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First of Its Kind Set to Become a National Model

 

Los Angeles County, CA- Lennox: May 26, 2017: The Lennox School District has announced an innovative new dentistry program that will infuse hands-on science lessons with real-world career applications.

 

The Lennox School of Dentistry will debut next year at three elementary schools, which will be outfitted with specialized labs. The first of its kind program for K-12 school districts in California features a curriculum that is aligned with California’s Next Generation Science Standards and will be integrated into multiple academic subjects.

 

In addition to the academic curriculum, students will participate in clinical settings that resemble real-life dental offices. The idea is to prepare students for achieving higher educational goals and promote broader understanding of medicine and science.

 

“The Lennox School of Dentistry will promote the kind of project based learning that helps learning come alive for our students.” Superintendent Kent Taylor said. “By introducing our students to career pathways and professional mentors while they are young, we hope to expand their college and career goals.”

 

Establishing the Lennox School of Dentistry, the District has collaborated with Dr. Lynnette Jackson to develop its instructional program. The groundbreaking initiative also includes professional development for teachers and hands-on lessons for students.

 

“This is an incredible opportunity to teach students in a new way that could inspire them to pursue medical school or a career as a dentist or healthcare professional.” Dr. Jackson, D.D.S. said. “I realize that some kids may actually dread going to the see the dentist. This program will not only demystify the dentist’s office, it will improve the health literacy of students at the same time.”

 

The Lennox School of Dentistry will launch in January for fourth graders at Huerta, Jefferson and Moffett elementary schools. Students will spend two hours a week in the dentistry school.

 

Teachers will work with Dr. Jackson and District administrators in the coming months to develop curriculum units, lesson plans and schedules. The District will begin developing lab space at each of the campuses in the fall. 

 

The Lennox School District first began providing public education in 1910. Located in an unincorporated community of 1.3 square miles between Hawthorne and Inglewood, the district serves more than 5,100 students at one middle school, five elementary schools and a preschool in each school site.

 

Lynnette Jackson D.D.S, M.S. serves as the program director and has a general practice residency at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. She earned her medical degree from the Howard University College of Dentistry in Washington D.C. and holds a Masters of Science Degree in Clinical Research from Charles R. Drew University in Los Angeles.

 

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For additional information, please contact:

Becki Blanco, Chief Instructional Officer

10319 Firmona Ave Lennox, CA 90304

(310) 695- 4000

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Davon Dean, Public Information Officer

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My Message to Graduates

Thursday, May 25, 2017

As this school year comes to a close, graduates will, no doubt, think about the things they can finally leave behind like books, getting up early and going to classes they don’t like.  They’ll be glad to ditch the studying—even if only for a summer. 

 

If you are a graduate, there will be a lot of emphasis on what you’re graduating from, but there may not be much thought on what you will be graduating to. You may or may not know what’s next.  High school, college, graduate school,  a job or a year off to figure it out.  

 

There are many options.  But knowing what you are graduating to can provide you with the stability needed to sustain your vision.

 

The world that you are inheriting is very different from what your parents and grandparents experienced. Many of the things that gave us comfort are being steadily eroded— public health care systems like Medicaid and Medicare; retirement income from Social Security. There was a time when this country had systems in place to take care of the most vulnerable among us. 

 

While you are still young, and hopefully on track to earn substantially more money than family members in prior generations, it is important to take a hard look at where you are in relation to the collective whole.

 

Take health care for instance.  Today, the Congressional Budget Office released estimates on the cost of Donald Trump’s health care bill.  According to the numbers, some 23 million people would lose coverage by 2026.  As Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer said, “Unless you are a healthy millionaire, Trump Care is a nightmare.”

 

Hopefully, your good health will last a long while, but try not to take it for granted.  You could very well be among those 23 million if the Republican healthcare bill were to pass the Senate as-is.

 

This is not to dampen your spirit, but to point out that any education that does not prepare you for the flipside of life is inadequate, regardless of the institution.

 

Whether you are graduating from middle school, high school or college, it’s a good idea to map out a solid Plan B or a “what if” scenario in case life doesn’t go as planned.

 

This is not to suggest that your Plan A won’t come true, but to give yourself some options and a way to keep hope alive.  Life is not a straight line—although it may feel that way when we hear all those wonderful commencement speeches.  Life is full of twists and turns and the more able you are at managing the ups and downs, the better.

 

Make your Plan B the best you can, but focus on your dream.   Then go out and have some serious fun. Inglewood Today salutes graduates of all ages and stages. Congratulations on a job well done.

 

 

 

 

Introduced by Sen. Steven Bradford

 

Sacramento – The California Senate approved SB 620 (Bradford) on a vote of 22-14 to allow a court, in the interest of justice, to use judicial discretion when applying a sentence enhancement for using or discharging a firearm, consistent with other enhancements.

 

Senator Steven Bradford (D-Inglewood) spoke about a case where a 17-year old was given a 30-year to life sentence when it was not clear if he or another person had fired a gun. While the young man denied firing the gun, he was still convicted. He had no criminal history and his teachers, clergy and family testified to his character as a hard-working student who no history of causing trouble. The judge who sentenced him stated on the record that his hands were tied in imposing the sentence.

 

Bradford also pointed to data showing that African-Americans are 8 times more likely to be incarcerated than a white person, which disproportionately increases racial disparities in the prison population.

