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This week, hundreds of thousands of students in Los Angeles went back to school. As students get back to learning, the LAPD, the LA Unified School District and city officials remind parents, families and students to be safe and smart while making their way to school.
LA police want drivers to use caution and common sense on the roads. Motorists, including all parents, should slow down in school zones, be alert for small children and come to a full stop when a school bus’s flashing lights are activated. Additionally, students should remember to look both ways before crossing the street and use designated crosswalks and intersections.
Homework Help
 
As the homework begins to pile up, don’t let the anxiety get the best of you and your family. The LA Public Library has many resources to help students get through their assignments. The library’s Live Homework Help program can give them the tools they need to get ahead in school.

More than 3,000 online tutors are available on demand every day from 11 a.m to 11 p.m. for one-on-one help with homework, skills building and test prep. Professionally trained and experienced tutors will help K-12 students and adult learners with math, science, English, writing, foreign languages and social studies.
Visit www.lapl.org/lhh to access the library’s tutoring program.
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This summer, the LA Housing and Community Investment Department launched a new program to help educate Angelenos on renters’ rights under the city’s Rent Stabilization Ordinance (RSO).
One in every two LA families lives in an apartment protected by the RSO. The “Home for Renters” campaign provides information to both tenants and landlords about their rights and responsibilities as renters and owners of the city’s 640,000 rent-controlled units.
The program aims to bring better awareness to renters about how to protect against excessive rent increases and unlawful evictions, while providing owners with information on how to receive reasonable returns on their rental housing investment in a responsible way.
For more information about the city’s law, how it applies and more about the Home for Renters program, visit http://hcidla.lacity.org/home-for-renters.
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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

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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

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Thank you to all who participated in last weekend’s community clean up, hosted by Council District 14 and LA-32! Community members met at the Veterans Monument on Huntington Drive & Van Horne and worked their way down Maycrest, focusing on the center medians.

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LADOT Transit is conducting public hearings for the proposed changes to DASH, Commuter Express, and Cityride services as well as its Title VI Disparate Impact and Disproportionate Burden Policies. Attend a public hearing near you:
  • 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
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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

Los Angeles Central Library
Mark Taper Auditorium
630 West 5th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90071

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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

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