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Boys & Girls Club holds the 2nd annual San Gabriel Valley Pride March 

Boys & Girls Clubs WSGV is a trailblazing youth organization. The Club does a phenomenal job of celebrating Pride 365 days a year

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MONTEREY PARK – The Boys & Girls Clubs of West San Gabriel Valley & Eastside had hosted the 2nd annual San Gabriel Valley Pride March at the beginning of Pride Month on June 4 in Monterey Park. The march featured 400+ Boys & Girls Club youth, staff and community members supporting a positive, inclusive environment for all.

The march was co-hosted with the City of Monterey Park and Alhambra Teachers Association. After the march, Club kids participated in the LGBTQ+ Resource Fair which included music, giveaways, artwork and more.

Photo Credit: Boys & Girls Clubs of West San Gabriel Valley & Eastside

“We know young people thrive when they feel a sense of belonging, and our Clubs provide a safe, positive environment for all. Our goal is to create a space for kids to feel comfortable and ultimately become productive citizens,” said JR Dzubak, CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of West San Gabriel Valley & Eastside. “We’re proud to support the diversity of our Club youth, families, staff and community members and work toward a more inclusive future.”

Photo Credit: Boys & Girls Clubs of West San Gabriel Valley & Eastside

The March was first organized last year by Angel Silva, a former Club youth member and current Club employee, who as an Out gay 20-year-old has progressed from struggling over his sexual orientation as an adolescent to becoming a valued employee of Boys & Girls Club WSGV.

Angel Silva via Boys & Girls Club WSGV

Silva has created more inclusive programming such as DNA (Definitions Not Applicable), which is an alliance program that fosters conversations, resources and events in support of LGBTQ+ Club youth and their allies.

Silva created the DNA program with input from Club teens and in coordination with the Club’s Director of Wellness and Licensed marriage and family therapist, Nick Koontz. Silva and the Club are expanding DNA’s impact and reach and plan to partner with other LGBTQ+ groups.

When Silva joined Boys & Girls Clubs WSGV in 3rd grade in 2011, he never thought that he would grow up to become the Club’s leading LGBTQ+ advocate as a proud, Out gay man.

As a child, he was constantly bullied throughout school and always struggled with his identity. Boys & Girls Club WSGV was there for Angel and provided support and resources – the Club became his second family.

While he was in denial for many years about his sexuality, in 2017, Silva got the courage to come out to Club staff as gay. The Club was a safe haven to be himself and also helped him get information, guidance and tips on how to come out to his family.

In June 2020, right after graduating high school, JR Dzubak – the CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of WSGV – asked Silva to be the person to raise the first Pride flag outside the Club.

In June 2021, Silva and Club staff launched the first ever Pride March in San Gabriel Valley in partnership with Alhambra Teachers Association and the City of Monterey Park (it was actually a lunch between Silva and his Alhambra elementary school teacher that sparked the idea of creating this March to show support for LGBTQ+ members in the San Gabriel Valley community, and Boys & Girls Club WSGV provided the funding and planning).

Photo Credit: Boys & Girls Clubs of West San Gabriel Valley & Eastside

“Boys & Girls Clubs of West San Gabriel Valley is a trailblazing youth organization. The Club does a phenomenal job of celebrating Pride 365 days a year, 24/7. That’s the honest truth,” said Silva. “Since I was a young child, the Club has been there for me and always has encouraged me to be myself. Now as an employee at the Club, I’m so excited to create more inclusive programming and help others the way the Club helped me

Photo Credit: Boys & Girls Clubs of West San Gabriel Valley & Eastside
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Bruce’s Beach is returned to heirs undoing racially motivated land grab

Anthony Bruce, a family spokesman, said in a statement that the return means the world to them but it is also bittersweet

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"This is a day we weren't sure would ever come," said Anthony Bruce, a great-great grandson of Willa and Charles Bruce (Photo Credit: Mayra Beltran Vasquez/Los Angeles County)

MANHATTAN BEACH – In 1912 Willa and Charles Bruce bought two lots of land for $1,225 with the intent of creating a safe beachfront space for Black Angelenos. But their purchase was met with heavy opposition a July 27, 1912 Los Angeles Times article reported.

Undaunted the Bruce’s pushed ahead, “Wherever we have tried to buy land for a beach resort, we have been refused, but I own this land and I am going to keep it,” Willa told the Times.

