July 11, 2013

LAWT News Service


Twenty-three years ago, on June 29, 1990, a few months following the release of Nelson Mandela after spending 27 years in South African prisons, the Nelson Mandela Reception Committee (Los Angeles), chaired by then-Assemblywoman Maxine Waters, welcomed African National Congress Deputy-President Nelson Mandela to Los Angeles by organizing a star-studded concert and rally attended by close to 90,000 Mandela supporters at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

Under Congresswoman Maxine Waters’ leadership the committee has come together again to celebrate the life of Mandela, who at this writing, is hospitalized, in critical condition, in Pretoria, South Africa.

“We celebrate the Life, Legacy and Values of Nelson Mandela in cooperation with the South African government and the African National Congress at a series of events,” said a committee spokesperson

Friday, July 12 - First AME Church (Los Angeles) – 6:00 PM

Saturday, July 13- Leimert Park Village (Los Angeles) – 2:00 PM

Sunday, July 14 - First Church of God (Inglewood) – 11:00 AM

Sunday, July 14 -Watts Labor Community Action Committee (Los Angeles) – 4:00 PM

“The Los Angeles Free South Africa Movement will organize vigils, gatherings and events in the coming weeks. We invite everyone to join in these celebrations; we also encourage many celebratory events in churches and temples, parks and schools, and in communities throughout Southern California.”

Details on these and other events will be continuously updated on the Los Angeles Free South African Movement’s Face Book page at www.facebook.com/lafreesam.

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July 11, 2013

LAWT News Service 

Monday, July 1 marked the start of Vice Mayor Jacque Robin­son’s effort to succeed State Senator Carol Liu. Robinson filed papers to open campaign committee, Jacque Robin­son for Senate 2016. She will run as a candidate for the Democratic Party.

Currently in her second term on the Pasadena City Council, Robinson has played an integral role in ushering the city through one of the worst economic recessions in recent times.  Her recent work has included helping to pass a balanced city budget for just the second time in more than a decade, leading the fight for local hiring on several high profile city projects including the Rose Bowl Stadium renovation and continuing collaborative work as the founder of the Pasadena/Altadena Vision 20/20 Initiative aimed at decreasing violence and providing education and employment opportunities for high-risk, high-need youth, young adults, and their families.

Although the election remains more than 3 years away, Robinson says “I look forward to traveling across the San Gabriel Valley Foothill Cities to not just begin introducing myself to our neighbors outside of Pasadena but really listen to how residents and business owners feel California state government can work better for them. Representing Pasadena has been one of the greatest honors of my life and I look forward to bringing that same sense of pride and commitment to this election and service to the people of the 25th Senate District.”

Robinson’s Council Committee assignments include chair of the Public Safety and member of Economic Development and Legislative Policy. She has served on the League of California Cities Transportation Policy Committee and is a graduate of the former Senator Barack Obama’s Hopefund-Yes We Can Training program, the Los Angeles African American Women’s Public Policy Institute and active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. She is also current chair of the Foothill Workforce Investment Policy Board and Commissioner to the Burbank Bob Hope Airport Authority. A public school graduate of John Muir High School in Pasadena, Robinson earned her B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley and M.A. in Public Administration from California State University, Northridge. Robinson also serves as policy director for a venerated Los Angeles Unified School District Board Member.

Robinson will run for re-election to the Pasadena City Council in March 2015.

For the latest campaign news and information, join her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Hon.JacqueRobinson and Twitter: @jacquerobinson. Email inquiries may be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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July 04, 2013

LAWT News Service


In a unanimous vote of his colleagues, City Council President Herb Wesson was re-elected to a 2-year term as President of the Los Angeles City Council.

Wesson was first elected 18 months ago succeeding former Council President Eric Garcetti, who stepped down to become a candidate for Mayor.  Garcetti was sworn-in as Mayor in Inaugural Ceremonies on Sunday.

Wesson is the first African American to be elected to what is the second most powerful position in Los Angeles City government.

“I am grateful for the support I received from my colleagues.  These are challenging times for our city.  We’ve made great progress in confronting those challenges, but the job isn’t done.  I believe that working together with our new Mayor, we will be able to move from the fiscal darkness in into a brighter future for our city.”

Also attending the election ceremony in the John Ferraro Council Chambers was newly elected Mayor Eric Garcetti, who stated his support for Wesson and pledged to work with Wesson and the City Council in shaping city policy.

