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Medi-Cal and CalFresh Enrollment Assistance | MINC


Medi-Cal and CalFresh Enrollment Assistance

The California Department of Social Services, DPSS is scheduled to be at the Wellington Square Farmer’s Market on Sunday, May 22nd from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm. Our Eligibility staff will provide on-site Medi-Cal and CalFresh enrollment assistance as well as educate the community about our DPSS programs.

Dept. Of Labor Youth Build Grant Announcement

US Department of Labor announces availability of $75 million through YouthBuild grants program to help young people develop job skills

WASHINGTON — Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis today announced the availability of approximately $75 million in YouthBuild grant funds to develop programs that will help out-of-school youth complete high school or General Educational Development programs, as well as learn critical occupational skills in construction, health care, information technology and other fields.

“The YouthBuild programs that will be funded through this grant competition will help provide youth at risk of falling through the cracks with the opportunity to develop not only the jobs skills they need, but also the leadership qualities that will enable them to be valuable, productive members of their communities,” said Secretary Solis.
The U.S. Department of Labor anticipates serving more than 5,200 young people through 75 grants, ranging from $700,000 to $1.1 million each, to be awarded to organizations that oversee education and employment services for disadvantaged youth in their communities.
This solicitation for grant applications is the first to incorporate new regulations for the YouthBuild program that expand required skills training beyond construction to include training in high-demand occupations such as health care and information technology, among others.
YouthBuild is a nonresidential, community-based alternative education program that provides classroom instructionand occupational skills training to at-risk individuals ages 16-24. Participants have been in the juvenile justice system, are aging out of foster care, are high school dropouts, and are otherwise at-risk of failing to reach key educational milestones and opportunities that lead to career fulfillment. Participants learn valuable skillsas they build or rehabilitate housing for low-income or homeless individuals and families in their communities. Non-construction skills training programs also must include leadership development and community service elements to ensure that youth maintain a connection to their communities through service and volunteerism.
The solicitation for grant applications will be published in the March 8 edition of the Federal Register. Both the solicitation and information on how to apply for a grant are available at http://www.doleta.gov/grants/find_grants.cfm.
For more information on YouthBuild and other Labor Department youth employment programs, visit http://www.doleta.gov/youth_services.

ETA News Release: [03/07/2012]
Contact Name: Jason Kuruvilla or Dave Roberts
Phone Number: (202) 693-6587 or x5945
Release Number: 12-0433-NAT

Air traffic Noise Complaint Hotline (64NOISE)

On August 1, 2011, the area code for the LAX 64-Noise Complaint Line phone number (310-646-6473) will be changing from 310 to 424 to accommodate a new phone system at LAX. Therefore, as of Monday, August 1st please call 424-646-6473 to report noise complaints.

 You still have the option of reporting noise complaints via the LAX web site wherein you can view the aircraft flight track data and submit noise complaints for specific operations that you want to report. Please use the following link to access the LAX WebTrak to view aircraft operations and submit noise complaints: http://www.lawa.org/welcome_LAX.aspx?id=792.

Mayor Villaraigosa Reopens City Libraries For Monday Service

City Leaders Applaud Libraries for Improving Student Learning, Reading, and Giving Students Access to Books During the Summer Months

LOS ANGELES – Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Council President Eric Garcetti, Councilmembers LaBonge, Parks and Perry, City Librarian Martín Gómez and dozens of LAUSD students launched the first day of Monday service at all 73 city libraries today. Villaraigosa thanked the libraries and their staff for their commitment to improving the reading skills of LA students during the summer months.

“When I was growing up, my mother worked and after school and sent me to the
library to do my homework, and stay out of trouble,” Mayor Villaraigosa said.

“So I know the positive role libraries play in shaping the lives of our young
people and enriching our communities. That is why when I first became Mayor,
I proudly expanded library hours and why I am thrilled to announce the first phase in the restoration of library hours in Los Angeles.”

The city’s 73 libraries were closed Mondays and service hours slashed to their lowest level in the library’s 140-year history in August 2010, following cuts to the library budget.  Voter-approved Measure L gradually restores library service hours to the 2009 level over the next four years by increasing the Library’s share of City funding without new taxes.

“I am thrilled to see our libraries once again open on Mondays, and believe this a victory to be celebrated by all Angelenos,” said Councilmember Bernard C. Parks, who proposed and led the effort to create Measure L.  “By voting to guarantee libraries a higher share of property tax revenue, residents of Los Angeles have shown their commitment to maintaining the library system and expressed the value they place on this critical city service.”

