L.A. Digest West Edition

L.A. DIGEST: Price marks opening of latest park

LOS ANGELES — City Councilman Curren D. Price Jr., the Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks and hundreds of local children gathered on April 30 to celebrate the grand opening of Vermont Gage Park — a $1.7 million, inclusive playground that unites children of all abilities.

The new park was designed by Shane’s Inspiration, a nonprofit organization that builds universally accessible playgrounds that safe for individuals with disabilities, including autism, Down syndrome and cerebral palsy.

Since one-third of the population in Price’s Ninth District is under 18 years old, the new park at 6264 S. Vermont Ave. is a welcomed addition to South L.A. families.

“I want to ensure that all children in Council District 9 have access to every opportunity imaginable,” Price said. “No matter who they are or what ZIP code a child belongs to, he or she should be guaranteed every opportunity to succeed and thrive, and that includes access to quality parks and recreational facilities.”

Vermont Gage includes castle-themed playground areas with resilient surfacing, a walking path, fencing and landscaping. This is the third park to open under Price’s leadership; Wall Street Park opened to the public in December 2013, followed by Avalon Gage Park, which opened in January 2015.

Town hall planned

on environment

WATTS — The Better Watts Initiative team is hosting state Sen. Isadore Hall, Assemblyman Mike Gipson and other elected officials for a town hall meeting about environmental racism and justice in Watts at 9 a.m. May 7 at the Watts Labor Community Action Committee Phoenix Hall, 10950 S. Central Ave.

Information: (323) 563-5641 or email: wlcacceo@gmail.com.

Victims’ support

group to meet

SOUTH LOS ANGELES — Community organizations are hosting a support group for families of murder victims from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. May 9 at the Los Angeles Police Department 77th Street Division, 7600 S. Broadway, in the Community Room.

The hosts are Justice for Murdered Children, Project Cry No More, Justice for Homicide Victims and LAURA.

Information: jfmc1995@yahoo.com

Library screens

documentaries

INGLEWOOD — The Inglewood Public Library is screening two documentaries free of charge at noon on May 7 in the Gladys Waddingham Lecture Hall at the Main Library, 101 W. Manchester Blvd.

The feature film traces the history of modern-day genocide and genocide denial from the Ottoman Empire during World War I to the current genocide in Darfur, and follows the multi-platinum album-selling band System of a Down as it raises awareness for human rights atrocities that continue to plague the world today.

The short concluding film tells the story of how U.S. Marine Major General Smedley Darlington Butler exposed a fascist coup d’etat of plutocratic militarists against President Franklin Roosevelt in the early 1930s.  The “Business Plot” as it was called, largely consisted of elements aligned with the J.P. Morgan Wall Street banking interests, the DuPont family and the American Legion.

Information: call (310) 412-5380 or visit library.cityofinglewood.org.

Nonprofit hosts

technology sessions

SOUTH LOS ANGELES — The Vermont-Slauson Economic Development Corporation is presenting a series on technology and social media, in partnership with the Black Business Association, at the Business Enterprise Center, 6109 S. Western Ave.

“Tax Filings-Turbo Tax” will take place from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. May 7, and the workshop “New Ways to Get Paid,” from 11:45 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. May 7. “Basics of Social Media” is from 1 to 3 p.m. May 9.

To qualify for attendance, participants must own or operate a business in the city of Los Angeles and have a business license.

RSVP at lelliott@vsedc.org or call (323) 789-4515. Seating is limited.

MTA hosts

family festival

SOUTH LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority is holding a “Halfway There” celebration and family festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 7 at Leimert Park Village, 4395 Leimert Blvd.

The event serves as an expression of appreciation to the communities along the eight-and-a-half mile Crenshaw/LAX Transit Project for their support of the construction project that is halfway to completion.

The celebration will include performances by local musicians, a kids’ zone with face painting, balloon sculptures and arts and crafts, food vendors, MTA and contractor employment opportunities, small business resources, archeology discoveries and an update on “Harriet,” the tunnel-boring machine for the Crenshaw/LAX project.

Foundation presents

awards luncheon

LOS ANGELES — The Baron Jay Foundation is holding its first Trailblazer Luncheon from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 11 at the L.A. Hotel Downtown, 333 S. Figueroa St.

The foundation provides hands-on training for middle school and high school boys through hands-on training and job shadowing in independent films and TV shows. Along with its partners, it also gives to underserved students in the areas of art, scholarships, health and computer literacy.

Comedian and actor Michael Colyar will serve as the host. Some of the honorees include Antwone Fisher, a screenwriter, author and director, and Dr. Patricia Bath, the first African-American doctor to receive a patent for a medical purpose.

Sponsorship and tickets: (818) 568-3330 or email info@baronjayfoundation.org

Essay contest teaches

kids about money

LOS ANGELES — OneUnited Bank is sponsoring an essay contest, “I Got Bank,” for young people ages 8 through 12. Participants must read a book about money and write a 250-word essay about what they learned from it and how they can apply it to their own life or the life of their family. All submissions must be postmarked or emailed by June 15.

Contestants must fill out a waiver online and submit it with the essay at https://www.oneunited.com/i-got-bank-book/ or send both documents to: OneUnited Bank, Essay Submission, 100 Franklin St., Boston, MA 02110.

Three winners will be selected to win $1,000 by Aug. 31. The bank may publish the essays. Children of OneUnited Bank employees are ineligible to participate.

Compiled by Anne Artley. 

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