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What to Read: Pivotal Paths

Screen Shot 2017-09-07 at 3.48.47 PMPivotal Paths is the story of a teenage basketball phenomenon growing up in Compton during the gang and drug explosions of the late 1980’s. He comes from a single parent home that thanks to a limited income is confined to poverty.

Despite a commitment to ride his talents to a better life, Quic chasing instant gratification in the form of a fast buck, tries his hand at drug dealing. Though he excels in this area, he holds steadfast that the life style which ushered his father an early generation Crip into a premature grave is not for him.

Quic rationalizes the contradiction that becomes his life by maintaining that the drug dealing thing is a temporary hold over. he doesn’t gang bang but everyone in his peer group from his best friend Lil Jay to his basketball teammates does. His undoubting loyalties to these guys keep him in the line of fire and provide an erroneous perception.

Quic’s proximity to the hood and its seductive allure places him at a crossroads that will determine whether he actively pursues his hoop dreams or set them aside for the trap that is hood life.

Prepare for disasters: Sign Up for Alert RivCo

RIVERSIDE, CA- – Life in Southern California brings with it a series of hazards, like earthquakes, wildfires and floods. Disasters can happen at any time, especially when you’re away from home.  Alert RivCo is a critical way for emergency managers and first responders to reach you, anytime and anywhere.

During a disaster, first responders and emergency management officials use Alert RivCo to rapidly call, text and email impacted residents and businesses. Alerts include what actions community members must take to protect their safety, such as evacuation or boil water orders. Register with Alert RivCo to receive these messages on cell phones, Voice Over Internet Protocol (VOIP) lines, and email addresses.

“The time to prepare for disasters is now,” said Emergency Management Department (EMD) Director Kim Saruwatari. “We want our neighbors and our community to be ready, which means taking steps like registering for Alert RivCo and building an emergency kit.”

Traditional landline information is already registered in Alert RivCo, however, this does not include VOIP lines. Residents and businesses can register for the system at RivCoReady.org/AlertRivCo.

As part of National Preparedness Month, community members are encouraged to prepare for disasters. Learn how to build an emergency kit, make a family communications plan and register for Alert RivCo at one of the EMD public education booths. Each Saturday in Sept. from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m., a public education booth will set up at a local shopping mall. Community members will receive valuable tips and items to kick start their emergency kit, including a whistle to call for help.

Visit RivCoReady.org/News for the locations of the EMD public education booths, as well as a complete list of emergency kit items.

Follow us on Twitter @RivCoReady for valuable emergency preparedness tips or @RivCoListos for information in Spanish. 

Hundreds Gather at State Capitol for “Save Our Services” Rally to help People with Developmental Disabilities

SACRAMENTO, CA-A coalition of state legislators, developmental disabilities services providers and their clients, and unions gathered at the State Capitol for a rally in support Assembly Bill 279 (Holden) to help people with developmental disabilities. Assembly Bill 279 requires the State to adjust reimbursement rates for developmental disability service providers to comply with mandated minimum wage increases.

With the passage of local minimum wage laws, organizations serving people with developmental disabilities are strained to continue their vital work as the reimbursement rates for those services are set and controlled by the State.  As they continue to adhere to local mandates without receiving necessary funding, they will soon be forced to shut their doors on a population in need of their services.

“The Lanterman Act is known as The Bill of Rights for People with Developmental Disabilities, and it declares that people born with developmental disabilities possess the exact same human rights as all other members of our society.  It declares that our family members, friends, and neighbors have the right to live as valued members of our communities,” said Assemblymember Chris Holden. “We must pass AB 279 to provide the funding our community organizations need to continue providing the vital services people need.”

Organizations that provide development disabilities services have appealed to the State for adjustments to their reimbursements in order to bring the wages of their employees who are under local mandates up to the legal minimum wage, and these adjustments did not make the final State Budget for the coming fiscal year. 

“We are really trapped between these minimum wage laws that must be obeyed and the State’s refusal to provide the funds to pay them.  We’ve got to fix this now,” said Dr. Ron Cohen, President and CEO United Cerebral Palsy of Los Angeles, Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties.  “AB 279 will provide the funds to meet our payroll and stay open.  There is no place else for people to live, no one else is ready to serve them if we close”

Both Republicans and Democrats spoke at the rally including Assemblymember Chris Holden (author), Assemblymember Acosta, Senator Anderson, Assemblymember Tom Lackey, Senator Nancy Skinner and Senator Scott Weiner.