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April 14, 2007 | Rebecca Trounson, Times Staff Writer
Bishop Charles E. Blake, the influential pastor of one of Southern California's largest churches, has been named presiding bishop of his denomination, the Church of God in Christ, based in Memphis, Tenn. Blake, pastor of West Angeles Church of God in Christ in the Crenshaw district, was formally appointed this week to lead the Pentecostal, largely African American denomination, which claims about 6 million members in the United States and abroad.
April 8, 2013 | By Michael Finnegan
Los Angeles mayoral candidate Wendy Greuel picked up the endorsement Monday of Maxine Waters, a Democratic congresswoman with substantial sway among black voters in South Los Angeles. Waters is the latest in a succession of prominent African Americans in L.A. politics to take sides in the May 21 runoff between Greuel, the city controller, and Eric Garcetti, a city councilman. Black voters, particularly in South L.A., are one of the biggest voting blocs up for grabs. Relatively few blacks backed Greuel or Garcetti in the March 5 primary, opting instead for City Councilwoman Jan Perry, the sole African American in the race.
December 26, 2011 | By Richard A. Serrano, Washington Bureau
First, he preached the Gospel in South Los Angeles. Then he picked up a badge and gun as an LAPD officer working the Wilshire Division. From there, he moved to the FBI, serving as an undercover agent in Los Angeles, then in Tennessee. His life, he said, was "my American dream. " But now Darin McAllister is in federal prison in eastern Kentucky, serving a four-year sentence as part of a Justice Department investigation into mortgage fraud. His life today, he says, is "my American nightmare.
September 24, 2009 | Peter Wallsten
For weeks, President Obama has tried to combat claims that his healthcare overhaul would mean tax dollars going toward abortions, calling the assertion a "myth." Today, his argument may gain some strength: A group of black church leaders who oppose abortion is set to endorse the president's health plan. The clergy -- led by Bishop Charles E. Blake Sr., a Los Angeles minister who heads the massive Church of God in Christ -- are scheduled to announce their support for the legislation at a news conference this morning.
February 22, 1992
The slow but steady effort to make the Los Angeles Police Department be all that it can be, as one U.S. military organization might put it, is moving forward. The city has named members of the key committee that will produce a final list of candidates for the job of new LAPD police chief. The seven well-respected members are representative of the many interests and cultures of Los Angeles, and that's as it must be if the city is to feel that the new police chief is chief of all the people.
June 26, 2003 | Matea Gold, Times Staff Writer
Los Angeles City Council President Alex Padilla solidified his hold on his leadership seat Wednesday by garnering the endorsements of Councilman Bernard C. Parks and incoming Councilman Martin Ludlow, all but guaranteeing his reelection Tuesday. On that day, four new members will take office and the 15-member City Council will select its president.
Bishop Wilford Allen Alexander, believed to be Orange County's longest-serving black clergyman, died of a heart attack at his Santa Ana home Wednesday. He was 77. Alexander served as pastor of the Gospel Light Church of God in Christ for 27 years. Described by family, parishioners and fellow clergymen as a humble man dedicated to his ministry, Alexander was the county's highest-ranking official of the Church of God in Christ, which has 4 million members worldwide.
April 1, 2003
The outnumbered troops hoped for cooperation from the civilians they had come to liberate. But instead of hugs and flowers, they got shrugs and scowls. Behind locked doors and barred windows, wary residents weighed options: remain tacitly loyal to those who rule by fear or speak up and risk a bullet in the back of the skull?
Eager for a mayor who is more responsive to black residents, several Los Angeles activists are already gearing up for the 1997 election. Immediate goals include increasing voter interest in local politics within the black community, as well as from members of the Latino and Asian communities, said James M. Thomas, director of community relations for the West Angeles Church of God in Christ. "We have similar struggles," Thomas said. "We need to get more people involved in the process.
April 7, 2003
The Boston minister was preaching intolerance, and hundreds of men and women packing the Crenshaw district's West Angeles Church of God in Christ Thursday nodded and shouted encouragement. The community must no longer tolerate gang violence, the preacher thundered. Los Angeles cannot allow "its children to hold it hostage." "Amen," the audience responded. "Amen." The rousing speaker was the Rev. Eugene F. Rivers, and he came at the invitation of Bishop Charles E.
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