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City encourages residents to turn ‘Lights On for Life’

The city of Palmdale, in recognition of December being named National Drunk and Drugged Driving (3D) Prevention Month, is requesting citizens to drive with their headlights on all day today as part of the “Lights On for Life” campaign in honor of those killed or injured by drunk drivers.

Palmdale to host certification classes for property managers and landlords

Palmdale will host a series of California Certified Residential Manager (CCRM) workshops for property managers and landlords presented by the California Apartment Association (CAA) designed to prepare participants for certification.

Feds award $3 million to state

Will improve healthcare, lower costs

California will receive up to $3 million to design health care payment and service delivery models that will improve health care quality and lower costs, Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia M. Burwell announced this week.

Titi Branch, co-founder of Miss Jessie’s, dies at 45 of apparent suicide

Titi Branch, one of the co-founders of the successful natural hair care line, Miss Jessie’s, died Dec. 4, according to an obituary by NV Magazine.

Carson tops many cities nationwide in park spending

Based on the study by Trust for Public Land of the 60 largest cities nationwide with a population of at least a half a million, the average expenditure that a city spends on the parks is $78 per resident.

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LAPD will add body cameras

Plan would enhance current pilot program

Mayor Eric Garcetti on Tuesday announced a plan to outfit LAPD officers with body cameras. The department already has a pilot program underway involving 600 body cameras paid for by $1.35 million in private donations.

State offers fellowships

Paid training offered for 11 months

Applications are now available for the 2015-16 California Senate Fellows program and can be accessed online. Established in 1973, the California Senate Fellows (CSF) program is one of the oldest and most distinguished service learning programs in the country. It offers college graduates a paid, full-time legislative staff position in the State Capitol for 11 months.

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Palmdale honors community builders at council meeting

The Palmdale City Council honored several local individuals, pastors, churches and law enforcement staff at its last meeting to thank them for their many community building efforts over the past year.

‘Magical BLVD Christmas’ on tap tomorrow evening

The city of Lancaster will again present the lights and sounds of Christmas tomorrow as the fifth annual A Magical BLVD Christmas takes place downtown from 5 to 9 p.m.

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Palmdale hosts blood drive

Palmdale will host a blood drive Tuesday, Dec. 16, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Poncitlán Square.

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LAUSD board member George McKenna qualifies for the March 2015 ballot

Running unopposed to advance community’s education agenda

The Los Angeles City Clerk has confirmed that LAUSD board member George McKenna submitted the required number of signatures from District 1 voters to qualify for the March 3, 2015 ballot. McKenna will run unopposed, because he is the only candidate to qualify for the ballot.

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Health advocate succumbs

Lark Galloway-Gilliam dedicatecd her life to helping others

Lark Galloway-Gilliam, executive director of the Community Health Councils, passed away recently following complications from a long-fought illness. She was 61.

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Kids, parents and sweets—tips for healthy eating at holiday time

Florence WIC Center focuses on preventing childhood obesity

Limiting the sweets children eat could be more difficult than ever with Christmas right around the corner.

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FAME to host Black Solidarity Sunday

Pastors, parishioners to dress in black

First A.M.E. Church of Los Angeles (FAME) will join congregations of all denominations across the country in asking parishioners to wear black clothing to church services on Sunday, Dec. 14, to demonstrate that “Black Lives Matter.”

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First AME church shows appreciation to Rev. and Mrs. ‘J’ Edgar Boyd

More than 350 members of First AME Church of Los Angeles (FAME) were on hand for a spirit-filled, outdoor reception to welcome Senior Minister “J” Edgar Boyd for another year at the helm of the 142 year-old congregation.

Habitat for Humanity, Bank of America build home for Compton family

Bank of America and Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles (Habitat LA) have completed the renovation of a home in Compton, which was dedicated to new homeowner Trenisha Dorsey. The home was donated by Bank of America to support the affiliate’s efforts to build affordable housing in partnership with hardworking, low-income families in greater Los Angeles.

