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CDC Small Business Finance Program Brings Business Banking Opportunities Directly to the People
April 8, 2021
Robert Villarreal is the Chief External Affairs Officer for the Los Angeles Branch of the CDC Small Business and Finance Program.  Villareal is unapologetic about his passion for creating financial opportunities to local businesses and people in communities of color.  ... read more »
Former Watts Business Owner Turns 105, Defeats Two Pandemics
March 18, 2021
Lucia DeClerck survived two pandemics ... read more »
OneWest Bank Opens New Branch in Watts Neighborhood of Los Angeles
March 4, 2021
OneWest Bank, CIT's Southern California retail bank division today announced the grand opening of its branch in the Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles. The branch offers a full array of deposit and lending solutions for consumers and small businesses, as well as a connected CIT mortgage lending office dedicated to supporting the community.  ... read more »
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Sen. Steven Bradford Commits to Building Upon Weber’s Legacy as Next Black Caucus Chair
January 7, 2021
Last week, the California Legislative Black Caucus (CLBC) elected Sen. Steven Bradford (D-Gardena) chair of the group comprised of African Americans serving in State Legislature. Bradford, 60, who is the longest serving member in the caucus and the only African American member in the California Senate, is succeeding the CLBC’s outgoing chair Dr. Shirley N. Weber (D-San Diego). ... read more »
Top Crenshaw & Around Stories of 2020
December 31, 2020
These are the top stories of what happened in Crenshaw & Around this year. ... read more / view gallery »
DESTINATION WATTS THEN AND NOW
December 17, 2020
 Watts is a historic place. It’s where oppressed people from the Deep South and, more recently, from around the world, have come to start a new life in fabled California. They fled the remnants of slavery, Jim Crow, the Klu Klux Klan, lynchings, and corrupt political and legal systems. They fled oppression and political exclusion and came with great hope in search of a new life.  ... read more »
ALL IS NOT WELL IN WATTS
October 22, 2020
Councilman Joe Buscaino recently replied to a series of articles by the undersigned setting forth facts demonstrating that Watts is and has been a politically neglected appendage of Los Angeles. Mr. Buscaino takes issue with that contention and responds that Watts has not been neglected and cites several recent projects to support his argument. At the outset, we need to express appreciation for Mr. Buscaino’s efforts for the people of his district and his willingness to debate the larger political issues relating to Watts in particular, and the city generally. Healthy debate always leads to positive results. That said, let us take a closer look at Watts. ... read more »
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Danny J. Bakewell. Sr. & the Taste of Soul Team Visit Food Vendors
September 24, 2020
Despite the Taste of Soul festival being cancelled in 2020, TOS pledges support to Black businesses, urging people to support local restaurants in their communities. ... read more »
CHANGE: By the residents of Watts, For the residents of Watts
September 24, 2020
In their Sentinel op-ed last month, Tim Watkins and Mark Ravis made an argument that in the upcoming round of redistricting Watts should be moved from the 15th Council District, which I represent, to the 9th Council District. ... read more »
Rams Player Donates Laptops to Youth in Need
September 10, 2020
With the COVID-19 pandemic transforming education into virtual learning, internet and computers are a must-have for students. Los Angeles Rams defensive lineman Sebastian Joseph-Day is donating laptops and internet hot spots to four Dreamer Scholar students in Watts from the I Have a Dream Foundation-Los Angeles (IHADLA). ... read more »
Bloomberg Philanthropies Strives to Increase Black Physicians by Donating to Historically Black Medical Schools
September 10, 2020
Inequality in education is one of the most fossilized civil rights issues that one can still witness today. There is a lot of discourse and imbalance found in the unequal funding and lack of federal or state priority within community-driven colleges of color. Recently, there has been meteoric change in social awareness, which is bringing more light to the current state of the educational system for people within the Black Community. ... read more »
A PIVOTAL TIME: 15 TO 9
August 21, 2020
While this is a pivotal moment in our nation’s history, it is also a pivotal moment in the history of Los Angeles.  Although it is a time of crisis, we need to use it as time of great opportunity, a time to breathe new life into the marvelous minority communities of South-Central Los Angeles.  In short, we need to embark on what may be called an Urban Marshall Plan designed to expand political power to minority communities and to promote fairness in the distribution of public resources. This is an opportunity to bring new hope to the poor and underserved who are suffering the most in these times of crisis, as they do in all times.  ... read more »
WATTS HEALING
August 13, 2020
 While a compelling case can be made for a significant expansion of the Los Angeles City Council, a more modest and immediately doable approach to demonstrating our concern with minority rights in these turbulent times would be to free Watts from Council District 15 and join it with Council District 9. ... read more »
Despite COVID-19 Setbacks, Watts Learning Center Students Thrive
July 30, 2020
When coronavirus fears sparked massive shutdowns of schools across California, Eugene Fisher, Watts Learning Center’s board president, wasn’t completely alarmed at the abrupt change. ... read more »
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