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Children’s Institute Celebrates New Watts Campus with Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony
June 30, 2022
On Saturday, June 25, the Children’s Institute invited the community out for a ribbon cutting ceremony for a day of celebration for their new Watts campus. Designed by architect and designer, Frank Gehry, pro-bono, the new CII Watts campus will provide an array of therapeutic services and free programs including workshops, individual and group counseling, socialization opportunities for Head Start families, employment support, Project Fatherhood and youth groups. ... read more »
Healthy Families Coalition Demands Action To Protect Kids From Lead Poisoning
May 26, 2022
Community leaders, teachers and parents recently launched the Healthy Families Coalition to demand the Los Angeles City Planning and Environmental Health Departments immediately condemn Atlas Metals in Watts. ... read more »
McOsker Seeks CD 15 Seat
May 19, 2022
With decades of government and nonprofit experience under his belt, McOsker believes his leadership and political know-how will help to secure much needed resources for the 250,000+ residents in CD15.  Also, he is a native of the area and intimately familiar with the history and potential that the region possesses. ... read more »
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Barragán’s Vote for Omnibus Bill will Fund $7,535,000 in Local Projects
March 17, 2022
Rep. Nanette Barragán (D-Harbor City) voted to pass government funding legislation on March 9. The bill’s transformative investments will help working families with the cost of living, create American jobs, and support the vulnerable. ... read more »
Pastor Scott and Macedonia CDC Sponsor Virtual Job Training Workshop
February 23, 2022
Investments are coming to South L.A. from “Build Back Better,” the Olympics, and other construction projects in the region.  Many of these dollars have a local hire component and Pastor Shane Scott, chair of Macedonia Community Development Corporation, wants to make sure that  workers in South L.A. can take advantage of these employment opportunities.   ... read more »
L.A. Rams Give Watts Rams Murals, Super Bowl LVI Tickets
February 3, 2022
On Friday, the Los Angeles Rams partnered with Nike to provide the Watts Rams youth football program with surprise gifts. ... read more »
NFL Green Plants Trees in Watts
December 19, 2021
The Los Angeles Super Bowl host committee partnered with Verizon, NFL Green, and TreePeople to plant trees in a neighborhood in Watts. This is one of many greening projects NFL Green will be hosting in Los Angeles. Video by Amanda Scurlock ... read more / watch video »
NFL Plants Trees in Watts to Celebrate Super Bowl LVI
December 16, 2021
The NFL and the Los Angeles Super Bowl Committee continue to improve the environment by teaming up with TreePeople and Verizon to plant over 25 trees in Watts. Dozens of volunteers planted Lemon Bottlebrush trees along Hickory Street between east 105th and 107 streets. ... read more »
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August 11: The Watts Rebellion began as a fight against segregation & police discrimination in the Los Angeles area, 1965
August 11, 2021
August 11: The Watts Rebellion began as a fight against segregation & police discrimination in the Los Angeles area, 1965 ... read more »
PVJOBS AMONG 56 NONPROFITS RECOGNIZED BY L.A. SUPER BOWL HOST COMMITTEE AS ‘UNSUNG HEROES’ IN LEAD UP TO SUPER BOWL LVI
July 22, 2021
In its journey to Super Bowl LVI, the Los Angeles Super Bowl Host Committee has selected PVJOBS as part of the official Super Bowl LVI Legacy Program – Champions Live Here. PVJOBS is among a total of 56 local “Champion” organizations that were designated for the Super Bowl LVI Legacy Program. These “Champion” organizations will receive grants and marketing recognition to support their work that represent diverse focus areas, including youth engagement, workforce development and social justice across the Los Angeles region. ... read more »
Caltrans Aims to Shut Down 80-Year-Old Hawkins Burgers
July 1, 2021
The popular hamburger spot known as the “The House,” located at 11603 Slater Street in Watts, just east of Central and South of Imperial Hwy, has survived for the past 80 years. Presently, on June 18, 2021, Cynthia Hawkins, who now runs the business started by her parents, James and Elsie Hawkins, is fighting a new kind of battle.  ... read more / view gallery »
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 »
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 »

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