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April 10, 2013 | By Howard Blume
Parents at 24th Street Elementary School have overwhelmingly chosen a partnership between the Los Angeles Unified School District and a charter school to run the persistently low-performing Jefferson Park campus. Among those eligible to cast ballots, 80% chose a proposal that combines the efforts of the school district with those of Crown Preparatory Academy, which already runs an unaffiliated middle school out of surplus space on the campus. The results were announced Wednesday morning.
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December 25, 2013 | By KTLA-5
A vigil took place on Christmas Eve at the site in South Los Angeles where a 35-year-old man was stabbed to death in an attack that has left police searching for the killer and a motive. William Jennings died about 10:30 p.m. Friday after a confrontation in the 3300 block of West Jefferson Boulevard in the Jefferson Park neighborhood. He and his wife had just walked home from a Christmas party, according to relatives, when he went to the corner store. During that quick trip, he was approached by another man who pulled out a knife and stabbed Jennings after a brief dispute, according to police.
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October 24, 2001 | CINDY DORN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Jefferson Park area, near where Jefferson and Crenshaw boulevards meet in midtown Los Angeles, is rich in houses of worship: Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church, West Angeles Church of God and Christ, Trinity Baptist Church, Westminster Presbyterian, United Nation of Islam Mosque, to name a few. But the building that houses the Redeemer Baptist Church on Jefferson Boulevard tells the area's history better than most.
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April 17, 2013 | By Dalina Castellanos, Los Angeles Times
For the first time since California's controversial parent-trigger law went into effect, a school district has elected not to challenge a petition submitted by parents. The Los Angeles Board of Education this week ratified a partnership between the district and a charter school to take control of the struggling 24th Street Elementary. The 2010 law gives parents increased authority over low-performing campuses, including the option to convert them to independently operated charter schools.
NEWS
May 1, 1994
The Jefferson Park Improvement Project is holding a community forum at 6 p.m. Thursday with Mayor Richard Riordan at the fellowship hall of Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2230 W. Jefferson Blvd. The agenda will focus on the mayor's public safety plan, particularly community-based policing, and his recently announced city budget.
NEWS
April 3, 1994
The Jefferson Vassie D. Wright Memorial Branch Library opened its expanded facility last week at 3311 W. Jefferson Blvd. The opening was marked by a ribbon-cutting ceremony, used book sale and daylong musical celebration in nearby Shaw Park. Improvements, which took about eight months to complete, included a new foyer, carpet, paint and installation of public restrooms--the first for the library since opening in 1923.
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April 16, 2007 | From a Times Staff Writer
Two Los Angeles police officers shot and killed a man who allegedly pointed a pistol at them Saturday night near Jefferson Park, authorities said. The suspect, a man in his 20s, was pronounced dead at the scene, a .357 magnum handgun by his side, after the 8:50 p.m. incident, said Officer Mike Lopez, a spokesman for the Los Angeles Police Department. The victim had not been identified as of late Sunday.
NEWS
March 21, 1993 | ERIN J. AUBRY
Billboards warning teen-agers about the dangers of AIDS are going up throughout Central Los Angeles, with the newest one unveiled last week in Jefferson Park. The billboards, which target the black community, show cardiologist and AIDS specialist Dr. James Mays with the caption, "If not abstinence . . . caution." The billboards also include a bright yellow traffic sign reading: "Caution Condoms."
NEWS
December 11, 1994 | ERIN J. AUBRY
The deadline for applying for Northridge earthquake disaster assistance has been extended to Jan. 20, a plus for Crenshaw and South-Central Los Angeles, where damage was heavy in some parts. The Federal Emergency Management Agency encourages anyone who suffered quake-related losses to apply for aid since there will be no further extensions.
