NEWS THAT HELPS OUR COMMUNITY

County Human Relations Commission Public Held a Public Hearing on Policing and Human Relations
On Saturday, December 3, 2016, the LA County Commission on Human Relations conducted the third in a series of hearings that are part of a countywide Policing and Human Relations Project. This hearing took place in the auditorium of Jordan High School on Atlantic Avenue in Long Beach.

A total of 27 people shared testimony during the hearing. These included representatives of numerous community organizations in addition to many individual community members who shared descriptions of their experiences with law enforcement and suggestions for ways to strengthen relationships between law enforcement and communities.

This series of public hearings was announced by the Commission in recognition of the 50th Anniversary of the 1965 civil unrest in Watts and the strained relations between law enforcement and local communities that precipitated this event.

Following the series of community hearings, a final hearing is being planned in order to hear from law enforcement representatives and subject matter experts.

In addition to the hearings, the Commission is obtaining information about best practices and recommendations for fair policing from many sources. The results of these hearings and additional information will be combined in a report that can be used by community partners to strengthen local public safety systems.

Regional Roundtable on Enhancing Employment and Education for the LA Region’s Disconnected Youth
Our Department, in collaboration with the City of Los Angeles, the Los Angeles County’s and City’s Workforce Development Boards, and other partners, we will be hosting a Regional Roundtable on Enhancing Employment and Education for the LA Region’s Disconnected Youth. This Roundtable, led by Dr. Paul Harrington on Thursday December 15, 2016, will be a discussion with senior executives on the policy and program implications of his findings as the region works together to implement transformative workforce development initiatives including the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), Performance Partnership Pilot for Disconnected Youth (P3), Proposition 47, and the Re-entry Population, and Summer and Year-Round Youth Employment. For more information including registration, please follow this link:  http://us11.campaign-archive2.com/?u=e4e7ee1a306d4ca4d97e57fc5&id=22078ec7e2&e=

National Elder & Dependent Adult Abuse Symposium
The National Elder & Dependent Adult Abuse Symposium (November 29-December 2, 2016), presented by the California District Attorneys Association, was a  3 1/2-day seminar designed for prosecutors, investigators, law enforcement, adult protective services administrators and case workers, state and local agency personnel, medical professionals, coroners and medical examiners, and victim advocates. The symposium will provide information on how to identify, investigate, and prosecute cases involving elder and dependent adult abuse. While serving as an introduction to those new in the field, this symposium also address the latest issues and techniques in elder abuse prosecution.

The conference was attended by individuals from out of state, e.g.  Texas, Alabama, Arizona, etc., as well as out of the country e.g. Puerto Rico.  This annual conference provides an excellent forum for multi-jurisdictional collaboration and facilitates communication and networking which enhances attendees’ knowledge and abilities to fight elder and dependent adult abuse crimes in their occupation as well as in their respective communities. Keynote speakers include Laura Mosqueda, M.D. from USC as well as Paul Greenwood, Deputy District Attorney from San Diego County.

Community and Senior Centers Give Away 516 Turkeys This Thanksgiving
This year, our Community and Senior Centers received 536 donated turkeys for Thanksgiving from elected officials and other community organizations. Of those donated turkeys, 516 were given out to families of our communities within Los Angeles County. The remaining 20 turkeys were saved and will be given out during the Christmas. Our Center Directors and Center staff continue to have strong working relationships with the offices of elected officials. We want to thank our center staff for planning events and giveaways and to also thank Liza and Rosendo for assisting with the challenging procurement process, and finally a thank you to all the staff involved in the logistics of making such an amazing help to the community happen. We are grateful to have had the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of 516 different families on this 2016 Thanksgiving.

Oral Hygiene Seminar
The representatives from the Center for Oral Health visited our East Rancho Dominguez Service Center on November 16, 2016. They are a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting public oral health. Their aim is to improve the public’s oral health, prevent dental disease and institute policies that help vulnerable populations gain access to oral health care.

