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HRC ranks California companies high on Corporate Equality Index

But enforcement may be an issue

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As the nation’s largest LGBT rights lobbying organization, the Human Rights Campaign often comes under strong criticism from the LGBT community for its strategic political decisions. But there is no doubt that the nation’s corporate decision-makers take HRC’s Corporate Equality Index very seriously as they seek the “best and brightest” employees and a loyal customer base.

This is not hyperbole. The governor of Georgia vetoed a pending anti-LGBT religious freedom bill after HRC President Chad Griffin reached out to Hollywood to cease production in the state, followed up by threats to boycott from the NBA and other corporate giants. The HRC threat of economic boycott over the abhorrent anti-LGBT HB2 helped Roy Cooper beat the incumbent Republican governor and the state legislature subsequently voted against the anti-LGBT law, though key provisions of the anti-LGBT law remain.

On Thursday, HRC released its 2018 Corporate Equality Index (CEI) showing that i120 companies in California are among “a record number of the nation’s major companies and law firms are advancing vital policies and practices to protect LGBTQ workers around the world.”

“This year, a record-breaking 609 businesses earned the CEI’s top score of 100, up from 517 last year — a single-year increase of 18 percent. This record sets a new high water mark for corporate leadership over the 15-year history of the CEI,” according to an HRC press release. “In total, 947 companies and law firms were officially rated in the new CEI, up from 887 in last year’s. The report also unofficially rated 137 Fortune 500 companies, which have yet to respond to an invitation to participate in the CEI survey assessing their LGBTQ policies and practices.”

In California, the average ranking for the 120 companies and law firms is 91 with 81 earning 100 points, 15 earning 90 points and above, and 10 earning 80 points and above.

The report spells out its criteria and breaks the ranking down accordingly for a number of different areas such as Automotive, Banking, a slew of Computer-related companies, and Engineering and Construction, etc.

KB Home worked with “The Ellen Show” to build a house for a viewer in 2012. (Photo is a screen grab of a video)

In the latter category is the Los Angeles-based firm KB Home, which received a ranking of 35. The low ranking is achieved by having half-hearted non-discrimination policies and a zero in the category “positively engages the external LGBTQ community.” But why would KB Homes need to do any positive LGBT external outreach if it assumes LGBT viewers regularly watch HGTV or “The Ellen Show,” which has featured the construction company in the past. More recently, KB Home made news for the anti-gay rant spouted against comedienne Kathy Griffin and her boyfriend by CEO Jeffrey Mezger.

Mezger subsequently apologized after KB Home’s board of directors threatened to fire him if he did it again and cut his 2017 bonus by 25%.

It not clear if or how HRC included the incident in their deliberations.

HRC did consider the external factors at work regarding two complaints against Walmart brought by the Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). As a result, HRC suspended its rating of the corporate giant, pending remedial action.
TLDEF Executive Director Jillian Weiss noted that the suspension is an opportunity to put companies on notice that their good policies might not be reaching the shop floor. “We hope this will deliver the message to Walmart and others that good corporate policy is not enough. It must be accompanied by strong enforcement mechanisms, or it is mere window dressing,” Weiss said in a press release. “TLDEF will continue to bring suits on behalf of transgender people who experience discrimination in employment, education, health care access and public accommodations.”

Overall, however, the news is good.

“At a time when the rights of LGBTQ people are under attack by the Trump-Pence Administration and state legislatures across the country, hundreds of top American companies are driving progress toward equality in the workplace,” said HRC President Chad Griffin. “The top-scoring companies on this year’s CEI are not only establishing policies that affirm and include employees here in the United States, they are applying these policies to their operations around the globe and impacting millions of people beyond our shores. In addition, many of these companies have also become vocal advocates for equality in the public square, including the dozens that have signed on to amicus briefs in vital Supreme Court cases and the 106 corporate supporters of the Equality Act. We are proud to have developed so many strong partnerships with corporate allies who see LGBTQ equality as a crucial issue for our country and for their businesses.”

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Historic LA gay bathhouse for sale- looks to be end of an era

Midtowne Spa owned three properties in Southern California- The Los Angeles location is the last Midtowne Spa standing

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Midtowne Spa Los Angeles (Photo Credit: Paulo Murillo for the WeHo Times)

By Paulo Murillo | LOS ANGELES – The Midtowne Spa Los Angeles property, home to the historic sex bathhouse catering to gay, bisexual, and men who have sex with men (MSM) went up for sale earlier this month.

