November 01, 2012

Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk (RR/CC) has released a report on record-setting voter registration numbers following the close of registration, October 22. In addition to showing an increase in voter registration over prior years’ voter registration, the report provides breakdown by age, political affiliation, and registration method.

An impressive 91,444 voter registrations were collected through the online voter registration program and traditional paper registrations on the final day to register to vote, October 22, in the upcoming Presidential election on November 6, 2012.

“To receive over 90,000 voter registrations and voter information updates in one single day is incredible,” said Dean Logan, Los Angeles County Registrar- Recorder/County Clerk, “Online voter registration offers increased accessibility and the convenience for our community.”

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November 01, 2012

Senator Curren D. Price, Jr. has been recognized by the California Small Business Association and the California Small Business Roundtable for his strong record of advocacy for small businesses in the California Legislature, receiving their coveted “2012 Small Business Legislator of the Year” award.

Beginning in 1995, the SBLY has been awarded to California legislators who have “demonstrated leadership on behalf of small business.”

“We would like to applaud Senator Price for his continued support of small business before the Legislature,” said Betty Jo Toccoli, president of the California Small Business Association.

“The small business community can always count on Senator Price to promote policies that help small businesses thrive in California.”

 Specifically the association cited these reasons for Senator Price’s selection:

• Small Business Advisory Coun­cil: Price partnered with CSBA to hold an advisory council in his district and was responsive to small business leadership.

• Small Business Platform/ Awareness: Price’s office considers small business an important constituency by honoring small business owners in his district.

• Legislation: Price authored small business bills and assisted small businesses in securing amendments on small business issues.

• Access and Availability: Price’s staff was accessible, enthusiastic and informed on the importance of collaboration between Sen. Price and CSBA/CSBR

Last year, the Small Business Exchange Weekly wrote, “The small and minority business community, as a whole, have no greater friend than Senator Price.”

The newspaper article also noted that Senator Price has consistently worked toward making the state a more proactive member in encouraging and implementing full diversity in its procurement and business contracting practices.”

Senator Price has been the recipient of numerous business awards including:

• The “Freedom Fighter of the Year” award from the California Disabled Veteran Business Alliance for his “strong leadership and support to California Veterans and Disabled Veteran Entrepreneurs, 2012

• Small Business Advocate Award from the Greater Los Angeles African American Chamber of Commerce (GLAAAC) in 2010

• Small Business “Champion Award” from the Sacramento Black Chamber of Commerce in 2011

• The President’s Award, Cali­fornia Black Chamber

• Legislator of the Year, California Dental Association, 2012

• Artistic License Award, Arts Coun­cil and California Lawyers for the Arts

• President’s Award, California Association of Museums 2011

• Glass Award, Honorary Lifetime Member, California Black Chamber, 2010

Senator Price is a strong advocate for creating new opportunities for small business enterprises and has authored legislation to increase opportunities for small businesses to compete for state contracts and offer incentives for creating new jobs. He has held small business and economic development forums and town halls in his district since being elected to the Legislature in 2006. 

The Senator’s passion to serve his constituents, the public, and California small businesses leads him to host many events. For example, last year, he hosted a Small Business Access to Capital and International Trade Forum as well as an event to explore opportunities and disparities in State Contracting, including the multi-billion dollar major California High Speed Rail project.

In previous years, he held a Small Business Empowerment Expo of key business leaders to discuss the survival of small businesses; a series of town hall meetings on major issues impacting the state, and hosted one of the largest regional job fairs in the state, with over 3,000 attendees, including more than 50 employers offering several hundred jobs. He also sponsored a major Southern California Economic Recovery Summit, consisting of business executives, labor leaders, economists, academicians, and civic leaders, to discuss economic development and the creation of new jobs in Los Angeles.

Emphasizing his commitment to developing international trade opportunities with sub-Saharan Africa, Senator Curren D. Price, Jr. has co-hosted the African Diaspora Marketplace Road Show (ADM), an informational forum that educated interested parties about a business plan competition and financial support available for businesses seeking to develop innovative enterprises on the African Continent.

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November 01, 2012

By Jasmyne A. Cannick

LAWT Contributing Writer


After choosing to re-elect President Barack Obama, on Tuesday, November 6, voters in the newly drawn 44th congressional district which includes my hometown of Compton, along with Carson, Watts, North Long Beach, and Lynwood, will have to choose who they want to represent them in the House of Rep­resentatives — Laura Richard­son, a woman who has been the underdog in every race she’s entered or Janice Hahn, a woman who is banking on Black voters’ love affair with her father Kenneth Hahn.

I am 35 years old so I don’t share in the alleged love affair and feel good memories that Hahn believes all Black voters have about her father.  I never even met the man.  On the other hand, I do remember her brother’s reign in City Hall quite well, including his appointment of Bill Bratton, the former NYPD Commissioner, as police chief of Los Angeles and the ousting of Bernard Parks as chief.  I remember that Blacks played an integral role in James Hahn’s victory in the 2001 mayoral election, but by 2005 when it was time for his re-election, we finally woke up and moved our support elsewhere.

But back to Kenneth Hahn.  Whenever Janice Hahn speaks to a group of Black people she’s quick to try and evoke those feel good feelings from the days when her father served as a Los Angeles County supervisor.  She’s daddy’s little girl here to remind us all of her father’s respect for fairness and civil rights and his love of Black people.

