A+ R A-

Children's Defense Fund-California Recognizes Students

E-mail Print PDF

Summer vacation is fast coming to a close and colleges and universities throughout California are gearing up for the fall semester — and 2012 Children’s Defense Fund Beat the Odds® Scholarship and Leadership Program alumni will make the transition from high school to college! These outstanding students will be attending some of the state’s premier universities, including University of Southern California, UCLA, and Mount St. Mary's College.

The 2012 CDF Beat the Odds honorees are the embodiment of strength, determination, and resilience. These young people have faced tremendous hardships on the road to college, and survived childhoods marked by periods of homelessness, abuse, abandonment, and loss. Yet each of these incredible students have achieved academic excellence and personal success despite their difficult upbringings, with many going on to become class valedictorians, student body presidents, all-star athletes, and role models in their communities. Read more about our 2012 CDF Beat the Odds honorees and watch their inspiring documentaries.

For more than two decades, the CDF Beat the Odds Scholarship Program has recognized outstanding high school students who have overcome adversity to excel in school and as leaders in their communities. The college prep program awards $55,000 in scholarships annually, as well as provides awardees with intensive SAT preparation, one-on-one college counseling, leadership development, college tours, career counseling, and other services to support them through their college career.

The application for the 2014 CDF Beat the Odds program will become available next month. For information on the program or how to nominate a student, contact program associate Joanna Flores at jflores@childrensdefense.org.

Metrolink to Make Special Stop at the L.A. County Fair

E-mail Print PDF

LOS ANGELES - Metrolink will offer safe, affordable service directly to the L.A. County Fair beginning this weekend and continuing on Saturdays and Sundays throughout the month of September. Metrolink's San Bernardino Line trains will add a special stop at the Pomona Fairplex, while a free shuttle will transport passengers to the main entrance.

Metrolink riders with a monthly pass can ride all Metrolink trains at no additional cost on the weekends. Others can take advantage of the $10 Weekend Day Pass, which allows them to ride Metrolink trains either Saturday or Sunday for one low fare. Riders can transfer to and from other Metrolink lines, along with Metro rail and most buses with the $10 Weekend Day Pass.

This year the L.A. County Fair is offering all Metrolink riders a special $10 admission ticket on weekends. Regular weekend fair admission tickets for adults, ages 13 and over, is $19, children ages 6-12 is $12, while seniors, 60 and over is $15. Vehicle parking on weekends is an additional $15 or $30 for valet.

Fair goers are encouraged to "UNLEASH YOUR INNER FAIR!" by indulging in food galore and shopping, while enjoying the many entertainment acts and other attractions. The L.A. County Fair will also feature animal competitions, art exhibits, carnival games, the big Ferris wheel and much more.

Metrolink representatives will be staffing the Fairplex station during train service operations to assist passengers.

Assemblymember Isadore Hall Issues Statement on Adult Film Industry's Lifting Moratorium

E-mail Print PDF

Assemblymember Isadore Hall, III (D-Los Angeles) released the following statement in response to the adult film industry’s decision to lift their self-imposed moratorium on production due to a confirmed HIV transmission of an adult film actress.

“Today’s move by the Free Speech Coalition to lift their self-imposed moratorium on adult film production without requiring condoms is dangerous and irresponsible. The Free Speech Coalition is great at putting out a press release, but sadly, they are horrible at understanding science. The fact is it can take up to three months for a person with HIV to test positive. For those with HIV, use of current HIV medication can also bring viral loads below detectable levels, leaving fellow actors and the public susceptible to this deadly disease.

The industry’s testing only policy has failed. The fact is a voluntary testing only policy is as effective at preventing the spread of STDs as a pregnancy test is at preventing pregnancy. Short of requiring condoms in all adult films, STD transmission in the adult film industry will continue and California workers will continue to be exposed to injury, harm and potentially death.

I call upon to Free Speech Coalition and the adult film industry to join adult film actors, responsible adult film producers, medical professionals and the public in supporting my AB 640, which would require condoms in all adult films produced in California. No more stalling, no more excuses, no more lies. Too much time has been wasted while California workers have been harmed. The time to act is now.”

