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Venice Beach Pride’s grassroots appeal

Yes, LGBT people have a place on the Westside

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Venice Beach Pride organizers are hard at work planning this year’s event. Photo by Grant Turck

LA Pride’s #ResistMarch planning kicked into high gear after the City of West Hollywood announced on April 3 it would provide $1,000,000 to cover anticipated security costs of the nearly four-mile long march. Though there is no size comparison, nor is it competition (#ResistMarch organizers expect to attract 500,000 people), Venice Pride, the upstart Pride on the beach, is giving WeHo a run for its money. And at one-tenth the price.

The new Pride on the beach for Westsiders is looking like a promising alternative to West Hollywood’s LA Pride.

“Building upon last year’s success, our 13-member board has been hard at work planning an incredible line-up of inclusive events for all ages to enjoy this June 2-3,” said Grant Turck, board president of Venice Pride.

Among the many activities is a beach dedication to Bill Rosendahl, the first openly gay person elected to LA City Council. Los Angeles County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl and many other politicos will be in attendance.

“From the dedication of the Bill Rosendahl Memorial Beach to the annual Venice Pride Sign Lighting & Block Party and festival at the world-famous Muscle Beach, a good time is sure to be had by everyone,” Turck said, promising there would also be more “surprises” along the way.  DJ Victor Rodriguez, known for his popular Bears In Space event will once again spin tunes for the Block Party.

Venice Pride, in part, emerged as a grassroots response to the shuttering of the last gay bar west of the 405, noted Turck.

“Venice has a huge gay history. It is a symbol of diversity, acceptance, and creativity for so much of the world. There was The Friendship on Channel Road (now a straight bar), Blackies’ (now Chinois) and Van Go’s Ear on Main Street, Westwinds (now a T-shirt shop) and Match Box on Ocean Front Walk, Big Brothers (now Salt Air) on Abbot Kinney Blvd. and Free People on West Pico Blvd (now Coal & Ice). Over the last several years, we’ve lost one Westside gay institution after the next.”

News of Roosterfish’s rumored closure last February left some feeling like gay culture in the area had been erased.

“I was at First Friday, a monthly event held on Abbott Kinney Boulevard last year with a friend. People turn out for it in droves. It was usually an especially grand night at Roosterfish, as the Westside really came together for it. When we realized that the bar would be closing, it felt like we needed to create something that would reinvigorate the recognition that there is a gay community here. Continuing Venice Pride reminds LGBT people that they have a place here on the Westside.”

Turck campaigned to secure Historic-Cultural Monument designation for the bar from the City of LA, but was unsuccessful.

Several high-profile corporations have expressed interest in sponsoring the event, including last year’s sponsors like SnapChat, Google and others.

West Hollywood Pride has had some controversy, due to its admission price, said Turck.

“In recent years, West Hollywood’s LA Pride has forgotten its roots by putting most of its energy into a music festival with a bloated budget that demands expensive tickets. LGBT Pride should be accessible to all with the fewest barriers to inclusion necessary, because the reality is whether young, old, gay, trans, non-binary, masc, fem, average or buff—we are all in this fight together. And our strength comes through the celebration of these differences.”

While the Trump administration has caused much worry among LGBT people, Turck remains hopeful.

“The American people have protested before and we’re doing it again now. Grassroots movements like the Women’s March in D.C. and the upcoming #ResistMarches all across the country are only the beginning. These movements remind us of what is possible when we rise together as one voice united. The present administration forgets their victory was by a minority, and their failure to capture the hearts and minds of the majority will be its undoing,” Turck emphasized.

Members of the Venice Pride board will also march in the free #ResistMarch happening on Sunday, June 11.

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LA County Parks offers soccer, flag football & now… LACROSSE

The Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation is proud to announce a new slate of Youth Sports Leagues for the Fall 2022 season

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LOS ANGELES – This season, LA County Parks Offers Soccer, Flag Football and now… LACROSSE for Youth Countywide!


REGISTER FOR YOUTH SPORTS LEAGUES TODAY!

As we settle into another school season this fall, the Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation is proud to announce a new slate of Youth Sports Leagues for the Fall 2022 season.

YOUTH FLAG FOOTBALL 

Football season is almost here! This year, with generous support from NFL Flag Football and the Los Angeles Rams we’re bringing Flag Football for youth across LA County. The emphasis will be on sportsmanship, skill development, team concept, and fun. Game scores and league standings will be kept. Registration fee will include uniform, award, and umpire. Qualifying teams will advance and participate in playoffs. Season starts October 1st!

