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Chargers seats start at $70

Season tickets for Los Angeles Chargers home games at StubHub Center in Carson will start at $70 per ticket per game, and range up to $375 per match, the team announced recently. The season-ticket package will include 10 games—eight regular season games and two pre-season games—meaning the lowest-priced package is $700 for an upper-level seat in the north end zone. A lower-level seat in that area will cost $1,350 for the season, while a seat in the south end zone will cost $1,650.

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Council honors Issa Rae

Issa Rae, star and executive producer of the HBO series “Insecure” was honored this week by the Los Angeles City Council as part of its recognition of African American Heritage Month. Rae was introduced by Councilman Marqueece Harris-Dawson, who praised her for the depiction of Black characters on her show.

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Black History Month

Every February, African Americans and the nation alike, take the month to reflect upon the history of Black people in these United States. From the beginnings of slavery to the election of the first African American president, Black people have made many strides along the way and have certainly made their mark in the annals of American history. In recognition, this is Part Four in OurWeekly’s four-part series on the 15 most pivotal aspects of Black History. On the surface it may look like many of the social programs, such as the New Deal (President Franklin Roosevelt), welfare, Medicaid, food stamps and other programs (President Lyndon Johnson) have been a great benefit to the Black community, providing services African Americans may not be able to otherwise afford or access. But study after study, dating as far back as the 1960s, seem to indicate that many of these programs have been a hindrance as well.

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Bogus smog check bust

Two Los Angeles-area men pleaded guilty this week to violating the Clean Air Act by conducting scores of fraudulent smog check inspections. Jermaine Elroy “Aria” Williams and Darnell Tyrone Usher each entered their pleas to a federal conspiracy count and are scheduled to be sentenced in federal court on June 5. The charge carries a possible penalty of up to five years in prison, prosecutors said.

Pilot program for new jobs

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has approved a two-year pilot project aimed at matching unemployed residents with county clerical jobs, with the effort targeting students, foster youth, low-income indivduals and those experiencing barriers to employment. The program is scheduled to begin in April.

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Supervisors blast Obamacare repeal

The Board of Supervisors voted unanimously this week to push back against the threatened repeal of the Affordable Care Act, widely known as Obamacare. Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas recommended strong opposition, telling his colleagues, “The erosion has already begun ... it’s not just the loud voices in Congress, it’s not just the loud voice on Pennsylvania Avenue.”

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Youth part of ‘Banners’ program

The popularity of Lancaster’s Hometown Heroes Banners program has resulted in recognizing the achievements and artwork of local youth.

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Millennials comprise worst drivers

Young millennials are the worst-behaved drivers on the road, with 88 percent reporting in a study released this week that they recently engaged in at least one risky behavior behind the wheel such as texting, speeding or running red lights. According to the study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, 88.4 percent of drivers ages 19-24 told researchers they had engaged in a risky behavior while driving within the previous 30 days. Among drivers age 25-39, 79.2 percent had engaged in a risky behavior, while 75.2 percent of drivers age 40-59 acknowledged such activity.

Rain could bring more poppies

The recent storms may result in more wildflower blossoms this year. Organizers of the California Poppy Festival at Lancaster City Park on April 16 and 17 are counting on the dormant plants to sprout their magnificent blossoms in ways not seen for several years.

Pilot program for new jobs

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors this week approved a two-year pilot project aimed at matching unemployed residents with county clerical jobs, with the effort targeting students,

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Locations for sand and bags

Piles of sandbags have been placed at strategic locations in Lancaster to assist residents protecting their property against flooding during this weekend’s expected storms. All fire stations in the Antelope Valley will give out 25 unfilled sandbags per resident.

