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Ervin announces state senate bid

Democratic voters hold slight edge

Johnathon Ervin has announced that he will vie against Sharon Runner for the 21st Senate District seat in next year’s election. Ervin, a Democrat, said in his announcement statement this week that he wants to focus on “leading the charge” on protecting and expanding the aerospace industry. He also wants to address the drought, create what he calls “mortgage-paying” jobs in the district, and reinvest in education.

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New healthcare development slated for Palmdale next year

Thomas Partners Properties announced this week a new wellness village real estate development called The Oasis that will be adjacent to Palmdale Regional Medical Center. Groundbreaking is expected in June 2016.

Lancaster announces balanced budget

The Lancaster City Council recently adopted its fiscal year 2015-16 budget that reportedly highlights a number of success stories from the previous year.

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Improving local healthcare

Ridley-Thomas advocates for Level I trauma center in South L.A.

Trauma injury, from prevention to rehabilitation. They are also research and teaching facilities.

Black Lives Matter duo confront Garcetti, Beck at community meetingBlack Lives Matter duo confront Garcetti, Beck at community meeting

A judge this week denied a request by the Los Angeles city attorney’s office for a protective order that would have prohibited two activists from coming within 50 feet of Mayor Eric Garcetti and LAPD Chief Charlie Beck. Activists from Black Lives Matter still face misdemeanor charges related to an altercation with police last week at a city recreation center in South Los Angeles.

Olympic torch coming to Palmdale

‘Flame of Hope’ to stop at Antelope Valley Mall

With the 2015 Special Olympic World Games set to begin in Los Angeles on July 25, the famous Olympic torch—called the Flame of Hope—will make a special appearance in Palmdale on July 17. Palmdale is a host city for the 2015 Special Olympics and contestants from St. Lucia and Cyprus will reside briefly in town.

Fireworks on sale in Palmdale June 28

Fireworks will go on sale in Palmdale beginning June 28. The Palmdale city council recently approved permits for 44 nonprofit organizations to sell fireworks; only nonprofits based in Palmdale (or that have more than 50 percent of its membership living in Palmdale and have a minimum of 20 members) are eligible to apply for fireworks booths. One booth is allowed per organization.

Shead will host football camp

DeShawn Shead will conduct a free Youth Skills Football Camp tomorrow from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m at Domenic Massari Park, 37715 55th St. East in Palmdale.

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Arrests made in ‘red shoes’ murder

Four persons were arrested this week in connection with the May 29 fatal shooting in Hyde Park of 19-year-old Tavin Terrell Price who was allegedly killed for wearing red shoes.

NNPA celebrates 75th Annual Convention in Detroit

Awards, elections, book unveiling part of weekend’s events

This past week, the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) celebrated its 75th Anniversary in Detroit, Mich. Recognized as one of the much-anticipated traditions at the NNPA Annual Convention is the Merit Awards ceremony – an evening awards event which honors the year-long work of more than 200 African American newspapers and NNPA member publications from across the country.

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Decapitated man found in Inglewood

Investigators continue search

The family of a 75-year-old man whose decapitated body was found in an Inglewood apartment last week described him as a “kind and generous spirit.”

Compton offers summer music program; targets grades 7 to 12

Music is in the air at Compton High School and all Compton students, grades 7 to 12, are encouraged to sign up for this free program at Compton High School, 601 Acacia St.

Wish-Bone salad dressing issues allergy alert

Contains undeclared ingredient—eggs

Pinnacle Foods Group LLC is voluntarily recalling a limited quantity of its Wish-Bone Ranch Salad Dressing variety, due to the product containing Wish-Bone Blue Cheese Dressing, inadvertently packed in Ranch Salad Dressing bottles and was brought to our attention by a consumer. This product contains eggs, a known allergen not declared on the packaging.

June 27 is National HIV Test Day

Know your status

Tomorrow is National HIV Test Day, and Blacks are still at high risk for contracting the disease. Following are facts to know: * More than 1.2 million people in the United States are living with HIV infection, and almost 1 in 7 (14 percent) are unaware of their infection. * Gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men (MSM), particularly young Black/African American MSM, are most seriously affected by HIV. * By race, Blacks/African Americans face the most severe burden of HIV.

Venus Foods recalls pork sausage products

Contains undeclared allergen in the city of industry

Venus Foods Inc., is recalling approximately 25,380 pounds of pork sausage products due to misbranding and undeclared allergens, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced. The products contain wheat, a known allergen, which is not declared on the product label.

