PRESS RELEASE: Board of Supervisors and Human Relations Commission to Hold John Anson Ford Human Relations Awards and Reception

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors and Commission on Human Relations will honor exemplary change-makers and innovators for their contributions towards transforming prejudice into acceptance, inequity into justice, and hostility into peace within the communities of Los Angeles County. The awards will be held at the Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration on October 25, 2016. For more information, click here: PRESS RELEASE

The 11th Annual Taste of Soul celebration went spectacularly on Saturday, October 15, 2016. It was such a great opportunity for the County and its communities to come together in a fun, family-friendly environment with lots of vendors, resources, food, performances, and entertainment. Our department was very well represented at the County Pavilion and we were very excited to have met you and shared with you all the great things we are doing for you and your community. Here is a brief recap of our interaction at Taste of Soul:

• We spoke with a total of about 500 constituents which we provided with informational resources about the programs and services we provide.
• Networking contacts were established with several County and other community resource agencies that should prove beneficial to our provisions of service
• 2nd District Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas and Community and Senior Services (CSS) Director Cynthia Banks was hosted at our resource table in the County Pavilion
• Members of our staff from different Branches (Human Relations Branch, Workforce & Community Services Branch) collaborated effectively to make our Department’s presence an impressive one.
• Promotional items were provided to visitors to raise awareness among the community about CSS and its programs.

We would like to thank all of our staff for helping make this such a successful event and most importantly, we would like to thank each and every person that stopped by our table, as YOU are the reason we serve. We look forward to seeing you again next year at Taste of Soul 2017!
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Beneficiaries of Prop 47,Get Your High School Diploma
Are you, or someone you know, looking to get a high school diploma? You can now get a free high school diploma and career certificate online at a County Public Library.

Community and Senior Services continues to work with other County Departments on providing educational, training, and employment resources to all beneficiaries of Prop 47. One of those many departments is the County of Los Angeles Public Library, which is offering qualified community members the opportunity to earn an accredited high school diploma and credentialed career certificate through Career Online High School, a program brought to public libraries by Gale, a part of Cengage Learning. Career Online High School is specifically designed to reengage adults into the education system and prepare them for entry into post-secondary career education or the workforce.

The County of Los Angeles Public Library will award seats for Career Online High School to qualified learners looking to earn a high school diploma and advance their careers. Once enrolled, Career Online High School pairs each student with an Academic Coach, who assists with developing an individual career plan, offers ongoing guidance and encouragement, evaluates performance, and connects the learner with the resources needed to demonstrate mastery of the course material. Classes are supported by board-certified instructors and students have 24/7 access to the online learning platform. Coursework begins in one of eight high-growth, high-demand career fields (across a wide spectrum from child care and education to certified transportation), before progressing to the core academic subjects. Students are able to graduate in as few as six months by transferring in previously earned high school credits but are given up to 18 months to complete the program.

For more information, please visit: Career Online High School | County of Los Angeles Public Library

Protect Yourself and Your Families from Scams and Abuses
On Saturday, October 8, our own David Kochen, Human Services Administrator with the Adult Protective Services, participated in the KNX 1070: A Sandwich Generation Forum. The Sandwich generation includes individuals who are simultaneously caring for older adult parents while still supporting their own children. Mr. Kochen participated in a panel on scams and abuses, including those targeting older adults. He was joined by L.A. County Deputy District Attorney Belle Chen and Julie Schoen, Deputy Director of the National Center on Elder Abuse at the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine.
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The City of Los Angeles Department of Aging and the County of Los Angeles Community and Senior Services, in partnership with the City and County Area Agency on Aging (AAA) Advisory Council/Commission, will be conducting a series of Public Hearings for discussion of the AAA fiscal year 2017-2018 Planning and Service Area Plan Update for senior services.
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30th Annual Productivity and Quality Awards Program for the Youth Opportunity Program
On Wednesday October 19, 2016, Community and Senior Services will be awarded a top 10 award during the 30th Annual Productivity and Quality Awards Program for the Youth Opportunity Program. The Youth Opportunity Program is a cost-effective approach to improving the employment opportunities for high-risk youth leaving Probation camps. The program helps youth successfully transition back into their communities by providing them with case management, mental health support, job readiness training, a one-year paid internship, and preparation to compete for a broad range of permanent entry-level positions. This began with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works, Probation, Community and Senior Services, and Mental Health, and will soon expand to other County Departments.
We would like to thank our staff and partners for collaborating on such an influential program for our community’s youth and congratulations on achieving this prestigious award.

