Little effort required on your part. Get a bag and fill it with canned goods. Leave it by your mailbox and your letter carrier will pick up and deliver it to your local food bank. How much easier can it be to help out those in need? Just do it this Saturday May 12th. Details HERE. I got my bag ready.
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Sure, Angelenos are no strangers to the concept of a makeover. But when it comes to an egregious error on the part of elected officials—decades in the past—is it possible to get a do-over? County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas thinks that it might be possible, at least, for the LA County Board of Supervisors to try to facilitate some healing regarding one serious misstep taken by the board in 1942.
Specifically, when our country decided that certain broad swipes of our populace could not be trusted based solely on their ancestry, the LA County Board of Supervisors voted 70 years ago to pass a resolution urging the President of the US and Congress to proceed with internment as soon as possible. According to one of his aides, current LA County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas will introduce a motion to repeal that resolution at the 5 June 2012 meeting of the board.
We’ve blogged about the internment at blogging.la before, here and here. (And by “we” I mean Will Campbell!) It is certainly a dark page in the past of our nation, and one that we would like to think is mostly behind us. Alas, in the post-9/11 attitude toward Middle-Eastern Americans and the ongoing atmosphere of racial profiling and harassment that thrives under Joe Arpaio, perhaps that page hasn’t fully been turned just yet.
Still, steps such as this move by Ridley-Thomas—which on its face may appear not to change much of anything—can help to push the dialogue of greater racial tolerance and perhaps prevent further injustice as we progress as Angelenos, as Americans, as humans. In fact, this move will help to highlight the progress Los Angeles has made in overcoming institutional racism, as current Chief Executive Officer of LA County, William Fujioka, and the LA County Board’s Executive Officer, Sachi Hamai, are both Japanese Americans.
That, and everyone’s favorite Japanese-American actor and celebrity, George Takei, will also attend the board meeting and offer testimony in support of Ridley-Thomas’ motion. Goodness knows he’s familiar with the challenges of being a second-class citizen.
In the gallery below, view the board’s resolution as it was passed in January 1942.
March 23, 2012, 10AM, LA City Hall Steps, 200 N Spring Street, Los Angeles
Congresswoman Judy Chu and API will be speaking on the steps of City Hall before they meet to discuss the “Formula Retail” motion in front of City Council for a vote tomorrow. Show up and show your support for Congresswoman Chu who is working to support the preservation of China Town.
“Formula Retail” is a motion to prevent Walmart and other big boxes from coming in and changing the character of Chinatown. Its about preserving the character of the community and its businesses. Its about preventing the big boxes from coming in and running the existing shops out of business.
After the jump is a copy of the motion for “Formula Retail”, if after you have read it and believe in its purpose please contact your City Council Person and ask them to vote for it. Read the rest of this entry →
Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy (LAANE) is the group spear heading the protest of the small neighborhood style grocery store that Walmart wants to open. I am familiar with the market as I have seen them in Las Vegas where they have been for a couple of years. The groc to a degree is similar to Fresh and Easy or Trader Joe’s in size and marketing.
LAANE takes exception to the store on several levels. First is that the city and its residents can’t afford to subsidize benefits for their employees. Why? Because they alleged, and Walmart certainly has been held to scrutiny on this in the past, for paying wages that are so low that their employees qualify for medi-cal, food stamps and similar welfare. Certainly Walmart hasn’t been accused of paying a living wage nor employing for enough hours to have their employees to be benefit eligible.
Deets: Thursday, March 8, at 1pm., Department of Public Social Services, on 2415 W. Sixth St. Los Angeles, CA 90057 MAP HERE.
Full press release after the jump. Read the rest of this entry →
The 2012 edition of my Watts Happening Ride took place this past picture-perfect Saturday, and it was my complete pleasure to share the following landmark people, places and events I’ve discovered there with the 28 cyclists who joined me:
- The last residence of jazz great Jelly Roll Morton
- The childhood home of Nobel Prize Winner Ralph Bunche
- The location of the 1969 Black Panthers shootout
- The Hotel Dunbar, centerpiece of the Historic Central Avenue Jazz Corridor
- The location of the 1974 SLA shootout
- The actual fictional location of the Sanford and Son Salvage Yard
- The Watts Towers of Simon Rodia
- The location of the incident setting off the 1965 Watts Riots
- The home of Eula Love, killed by police in 1979 as a result of a past-due gas bill dispute
- The motel where legendary singer Sam Cooke was killed
- The flashpoint of the 1992 Los Angeles Riots
- The location of Wrigley Field, demolished in 1966.
Unfortunately, the above annotated timelapse video abruptly ends at the third-to-last location we visited, leaving me to discover that I need to get a bigger memory card if I want to capture the entire 33-mile, six-hour tour on camera the next time — and there will be a next time. I hope you’ll join me.
The first Watts Happening Ride I organized five years ago was a simple there-and-back to Watts Towers from the Cornfield downtown, spurred on by the lamentable fact that as a native angeleno I had spent my whole life to-date never having been to the true treasure that is the amazing, inspiring and enduring work of Simon Rodia.
In its various editions since (the last one taking place in 2010), the Watts Happening Ride’s destinations have grown well beyond the iconic towers to include a variety of landmarks involving people, places and events in and around South Los Angeles.
The 2012 incarnation of the Watts Happening Ride will be departing from Silver Lake on Saturday, February 18 at 9 a.m., and will include the addition of a couple locations I’ve recently found. So if you’re not heading out of town for the long weekend and have a hankering to get your bike-riding discovery on, I hope you’ll join me.
