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New agriculture park, community center, breaks ground in Watts

This week Tim Watkins, president of the Watts Labor Community Action Committee (WLCAC) and a number of local partners broke ground on a new urban farm park and community center located at 103rd and Grape streets in Watts. In April ...

Ford family paid $1.5 million in settlement

The Los Angeles City Council yesterday agreed to pay $1.5 million to settle a lawsuit filed by the family of Ezell Ford over the fatal shooting of the mentally-impaired South Los Angeles man by LAPD officers in 2014.

Small business funding offered

The Small Business Administration and a number of organizations feature competitions that give prospective entrepreneurs an opportunity to win funds to launch a small business. *The Aspire Challenge for Entrepreneurship Training and Microloan targets previously incarcerated individuals and the SBA ...

Macy’s to lay off thousands will expand Century City store

In conjunction with restructuring store operations, Macy’s Inc. last week announced that it will lay off more than 10,100 employees and expand its Westfield Century City, Los Angeles, store (a 155,000 square-foot store to open in spring 2017; Macy’s previously ...

Lucas Museum in Expo Park may increase economic growth

South Los Angeles was chosen this week as the new home of filmmaker George Lucas’ Museum of Narrative Art, with the museum’s board of directors selecting Exposition Park over a competing bid from San Francisco. “We have been humbled by ...

Mayor’s ‘Fair Chance Hiring Fair’ provides uplift for job seekers

A job fair hosted recently by Mayor Eric Garcetti gave formerly incarcerated Angelenos the second chances they need to find good-paying jobs and provide for themselves and their families. The first-ever Fair Chance Hiring Fair—a partnership between Mayor Garcetti’s Blue ...

Most banks remain reluctant to invest in minority-owned firms

The banks with the largest market share in California remain reluctant to contract with businesses owned by minorities and/or women. That’s the sober assessment from a new report issued by the Greenlining Institute, a Bay Area financial advocacy group focusing ...

Pacific Coast Regional celebrates 40 years

Soon Pacific Coast Regional (PCR) will complete a milestone that some may have doubted would ever happen; the organization is on the eve of celebrating 40 years of service.

Snow drift on Central Avenue

If you visit Central Avenue near 43rd Street on Dec. 20, be sure to wear your top coat, boots, mittens—and even long underwear—as the first-ever “South LA Winter Wonderland” takes over a portion of the famous thoroughfare from 4 to ...

Vermont Slauson appoints new executive director

The board of directors of the Vermont Slauson Economic Development Corporation (VSEDC) recently appointed Joseph “Joe” T. Rouzan III as the new executive director of the organization. Rouzan assumes the leadership of VSEDC left vacant by the loss of the ...

Counting the Cost

Just a few days before the end of the corrosive 2016 election, it occured to me that no matter what the outcome, our social fabric has been shredded by the ugliness of this campaign.

Black-owned store provides quality extensions to diverse clientele

Black women are known to spend thousands on the billion-dollar hair industry, but very few of them are buyers or suppliers in this industry. Riqua Hailes, owner of Just Extensions, is one of few Black women who supplies hair extensions. ...

Wells Fargo agrees to refund money taken fraudulently

Bank workers and consumer advocates along with elected officials announced Tuesday that the city of Los Angeles will further prohibit the unscrupulous practices of the U.S.’s largest banks thanks to a motion introduced by Councilmember Paul Koretz that will, if ...

Cannabis World Congress explores commercial potential of legal pot

Marijuana, once the provocative past time of the marginalized and those rebellious of the status quo, is now a 10-figure industry manifested by the recent Cannabis World Congress and Business Expo held at the Los Angeles Convention Center Sept. 7-10.

Motherland connection

For nearly 41 years, Katula by Africana (formerly Africana Imports) has served as a retail cultural touchstone in the city of Los Angeles drawing a clientele that is multiple generations deep.