The Auditor-Controller will conduct Cost Allocation training for our current and prospective contractors. The first session will be on 10/26 at 2pm at our Community and Senior Services Headquarters, 3175 W. 6th St. Los Angeles, CA 90020. All of our current contractors are welcome to attend, as well as any prospective contractor.

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The Annual Taste of Soul celebration is upon us once again. On Saturday, October 15, 2016, the 11th annual Taste of Soul Family Festival will take place on Crenshaw Blvd. It is a great opportunity for the County and its communities to come together in a fun, family-friendly environment with lots of vendors, resources, food, performances, and entertainment. Our department will be represented at the County Pavilion so please stop by, say hello, and learn about what we can do for you and the rest of the community. We hope to see you at Taste of Soul!

On September 30, 2016, the County of Los Angeles, Community and Senior Services, released a revised Request for Proposals (RFP) for the Los Angeles County OSO for the AJCCs. The revised RFP package is available for download from the internet by accessing the “Business Opportunities with CSS” link on the CSS website at The RFP has been revised to include new mandated information released under the Final Rule on June 30, 2016 for the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.

A Mandatory Proposers’ Conference will be held on Wednesday, October 19, 2016 from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the East Los Angeles Service Center, located at 133 North Sunol Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90063, to discuss the revised RFP requirements for all proposers that did not attend the first Mandatory Proposers’ Conference on May 11, 2016. Although it is not mandatory ton attend both Proposers’ Conferences, it is highly encouraged to do so. During the conference, County staff will respond to questions from potential Proposers.

Proposals are due no later than 12:00 p.m. (noon) on Monday, December 19, 2016. Proposals received after the scheduled deadline will not be accepted and shall be returned to the sender unopened. Contract services to operate the AJCCs will begin on July 1, 2017.

Youth Biotech Event: Preparing For The Biotech Decade
Biotech is an emerging sector in Los Angeles County that is shaping our future economy and workforce. To pave the way and increase public awareness, on October 1, 2016, East Los Angeles College (ELAC) in conjunction with the University of Southern California (USC), Grifols Biologicals Inc. and Univision sponsored a dynamic event, “Preparing for the Biotech Decade” at ELAC. The event had over 600 attendees, including students from all levels and their parents, as well as, educators and individuals from the biotech industry. Los Angeles County Community and Senior Services also had the opportunity of participating………
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National Prepareathon Day
Friday September 30th was National Prepareathon Day in which we participated and celebrated alongside 2nd District Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, Los Angeles County Office of Emergency Management, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, Los Angeles County Fire Department, and many other County departments and partners. This event hosted over 1,000 L.A. County residents and provided information, encouragement, and plans all surrounding emergency preparedness. Here is a video and photo gallery from the event.
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Metro Headquarters
On Friday, October 7th, leaders in education and workforce development convened with Los Angeles County Metro to launch a dialogue on strategies for better coordination, stronger collaboration, and greater alignment to collectively produce a well-prepared and competitive workforce that reflects the demographics of our region. Our Workforce Development branch participated in this convening in order to address core-competency needs, education preparation, and career and technical education at community college programs as part of our strategic planning effort.

Proposition 47
Community and Senior Services is playing a leadership role in making a wide variety of resources and services available to individuals who qualify for Proposition 47 relief. (Prop 47). Prop 47 enables individuals with criminal records to change some non-violent property crimes and simple drug possession offenses into misdemeanors. CSS is working to link Prop 47 eligible individuals to job opportunities with friendly employers, such as American Airlines, Starbucks and Best Buy. We are also working with other County Departments to disseminate 10,000 outreach mailers each week to individuals who may be eligible. For more information, visit the County’s new Prop 47 website,, which brings together the different resources available countywide for Prop 47 participants.

City of Lancaster and L.A. County to Expand AV Senior Center
On Friday October 7th, 2016, our Antelope Valley Senior Center had a huge groundbreaking on the approved expansion for the Center. Recognizing the need to update and increase the size of the Center, which currently features a multi-purpose/lunch hall, computer lab, billiards room, gym area, library, card and art rooms, as well as a few small offices, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors recently committed to funding the $1.5 million project, which will add 3,000 more square feet of space, as well as upgrades throughout the existing building. The design concept allows for a number of new additions, most notable being a separate multi-purpose room which will enable multiple activities to be held without displacing eager guests.
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Attention: Assignment Editors
County Human Relations Commission to Release Annual Report of Hate Crimes in Los Angeles County
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“Update” Los Angeles County Cooling Centers – Beat the Heat
Cooling Centers provide relief and comfort in a cool, safe, air conditioned facility. Cooling Centers are open to the public during regular business hours. The attached Cooling Center List provides locations, contact numbers and operational hours for each center. Some Cooling Centers during an Alert will extend their hours and open on weekends. It is advisable to call ahead to confirm hours of operation.

