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Knight sets arts reception

Rep. Steve Knight (CA-25th) will host on April 29 a reception for high school students who submitted artwork to the Congressional Art Competition. The event will take place from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at Fastframe Valencia, 24204 Valencia Blvd., in Valencia.

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Rappers face extra scrutiny from the ‘Hip-Hop’ police

Hip-hop artists seem to be getting hauled off to jail on a weekly basis. The latest rapper to run afoul of the law is Nelly, who was recently detained for having guns and drugs on his tour bus.

One-third of employers plan to hire in the second quarter

In a recent CareerBuilder forecast, small and large businesses alike plan to raise hiring efforts in the second quarter of 2015. Among companies with 50 or fewer employees, 23 percent plan to add full-time, permanent staff over the next three months, up from 18 percent during the same period in 2014.

Supervisors carve out $7 million for trafficked children

New court, special services and advocacy will be provided

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors last week set aside nearly $7 million to address child sex trafficking as part of the 2015-2016 budget. The funds are expected to be used for sex trafficking prevention initiatives, programs and services including the creation of a specialized court for trafficked children in the foster care system.

Agency offers residents lawn mower exchange

Discounts newer electric models

Southland residents can now register to save up to 70 percent on a new electric lawn mower through the South Coast Air Quality Management District’s (SCAQMD) Lawn Mower Exchange Program. Participants can register to purchase one of the more energy efficient electric lawn mowers. According to the SCAQMD, some of the older gas models spew more pollution into the air in a single year than a car driven more than 22,000 miles.

Local students to receive valuable career advice nStudent Empowerment Academy

Student Empowerment Academy

The Student Empowerment Academy Charter High School, 1319 E. 41st. St. in South Los Angeles, will host today at 10:30 a.m. its first student empowerment series. Area business leaders and community stakeholders will converge to highlight a new program, STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math), to encourage education in these fields as well as to engage and empower students and faculty.

Sheriff town halls continue

Next local meeting set for Monday April 27 in Exposition Park

The working group tasked with giving the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors recommendations on the future Civilian Oversight Commission’s size, scope, structure and responsibilities is hosting a series of nine town hall meetings in Los Angeles County’s five districts to reach out to the community for recommendations and comments.

L.A. Controller audits paramedic billing

Galperin: City can collect more from insurance companies, enhance emergency care

Los Angelese City Controller Ron Galperin released an audit of the City of Los Angeles Fire Department’s Emergency Medical Service (EMS) billings and collections processes. The report found that billing a larger share of insurance providers, together with the expansion of coverage brought about by the Affordable Care Act (ACA), could generate up to $16.7 million in additional annual revenue—and that this revenue could be used to improve patient services and provide much-needed resources for the LAFD.

Nominations open for 2015 365Black

Community Choice Youth Awards

McDonald’s 365Black Awards launched in 2003 as an extension of the company’s 365Black platform, which celebrates the pride, heritage and achievements of African Americans year-round, The public is invited to recongnize exceptional youth by nominating someone 13-18 years old within their community to receive a $10,000 scholarship.

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‘Great Streets’ program launches modernization of Central Avenue

Mayor Eric Garcetti continues to unveil portions of his “Great Streets” project designed to refurbish a number of the city’s most congested thoroughfares. Central Avenue in South Los Angeles between Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Vernon Avenue is scheduled for a makeover tentatively set to begin sometime between December 2015 and March 2016.

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