottom of a staircase Monday, with his son hovering over him, died accidentally, a sergeant said.

The 81-year-old man was later identified as Carlos Ardon, said Coroner’s Investigator Dana Bee.

Homicide detectives took Ardon’s son, who is in his 40s, into custody for questioning about the death, which was reported at Third and Pecan Streets about 1:30 a.m., Los Angeles police Sgt. John Porras of the Hollenbeck Station said.

Mortgage Fraud Culprit Pleads Guilty
(CNS) – A South El Monte man has agreed to plead guilty to his role in a scheme that falsely promised to eliminate mortgage debt for about 200 distressed homeowners who each paid a $15,000 fee, federal prosecutors announced last Friday.

Instead of working on behalf of the homeowners, Ernesto Diaz simply sent worthless “Sovereign Citizen” paperwork to lenders that did nothing to affect the mortgage of a single homeowner, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

In a plea agreement filed this week in Los Angeles federal court, Diaz—who formerly worked as a realtor—agreed to plead guilty to one count of mail fraud, a charge that carries a sentence of up to 20 years in federal prison, prosecutors said.

Diaz is expected to make his initial federal court appearance on Sept. 13.

Freeway Crash in Eagle Rock
(CNS) – Four people were injured last Sunday in a vehicle crash on the Ventura (134) Freeway in Eagle Rock, a city fire official said.

The crash was reported at 4:02 p.m. on the westbound 134 at Figueroa Street, said Brian Humphrey of the Los Angeles Fire Department.

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