So I did a little research of my own—and you know what, she’s right.  Janice Hahn is right about her father’s record and relationship with the African-American community.  Everyone I have spoken to who either worked with or for Kenneth Hahn, agrees that he was a man of his word and that he was an ardent supporter of civil rights throughout the 1960s, even meeting Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1961 when King came to Los Angeles.

However, with Daddy Hahn’s stated and shown support for the Civil Rights Movement and its goals, I wonder would he have changed districts and become a challenger in a district carrying the mantle of being a Voting Rights Act district? Would Kenneth Hahn sanction the ousting of one of only three African-American members of Congress from Southern California so that a Hahn—more importantly his daughter—could remain in office?

He’s not here, so I’ll never know for sure, but I seriously doubt it—not if his relationship and feelings towards the African-American community were genuine he wouldn't have.

But that’s exactly what his daughter Janice Hahn is hoping to do. 

Much of Hahn’s current 36th congressional district went into the newly re-drawn 33rd congressional district, now being represented by Henry Waxman.  But rather than face Waxman, a veteran member of Congress who identifies as being Jewish and is male—Hahn decided to try and further disenfranchise Black voters in Los Angeles by taking out one of the lone three Black members left in Southern California, Laura Richardson.  Which left me wondering, would Hahn have made such a bold move against Laura’s mentor and predecessor the late Congresswoman Juanita Millender-McDonald or even the Honorable Mervyn Dymally, both of whom at one time during their political careers represented the area in question in Congress?

Forty seven years ago, the Voting Rights Act was passed outlawing discriminatory voting practices that disenfranchised African-Americans.

As a result, the government was ordered to create congressional districts specifically for African Americans.  The new 44th congressional district has been designated by the government as a Voting Rights Act District.  It was created to help voters in that area elect an African-American to the House of Representatives. 

There are only three African-American members of Congress left in Southern California to represent our interests and Laura Richardson is one of them. 

We can’t afford to lose any of them.

Throughout this campaign season, only one candidate has demonstrated her love and commitment to Compton, Willowbrook, Watts, Carson, and North Long Beach, and that’s been Laura Richardson.  Her opponent, if elected can’t be counted on to do the same.  Hahn’s focus has been and continues to be on the city of San Pedro, the Ports, and eagerly awaiting Don Knabe’s  retirement from the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors so that she can really fulfill the Hahn legacy and run for that seat.

On Tuesday, November 6, vote for Laura Richardson because she’s real, she gets it, and she’s one of us.

Chosen as one of Essence magazine’s 25 Women Shaping the World,  Jasmyne A. Cannick works as a political consultant.  She is also a political, race, and pop culture critic, journalist, radio, and television personality based in Los Angeles.  Follow her on Twitter @jasmyne and @fatdiary and on Facebook at /jasmyne.

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October 25, 2012

LAWT Wire Service


Memorial services will be held on Saturday, October 27, 2012 at 1 p.m. for Los Angeles City Fire Department’s first African-Ameri­can assistant fire chief Paul Orduna, who passed earlier this month on Oct. 5at the age of 85.  The services will take place at the African-American Firefighter’s Muse­um located at 1401 Central Avenue in Los Angeles.  For more information, please call (323) 243-3372.

Paul Orduna served in the US Air Force for two years where he received specialized training as a diesel mechanic. He was stationed in the Philippines for 9 months and received an Honorable Discharge from the Air Force in 1946.

In 1952, Mr. Orduna joined the Omaha Fire Department in Nebraska where he remained for four years.  He was offered a position as a firefighter with the Los Angeles City Fire Department in 1957.  

Paul Orduna’s career as a firefighter in the racially tense 50’s and 60’s was punctuated with many hardships and indignities--yet, his drive and commitment to succeed never wavered. 

In a 1991 Los Angeles Times article, Orduna said, “Every day I would go to work, and nobody would talk to me — except the captain to give me orders. If I walked in a room, (other firefighters) would walk out.”

“Right from the first day they took me in the office and told me, 'Bring your own pots and pans. You have to cook your own food and eat after every one else has eaten.'”

In 1974, he was promoted to Captain I and supervised some of the busiest fire companies in the city. He was also recruited as an instructor at the department’s Recruit Training Academy.  In 1978, Mr. Orduna was promoted to the position of Captain II and was transferred to the Community Liaison Office, thereby becoming the department’s Affirm­ative Action Officer and Equal Employment Opportunity Coordin­ator.

In June of 1980, Paul Orduna was promoted to the rank of Battalion Chief. This was a major accomplishment because he was only the second Black Battalion Chief in the history of the Los Angeles Fire Department. With the goal of becoming Assistant Fire Chief, Paul returned to school and obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Management from the University of Redlands. In February 1986, he became the first Black Assistant Fire Chief in the history of the Los Angeles Fire Department. He was eventually given an emergency appointment to the position of Deputy Chief where he was in command of the Bureau of Support Services. 

Paul retired from the department January 26, 1991 after 33 years of service.

Paul Orduna is survived by his daughter Gloria O’Quinn, two grandsons Michael Holmes and Charles O’Quinn IV, sister Amelia Donaldson, sisters-in-law Doris Orduna, Florence Hickerson, and Caledonia Orduna, as well as a host of relatives and friends.

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