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October 12, 1990 | RICK VANDERKNYFF
Three comedians, including local-boys-made-good Jerry Miner and Chris Verwiel, perform tonight at 8 at UC Irvine's Bren Events Center in a benefit for the Irvine-based Community Service Programs. Tom McGillen, an Improvisation favorite, headlines the event, which is to raise money for programs targeting child abuse, drug abuse, homeless youths and victims of crime.
April 17, 1996 | JULIE FATE SULLIVAN
The City Council began work this week deciding which youth, family and senior programs should have top priority when the budget is drawn up for the next fiscal year. "We're in an information-gathering mode only," said Al King Jr., community services director. "It's not a cutting process yet. We're taking a look at issues like costs, participation levels and whether the programs are meeting the needs of residents."
July 13, 1992 | MARY ANNE PEREZ
The City Council has approved $50,000 in Community Development Block grants to a number of social service agencies. The annual awards account for 15% of the total block grant money the city received from the federal Housing and Urban Development this year. The council approved $5,000 for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Huntington Valley; $4,200 to Community Service Programs Inc. for youth diversion and restitution programs; $2,500 to California Elwyn Inc.
A former supervisor of a Los Angeles County animal shelter in Baldwin Park pleaded no contest Monday to a felony charge that he prepared false documents concealing the fact that court-ordered community service work assigned at the shelter was not being performed. Jaime Meraz, 44, a Chino resident who is a 20-year employee of the Los Angeles Department of Animal Care and Control, entered his plea before Municipal Court Judge Rand Schrader, who set sentencing for July 2 in Superior Court.
May 25, 1996
A proposal to require students to perform community service has been softened by the Las Virgenes Unified School District, which decided instead to urge educators to encourage the idea. Proponents such as Assistant Supt. Leo J. Lowe said "service learning," as some like to call it, would help impart moral values and make students better citizens. Opponents say requiring such service would defeat the purpose because community service works best when it comes from the heart.
October 19, 1994 | LESLIE BERKMAN
Leaders of government and community organizations Tuesday called for more intense participation throughout the county to help implement a plan aimed at curbing gang violence. "I truly believe the gangs . . . need to know the community is going to do something about the problem," Margot Carlson, executive director of Irvine-based Community Service Programs Inc., said at a news conference in Santa Ana. Joining Carlson at the news conference were Supervisor Harriett M.
July 30, 1992 | From Associated Press
Maryland on Wednesday became the first state in the nation to require public school students to perform community service to graduate. The plan passed by the State Board of Education requires students to complete either 75 hours of community service or a program designed by local school officials and approved by the state superintendent of schools. The changes take effect for incoming ninth-grade students in the 1993-1994 school year.
April 27, 1996 | LESLEY WRIGHT
Public works, counseling services and the county's Food Distribution Center were the big winners in the annual Community Development Block Grant stakes this week. City Council members unanimously approved recommendations made by a citizens committee to divide about $1.7 million in federal funds among municipal public works projects and nonprofit agencies in the city. "It's not an easy process," said Mary Ellen Laster, who oversees the grant program for the city.
October 24, 1995 | FRANK MANNING
A controversial proposal to require students to participate in community service programs for class credit will be discussed tonight by Las Virgenes Unified School District's board of education. Assistant Supt. Leo J. Lowe suggested launching the program in elementary school and then gradually introducing it into the upper grades. The goal, he said, is to help students be good citizens. "We're talking about a moral value here," said Lowe, who is on a committee studying the idea.
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