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Assembly moves to honor Ritchie Valens

Assemblyman Raul Bocanegra (D-Pacoima) introduced a bill this week to name a portion of Interstate 5 after San Fernando Valley native son and rock ’n roll legend Ritchie Valens. Bocanegra’s ACR 23 calls for the portion of Interstate 5 between the Hollywood (170) and Ronald Reagan (118) freeways to be renamed “The Ritchie Valens Memorial Highway” in honor of the late rocker, who is most famous for his hit “La Bamba.”

Attorneys allege Baca’s lapel pin somehow ‘influences’ jury

In an unusual ruling regarding improper courtroom attire, a federal judge this week banned former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca from wearing a small lapel pin of a sheriff’s star during his forthcoming retrial on corruption charges,

Father, daughter crash; Lancaster murder probe

Authorities report that the driver of a Chevrolet Camaro and his teenage daughter were killed when the sports coupe crashed into a traffic signal pole in Palmdale during an apparent street race.

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Boost to teen mental health

County-provided mental health services will be available to teens 13 years and older for the first time under a three-year, nearly $24 million contract approved this week by the Board of Supervisors. “The target population is youth ages 13 and above, adults and older adults, who are experiencing a psychiatric emergency, cannot wait for a regularly scheduled appointment and are at risk for hospitalization or out-of- home placement,” according to a staff report presented to the supervisors.

Youth discuss social media

The next meeting of the Young Americans civics group will be hosted at 4 p.m. Feb. 21 at the Palmdale City Library. The civics discussion group, which meets on the third Tuesday of each month, addresses topics such as personal finance, the workings of government, social media, and what it means to be an informed citizen.

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Chargers seats start at $70

Season tickets for Los Angeles Chargers home games at StubHub Center in Carson will start at $70 per ticket per game, and range up to $375 per match, the team announced this week.

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New TV series “Fly” will tell the stories of the first all Black female flight crew

Inspired by the real life story of the first all African American females to crew a commercial flight, “Fly” chronicles the professional, family, and love lives of four young Black women living in Atlanta in 2009.

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New agriculture park, community center, breaks ground in Watts

WLCAC continues to improve conditions for residents

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 of 2012, California State Parks annnounced the award to WLCAC of $4.9 million in Proposition 84 grant funds for the project.

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Black History Month

Every February, African Americans and the nation alike, take the month to reflect upon the history of Black people in these United States. From the beginnings of slavery to the election of the first African American president, Black people have made many strides along the way and have certainly made their mark in the annals of American history. In recognition, this is Part Three in OurWeekly’s four-part series on the 15 most pivotal aspects of Black History. 8. Blaxploitation Films Once upon a time in Hollywood, films starring Black performers dominated the silver screen. The turbulent 1960s gave way to a more vocal Black community in the 1970s and independent filmmakers heeded the call: Soon stories about Blacks and told by Blacks were appearing on the silver screen.

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County extends marijuana ban; off limits in unincorporated areas

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted this week to extend a ban on the cultivation, manufacture, processing, testing, transportation and retail sale of medical and non-medical marijuana in unincorporated areas until a comprehensive regulatory framework can be put in place. The board also asked the county’s lawyers to work with the district attorney to shut down 70 dispensaries illegally operating in unincorporated areas.

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New books on review; chocolate lover’s delight

The Palmdale Library book clubs are attracting new members every month with an exciting array of contemporary literary favorites. On Feb. 15 at 7 p.m., the Mystery, Murder and Mayhem discussion group will unpack David Liss’ “A Conspiracy of Paper,” while the African American group will take a look at “The Book of Harlan” by Bernice McFadden. In “A Conspiracy of Paper,” Benjamin Weaver is a Jewish ex-boxer and finds himself as an outsider in 18th Century London. He is the son of a wealthy former stock trader, but spends his days tracking down debtors and felons for his aristocratic clients.

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Board condemns Muslim ban

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted 4-1 this week to support legislation seeking to rescind the Trump administration’s executive order temporarily barring immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S. and suspending the county’s refugee program.

