Nestled high in El Sereno, by Ascot Hills Park, shaded by towering pines, is Woodrow Wilson High School, with 1600 students and, now, three LAUSD magnet schools.
One is for police, one is for law, and – maybe most appropriate given our new normal year-round wildfire season – a brand new magnet school for firefighters … and as I discovered Thursday, just three days into the new school year, its students are startlingly focused for high school freshmen.
15-year-old Matthew Ruiz, one of the 28 kids in the firefighting magnet, says he’s been watching wildfires burning around LA. “Yeah, those fires look kind of crazy, and I want to get out there, but I’m not old enough. I can’t wait til I’m older so I can actually do something.”
Genesis Williams, 14, says her friends ask her, “Is it hard? And even though we’ve barely started class, I told them that we’re putting a lot of effort in this. It’s not like something little; to train to be a firefighter in the future is not a game. You have to be really serious about it.”
14-year-old Israel Quinillo says his classmates say the same things to him, and he says, “It’s not something to fool around with. It’s really important because you see the mountains right now, some of them are burning down.” And without firefighters, “we would have no one to control it.” Continue reading
Join us, Los Tigres del Norte and Ezequiel Pena for a very special and FREE City of Los Angeles’ El Grito celebration on Friday, September 16th from 5:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. at the L.A. City Hall steps and Grand Park.
Also performing will be Emilio Ortega Jr. and Cristian Felix. Along with recognizing Mexican Independence Day, we’ll also be celebrating the September Independence Days of Chile, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. This will be a family friendly festival with arts & kids’ activities, plenty of food options and much more!
For more details and to RSVP, please visit josehuizar.com/grito2016
- Saturday 8/20 1pm-2pm: Robert M. Wilkinson Multi-Purpose Center, 8956 Vanalden Ave, Northridge, 91324
- Monday 8/22 12pm-1pm: Caltrans Bldg., Conference Rm. 01.037, 100 S Main St, LA, 90012
Monday 8/22 6pm-7pm: Constituent Service Center, 8475 S Vermont Ave, LA, 91324
Tuesday 8/23 6pm-7pm: Glassell Park Senior Center, 3750 Verdugo Rd, LA, 90064
Wednesday 8/24 6pm-7pm: Felicia Mahood Multipurpose Center, 11338 Santa Monica Blvd, LA, 90025
Monday 8/29 6pm-7pm: San Pedro Library, Community Room, 931 S Gaffey St, San Pedro, 90731
Tuesday 8/30 6pm-7pm: Hollywood Recreation Center, 1122 Cole Ave, LA, 90038
Wednesday 8/31 6pm-7pm: Marvin Braude Constituent Service Center, Rm. 1A, 6262 Van Nuys Blvd, Van Nuys, 91401
You are cordially invited to “Beyond Neighborhood Councils – How to Run for Higher Office, Get Appointed to a City Commission, or Find a Job with the City”. Featured speakers include Los Angeles City Controller Ron Galperin, Board of Public Works Commissioner Joel Jacinto, and Personnel Department representatives.
Beyond Neighborhood Councils – How to Run for Higher Office, Get Appointed to a City Commission, or Find a Job with the City
Tuesday, August 23
5:30 pm – Registration/Networking
6:00 pm – Workshop
OPEN FOR BUSINESS
Customer Service Centers (CSC) are open for business the Second Saturday of each month from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for Customer Service Saturday. You can expect assistance from staff who are able to take payments, process service order requests, answer and resolve billing questions.
There will also be informational tables and displays with helpful materials to answer questions about how to save on your bill, provide details about rebates, conservation tips and more. Continue reading