L.A. Digest West Edition

L.A. DIGEST: Councilman to host discussion on race

LOS ANGELES — City Councilman Curren Price, joined by the Stanford Black Alumni Association of Southern California and Walter Thompson-Hernandez, a Los Angeles-based multimedia journalist, will host an open dialogue that examines the current race and political climate between the black and brown community from 2 to 4 p.m. June 4, at L.A. City Hall, Tom Bradley Tower.

RSVP: (213) 473-7009 or email Bryce.Rosauro@lacity.org. 

Foster family

resources provided

INGLEWOOD — The L.A. County Department of Children and Family Services is holding an inaugural event for its “Fostering Home” project from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 3, at the Center of Hope Church, 9550 Crenshaw Blvd.

The program is designed to make the process of becoming a foster or adoptive parent easier and more inclusive for all families. Resources will be available so that prospective foster and adoptive parents can complete several steps of the application process in one place.

Staff from the county department and a number of foster and adoption agencies will be on hand to explain and expedite the streamlined resource family approval application process.

Orientations, tuberculosis screenings and criminal background checks, all available in a “one-stop-shop” setting allows the county to test this innovative approach for recruitment.

Waters to speak

at commencement

SOUTH LOS ANGELES — U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Los Angeles, will be the commencement speaker when Los Angeles Southwest College, 1600 W. Imperial Highway, holds its 2017 commencement at 4 p.m. June 6 in the college football stadium.

More than 700 students are expected to take part in commencement in this, the college’s 50th year. 

Meeting to focus on

traffic improvements

SOUTH LOS ANGELES — City Councilmen Curren Price and Marqueece Harris-Dawson will hold two meetings to discuss proposed traffic safety improvement in the Eighth and Ninth Council Districts.

The first will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. June 1 in the Expo Center, 3980 Bill Robertson Lane. The second will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. June 8 at the Mark Ridley-Thomas Constituent Service Center, 8475 S. Vermont Ave.

The councilmen and staff from the city’s Department of Transportation will discuss Vision Zero, the city’s plan to eliminate traffic deaths by 2025, and safety improvements that are being planned for major thoroughfares in South L.A.

Town hall planned

on air quality issues

COMPTON — The staff of the South Coast Air Quality Management District will conduct a town hall meeting from 6 to 8 p.m. June 1 in the Dollarhide Community Center, 301 N. Tamarind Ave., to update residents on the Compton Air Toxins Initiative.

The air quality agency is conducting tests to determine if there are hexavalent chrome emissions coming from metal processing facilities in the city.

The town hall meeting will provide the public with the opportunity to learn about the program and engage with AQMD staff with questions and concerns about the initiative.

Community college

holds commencement

COMPTON — El Camino College Compton Center will hold its 2017 Commencement Ceremony at 5:30 p.m. June 8 in the Tartar Quad, 1111 E. Artesia Blvd.

The keynote speaker for the ceremony will be California Community Colleges Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley. He is the first Latino to lead the California Community Colleges and was appointed chancellor by the California Community Colleges Board of Governors in December 2016.

Water District

presents workshops

INGLEWOOD — The West Basin’s Municipal Water District is hosting free workshops on using rainwater and greywater to create an affordable household water system from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. June 2, at Inglewood City Hall, 1 W. Manchester Blvd.

The workshops will begin with Rainwater 101, an overview of the water supply system, rainwater harvesting systems, common types of systems, general costs and water saving potential, design considerations and rainwater resources.

Part two, Greywater 101, will cover ways to reuse greywater, how the laundry to landscape system works, how to estimate how many plants to irrigate and greywater resources.

RSVP: (310) 371-4633.

Learning center

to hold open house

SOUTH LOS ANGELES — The KP Watts Counseling and Learning Center, 1465 E. 103rd St., established two years after the 1965 Watts Riots, will mark its 50th anniversary from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 7.

The center was formed to provide essential mental health and educational resources for the children and families of Watts, regardless of whether or not they are Kaiser Permanente members.

Re-entry conference

features workshops

SOUTH LOS ANGELES — More than 20 guest speakers will inform local church leaders at the third annual Formerly Incarcerated Re-Entry Conference and Expo from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 9, in the Crystal Room of the West Angeles Church of God in Christ, 3045 Crenshaw Blvd.

The event will include legal discussions, panel workshops, testimonies and a resource expo highlighting effective resources for re-entry. Lunch will be provided.

To RSVP, visit aohministry.org; call 323.432.3976, or 323.509.4897, or email info@aohministry.org.

Compiled by Anne Artley.

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