L.A. Digest West Edition

L.A. DIGEST: ‘No fracking here,’ supervisor says

LOS ANGELES — Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas said July 14 that he wanted to “set the record straight” and let residents know there is no hydraulic fracking going on in the Inglewood Oil Field.

“I want to make it very clear to the residents of my district,” Ridley-Thomas said. “There is no hydraulic fracking happening in the Inglewood Oil Field and there are currently no plans to do so.”

Ridley-Thomas’s statement was prompted by a report released last week by the California Council on Science and Technology, which looked at how hydraulic fracturing and acid well stimulation — processes used in oil production — could impact water and air quality, seismic activity, wildlife, vegetation and human health.

The two-volume report did not appear to make any direct mention of the Inglewood field.

The roughly 1,000-acre site is one of the largest urban oil fields nationwide. A portion is in the unincorporated Baldwin Hills area, where oil drilling began in 1916.

Youth club hosts

breakfast, health fair

SOUTH LOS ANGELES – Challengers Boys and Girls Club, 5029 S. Vermont Ave., will hosts its 47th annual Pancake Breakfast and Community Health Fair July 18 from 7 a.m. to noon.

Residents may enjoy a pancake breakfast and learn about the organization and the wide array of services and resources it provides to the children of South L.A., organizers said.

The breakfast is $3.

The free health fair will feature dental screenings, oral health information, eye exams, diabetes testing and more.

Organizers expect nearly 2,000 people to attend.

Information: www.cbgcla.org.

Life expectancy study

seeks black males

LOS ANGELES — Researchers at UCLA are conducting a study into whether racism may shorten life expectancy in black men and are looking to interview more participants, according to research assistant Yael Levin.

Dr. Vickie M. Mays, lead researcher, says there is not enough attention paid to the connection between the daily experiences of racism and the rates of ill health in African Americans.

The UCLA study is looking for male participants between 18 to 24 and 40 to 60 years old.

Information: (844) 749-7750.

Events celebrate jazz

on Central Avenue

SOUTH LOS ANGELES – Councilman Curren Price will host several pre-celebrations for the upcoming 20th annual Central Avenue Jazz Festival, which will be held July 25-26.

The symposiums “Central Avenue, Then and Now” and “Jazz Legacy of Central Avenue” are scheduled for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 18 at A Place Called Home, 2830 S. Central Ave.

A performance, “Excerpt from the North on South Central Avenue,” will be held at 7 p.m. July 21 at Jefferson High School Auditorium, 1319 E. 41st St.

Information: www.centralavejazz.org.

Boot camp offers

help with college plans

LOS ANGELES – The Lincoln Family Center, 4126 S. Arlington Ave., will host a summer college boot camp from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 20-31.

The boot camp is designed to help middle and high school students with discovering college options, developing a plan for extracurricular activities, learning about financial aid and more, organizers said.

The two-week course also includes lunch.

Information: (323) 293-8535 or info@lincolnfamilylifecenter.org.

Forum helps ex-cons

clear their records

RANCHO DOMINGUEZ – Los Angeles County will host an expungement forum from 2 to 4 p.m. July 22 at South County GAIN Region V, located at 2959 Victoria St.

In order to clean up your record, you will need a copy of your record from court or a Department of Justice rap sheet, organizers said.

The forum does not handle federal convictions, traffic citations, convictionsoutside of the county or state.

Information: Luis Reyes at (310) 603-3443.

Fashion show benefits

student scholarships

GARDENA – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Cultural Committee will hosts its hat-a-tude scholarship tea at 2 p.m. July 18 at the Nakaoka Community Center,1670 W. 162nd St.

The event will feature a hat fashion show, refreshments and music.

The annual fundraiser supports the committee’s activities and the Arthur Johnson College Scholarship Program, organizers said.

Information: (310) 324-6540 or (310) 516-1958.

Social media tips

help entreprenuers

Who: Tailor-Made Advertising

What: Social Media Timesavers – Make Social Simple Workshop

When: 10 to 11:30 a.m. July 23

Where: South Bay Small Business Development Center, 13430 Hawthorne Blvd., Hawthorne

Why: “This workshop helps you save time online and get back to running your business or organization,” organizers said. “Join us and learn the latest time savers and best practices to maximize your social media results.”

Information: (310) 791-6300 or www.tailormadeadvertising.com

Summit focuses

on male violence

Who: Summit on Community Resilience, Intervention, Prevention, and Training

What: Stop the Stigma: Community Multicultural Awareness Related to Male Survivors of Violence and Abuse

When: July 16 and 17

Where: The California Endowment Center, 1000 N. Alameda St., Los Angeles

Why: The two-day event will feature Los Angeles Police Deputy Chief William Scott as keynote speaker and also several panel discussions on male homicide, community crisis solutions, gang intervention and more, organizers said.

Information:(323) 552-6150 or www.naasca.org.

Fitness bootcamp

planned for women

Who:  B.Nick Fitness

What: Two-Day Fitness Camp for Women

When: 7:30 to 11 a.m. July 19

Where: Columbia Park, 4045 W. 190th St., Torrance

Why: Organizers say, “We believe in changing lives through fitness and health. Whether you plan to lose weight, tone-up, or train for a big event, you do not want to miss out on the best investment you will ever make.”

Information: (562) 682-1061 or bfit0511@gmail.com.

Summer hip hop

festival to be held

Who: The Elite

What: Hip Hop Summer Fest

When: 8 p.m. July 19

Where: The Dragonfly Bar, 6510 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles

Why: The evening will feature music by DJ Robby Dee, live performances, full bar, smoking patio and more, organizers said.

Information: (323)-207-6386 or infofortheelite@gmail.com.

Compiled by Shawnte Passmore.

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