Among the new members was Ninth District Councilmember Curren Price, who joined 5 other newly elected City Councilmembers in casting their first vote on the City Council a vote for Council President Herb Wesson.

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July 04, 2013

By Troy Tieuel

Contributing Writer


The city of Compton has turned another corner in its historic legacy by adding what has been deemed as “the first woman mayor in 40 years” by Master of Ceremony, Honorable Judge Kelvin Filer, as its inauguration of Mayor Aja Brown went under way this past Tuesday in the courtyard behind Compton’s City Hall. 

An impatient crowd sat through five different Compton City Post inaugurations, including Isaac Galvan, the first Latino American to hold the office of Councilman for the District 2, and Craig Cornwell as City Attorney.  Galvan, who was sworn in by Los Angeles Sheriff Leroy Baca, said “I just want to make one thing clear, just because I am the first Latino, doesn’t mean that I only represent the Latinos.  I am here to serve the entire community.  It’s a great day to be a resident of Compton.”

Among the other oaths of office taken was Yvonne Arceneaux, councilwoman for District 3 for her sixth term.  “This is not about me, it’s about the citizens of Compton,” said Arceneaux, “I’m excited about serving the next four years with our new elect Mayor Aja Brown and Councilman Isaac Galvan.  They are young and energetic and can bring new ideas to the city and to the city council.  I know we have a wonderful four years ahead of us, and I’m excited about working with you to do what’s best for the community.”

“It’s a history making day in Compton,” said County Supervisor, Mark Ridley-Thomas, who swore Mayor Brown into office.  “I’m delighted to be a part of it, with a new mayor, a new city councilman, a leadership team that is poised for success.” 

According to Mayor Brown’s campaign website, she is a quality community development professional with over 10 years of experience working in urban communities.  Her plan is to address youth development, economic development, crime Reduction, reform, rebranding Compton, and a concept that she calls ‘VISION.’

Swearing in Brown was County Supervisor, Mark Ridley-Thomas, who spoke boldly about the positive future for Compton with her leading it. 

“We are here to celebrate a new day for Compton,” added Ridley Thomas, “One that will be marked by hope, integrity and opportunity.

When we can look forward to better jobs, better schools, safer neighborhoods and a stronger civic culture, [it is] a new day.  A new day, where Compton will rise to meet the promise as one of this region’s truly great cities.  I believe Compton can do that under the leadership and with the guidance Mayor Elect Aja Brown.  We will come to know her as a person of great character with a passion for the city that is matched only by her capacity to make that vision a reality.”

Taking the oath, Brown stood with her mother who looked proudly as she raised her right hand, placing her left hand upon the bible and repeated the oath of office for the position as the youngest, at 31, to ever be elected as mayor of Compton.  “I was focusing on the words and the meaning of the oath,” recalled Brown regarding how she felt during the oath of office, “that I was taking in front of God and the residents of Compton.”

Brown talked about Compton’s future and her admiration for the people who elected her. 

“It is an honor to be before you today,” she said.

“I have my beautiful mother here besides me, who has truly been my example of what integrity, character and what true leadership is, in my life.  My mother always said that ‘We have a plan, and we have a vision and that we are a team.’  And that that’s really where I came with the concept of ‘True Vision,’ because without vision, the word of God said in Proverbs 29:18 that ‘Without vision, people parish.’  There’s another translation that says, ‘Without vision, people dwell recklessly and cease to keep the law.’  And here in the city of Compton, we have gone through a lot…I look forward to restoring order to the city of Compton, to insuring that the citizens of Compton receive the services that they so faithfully pay for.

“This is not just my victory. But this is truly your victory.  I would not be here without you.  I represent thousands of people who decided that I was the best person for the job.  And I say this, without any reservation, that being the second woman to serve over the city of Compton is truly an honor.  I believe in bestowing honor to whom honor is due.  So when I went to the former mayor, the first woman mayor for the city of Compton, Doris Davis, and asked her for her support, she freely gave it.”

Brown thanked the other public officials that serve the city of Compton, her team and the people of Compton for electing her mayor. 

“I look forward to providing a true vision for the city of Compton, so that we know exactly where we are going,” said Brown.

“I look forward to making sure that we change the image of the community of Compton, because that of ‘Gangster Rap’ does not represent the honest and hardworking people of this community.” 

A mariachi band played post inauguration and the crowd cheered as Compton’s newest mayor strolled towards the City Hall building and into her first City Council meeting. 

For more information about Mayor Aja Brown, go to www. visionforcompton.org or www.comptoncity.org.

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