Divisions & Costs:
Division 2 (2007-2009): $43
Division 3 (2010-2011): $43
Division 4 (2012-2013): $43
Division 5 (2014-2015): $32
Division 6 (2016-2017): $25
Division 7 (2018-2019): $25

AVAILABLE AT THE FOLLOWING PARKS

Castaic Sports Complex: 31230 N. Castaic Rd., Castaic 91384  – (661) 775-8865

George Lane Park: 5520 W. Avenue, L-8, Quartz Hill, CA 93534 – (661) 722-7780

Jackie Robinson Park: 8773 E. Avenue R, Littlerock, CA 93543 – 661-944-2880

Stephen Sorensen Park: 16801 E. Avenue P, Lake Los Angeles, CA 93591 (661) 264 -1249

Adventure Park: 10130 Gunn Ave. Whittier, CA – (562) 698-7645

Alondra Park: 3850 W. Manhattan Beach Blvd. Lawndale, CA – (310) 217-8366

Amigo Park: 5700 Juarez Ave. Whittier, CA – (562) 908-4702

Campanella Park: 14812 Stanford Ave. Compton, CA – (310) 603-3720

Helen Keller Park: 12521 S. Vermont Ave Los Angeles, CA 90044 – (323) 241-6702

Mayberry Park: 13201 E. Meyer Rd. Whittier, CA – (562) 944-9727

Sorensen Park: 11419 Rosehedge Dr. Whittier, CA – (562) 908-7763

Victoria Park: 419 E. Martin Luther King Jr. St. Carson, CA – (310) 217-8370

Arcadia Park: 405 S. Santa Anita Ave., Arcadia, CA 91006 – (626) 821-4619

Charter Oak Park: 20261 E. Covina Blvd., Covina, CA 91723 – (626) 339-0411

Dalton Park: 18867 E. Armstead St., Azusa, CA 91702 – (626) 852-1491

Valleydale Park: 5225 N. Lark Ellen Ave., Azusa, CA 91702 – (626) 334-8020


YOUTH AND GIRLS SOCCER ⚽🙌

It’s time to lace up those cleats again!  Youth and Girls Soccer is returning to LA County Parks this October. Join us for another competitive and fun season for all ages! Youth and Girls’ Soccer will provide opportunities for participants to thrive thru the sport and physical activity. Participants will learn and display sportsmanship, teamwork and responsibility when participating and give exposure to learning soccer in a fun and safe setting. Registration fee will include a certified soccer official, uniform and award. League will consist of 10-week season with 1-hour practice during the weekday and 1-hour game Saturday. See you on the field!

CO-ED Divisions & Costs:
Division 2 (2007-2009): $61
Division 3 (2010-2011): $61
Division 4 (2012-2013): $61
Division 5 (2014-2015): $55
Division 6 (2016-2017): $45
Division 7 (2018-2019): $45
Girls Only Divisions & Costs:
Division 3 (2010-2011): $61
Division 4 (2012-2013): $61

AVAILABLE AT THE FOLLOWING PARKS

Castaic Regional Sports Complex: 31230 N. Castaic Rd, CA – (661) 775-8865

Crescenta Valley Park: 3901 Dunsmore Ave La Crescenta, CA – (818) 249-5940

El Cariso Park: 13100 Hubbard Street Sylmar, CA – (818) 367-5043

Loma Alta Park: 3330 N Lincoln Ave Altadena, CA – (626) 398-5451

Dr. Richard Rioux Park: 26233 W. Faulkner Dr. Stvn. Ranch, CA – (661) 222-9536

Val Verde Park: 30300 W. Arlington Rd, Val Verde, CA – (661) 257-4014

Athens Park: 12603 S Broadway Los Angeles, CA – (323) 241-6700

Bethune Park: 1244 E 61st St Los Angeles, CA – (323) 846-1895

Lennox Park: 10828 Condon Ave Inglewood, CA – (310) 419-6712

Mona Park: 2291 E 121st St Compton, CA – (310) 603-3729

Roosevelt Park: 7600 Graham Ave Los Angeles, CA – (323) 586-7228

Ted Watkins Park: 1335 E 103rd St Los Angeles, CA – (323) 357-3032

Bassett Park: 510 Vineland Ave., Bassett, CA – (626) 333-0959

Belvedere Park: 4914 E. Cesar E. Chavez Ave., Los Angeles, CA – (323) 260-2342

Carolyn Rosas Park: 18500 E. Farjardo St., Rowland Heights, CA – (626) 854-5557

City Terrace Park: 1126 N. Hazard Ave., Los Angeles, CA – (323) 260-2371

Hacienda Heights Community Center: 1234 Valencia Ave., Hacienda Heights, CA – (626) 333-3250

