Here’s a look at African American people and issues making headlines throughout the country.
The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) welcomed Carla Peterman as Commissioner following her appointment by Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr. Peterman comes to the CPUC from her role as a commissioner at the California Energy Commission, to which she was appointed by Brown in 2011. Peterman has conducted research at the University of California Energy Institute and also served on the board of directors for the Utility Reform Network from 2008 to 2011. Peterman will complete her doctoral studies this year in energy and resources at the University of California, Berkeley. She earned a master of science degree in environmental change and management and a master of business administration degree from Oxford University, where she was a Rhodes Scholar.
The California African American Museum (CAAM) hosted a Day of Learning II, a curated tour of Exposition Park venues for more than 1,100 children. From select Boys and Girls Clubs in Los Angeles and Orange County, as well as various schools and organizations from L.A. City Council Districts 8 and 9, the children toured CAAM, the California Science Center, the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County and the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Welcomed by the sounds of the Children’s International Choir of Long Beach, the children started the morning off with learning about civilian space travel from Will Pomerantz, vice president, special projects, Virgin Galactica. Also there to greet the children were Charmaine Jefferson, CAAM executive director; Elex Michaelson, KABC7 reporter and host for the opening ceremonies; Councilwoman Jan Perry, who presented several commendations from her office and the office of Councilman Bernard Parks; State Senator Curren Price; Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas and sponsors. Representatives from the Los Angeles city and county firefighters were present and accepted awards for their contributions to the “Spark of Love” campaign.