L.A. Digest West Edition

L.A. DIGEST: School workers stage rolling picket lines

LOS ANGELES — School bus drivers, custodians, special education assistants, cafeteria workers and other school workers began a series of rolling informational picket lines Nov. 1 calling on the Los Angeles Unified School District to improve student services by increasing staffing levels and improving wages.

School employees are raising concern about how this impacts student services such as schools being dirty and bathrooms remaining locked due to low staffing levels of custodians, late drop-off at schools because of the shortage of bus drivers, and limited resources for parents due to the minimal work hours for community representatives.

Max Arias, executive director of Service Employees International Union Local 99, said, “When it’s difficult to retain and recruit bus drivers, it means some students are late to school. When LAUSD understaffs custodians and increases workloads, it means classrooms and playgrounds are not well maintained. When workers in our parent centers are limited to three or four part-time hours, it means parents struggle to find the resources and the training they need to help their children graduate.

“Putting “Kids First” means ensuring students have a full team to help them succeed,” he added.

The rolling informational picket lines are scheduled to continue through Nov. 3.

Activist pens

book on yoga

INGLEWOOD – Los Angeles Urban Policy Roundtable President Earl Ofari Hutchinson will host a signing for his new book, “A Skeptic’s Journey Though the Yoga Experience,” at 1 p.m. Nov. 5 at Hairatage, 614 E. Manchester Blvd.

The book takes a hard and personal look at yoga and a recount from someone who once held deep skepticism about yoga. The book also examines the racial and gender conceptions and controversies that confront yoga, as well as the controversy and debate over the physical hazards of yoga to men especially.

Information: (323) 383-6145.

Constituent service

center to open

CRENSHAW — Assemblyman Sebastian Ridley-Thomas is hosting a grand opening and resource fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 4 at his constituent services center, 3847 Crenshaw Blvd.

Booths for the California Association of Nurse Practitioners (West LA Chapter), UCLA, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority among many others will be available with free resources and information. Food will be provided by Buffalo Wild Wings and Ham Ji Park Korean Barbecue Restaurant.

Information: (323) 291-5441.

Support group holds

monthly meeting

SOUTH LOS ANGELES – A monthly support group meeting for families of murder victims will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 13 in the community room at the 77th Street Police Station, 7600 S. Broadway.

Information: (310) 547-5362.

Black journalists

host screening

LOS ANGELES – The National Association of Black Journalist, Los Angeles Chapter, in partnership with the Museum of Tolerance and National Geographic, will host a special screening and panel discussion of the award-winning film, “LA 92” at 6 p.m. Nov. 6 at the Museum of Tolerance, 9786 W. Pico Blvd.

The panel will be headlined by the “LA 92” director T.J. Martin. Additional panelists include Kirk D. Mckoy, photo editor and photographer with the Los Angeles Times, neighborhood justice organizer Gilbert Johnson, Aminah Abdul Jabbar, an assistant professor of Pan African Studies at Cal State Los Angeles; and Jan Perry, general manager of the Los Angeles Economic and Workforce Development Department.

The panel will be moderated by Los Angeles Times film reporter and NABJ Board President Tre’vell Anderson.

Information: (310) 772-2505.

First ladies high tea

set in Beverly Hills

BEVERLY HILLS — L.A. Focus will host its 20th annual First Ladies High Tea at 11 a.m. Nov. 11 at the Beverly Hills Hilton Hotel. This year’s honorees include Karen Bass, CeCe Winans, Regina Taylor, Morgen Wilbourne, Patricia Swancy and Cynthia Buelna. The event will be co-hosted by Bobby Jones and Beverly “Bam” Crawford.

This annual ceremony is conducted to honor women and “first ladies” who have served their communities well, through their activism and charitable contributions.

Tickets for general admission are $87.50, preferred $110 and VIP $120.

Information: (310) 677-6011.

Quilters stage

show in Carson

CARSON – The African American Quilters of Los Angeles will present its bi-ennial quilt show Nov. 4 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Carson Community Center, 801 E. Carson St.

The show will feature more than 200 quilts, wall hangings, wearable art and specialty items in addition to hand-made pieces by talented local and internationally known artists. The event also will feature a vendor mall, demonstrations, a scavenger hunt and the Spectrum Jazz Band.

All attendees will receive a free gift and a drawing will take place at 4 p.m. for a chance to win the opportunity quilt, designed, pieced and quilted by guild members and entitled, “It Takes A Village.”

Parking is free and admission is $10.

Information: (323) 299-9496

Compiled by Colin Washington and Myesha Johnson.

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