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‘eSi Pitch’ Event Held on LA84 Campus
May 31, 2018
In an effort to bridge the opportunity gap in the tech sector, local company eSportsInstruction.com hosted an event to help urban innovators and resources connect. Utilizing Skype, CEO’s from Ohio, Pennsylvania, Washington, DC, and Canada convened on Saturday, May 20,on the LA84 campus in South L.A. ... read more »
“How to Pass a Mega Transportation Measure” L.A. Metro Shares Keys to Success of Measure M Vote
May 31, 2018
The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) today released a new report titled “How to Pass a Mega Transportation Measure” to provide lessons learned to transportation agencies and other stakeholders considering pursuit of a ballot measure to increase local transportation funding. ... read more »
NBC launches the Industry’s First Directing Initiative for Unscripted Programming
May 31, 2018
New Alternative Directors Program, will feed pipeline for female and ethnically diverse directors celebrated Directors Alan Carter, Ivan Dudynsky, Russell Norman and Alex Rudzinski, to serve as mentors for program finalists ... read more »
Starbucks Starts Closing Stores for Anti-Bias Training
May 31, 2018
Nelson and Robinson settled with Starbucks for an undisclosed sum and an offer of a free college education. They also reached a deal with the city of Philadelphia for a symbolic $1 each and a promise from officials to establish a $200,000 program for young entrepreneurs. ... read more »
Graduating Cal State LA Master’s Student Aims to Tackle Food Insecurity 
May 31, 2018
Sade Meeks fondly remembers Sundays spent in the kitchen with her mother in Jackson, Mississippi. Rich aromas of soul food wafted throughout their home as they prepared nutritious, yet delectable family meals.  ... read more »
‘I Got Bank’ Book Giveaway and Essay/ Art Contest Comes to Los Angeles 
May 31, 2018
One United Bank owner Teri Williams will be in Los Angeles Saturday, June 2, for the institution’s eighth annual “I Got Bank” book giveaway, an event aimed at getting children of color on the road to financial literacy and health.  ... read more »
When Are Enough Taxes Enough?
May 31, 2018
Over the years, California has collected enough taxes to fully fund education, fix our water issues, and repair our roads – but has chosen to redirect the funds for other priorities. According to the Governor, this year California is collecting more taxes than expenditures, with billions leftover in reserves. At what point is enough taxes on the poor - middle income enough? ... read more »
LACI Launches Landmark Partnership to Accelerate Regional Transportation Electrification and Statewide Zero-Emissions Goods Movement by 2028 
May 31, 2018
Partners Commit to Develop Zero-Emissions 2028 Roadmap to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Air Pollution  ... read more »
Dawnn Lewis Hosts ‘Focused N Fit’ Event for Youth
May 31, 2018
The years-long dream of A New Day Foundation’s founder, award-winning actress, musician, producer and social activist, Dawnn Lewis, finally came true with the organization’s inaugural conference on May 26 at the University of Southern California.   ... read more »
AB 2500 Denies Californians Access to Responsible, Regulated Credit Options
May 31, 2018
Blocking families from accessing certain types of loans would be particularly damaging for African American families. According to a study by the Center for the New Middle Class, even when African Americans have credit scores of 700 or above – generally considered to be a “good” score on a scale of 300 to 850 – their financial wellness resembles those with much lower credit scores. In fact, 80 percent of these families were likely to say that they live paycheck-to-paycheck, they were two and a half times more likely to overdraft on a bank account and they 28 percent less likely to have $1,200 set aside for a financial emergency. ... read more »
Meet Cerita Battles: Senior Vice President and Head of Retail Diverse Segments for Wells Fargo Home Mortgage
May 31, 2018
Cerita Battles is the Senior Vice President and Head of Retail Diverse Segments for Wells Fargo Home Mortgage. Battles and her team are responsible for the development, implementation and execution of national strategies to increase and sustain homeownership among low-to-moderate (LMI) income and minority borrowers and communities. ... read more »
Federal Lawsuit Challenges HUD to Enforce Fair Housing Rule Civil Rights and Housing Advocates Join Forces
May 25, 2018
Across the country, an estimated $5.5 billion in HUD funding is awarded each year. Nearly two-thirds of these funds go to approximately 1,210 grantees through HUD’s Community Development Block (CDBG) Grant program.  With this year’s rule suspension and continuing for several years, grant recipients – largely state and local government jurisdictions -- can obligate their allocations without any concern for compliance with the Fair Housing Act rule.    ... read more »
Support Grows for Watts Towers Art Center Director 
May 24, 2018
Community leaders and residents have come out recently in support of Watts Towers Art Center Director Rosie Lee Hooks, who was suspended last month for commissioning a mural of jazz great Charles Mingus on the youth art center named for him ten years ago. ... read more »
L.A. County Backs Legislation to Automatically Update Cannabis Convictions 
May 24, 2018
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted today to back legislation that would automatically remove or reduce certain cannabis-related convictions.  Supervisors Mark Ridley-Thomas and Hilda Solis recommended support for AB 1793.  ... read more »
$453 Million Vermont Corridor Transformation Moves Forward Gensler
May 24, 2018
The Project spans three sites on and around South Vermont Avenue, between Fourth and Sixth Streets ... read more »
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