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January 31, 1990 | GEORGE FRANK
A new welfare office to serve poor and elderly residents in South County will open April 1 near La Paz Road and McIntyre Street. Financing the office became a priority in September after an attempt by county officials to close down the small welfare office in San Juan Capistrano caused a public outcry. Those opposing the closure said it would force the poor to make the long trip to the county welfare office in Costa Mesa. The San Juan Capistrano office was closed for less than a week.
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SPORTS
March 25, 2013 | By Gary Klein
USC's athletic department received a $5-million gift to endow its community service program and fund a coordinator's position that will be named in honor of former quarterback Matt Barkley, the school announced. The gift from the Otis Booth Foundation "will provide long-term funding for the program, which supports Trojan student-athletes' volunteer efforts to engage and inspire elementary age children in the neighborhoods surrounding USC," the school said in a release. Barkley, who will participate in a Pro Day workout for NFL scouts on Wednesday at USC, has been involved in local community service projects and also has traveled internationally on humanitarian trips.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 6, 1994 | MIMI KO
A group of teen-agers and a well-known local artist are using a Lemon Park block wall as the canvas for a mural to deter graffiti vandals. The wall had long been a popular "tagging" spot in Fullerton until last month, when the group began converting it into a mural titled "Children of the World," city officials said. "This painting is the heart of Fullerton and people will respect it," 16-year-old Daniel Rodriguez said as he painted an ocean on the wall Wednesday afternoon.
SPORTS
March 16, 2011 | Staff and wire reports
Former USC quarterback Mitch Mustain , who was arrested last month on suspicion of selling prescription narcotics, will not face misdemeanor charges if he completes a pre-file diversion program, a spokesman for the Los Angeles city attorney's office said Wednesday. Mustain, 23, must complete a drug-education program, perform 100 hours of community service and not be involved in another instance with police over the course of one year, city attorney spokesman Frank Mateljan said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 6, 1993 | BERT ELJERA
The city is reviving the tradition of free family movies on Friday nights at the park. From Friday through Aug. 8, full-length movies, including "Beauty and the Beast" and "Homeward Bound," will be shown on a 12-foot screen at the new Arovista Park Amphitheater. Families are encouraged to bring blankets and beach chairs. Kathie DeRobbio of the city's Cultural Arts Division said there will also be live entertainment on certain Fridays.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 1, 2001 | KARIMA A. HAYNES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A nonprofit organization that serves low-income families in the northeast San Fernando Valley launched a new program over the weekend that will provide social and educational activities for poor women and their children. The program, sponsored by MEND, or Meet Each Need with Dignity, a social service agency in Pacoima, is designed to bring relief to low-income, uneducated mothers who cannot afford to take their children to a movie, a museum or the bowling alley, officials said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 26, 1993 | CARMEN VALENCIA, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
In the second such incident this year, parks workers and officials have been accused of allowing convicts to avoid performing their full community service sentences, this time in the city of San Fernando. According to confidential memos obtained by The Times, "abuses have continued" since first reported internally in April, with "workers receiving credit for hours not worked." One city official confirmed that the alleged abuses are now under investigation by the district attorney's office.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 8, 1991 | MARK CHALON SMITH, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
There he was, telling the crowd at a benefit dedicated to helping dysfunctional families about his own fantasy of murdering his. The atmosphere at the UC Irvine Bren Events Center on Saturday night changed, as if a storm invaded a sunny day. Louie Anderson, that chubby dear of a comic known for his wise but usually benign observations, veered from the buoyant and bemused to the creepy and cathartic. "I used to think about killing my whole family.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 3, 1992 | JOSH MEYER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Special Investigations Division of the district attorney's office confirmed Monday it is investigating two city of Los Angeles employees suspected of taking bribes from convicted offenders ordered to perform community service in city parks.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 19, 1994 | JAMES RAINEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A dozen public health clinics, youth sports leagues and job-training programs were guaranteed funding in next year's Los Angeles city budget, after an impassioned appeal Wednesday by Councilwoman Jackie Goldberg. Goldberg also led a successful campaign--on the third day of City Council deliberations of Mayor Richard Riordan's proposed budget--to demand continuation of a $1-million project that provides mentors for troubled young people.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 13, 2007 | Steve Hymon, Times Staff Writer