Assemblymember Isadore Hall, III, represents California’s 64th Assembly District that includes the communities of Carson, Compton, Gardena, Harbor Gateway, Lynwood, North Long Beach, Rancho Dominguez, South Los Angeles, Torrance, Watts/Willowbrook and Wilmington in Los Angeles County.

California State Assembly Appropriations Passes Yee Bills on Foster Youth, Hospital Safety, Transparency

E-mail Print PDF

SACRAMENTO – The state's Assembly Appropriations Committee voted to pass Senator Leland Yee’s (D-San Francisco/San Mateo) Senate Bills 3, 342, 528 and 718 today, which is intended to bring increased transparency to the lobbying process and modernize filing practices under campaign finance law, provide assistance to foster youth, and protect hospital employees.

SB 3 would set a statutory deadline for the Secretary of State and the Fair Political Practices Commission to create a modern online database for campaign disclosures. In 2011, the Cal-Access system went offline for a month due to technical difficulties, affecting the public's ability to track lobbyist activity in Sacramento, according to a press release from Yee's office.

“The public has a right to know who has influence in Sacramento,” said Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco/San Mateo). “This information must be easily accessible through a modern online system."

SB 3 is part of the Sunshine in Campaigns Act, along with SB 2, authored by Senator Ted Lieu, which could strengthen disclosure requirements, including requiring campaign ads to disclose the top four campaign donors within the ad. SB 2 was also passed by the Appropriations Committee Aug. 30.

In addition, two of Yee’s foster care bills were passed by the Committee. SB 342 will require that social worker visits to foster youth will take place in the home, to assure the child is living in an adequate home environment. SB 528 would prioritize access to subsidized child care, as pregnant and parenting youth are 200% more likely to drop out of high school than to graduate. In addition, it expands access to pregnant and parenting teen conferences to assist parents in utilizing all the resources available, directs the Department of Social Services to start collecting data on parenting and pregnant youth, and provide age appropriate reproductive health education.

“These bills are common sense measures to protect and assist foster youth so that they can succeed and flourish,” said Yee.

The Committee also voted in favor of SB 718, which would require hospitals to craft plans for how to respond to workplace violence and protects survivors of workplace violence from retaliation for seeking necessary evaluation and treatment.

“Hospital employees should be able to go to work without fear of violence,” said Yee. “This bill will give them the protections they deserve so they can do their jobs with the confidence that they are protected from danger.”

Not all of Yee’s bills made it out of committee. SB 343, which would have ensured that foster youth who are at least 16 years old be provided with critical documents, such as their social security card and copy of their birth certificate was held, as was SB 327, which offered legal protections to survivors of human trafficking.

San Bernardino City Schools Make Academic Gains

E-mail Print PDF

San Bernardino City Unified School District (SBCUSD) continued making gains on the state’s Academic Performance Index (API), with eight campuses boosting their API by 20 points or more.

“We will continue to be relentless in our pursuit of a quality education for every child,” said Superintendent Dale Marsden said. “Our Community Engagement Plan is beginning to be implemented, and that will propel student achievement to higher levels.”

San Andreas High School, which offers an alternative program for students who have fallen behind in credits, was the District standout with a 92-point jump, leading to an API of 752.

The District’s API increased two points over the previous year to 729.

In addition, Carmack School posted a 52-point growth from the previous year, bringing the API to 843. Carmack was followed by Curtis Middle School, which had a 46-point increase, giving it a new API of 743.

Other District schools making notable gains include Davidson and Monterey Elementary Schools, Arrowview and Golden Valley Middle Schools, and the Alternative Learning Center.

The API is an index that ranges from 200 to 1,000, with 800 being the state-mandated goal for all public schools. The API measures year-over-year school performance and is based on results from the California High School Exit Exam and the California Standards Tests.

Page 3 of 90

Quantcast

BVN National News Wire