Veterans Get Help, Free Services at Los Angeles Stand Down
Calling attention to the needs of homeless veterans in Los Angeles County, Board Chair Hilda L. Solis gathered with thousands at the recent Los Angeles Veterans Stand Down to push for more social services to help those who have served in the U.S. military.
“I support President Obama and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in their national goal to end veteran homelessness. Our veterans need more access to employment opportunities, transportation and health providers,” said Chair Solis. “The Los Angeles Stand Down is an invaluable resource that ensures that these goals are reached.
“Our veterans have sacrificed so much for our country. They put their lives on the line to protect our country and our freedom,” Chair Solis said. “Now, it’s our turn to help them and to give back to them.”
More than 4,000 homeless veterans live in Los Angeles County. The City of Los Angeles and County of Los Angeles have the largest population of homeless military veterans in the nation. Too many veterans who return home find few supportive services available to help them transition back into civilian life. Without appropriate access to resources, veterans can become susceptible to homelessness.
This year, the Stand Down was held at the Los Angeles Convention Center from Dec. 19 to Dec. 21. As community-based event, the Stand Down offers veterans and their families a broad range of services, including assistance with food, clothing, housing and job counseling.
56th Annual L.A. County Holiday Celebration: A Festive, Inclusive Tradition
Children’s choirs, mariachis and dance companies from throughout the region performed on Dec. 24 at the 56th annual Los Angeles County Holiday Celebration on behalf of the County Board of Supervisors who wish to celebrate our rich cultural diversity.
Board Chair Hilda L. Solis recognized Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich for his many years of support of the yearly celebration. Chair Solis presented Supervisor Antonovich with a thank-you card during the televised event, which was seen by half a million Southern California households who tuned in to PBS SoCal to watch the event live from the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.
Since 1959, the Los Angeles County Arts Commission has annually produced the joyous ceremony. Approximately 5,000 people attend the free three-hour program each year to view the performances that reflect the wide range of cultures and holiday traditions of the County’s diverse residents.
47th Annual Civic Center Choir Holiday Celebration
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors’ meeting room recently transformed into a temporary concert hall for five music legends who treated County employees to free performances at the 47th annual Civic Center Choir holiday celebration.
On Dec. 17, Board Chair Hilda L. Solis presented scrolls of appreciation to Jim Gilstrap, best known for his recordings with Stevie Wonder; George Johnson of the celebrated “The Brothers Johnson” group; jazz vocalist Freda Payne; Scherrie Payne, final lead singer of The Supremes and Freda’s sister; and, Charles Wright of the innovative “The 103 Street Rhythm Band.”
Chair Solis honored the singers because they have travelled the world and have represented the United States, as they advocated for social equity through their music and lyrics and through their commitment to community service.
“A beautiful song enlivens the spirit and enhances the soul,” said Chair Solis. “I want to thank these talented individuals for taking time out of their busy schedules to bring inspiration and joy to the County family.”
Each year, the Civic Center Choir hosts a free holiday concert, where County employees showcase their musical talents by singing to the public at a free performance. The Choir also invites renowned guest musicians to perform.
East Los Angeles
Boys and Girls Club of East Los Angeles “Sport Court” Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony
Carter’s Kids and a team of volunteers from Lowe’s came together on Dec. 11 to celebrate a new East Los Angeles sports court - giving local children a safe space to play futsal, tennis, whiffle ball, volleyball, cheer, dance, four square and hopscotch.
Carter's Kids, a non-profit organization founded by television personality Carter Oosterhouse, selected the Boys and Girls Club of East Los Angeles as the group to receive this new sports court because of the club’s dedication to promoting physical fitness among youth. Carter’s Kids believes that safe play spaces - like designated sports courts - encourage children to exercise more.
“Community parks and playgrounds are crucial spaces for children. They help youth develop healthy ways of interacting with one another, and as a result, children acquire life skills that will help them become successful adults,” said Chair Hilda L. Solis. “Also, neighborhood play spaces encourage children to exercise regularly so that physical activity becomes a life-long healthy habit.”The Boys and Girls Club of East Los Angeles serves more than 4,500 youth in East Los Angeles, Montebello, Commerce and surrounding areas. Its programs challenge youth to experience the world beyond their doorsteps by providing youth skills they need to thrive in life.
Closure of Little Tokyo/Arts District Station
Plan ahead to avoid delays due to the closure of the Little Tokyo/Arts District Metro station
Beginning Jan. 8, the Gold Line Little Tokyo/Arts District Station will close in order to relocate existing tracks as part of Metro’s construction of its new Regional Connector Transit Project. The station will remain closed through March 21 - or until the completion of track relocation. A free bus shuttle will be available to pick up and drop off riders between Union Station, Little Tokyo/Arts District and Pico/Aliso stations.
In addition, 1st Street will be intermittently closed from Central Avenue to Vignes Street and commuters will experience lane reductions on Alameda Street through summer 2016.
Please keep in mind, though, that Little Tokyo will remain open for business! To learn about the free Little Tokyo/Arts District shuttle, the Little Tokyo parking validation program and alternate routes, please visit metro.net/regionalconnector or contact the 24/7 Project Hotline at (213) 922-7277. Real-time service information is available at metro.net/advisories or at (323) GO-METRO.
SAVE THE DATE
Christmas Tree Recycling
For details visit: www.CleanLA.com or call (888) CLEANLA
Call Mon. – Fri. between
7 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Recycling program from Dec. 26, 2015 to Jan. 16, 2016
Metro Regional Connector: Little Tokyo
Beginning Jan. 8
Metro’s Little Tokyo/Arts District Station will close
For more details visit: metro.net/regionalconnector call 24/7 hotline:
County Public Works Department
Household Hazardous & E-Waste Collection
Bell City Yard
5320 Gage Ave.
Bell, Calif. 90201
Jan. 16, 2016
9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Grand Central Recycling & Transfer Station
999 S. Hatcher Ave.
City of Industry, Calif. 91748
Jan. 16, 2016
7 a.m. – 11 a.m.
County Public Works Department & PLACE Program
FREE Bike Safety Workshop
East Los Angeles Library
4837 E. 3rd St.
Los Angeles, Calif. 90022
Jan. 9, 2016
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