The agency gave a brief presentation on oral hygiene to the seniors and provided 23 oral health screenings. They found out that most of the seniors have cavities and some have gum disease. They also provided information and referral to their local health care providers in the community. A survey was distributed for an Oral Health Needs Assessment for Older Adults as they want to get some information on how to improve the services at their local health care providers.

Overall the seniors were appreciative that the agency took time to assess their oral needs and were able to receive items such as toothbrushes and mouthwashes.

Purposeful Aging Los Angeles
The Purposeful Aging Los Angeles (PALA) Initiative continued to make progress toward furthering its mission on Wednesday, November 30th, 2016, after two key meetings took place at the Hall of Administration. The first of two meetings saw the key community leaders in the Los Angeles region discuss implementation of an action plan that will enable the mission of the initiative to move forward.

The second PALA meeting took place that same day, which saw Senior Management from about 20 Los Angeles County Departments come together to plan their participation in the implementation of this initiative.

Much progress was made in both meetings as Purposeful Aging Los Angeles continues to strive toward making the Los Angeles region the most age-friendly region in the country.

Network Against Hate Crimes
Community and Senior Services and the Human Relations Commission held a successful Network Against Hate Crimes meeting yesterday to address post-election acts of hate in our County. We had a wide array of key partners present, including L.A. City Attorney Mike Feuer, and high level representatives from the District Attorney, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, and the Chief Counsel for the State Department of Fair Employment and Housing, along with LACOE, LAUSD, LA School Police, and many of our community and human relations partners. The meeting was covered by KABC TV, KNBC TV, KNX 1070 radio and Telemundo TV news.

We made sure the unanimous County Board of Supervisors’ action to halt post-election hate crimes was highlighted during the meeting, and it was the focus of the Law Enforcement Working Group, which is 1 of 4 workgroups formed at the meeting to take actions to address the numerous incidents of open racism, xenophobia, religious bigotry and sexual harassment tallied by the Southern Poverty Law Center and us (the other 3 working groups formed were Education and Schools, Data Collection and Social Media and Messaging).

A follow-up meeting of the Network will be scheduled in December or early January.

South Korean Delegation Visit
On Monday November 28, 2016, a South Korean Delegation comprised of Social Welfare, Community Services and, Aging Program representatives visited Community and Senior Services (CSS) to learn about the Aging and Community Programs within our Department and Los Angeles County. Program Managers from the Aging and Adult Services Branch, Anna Avdalyan (Area Agency on Aging) and Richard Franco (Adult Protective Services Program and Planning) welcomed and greeted the 16 South Korean Delegates at the Aging and Adult Services Headquarters in Los Angeles, where the delegates were provided a two hour presentation on the three Divisions of the Branch: Area Agency on Aging, APS Program and Planning and APS Line Operations. The APS speakers for the Delegate Presentation were Michael Gavigan (AAA), Patrick Anyawoke (APS P&P), and Silvia Valdivia, (APS Line). The team provided extensive information about their respective programs and articulated the critical nature of efficient and thoughtful provision of services for the ever expanding senior and disabled population of Los Angeles County. The delegates were a very curious and inquisitive group. The primary areas of interest were the senior nutrition and education programs as well as the issues of elder abuse and LA County’s strategies to combat the escalating crime. The delegates were highly impressed by the Department’s comprehensive approach to overall senior services and protection and thanked the team for the presentation.

The delegates were also provided a tour of an APS field Office as well as the Information & Referral Call Center. The Korean Delegation’s visit of CSS culminated with an afternoon visit and tour at the East Rancho Community Center where they were greeted by CSS Service Center Personnel/Staff and learned about the services provided to older adults at our Centers.

MEDIA ADVISORY: Attention: Assignment Editors
County Human Relations Commission to Convene Special Meeting to Assess Acts of Post-Election Hate in Los Angeles County
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Los Angeles County’s Contracting Connections
On December 8th, Supervisor Mark Ridley Thomas, his Empowerment Congress and our partners at the Department of Consumer and Business Affairs are hosting an event with a number of Chambers and local business associations at Exposition Park. Also present in the audience will be a number of local and state dignitaries. The goal of this meeting is to educate these groups on services the County provides to businesses and business owners.

