Walmart launches $2.6 million effort to expand summer services for L.A. kids
Several organizations will benefit
LOS ANGELES, Calif.—Walmart today announced $2.6 million in grants aimed at expanding nutrition, learning and employment services for Los Angeles students during the summer months.
The funding is part of a nationwide, $25 million initiative for elementary, middle and high school students.
Grants will be provided by Walmart and the Walmart Foundation to such groups as the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce’s Los Angeles Youth at Work initiative, the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank, the Summer Night Lights anti-gang initiative and the Weingart-East Los Angeles YMCA.
“This summer, we’re stepping up our efforts to invest in our youth and local communities,” Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said.
“This partnership with Walmart will help thousands of young Angelenos overcome barriers to employment during the summer months by providing skills training, access to nutritious meals, and educational opportunities,” he said.
LOS ANGELES, Calif.—About 2,500 sixth grade students at four under-performing middle schools in Los Angeles will receive free computers loaded with educational software, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa announced.
The schools are part of the Partnership for Los Angeles Schools, a collaboration between the Los Angeles Unified School District and the city to improve the lowest performing schools.
LOS ANGELES, Calif.—Claims of racial profiling and unlawful search and seizure are outlined in a federal lawsuit filed against Glendale and Los Angeles officials for what a civil rights group describes as a “roundup” of Latino high school students who were questioned during their lunch period.
LOS ANGELES, Calif.—Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa today urged the City Council to swiftly pass an ordinance that would give a boost to local businesses that bid on city projects.
Speaking to a gathering of several hundred Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce members at the “Access City Hall” conference, the mayor said the ordinance would give an 8 percent advantage to local businesses.
LOS ANGELES, Calif.—Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa today announced the city will receive at least $10 million in federal funds to help keep chronically absent students in school.
The federal Workforce Investment Grant will be given to the Los Angeles Unified School District to hire full-time staff that will work with students year-round to improve attendance.
The grant could be as high as $13 million. The amount might go up after Congress finalizes its budget, but $10 million is guaranteed.
LOS ANGELES, Calif.—The City Council unanimously approved a $50,000 reward today for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the apparent gang-motivated murder of a 21-year-old man last summer.
Jason Pervis Randle, who was not a gang member, was gunned down outside his apartment complex in the 7000 block of S. Hoover Street the night of Aug. 7, 2010. He was approached by suspected gang members, one of who produced a gun and fired multiple shots around 10:20 p.m., police said. The suspects fled on foot.