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Mostly peaceful protests continue in response to decision in Ferguson

Numerous cases of ‘death by cop’ have occured since Michael Brown

With more Southland protests planned in response to the grand jury decision in Ferguson, Mo., Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck warned again that while lawful protests will be respected, people who break the law or try to stop freeway traffic will be arrested. Monday night, in response to the decision in Ferguson, a number of folks in Los Angeles participated in lawful protest,” Beck said. “That lawful protest was facilitated for many hours by the Los Angeles Police Department.

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Thousands of Angelenos ‘Move It’ with the LAUSD

District 5K at Dodger Stadium in support of health and wellness

The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) recently held its second annual 5K ‘Move It’ Challenge and Health Festival at Dodger Stadium. In partnership with the Los Angeles Dodgers, the District fundraiser endeavors to raise awareness about the importance of physical activity and a healthy lifestyle among students, employees and community members, while raising important funding for the District’s Wellness Centers.

What will you find during medicare open enrollment?

Continues through Dec. 7

Your health needs change from year to year. And, your health plan may change the benefits and costs each year too. That’s why it’s important to review your Medicare choices each fall. Compare your current plan to new options and see if you can lower some costs or find a plan to better suit your needs. Open enrollment is the one time of year when all people with Medicare can see what new benefits Medicare has to offer and make changes to their coverage.

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Los Angeles AIDS advocates named to POZ 100 as part of ‘Youth Power’ list

Josephine Ayankoya, a long-time AIDS advocate at the University of California, Michael Eisman of the Impulse Group and Christopher Jackson of the In The Mix program in San Diego have been named to the POZ 100.

Safety is best ingredient during Thanksgiving

While overeating and Thanksgiving are virtually synonymous, cooking accidents and “turkey day,” unfortunately, go hand in hand as well.

Compton Unified provides new glasses for Clinton and Dominguez students

Made possible by partnership with Vision to Learn

More than 50 Compton Unified School District (CUSD) students are seeing the world more clearly today thanks to a new partnership between the school district and the nationwide nonprofit Vision To Learn (VTL), which provided new eyeglasses for the Clinton Elementary and Dominguez High School students at an event on the Dominguez campus.

Flu during the holidays—not a pretty picture

nFree flu shots available for children and adults

One infant has already died from the flu since mid October, and the flu season hasn’t even reached its peak. The greatest flu activity in this country occurs between December and February.

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Jury selection resumes in Miramonte sex abuse trial

Jury selection resumed this week in the first lawsuits stemming from the sex abuse scandal at Miramonte Elementary School, even as settlement discussions continued.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital initiates community health program ‘Know Your Basics’

Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital (MLKCH) recently announced the launch of the Know Your Basics Community Wellness Campaign on Nov. 22 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. The six-month campaign will provide health screenings and enrollment events at 23 grocery stores, barber shops and beauty salons, farmers’ markets, shopping centers and senior centers throughout the South Los Angeles community.

DWP to open on a Saturday

Four locations offer services December

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) will hold “Customer Service Saturday” at four of its customer service centers on Dec. 13, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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Catch the rain water

City pilots effort to use precipitation for lawns

Mayor Eric Garcetti announced that Keep Los Angeles Beautiful (an affiliate of Keep America Beautiful) and the city of Los Angeles have partnered with Coca-Cola on a Rain Barrel Pilot Program in which 1,000 45- and 55-gallon syrup barrels will be re-purposed as rain barrels and distributed to city residents, free of charge, so they can capture rainwater for irrigation.

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Westside Neighborhood School to implement ‘Grades of Green’

Enviornmental program introduces ‘Trash Free Tuesdays’

Westside Neighborhood School (WNS) has in Playa Del Rey partnered with the Grades of Green organization to expand on going ‘green.’ Grades of Green is a nonprofit organization, “with a vision of making environmental protection ‘second nature’ in young minds.”