Insiders say this is the end of the last Midtowne Spa standing in Southern California and across the nation. Located at 615 Kohler Street in Los Angeles, the bathhouse was founded in 1972, marking a good 50 years of providing a safe space for men to meet men.

According to sources, Midtowne Spa Los Angeles could be closing as early as some time in October. Vendors who provide towel and linen services allege they have been told their services will not be needed past October. The cleaning crew was told the same according to rumors.

An employee who wishes to remain nameless, said that they are very aware of the sale of the property and that workers sense the end is near although management isn’t saying much about what the sale means to their employment. Workers are being told that the owners hope to save the mens spa and transfer the business to a party that is interested in continuing the business name and hopefully save their jobs, but the listing suggests the property will most likely be redeveloped and they may soon be out of a job.

Midtowne Spa Los Angeles – WEHO TIMES
Midtowne Spa Los Angeles – WEHO TIMES

Attempts to reach management have been unsuccessful.

Midtowne Spa owned three properties in Southern California, The Melrose Spa, at 7269 Melrose Ave in Los Angeles, which closed in May 2017, and the 1350 Club at 510 W Anaheim St, in Wilmington, which closed some time in May, 2022 shortly after being shut down by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Los Angeles location is the last Midtowne Spa standing. The Austin, Texas Location closed in July, 2016. Dallas closed the following year. Midtowne Denver also closed earlier this year. Most of these locations closed with little to no fanfare, upsetting some of their most loyal customers.

Midtowne Spa Los Angeles currently offers private rooms as well a lockers. The facility has an indoor swimming pool, whirlpool, Sauna, Steam room, Sundeck and a TV Lounge. They have adult movie channels, two gay and one Straight/Bisexual and  24 hour secured parking garage right next door to the club. We offer free HIV & STD testing, please check our website for days and times.

Midtowne Spa Los Angeles – WEHO TIMES
Midtowne Spa Los Angeles – WEHO TIMES
Midtowne Spa Los Angeles – WEHO TIMES
Midtowne Spa Los Angeles – WEHO TIMES

A recent guest tells WEHO TIMES that the spa was busy this past Saturday. “The rooms were completely sold out by 7pm, but I went early in the afternoon,” he said. “They have raised prices significantly, but they do sell out of rooms, and and they still have plenty of customers.”

The customer also credits Midtowne for promoting a clean (as possible) environment and also providing std testing and free counseling, “It’s not just about STD/AIDS, but the counselors also will talk to people, like gay people just coming out, which is so important for some people who may be reluctant to go to other places,” he said. “This is a safe place for queer expression that will be a loss to the community and also has historic value. The original owner, Marty, really wanted Midtowne to stay open long after his demise as an outlet for the queer community.”

The property is listed as a prime Downtown Los Angeles Development site by Major Properties. Built in 1914, the land area is listed at 30,160 sq ft with a property size of 22,419 sq ft. The asking price is a reduced $6,500,000. The portfolio would be delivered empty, which is another sign of Midtowne Spa will not survive the sale of the property.

Midtowne Spa Los Angeles – WEHO TIMES

Major Properties describes the development site as:

• Major price reduction!
• Prime DTLA purchase opportunity
• Mixed-use/residential development site
• 13,380± SF 3-story building is occupied by Midtown Spa; 9,039± SF 1-story building is used for interior parking; additional 3 parcels are parking lots (one is noncontiguous).
• Located at the southwest corner of East 6th St and Kohler St
• Situated 2 blocks west of the DTLA Arts District, and adjacent to the Flower and Fashion Districts
• There is a potential alley vacation that would add 2,340± SF of land to the portfolio. If Seller obtains the alley, the sale price would be increased by $571,000.
• TOC: Tier 3
• Located in State Enterprise Zone; Greater Downtown Housing Incentive Area; and Los Angeles Redevelopment Project Area • Located in Designated Qualified Opportunity Zone (tax benefits)
• Proposed DTLA 2040 Community Plan: Markets
906-910-920 E 6th St, 615 Kohler St and the noncontiguous parking lot will benefit from the proposed DTLA 2040 Community Plan, which will will allow for long-term upside due to a significant emphasis on community growth and development. The proposed DTLA 2040 Plan will increase jobs, housing, transportation, open space, and amenities, adding 125,000 new residents, 70,000 new housing units, and 55,000 new jobs.
• Portfolio will be delivered vacant.

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To read the full listing visit: https://www.majorproperties.com/property/prime-dtla-development-site/.

