Computers for Families makes 200th installation
Housing Authority plans to expand program
The Los Angeles Opportunities Industrialization Center’s “Computers for Families” program recently installed its 200th computer in the home of Georgana Usher, a resident of the Jordan Downs Housing Development in Watts.
The installation of high performance computers for 200 families supported by extensive computer training and technical support marks a key achievement toward broadband adoption and the goal of providing these critical computer tools to residents of all 14 public housing facilities in Los Angeles County.
Congresswoman Janice Hahn was present for the installation.
LOS ANGELES, Calif. — The City Council approved a plan today aimed at turning Jordan Downs, a 700-unit public housing project in Watts, into an “urban village” with a mix of affordable and market-rate homes, along with retail storefronts and “pedestrian-friendly” features.
The Los Angeles Opportunities Industrialization Center (LAOIC) is an affiliate of a network of such centers throughout the United States. Founded by the Rev. Leon Sullivan in 1964, the Opportunities Industrialization Centers of America Inc. reach out to underprivileged and undeserved members of society.
Packed in the pews at Macedonia Baptist Church in Watts, a mixed and vigorous crowd of about 400 Blacks and Hispanics had come to hear how mayoral candidates Wendy Greuel and Eric Garcetti would respond to both their questions and their needs. The forum was sponsored by L.A. Voice.
To begin, various religious and community leaders came forward to highlight issues in the community.
The Watts-Willowbrook Conservatory (WWC) and youth orchestra begins its fourth year, serving youngsters from the South Los Angeles/Watts/Compton area.
Beginners, intermediate and advanced students are welcome to participate in the program, and youth must be ages 7-18 to participate in the 10-week session. The cost is a $10 registration fee, and instruments are available for loan.
April 18 is the final day to sign up for the new session.
Enrollment applications available at The Watts-Willowbrook Boys and Girls Club.
COMPTON, Calif. — A teenager was convicted today of murder and attempted murder for fatally shooting a 14-month-old boy and wounding the toddler’s father.
The Compton Superior Court jury deliberated about 1 1/2 hours before finding 16-year-old Donald Ray Dokins guilty of first-degree murder for the June 4, 2012, shooting death of Angel Cortez, along with the attempted murder of his father, who was shot in the shoulder, said Deputy District Attorney Danette Gomez.