L.A. Digest West Edition

L.A. DIGEST: Cortines to retire from LAUSD again

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Board of Education plans to launch a search for a new superintendent of schools for the Los Angeles Unified School District after its members were surprised by Ramon Cortines’ announcement June 23 that he plans to retire — again — in six months.

“I commit to continue to work for the good of this district for the next six months and target the instructional technology issues that are so bad for the last several years” Cortines said during a discussion on a new budget, the Los Angeles Daily News reported.

The unexpected announcement was made several weeks after the school board unanimously voted to extend Cortines’ contract through the end of the upcoming school year. Cortines came out of retirement in October to replace former Superintendent John Deasy.

Cortines, who turns 83 in July, has twice before served as LAUSD’s superintendent. He also served as superintendent of schools in Pasadena, San Francisco, San Jose and as chancellor in New York City from 1993 to 1995.

Board member George McKenna said he doesn’t blame Cortines for wanting to step down, the Daily News reported.

Women’s group hosts elected officials

LOS ANGELES – Several local and state elected officials are scheduled to appear at the first spring breakfast on the block hosted by the Los Angeles African American Women Political Action Committee from 8 to 11 a.m. June 27 at the Brownstone Bistro, 5047 W. Pico Blvd.

Among the officials expected to attend the event are state Treasurer John Chiang, state Controller Betty Yee, State Sen. Isadore Hall, Los Angeles City Council President Herb Wesson Jr. and Los Angeles Community College District board member Sydney Kamlager.

Residents interested in hearing what their representatives are thinking or who want to share theirr thoughts, may enjoy a buffet breakfast by Chef Clive Jackson and be a part of the conversation, officials said.

Information: LAAAWPACPrograms@gmail.com.

Health fair planned for seniors

BALDWIN HILLS – UnitedHealthcare will host a health fair event for African-American senior citizenss June 26-27 at Lula Washington Dance Theatre, 3773 Crenshaw Blvd.

The event is part of a series titled “A Better You” and is designed to promote and celebrate the vitality of the black body and urban culture, officials said.

Speakers will discuss health, spirituality and provide assistance in understanding MediCare coverage. Also, a cappella group The Persuasions will perform at the event.

Information: www.ABetterYou.info.

Churches compete in praise dance

SOUTH LOS ANGELES – The California Dance Center will host “Lift Him Up” Praise Dance Competition from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 27 at Amazing Grace Outreach Ministries, 731 W. 80th St.

The purpose of the event is to increase the visibility of praise dance in the Christian community while also giving youth and young adults from underserved communities an outlet in which to have their dancing talents appreciated, organizers said.

Information: (213) 446-6801.

Pop-up health clinic comes to Watts

WATTS – A coalition of community leaders will join Food Network chef Curtis Aikens for a daylong free mobile health clinic and job fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 27 at Tabernacle of Faith Baptist Church, 11328 S. Central Ave.

The event will launch “Watts Bridges,” a nonprofit collaborative partnership between public and private sector organizations in promoting empowerment and healthy lifestyles to a diverse and inclusive community, organizers said.

Information: (323) 637-7705.

Festival celebrates African heritage

LEIMERT PARK – L.A. Commons will host “Day of the Ancestors: Festival of Masks” at 10 a.m. June 28 at KAOS Network, 4343 Leimert Blvd.

The event will be a celebration of African ancestry by paying homage to the heritage through mask-making and dance, officials said.

Organizers say attendees are invited to wear masks or carry photos of their ancestors at the festival.

Information: www.lacommons.org.

Church hosts community get-together

Who: Atherton Baptist Church

What: Third Annual Community Day Festival

When: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 27

Where:2627 W. 116th Place, Hawthorne

Why: This year’s theme is “Love Thy Neighbor” and is an invitation to enjoy performances, food, games and prizes, health information and an opportunity to meet and greet neighbors from surrounding areas, organizers said.

Information: Minister George Williams (323) 757-3113, ext. 312.

Free kidney screenings offered to Angelenos

Who: National Kidney Foundation for Southern California

What: “Keep Healthy” Kidney Screening

When: 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. June 27

Where: St. John’s Well Child and Family Center, 818 W. 58th St., Los Angeles.

Why: The event will offer a free urinalysis, a clinician consultation, preliminary health survey and health checks, officials said.

Information: (800) 747-5527, ext. 543.

Black museum celebrates Black Music Month

Who: California African American Museum (CAAM)

What: Films at CAAM: Celebrating Black Music Month with “Brothers Hypnotic”

When: 7 p.m. June 25

Where: CAAM, 600 State Drive, Exposition Park, Los Angeles

Why:A weekly documentary screening that demonstrates the social, political and humanitarian sensibilities of musicians fueled through their art, officials said.

Information: (213) 744-2024.

Bank hosts green energy workshop for homeowners

Who: Coldwell Banker Gene Armstrong, Inc.

What: Homeowner Workshop

When: Noon to 1 p.m. June 27

Where: Church of Scientology of Inglewood, 315 S. Market St., Inglewood

Why: Receive expert advice about incentive programs from homeowners, financing and home energy improvement programs, organizers said.

Information: (310) 330-4688.

Event hopes to plant seeds for a healthier South L.A.

Who: Taurian Deveaux’s Agronomy & Music Ministry

What: First South Los Angeles Fruit and Vegetable Seed Swap

When: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. June 30

Where: Magnificent Bros. Barbershop, 4267 Crenshaw Blvd., Los Angeles

Why: Enjoy free fruit and vegetables, seeds, win agricultural prizes and hear discussions from environmentalists and community leaders about a green and healthy future for South Los Angeles, officials said.

Information:(323) 319-7105.

Compiled by Shawnte Passmore.

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