Changing the Face of County Social Services
Aug17

Changing the Face of County Social Services

In the midst of the State of California’s observance of the 50th Anniversary of the implementation of the California Medical Assistance Program (Medi-Cal), which today serves as a safety net for millions of Los Angeles County residents, the Department of Public Social Services, continues to build on its reputation as a national leader in providing social services.

Under the current leadership of its director, Sheryl L. Spiller, the department currently provides services to over 3.5 million county residents, managing an annual budget of over $4 billion. With a workforce of 13,500-plus employees, the department is the second largest social service agency in the United States.

 

Michelle Obama Scores a Home Run!
Aug17

Michelle Obama Scores a Home Run!

There wasn’t a dry eye in the house by the end of her 14-minute speech at the Democratic National Convention last month. The awe-inspiring speech about love, strength and change left President Obama scrambling to put together his final DNC address—reportedly staying up till 3:30 a.m.—going through six drafts of his speech, and editing one last time after watching Michelle Obama rock the house and its near 20,000 attendees to its core.

“Incredible speech by an incredible woman. Couldn’t be more proud & our country has been blessed to have her as a FLOTUS,” Obama tweeted of the address dubbed by some as a “speech for the ages”.

 

Jun15

Q&A With Jessie Usher

The star of Lebron James’ Starz series “Survivor’s Remorse” is making big moves in Hollywood with being cast in Independence Day: Resurgence. The Maryland native moved to Los Angeles with his family in 2003 and started landing small television roles including “Without a Trace”, “Numbers”, “Criminal Minds”, “Lincoln Heights”, and “Hannah Montana”.His first big role came in 2011 playing the role of Lyle Hugginson in Cartoon Network’s television movie

 

Inglewood Rising
Jun15

Inglewood Rising

As spring came to an end in 1999, anxiety gripped Inglewood like Shaq at the free-throw line. The city was inching toward an unsettling reality. After hosting countless legendary games in the Fabulous Forum, the Lakers prepared for their final game.
Two franchise teams —both the Lakers and Kings— were set to begin a new era in basketball and hockey at the Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles—an exodus that would cost Inglewood roughly $1 million annually in lost revenue from ticket and parking taxes.

Jun15

America Mourns the Passing of "The Greatest": Muhammad Ali

Muhammad Ali, a three-time heavyweight champion and one of the most influential athletes in American history both in the ring and out, has died. He was 74 years old.

Hospitalized in the Phoenix area with respiratory problems, the official cause of death for Ali—who battled Parkinson’s Disease for 32 years—died of septic shock.

But it is not how he died that most will remember Muhammad Ali, instead it is how he lived and how he changed the fabric of sports and the culture of a nation with his bold, brash, compassionate, wise and outspoken persona.

Dr. Kenneth C. Ulmer Brings Trauma Center to Urban Community
Jun15

Dr. Kenneth C. Ulmer Brings Trauma Center to Urban Community

Lamont Dawson has lived in Baldwin Village—often called “The Jungle” by locals—all his life.

After his son was mistaken for a gang member and stabbed to death in 1998, Dawson, typically active and upbeat, began sinking deep into depression.

“I started getting high on crack and drinking out of control,” recalled Dawson.

The traumatic events entirely consumed the 56-year-old man that it led to his downward spiral into drug addiction and alcoholism.

First Ladies High Tea
November will mark the 20th Anniversary of our Annual First Ladies High Tea, honoring the contributions of female leaders and women of faith to the Los Angeles community. For more information, visit www.firstladieshightea.com
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