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Walking for the Cure
by Jenny Huang
2012 has come and gone. To some students, this may be a regrettable outcome, as that test on Monday still exists. However, for the United Nations organization, 2013 is merely part of the last stretch to the finishing line—2015.
What’s so significant about 2015? Well, it is the year in which all eight of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) will be fulfilled. In 2000, 193 nations and territories across the world met at the Millennium Summit to discuss about problems—worldwide problems that were detracting the quality of life granted to every human being, like the absence of universal primary education and equality between both genders.
But these plaguing issues are not only present in the United Nations. An empowerment program called the Dream Project, created by Kelly Sullivan Walden, has made the eight MDGs part of school life in middle and high schools all across the United States.
Particularly run-down, “ghetto” Benjamin Franklin High School in Highland Park. In this seemingly no-name school, the dream of inspiring, educating, and taking action to achieve the eight MDGs is ablaze. On March 15, 2013, the school’s own Dream Project Club will launch a “Pink Walk” to raise money to donate to a local nonprofit organization in order to combat against Breast Cancer and to empower women. Although the date has yet to approach, the club has already attracted the afterschool UCLA program and received one club’s entire cooperation on the day of the walk.
Of course, “Pink Walk” no doubt begs the question, “What is it?” And of course, “Why do people want to do it?”
The idea is very simple. Akin to the large-scale “AIDS Walk” held in New York, San Francisco, Wisconsin, and Los Angeles, participants of the walk will receive a sponsor paper prior March 15. These participants will ask teachers, coworkers, friends, and family to pledge an amount of money to be donated for each lap the participants intend to complete during the walk. Finally, when the day arrives, the walkers will roll up their sleeves and begin their 2-hour walk (or run) around the track.
The previous “Pink Walk” had been a highly healthy, entertaining, and reflective activity. Many students became competitive with one another sooner or later during the walk, racing each other and doing more laps than they had sought to do before. When students began to grow tired, Dream Project Club and other volunteers cheered them on, rewarding them with fresh, cold water and towels for their hard-earned sweat. Those who took a break listened and read presentations about breast cancer. Some even visited the Message Boards—shout-outs to those who passed on due to the disease.
But what propels people to attend the “Pink Walk”? To suffer in the sweltering heat on a Friday late afternoon, running in circles on the school track (no doubt many students’ anathema)? To earn large amounts of money that one cannot keep?
Personally, I ran in the past “Pink Walk” because I had a dream about the world in my 9th grade year. In my dream, the world was covered in soft, luminous grass, surrounded by cascading waterfalls and smooth, clean rivers. Sitting on plaid picnic blankets were African and Latin American children feasting on scrumptious bread, while the legless man I had seen on Chinese streets was meditating happily. Women and teachers of all races were embracing even younger children carrying books. At the “Pink Walk”, others and I raised over 1000 dollars—enough to help those in my dream and more.
For others, the “Pink Walk” was more than a fundraiser—it was a way to be with their loved ones. Grace Punzalan (now the Franklin High School’s Dream Project president) had ran 12 miles in a bright pink shirt, raising over $70 alone. But she wasn’t alone. Even though her mother had died of breast cancer when she was just 3 years old, she had told herself, “Maybe, I would feel a little more [sic] closer to her by doing the Pink Walk.” And in the back of her mind, with every step she pushed out of her legs, she became more certain of the thought: “I knew I was running against breast cancer.” To this day, she still says, smiling, “I knew I was running for my mom.”
March 15 will certainly be a day of reckoning. Perhaps with this walk, the world will be one step closer to the cure.
The Social Engineers are at it again, as the Eagle Rock Neighborhood Council has published a deceptive agenda item pushing bike lanes for tonight’s meeting:
“DISCUSSION/ACTION: Letter of support to LADOT for bike lanes on Colorado and Figueroa as part of the LADOT’s 2010 Bicycle Plan – Ashley Atkinson, with presentations by representatives of the LADOT Bicycle Program (5 min.)
As in the manner citywide bike plan hearings were done, the voices of the opposition are being stifled by omitting the substance of the actual proposal which is to remove motorvehicle commuter lanes from busy boulevards.
The Neighborhood Council, elected to be the voice of the people, are in fact being more of a voice over the people, by failing to fairly describe the true substance of any agenda item.
To be the council they were elected to be, they should table this item until sufficient outreach is done that describes the true nature of the proposal, including a proper description within the agenda item which includes the phrase “will remove motor vehicle commuter lanes” on affected streets.
The Eagle Rock Neighborhood Council decided to wait until the councilman’s office holds a town hall on the subject. Date to be determined.
I wanted to make sure you knew about the Open House we’re holding this Thursday at our NEW District Office.
I’m excited about our new location in Echo Park and want to introduce you to our staff.
Thursday, February 28th
6 PM – 8 PM
1910 West Sunset Boulevard, Suite 810 (CitiBank Building)
Los Angeles, CA 90026
Entrance to the building is on the Glendale Blvd side.
To RSVP or for more information, click here or please call 213-483-5151.
I look forward to seeing you and hearing your thoughts about legislative and community issues.
