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Avanti’s Student Dancers Perform ‘The Nutcracker’ Sunday Dec 8

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WEST HOLLYWOOD — The classic Nutcracker comes to West Hollywood thanks to student performers on December 8. All ages enjoy the annual holiday tale.

The story is loosely based on Hoffmann’s fantasy, The Nutcracker and the Mouse King, about a girl who befriends a nutcracker that comes to life on Christmas Eve and wages a battle against the evil Mouse King.

The Avanti Art Center, affiliated with Avanti Entertainment of West Hollywood, presents events and competitions throughout the year, including this winter children’s concert. They prepare children for professional careers.

The Avanti Art Center’s studio dancers will present the special performance at Plummer Park’s Fiesta Hall, located at 7377 Santa Monica Boulevard.

The program is part of the City of West Hollywood’s holiday programming. Suggested donation is $10. For more information, please call (310) 980-3171.

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LA Metro Invites Community to Workshops on NextGen Bus Plan Service

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LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) will hold 12 community workshop meetings in February to gather public input on the agency’s NextGen Bus Plan that will redesign the bus system to meet the needs of riders.

Additional meetings are planned for March and April.

The draft bus service plan emphasizes more frequent bus service on heavily traveled corridors. Under the plan, buses would arrive every five to 10 minutes for 83 percent of current riders compared to 48 percent today.

The number of bus lines running every five to 10 minutes on weekdays would jump from 16 to 29 and from two to 14 on weekends. Other less traveled corridors would include bus service running every 10, 15 or 30 minutes.

The number of Los Angeles County residents who could walk to a particular bus line running every five to 10 minutes would more than double from 900,000 currently to almost 2.2 million.

The draft plan aims to realign current bus service to meet the demands of most Metro riders by consolidating some routes on streets with the highest demand and combining Metro local and Rapid lines with the overall number of stops reduced to improve bus speeds. The end result is a faster door-to-door trip for all riders, whether they currently take Metro local or Rapid lines.

Metro’s bus network carries about 70 percent of the agency’s riders. Surveys, focus groups, online engagement and community events showed that current and non-riders agreed that Metro should focus on providing fast, frequent and reliable bus service.

The draft NextGen Bus Plan also includes capital improvements that the agency is proposing to make — such as traffic signal priority and changing the location of bus layovers — that would help speed up buses.

Meetings will be held in the San Fernando and San Gabriel valleys, Gateway Cities, South Bay and the Westside/Central areas of the region. The public is encouraged to attend any of the following upcoming community meetings during February to share their thoughts on bus service proposals to improve the Metro bus system.

Saturday, February 1, 2020, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Los Angeles Trade Technical College Aspen Hall TE-101, 2215 S. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90015. Accessible via Metro Lines 14, 35, 37, 40, 45, 38, 55, 81, 460, 603; Metro Silver Line, Metro A (Blue) Line Grand Station and Metro E (Expo) Line LATTC/Ortho Station; DASH King-East; DASH ‘D’; DASH Pico Union/Echo Park; Torrance Transit 4X

Tuesday, February 4, 2020, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. Grand Annex, 434 W. 6th Street San Pedro, CA 90731. Accessible via Metro Lines 205, 246, 950; Commuter Express 142, San Pedro DASH;
Palos Verdes 225

Wednesday, February 5, 2020, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. Marvin Braude Constituent Center, 6262 Van Nuys Blvd., Van Nuys, CA 91401. Accessible via Metro Lines 154, 164, 233, 237 744, and Metro Orange Line Van Nuys Station; DASH Van Nuys/Studio City, DASH Panorama City/Van Nuys

Monday, February 10, 2020, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. El Monte Station, 3501 Santa Anita Avenue, El Monte, CA 91731. Accessible via Metro Lines 70, 76, 176, 267, 268, 487, 577, and Silver Line; Foothill Transit 178, 190, 194, 269, 270, 282, 486, 488, 492, and Silver Streak; El Monte Green Route, Red Route.

Wednesday, February 12, 2020, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. Plummer Park 7377 Santa Monica Blvd. West Hollywood, CA 90046. Accessible via Metro Lines 4/704; Weho Cityline.

Thursday, February 13, 2020, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. Clearwater Building 16401 Paramount Blvd. Paramount, CA 90723. Accessible via Metro Lines 128, 258, 265; Long Beach Transit 21A, 21B.

