Michael Jones appointed
Chamber of Commerce president joins L.A. City commission
Crenshaw Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Michael S. Jones was recently appointed to the City of Los Angeles Quality and Productivity Commission.
This body is designed to provide Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and the City Council with additional private and public sector experience, expertise, information and recommendations related to improving productivity and work measurement within city government.
Jones, who also owns the company Success Management, LLC which is a life-coaching firm, was nominated for the post by Councilman Bernard Parks and approved by the full city council.
Prior to starting his own firm, Jones also held a number of management positions including serving as director of development for the YMCAs of South Los Angeles. He was also executive director and director of development for the Crenshaw Family YMCA, where he directed a branch that was staffed by 70 employees in seven locations, managed a $2 million budget, and provided strategic planning and development to grow the organization.
On March 8, the Los Angeles African American community faces one of the most critical votes imaginable. In the 8th District, which has a dominating Black population, residents will elect a councilperson. Observers expect the race to be a tight one, and that has already been borne out.
Challengers Forescee Hogan-Rowles and Jabari Jumaane have well-grounded support, while Bernard Parks has the advantage of experience in his favor.
LOS ANGELES - After several delays, a divided Board of Referred Powers approved on Tuesday three retail concession contracts at Los Angeles International Airport, including one for a company that lost in the the bidding process.
The board plans to meet again next week to consider awarding fiercely contested food and beverage concession contracts.
"I am delighted to have made this much progress,'' Los Angeles World Airports Executive Director Gina Marie Lindsey said.
Airport officials began soliciting bids for new contracts in May 2009.
Lancaster continues to frame the national debate about the merits of green technology as it welcomes Chinese automaker BYD Co. here to produce electric buses. The city is rapidly becoming known as the “solar capital of the world,” and local officials believe the new manufacturing deal will provide an economic boost on both sides of the Pacific Rim.
BYD Co. (Build Your Dreams) opened shop Wednesday at 46147 BYD Blvd. (formerly 7th Street W., just north of Avenue H) to make the “K9” electric bus destined first for Long Beach Transit.
LOS ANGELES, Calif. — A federal appeals panel ruled that an informal citizen-led invocation referring to Jesus that opened Lancaster City Council meetings for years did not endorse Christianity, according to a decision obtained today.
A three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals concluded Tuesday that a local bishop’s single reference to Jesus in an invocation in April 2010 was not unconstitutional because it was not used as an attack or promotion of any one religion or government with a particular faith.
Floats, marching bands, drill teams—including the perennial favorite Black Diamond, shown at left—were among the groups featured in the annual Kingdom Day parade held Saturday in Los Angeles. In addition to local politicians like Janice Hahn, Bernard Parks and Herb Wesson, community activists like Sweet Alice Harris above, also rode in the parade. The KJLH float, above left, featured a giant image of the civil rights leader.