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Assemblymember, 51st District
Normally we don’t go for Republicans, but after seeing So-Cal connected report tonight on double dipping by L.A. police and fire (they collect retirement while they are still working!) I see that Kevin James is the lone voice who at least says he would put a stop to it. The Boulevard Sentinel endorses Kevin James for Mayor of L.A.
The State Route (SR 710) Study evaluates transportation options to improve mobility and relieve congestion in the area between State Route 2, Interstates 5, 10, 210, and 605 in East/Northeast Los Angeles and the San Gabriel Valley. The Study considers five multimodal Alternatives. The Alternatives are 1.) No-Build, 2.) Transportation System Management/Transportation Demand Management (TSM/TDM), 3.) BRT, 4.) LRT, and 5.) a Freeway Tunnel.
We invite you to use this Interactive E- Tool to learn about the five Alternatives under consideration by prioritizing what matters most to you.
Soirées Mystique – An Evening of Victorian Enchantment
Act now to purchase the final tickets for Heritage Square Museums night of 19th century Victorian magic inside the beautiful Perry Mansion. Soirées Mystique – An Evening of Victorian Enchantment combines magic, mind-reading and mysticism to deliver the most unique experience around for an intimate setting of only 30 individuals. Guests will be treated, in an authentic environment, to an enchanting evening of exceptional entertainment. The show will be held on Saturday, February 9, with performances at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Ticket prices are $60 for adults and children (13 years and older) and they can be purchased only online at http://victorianmagick.
Hermon O’Bin House
Imagine having no power, no food, no water, and no communications for days, possibly weeks. How will your neighborhood cope? Have you ever seen a neighborhood emergency supply bin? Do you want to learn how to get one for your community & prepare at the grass-roots level?
One Northeast Los Angeles community is working hard to prepare for the next big emergency. Hermon’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) is hosting their first “O’Bin House” on Saturday, Feb 9th to show other communities how to set up, store and maintain their own community emergency supplies.
Everyone is invited to attend this unique outdoors event, rain or shine, from 2-4pm at Hermon’s Emergency Supply Bin. Located at the back of the empty church lot at 5710 Monterey Rd, the large bin will be the location for interesting tours which are free and fun for the entire family.
Hermon’s 25-member CERT team was trained by the Los Angeles Fire Department, who continues to support the community by attending and participating in Hermon’s annual disaster drills and ShakeOut exercises. Most of Hermon’s emergency preparedness events are organized and sponsored by town residents and emergency expert volunteers.
See what Hermon and its neighbors have for emergency supplies, which are meant to complement, not replace individual family supplies. Also learn what individual emergency supplies you may still need and place an order with our local vendor, Earthquake Solutions of Irwindale.
At 3:00pm you’ll be able to see the correct way to use a fire extinguisher to safely douse small fires. Throughout the event guests will be able to spend time lounging in cozy Hermon Emergency Village, while listening to tranquil music and playing games for great prizes!
Citizens will be able to register for free local CERT and CPR training and possibly a new pilot Teen CERT Program. An event flyer is included to assist with publicity and outreach.
There will be a special, free door prize to the first 100 who attend! So mark your calendars and come
taste our preserved 5-yr-old food and drink while you learn about CERT and how to prepare your community for the Big One.
The Caltech – Occidental Concert Band, directed by William Bing, presents their annual Winter Concert at Thorne Hall in Eagle Rock on Saturday, February 23rd at 7:30 PM
Pasadena, Calif – February 7, 2013 - The Caltech – Occidental Concert Band, directed by William Bing, is pleased to present their annual concert at Thorne Hall in Eagle Rock. This event will take place on Saturday, February 23 at 7:30 PM. The concert is free and open to the public.
On the program will be one of the most loved pieces for concert band, “Lincolnshire Posy”, by Percy Grainger. This is a wonderful piece of music and not often performed because of its level of difficulty. Grainger would have been the reality star of his generation as he married at the Hollywood Bowl in front of over 20,000 people.
Also on the program is Richard Strauss’ First Horn Concerto. This showcase for horn will feature the ensemble’s principal horn player, Julia Ziac, who is a junior at Caltech majoring in physics.
Paul Asimow, Professor of Geology and Geochemistry at Caltech, will conduct a composition by Ralph Dunlap. Ralph played horn in the ensemble for many years and left a wonderful legacy with his outstanding compositions.
There will also be appearances by the Caltech Trombone Choir, the Caltech Clarinet Choir, and the Caltech Percussion Ensemble.
Rounding out the program will be guest conductors Jeff Leblow, Catherine Wehrey, Jamie Rankin, Lynne Snyder, and Scott Babcock.
Please contact the Occidental College Music Office at 323 259-2785 or the Caltech Music Office at 626 395-3295 for further information. You can also visit the band’s website at http://bands.caltech.edu.
Eagle Rock Says Goodbye to Officer Orange
After four years of guiding Eagle Rock through a number of complex and emotional social issues like Medical Marijuana and Massage Parlors, Officer Craig Orange will be saying goodbye a community that has come to respect, admire and genuinely adore him.