Wednesday, February 19, 2020, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. East Los Angeles College Ingalls Auditorium, 1301 Avenida Cesar Chavez, Monterey Park, CA 91754. Accessible via Metro 68, 770, 106, 260, 762; Monterey Park Spirit Bus Routes 1,2, and 5; El Sol Shuttle City Terrace/ELAC

Thursday, February 20, 2020, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. Pasadena Senior Center 85 E Holly Street Pasadena, CA 91103. Accessible viaMetro Lines 177, 260, 501, 762 and Metro Gold Line Memorial Park Station; Foothill Transit 187; Pasadena Transit 20, 40, 51, 52

Saturday, February 22, 2020, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Los Angeles Metro Headquarters Board Room One Gateway Plaza Los Angeles, CA 90012. Accessible via Metro Lines 40, 68, 70, 71, 76, 78, 79, 487, 489; 704, 733, 745, 770; Metro Silver Line, and Metro Rail Red, Purple and Gold Lines; also served by LADOT DASH ‘D’, Foothill Transit, Torrance Transit 4x

Tuesday, February 25, 2020, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. Bell Community Center 6250 Pine Avenue Bell, CA 90201. Accessible via Metro Lines 110, 260, 760 La Campana

Wednesday, February 26, 2020, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. The Foundation Center, 11633 S. Western Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90047. Accessible via Metro Lines 120, 207, 757 (stops at corner of Western/Imperial or Western/120th); GTrans2, The Link Athens

Thursday, February 27, 2020, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. Rose Goldwater Community Center, 21710 Vanowen Street, Canoga Park, CA 91303. Accessible via Metro Local Lines 165, 150, 245/244, 601, and Metro Orange Line Canoga Station

All Metro meetings are held in ADA accessible facilities with special accommodations available to the public for Metro-sponsored meetings. All requests for reasonable accommodations and translation must be made at least three working days (72 hours) in advance of the scheduled meeting date. Please call 323.486.3876 or the California Relay Service at 711.

Those unable to attend in person can access information on the NextGen Bus Plan by visiting metro.net/nextgen.

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City to Commemorate Landmark U.S. Supreme Court Decision on Roe

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WEST HOLLYWOOD — The City of West Hollywood and its Women’s Advisory Board will join with the National Council of Jewish Women, Los Angeles (NCJW|LA) for Roe at 47: Brave Past, Endangered Future, a free event to commemorate the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion in the United States, and to reaffirm support for women, the right to choose, and accessibility to healthcare.

#RoeAt47 will take place on Thursday, January 30 at 6 p.m. at the NCJW|LA Council House, located at 543 N. Fairfax Avenue in Los Angeles. #RoeAt47 is an interactive event focused on activism, reflection and movement building. The evening will feature a special “sneak peek” screening of the new short film Jane by award-winning director Natalija Vekic, which was inspired by the Jane Collective, a group of women in Chicago who provided abortions when the procedure was still illegal.

The event will also feature a panel discussion with the filmmaker and cast members Mekenna Melvin, Leah Monnette, Tyra Colar, and Jonetta Kaiser moderated by City of West Hollywood Mayor Pro Tempore Lindsey P. Horvath.  

The panel discussion will be followed by a briefing about the status of Roe v. Wade with special guest speaker Celinda Vázquez, Chief External Affairs Officer of Planned Parenthood Los Angeles. The program will also include interactive opportunities for attendees to take action.

To RSVP please visit tiny.cc//Roe47 or email advocacy@ncjwla.org.

For more information, please contact Larissa Fooks, the City of West Hollywood’s Community Events Coordinator at (323) 848-6413 or at lfooks@weho.org. For people who are Deaf or hard of hearing, please call TTY (323) 848-6496.

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Inspector General Oversight Panel Focuses on LASD Policies & Discipline

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LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles County Sheriff Civilian Oversight Commission recently hosted its monthly meeting. The Commission listened to presentations from L.A. County Office of the Inspector General and L.A. County Sheriff’s Department as well as public comments.

L.A. County Inspector General Max Huntsman presented examples of information his office has requested from the Sheriff’s Department but has not received. Huntsman expressed concerns with the department’s compliance with internal discipline, secret societies, transparency, hiring and harassment.

“The relationship between the Office of the Inspector General and the Sheriff’s Department is absolutely critical to the work that the Office of the Inspector General is mandated to do, and to the work that the Civilian Oversight Commission has to do in terms of our oversight,” said Patti Giggans, L.A. County Civilian Oversight Commission Chair and Executive Director of Peace Over Violence.
 
Huntsman provided a verbal report on the inquiry into harassment allegations of families impacted by officer-involved shootings. He discussed his office’s lack of access to information and addressed protecting people’s right to grieve around incidents in which their loved ones have been shot.

Huntsman also connected the harassment allegations to the issue of secret societies because a portion of them come out of the East L.A. station.

“This problem has to be resolved,” Inspector General Huntsman spoke of the secret societies. “I hope that the Sheriff’s policy goes into effect soon, I hope that it is enthusiastically enforced, and I hope it is embraced by the deputies’ union.”

“As I’ve said in the past, no deputy had a choice about whether or not to be a part of this structure,” he continued. “These societies have existed for fifty years, and all the deputies who are employed today joined an organization that already had them. It’s a management problem that needs to be addressed.”

Following these topics, Commander Chris Marks, from the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department Detective Division, presented an overview of the proposed Body Worn Camera policy. He provided a status on the request for proposal, the hiring of additional personnel, the policy development process, and key areas of the policy. View the presentation.
 
The Civilian Oversight Commission’s Executive Director Brian K. Williams announced that the next Commission Meeting will be held on Saturday, February 22 from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at Bienvenidos, affiliate of Hillsides (TELACU building), 5400 E Olympic Blvd., 1st floor, Los Angeles, CA 90022. RSVP.

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