Manzanita Park: 1747 S. Kwis Ave., Hacienda Heights, CA – (626) 336-6246

Martin Park: 14830 E. Giordano St La Puente., CA – (626) 918-5263

Obregon Park: 4021 E. 1st St Los Angeles., CA – (323) 260-2344

Pathfinder Park: 18150 Pathfinder Rd., Rowland Heights, CA – (562) 690-0933

Rimgrove Park: 747 North Rimgrove Dr., La Puente, CA – (626) 330-8798

Rowland Heights Park: 1500 Banida Ave., Rowland Heights, CA – (626) 912-6774

Salazar Park: 3864 Whittier Blvd., Los Angeles, CA – (323) 260-2330

San Angelo Park: 245 S. San Angelo Ave., La Puente, CA – (626) 333-6162

Saybrook Park: 6250 E. Northside Dr., Los Angeles, CA – (323) 724-8546

Steinmetz Park: 1545 S. Stimson Ave., Hacienda Heights, CA – (626) 855-5383

Sunshine Park: 515 S. Deepmead Ave., La Puente, CA – (626) 854-5559


GIRLS LACROSSE 🙌

America’s oldest sport comes to LA County! Thanks to support from US Lacrosse, we will be offering Girls Lacrosse across a variety of LA County Parks. The emphasis will be on sportsmanship, skill development, team concept, and fun. The league will be providing all the equipment needed to play. Participants will be taught to play during clinics held during the first three weeks of the league season. During the final 5 weeks teams will be created, and games will be played. Leagues will start in October so make sure you head to reservations.lacounty.gov today to sign up for this exciting opportunity!

Division & Costs:

Division 3 (2010-2011): $30

AVAILABLE AT THE FOLLOWING PARKS

Castaic Regional Sports Complex: 31230 N. Castaic Rd, CA – (661) 775-8865

Dr. Richard Rioux Park: 26233 W. Faulkner Dr. Stvn. Ranch, CA – (661) 222-9536

El Cariso Park: 13100 Hubbard Street Sylmar, CA – (818) 367-5043

George Lane Park: 5520 W. Avenue L-8 Quartz Hill, CA – (661) 722-7780

Jackie Robinson Park: 8773 East Avenue R Littlerock, CA – (661) 944-2880

Loma Alta Park: 3330 N Lincoln Ave Altadena, CA – (626) 398-5451

Pearblossom Park: 33922 N. 121st St. East Pearblossom, CA – (661) 944-2988

Stephen Sorensen Park: 16801 E. Avenue P. Lake L.A., CA – (661) 264-1249

Val Verde Park: 30300 W. Arlington Rd, Val Verde, CA – (661) 257-4014

Adventure Park: 10130 Gunn Ave. Whittier, CA – (562) 698-7645

Alondra Park: 3850 W. Manhattan Beach Blvd. Lawndale, CA – (310) 217-8366

Amigo Park: 5700 Juarez Ave. Whittier, CA – (562) 908-4702

Del Aire Park: 12601 Isis Ave, Hawthorne, CA – (310)-643-4976

Sorensen Park: 11419 Rose Hedge Dr Whittier, CA – (562) 908-7763

Ted Watkins Park: 1335 E 103rd St Los Angeles, CA – (323) 357-3032

Arcadia Park: 405 S. Santa Anita Ave., Arcadia, CA 91006 – (626) 821-4619

Bassett Park: 510 Vineland Ave., Bassett, CA 91746 – (626) 333-0959

Belvedere Park: 4914 E. Cesar E Chavez Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90022 – (323) 260-2342

Carolyn Rosas Park: 18500 E. Farjardo St., Rowland Heights, CA 91748 – (626) 854-5557

Charter Oak Park: 20261 E. Covina Blvd., Covina, CA 91723 – (626) 339-0411

City Terrace Park: 1126 N. Hazard Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90063 – (323) 260-2371

Dalton Park: 18867 E. Armstead St., Azusa, CA 91702 – (626) 852-1491

Hacienda Heights Community Center: 1234 Valencia Ave., Hacienda Heights, CA 91745 – (626) 333-3250

Manzanita Park: 1747 S. Kwis Ave., Hacienda Heights, CA 91745 – (626) 336-6246

Martin Park: 14830 E. Giordano St., La Puente, CA 91744 – (626) 918-5263

Obregon Park: 4021 E. 1st St., Los Angeles, CA 90063 – (323) 260-2344

Pamela Park: 2236 Goodall Ave., Duarte, CA 91010 – (626) 357-1619

Pathfinder Park: 18150 Pathfinder Rd., Rowland Heights, CA 91748 – (562) 690-0933

Rimgrove Park: 747 N. Rimgrove Dr., La Puente, CA 91744 – (626) 330-8798

Rowland Heights: 1500 Banida Ave., Rowland Heights, CA 91748 – (626) 912-6774

Salazar Park: 3864 Whittier Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90023- (323) 260-2330

San Angelo Park: 245 S. San Angelo Ave., La Puente, CA 91746 – (626) 333-6162

Saybrook Park: 6250 E. Northside Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90022 – (323) 724-8546

Steinmetz Park: 1545 S. Stimson Ave., Hacienda Heights, CA 91748 – (626) 855-5383

Sunshine Park: 515 S. Deepmead Ave., La Puente, CA 91744 – (626) 854-5559

Valleydale Park: 5525 N. Lark Ellen Ave., Azusa, CA 91702 – (626) 334-8020


REGISTER NOW!