Inglewood launches summer reading program

The Inglewood Library begins its summer reading program “Read to the Rhythm” June 22, and is open to youth in preschool through high school.

Doctor’s office building coming to MLK campus

For the first time in its long history, the Martin Luther King Jr. Medical Campus is poised to get a medical office building to house physicians as well as other healthcare providers as part of a broader plan to transform the medical campus into a center for innovation and medical excellence.

Parks donates $30,000 to District 8 libraries

Five libraries in Council District 8—Angeles Mesa, Exposition Park-Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Regional, Hyde Park Miriam Matthews, John Muir, and Mark Twain—will recieve a portion of $30,000 in discretionary funds from Councilmember Bernard C. Parks

Knight opens new office

Rep. Steve Knight (CA-25) has opened a new district office in Santa Clarita, located at 26415 Carl Boyer Drive, Suite 220, just off Centre Pointe Park in Santa Clarita.

New summer lunch program set

The city of Palmdale and the Palmdale School District have unveiled a new free school lunch program ongoing Monday through Friday at eight locations through July 31.

‘Cooley High’ marks 40th anniversary

“Cooley High,” the 1975 cult movie classic that came to be known as “The Black American Graffiti” will be saluted during a program that honors the 40th anniversary of this film, during a special screening June 20 from 7 p.m.-2 a.m. at the Man Cave Sports and Entertainment Bar, 3575 W. Cahunega Blvd.

Palmdale preparing for Special Olympics Delegations

Residents encouraged to participate in welcoming athletes and coaches

The city of Palmdale is six weeks away from hosting its Special Olympics Delegations of athletes and coaches from Cyprus and St. Lucia as part of the Special Olympics World Games Host Town program.

Homeowners voice complaints about proposed bullet train

Hundreds of residents and some elected officials from communities across the San Fernando Valley this week descended on a meeting of the California High Speed Rail Authority, condemning a proposal to route the bullet train through their area.

AVTA debuts digital signs

The Antelope Valley Transit Authority (AVTA) has completed the installation of digital LED signs that are designed to display up-to-the-minute information about bus departures at its transportation centers in Lancaster and Palmdale.

Veterans facilities provide safe, secure environment

The William J. “Pete” Knight Veterans Home of California-Lancaster continues to accept residents. The 60-bed facility is located at 45221 30th St. West in Lancaster.

A.C. Bilbrew Library closesA.C. Bilbrew Library closes

Refurbishment will take at least a year

On July 12, A.C. Bilbrew Library will close temporarily for about a year to allow the county to effect a $4.4 million refurbishment of the facility which was initially erected in 1974.

Nutritious summer meal program offered

The Los Angeles Unified School District as well as local parks will offer students ages 1 to 18 years free meals during the summer. More than 520,000 students in L.A. Unified qualify for free or reduced-price meals during the school year, but many lack nourishment when the school year ends. The Summer Food Service Program ensures that all children continue to benefit during the summer from good nutrition.

Officer convicted in death of South L.A. woman, Alesia Thomas

A Los Angeles police officer was convicted on June 5 of assault by a public officer for kicking and shoving a handcuffed woman who later died.

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Social worker in Gabriel Fernandez murder attempts to return to work

The Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services is going to court in an effort to block the return of a social worker who supervised the case of a Palmdale boy who was beaten to death, it was reported Thursday.

Local performers bound for Big Apple

The Palmdale Playhouse will host tonight at 7:30 p.m. the second of three performances by West Coast Classical. These will be the final shows at the Playhouse before they take to the Ronald O. Perelman Stage in the Isaac Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall for a half-hour concert as part of the New York Sounds of Summer International Music Festival.

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Knight hails bill passage

Rep. Steve Knight (CA-25) spoke this week on the House floor in support of a bill that will fund a wide range of programs in his home district.

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AVTA hikes senior fares

The Antelope Valley Transit Authority (AVTA) voted recently 4-2 to approve proposed fare changes. The six voting members of the board include two representatives from the city of Palmdale, two representatives from the city of Lancaster, and two representing the County of Los Angeles.

Homeowners on the hook for costly sidewalk repairs?

A proposal that would shift the responsibility of fixing broken sidewalks back to property owners was under consideration Monday by a city hall panel.

