Long Beach Leader And Tri County Bulletin 03 02 2017 E Edition Page 0

Fake News Insults Institution news@longbeachleader.com A Precinct Reporter Group Publication - The Community's Newspaper - ServingLong Beach and Surrounding Communities news@tri-countybulletin.com I wholly disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it" - Voltaire Your Resource for Over 15 Years Thursday, March 2, 2017 Vol. 20 - No 7 LBC Supports Assisted-Living Development Joint Letter Urges Companies Not to Provide Data that Could Be Used to Violate Rights The Greenlining Institute joined with a total of 16 public interest groups to send a letter (available in both English and Spanish) to nearly 50 Big Data companies asking those companies to pledge to not allow our data, or services, to be purchased or otherwise used in ways that could lead to violations of the human rights of Muslims or immigrants in the United States. The public interest groups acted in response to the current administrations refusal to rule out the possibility of a Muslim registry and its moves to accelerate deportations of potentially millions of undocumented immigrants. Many tech companies collect vast amounts of personal data on all of us and make a profit by reselling that information, said Greenlining Institute Telecommunications Legal Fellow Vinhcent Le. Today were asking these companies and their data brokers to make absolutely clear that they will not let anyone not use this mass of data to persecute people because of their religion, nationality or immigration status. Greenlining noted that a registry profiling people based on religion would violate the right to nondiscrimination and could lead to further human rights abuses. In addition, since about three-quarters of U.S. Muslims identify as people of color, any Muslim ban would disproportionately affect communities of color. Registries of Muslims or unauthorized immigrants would likely be used to facilitate arbitrary detention and deportation, splitting up families and again violating fundamental human rights. Silicon Valley companies often talk about human rights and how technology can empower people and promote freedom, said Greenlining Institute President Orson Aguilar. Today were asking the tech and Big Data worlds to make sure their actions match their words. (See Page 4) Black Caucus Applauds Dr. Gary May as New Chancellor The Long Beach City Council has unanimously approved a resolution that will enable the preservation of 44 units of affordable housing in the Downtown. The Beachwood Apartments, located at 475 W. 5th St., will be renovated to continue providing affordable housing for lower-income families with assisted-living needs. Rehabilitation is vital to protecting the availability of affordable housing in Long Beach for all of our residents, said Councilwoman Lena Gonzalez. The approval of this resolution is a testament to the Citys commitment to affordable and workforce housing and serving the needs of our diverse community. Following the dissolution of redevelopment authorities across the state, and with limited funding availability, the City of Long Beach continues to seek out new resources to maintain and promote an array of affordable housing options that meet the needs of the diverse community. Last year, the City, through the Long Beach Community Investment Company (LBCIC), provided a $2 million Home Investment Partnerships Program (HOME) loan to the Century Housing Corporation for the acquisition of the development. At the time, Beachwood Apartments was identified as being at risk of being converted to market rate housing. With the City Councils approval on February 7, 2017, the California Municipal Finance Authority (CMFA) will issue up to $15 million worth of tax exempt bonds, extending the affordability of the development for 55 years. Approval of the CMFA bonds for this development ensures a vital housing need for one of the most vulnerable populations in our community, said Amy Bodek, Director of Long Beach Development Services. Without City support of the project, affordability covenants for Beachwood Apartments would expire, putting its disabled residents at risk of being permanently displaced. Constructed in 1984, Beachwood Apartments features one- and two- bedroom units for lower- income families with assisted-living needs earning less than 60 percent of the Los Angeles County Median Income. Renovation of the development will include significant updates to the buildings major systems, including mechanical and roofing improvements, and the installation of several energy iciency features. Additional enhancements will consist of new dual pane windows, low-flow water ixtures, and drought tolerant landscaping to increase the livability and sustainability of the development. The project is expected to provide a total of 50 jobs through the rehabilitation and construction of the development. For more information on the City's affordable housing and assistance programs, visithttp://lbds.info and click on Housing and Community Improvement. The University Of California Board Of Regents announced Georgia Tech Engineering Dean, Dr. Gary S. May, as the next University of California, Davis Chancellor. Dr. May will