Supporters of a high-profile charter school with a focus on Nahuatl culture wept and held each other after the Los Angeles Board of Education voted to close its high school campus.

Anahuacalmecac International University Preparatory High School had sought a second, five-year charter, as well as permission to expand to offer a kindergarten-through-12th-grade program.

But district staff recommended closing the school because of low test scores, financial troubles and an alleged refusal to cooperate with district auditors. They said the El Sereno school repeatedly failed to follow guidelines required of all district charters.

The action did not affect the larger kindergarten-through-eighth-grade campus run by the same operators, but district officials may also move against the other school over similar issues.

School board president Monica Garcia cast the lone dissenting vote, saying Continue reading

After serving as Captain of the Los Angeles Police Department Hollenbeck Division for nearly four and a half years, Anita Ortega is moving on to a new assignment.

Ortega executed her final duties last week, and will now transfer to her new position in the department’s recruitment and employment division.

Ortega was appointed to the Los Angeles Police Department in March 1984. Before heading the Hollenbeck division, she served as Commanding Officer of the Communications Division, Juvenile Division, Devonshire and Hollenbeck Patrol Divisions and Hollenbeck Operations Support Divisions. She has also worked a variety of patrol, investigative and staff assignments.

In 2011, Ortega was honored as the UCLA Latina Alumna of the Year, and in 2012 she was selected by the Speaker of the California Assembly Speaker as the Woman of the Year.

Captain Martin Baeza, who has been with the LAPD since 1989, and a Commanding officer of Operations of the West Bureau since 2008, will replace Ortega. Baeza will continue to work with Commanding Officer Gina Sanders, who recently transferred from the Rampart Division.

Boyle Heights Beat talked to Ortega about her experience at Hollenbeck, her accomplishments, and what she would miss about Boyle Heights:

BHB: How was it serving as Captain at Hollenbeck Police Station? Continue reading

In the last few months there have been a few instances of individuals approaching small business customers with LADWP’s CLEO application, asking for cash up front to perform lighting retrofit work, and then never returning to perform the installations that were promised.

Please urge community members to note that LADWP does not charge for energy efficiency rebates or direct installation of efficiency upgrades.

FYI – The Korean community seemed to have been targeted for these scams early on. In response, ads were placed on Korean-language radio to raise awareness. Any additional efforts you can make to reach out to small businesses in the Korean community would be helpful.

Thank you.

Victoria Cross
LADWP Government and Neighborhood Liaison

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