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Heart and Stroke Ball planned

Wayne Brady will perform

It’s not a secret: African Americans are affected by heart disease and other related illnesses more than any other racial group. In an effort to bring awareness to this issue, the American Heart Association will host its second annual Los Angeles Heart and Stroke Ball, an event that aims to ignite passion for building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. The festivities will take place on June 13 from 7:30-10:30 p.m. at the California Science Center, 700 Exposition Park Drive, Los Angeles.

Simpson’s offers community ‘thank you’

Simpson’s Family Mortuary has for 40 years been a valued member of four communities in southern California spanning from Long Beach in the south to as far east as San Bernardino. This summer officials representing the mortuary are offering a community-wide “thank-you” for loyal support and continued patronage.

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Nike Basketball 3ON3 Tournament returns to L.A. Live, August 7

Features first-ever ESPNLA 710 All-Star Celebrity Game

California’s largest outdoor 3-on-3 basketball tournament, the Nike Basketball 3ON3 Tournament presented by NBC4 Southern California returns to the streets of Downtown Los Angeles and L.A. LIVE for its 7th consecutive year, tipping-off with the inaugural ESPNLA 710 All-Star Celebrity Game benefiting the Stuart Scott Memorial Cancer Research Fund at The V Foundation.

New faces headed to local city councils

Hilton wins in Carson; Zurita and Sharif triumph in Compton

The unofficial results of elections in Carson and Compton will yield a number of new faces on the respective city councils of these two cities.

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Red shoes cost teen his life

Victim was shot at a car wash in front of his mother

Authorities are continuing to search for a suspect who shot and killed a developmentally-disabled teenager in South Los Angeles because he was wearing red shoes.

Two arrested in 1978 murder case

Sheriff’s deputies on Wednesday announced the arrest of two men in connection with the murder of a Lancaster woman in 1978.

Art contest winner named

Canyon Country student wins first

Rep. Steve Knight (CA-25) held an awards ceremony this week to present a certificate of recognition to Alex Farrell, a high school student from Canyon Country, whose art took first place in the 2015 Congressional Art Competition.

New plays sought

Winner earns cash and premiere

As a part of their new partnership, PLAY LA, Center Theatre Group (CTG) and Humanitas will accept submissions June 1-30 for the Humanitas/CTG Playwriting Prize, which supports Southern California playwrights. Three finalists will be notified in mid-December 2015, and the winner will be announced at the 41st annual Humanitas Prize Awards luncheon in February 2016. This is the first year Humanitas and CTG are awarding this annual prize.

Gov. Brown appoints Gene Hale to business council

Gene Hale, chairman of the Greater Los Angeles African American Chamber of Commerce, has been appointed to the California International Trade and Investment Advisory Council. Hale is the chief executive officer at G&C Equipment Corporation and president of Gence Corporation and G&C Consulting Services.

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Waters calls for increased transparency in HUD’s reverse mortgage program

Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA), ranking member of the Committee on Financial Services, is calling on the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to provide meaningful relief and increased transparency for seniors participating in its reverse mortgage program, known as the Home Equity Conversion Mortgage program (HECM).

Memorial Day ceremony set

The Antelope Valley Service Organization Association (AVSOA) will hold its Memorial Day ceremony at 11 a.m. May 25 at Desert Lawn Memorial Park, 2200 East Avenue S, in Palmdale.

LPAC hosts The Orchestra

Former members of the Electric Light Orchestra and ELO Part II will perform as The Orchestra at 8 p.m. May 29 at the Lancaster Performing Arts Center.

New bill redefines term ‘lynching’

Senate Bill 629, a measure to correct an obsolete reference to the term “lynching” in California’s penal code by deleting it, has been approved without dissent by the state senate.

‘Watts Re:Imagined’— 50 years after the riots

Community groups launch effort to bring a new Main Street to the L.A. neighborhood

Fifty years after the Watts Uprising, a coalition of community groups have this week launched Watts Re:Imagined – a sustainable redevelopment vision for the South Los Angeles neighborhood.

Willowbrook to get new library and senior housing

More than 100 units of affordable housing for seniors, an 8,000-square-foot library, and an employment center will soon replace a blighted lot on the corner of 118th Street and Wilmington Boulevard in Willowbrook.

Southland recognizes veterans

A variety of Memorial Day activities will be held locally to recognize past and present war heroes while honoring men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice of giving their lives while serving in the United States Armed Forces.

Free city open house set

On May 21 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the city of Lancaster will turn its maintenance yard into a miniature city where families, school groups and interested citizens can see, the many different functions that city personnel perform to keep the town clean and safe.