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LeFrancis Arnold Named 2012 C.A.R. President

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For LeFrancis Arnold, real estate is his life! LeFrancis has been a licensed Real Estate Broker for 34 years and for the last 35 years a member of organized Real Estate.

A former offensive lineman for the Denver Broncos, Arnold plans to bring the same facets of playing sports to his role as C.A.R. President: discipline and teamwork.

LeFrancis started early in leadership, first on the student council at Compton High School and later at the University of Oregon. At Oregon, LeFrancis won the prestigious Koyl Cup Award as Oregon’s most outstanding Junior and was also Captain of the football team.

After spending two years with the Denver Broncos, LeFrancis entered the family real estate business with his mother, Evelyn Arnold. Within a year, LeFrancis Arnold became the Broker and President of a new Corporation, Century 21 Arrow Realty, Inc.

In 35 years, LeFrancis and Evelyn have built two strong franchises: Century 21 and more recent ly the Excellence Realty Franchise --- both in the heart of the central cities of Southeast Los Angeles where they have served their communities with pride and dignity. Their companies and/or divisions now include Excellence Realty, All Communities Escrow Services Inc. , L.E.D Financial Services Inc. and Hub City Construction and Development Co. Inc. Some of the services provided include Residential and Commercial Real Estate Sales and Services, Business Opportunities, Property Management, Escrow Services, Mortgage Lending, and Construction and Development.

LeFrancis has served as Chairman of the Lynwood Economic Development Committee, is currently Executive Director of Southeast Los Angeles County Community Development Corp. (SELAC), and is a Past President of Los Angeles County Boards of REALTORS® (LACBOR).

As a REALTOR®, LeFrancis served as President of his local association in 2000, was his local association's first appointed NAR.

Director since 1988, and was named REALTOR® of the Year in both 1979 and 2008. LeFrancis has served as NAR representative to the Fannie Mae Housing Impact Advisory Committee since 1995, is currently on the NAR Federal Housing Policy Committee, has served as NAR. Liaison for RESPA Reform, and was appointed as a Federal District Coordinator (FDC) to Congresswoman Maxine Waters where he has served for the past 17 years.

At C.A.R., LeFrancis is the current 2012 President. Additionally, LeFrancis has also served C.A.R. at the leadership level on the Execut ive Commit tee, as Association President, Regional Chairman, the Nominat ing Committee, and currently serves as Liaison to seven committees: Strategic Planning and Finance (SPF), Housing Opportunity, Housing Affordability Fund (HAF), Membership, Equal Opportunity and Cultural Diversity, Commercial Alliance, and International Real Estate Forum. LeFrancis has served as Chair and Vice Chair of the Housing Opportunity Committee, Vice Chair of the Real Estate Finance Committee, Chair of the Government Mortgage Sub-committee, and has been a Legislative Key Contact for over 17 years.

LeFrancis has been on the Housing Opportunity Committee, Common Interest Development Committee, Legislative Committee, Federal Issues Committee, and had the privilege of serving as a CREPAC Trustee for 5 years. On the Nominating Committee, LeFrancis served on the NAR Director Selection Sub- Commit tee. LeFrancis is a California Golden®, has contributed to political survival since 1987, and helped author C.A.R.’s Housing Opportunity Tool Kit.

Since the start of his professional Real Estate career, LeFrancis has provided Real Estate services to the underserved communities and the emerging markets.

He has been married to Sheryl since 1985 and they have two handsome sons, Jason and LeFrancis II, and two grandchildren.

Dymally Honored At Annual Legislative Black Caucus MLK Leadership Breakfast

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Sacramento – More than 500 people attended the California Legislative Black Caucus’ annual Civil Rights Leadership Awards Breakfast honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2012 at the Holiday Inn in Sacramento.

The keynote address was given by Bishop Albert Galbraith, jurisdictional Prelate, Northern CA First Jurisdiction and Pastor of the North Highlands Community Church of God in Christ. “We all came over here on different ships, but we are all in the same boat now,” he told the audience.

Curren Price, Chair of CLBC, revisited Dr. King’s Poor People’s Campaign in his remarks, urging the crowd to continue King’s quest for economic justice. “We are joining President Pro Tem Steinberg in asking the Governor to hold off on his proposed budget cuts that will hurt schools, the sick and the working poor until the budget initiative is voted on,” Price said. “We have got to preserve the safety net.”

To celebrate the legacy of Dr. King, the Caucus honored individuals who share Dr. King's commitment to work for the betterment of African Americans and others throughout California and the nation.

Former Congressman, Lt. Governor, State Senator and Assembly member Mervyn M. Dymally received the Living Legend Award. A moving video tribute spanning his nearly six decades of activism and public service was also unveiled for the first time.

Mr. Dymally is considered the “God Father” of African American politicians in California,” said Senator Curren D, Price, Jr., Chair of the Legislative Black Caucus. “He has broken down so many barriers and mentored so many legislators, Black and non-Black, that we would be remiss not to honor him for opening up the doors that we now walk through.”

Dymally officially established the Caucus in 1967 to represent the concerns for the African American community and provide a collective political force for creating a more just and equitable society.

Alice Huffman, president of the State NAACP said that people working in the Capitol today could learn from Dymally’s style of getting “significant things done quietly.”

Governor Jerry Brown called Dymally “one of the legends of California political history and one of the first African Americans to become prominent in our state politics. “He was in the forefront fighting the battle for Civil Rights, economic development and mentoring so many young people who came after him.”

Additionally, Timothy Simon, Public Utilities Commissioner, received the Civil Rights Leadership Award; the California Black Health Network received the Community Advocacy Award. The Caucus also honored former Senator Teresa Hughes, posthumously.

