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January 28, 1999 | ROBERTO J. MANZANO
Two Valley groups that started a project to assist the uninsured poor will sponsor a free kickoff event Saturday to launch their health project. Valley Organized in Community Efforts, or VOICE, and San Fernando Valley Neighborhood Legal Services Inc. will celebrate the official start of the Vida Health Project at the event featuring participating families, health care providers, community leaders, food and music.
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September 11, 1999 | ROBERTO J. MANZANO
A nonprofit community group will host a series of leadership development workshops at three locations across the Valley. Valley Organized in Community Efforts, or VOICE, will sponsor the meetings, which will teach participants ways to improve their communities, said co-chairwoman Cecelia Barragan. "A lot of us don't feel we have any power outside of our little worlds," Barragan said. "This will give you the tools on how to work in the community you live in."
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 11, 1999 | ROBERTO J. MANZANO
A nonprofit community group will host a series of leadership development workshops at three locations across the Valley. Valley Organized in Community Efforts, or VOICE, will sponsor the meetings, which will teach participants ways to improve their communities, said co-chairwoman Cecelia Barragan. "A lot of us don't feel we have any power outside of our little worlds," Barragan said. "This will give you the tools on how to work in the community you live in."
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January 31, 1999 | MIGUEL BUSTILLO
Carmen Espinoza of Pacoima learned a hard lesson two years ago when she took her eldest child to the emergency room of a county hospital after he complained of stomach pains. The hospital took him in, concluded the pains were nothing serious, and promptly released him. Days later, however, the real pain hit the Espinoza family, one of many San Fernando Valley families too poor to afford medical benefits. "They sent me a bill for $900," Espinoza recalled. "They didn't even give him a pill!"
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July 6, 1993 | KURT PITZER
Leaders of Valley Organized In Community Efforts (VOICE), a group that for the past five years has pushed a church-based, anti-crime agenda, expect to get more help from the Riordan Administration than they did from former Mayor Tom Bradley. A centerpiece of the VOICE anti-gang effort is the fledgling Hope in Youth campaign, spearheaded by Cardinal Roger Mahony, whose pleas for financial aid Bradley rejected in favor of existing programs.
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June 24, 1996 | SHARON MOESER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A church- and synagogue-based coalition favoring immigrant rights and a statewide minimum wage increase announced a drive Sunday to get 26,000 like-minded voters to the polls for the November election. Valley Organized in Community Efforts, better known as VOICE, is targeting 250 precincts primarily in the northeast San Fernando Valley in its get-out-the-vote campaign, said Fred Ross, a VOICE organizer.
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January 31, 1999 | MIGUEL BUSTILLO
Carmen Espinoza of Pacoima learned a hard lesson two years ago when she took her eldest child to the emergency room of a county hospital after he complained of stomach pains. The hospital took him in, concluded the pains were nothing serious, and promptly released him. Days later, however, the real pain hit the Espinoza family, one of many San Fernando Valley families too poor to afford medical benefits. "They sent me a bill for $900," Espinoza recalled. "They didn't even give him a pill!"
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January 30, 1994 | ABIGAIL GOLDMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the first hours after the Jan. 17 earthquake, Alejandra Viveros of Pacoima bought a gallon of milk, a gallon of water, a pack of medium-sized flashlight batteries and a can of tuna fish from a local mini-mart. She paid $24. Olivia Gonzales paid another local market $23 for two bags of ice, a gallon of water and two packs of batteries.
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April 4, 1997 | JODI WILGOREN and JIM NEWTON, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Standing on the same stage for the first time since their lone debate last month, Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan and state Sen. Tom Hayden (D-Los Angeles) answered a set of pointed questions about immigration, school reform, violence prevention and job creation at a crowded candidates forum in Lincoln Heights on Thursday night.
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April 4, 1997 | JODI WILGOREN and JIM NEWTON, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Standing on the same stage for the first time since their lone debate last month, Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan and state Sen. Tom Hayden (D-Los Angeles) answered a set of pointed questions about immigration, school reform, violence prevention and job creation at a crowded candidates forum in Lincoln Heights on Thursday night.