Our Department’s Business Services team will be providing a short presentation on the business and workforce services that we offer through our LA County America’s Job Centers of California (AJCC) system as well as host a resource table. Rafael Carbajal will provide a brief overview of business services and a few highlights of the work our Compton and South LA AJCCs have done with businesses in their area.

Aircraft Fabrication and Assembly Training Program Collaboration
The impact of the amazing work being done by Business Services and our Workforce Development team is being felt in the Antelope Valley. The following article has been written and posted on the California Economic Summit website on the Aircraft Fabrication and Assembly (AFAB) training program with Northrop, Antelope Valley College, City of Palmdale and our South Valley AJCC. We thank all that have had a hand in making this possible and we look forward to furthering these efforts. Please read the full article below.

http://caeconomy.org/reporting/entry/made-to-order-aerospace-workforce-being-built-by-collaboration-of-community

Policing and Human Relations Hearing at CSULA
On Saturday afternoon, November 19, the Los Angeles County Commission on Human Relations (LACCHR) held its second Policing and Human Relations Hearing at CSULA’s University Student Union Theater in partnership with CSULA’s Cross-Cultural Centers and Department of Pan-African Studies. This hearing is part of a countywide series of public hearings LACCHR is holding in recognition of the 50th Anniversary of the 1965 Watts Rebellion and to address the strained relations between law enforcement and local communities that precipitated these events. The Commission is asking the community to share their personal experiences with law enforcement officers and agencies along with their suggestions for increasing fairness and equity in policing, and for building and/or maintaining positive relations between police and communities.

Approximately fifty community members attended Saturday’s hearing along with representatives from the event’s three anchor organizations: L.A. Community Action Network; Central Community Services Organization; and Dignity and Power Now. Hearing officers were LACCHR Commissioners Melina Abdullah (event chair), Cynthia Anderson Barker, Susanne Cumming, Adrian Dove, Isabelle Gunning (Commission president), Lea Ann King, Preeti Kulkarni and Ashlee Oh were present to hear the community testimony.

Los Angeles County’s Human Relations Youth Coalition
L.A. County’s Human Relations Youth Coalition came together on Saturday, November 19th to continue their human relations change efforts. Over a dozen members from throughout Los Angeles County met at the South Bay Botanical gardens to continue their training and planning towards how they can impact their communities dealing with youth-identified issues such as intimate partner violence. The Coalition had a chance to report back on Human Relations issues in their schools and communities as well as their current efforts to continue improving how people from various groups get along. The youth will continue meeting in smaller groups, and as a coalition, after the new calendar year with the goal of planning the next steps towards positively impacting their communities. Be on the lookout for these wonderful young Human Relations change efforts.

Human Relations teaches effects of Implicit Bias to LA County Probation Department
On Monday, November 14, 2016, Robert Sowell of our Human Relations Branch led a presentation on Implicit Bias to managers of the Los Angeles County Probation Department at City Terrace Park. Approximately 80 managers over Probation Field Operations attended. The presentation engaged attendees in discussion to reveal how implicit bias can impact their work and the decisions they make about the youth they supervise, and it introduced attendees to the curriculum of a one-day training course title “Keys to Leading Personal Change.” This will bring information and practice to all Field Operations staff using a train-the-trainer format.

The Impact of Countywide Fitness Programs – The Story of Rosendo Garcia
County employees are encouraged to participate in the Countywide Fitness programs, including the Biggest Loser. We are consistently given tips, advice, and events that promote wellness, good health, and fitness. These activities can have an impact on our lives, but it is truly encouraging to see the impact it has had in the life of our own, Rosendo Garcia from the Community & Senior Centers division. This is his story that he hopes will motivate others to stay motivated and never get discouraged.

