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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 25, 1997
The Los Angeles City Council has approved funds that will give the Oakwood Family Youth Center a project coordinator to help write grant proposals for nonprofit groups in the area. The center will house seven community organizations that provide employment training and family services in the neighborhood. A building that formerly housed the Venice library branch is being converted into the center, which is scheduled to open by the end of summer.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 17, 2000 | HUGO MARTIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Short-handed and strapped for cash, the manager of the Ramona Gardens recreation center turned to a most unlikely source to rid his aging Boyle Heights facility of graffiti: gang members. The gang members agreed to help, using donated paint from an adjacent housing project to cover scrawls in the restrooms, weight room and entryway. The gang members even posted signs, warning that anyone who vandalized the center would suffer their wrath.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 29, 1996 | DARRELL SATZMAN
Barely a month old and already drawing crowds, the LAPD's Reseda Youth Center received an additional boost Wednesday when the Los Angeles City Council approved $6,000 to augment the center's laboratory. Councilwoman Laura Chick, whose funds helped establish the computer laboratory, requested council approval of the money from her General City Purposes Fund. The money will be directed through the Police Activity League Supporters, or PALS, which operates the center with the LAPD.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 17, 2000 | HUGO MARTIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Short-handed and strapped for cash, the manager of the Ramona Gardens Recreation Center recently turned to a most unlikely source to help rid his aging Boyle Heights facility of graffiti: gang members. The result was even more surprising. The gang members agreed to help and used donated paint from the adjacent housing project to cover scrawlings in the bathrooms, weight room and main entryway.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 10, 1993 | JOSH MEYER
The Boys & Girls Club of San Fernando Valley was awarded $12,000 Tuesday by Los Angeles County supervisors for operating a center for children from low- and middle-income families. The supervisors unanimously approved spending Community Block Grant funds it received from the federal government for the Pacoima-based program. Supervisor Ed Edelman requested the funding, which will come out of his district office budget.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 27, 1993 | FRANK MESSINA
The City Council this week approved almost $260,000 in additional funds to run the city's recreation centers through June 30. A major part of the money will go to buy rather than lease fitness and computer equipment, said city officials. The recommendation to buy the equipment came from Sports Leisure Group, which got the city contract in December to operate the centers. At the time, the sports management company estimated it would cost $1.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 14, 1993 | SCOTT GLOVER
A plan by Councilman Zev Yaroslavsky to spend $270,000 in developer fees on a running track for the Sherman Oaks-Van Nuys Recreation Center was criticized Wednesday by park users who say the money would be better spent repairing the facility's deteriorating swimming pool or gymnasium.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 15, 1998
A dozen gospel choirs will perform today at a concert to benefit the Lennox sheriff's station's Youth Activity Center. Choirs from Los Angeles to Lancaster will help raise money to purchase computers, software and educational materials for the children who attend the station's computer learning workshop, said Deputy Isaac Gonzalez. The concert will also feature performances by soloists, praise dancers and the Washington Preparatory High School choir.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 5, 1999
A $2-million grant of surplus funds from the 1984 Olympics was awarded Friday for improvement of the Los Angeles Swim Stadium next to the Coliseum and to aid building a community center and gymnasium. The grant to the Exposition Park Intergenerational Community Center was made by the Amateur Athletic Foundation, the successor group to the Los Angeles Olympic Organizing Committee. It will pay for part of a $28.3-million project involving public and private funds.