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The preceding article was previously published by the WeHo Times and is republished by permission.

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California advances pay equity and supporting women

Additional measures signed by the governor expand supports for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault

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Governor Newsom signs legislation alongside First Partner Siebel Newsom, Lt. Gov. Eleni Kounalakis & Women’s Caucus members (Photo Credit: Office of the Governor)

SACRAMENTO – Governor Gavin Newsom and First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom today met with leaders from the Legislative Women’s Caucus to highlight a package of priority legislation signed by the Governor to strengthen California’s commitment to advancing gender equity and protecting the rights of women.

The measures signed by the Governor include SB 1162 by Senator Monique Limόn (D-Santa Barbara), which requires employers to make salary ranges for positions available to applicants and employees and expands pay data reporting requirements to better identify gender and race-based pay disparities.

“California has the strongest equal pay laws in the nation, but we’re not letting up on our work to ensure all women in our state are paid their due and treated equally in all spheres of life,” said Governor Newsom. “These measures bring new transparency to tackle pay gaps, end discriminatory pricing of products based on gender and expand supports for survivors of abuse and assault. I thank the Legislative Women’s Caucus for their leadership and partnership in building a more equitable California for all.”

“To achieve a California for ALL WOMEN, we must dismantle the patriarchal systems that have barred women from access to equal pay, secure housing, fair prices on goods, and support services and privacy after a sexual assault,” said First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom. “These bills will move us in the right direction, and I am grateful to the California Legislative Women’s Caucus and Governor Newsom for their continued partnership in working to move the needle forward to true gender equality in California.”

“Over the last two years, the Legislative Women’s Caucus has been working tirelessly to help reverse the devastating impacts the COVID-19 pandemic has had on women, especially women of color. The reality is that these issues existed long before the pandemic, but the pandemic further exacerbated and highlighted the work we need to do to lift up all women, especially low-income women of color, and has given us a greater sense of urgency,” said Assemblymember Cristina Garcia (D-Bell Gardens), Chair of the California Legislative Women’s Caucus. “Governor Newsom’s actions to sign a diverse package of bills that are leading with a lens on equity will make a positive difference for women, children, and families across the state and ensures we are rebuilding a system that better values women and everything they bring to the table.”

Advancing pay equity and combating gender-based price discrimination

SB 1162 requires employers to make pay scale information available to employees and included in job postings. Building on a measure the Governor signed in 2020 to identify patterns of wage disparities through mandated statewide pay data reporting, SB 1162 expands state pay data reporting requirements, which include employee sex, race and ethnicity information, to cover contracted employees.

Governor Newsom also signed AB 1287 by Assemblymember Rebecca Bauer-Kahan (D-Orinda) which eliminates the discriminatory “pink tax” by prohibiting different prices for goods based purely on what gender they are marketed to. AB 1287 allows for price differences when there is a significant difference in the cost or time to produce a particular good.

Supporting victims of domestic violence and sexual assault

In addition, Governor Newsom signed AB 1467 by Assemblymember Sabrina Cervantes (D-Riverside), which supports survivors by requiring sexual assault and domestic violence counselors at public colleges to be independent from the Title IX office and prohibits these counselors from releasing the identity of a victim without permission.

AB 2185 by Assemblymember Dr. Akilah Weber (D-San Diego) provides domestic violence victims access to free medical evidentiary exams by Local Sexual Assault Response Teams or other qualified medical evidentiary examiners.

SB 1017 by Senator Susan Talamantes Eggman (D-Stockton) increases eviction protections for survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking and other serious crimes.

A full list of bills the Governor announced signing can be found below:

  • AB 1287 by Assemblymember Rebecca Bauer-Kahan (D-Orinda) – Price discrimination: gender.
  • AB 1467 by Assemblymember Sabrina Cervantes (D-Riverside) – Student safety: sexual assault and domestic violence procedures and protocols: sexual assault and domestic violence counselors.
  • AB 2185 by Assemblymember Dr. Akilah Weber (D-San Diego) – Forensic examinations: domestic violence.
  • SB 1017 by Senator Susan Talamantes Eggman (D-Stockton) – Leases: termination of tenancy: abuse or violence.
  • SB 1162 by Senator Monique Limόn (D-Santa Barbara) – Employment: Salaries and Wages.

The Governor earlier this month signed AB 32a Women’s Caucus priority measure that expands health care access by permitting health care providers to establish new Medi-Cal patients via telephone call and other audio-only methods.

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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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