County Officials Unveil Preparations for El Niño
The Los Angeles County Office of Emergency Management, along with County Fire, the Sheriff’s Department and County Public Works on Oct. 13 outlined the ways in which the County will prepare for El Niño so as to effectively reach their multilingual constituencies in the event of an emergency. This presentation came as a result of an earlier motion authored by Supervisor Hilda L. Solis and Mayor Michael D. Antonovich.
“I am pleased that we’re instituting a multilingual outreach effort in the event of an emergency,” said Supervisor Solis. “Many of our residents receive their information through various radio reports; it’s important that we strategically use all media platforms to ensure we reach as many residents as possible.”
Representatives from Public Works, the Fire Chief, staff from the Sheriff’s Department and County Public Information Officer David Sommers joined the Office of Emergency Management. Supervisor Solis’ motion directed County departments to do the following:
• Outline County’s emergency response procedures, including what County departments are doing now to prepare for El Niño;
• Outline the County’s comprehensive communication plan that will keep the public and other agencies updated and informed; this communication plan will take into consideration that residents in the County have multilingual needs and;
• Provide an overview of the Fire Department’s preparedness/response plan, since El Niño events can lead to wildfires and mudslides.
“I am encouraged that our homeless efforts will be ramped up. Many homeless advocates and partners including the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority are teaming up to increase the number of winter shelter beds by 261, from 600 to 861 beds,” Supervisor Solis said. “This will provide a safe and dry environment during the storm season, for our residents who are in the greatest need.”
The County Departments, especially the key public safety and emergency management departments such as the Sheriff’s, Fire, Public Health, Public Works Department and Office of Emergency Management, are committed to carrying out an effective united effort during the coming wildfire and storm season. Visit the new El Niño website at: lacounty.gov/elnino. To review the presentation, click here.
Atlantic Avenue Park Slated For $158,000 of Improvements Funded by State Grant
The Board of Supervisors on Oct. 13 approved a State grant of $158,000 so that the Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation can proceed with general improvements for Atlantic Avenue Park in East Los Angeles.
“Our County parks are a gem for our neighborhoods. They provide children and families a safe space to gather,” Supervisor Hilda L. Solis said. “But, our parks should not be taken for granted as they need maintenance due to normal usage over the years. This is an investment in the quality of life for our County residents.”
The improvements will expand the park’s sheltered picnic area by 400 square feet to provide additional shade and coverage, replace existing bleacher seating on the pool deck with new seating and built-in sun shading, modify the park’s existing irrigation system and the painting of its building, remove lead-contaminated equipment from the basement and will improve existing ventilation and lighting in the building’s basement. For more information, click here.
Three Los Angeles County Libraries Set to Receive $15,000 State Grant
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors passed an item allowing the County to accept $15,000 in grant funds from the California State Library. The money will fund three different library projects in Bellflower, El Monte and Lancaster. Each library program will receive $5,000 to implement the projects. The Board passed the item on Oct. 13.
“Our County libraries offer our residents access to free computers and other educational programming,” said Supervisor Hilda L. Solis. “I am pleased so many residents in the First District – and throughout the County – will benefit from these state grants.”
In the First District, the grant will fund the El Monte Library College, which will help El Monte high school juniors and seniors know how to effectively navigate the college admissions process. The library will focus on a variety of topics to better prepare high school students to enter college. Community partners aligned with the project include El Monte High School, the El Monte Career and College Center, the El Monte Promise Foundation and Rio Hondo College. For more information, click here.
Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela Performs
More than 1,000 people gathered in Pomona on Oct. 8 to enjoy a free performance of the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela. Supervisor Hilda L. Solis and her family were among those in attendance. This performance, conducted by Joshua Dos Santos, was part of the LA Phil’s Immortal Beethoven Festival.
“Creating access to the arts is very important to me,” Supervisor Solis said. “Parts of my district rarely experience the County’s arts programming, which is why I was very pleased to help bring to fruition this memorable event in Pomona.”
Districtwide participation was evident through the various organized groups that attended, such as: Nelson Elementary from the City of La Puente, Potrero Heights Senior Center from South San Gabriel, the SGV Community and Senior Services in South El Monte, and three schools from East LA: Griffith Middle School, Irving STEAM Magnet, and South Gate High School. Also present were students from Youth Orchestra Los Angeles (YOLA), local Pomona leadership, and residents from different areas throughout the county.
Support for the LA Phil’s Education and Community Initiatives is provided by the Peggy Bergmann YOLA Endowment Fund, Anonymous, the Margaret A. Cargill Foundation, Lee and Hope Landis Warner YOLA Student Fund, Norma D. Kayser Trust, Max H. Gluck Foundation, Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts, The Rose Hills Foundation, Walt Disney Company, Amgen Foundation, Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A., Inc., and the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission.
17th Annual DEAFestival Los Angeles
Thousands recently gathered at Grand Park in downtown Los Angeles’ Civic Center for the 17th Annual DEAFestival Los Angeles. Families from all walks of life joined with the deaf community to offer hope and guidance to deaf youth.
Many artists - deaf and hearing - performed at the event, which aims to celebrate the contributions of the deaf community in Los Angeles County. In addition to the services and resources offered by many community organizations and non-profit groups, DEAFestival also hosted a musical performance from Beethoven’s Nightmare. A fashion show hosted by America’s Next Top Model Nyle DiMarco, the first deaf contestant, also entertained the audience.
The event was co-sponsored by Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda L. Solis, City of Los Angeles Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell, Molina Healthcare, and Purple Communications, Inc.
SAVE THE DATE
San Gabriel Valley Job Fair, College Fair & Veteran Fair
Church of the Redeemer
3739 N. Monterey Ave.
Baldwin Park, CA 91706
Tues., Oct. 20, 2015
10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Raúl Anguiano Centennial Celebration
East Los Angeles College
1301 Avenida Cesar Chavez
Monterey Park, CA 91754
Thurs., Oct. 29, 2015
6:30 - 9 p.m.
Symphonies For Schools
Free LA Phil Concerts
Deadline: Oct. 23, 2015
More information here.
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