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa announced Monday that he would reactivate a program of "drought busters" to preach the message of water conservation. Department of Water and Power employees will roam the nation's second-largest city and issue friendly advice to residents they see wasting water. Excessive lawn watering and sidewalk spraying are expected to be top targets. Earlier this year, the mayor asked residents to voluntarily cut water use by 10%.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 12, 2007 | Christine Hanley, Times Staff Writer
Rapper and actor Snoop Dogg will be picking up trash and cleaning toilets at an Orange County park to satisfy community service obligations ordered after he pleaded guilty to carrying an illegal police baton aboard an airplane at John Wayne Airport last year. Deputy Dist. Atty. Andre Manssourian said Thursday that he gave the artist a list of options available to defendants performing community service. The name of the park will not be disclosed to prevent disruptions.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 26, 2006 | Sandy Banks, Times Staff Writer
It was hot, but that wasn't all that was making Michael Wainwright sweat. "I just pray this goes smooth," Wainwright said, making his way toward a crowd of boisterous teens gathered outside the sweltering gym at the Nickerson Gardens housing project in Watts. He was waylaid before he reached the rec center door. "Hey, Wainwright, you got a job for me, right?" shouted a shirtless young man, swaggering over and planting himself in Wainwright's path.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 25, 2005 | Mary Rourke, Times Staff Writer
Elena Valencia, who founded community service programs for homeless senior citizens, disabled athletes and single mothers, has died. She was 73. Valencia was hospitalized with pulmonary fibrosis at Marlinda Convalescent Hospital in Pasadena. She died there June 18, according to Corrine Cardiel, a close friend. In East Los Angeles, she was as well known for being Cha-Cha the Clown as she was for her volunteer work.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 31, 2005 | Rachana Rathi, Times Staff Writer
An Orange County judge plans to open an outreach court to connect the homeless with mental health services, job training and legal counsel under one roof in hopes of saving money and reducing criminal recidivism. "We've been filling our prisons with the mentally ill, and that's not working.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 17, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
ChevronTexaco gave $1 million to a coalition of Latino community organizations Wednesday to help promote efforts promoting literacy and reduce high school dropout rates. The donation will be split between the Alliance for a Better Community and a Literacy Network/Urban League partnership.
NEWS
May 15, 1994 | JESSE KATZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Tony Bogard was the King of Imperial Courts. When he was killed Jan. 13 in a shootout at the Watts housing project, the gangbanger-turned-peacemaker was mourned as a martyr akin to Malcolm X. Nationally renowned for championing the 1992 truce between Crips and Bloods, he had become a symbol of redemption in South-Central Los Angeles, luring celebrities and government dollars to a community that rarely reaps such rewards. But Bogard's heroic transformation was a myth--and a cautionary tale about the corrupting pull of the streets.
NEWS
July 22, 1990 | PAUL DEAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It is penal service hiding behind coy euphemisms. Work release. Celebrity diversion. Special programs. They are, in essence, chain gangs without shackles. "I sentence a lot of people to work with Caltrans," said a Los Angeles municipal court commissioner. "Because it is hard work that in the heat of summer becomes hard labor."
NEWS
February 17, 2005 | Susan Carpenter, Times Staff Writer
They were like trees among shrubs -- three gargantuan Harlem Globetrotters standing waist deep in screaming schoolchildren, all of them holding out shoes and shirt sleeves for an autograph. The setting: An outdoor basketball court at Chatsworth's Sierra Canyon elementary school. The 'Trotters: "Clown Prince of Basketball" Geese Ausbie, "World's Fastest Dribbler" Curley Boo Johnson and Eugene "Edge" Edgerson, known as much for his Afro as his ball-handling skills.
NATIONAL
December 21, 2004 | Elizabeth Mehren, Times Staff Writer
Until her first breakdown, Pat was trim and active, even playing on the volleyball team in college. But deep scars on her forearms attest to a lifetime of self-abuse. Pat, 53, grew sedentary, obese and reclusive. She said she has been hospitalized 25 times. "The sicker I got, and the more doped up I became, the more I tended to become isolated," she said. This year, Pat enrolled in a program here called In Shape, designed to provide regular structured exercise for people with mental illness.
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