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January 28, 1999 | ROBERTO J. MANZANO
Two Valley groups that started a project to assist the uninsured poor will sponsor a free kickoff event Saturday to launch their health project. Valley Organized in Community Efforts, or VOICE, and San Fernando Valley Neighborhood Legal Services Inc. will celebrate the official start of the Vida Health Project at the event featuring participating families, health care providers, community leaders, food and music.
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November 8, 1998 | MARGARET RAMIREZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The mysterious rash that lives on 16-year-old Coreena Parraz first appeared like little bug bites on her forearm, then quickly spread up her body and invaded her back. She itched and endured for a year without seeing a doctor because her mother, Dolores Parraz, can't afford her company's health benefits. Eventually, Parraz saved enough money for a doctor's appointment, but his costly advice was simply that Coreena needed a skin specialist.
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April 4, 1997 | JODI WILGOREN and JIM NEWTON, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Standing on the same stage for the first time since their lone debate last month, Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan and state Sen. Tom Hayden (D-Los Angeles) answered a set of pointed questions about immigration, school reform, violence prevention and job creation at a crowded candidates forum in Lincoln Heights on Thursday night.
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April 4, 1997 | JODI WILGOREN and JIM NEWTON, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Standing on the same stage for the first time since their lone debate last month, Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan and state Sen. Tom Hayden (D-Los Angeles) answered a set of pointed questions about immigration, school reform, violence prevention and job creation at a crowded candidates forum in Lincoln Heights on Thursday night.
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October 28, 1996 | JOSE CARDENAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Traditional religion shared the pulpit with the gospel of political involvement in Pacoima on Sunday as a community group used a packed Mass at Mary Immaculate Church to urge Latino parishioners to flex their electoral muscle in voting booths Nov. 5.
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June 24, 1996 | SHARON MOESER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A church- and synagogue-based coalition favoring immigrant rights and a statewide minimum wage increase announced a drive Sunday to get 26,000 like-minded voters to the polls for the November election. Valley Organized in Community Efforts, better known as VOICE, is targeting 250 precincts primarily in the northeast San Fernando Valley in its get-out-the-vote campaign, said Fred Ross, a VOICE organizer.
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April 21, 1990 | PHIL SNEIDERMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Graffiti foes dumped dozens of empty spray-paint cans in front of a Glendale furniture warehouse Friday, contending that the establishment has encouraged a vandalism spree by allowing spray-can artists to paint on its walls. About 50 members of Valley Organized in Community Efforts, protesting outside the Levitz Furniture warehouse that abuts the Los Angeles River, said the company has aggravated the neighborhood's graffiti problems.
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September 12, 1995 | HUGO MARTIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Flexing its growing political muscle, a coalition of San Fernando Valley churches and synagogues showed Monday that government heavyweights will turn out to help the organization raise money, including Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan, county Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky and City Atty. James Hahn. Those three and other influential figures showed up for a fund-raiser by VOICE--Valley Organized In Community Efforts--which raised $52,500 for the group's activities next year.
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September 12, 1995 | HUGO MARTIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Flexing its growing political muscle, a coalition of San Fernando Valley churches and synagogues showed Monday that government heavyweights will turn out to help the organization raise money, including Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan, county Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky and City Atty. James Hahn. Those three and other influential figures showed up for a fund-raiser by VOICE--Valley Organized In Community Efforts--which raised $52,500 for the group's activities next year.
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July 16, 1995 | LUCILLE RENWICK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An activist interfaith group has received tentative approval to open three centers--two in the San Fernando Valley--to help interview prospective citizens and shepherd their cases through an unprecedented backlog of applications. Valley Organized in Community Efforts, better known as VOICE, will operate two of the so-called outreach centers at Mary Immaculate Church in Pacoima and Our Lady of the Holy Rosary in Sun Valley. The third will be located at St.
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