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July 12, 1996 | LORI HAYCOX
The city has chosen David A. Lepo as its director of community services. Lepo, 43, was selected from a pool of 65 applicants interviewed by Griffiths and Associates, a management consulting firm hired by the city. He starts his new job July 29. City officials said that their top priority for Lepo is to find ways to make the city more business-friendly so that it can reverse slipping sales tax revenue of recent years. Lepo has worked for the city of Signal Hill since 1988.
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April 15, 2014 | By Henry Chu
ROME -- Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi was ordered Tuesday to spend a year performing community service among the elderly as his sentence for committing tax fraud at his media conglomerate. The decision by a Milan judge spares Berlusconi, 77, a sentence of house arrest. But the former premier, who has dominated Italy's political scene for two decades, will see his movements restricted just as his center-right party gears up for elections to the European Parliament next month.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 2, 1996 | JULIE FATE SULLIVAN
The Community Services Commission will seek public comment at a workshop tonight on the development of open space, parks, trails, recreation programs and sports facilities in the city. Among issues to be discussed are the Sea Canyon public trail, a new youth roller hockey facility and the senior center. "We're looking for input from the public on the different facilities and programs we offer," said Bonnie Nicholl, community services manager.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 9, 2014 | By Ryan Menezes and Joel Rubin
A Los Angeles police officer was sentenced Wednesday to community labor and three years' probation for falsely testifying about the details of a 2008 drug arrest. Officer Manuel Bernardo Ortiz, who was convicted of one count each of perjury and conspiracy, must perform 900 hours of graffiti removal or work for the California Department of Transportation. Ortiz, 40, was one of three LAPD officers convicted in connection with the arrest of Guillermo Alarcon Jr. Former officers Evan Samuel and Richard Amio were convicted of multiple counts of perjury for testifying falsely during different court proceedings.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 26, 1996 | STEPHANIE BROMMER
Community services and the DARE program in Moorpark will be celebrated June 1 at Arroyo Vista Community Park. A car show, pony rides, carnival games, food and entertainment will be featured at the Moorpark Community Celebration, which will showcase programs and services in Moorpark as well as the Drug Abuse Resistance Education program and its graduates.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 6, 1994
Residents have until June 22 to apply to serve on the Community Services Commission, an 11-member board that advises the City Council on matters relating to recreation, beaches and parks. Applications may be obtained at the Community Services Department. The commission meets on the third Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m. at Huntington Beach Civic Center, 2000 N. Main St. For more information, call the Community Services Department at (714) 536-5486.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 30, 1995 | MIMI KO CRUZ
A policy enacted two months ago to allow prayers during public meetings of the Community Services Commission has been rescinded after some residents questioned whether it violated the constitutional tenet of separation of church and state. "We all have religious beliefs, and there is a time and place for the exercise of those beliefs," resident Marc J. Lebovitz wrote to the commission in a letter urging it to end the practice.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 16, 1988
Residents interested in the city's parks and community services are invited to apply for positions on the newly formed Community Services Commission. Those chosen to be commissioners will serve two-year terms and work with the City Council as an advisory board on matters relating to parks, park design and development, recreation and community services. The City Council will choose from applications received by July 12 at 5 p.m.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 9, 1994 | JEFF BEAN
Starting Monday, the city's Community Services Department will cut its office hours in half. The move is necessary because of a $140,000 cut in the department's programs and personnel made last month by the City Council. The department's office will no longer be open in the mornings. The new hours of the office, at 31421 La Matanza, will be 1 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Residents may use a drop slot to leave program registration or messages when the office is closed.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 11, 2014 | By Nita Lelyveld
You could try to do it with speeches. You could try to do it with laws. Or you could go grass-roots with glue sticks, markers and red hearts. How do you bring the people of a big city together? Big Sunday prefers the making-friends-while-making-valentines approach. The nonprofit, which aims to build community through service, is best known for one big weekend a year when thousands of volunteers fan out to hundreds of projects. But how to keep all those people feeling part of something bigger than themselves all year long?
ENTERTAINMENT
April 25, 2013 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Comedian Katt Williams avoided jail Thursday when he was sentenced to 90 days of community service after pleading no contest to misdemeanor reckless evasion of an officer in Sacramento. The original sentence was 180 days in county jail, according to the Sacramento Bee , but the judge converted it to the community service stretch with the other 90 days stayed if he does the work and stays out of trouble. The charge was originally a felony vehicle code violation. PHOTOS: Celebrity mug shots The chase that sparked the charge occurred last November, during a rough patch for the comic as he played dates on the West Coast and bumped up against the law repeatedly along the way. Driving a three-wheeled Can-Am Spyder motorcycle, Williams led police on a chase through sidewalks and walkways in downtown Sacramento after they approached him on a disturbing-the-peace complaint, Fox40 News reported at the time.
SPORTS
April 23, 2013
Donald Driver, the Green Bay Packers' all-time leading wide receiver announced on Tuesday a new annual awards program, the “Donald Driver's Driven to Achieve Awards", which will be given to those who make significant contributions to their communities. “Too often, we as a society focus on the bad things that are happening,” Driver said. “This program is about turning the spotlight around and shining it on the people that work hard every day to make this world a better place.” The awards, which will be co-sponsored by BMO Harris Bank, will recognize eight individuals each year and will be given to those who can demonstrate they delivered a clear benefit to their community through volunteerism, mentoring, fundraising or any other not-for-profit means.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 5, 2013 | By Victoria Kim and Andrew Blankstein
Singer Chris Brown was ordered to return to court this summer after attorneys asked a judge Friday for more time to review new evidence related to allegations he failed to complete court-ordered community service. Brown appeared in Los Angeles County Superior Court on Friday wearing an untucked white button-down shirt and tan pants. When his attorney emerged from a meeting with the prosecutor and judge and whispered in Brown's ear, the R&B star sighed and nodded. He was ordered back in court June 10. Brown is on five years' probation after pleading guilty to a felony count of assault in connection with a 2009 attack on then-girlfriend Rihanna . As part of his probation, he was required to perform 180 days of community labor in Virginia.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 5, 2013 | By Andrew Blankstein, This post has been corrected. See note below for details.
Chris Brown is due in a downtown courtroom Friday afternoon for the first time since February when prosecutors accused him of failing to complete court-ordered community service. Prosecutors had argued that proof of the R&B singer's service for a 2009 assault conviction was fraudulent. Superior Court Judge James Brandlin has yet to rule on whether Brown must serve additional community service time in Los Angeles County. If the singer does not fulfill his obligation to the court, he could be sent to jail.
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 7, 2013 | By Andrew Blankstein, Jack Leonard and Kate Mather, Los Angeles Times
Singer Chris Brown's lawyer fired back Wednesday at the Los Angeles County district attorney's office, accusing prosecutors of conducting their own "fraudulent" investigation into allegations that the entertainer had failed to fulfill his community service on a 2009 assault conviction involving Rihanna. Attorney Mark Geragos said there were countless examples of officials in Virginia witnessing Brown carrying out his court-ordered manual labor, which he said included shredding documents at the Richmond Police Department and cleaning the agency's stables.
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