Hosting his last Neighborhood Watch meeting, Orange briefed the local watch members on the latest crime statistics including the now obligatory update on the medical marijuana situation as well as massage parlor investigations, coyote sightings and some sporadic panhandling activity in the Vons parking lot. With that, Orange ended his stint in Eagle Rock and will be transferred to another area in Los Angeles to continue his law enforcement career.
The local Watch members then showed their appreciation for Officer Orange’s service to the community by presenting him with a big vanilla cake, a thank you card signed by all and lots of applause. Though he will be sorely missed by many in the community, we welcome our new Lead Officer to Eagle Rock.
Neighborhood Watch Member
Call your state rep today to stop the unfair practice of giving parking tickets to folks who park at a broken parking meter.
If you are in Northeast L.A., your rep is Jimmy Gomez and he is waiting to hear from you on this issue.
He writes, “Next week marks the start of the new legislative session. I want to hear from you. You can reach my office by calling 916-319-2051 or emailing my Scheduler, Nicole Curran Sanchez at Nicole.CurranSanchez@asm.ca.
Note that the Mike Gatto, the Assembly member of the 43rd District, who has many ties to Northeast L.A., is the author.
Mike Gatto Bill: Broken Meters Shouldn’t Lead to Tickets
Sacramento, CA – Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-43) introduced legislation today that will allow Californians to park for free at broken or malfunctioning parking meters for the maximum time allowed by the meter. The bill, AB 61, would prohibit local governments, such as cities and counties, from enacting an ordinance that bans parking in a space controlled by a broken meter or broken kiosk for on-street parking.
Last year, California legislators unanimously passed SB 1388 (DeSaulnier), which authorized parking at an inoperable parking meter for up to the posted time limit if no ordinance or resolution had been adopted to prohibit it. This language created a loophole that allowed for the Los Angeles city council to pass an ordinance to uphold the city’s policy of ticketing drivers who park in spaces with broken parking meters. Gatto’s bill would close this loophole and protect individuals from cities and counties that are overzealous in their parking enforcement.
“It’s just wrong for cities to ticket people who want to park at a meter that the city has failed to fix,” said Gatto. “Or to force a motorist to drive around or park in a paid lot when a perfectly good spot on the street is available.”
A NBC4 investigation found that more than 17,000 parking tickets had been issued, in a single year, for meters that had been reported as malfunctioning to the city of Los Angeles.
“It is the responsibility of local governments to maintain their meters and keep them in good working order,” said Gatto. “The people should not have to pay for the government’s mistakes or inefficiencies, especially when the people already paid to install and maintain the meters in the first place.”
Mike Gatto is the Chairman of the Appropriations Committee of the California State Assembly. He represents the cities of Burbank, Glendale, La Canada Flintridge, La Crescenta, Montrose, the Los Angeles neighborhoods of Los Feliz, Silver Lake, Atwater Village, and portions of the Hollywood Hills and East Hollywood. www.asm.ca.gov/gatto
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Gallery & Shop Now Open EVERY Saturday noon to 5 pm
NOTE: WE WILL NOT BE OPEN FOR JANUARY 12, 2013 SECOND SATURDAy GALLERY NIGHT
Work by: NANCY UYEMURA, TOMO ISOYAMA, AMY INOUYE
Come and partake in GOOD LUCK SHOW til February 2… feel the good luck art vibes and put your hopes and wishes on our peace tree, send the bad vibes packin’ at the “Run Devil Run” station, and stock up on artist-blessed good luck charms.
Shop Really Small & Very Local at Chicken Boy Shop
NOW OPEN SATURDAYS noon to 5 pm!
Visit the gallery and shop ANY SATURDAY AFTERNOON–we’ll be here! There’s lots more to see and do on Figueroa Street too, so hang out–we’ll tell you all about some of them (hint: tacos, mani-pedis, $4 first-run movies, fresh fruit & veggie frozen yogurt, ban-mi, pupusas, pizza!).
The True Story of Chicken Boy booklet and Chicken Boy trading cards are available at the shop upon request.
Christmas Eve evening, we heard a continuous tapping sound outside. Stuart went to see what was going on and saw a guy working on this piece. Christmas night, we heard tapping again, so I went to talk to the artist–all I managed to get was his name is Blake and this isn’t the first of these he’s installed. I’m considering this a holiday gift to Chicken Boy! Also, since 2013 is the year of the Water Snake, it’s also auspicious for the new year. Thank you, Blake!
Yarn Bombing Los Angeles News
This is a mock-up of the project which will happen in spring 2013. It’s going to be awesomeness on toast points! Grannies are coming in from all over the world! To find out more, see the Yarn Bombing Los Angeles facebook page.
For this project, we need to hire contractors, engineers, and other consultants, so we’re fundraising at unitedstatesartists.
Yarn Bombing Los Angeles is the group that has grown from the show, Fig Knit-on, displayed at Future Studio Gallery in 2009. Since then, YBLA has yarn-bombed 18th Street Arts Complex, established the ongoing Urban Letters project, and the beautiful installation Forest for the Trees has been installed at Avenue 50 Studio and the Craft & Folk Art Museum, and will be installed soon at Angels Gate Cultural Center (it keeps growing).