“My journey began this past January. I knew I gained a lot of weight through the years, but you don’t realize how much you have gained until it starts affecting you physically and emotionally….
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YOU’RE INVITED TO ATTEND: LA COUNTY WDB WIOA Regional Plan Stakeholder Forums
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Media Advisory on the upcoming Policing Hearing: County Human Relations Commission to Hold Public Hearings on Policing and Human Relations
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Rapid Response Round Table
The WIOA Operations team from our Workforce Development Branch will be hosting the Southern California Rapid Response Regional Round Table Meeting on November 17,2016 from 10:00 – 12:00. It will be held at the City of South Gate Parks & Recreation Department. Special guest speaker will be Richard Krelstein of SCORE Greater Los Angeles. SCORE is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping small business owners and entrepreneurs. Other speakers include EDD regional advisor Stephen Amezcua and our own Rafael Carbajal and his Business Services team.

Los Angeles County Women’s Leadership Conference 2016 – #Dare2Be
Twelve members of our Community and Senior Services staff will attend the Women’s Leadership Conference on Thursday, November 17th. They will be provided an opportunity to gain valuable knowledge from inspirational leaders in government, business, and our community as they share their path to leadership and success. Among the many inspirational speakers at the Conference will be Linda Griego, Director of CBS Corporation, and Betty Porto, Owner of Porto’s Bakery. The topic this year is Dare To Be… To keep up with the event as it happens, please follow @PWWomensLegacy on Twitter for live tweeting.

COST ALLOCATION TRAINING
A training providing general information on cost allocation will be presented immediately following the Mandatory ENP Proposers’ Conference on Friday, November 18, 2016 at approximately 12PM. A video presentation of this Training will not be made available online. As of now, this will be the last scheduled Cost Allocation Training for 2016.

PUBLIC SAFETY YOUTH CAREER PROGRAM
On November 19, 2016, County of Los Angeles Community and Senior Services and Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department will host a graduation ceremony at the Hall of Justice for the increasingly successful Public Safety Youth Career Program. This program was created to prepare youth from underrepresented populations for entry-level positions and careers with the County of Los Angeles, especially in public safety. The program will see 40 young people graduate with their hearts set on making a difference in public service for the present and future of the County.

The graduation will reinforce the County’s ongoing commitment to provide life-changing employment opportunities to prepare the County’s youth for future careers, including those seeking to make a positive influential difference through public service careers. Chief of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, James J. Hellmold, and Captain Ernest Chavez will be speakers at the graduation ceremony.

Media Advisory on the upcoming Policing Hearing: County Human Relations Commission to Hold Public Hearings on Policing and Human Relations
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Reentry Transitional Employment to Los Angeles County
Los Angeles County Community and Senior Services has partnered with the Center of Employment Opportunities (CEO), to bring their Reentry Transitional Employment to Los Angeles County. This project will provide young adults leaving the Probation system transitional employment that will serve as a bridge between Probation camp and entry-level employment along a career path. Youth with no prior work experience will be placed onto work crews that perform a benefit to the community where they will earn money to support their transition from camp, as well as soft skills such as timeliness, navigating transportation, following directions, and working cooperatively with co-workers. These youth will also receive help developing a career plan, assistance in enrollment into advanced training related to their career path, and help obtaining more permanent entry-level employment along their career path.

Program Manager, Maritza Dubie-Uribe spoke to a group of Probation youth on Wednesday, November 2, 2016, about this program designed to benefit their transition. In its pilot phase, this program will serve at least 50 young adults in Los Angeles County’s Probation system.

Follow us on Twitter @lacountycss for future updates on this program and the amazing stories that will be the lives of these transitional youth.

Elderly Nutrition Program (ENP) Request for Proposal (RFP)
A Request for Proposal (RFP) has been posted on the “Doing Business With” section of our website http://css.lacounty.gov/business-opportunties/ for one of our Department’s major programs, the Elderly Nutrition Program (ENP). We are always excited to work with businesses to provide the best services to every resident of Los Angeles County. To those that qualify, we encourage you to submit a proposal for review by following the instructions of the RFP listed at the link above.

Los Nietos Service Center Groundbreaking
On Thursday, November 3rd, 2016, our Los Nietos Service Center will have a huge groundbreaking on the approved expansion for the Center. Recognizing the need to update and increase the size of the Center, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors recently committed to funding the $5 million project, will add tremendous upgrades throughout the existing building. The design concept allows for a number of new additions, which will enable multiple activities to be held without displacing eager guests. This record-breaking funding was facilitated by the championing of 4th District Supervisor Don Knabe, who will be present and speaking at the groundbreaking ceremony.

