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California prison’s “Early Release Program” – DLANC

October 25, 2011 1 comment

Downtown Los Angeles Town Hall meeting to hear what the “official” plans are regarding the California prison’s “early release program”, also known as the realignment plan, the reapportionment plan and/or AB 109. The focus of this meeting is to discuss how Downtown Los Angeles will be affected. It is anticipated that many of these newly-released parolees may end up in or near Skid Row, already known as “the homeless capitol in America”. Hear for yourself what the “decision-makers” have planned. Did you know that this plan already started on October 1st, 2011
Confirmed guest panelists include:
LA County Sheriff Lee Baca (Los Angeles County)
State Assemblyman Mike Davis- 48th District (Sacramento) (moderator)
Secretary Matthew Cate- Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (Sacramento)
Ed Johnson- LA County Probation Department (Los Angeles County)
Arturo Gonzalez- LA City Council- 14th District representative (Downtown Los Angeles)
Dr. Diane Woods- California Disparities Project Director- AAHI-SBC (San Bernardino County)
Dr. Victoria Simon- Director- Project 180 (Skid Row)
Location: The Biltmore Hotel’s “Gold Ballroom”- 506 S. Grand Avenue- Los Angeles, Ca. 90071


During this pre-interview we’ll speak with Dr. Diane Woods & Sharon R. Yates about parolees with soon to be released with mental issues & challenges.

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DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES- History was made during last night’s DLANC Board meeting when Skid Row resident, community activist and DLANC Board member General Jeff was voted in as the new VP of Outreach and Communications, replacing Jay Kim who recently closed his Downtown bussinesses in order to focus more on his overseas business ventures.


After being nominated by Hal Bastian, a savvy, multi-termed veteran of the DLANC Board and also Senior VP of Business Development at CCA, a unanimous vote in favor of General Jeff historically established Jeff as the first resident from Skid Row to hold an executive position on DLANC’s Executive Committee.


“This has been a tremendous year for our community”, said General Jeff, refering to the Skid Row community’s on-going “positive movement” whose highlights this year include multiple Daytime Emmy Awards for veteran soap opera “The Bold and The Beautiful” who’s storyline featured General Jeff and many others from the Skid Row community, also a recent trip to “The White House” and now this historical DLANC Board vote.


“We are leading by example to show that many positive things are possible. Don’t ever give up!”, Jeff added in a tone seemingly meant to motivate others, especially those in Skid Row.


While no special ceremonies are planned as of yet, General Jeff anticipates “some level of acknowledgment” during an upcoming Town Hall meeting in less than two weeks featuring many City officials that he is organizing and will be announced soon. “Even a handshake or a pat on the back would be a symbolic gesture that the Skid Row community could be proud of”, Jeff said. He added, “It may not be important to others, but this is HUGE to our community”.


Let’s hope that “classy gestures” overflow at both the upcoming Town Hall meeting and also at the next DLANC Board meeting.


Either way, history was still made.





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