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San Bernardino County Recives Grant for Worker’s Comp Gap for December 2, 2015 Victims

Portions of a $4 million federal anti-terrorism victims grant coordinated by the state and county can be used to reimburse injured survivors of the Dec. 2, 2015 terrorist attack for medical treatments awaiting approval through worker’s compensation, the county learned on Friday in talks with the California Victim Compensation Board.

“The county made a commitment immediately after the attack to do all we can to help our employees recover. Working with the state to ensure proceeds can assist the recovering survivors is an example of how the county is honoring that commitment,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman Robert Lovingood.

There are about 54 county employees with active worker’s compensation cases stemming from the attack. A small number of those employees have faced challenges with their claims, primarily as a result of waiting for their healthcare providers to provide the information needed to have their treatments approved. Survivors can use more than $1.6 million from the grant to pay for treatments that are awaiting approval. The California Victim Compensation Board will disburse the funds to the survivors.

In December, the U.S. Department of Justice approved the California Victim Compensation Board’s request for $4 million in Anti-Terrorism and Emergency Assistance Program funds to support the short- and long-term needs of the victims of the San Bernardino terrorist attack. The allocation was based on information provided to the state by the county.

Approximately $1.3 million of the grant is intended to reimburse the county toward the more than $20 million the county has spent responding to and recovering from the incident. More than $832,000 of the approximately $1.3 million will reimburse the county for services provided directly to the survivors.

Mikey Garcia To Host Oxnard Public Workout at Robert Garcia Boxing Academy

OXNARD, CA- Come out this Saturday, January 21 at 2 p.m. to meet and support former two-time world boxing champion, Mikey Garcia, during his media workout as he prepares to travel to Las Vegas for his world title showdown with current World Boxing Council (WBC) 135 lb world champion Dejan Zlaticarin (Podgorica, Montenegro/pro record: 22-0, 15 Kos) on Saturday, January 28 at the MGM Grand, live on SHOWTIME.

Garcia has a record of 35-0, 29 KOs. The workout is FREE and the academy is located at 1451 Pacific Avenue in Oxnard. If you can’t make it out the workout, be sure to follow Garcia on all social media to stay updated on his upcoming events and fights at: www.facebook.com/TeamMikeyGarcia, instagram.com/teammikeygarcia, and twitter.com/MikeyGarcia.

Grammy Winning Artist, Erykah Badu, to be Honored at Essence “Black Women in Music”

LOS ANGELES, CA- Essence, the preeminent brand for African-American women, will host its highly anticipated 8th annual “Black Women in Music”—an official GRAMMY® Week event—on Thursday, February 9, in Los Angeles. The invitation-only soiree will salute the year’s extraordinary GRAMMY nominees and fête four-time GRAMMY winner Erykah Badu on the 20th anniversary of her groundbreaking debut album, “Baduizm.” The evening will also feature a performance by Roc Nation management artist Tiwa Savage, an award-winning Nigerian singer songwriter making an indelible impact in the U.S.

“From the time that she first hit the scene with her album ‘Baduizm,’ we all fell in love with the genius that is Erykah Badu. It is only fitting that we honor the accomplishments of our neo-soul queen, whose remarkable artistry still moves us 20 years later,” said Essence Editor-in-Chief Vanessa De Luca. “We congratulate Erykah on her incredible career, as well as all of this year’s GRAMMY nominees, who share their amazing gifts with the world.”

“Our collaboration with The Recording Academy® underscores the mission of our ‘Black Women in Music’ platform,” said Essence President Michelle Ebanks. “Essence, like the GRAMMYs, has always been at the forefront of recognizing the genius of so many artists and influencers—from iconic legends to the next generation’s rising stars, like Tiwa Savage. We also applaud our event sponsor, Lincoln, for returning once again to support the vision of this event.”

“We’re closely aligned with the inspiration behind the ‘Black Women in Music’ event that helps bring a highly talented group of artists together through the power of music,” said Evan Greene, chief marketing officer of The Recording Academy. “The Recording Academy has always strived to recognize and celebrate diversity within the music industry.”

Established in 2010, ESSENCE ‘Black Women in Music’ has heralded the accomplishments of both emerging and established artists and influencers during GRAMMY week. Previous celebrants include GRAMMY Award winners Jill ScottMary J. BligeKelly Rowland and Janelle Monáe, GRAMMY Award nominees Solange and Andra Day, as well as music industry veteran Sylvia Rhone and singer/songwriters Lianne La Havas and Emeli Sandé.

The 2017 ESSENCE ‘Black Women in Music’ event is sponsored by Lincoln. Stay tuned to Essence.com for highlights and behind-the-scenes access. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram @essence #BlackWomeninMusic. Join in the discussion on Facebook.