United Way’s 10th Annual HomeWalk
Los Angeles County is participating in the United Way’s Tenth Annual HomeWalk on Saturday, November 19, 2016. In collaboration with the Board of Supervisors and the Chief Executive Office, we encourage all of our employees to participate in this walk to end homelessness. The funds raised will help to increase access to permanent affordable housing with supportive services like health care, mental health, job training, and case management for homeless families and individuals.

For registration, please visit: http://homewalkla.donordrive.com/team/LACountyTeam

From there, you can click “Join Our Team” to register as a member under the County team, or you can click “Support Us” to make a donation.

If you have any questions or require any additional information, please contact Michael Castillo at 213-974-1756, or via email at mcastillo@ceo.lacounty.gov

SANTA CLARITA VALLEY SERVICE CENTER CELEBRATES HALLOWEEN
Our wonderful staff at the Santa Clarita Valley Service Center creatively decorated the center in the Halloween spirit for the community to participate and enjoy! They hosted a haunted house, a costume contest, and a costume parade through the neighborhood. A large group of Toy Loan participants were also a part of the festivities. Thank you to all of our staff for going above and beyond to engage the local community.
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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.
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Los Angeles County and YouthBuild Partner to Maximize Job and Educational Training for Youth
On October 24, 2016 the YouthBuild Charter School of California, in partnership with the Greater Los Angeles Region YouthBuild programs, gathered over seven (7) local YouthBuild programs, more than 100 youth from diverse neighborhoods across the County, Community and Senior Services (CSS) and a few Los Angeles County America’s Job Centers of California (AJCCs) at their Compton Campus to conduct a Regional Training for youth and streamline co-enrollment in to the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Youth program. YouthBuild is a premiere national pre-apprenticeship model that is full aligned with WIOA’s vision to train, prepare, and help employ the next generation talent pool.
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LACC Fall Classic Hiring Event Welcomes Los Angeles County AJCC Operations as Guest
On Friday October 21, 2016 the Los Angeles Community College held its Fall Classic Hiring Event in partnerships with Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, Los Angeles County Department of Public Social Services, and the Los Angeles County Office of Education. The event was open to all members of the community and employers from different industries were present and ready to hire. Workshops of the following were provided throughout the half-day event: expungement of record, resume writing, dressing for success, and social media.
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Salute to Youth
Maritza Dubie-Uribe, Youth Program Manager and Anahit Damlamanyan, Youth Projects Lead represented the County of Los Angeles Community and Senior Services (CSS), in the 25th annual Salute to Youth: Career Connection event, hosted by the Antelope Valley Union High School District on October 13, 2016 and held at the Antelope Valley fairgrounds. The dynamic event was designed to introduce local students to a variety of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) careers and higher education opportunities available after high school graduation. Partners included: NASA, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics, Boeing, Northrop Grumman, Kaiser Permanente, Antelope Valley Boy Scouts of America, Antelope Valley Community College, Palmdale Water District, Los Angeles Office of Education and many others.
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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

TASTE OF SOUL 2016
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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PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE
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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COST ALLOCATION TRAINING
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.

EARTHQUAKE PREPARDNESS FOR OLDER ADULTS & ADULTS WITH ACCESS AND FUNCTIONAL NEEDS
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TASTE OF SOUL 2016
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!

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS FOR LOS ANGELES COUNTY ONE STOP OPERATOR (OSO) FOR THE AMERICA’S JOB CENTERS OF CALIFORNIA (AJCCs)
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 http://css.lacounty.gov. 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, prop47.lacounty.gov, 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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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 alzgla.org/walk4alz
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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 
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“Update” PRESS RELEASE: 15,000 Job Commitment to the Los Angeles County Summer Youth Employment Program

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PRESS RELEASE: L.A COUNTY SUMMER 2016 YOUTH JOB & RESOURCES FAIR
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
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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.
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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 www.edd.ca.gov and css.lacounty.gov. 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.
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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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