Robbin Coaxum-Lewis, Chief of Staff to Assembly member Amina Carter and Larry Broussard, Chief of Staff to Assembly member Sandre Swanson received the Distinguished Government Service Award.

Legacy of MLK Featured at California African American Museum Two-Day Event

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Join extraordinary actress, Chandra Wilson of the television series “Grey’s Anatomy” and actor Jeffrey Anderson-Gunter at the California African American Museum (CAAM) to celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. , Sunday, January 15, 2012.

CAAM’s Target Sundays event, “Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration – One Dream, A National Influence, A World of People” will be followed by “Cake for King” Monday, January 16, 2012, both days the galleries are open 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. and on Sunday live entertainment begins at 1p.m. The two-day celebration will feature live performances representative of the diverse cultures in Los Angeles, art workshops, film screenings, presentations, food and much more.

Target Sundays at CAAM on January 15 will include film screenings of Dr. King’s speeches, performances on CAAM’s main stage by recording artist Carol Dennis, The Korean Dance Academy and many more. Dennis has worked wi th extraordinary artists such as Stevie Wonder, Bob Dylan, Michael Jackson, Bruce Springsteen and many more. On Monday, January 16, CAAM kicks off the day by participating in the annual Kingdom Day Parade in the morning followed by sharing a slice of birthday “Cake for King” at CAAM beginning at 1pm and for as long as the tasty treat baked by Nooks and Grannies last. Program activities throughout Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day will include, a presentation acknowledging the winners of the MLK essay contest for the City of Los Angeles, documentary screening of “King: Man of Peace in a Time of War,” stories in the gallery with Babe and Art Evans reading, “My Brother Martin” written by Christine King Farris, and a writing and journal-decorating workshop.

The two-day festivities are free and open to the public. Doors open at 11 a.m. Children’s workshops will be held on both days beginning at 11a.m. Guests are encouraged to take advantage of the rich culture, history and ongoing exhibitions in the CAAM galleries and CAAM’s spotlight exhibition of the month, “King in California II” ongoing through February 28, 2012. The exhibit pays tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr with a display of photographs taken during some of his many trips to California.

Photographs are from the collection of the Center for Photojournalism and Visual History, California State University, Northridge. For more information and a schedule of the King Day events, call (213) 744- 2024 or visit www.caamuseum.org.

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Martin Luther King 3K Walk-A-Thon

The Riverside African American Historical Society and the Martin Luther King Visionaries announced the 19th annual Martin Luther King 3k Walk-A-Thon to be held on Monday, January 16, 2012.

The theme for this year’s walk is “Walking for the Next Generation of Leaders.” Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. at Stratton Center, 2008 Martin Luther King Blvd. A registration fee of $10.00 will be required of all participants, adults and children.

The walk will begin promptly at 10:00 a.m. at the entrance of the Stratton Center.

All registered participants will receive a commemorative t-shirt.

Healthy Heritage Honors “The Dream” Of Dr. Martin Luther King

The Healthy Heritage Movement, which strives to educate and empower the African American community to make healthy lifestyle changes, is proud to honor Dr. Martin Luther King and his dream on January 16th at the site of Dr. King’s monument located on the corners of Main Street and 9th Street beginning at 4:00 p.m.

This elaborate dedication will include inspirational music provided by Gospel Talent Search, a message by Supervisor Bob Buster, First District, Board of Supervisor Riverside County followed by a motivational message and prayer by Keynote Speaker Harold K. Webber, Senior Pastor of Living Way Christian Fellowship. The Healthy Heritage Movement invites elected officials, community leaders, and the residents to gather in unity to pray and honor Dr. Martin Luther King in downtown Riverside in an effort to galvanize the community.

This event is just one of many other events that will serve as a foundation for larger events hosted by Healthy Heritage in an effort to get the community of Riverside healthier.

“To honor Dr. King birthday, it is only bestowing that we remember his legacy of peace and unity. The evening is to honor his dream of bringing people together to live as a community. I think it is very important to begin a New Year by giving thanks for getting through last year and to ask for protection, good health, and economic prosperity for the New Year state Phyllis Clark, Chief Executive Officer of the Healthy Heritage Movement.

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Step by Step Childcare Center to open at the Innovative Learning Center

On Friday, January 13, the Step by Step Childcare Center at Riverside City College’s Innovative Learning Center – located next to Stokoe Elementary School – will hold a grand opening from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Step by Step offers a spacious and park-like outdoor environment.

The Childcare Center was developed in partnership with Riverside Community College District and Alvord Unified School District, which operates the elementary school.

Step by Step is located at 4501 Ambs Drive, Riverside, CA 92505.

To RSVP contact Janelle Wortman at (951) 222-8730 or janelle.wortman@rcc.edu.

Kwanzaa Celebration

The Dubois Institute's will host a Kwanzaa Celebration on Thursday, December 29 2011, 6:00p - 8:00p, themed Relating to the past; Understanding the present; Preparing for the future.

The Kwanzaa celebration will be held at the Bobby Bonds Sports Complex/Chaves Center, 2060 University Avenue, Riverside, CA. RSVP (951) 686-9930 or email emabdulmumin@yahoo.com.

Cal State San Bernardino to be Closed for the Holiday

Cal State San Bernardino will be closed in observation of the holiday season from Dec. 23 and will reopen for regular business operations on Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012.

Winter quarter classes will begin Monday, Jan. 9. Saturday classes begin Jan. 7.

University Police will remain on duty all days that the campus is closed.

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