Cooling Centers are activated when official Heat Alerts are issued by Department of Public Health (DPH).
A Heat Alert is triggered when the forecast is 95 to 104 degrees for at least two consecutive days.
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National Employ Older Workers Week
This week is National Employ Older Workers Week (September 18-24, 2016). This week acknowledges the many public and private organizations that actively recruit and employ older workers. Celebrating this week also serves as an important reminder to older workers that they are a valuable asset in today’s workplace.

This week also provides a time to acknowledge the positive contributions of this experiences workforce. Older workers are valued for having a good work ethic and for providing experience, knowledge, and dependability in the workplace. It makes good business sense for employers to engage the skills, knowledge and abilities of older workers. We are excited to this week celebrate older workers in the workforce and increase awareness of this underutilized labor segment.
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County Human Relations Commission to Hold Public Hearings on Policing and Human Relations
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Hospital Protocols Information Training Session
HOSPITAL STAFF ONLY: Our Adult Protective Services invites you to participate in this great Information Training Session on Hospital Protocols. This can make a difference in the life of an older or disabled adult in your hospital. Please follow the instructions on the flyer to RSVP for this event hosted at The California Endowment. We hope to see you there!”
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Alzheimer’s Greater Los Angeles
As part of Purposeful Aging Los Angeles, we have partnered with the Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Los Angeles to encourage all County residents to help support the fight against Alzheimer’s by participating in the Walk4ALZ. Register today at
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PRESS RELEASE: Graduation Ceremony for Public Safety Youth Career Program to Prepare Youth from Underrepresented Populations for Public Service Careers
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2016 National Preparedness Month and Fall Los Angeles County’s Prepareation 
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Community & Senior Services’ L.A. County Youth Human Relations Coalition ready for action
Over 25 youth from all over Los Angeles County attended a three-day retreat organized by the L.A. County Commission on Human Relations Branch of the Los Angeles Community and Senior Services Department. Human Relations specialists Fidel Rodríguez, Gustavo Partida, Dr. Monica Lomelí and GusTavo A. Guerra Vásquez led the coalition through dynamic interactive activities that introduced them to Human Relations issues and strategies as well as “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Teens.” Now that they’re trained, this coalition is poised to make more powerful Human Relations change efforts in their schools and communities. At the end of the retreat, one of the participants wrote “This retreat was a great experience. It made me open my eyes to so many things.” Another participant promised, “I will raise awareness of subtle problems that are being seen in society that contribute to racism, ableism, stereotypes and other problems of that nature.” A third participant committed to “stand up for the kids that are being bullied.” After her daughter returned, a participant‘s mother who is also an LAUSD school-teacher sent a message saying “… I would truly like to say thank you… I truly appreciate this opportunity your program provided [my daughter]. She enjoyed it greatly. Awesome job!


Invitation – Your Voice, Your Library, Your Community
We encourage all residents of LA County to participate in one of these sessions with the LA County Public Library and have your voice heard! You will have the opportunity to share your thoughts on the future direction of your libraries. It’s your voice, your library, your community!
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PRESS RELEASE: Los Angeles County Proclaims Local Emergency Due to Sand Fire Incident
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PRESS RELEASE:  Los Angeles County Commission for Older Adults FY 2016-2017 Newly Elected Executive Board Members 

“Update” PRESS RELEASE: 15,000 Job Commitment to the Los Angeles County Summer Youth Employment Program


East Los Angeles (June 18, 2016): Today, the County of Los Angeles Community and Senior Services, in coordination with the Honorable Hilda L. Solis, will host the Summer 2016 L.A. County Youth Job and Resources Fair at East Los Angeles College.  Read full Press Release.
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Seniors are Targets of Financial Scammers
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PRESS RELEASE: Today the Los Angeles County Commission on Human Relations releases this statement regarding the recent shooting in Orlando, Florida.
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LAEDC Report: 2016 People, Industry, and Jobs
New LAEDC Research: People, Industries and Jobs details occupational forecasts and skills requirements
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District Attorney’s Fraud Alert
Patients can get dinged in phantom billing scam. For more information, view article
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World Elder Abuse Awareness Month
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Youth Summer Job & Resources Fair 2016
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“Older Americans Recognition Month” featured on the cover of County Digest
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“Older Americans Recognition Month” ends on a high note!
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PRESS RELEASE: County and City of Los Angeles Announce Purposeful Aging Los Angeles Initiative
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Older Americans Recognition Month
Department Director Cynthia Banks & LACCOA officially kicking off Older Americans Recognition Month with the LA County Board of Supervisors. There will be 3 recognition events this month that commence this week.

