By Kathy Williamson
OW Editor in Chief
During the holidays, entertainer/activist Eartha Kitt, actor Bernie Hamilton, jazz great Freddie Hubbard, baseball pioneer Doc Ellis, and publisher/producer of the Oakland Black Expo, C. Diane Howell made their transitions. We honor their accomplishments.
Tax refunds - The state budget impasse could mean a possible delay in tax refunds to millions of Californians. According to Assemblymember Mike Davis, the failed negotiations also mean that vital services for the disabled and low income families and others are stalled until an agreement is reached. Budget talks collapsed again on Tuesday.
Out-of-state students - Assemblymember Curren Price, in a letter to Mark J. Yudoff, president of the University of California, objects to a “ UC system policy that would increase the percentage of out-of-state students enrolled in our state’s 10-campuses for the purpose of gaining higher out-of-state student fees to aid the university’s balance sheet at this time of state budgetary crisis.”
Alzheimer’s - UCLA researchers announced Monday that they have developed a way to use the PET brain scan (Positron Emission Tomography) to reveal early signs of neurodegeneration that could indicate Alzheimer’s disease, when combined with other patient information.
L.A. Arts Month - Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa officially declared January as L.A. Arts Month, Tuesday, encouraging residents to explore the city’s cultural offerings.
Choices deadline - Jan. 9 at 5 p.m. is the deadline to submit an application for the Los Angeles Unified School District Magnet, Permits with Transportation or Public School Choice programs. Completed applications should be sent to the Student Integration Services (Magnet) office. (213) 241-4177.
Lead testing - On Feb. 10, a new law will go into effect that would require lead and phthalates testing in retail establishments for all items targeted for children ages 12 and under. Hardest hit will be the resale industry including second-hand stores such as Goodwill and other discount stores. Health and child safety advocates say that the ban is long overdue. Thrift shop owners say that much of their stock will now go directly to the landfills regardless of any lead content because the testing process is cost-prohibitive.
Plasma pigs - For those who dared to purchase a LCD or plasma television over the holidays, their bliss may be short lived when they receive their first energy bill. The news for those who waited and decided to stay with the rabbit ears, converter boxes and outdated units is that in 2011, state regulators will mandate retailers to sell only the most energy-efficient models. But, manufacturers promise that you will pay more.
Style chnges - Our Weekly will continue to use the AP Style Guide (APSG) for our basic writing. However, we are making some style changes to better serve our readership.
- Percentages: The APSG recommends spelling out the word “percent” instead of using the % sign. We feel that this is too distracting, especially in stories containing multiple percentage figures.
- Black, Brown, White: The APSG recommends that all references to color be lower case. After much consideration, we feel that color, as it refers to a group of people with similar racial backgrounds should be capitalized. Further, Asians are not referred to as yellows; Native Americans as reds, etc. Our Weekly will use African American when referring to Americans of African descent, otherwise, we will use Black to refer to the collective global population of African descent.
The Los Angeles Unified School District board voted Tuesday 5-2 to adopt the School Climate Bill of Rights, which consists of a resolution that bans “willful defiance” suspensions and directs LAUSD to enact common-sense approaches to school discipline and expand programs that support all students in becoming healthy, thriving adults.
David Starr Jordan High School sits smack within one of America’s best known ghettos—Watts. In the past, most of its students have consistently performed on par with the ambience of their surroundings.
LOS ANGELES, calif.—The Los Angeles Unified School District announced today it has settled 58 legal claims alleging sexual abuse of students at Miramonte Elementary School in South Los Angeles.
The district described the settlements as a multimillion-dollar deal, but declined to provide an exact figure until the amounts were approved in court.
NBC4 reported that the settlements ranged from about $400,000 to $500,000 for each plaintiff.
Nearly three-fourths of the nation’s teachers say they personally would not bring a firearm to their school if allowed, but most educators believe armed guards would improve campus safety, a new survey showed.
Since the December massacre by a lone gunman in Newtown, Conn., many schools have hastened to add safety measures in an effort to prevent similar violence.
The most common step since the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School that left 20 first-graders and six educators dead has been ensuring that all doors are locked, teachers said.
More than a dozen mothers of former Miramonte Elementary School students have sued Los Angeles Unified for negligence, claiming their lives also were affected by the acts of a teacher accused of lewd conduct with their children.
The suit was filed in Los Angeles Superior Court and comes two months after another suit was filed on behalf of 20 offspring of the plaintiffs in the latest case.