The Mayor and Councilmembers who spearheaded Measure L were joined by Library Commission President Dr. Tyree Wieder, Library Foundation of Los Angeles co-chair Jeff Brown and other dignitaries for the opening.  Villaraigosa also read to students from Noble Avenue Elementary School in West Hills and stressed the importance of reading and learning.

“In the March election, the people of Los Angeles affirmed that libraries are critical to our neighborhoods and need to be open and I’m proud that we are fulfilling our pledge to voters,” City Librarian Martín Gómez said. “Fully restoring service over the next four years is a top priority for the Los Angeles Public Library.”

Re-opening libraries on Mondays restores access to the Library’s valuable resources that help people find jobs, do research, receive free homework help, take free literacy and computer classes and access the Web through library computers and free wi-fi.  Monday service also benefits students.  In addition to operating the city’s largest after-school program, the library helps students succeed in school with programs for college prep, homework tutoring, literacy building skills and by providing a safe adult-supervised place for students to do their homework.

“By reopening our libraries on Mondays, we reopen the doors of opportunity for thousands of children and families who look to their local library as a place of learning, safety, and community,” said Council President Eric Garcetti, who also served on the campaign committee.  ”I was proud to co-author Measure L to ensure our libraries continue to serve Angelenos for generations to come.”

Council President Pro Tempore Jan Perry, who served on the Measure L campaign committee and in whose district the Central Library is located, said, “When voters passed Measure L, they said loud and clear that they believed in the important role that libraries play in our neighborhoods; they serve as a place for learning, a safe place for children and their families, and an important community gathering space.  I am proud to join my colleagues in celebrating the re-opening of city libraries on Mondays and in supporting our libraries so that future generations can continue to enjoy this valuable community resource.”

Councilmember Tom LaBonge who introduced the council motion that placed the measure on the ballot and served on the campaign committee, said, “A big thanks to the people of Los Angeles for passing Measure L, which ensures the funding for restoring hours at our city libraries.  ’L’ stands for libraries and ‘L’ stands for love.  The passage of Measure L proves that we in Los Angeles love our libraries.”

The Los Angeles Public Library serves the largest and most diverse population of any library in the nation. Its Central Library, 72 branch libraries, more than six million books, and state-of-the-art technology accessible at www.lapl.org, provide everyone with free and easy access to information and the opportunity for life-long learning.

New library service hours starting July 18:

Central Library

Monday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday:                         10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Tuesday & Thursday:                                                       10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Sunday & holidays:                                                          closed


Regional Libraries

Monday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday:                         10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Tuesday & Thursday:                                                      12:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Sunday & holidays:                                                         closed


Branch Libraries*

Monday, Wednesday & Saturday:                                      10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Tuesday & Thursday:                                                        12:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Friday:                                                                             1:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Sunday & holidays:                                                            closed

*Note: Robertson Branch is closed Saturdays and open Sundays 1 – 5 p.m.

Found Animals Pet Adoption, Pets Care, Spay Neuter, Pet ID, Animal Volunteer Los Angeles


We learned about a great organization/service offered to residents of the City of Los Angeles at the last MINC Stakeholder Meeting this month. It’s called Found Animals. They work to control the animal population in the city through spay-neuter and adoption services. They’re currently celebrating their Cat Days of Summer Adopt-A-Thon.

The really cool thing that I found out – and something that I think will appeal to many of you in Wellington Square dealing with the feral cat population – is that they offer FREE spay/neuter services on feral cats. Just trap any feral cat and take it to one of their Spay4LA Vans, and they’ll take care of the cat for free. The vans are conveniently located around Mid-City – and towards USC and Downtown.

For more information, check out their website.

Found Animals Foundation
Twitter: @foundanimalsorg

Don’t Forget – Trash Pickup This Monday Holiday

I good reminder from Sue Strickland that there WILL BE TRASH PICK-UP ON MONDAY, since the 4th of July falls on Sunday.

Residential collection service will not be performed on these holidays:

  • New Years Day, Friday, January 1, 2010 
  • Memorial Day, Monday, May 31, 2010 
  • Independence Day, Sunday, July 4, 2010 — Due to the holiday falling on a Sunday, there will be no delays this year 
  • Labor Day, Monday, September 6, 2010 
  • Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 25, 2010 
  • Christmas Day, Saturday, December 25, 2010 — Due to the holiday falling on a Saturday, there will be no delays in service the following week. Please set out waste and recycling containers for collection on your regularly scheduled service day.