Proposition 47 – Town Hall Meetings
Proposition 47 Town Hall Meetings” and the paragraph can be “Bring your ideas, comments, solutions, and let your voice be heard! Attend one of the Town Hall meetings and be a part of the discussions on Proposition 47. For more information on when and where you can attend a Town Hall meeting, view flyer.
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PRESS RELEASE: Los Angeles County Encourages Residents and Businesses to Take at Least One Disaster Preparedness Action Stop During its 2016 Spring Prepareathon!
It is very important to always be prepared for emergencies. Prepareathon will teach you just that! To read the full press release and learn about when you can attend Prepareathon, view pdf.
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Los Angeles County Digest
We are excited to be featured on the front page of March’s edition of the LA County Digest due to the success of our partnership and collaboration in the 100K Opportunities Fair & Forum.
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Proposition 47 – Jobs & Services Taskforce II Kick-Off
On Friday, April 1, a coalition of public and private entities gathered to launch a Taskforce focused on public/private partnerships to connect Proposition 47 eligible individuals to employment opportunities. Many partners came together for this taskforce, which include heads of County and City agencies, business executives from high-growth sectors of the regional economy, leaders from organized labor, administrators from higher education, leaders from private foundations, advocacy groups and faith-based organizations. The taskforce presentation along with event photos are available here.
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Los Angeles County Commission on Human Relations – Notice of Public Hearing
Our Commission on Human Relations will be conducting a Public Hearing for the “Hindenburg Park” sign at Crescenta Valley Park. See NOTICE for more information.
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Fox 11 Midday Sunday
LA County Community & Senior Services Assistant Director Robin Toma was featured on Fox 11 Midday Sunday with host Tony Valdez discussing the recent Anti-Muslim Hate Crime increase in the County of Los Angeles and how we can help increase awareness and prevention.
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Los Angeles County Annual Report
Our department provides critical services to the residents of Los Angeles County with passion and fervor. To see what Community & Senior Services has done in the last year, read full article
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100,000 Opportunities Initiative
“The 100K Opportunities Fair and Forum on February 11 was a huge success. It is extremely rewarding to see our County’s future leaders take advantage of the myriad resources presented to them at the event. This event has created relationships with dozens of employers and has increased our momentum towards upcoming programs and events that will provide even more job opportunities for youth,” stated Cynthia Banks, Director of the Department of Community and Senior Services (CSS).
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Fox 11 Midday Sunday
LA County Community & Senior Services Assistant Director Robin Toma was featured on Fox 11 Midday Sunday with host Tony Valdez discussing the recent Anti-Muslim Hate Crime increase in the County of Los Angeles and how we can help increase awareness and prevention.
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Be Well Seniors
Los Angeles County Community and Senior Services, Area Agency on Aging (AAA) administers the Effective Nutritional Health Assessment and Networks of Care for the Elderly (ENHANCE) program. As one of the ENHANCE networking partners, Food and Nutrition Management Services (FNMS) provides services to care for the elderly. FNMS developed the “Be Well” program, which is a four (4) month intensive program on health promotion. In the Fall of 2015, at the Darby Park (MLK Community Center in Inglewood, CA), they taped their “Be Well” program graduation celebration, which is also going to air on PBS in the near future. In addition, FNMS received the 2016 Excellence in Research award from the California Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
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PRESS RELEASE: Increase in Anti-Muslim Hate Crimes in Los Angeles County
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Human Relations Commission Article
Our Assistant Director at the head of our Human Relations Division was interviewed by @KPCC yesterday about spike in anti-Muslim hate crime during the last 2 months of 2015.
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This Article was Written in Honor of Black History Month
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100k Opportunities Initiative on February 11, 2016
We are proud to be representing Los Angeles County in this incredible 100k Opportunities initiative on February 11, 2016 from 9am-4pm. The Opportunity Fair and Forum is expected to bring about 4,000 youth to interview with dozens of leading employers, practice their interview skills, learn to build a compelling resume, connect with a range of social services, and receive coaching on their job applications.

‘Every year the Los Angeles County Community & Senior Services Department (CSS), and our private and community partners, work together to create meaningful employment and career exploration opportunities for our youth. CSS is proud to join this coalition to create opportunities for our unemployed youth. Last year, through the support of our Board of Supervisors and our community employers, we were able to extend opportunities to over 12,000 youth and are looking to do more this year,’ said Cynthia Banks, the Director of our LA County Community & Senior Services Department.

