Supervisor Hilda L. Solis’ Motion Creates County’s First Philanthropic Liaison
Supervisor Hilda L. Solis on Oct. 6 announced the unanimous passage of her motion to establish the first philanthropic liaison office within the County, called the Center for Strategic Public-Private Partnerships. The purpose of this new office is to develop a shared agenda for joint initiatives between the County and philanthropy by facilitating the highest level of dialogue and collaboration.
The motion was co-authored by Supervisor Sheila Kuehl. Leaders from Southern California Grantmakers, the Weingart Foundation, and The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation worked closely with Fesia Davenport, the Interim Director of the Office of Child Protection (OCP), to develop this new office.
The new Center will be co-located within the County’s Office of Child Protection. Already endorsing the initiative are 12 major philanthropic groups: The Ahmanson Foundation; Annenberg Foundation; Anthony & Jeanne Pritzker Family Foundation/Pritzker Foster Care Initiative; Blue Shield of California Foundation; California Community Foundation; The California Endowment; David Bohnett Foundation; Hilton Foundation; The James Irvine Foundation; The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation; UniHealth Foundation; and Weingart Foundation.
“The power of public-private partnerships has been under-utilized within the County. This motion changes that unfortunate dynamic,” Supervisor Solis said. “With this new Center in place, we will be far better positioned to combine the best thinking and resources of government and philanthropy into programs that work for children. That is why this initiative is a priority for me.”
This initiative implements a recommendation of the Blue Ribbon Commission on Child Protection which suggested that OCP “reach out to the philanthropic community and build strategic partnerships to help improve the child protection system.” Read Supervisor Solis’ motion by clicking here.
Board of Supervisors Approves Renovations at El Monte Comprehensive Health Center
The Board of Supervisors on Oct. 6 unanimously approved to begin the remodeling of the El Monte Comprehensive Health Center. The $765,000 project would streamline patient services by consolidating three existing Adult Medicine Clinic registration and waiting areas on the second floor. The remodeling of this facility will improve patient flow and allow registration staff to be centralized in one convenient location.
“With the Affordable Care Act (ACA) now in full force, we must remember that health care consumers have a choice. For many individuals and families in my district, this will be the first time many of them will ever go a clinic or health care facility because prior to ACA, they had no access to health care coverage,” Supervisor Solis said.
“We want to make the patient experience a satisfying one and by remodeling our Comprehensive Health Care Centers, we can achieve this by providing a more welcoming environment. Those working at the centers will also benefit from these enhancements, as it will provide for a better working environment and enhance employee morale,” Supervisor Solis said. To read more about this project, click here.
Hispanic Heritage Month Student Contest Winners
National Hispanic American Heritage Month has been celebrated for 47 years to recognize the many accomplishments of the U.S Latino community. Between September 15 and October 15, we honor the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. In so many ways, our Hispanic heritage has influenced the tapestry of Los Angeles County.
This year, the First District office sponsored a contest for students between grades 4 and 7. They were asked to research an L.A. County Supervisor of Hispanic heritage and draw a portrait, accompanied by a short report. Ten winners were chosen by a committee of First District staffers with backgrounds in art and teaching. The winners were honored at the Board of Supervisors Oct. 6 meeting. Congratulations to all who participated!
To review the winning entries, click here. To peruse our photo gallery of our Oct. 6 celebration, click here.
South El Monte
Re-opening of Senior Center
The South El Monte City Council on Oct. 8 honored Supervisor Solis at the city’s re-opening of its senior center to thank her for her support of Prop A, which funded the restoration of the Civic Center's skate park, renovations of the community center and resurfacing of Thienes Avenue.
Recognizing the growing number of youth and senior citizens residing in South El Monte, and throughout the San Gabriel Valley, Supervisor Solis places a high priority on projects that improve the quality of life for all residents.
“I share the passion and devotion the city of South El Monte has invested to ensure its community is safe and friendly,” Supervisor Solis said. “As your First District County Supervisor, I will continue to work with your city leaders to strengthen partnerships so that, together, we can bring about great projects such as these here, today.”
As a committed partner, South El Monte completed these projects promptly. For more information, click here.
Afternoon Tea at Park Community & Senior Center
The Department of Community and Senior Services (CSS) on Sept. 25 organized an afternoon tea party in recognition of Cancer Awareness Month at its Potrero Heights Park Community & Senior Center in South San Gabriel.
The event featured scones, tea, and assorted sweets for all to enjoy. In addition, participants were invited to bring their favorite teacups to share, and an elegant afternoon tea arrangement was displayed. Thanks to the CSS staff, the occasion was a delightful success.
CSS is committed to enhancing the quality of the life for the residents of Los Angeles County. The multi-purpose facility at Potrero Heights is located at 8051 Arroyo Drive, Montebello, Calif. 90640. For programs and activities, please call (626) 927-5430 or email Maria, the center director, at email@example.com.
SAVE THE DATE
Commerce Health Fair
5600 Harbor St.
City of Commerce 90040
Sat., Oct. 10, 2015
9 a.m. to noon
Popol Vuh: Heart of Heaven Grand Park
200 North Grand Avenue
Los Angeles 90012
Sat./Sun., Oct. 10 & 11
3:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Electric Lawn Mower Exchange Program
LA County USC Medical Center
1655 San Pablo St.
Los Angeles 90033
Sat., Oct. 10, 2015
8 am - noon
Symphonies For Schools
Free LA Phil Concerts
Deadline: Oct. 23
More information here.
List of Cooling Centers
East Los Angeles Field Office
4801 East Third Street
Los Angeles, CA 90022
Phone: (323) 881-4601
Fax: (323) 887-7286
Hall of Administration Office
856 Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration
500 West Temple Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Phone: (213) 974-4111
Fax: (213) 613-1739
El Monte Field Office
3400 Aerojet Avenue, Suite 240
El Monte, CA 91731
Phone: (626) 350-4500
Fax: (626) 448-1573