Killer receives 164 years

A convicted killer has been sentenced to 164 years to life in state prison for sexually assaulting and attempting to kill a woman in the Antelope Valley in 2015.

Fatality in Littlerock crash

A man was killed and four people suffered major injuries, when a car flipped over on a High Desert road and struck a wooden utility pole, the California Highway Patrol reported. Four people were thrown out of the car as it spun around at approximately 4:30 p.m. Feb. 4 on Palmdale Boulevard, west of 130th Street East, according to the California Highway Patrol. That location is in the Antelope Valley, north of Littlerock. Steve Wissar Jr., 20, of Palmdale, was pronounced dead at the scene, the CHP reported.

Job recruitment for Dog Haus in AV Mall

The America’s Job Center of California (AJCC) (formerly the South Valley WorkSource Center), located at 38510 Sierra Highway in Palmdale, will host a job recruitment for Dog Haus on Monday, Feb. 20 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for its new location at the Antelope Valley Mall in Palmdale.

‘Spring Season’ sessions

A variety of fun and interesting classes and programs are scheduled during the Spring Season sessions in Santa Clarita. Registration begins Tuesday, Feb. 14 for classes in cooking, martial arts, dance and many more interests.

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Major endorsement for Garcetti

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, who is seeking reelection, this week won the endorsement of Barack Obama—his first high-profile endorsement since leaving the presidency.

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New report examines young people’s involvement in politics

A new report, released recently by the Advancement Project California, finds that young people of color participate in political activities at significantly less rates than Whites.

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.

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Black History Month

Every February, African Americans and the nation alike, take the month to reflect upon the history of Black people in these United States. From the beginnings of slavery to the election of the first African American president, Black people have made many strides along the way and have certainly made their mark in the annals of American history. In recognition, this is Part Two in OurWeekly’s four-part series on the 15 most pivotal aspects of Black History.

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New fund targets artists

A new program under the auspices of the Center for Cultural Innovation is launching its third year of operations designed to provide financing to startup and expanding micro enterprises in the city of Los Angeles that are new or have five or fewer employees.

Hate crime fugitive arrested

A scheduled plea and trial-setting hearing this week for an alleged gang member from Highland Park, who spent more than a dozen years on the run in connection with two racially motivated murders, has been delayed until Feb. 14.

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Academy teaches young males computer coding skills

Applications for the Summer Coding Leadership Academy (SCLA) are open. The deadline to apply is March 9 by 5 p.m.

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Black engineers vow to graduate thousands

In recognition of the movie “Hidden Figures,” the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) has launched a nationwide campaign entitled #BlackSTEMLikeMe and designed to graduate 10,000 African Americans with bachelor degrees in engineering annually by 2025.

Pink Floyd tribute Feb. 18

Which One’s Pink, a Pink Floyd tribute band, will perform Feb. 18 at the Lancaster Performing Arts Center. The band, which takes its name from a line in Pink Floyd’s 1975 song “Have A Cigar,” is said to capture the sound and spirit of a ‘70s concert extravaganza, when the ground-breaking British band redefined the visual rock concert experience.

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Teacher had early concern about welfare of murdered child

A Palmdale elementary school teacher testified this week that she called a county social worker—charged alongside three colleagues with child abuse and falsifying records—multiple times to report that one of her students said his mother punched him and shot him in the face with a BB gun.

Baby safe after chase

A strong-arm robbery at a Target store in Canyon Country earlier this week led to a vehicle chase in Palmdale that ended with three suspects detained and a baby taken into protective custody. The robbery occurred about 5:45 p.m. at a Target at 19105 Golden Valley Road, according to Sgt. Michael Konecny of the sheriff’s Santa Clarita Valley Station.

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Bill addresses childhood cancer

Rep. Steve Knight (CA-25) and Rep. Jackie Speier (CA-14) have reintroduced a bipartisan resolution that would raise awareness and support research for a form of pediatric cancer called Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma or DIPG. The idea was to renew an effort led last year with Agua Dulce resident Janet Demeter whose son, Jack, died of the disease in 2012. Demeter later founded Jack’s Angels which promotes funding for scientific research and raises public awareness of DIPG.