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June 10, 1993 | RICHARD WINTON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A Claremont Unified School District proposal to charge property owners about $97 a year for upkeep of school recreational facilities met with fierce opposition this week. The school board's small classroom-style meeting room overflowed Monday. About 200 residents, many of them senior citizens, stood in the entrance, the hallways and spilled onto the patio.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 31, 1999
A police-affiliated youth center is in danger of closing as early as November, with a one-time grant almost exhausted, officials say. The center, which serves about 1,200 youths up to age 17, opened three years ago this week with a three-year, $120,000 grant from the Los Angeles-based Audrey & Sidney Irmas Foundation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 28, 1999 | AGNES DIGGS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Sergio Rivera, 16, and his 13-year-old brother, Ricardo, say they found self-discipline and safety in a kick-boxing class at a youth center affiliated with the Los Angeles Police Department's West Valley Division. But their class, and others serving 1,200 youths up to age 17, might come to an end as early as November as the center and its sponsor scramble to raise enough funds to remain open, officials said. "It's important to me that it stays open," Sergio said. "It keeps me out of trouble.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 5, 1999
A $2-million grant of surplus funds from the 1984 Olympics was awarded Friday for improvement of the Los Angeles Swim Stadium next to the Coliseum and to aid building a community center and gymnasium. The grant to the Exposition Park Intergenerational Community Center was made by the Amateur Athletic Foundation, the successor group to the Los Angeles Olympic Organizing Committee. It will pay for part of a $28.3-million project involving public and private funds.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 15, 1998
A dozen gospel choirs will perform today at a concert to benefit the Lennox sheriff's station's Youth Activity Center. Choirs from Los Angeles to Lancaster will help raise money to purchase computers, software and educational materials for the children who attend the station's computer learning workshop, said Deputy Isaac Gonzalez. The concert will also feature performances by soloists, praise dancers and the Washington Preparatory High School choir.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 25, 1997
The Los Angeles City Council has approved funds that will give the Oakwood Family Youth Center a project coordinator to help write grant proposals for nonprofit groups in the area. The center will house seven community organizations that provide employment training and family services in the neighborhood. A building that formerly housed the Venice library branch is being converted into the center, which is scheduled to open by the end of summer.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 21, 1996 | RICHARD WINTON and NICHOLAS RICCARDI, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
In yet another scandal to shake South Pasadena, the former executive director of the senior citizens' center was charged Friday with embezzling funds over a six-year period. Investigators say Leonor Escalante, 62, took about $18,000, using the funds to bolster her own bank account and pay credit card bills. She is expected to surrender to authorities Monday and be arraigned later that day.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 16, 1993 | AARON CURTISS
Los Angeles County supervisors on Tuesday approved a $370,000 grant to help expand the kitchen at the Antelope Valley Senior Citizens Center in Lancaster. By expanding the center's kitchen to 13,900 square feet, administrators hope to double the number of meals they can serve each day from 600 to 1,200. The center provides meals for $1.25 to elderly residents of the Antelope Valley. Meals are now prepared at the Mira Loma Jail, but the jail has not always been able to cook enough.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 21, 1996 | RICHARD WINTON and NICHOLAS RICCARDI, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
In yet another scandal to shake South Pasadena, the former executive director of the senior citizens' center was charged Friday with embezzling funds over a six-year period. Investigators say Leonor Escalante, 62, took about $18,000, using the funds to bolster her own bank account and pay credit card bills. She is expected to surrender to authorities Monday and be arraigned later that day.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 29, 1996 | DARRELL SATZMAN
Barely a month old and already drawing crowds, the LAPD's Reseda Youth Center received an additional boost Wednesday when the Los Angeles City Council approved $6,000 to augment the center's laboratory. Councilwoman Laura Chick, whose funds helped establish the computer laboratory, requested council approval of the money from her General City Purposes Fund. The money will be directed through the Police Activity League Supporters, or PALS, which operates the center with the LAPD.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 1, 1996 | ERIN TEXEIRA
Two San Fernando Valley youth boxing programs that have operated with donated equipment and money won approval for a city grant Tuesday to pay for boxing rings, punching bags and other boxing gear. The Lanark Recreation Center in Canoga Park and the David M. Gonzalez/Pacoima Recreation Center in Pacoima will receive $16,000 each through the city Arts, Health and Humanities Committee. The money is earmarked for equipment purchases only, City Council officials said.
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