Millions given to build park
Agencies preserve Ambassador site
A trio of government agencies have to joined forces to fund and build a park on the site of the former Ambassador Hotel, where Sen. Robert F. Kennedy was fatally shot during the 1968 presidential campaign.
The Los Angeles Unified School District, which is building three different schools on the site that will serve youth in kindergarten through grades 12, has contributed $1 million in matching funds to the project. The city has donated $800,000 of in-kind support to cover materials, security, maintenance and operations, while the Community Redevelopment Agency has donated $200,000 in capital funds which will cover security and development of the park.
The facility will encompass one-third of an acre.
Part of the park will include restoration of the 1938 pylon at the entrance to the old hotel, and the original fountain that graced the front. The south wall of the park will have a granite face with an image of Kennedy on it located above a shallow reflecting pool.
The project is expected to be completed next year.
LOS ANGELES, Calif. — Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa appointed Department of Building and Safety General Manager Robert “Bud” Ovrom as executive director of the Los Angeles Convention Center today.
If confirmed by the City Council, Ovrom would keep his current $230,536 a year salary. Ovrom would succeed Pouria Abbassi, who resigned last year left to lead Phoenix House, an organization that provides drug rehabilitation services.
View Park resident and retired Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) police officer David Anthony couldn’t believe his eyes when he entered the Lock n’ Load gun and ammo store in Henderson, Nev.
But there it was right in plain view, a pristine 60mm machine gun positioned high on a shelf for sale; a weapon, he feels, that kept him and his platoon alive during his tour of duty as a 19-year-old machine gunner in 1968 in the Vietnam War.
Founded in 2005 and incorporated in 2008, the Diamond in the Raw Foundation’s mission is to introduce foster care and at-risk teen girls ages 12-18 to opportunities in the entertainment field while working to improve the gender imbalance that exists in the industry today. Diamond in the RAW provides a variety of workshops—held after school and during the summer months—that offer guidance, support, life skills development and myriad other benefits for youth who are at risk of not reaching their full academic, professional and/or human potential.
A team of students from Westchester High School, shown above, was one of three finalists in the inaugural Aspen Challenge—launched by the Aspen Institute and the Bezos Family Foundation, in partnership with the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD). The team consists of, from left to right: coach Veianca Millet, Mia Brumfield, Arielle Brumfield, Chelsea Arzu, Nick Davis, Isaiah Dunn, Jasmine Polee, Jordan Keligond and Ralston Galvez.