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Civil rights lawyer dies

Played key roles in advancing the rights of minorities

John Doar, who handled critical civil rights cases in the 1960s and was awarded the Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama in 2012, has died in New York City, from congestive heart failure. He was 92.

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Supervisors support urban farming to reduce blight

Paving the way for tender greens, edible flowers and fruit orchards to replace blighted, empty lots in Los Angeles County, the Board of Supervisors voted recently to implement a program that will help property owners and community leaders lease vacant properties for agricultural use.

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Stevie Wonder to receive Presidential Medal of Freedom

Meryl Streep, Stevie Wonder and Tom Brokaw are among the latest Americans tapped to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Stevie Wonder is one of the world’s most gifted singer-songwriters. Wonder has created a sound entirely his own, mixing rhythm and blues with genres ranging from rock and roll to reggae, and demonstrating his mastery of a range of instruments, styles, and themes. He is also a Kennedy Center Honoree, a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and winner of 25 Grammys and an Academy Award.

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Supervisor Ridley-Thomas celebrates 60th birthday

More than 300 people gathered last Thursday at the City Club in downtown Los Angeles to wish Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas a happy 60th birthday. Joining the party were Los Angeles City Council President Herb Wesson, Councilmember Curren Price, Congressmembers Janice Hahn and Karen Bass, incoming Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell, State Controller and Treasurer-elect John Chiang, former Los Angeles Urban League president John Mack, President of the Southern California Baptist Ministers Conference Pastor Xavier Thompson, labor leaders Maria Elena Durazo and Laphonza Butler, and former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.

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Wings for Life World Run returns to Santa Clarita

Scheduled for May 3 in 35 locations around the world

In a remarkable global race with 35 locations across six continents, the world will run simultaneously on May 3, 2015. As the only race with no set finish line, runners will attempt to stay ahead of pursuing ‘catcher cars’ driven to chase and overpass them. Produced by Red Bull in partnership with the Wings for Life Foundation, this innovative worldwide race with a “moving finish line” was first held in May to benefit spinal cord injury research - with the goal to find a cure - and raised more than $4.1 million in its inaugural year. As the third largest city in Los Angeles County, Santa Clarita is the only west coast city in the U.S. participating in this 2015 global event.

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Don’t turn a blind eye

Novemeber is National Diabetes Month; eye disease projected to increase among African Americans

Today, diabetes affects more than 29 million people in the United States or more than 9 percent of the population. In addition, another 86 million American adults—more than one out of three individuals—have pre-diabetes, a condition that puts people at increased risk for diabetes.

Five Compton schools win Apple grants

Only California campuses chosen for White House’s ConnectED Initiative

Bursch, Carver, Jefferson, and Kelly elementary schools along with Walton Middle School are among 114 schools in 29 states nationwide that were selected to receive Apple grants through the White House’s ConnectED Initiative.

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Board seeks Governor Brown’s assistance to keep Kinkisharyo in Palmdale

The Antelope Valley Air Quality Management District (AVAQMD) board voted unanimously Wednesday to send a letter of support to Gov. Jerry Brown asking him to intervene to help keep Kinkisharyo International, L.L.C. from leaving Palmdale and building its permanent manufacturing facility outside of California.

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Former NBA player Juaquin Hawkins and Carson mayor host DreamMakers tournament

Annual event raised more than $3,700

An awards presentation ceremony, a basketball clinic for 20 children, and a book signing recently kicked off the third annual DreamMakers Basketball Tournament weekend at the Carson Veteran’s Sports Complex.

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U.S. Black Chambers ready for Small Business Saturday

In partnership with American Express, the U.S. Black Chambers Inc. invites you to become a Neighborhood Champion for Small Business Saturday to help make Nov. 29 one of the biggest days of the year for local small businesses.

