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September 5, 1990 | GLENN F. BUNTING, TIMES STAFF WRITER
At an age when most people look to retire, 54-year-old E. Grace Payne quit her job as manager of an import company to run a struggling poverty program in Watts. The Westminster Neighborhood Assn. was so short of funds, Payne said, that she used $4,000 of her own money to meet her first payroll. That was in 1972. Today, Payne, a Bradley Administration appointee to the Los Angeles Harbor Commission, has built Westminster into one of the largest poverty agencies in Los Angeles. With a $1.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 5, 1990 | GLENN F. BUNTING, TIMES STAFF WRITER
At an age when most people look to retire, 54-year-old E. Grace Payne quit her job as manager of an import company to run a struggling poverty program in Watts. The Westminster Neighborhood Assn. was so short of funds, Payne said, that she used $4,000 of her own money to meet her first payroll. That was in 1972. Today, Payne, a Bradley Administration appointee to the Los Angeles Harbor Commission, has built Westminster into one of the largest poverty agencies in Los Angeles. With a $1.
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NEWS
December 4, 1986
The Board of Harbor Commissioners, which was scheduled Wednesday to consider a controversial proposal to build a hotel and retail center at the World Cruise Center, postponed action until Dec. 17. Commissioners Michael W. Schwab and E. Grace Payne, whose subcommittee last week recommended approval of the project, requested the delay because Jun Mori, board president, is out of the country. The commissioners said they wanted the entire five-member board to vote on the proposal. HCT Inc.
NEWS
November 30, 1986
Despite pleas from local business leaders, a Board of Harbor Commissioners committee has recommended that the board vote approval of a $54.7-million hotel and retail center at the World Cruise Center at its next meeting. Merchants from the Ports o' Call seaside shopping village and downtown San Pedro had asked the board to look into the proposed complex in September after the Harbor Department staff recommended approval.
NEWS
June 23, 1985 | JOEL SAPPELL
As city commissions go, landing a seat on the mayorally appointed Harbor Commission is considered a plum. Global travel and fancy dinner parties with foreign dignitaries and heavyweights of the shipping industry come with the job. So does power. Harbor commissioners oversee one of only three city departments that are financially independent and do not depend on the city's general fund for money. The other two are the departments of airports and water and power.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 29, 1990
In Watts, low-income families often have no choice of where to live other than a public housing project. The need for affordable housing there is great, but most developers shy away because they fear they won't be able to make a profit in a poor part of town. That's why nonprofit developers may offer the best--and in most cases the only--hope.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 30, 1988 | SCOTT HARRIS, Times Staff Writer
When Major Dixon, his wife, Carol Jackson, and their three children moved from Louisiana to Los Angeles last April, they hoped for a better future. They found it a more expensive one. Their drab two-bedroom home--which would rent for $100 a month in the land of gumbo--commands $575 a month here. True, that is low by Los Angeles standards, but it is fairly typical for Watts. And it also is fairly typical that the rent devours more than half of the family's income.
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August 24, 1988 | KEVIN RODERICK, Times Staff Writer
"Who wants to hug Mayor Bradley?" Hands shot up in the Watts auditorium. So the 70-year-old mayor of Los Angeles got down on one knee, threw open his arms and stayed put while about 75 children, kindergartners to teen-agers, went up one by one for their hug. After that, Bradley got to his feet--smiling as wide as the children--and exchanged hugs with their teachers and other students. Some older boys tried to just shake hands, but Bradley smothered each in a full embrace.
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March 30, 1990 | JOCELYN Y. STEWART, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For Julia and Tom Baker, the memories will never die. Residents of Watts for most of their lives, the two vividly remember the days of the 1965 uprising: National Guardsmen marched through the streets, fires burned out of control and the sound of gunfire echoed through the night. Four-hundred buildings were burned and looted. Thirty-four people were killed. "It was just something terrible to see," said Tom Baker, 49, holding his 4-year-old nephew, Lamar.
NEWS
January 25, 1989 | Marylouise Oates
"If someone pays $1,000, we really want them to have a great time." And, indeed, people are lining up to pay $1,000 for a ticket to "Phantom of the Opera," which opens at the Ahmanson this spring. The money, however, goes not to scalpers but to the Center Theatre Group, which holds its benefit at the May 20 preview performance.
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