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The week ahead

September 15, 2008

A look at upcoming events:


New library: A grand reopening/rededication ceremony will be held for the San Gabriel Library after a yearlong renovation project.

Rove talks: Karl Rove, former deputy chief of staff and senior advisor to President Bush, will give a lecture on "Politics and the Presidency" at Claremont McKenna College.


Health issues: The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors discusses a report on various options for creating an independent review entity for the Department of Health Services, an update on the status of recruitment efforts for a new Health Services director and a report on the financial status of the department.

Homeless facility: The Salvation Army of Southern California will reopen the doors to Harmony Hall in downtown Los Angeles, a reentry program that serves the needs of former homeless men and women in the final stages of drug and alcohol abuse recovery.

Obama in town: Presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama will attend a fundraising event, featuring a performance by Barbra Streisand, in Beverly Hills.

Deputies honored: The Orange County Board of Supervisors will present resolutions honoring Orange County sheriff's deputies Mark Wehrli and Brian Gunsolley for risking their lives to save a woman determined to commit suicide by jumping from an overpass in Laguna Hills.


Crime discussion: The Los Angeles Countywide Criminal Justice Coordination Committee receives a report on jail overcrowding and an update on the development of a countywide gang strategy.


Food show: "Taste of Newport," an outdoor food and wine event celebrating its 20th anniversary, begins in Newport Beach.


Coastal cleanup: Thousands are expected for various coastal cleanup activities around Southern California.


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