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Shropshire University adds online degree in multicultural studies

With the demand for quality affordable education increasing, Shropshire University, a new online university, adds five graduate programs to its more than 120 courses. Applications open in late October.

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Al Sharpton hosts Vanguard awards; celebrates 60th birthday

Rev. Al Sharpton, founder of the National Action Network, hosted recently the standing-room-only 2014 African American Vanguard Awards reception. The event was created by Lord, Bush & Randolph, LLC. (LBR) to recognize African Americans who have made a positive impact on the city of Los Angeles and surrounding communities.

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‘Taste of Soul’ successfully celebrated ninth year

The Taste of Soul Festival hit Crenshaw Boulevard for its ninth year this past Saturday, and the community came out in droves to support an event that features South Los Angeles’ best food, and great Soul, R&B, and Gospel music.

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The fashion world loses an icon: Oscar de la Renta

Legendary fashion designer Oscar de la Renta, who spent half a century putting high society in haute couture, has died. He was 82. The man—often described as the “sultan of suave"—dressed every first lady since Jacqueline Kennedy. Among those whose glamor factor his dresses jazzed up: Oprah Winfrey, Chanel Iman and, more recently, star of ABC’s hit drama “Scandal,” Kerry Washington. “We will always remember him as the man who made women look and feel beautiful,” former first lady Laura Bush said late Monday night. De la Renta designed the wedding dress for her daughter, Jenna.

Foundation offers health grants

Organizations helping low income, foster and formerly incarcerated youth sought

The California Wellness Foundation has launched a new Advancing Wellness grants program that will focus on three interconnected goals—Bridging the Gaps in Access and Quality Care; Promoting Healthy and Safe Neighborhoods; and Expanding Education and Employment Pathways. The grants program also includes the Opportunity Fund to support innovation in the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors.

Assemblymember Ridley-Thomas hosts public health forum

Rep. Karen Bass co-sponsors event at Crenshaw High

Assemblymember Sebastian Ridley-Thomas will host a public health forum at Crenshaw High School, 5010 11th Ave., L.A. on Monday, Oct. 27, to provide the facts on infectious diseases and highlight preventative health measures residents can take to halt their spread.

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USC introduces new Center for Convergent Bioscience

Philanthropist Gary K. Michelson gifts $50 million

USC president and prominent philanthropist C. L. Max Nikias and newly recruited scientists today will inaugurate a new era in bioscience research on USC’s campus with the construction of a facility that will fast-track advances in health.

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Oldest living member of FAME celebrates her 104th birthday

Members of First AME Church of Los Angeles joined family and friends of Rosie Tilles who celebrated her 104th birthday on Saturday at the Saint John of God Retirement and Care Centerin Los Angeles. She was joined by her two friends who are both centenarians Ruby Norman, age 103, and Eleanor Waller, age 102.

Carson City Council funds cultural arts program

In an effort to make cultural arts programs available to its residents, the Carson City Council unanimously approved funding of 11 organizations to provide cultural arts services for the community.

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Billie Jean King event honors Olympic medalists, civil rights advocates

Local kids also gain tips from tennis pros at morning clinic

Olympic track and field medalists and civil rights advocates Tommie Smith and John Carlos were honored Saturday with the Joe Shapiro Award during Cal State L.A.’s 17th annual Billie Jean King and Friends event. The evening program took place in the Langham Huntington Hotel in Pasadena.

Compton elementary school receives music education grant

A $4,000 grant and instrument award was delivered to Dr. Martin Luther King Elementary, 2270 E. 122nd St., Compton, as part of the House of Blues Music Forward Foundation’s 2014 Action for the Arts Grants.

Law group calls for ‘Day of Action’

Will discuss police shootings of Blacks, inform citizens of their rights

The National Bar Association will hold a “Day of Action” today from 6 to 9 p.m. in L.L. White Hall at Holman United Methodist Church, 3320 W. Adams Blvd.