For the latest info and any updates, the ride’s Facebook page is here.
When: February 18, gathering at 8:30 for a 9 a.m. departure
Start/Finish: Silver Lake’s Happy Foot/Sad Foot sign (northwest corner of Sunset Boulevard & Benton Way)
Distance: 32.95 miles (route map)
Weather: In the event of rain that morning, the ride will be canceled and rescheduled to a later date.
Approximate Time: 5-6 hours
Optional Partial Ride: If doing the full route isn’t feasible, consider joining the ride at approximately 9:30 a.m. downtown on Spring Street (anywhere between 2nd & 9th streets) for the roughly 9-mile portion to the Watts Towers. The 103rd Street Blue Line station is near to the towers and can be an alternative to get you back into downtown.
Things You’ll Need (in no particular order): A functioning bicycle; $7 for the half-hour optional tour of Watts Towers; snacks and water for along the way; money for a late lunch at King Taco.
Over the course of the last week or so we’ve given you ideas for Holiday giving. These represented a variety of ways to give to charities and causes near and dear to us.
A list of those ways to give back a little of yourself to L.A.:
- Foothill Unity Center
- Cri-Help Treatment Centers
- Occupy L.A.
- Five Acres
- The Library
- Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles
- Chihuahua Rescue
Of course it is never too late to chime in with you own ideas for giving back to the community in the comments here.
There are a lot of homeless pets, and rescue organizations who are trying to help them, who can use help around the holidays and year-round. There are many fantastic groups, but one I am familiar with is Chihuahua Rescue, located in Burbank. While they care for mostly Chihuahuas and Chihuahua mixes, the no-kill, no-turn away volunteer-run shelter takes in other, primarily small, breeds as well. Many people are having to give up their pets due to the state of the economy and the shelters and rescue groups are quite full. Chihuahua Rescue is no different.
Besides adopting one of the available dogs, there are many other ways to give. You can sponsor a dog, make a one-time monetary donation, give goods and supplies such as food and blankets, or volunteer your time (as I’ve done in the past). Click here to learn more about donating to Chihuahua Rescue.
(Honey is a Chihuahua mix I rescued from an Orange County group last year).
This post is part of the Blogging.LA Holiday Giving series.
I’m going for the obvious here, but I don’t care.
Kids. Sick kids and their families.
Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles and Orange County are pretty much tops at what they do. And what they do is help sick kids, not just to feel better, but to feel like they can and will grow into normal, healthy adults, instead of some outcast, freakshow survivor of childhood illness. And that last part is worth a lot.
Go to www.chla.org for more info.
This is not the first time I’ve written here about supporting your local library, nor will it be the last. I say this because this post might sound a little repetitive now, and it really will be a grand day when we all can move on to other things because this problem has been solved, its coffers full. But it’s unsolved and the treasure chest remains empty and looted, so here, again, is just another two cents about why it is you should care about the continued existence of local institutions that make you smarter with or without you knowing it. Or, at the very least, keep you entertained.
One of the best gifts I ever received for Christmas was a book. The Missing Piece, specifically. I first read at the library when I was a kid, the whole thing, in the children’s section, S aisle. I checked it out, then again, then again again, so many times that my mom eventually just got it for me for Christmas. That book made my soul smarter, and I likely wouldn’t have read it otherwise. Certainly not at the bookstore – partly because we didn’t go to bookstores very often, and partly because I was afraid of new books. Too new. Too nice. We had nice things, but not very often new things. So, the old, used ones in the library were more approachable. I read those. Everyone read those.
It is what it is and this spokesperson at least gives a cohesive reason why the parade should be disrupted. Although I don’t agree with it in its entirety, something has gone horribly wrong where this once largely free event is now costing us a fortune to even view the floats after the fact at Victory Park. Hell, even some of the floats charge “Volunteers” for the privilege of helping to decorate. If they disrupt I fear they stand more to lose more potential followers than they can gain. Is this being naughty or nice is up for debate.
Five Acres is a child services organization in Altadena that specializes in helping abused kids. It started in 1888 as an orphanage for Los Angeles County and today has grown to include full service to families where child abuse and neglect is an issue. They have been creamed with the loss of government and private grants as the economy has tanked yet the kids needs has not changed. They are in need of financial assistance now more than ever.
I apologize for the late notice but they are in need of help with their “Holidays and Family Angels” program. They have a deadline of today to help if you can. What they need is volunteers to adopt a family of 2-10 members and provide them with Holiday gifts. If you can spare the extra right now this is a great way to bring a little joy to the season for a family. More information can be had on this program by contacting Danielle Barr at 626-798-6793 ext 2250 or emailing her at email@example.com
For more information visit their web. Other contact information on the group: Five Acres – The Boys’ and Girls’ Aid Society of Los Angeles County,760 W Mountain View St.Altadena,CA 91001, (626) 798-6793
This Christmas, amid all my gift-giving, I’m thinking of the Occupy protesters, who have been out there for up to three months, fighting for the rights of regular folks like you and me. That’s why I’m highlighting the Occupy movement for this Blogging Los Angeles series on holiday giving.
In the Los Angeles area, we have Occupy Los Angeles, one of the largest Occupy protests in the U.S. (Note: the LAPD evicted the Occupy L.A. protesters from their encampment a couple of weeks ago, but, as their website indicates, the protesters are holding many daytime and evening assemblies). Occupy L.A.’s website has a “Donate” section, where they ask for cash or other supplies.