Something doesn’t compute
Jordan Downs in Watts
Los Angeles City Councilmembers Joe Buscaino (front right) and Eric Garcetti (front left) donated computers to families living at Jordan Downs in Watts last week. The families who received computers participated in technology training classes through Kids Progress Inc., a nonprofit organization established by the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles (HACLA) to provide crucial social, educational, and healthcare services to children living in HACLA projects. The computer donation was made possible through a City Council motion authored by Buscaino and seconded by Garcetti. The little girl is the daughter of Keisha Riley, a recipient of one of the computers, is perhaps wondering why all these male computer geeks are in her house.
Packed in the pews at Macedonia Baptist Church in Watts, a mixed and vigorous crowd of about 400 Blacks and Hispanics had come to hear how mayoral candidates Wendy Greuel and Eric Garcetti would respond to both their questions and their needs. The forum was sponsored by L.A. Voice.
To begin, various religious and community leaders came forward to highlight issues in the community.
LOS ANGELES, Calif. — The City Council approved a plan today aimed at turning Jordan Downs, a 700-unit public housing project in Watts, into an “urban village” with a mix of affordable and market-rate homes, along with retail storefronts and “pedestrian-friendly” features.
Computers for Youth (CFY) is a nonprofit organization that helps students, teachers and parents use digital learning to improve educational outcomes. CFY’s approach addresses the learning students do, not only in their classrooms but in all environments, including the home.
Ten of the 15 candidates trying to win the right to fill the unexpired term of former L.A.
Councilwoman Janice Hahn turned out for a candidate forum in Watts Saturday, and the common themes they stressed were that the 15th District needs to receive its fair share of funding and resources to address concerns such as public safety, housing, and unemployment.
Los Angeles, CA -- Maurio Proctor, 22, and two friends were standing on Proctor’s grandmother’s porch in the Jordan Downs housing projects in Watts when an unidentified car spotted the trio and made a sharp U-turn.
“They drove up to my son and his friends and fired 17 rounds,” said Reggie Sims, Proctor’s father, who said the shooting occurred on Jan. 28, 2008. “Three of (the) bullets hit my son. One struck him behind the right ear, one on the right arm and another on his shoulder and in his thigh. He died instantly.”