Two in five people who are unemployed in Los Angeles County are between the ages of 16 and 24, with 19 percent absent from the workforce or school. Further, 23.2 percent of African American youth and 14.6 percent of Latino youth are disconnected, representing a significant proportion of the nearly quarter-of-a-million Opportunity Youth in LA County. One of the leading goals of our department is to ensure every youth in Los Angeles County has the tools and opportunities to succeed.

In support of the participants on February 11, in attendance will be Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, major national company CEOs, and very influential and well-known surprise guests. Click HERE to read the full press release.”
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100,000 Opportunities Initiative –  The 100k Opportunities Initiative launched in August 2015.  Since then, 35+ major companies have joined one of the largest employer-led youth focused movements in the United States to create more pathways to economic opportunity for young Americans.
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Flash Flood & Debri Mud Flow – Safety Tips Read PDF

DPSS Benefits
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Social Services announces a convenient way for residents in need of assistance to apply for services online, without having to visit a district office. Residents can now apply for Medi-Cal, CalWORKS, CalFresh and General Relief benefit programs by visiting the department’s Your Benefits Now (YBN) website, available in English, Spanish, Armenian, Cambodian, Chinese, Korean, Russian, Tagalog and Vietnamese. Residents can apply online by visiting Learn More

Happy Holidays from Community and Seniors Services
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El Nino Preparation

  • Environmental Agency Brochure – As we continue to prepare for the predicted El Nino this winter, learn more about sandbags and why they are useful Read PDF
  • Storm Safety Guidelines Read PDF
  • Homeowners Guide for Flood, Debris and Erosion Control View
  • Coordinated Agency Response Effort (C.A.R.E.) View
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U.S. Small Business Administration Set to Open Disaster Loan Outreach Center in Palmdale, November 18th
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) in partnership with the Los Angeles County Chief Executive Office of Emergency Management (OEM), and Cities of Palmdale and Lancaster is set to open a Los Angeles County SBA Disaster Loan Outreach Center available to residents, renters, and business owners that were impacted by flash floods, mudslides, and debris and mudflows that occurred on October 15, 2015.
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East Rancho Dominguez Service Center Grand Re-Opening
It has been in the same location and has been a staple of Compton for the last 30 years. But now, we are excited to announce the Grand Re-Opening of the East Rancho Dominguez Service Center this Saturday, November 14, 2015 on 15116 S. Atlantic Ave. Compton, CA 90221, just half a block away from the previous center.
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Los Angeles County Workforce Development Board (WDB) Inaugural Meeting – October 28, 2015
Members of the Los Angeles Workforce Development Board (WDB) take the Oath of Office.
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County of Los Angeles Community and Senior Services & City of Los Angeles Department of Aging’s Public Hearing Notice
Public Hearing provide an opportunity for discussion and testimonies along with suggestions, questions, and concerns about Area Agency on Aging policies and programs. Please join us at one of our scheduled hearings and let your voice be heard.
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Emergency Preparedness Workshops
The video contains some interviews with seniors and presenters providing educational information for the Los Angeles County – Community and Senior Citizens Senior Emergency Preparedness workshops.

HRC Statement
Hate Crimes in Los Angeles County Reached Second Lowest Number in 25 years.
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Employment Services 
In conjunction with the Employment Development Department (EDD), we would like to commemorate Labor Day 2015 by marketing and identifying any information related to and for California job seekers and employers. We are striving to get all of our Los Angeles County residents on a path to careers and employment. For more information on employment services, please visit and Let’s work together to employ all of California! #WorkinginCA

HRC Statement
50th Anniversary of Watts Rebellion, Commission Announces Public Hearings on Police Community Relations.  The full statement is available.
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APS Spanish Language Interview
As part of our community outreach and education efforts, Adult Protective Services Manager, Carlos Perez, provided a Spanish language interview to the NUESTRA VOZ radio program on KWWW to discuss the Aging services we provide at CSS. He informs the public on Adult Protective Services and how we assist in aiding elders who may be suffering physical, sexual, financial abuse or negligence. Provides insight into what abuse of an elder may look liken and access services. You can listen to the complete interview.

HRC Statement
The Los Angeles County Commission on Human Relations released a statement regarding the recent killings of nine people by a white supremacist during a prayer meeting at Emanuel African Methodist Church in Charleston, SC.  The outrageous act of racist violence that recently took the lives of nine African Americans at a church prayer meeting in Charleston is a grim and shocking reminder of the continuing need for committing resources to educate and prevent racism, prejudice, and violence in all its forms.  The full statement is available.
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AAA 2015-2016 Public Hearing Notice
The public hearings will provide senior citizens, caregivers, and other beneficiaries of senior programs, including senior advocacy groups and service providers.
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