be UC Davis irst African-American Chancellor. The California Legislative Black Caucus applauds President Napolitanos decision to select Dr. Gary May as the next Chancellor for UC Davis, said California Legislative Black Caucus (CLBC) Chair, Assemblymember Chris Holden. Dr. May is a proven leader who has fought tirelessly for equal access to education and opportunity. During his time with Georgia Tech, Dr. May founded the Summer Undergraduate Research in Engineering/Science (SURE) program that was designed to attract talented minority student into graduate school. He also founded and directed the Facilitating Academic Careers in Engineering and Science program (FACES), designed to encourage minority engagement in engineering and science careers. Dr. May has received numerous awards throughout his career including the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring (awarded by President Obama) and the Robert M. Janowiak Outstanding Leadership and Service Award given by the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department Heads Association (ECEDHA). He was also selected as a fellow to the prestigious American Association for the Advancement of Science & Technology Policy Fellowship. Greenlining: Don't Violate Muslims, Immigrants Training Women to Be Leaders Cal State Fullerton is one of four campuses nationwide to participate in the BOLD Womens Leadership Network, an initiative led by female university presidents who have demonstrated a commitment to collaboration, innovation, diversity and inclusion. The goal of the program is to support and engage 10 female students at junior class level by providing scholarships, mentoring and retreats to help them develop leadership skills, and transform themselves and their communities in the process. The University's first class of BOLD scholars will each receive a $25,000 scholarship for the next two years to cover the cost of tuition fees, as well as room and board. This coming fall, incoming community college students who will be starting their junior year at Cal State Fullerton will make up the second cohort. The BOLD Womens Leadership Network is funded by the Pussycat Foundation, a private foundation established by Helen Gurley Brown, the longtime editor of Cosmopolitan magazine. Upon graduation, each woman will be eligible to apply for a Helen Gurley Brown Fellowship to fund employment at an organization that embodies BOLDs values. English major Destiny Martinez is a member of the inaugural group. Even though we just started, I am already seeing the results in myself and others, she said. This program allows us to express ourselves and establish the foundations of our identities, as well as challenges us in our beliefs. I feel more confident about myself and my skills in being able to achieve my goals. Working with a site program coordinator and members of the senior staff in collaboration with BOLD staff, BOLD scholars are chosen because they exhibit exceptional leadership abilities, critical thinking skills, a passion for social equity and the ability to facilitate challenging discourse, said Mary Ann Villarreal, associate vice president for strategic initiatives. For example, Iman Roberts is majoring in health science and sociology. I knew I wanted to focus on health care and social justice issues. My goal is to continue to grad school and earn a doctorate. I think what makes the BOLD Scholars program so valuable is that it provides a support system and is dedicated to our personal and professional growth. They focus on change and how we can make our voices heard. Mikaela Francis, a human services major, also hopes to attend graduate school and obtain a masters degree in counseling. As a softball player, she hopes to work with college athletes. I am in awe of all the BOLD scholars and women I have met through the program, she said. It is amazing to be surrounded by powerful and dynamic women all committed to making strides forward in our society. We are very excited about this opportunity, said Millie Aranda, program site coordinator for the BOLD Womens Leadership Network. We were invited to apply by the foundation and we are the only West Coast university to participate. (The other three campuses are Millbury College in Vermont, Smith College in Massachusetts and Rutgers University in New Jersey.) I think we were selected based on our reputation of launching new programs with success and because of the strong leadership of our own president. Each BOLD cohort will meet weekly with a designated faculty mentor during their last two years of study. Each group will be responsible for developing a transformational project. The faculty mentor and student group can each apply for an additional $10,000 award to pursue their project goals. In addition to the scholarship and mentoring, the University is working to develop a two-to-three-week summer international course of study for the scholars. Finally, Cal State Fullerton will receive $10,000 for what is called Bridge-Up Scholars. In this program, the University will focus on irst-year freshmen to build engagement. Current BOLD scholars will, in turn, mentor these younger students.

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