NEWS
January 23, 1994
The Jefferson Park Improvement Project Inc. is sponsoring its sixth annual parade and festival Saturday. The parade will begin at 10 a.m. at Crenshaw and Adams boulevards, proceed south on Crenshaw to Jefferson Boulevard, then east to Western Avenue. The parade will feature marching bands and drill teams from local schools as well as local politicians, including Councilman Mark Ridley-Thomas, state Sen. Diane Watson and County Supervisor Yvonne Brathwaite Burke.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 10, 2013 | By Howard Blume
Parents at 24th Street Elementary School have overwhelmingly chosen a partnership between the Los Angeles Unified School District and a charter school to run the persistently low-performing Jefferson Park campus. Among those eligible to cast ballots, 80% chose a proposal that combines the efforts of the school district with those of Crown Preparatory Academy, which already runs an unaffiliated middle school out of surplus space on the campus. The results were announced Wednesday morning.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 8, 2013 | By Howard Blume
Voting began at 7 a.m. Tuesday among parents who will chart the future of 24th Street Elementary School under a controversial parent-empowerment law. The law -- known as the parent trigger -- grants substantial authority to parents when a majority at a low-performing school sign a petition seeking change. Among their options, parents can replace the principal or the entire staff or hand over the school to an outside operator. Parents at 24th Street, in Jefferson Park, are choosing among four options.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 13, 2011 | By Ann M. Simmons, Los Angeles Times
The alley at Main and 53rd streets in South Los Angeles is unpaved and littered with trash; its bordering walls scrawled with graffiti. But the unsightly scene is one that local residents and neighborhood improvement groups envision will soon be a thing of the past as a community "greening" initiative takes root. As part of the Avalon Green Alley pilot project, which seeks to transform about 900 miles of alleys in Los Angeles into open space, the narrow lane at Main and 53rd will get a face-lift.
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February 7, 2011 | By Jason Song, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Unified School District officials are reviewing personnel and curriculum at Widney High School, which serves developmentally disabled children, because staff members are doing a poor job of teaching the students and automatically giving overtime to workers who leave early and arrive late, according to documents and interviews. During a recent visit to the Jefferson Park campus, Supt. Ramon C. Cortines observed instructors watching a soap opera during class time. "They didn't even make an effort to turn it off when I was there," he said.
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July 15, 2010 | By Sam Allen, Los Angeles Times
Tom Lolis, who studies English literature, was looking through volumes of religious writings at the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library last fall when he came across something unexpected. It was a manuscript by British theologian John Portage, written around 1660. Portage's work has been much studied by scholars, including Lolis. But here was a document that none of them knew existed. "I kind of lucked out," said Lolis, who is working on a post-doctoral fellowship at the library.
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August 30, 2008 | Tami Abdollah
A bank security guard who was shot and killed Thursday in Jefferson Park was identified Friday by coroner's officials as Isaiah Quinones, 40. Two male attackers wrested a handgun from Quinones in the parking lot of the Bank of America branch at 29th Street and Crenshaw Boulevard, then fatally shot him with his own weapon, police said. Quinones died later at California Hospital in Los Angeles. -- Tami Abdollah
NEWS
November 29, 1992 | ERIN J. AUBRY
The Jefferson Park Improvement Project, a community beautification program, will plant trees on Jefferson Boulevard between Crenshaw Boulevard and Western Avenue on Saturday starting at 8 a.m. "This is a dream come to fruition," said Brenda Robinson, a member of the Jefferson Park Steering Committee, which is sponsoring the event. "After the civil unrest, we really were looking to involve the community in something that would give them pride."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 14, 2005 | Andrew Blankstein, Times Staff Writer
Gunfire erupted Sunday night outside the entrance to a neighborhood carnival in Jefferson Park, wounding two 14-year-old boys, one of them fatally. A gunman walked up to the boys before opening fire near the entrance to the fair in the 3800 block of 2nd Avenue near Exposition Boulevard, said Los Angeles Police Lt. John Pasquariello. There were many people nearby, including families with young children, he said.
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April 16, 2007 | From a Times Staff Writer
Two Los Angeles police officers shot and killed a man who allegedly pointed a pistol at them Saturday night near Jefferson Park, authorities said. The suspect, a man in his 20s, was pronounced dead at the scene, a .357 magnum handgun by his side, after the 8:50 p.m. incident, said Officer Mike Lopez, a spokesman for the Los Angeles Police Department. The victim had not been identified as of late Sunday.
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March 11, 2006 | Lisa Richardson, Times Staff Writer
Los Angeles police were searching Friday for the driver of a taxicab that struck and killed a 34-year-old man in a wheelchair. Jose Laboy, on his way home from classes at Santa Monica College, was hit about 8:45 p.m. Thursday while crossing Adams Boulevard at Palm Grove Avenue, police said. Witnesses told police that the driver of the taxi, described as a green and white car, possibly a mid-'90s Ford Crown Victoria, fled the scene after striking Laboy.
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