For questions, contact LA County Parks at [email protected] or (626) 588-5364.

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Excessive Heat Warning for parts of Los Angeles County

Hot conditions will bring elevated risk of heat related illnesses over portions of Southern California, especially the valleys & inland areas

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LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles County Health Officer has issued a Heat Warning as high temperatures have been forecast for the following areas:

  • Downtown Los Angeles: Monday, September 26, through Tuesday, September 27, 2022
  • Santa Clarita Valley: Monday, September 26, through Tuesday, September 27, 2022
  • San Fernando Valley: Monday, September 26, through Tuesday, September 27, 2022
  • San Gabriel Valley: Monday, September 26, through Tuesday, September 27, 2022
  • Santa Monica Mountains: Monday, September 26, through Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Public Health reminds everyone to take precautions to avoid heat-related illness, especially older adults, young children, outdoor workers, athletes, and people with a chronic medical condition who are especially sensitive to negative health impacts from extreme heat. Public Health offers the following recommendations during high temperature days:

  • Drink plenty of water and keep hydrated throughout the day.
  • If you must go out, plan your day to avoid going out during the hottest hours, and wear sunscreen. Wear lightweight, light-colored clothes, and wear a hat or use an umbrella.
  • Cars get very hot inside, even if the windows are ‘cracked’ or open. Never leave children or pets in cars. Call 911 if you see a child or pet in a car alone.
  • Beware of and know what to do for heat-related illness, such as heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Call 911 right away if you see these symptoms: high body temperature (103°F or higher), vomiting, dizziness, confusion, and hot, red, dry, or damp skin. Heat stroke is a medical emergency.
  • Check on those at risk for heat-related illness, like those who are sick or have chronic conditions, older adults, pregnant women, children, those who live alone, pets, and outdoor workers and athletes.
  • If you are wearing a mask, avoid strenuous workouts wearing face coverings or masks not intended for athletic purpose.
  • Visit your power company’s website or contact them by phone to determine if you are scheduled for a rolling power outage.

“While it is very important that everyone take special care of themselves, it is equally important that we reach out and check on others, in particular those who are especially vulnerable to the harmful effects of high temperatures, including children, the elderly, and their pets,” said Muntu Davis, MD, MPH, Los Angeles County Health Officer. “High temperatures are not just an inconvenience; they can be dangerous and even deadly. But we can protect ourselves, our families, and our neighbors if we take steps to remain cool and hydrated. It is critically important to never leave children, elderly people, or pets unattended in homes with no air conditioning and particularly in vehicles, even if the windows are ‘cracked’ or open, as temperatures inside can quickly rise to life-threatening levels. If you have an elderly or unwell neighbor who is without air conditioning, check on them throughout the day.”

County and City partners have planned ways to safely operate cooling centers during times of high heat. Residents who do not have access to air conditioning are encouraged to take advantage of these free cooling centers. To find a location near you, visit https://ready.lacounty.gov/heat/ or call 211.

The health and safety of staff and visitors at cooling centers is priority. Public Health notes the following for cooling centers:

  • Staff and visitors are instructed to stay home if they do not feel well. Any person reporting or exhibiting signs of illness is advised to seek appropriate medical
  • Staff and visitors are required to wear a face covering at all times, regardless of COVID-19 vaccination status.
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Excessive Heat Warnings for SoCal Sunday through Wednesday

Hot conditions will bring elevated risk of heat related illnesses over portions of Southern California, especially the valleys & inland areas

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OXNARD – The National Weather Service has issued Excessive Heat Warnings for Southern California beginning Sunday and extending through Wednesday.

Today, Sunday, temperatures are forecast to reach 100 degrees in the valleys and inland desert areas. In Riverside County, a heat warning for the Coachella Valley region took effect at 11 a.m.

For the greater Los Angeles region, the heat warning takes effect Monday morning with high temperatures expected to surpass 100 degrees in the San Fernando Valley, San Gabriel Valley, Santa Clarita Valley, and inland areas of Orange, San Bernardino, and Riverside counties.

Graphic via KTLA 5

Hot conditions will bring elevated risk of heat related illnesses over portions of southwest California, especially the coastal plain and valleys of Los Angeles and Ventura Counties. Take care to stay hydrated if working or recreating outdoors, take breaks in the shade, check up on the elderly or ill, and those without AC. Consider limiting strenuous activities outdoors during this time and remember to never leave kids or pets unattended in a car. Look before you lock!

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