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Homeless tax gathers steam

Southland elected officials and business leaders gathered this week to formally begin the campaign in support of a proposed countywide quarter-cent sales tax on the March 7 ballot to raise money for anti-homelessness programs.

Search on for missing man

Authorities yesterday sought public assistance in locating a 58-year-old Santa Clarita man who has been missing for about a week. William Cierzan was last seen at his home Jan. 26, the sheriff’s department reported. That day, Cierzan told his wife, Linda, over the phone that he was making dinner, but when she came home around 7 p.m., there was no sign of him, said Deputy Don Walker.

Bacterial infection linked to hospitals

County health officials said this week they have confirmed three cases of a bacterial infection that has in the past been traced to hospital use of a specific type of heater-cooler during open heart surgery.

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Inmate attacks local guard

An inmate serving time at a Lancaster prison for manslaughter and attempted murder in San Diego County allegedly attacked and injured two guards. Calvin Glass, 20, “became aggressive toward (a) correctional officer about 11 a.m. Jan. 29 at California State Prison-Los Angeles County, according to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

Art exhibition in Long Beach

The Andy Street Community Association today through Saturday will present “Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow,” a unique art exhibition in celebration of Black History Month. The exhibit will take place at Expo Arts Center, 4321 Atlantic Ave., in Long Beach.

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Property and other tax relief available for those impacted by storms, flooding

If your property has been damaged by the recent storms and flooding, you may be eligible for property tax relief. In many cases, the damaged property can be reappraised in its current condition, with some taxes refunded to the property owner. Once rebuilt, the property will be reassessed to its pre-damaged value.

Across Black America Week of Feb. 2, 2017.

California Jessica L.A. Pipkins has been selected as the new president of the Black Public Relations Society's Los Angeles (BPRS-LA) chapter. Pipkins takes the helm from Shawn Smith, who served for the last four years. Pipkins brings with her an impressive list of credentials and professional achievements garnered over 12 years as one of the industry's preeminent media strategists.

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New city ordinance would decriminalize street vending

The City Council voted this week to craft an ordinance decriminalizing street vending, bringing Los Angeles closer to no longer being the only major American city that prohibits it. The proposal, which was put forward by council members Joe Buscaino and Curren Price, would replace criminal penalties with a permit system enforced through fines and property confiscation.

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Harlem Globetrotters bring their 2017 world tour to LA

Basketball’s most entertaining team will debut the sport’s first 4-point line during 91st season

The world famous Harlem Globetrotters, featuring some of the most electrifying athletes on the planet, will bring their spectacular show to the Los Angeles area during their 2017 World Tour. The Globetrotters’ will perform at the Staples Center on Sunday, Feb. 19, at 12:30 p.m., and 5:45 p.m.

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Black History Month

Every February, African Americans and the nation alike, take the month to reflect upon the history of Black people in these United States. From the beginnings of slavery to the election of the first African American president, Black people have made many strides along the way and have certainly made their mark in the annals of American history. In recognition, OurWeekly will do a four-part series on the 15 most pivotal aspects of Black History. America is just over a half-century removed from the Civil Rights Act. Many persons within the African American community would ask how far we’ve come since the historic passage of a bill that endeavored to “put teeth” or specifically more protections within the 14th Amendment.

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County backs expansion of juvenile diversion programs

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors this week unanimously backed a plan to expand juvenile diversion programs that seek to keep kids out of the criminal justice system. Supervisors Mark Ridley-Thomas and Janice Hahn proposed the more comprehensive approach. “While there are a number of promising programs, access to them and their accompanying services, like mentoring and restorative justice, depends in large part on where a young person lives and what law enforcement agency is patrolling that region,” the supervisors’ motion says.

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