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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 12, 2000 | DANIEL YI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The hiring site for day laborers on Laguna Canyon Road is only one mile, yet worlds away, from the quintessential Southern California beach scene that unfurls at the end of the highway. The well-to-do come in a continuous stream to Laguna Beach, attracted by the seemingly rustic seaside community with its tony restaurants and people-friendly beaches.
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NEWS
November 7, 2000 | PATT DIROLL, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Five grass-roots entrepreneurs were in the spotlight at the Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel last Thursday for their innovative solutions to needs in the greater Los Angeles community. This year's recipients of the Visions in Philanthropy Awards, chosen from nearly 100 nominees: * Robin Keefe and her 15-year-old son Brandon, who have mobilized volunteers to collect and place thousands of books in the hands of Southland children.
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November 6, 2000 | GINA PICCALO, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Melvyn Hayward is a touchstone in Venice, the man locals call when they need work, a place to live, help with their homework or simply the motivation to keep going when the odds against them feel overwhelming. The 51-year-old Hayward, who heads the Vera Davis McClendon Youth and Family Community Center, welcomes the homeless, elderly, poor and young mothers pushing baby strollers--as well as local gang members.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 27, 2000
Twenty-five computers intended to help low-income residents in nearby apartments "bridge the digital divide" were stolen from the Dunbar Hotel, local community development officials said Thursday. The computers, worth $25,000 and most of them in their boxes, were in the second-floor computer lab run by the Dunbar Economic Development Corp., said agency Director Reginald Chapple. The hotel is at 4225 S. Central Ave.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 13, 2000 | CAITLIN LIU
A woman who was living without the owner's permission at a vacant Northridge house was sentenced Thursday to 60 days' community service, authorities said. Aisha Lawrence, 24, who pleaded no contest to theft and trespassing, was also ordered by Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Randy Rhodes to pay $12,500 restitution for her squatting, said Deputy City Atty. Maureen Rodriguez. The house in the 18500 block of Labrador Street had been foreclosed, Rodriguez said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 11, 2000 | GINA PICCALO, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Actor Jan Michael Vincent, who was once one of the highest-paid stars on television, is now serving time at the Culver City Police Department--as a janitor. The only inmate to do his time by swabbing up, Vincent is performing the menial tasks to trim about a month from his sentence for several alcohol-related convictions.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 7, 2000 | HECTOR BECERRA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Araceli Avila knew she would come back. True friends never hold grudges. Two weeks after parent protests led to the closure of the Shalimar Learning Center, the center reopened this week to a stream of eager children from the gritty Costa Mesa neighborhood. The after-school tutoring center, located in converted apartment units on Shalimar Drive, shut down after about 30 parents protested the dismissal of one of its founders, Maria Alvarez.
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October 6, 2000 | JOSE CARDENAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Annie Dinkins could hear the young children outside her window cursing and fighting. She asked the Lord to do something. Instead, she says, the Lord asked her: What are you doing? She conferred with her granddaughter, Teiyana Muse, who also was contemplating doing something to mentor the idle children on their block in the Hyde Park district of South Los Angeles. Two months ago, they formed Youth With Purpose--a weekly gathering of some of the children, held in Muse's apartment.
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