 

California’s lengthy prison sentences stem from tragedies: the murders of Kimber Reynolds in 1992 and Polly Klass in 1994. Their fathers advocated for “Three Strikes and You’re Out” and “Use a Gun and You’re Done” laws. SB 620 affects the “Use a Gun and You’re Done Law” by allowing a court to apply the longer sentences on a case-by-case basis. The enhancements would remain in place.

 

Studies of these enhancements show that increasing an already long sentence does not deter crime.  According to Bradford SB 620 does not get into that debate because it does not eliminate the enhancements. Nor does it suggest a judge should disregard enhancements. Judges should consider the circumstances of the crime and the history of the perpetrator and deal with the individual appropriately. This moves the decision about sentencing from one that is rigid and without meaningful consideration to one that is specific to the circumstances of the case.

 

“Lives and Families are destroyed when criminals commit crimes.  Our justice system needs to focus on getting them off the streets.  We must allow our courts to assess the specifics of each case individually.”  Senator Bradford said.

 

Local police departments have prepared for extra security, particularly around areas and events which draw large crowds.  On Tuesday night at the Forum in Inglewood—one day after 22 concertgoers were killed in a suicide attack in Manchester, UK—security was heightened at the Chris Brown concert.

 

Inglewood, like Los Angeles and many other cities across the nation, is beefing up security with increased police presence, and also asking the public to be vigilant about suspicious looking people, behavior or items. 

 

Those who died in Manchester, including an 8-year old girl, were victims of a bomb which exploded as they were leaving an Ariana Grande concert at the Manchester Arena.

 

Salman Abedi, 22, has been identified by police as the suspected suicide attacker, according to CNN.  ISIS has claimed responsibility.

 

Inglewood police encouraged the public to come to Tuesday's concert in a statement and planned to uphold public safety at the event.

 

Some concertgoers who attended the Chris Brown concert told KTLA that they were disheartened and saddened by the attack in Manchester.  Others said the unfortunate incident in Manchester has made them more aware of their surroundings.

 

Madison Square Garden, owner of the Forum, said the company “is continuing to work closely with local law enforcement to ensure we remain informed of any potential concerns." 

 

Inglewood police on Monday night acknowledged the tragic blast in Manchester, posting a Twitter message that read, "Praying for you Manchester."  Grande was not hurt. She later posted a message on Twitter that read, "Broken. From the bottom of my heart, I am so so sorry. I don't have words."

 

Los Angeles police said Monday the department was monitoring the situation in England and assured residents that adequate resources are deployed in an effort to keep people and public spaces safe.

 

Security has also been heightened in and around LAX.  So far, no threats have been reported.  

 

 

A Friend, A Home, A Mortgage

Thursday, May 25, 2017

By Glenda Brass, MBA

 

There comes a time over the course of any renter's time in a particular piece of real estate where it seems that the payments are providing a great stream of income for a landlord but little for you. Indeed, as incomes begin to creep up and the ability to handle at least a portion of a mortgage becomes a possibility, more and more renters are beginning to feel that way and enlist a friend to make their home ownership dreams happen.

 

There is a time in life where particular income levels can outgrow renting but perhaps be too small to take on a full mortgage. As a way to either bridge that gap or land a home above a single person's income level, teaming up in with a friend or family member to operate as co-owners on a home is a really good strategy. Many cultures successfully employ this tactic. As with any real estate transaction, these deals require a bit of care and, more importantly, asking some tough questions of yourself and your prospective co-owner.

 

Why Do You Think Co-Ownership Is For You?

 

Everyone that ponders co-ownership needs to be sure about why it seems like a good idea. Problems can arise when you and your friend are not on the same page about the benefits you hope to see through co-ownership and that discord can harm the search for an actual home. Are you looking for tax benefits on the new property? Are you looking to upgrade your surroundings by sharing the mortgage burden? Are you hoping to build equity and sell the home in five years? These types of motivations are common and the only way to be sure that you and your prospective co-owner are on the same page is to go ahead and ask them. It may seem silly, but this step has to come before ever going to a showing or looking at an open house as your target will change based on what you are trying to accomplish.

 

What Happens If You Get That Dream Job Offer?

 

Any plan needs contingencies and getting involved with a co-owner is no different. What happens if you get the job offer of a lifetime in a different state? Discussion needs to take place about the possible options that face both of you if one of you decides to leave town. There are a number of options available should that occur.

 

How Much Do I Trust You?

 

While it may seem crass to ask this in regards to how you feel about your prospective housemate, the fact of the matter remains that a significant portion of your financial future is tied up with this person. If you have doubts about whether your friend has the ability to make regular payments, that should send up a red flag and end the discussion there.

 

Co-ownership can be a great way to solve the problem of wasting money on rent and wanting to build equity without the income level to do so. However, before ever traveling down that path, you need to evaluate your prospective housemate to make sure that you aren't getting in over your head. Stay careful and you will ultimately find the right living situation for you.

 

Glenda Brass is a successful real estate consultant who has been in the real estate industry for almost 20 years. She is CEO/Managing Partner of Brass & Brass Enterprises, LLC, located at 2639 W. Manchester Blvd., Inglewood. For a free consultation on anything real estate… selling, buying, renovating, leasing, or to learn about our consumer education offerings through Operation Purchase a Home, contact Glenda at 310-345-9707 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

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