For nearly ten years Willa & Charles’s property was a destination and haven for Black people coming there for recreation from all over the rest of southern California. But by 1922 issues with the local white neighbors and the police department began to mount, as the majority white population put pressure on the Bruce family to close down their enterprise.

In the 1920’s, like most of the rest of the United States, the Ku Klux Klan was very active in Southern California. Racially motivated animus was then in turn amplified by Klan activity and resulting press coverage, which according to some historians, had a bias towards white supremacist viewpoints.

In an interview last year a descendent of Willa and Charles told the BBC the local police department put up signs limiting parking to 10 minutes, and another local landowner put up no trespassing signs, forcing people to walk half a mile to reach the water.

Two Black couples on a walkway at Bruce’s Beach, ca. 1920; Charles and Willa Bruce, ca. 1886
Merriam Matthews Photograph Collection/UCLA; source unknown

After efforts failed to pressure the family into closing down their little resort, the Manhattan Beach City Council working with County officials seized Bruce’s Beach under eminent domain- laws designed to let the government forcibly buy land needed for roads and other public buildings. Officials claimed they planned to build a park which didn’t happen.

The city did nothing with the property and it was transferred to the state of California in 1948. Then in 1995, the state transferred it to Los Angeles county, with restrictions on further transfers.

California’s legislative leaders along with Governor Gavin Newsom passed a bill that removed the restriction on transfer of the property, making transfer easier, which was a result of Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn’s work to process the return the property to heirs of Willa and Charles begun in April 2021.

This week the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors unanimously voted in approval of the plan to return the property to the Bruce family. The property will now enter escrow before officially transferring to the family. Once transferred, LA county agreed to rent the property back from the Bruce’s for $413,000 per year and will maintain its lifeguard facility there.

Calif. Governor Gavin Newsom signs bill allowing transfer of Bruce’s Beach to descendants of Charles and Willa Bruce on September 30, 2021 in Manhattan Beach
Photo Credit: Mayra Beltran Vasquez /Los Angeles County

Anthony Bruce, a family spokesman, said in a statement that the return means the world to them but it is also bittersweet.

“My great-great-grandparents, Willa and Charles Bruce sacrificed to open a business that gave Black people a place to gather and socialize, and Manhattan Beach took it from them because of the color of their skin,” he said. “It destroyed them financially. It destroyed their chance at the American Dream.”

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Heat Advisory issued as temps expected to be in triple digits

LA County will see hot & breezy conditions Monday. High temperatures will reach 90 degrees. Temperatures at night will fall to 64 degrees

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LOS ANGELES – The National Weather Service issued a heat advisory warning for most of Southern California on Monday. Temperatures while remaining lower in the 80s and 70s in the coastal areas are expected to exceed triple-digits for most of the inland areas in the region.

Los Angeles and Orange counties will see hot and breezy conditions Monday. High temperatures will reach 90 degrees. Temperatures at night will fall to 64 degrees.

The valleys and Inland Empire will be very hot and windy Monday as temperatures soar to 105 degrees. Evening temperatures will drop to 72 degrees.

Beaches will see temperatures rising to 78 degrees amid breezy conditions on Monday. Overnight lows will dip to 64 degrees.

Look for a 20% chance of thunderstorms in the mountain communities on Monday, with temperatures reaching a high of 89 degrees. Temperatures will fall to 55 degrees at night.

Desert conditions will be sunny and windy on Monday, with temperatures expected to rise to 104 degrees. Nighttime temperatures will drop to 69 degrees.

Detailed Forecast

Today

Sunny and hot, with a high near 106. East northeast wind 10 to 15 mph becoming north northwest in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph.

Tonight

Clear, with a low around 69. Northwest wind 5 to 15 mph becoming east northeast after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph.

Tuesday

Sunny and hot, with a high near 104. Southeast wind around 10 mph becoming northwest in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 15 mph.

Tuesday Night

Clear, with a low around 68. West northwest wind 5 to 15 mph becoming east southeast after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph.

Wednesday

Sunny and hot, with a high near 98. East southeast wind 5 to 10 mph becoming west 10 to 15 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph.

Wednesday Night

Clear, with a low around 62. Breezy.

Thursday

Sunny, with a high near 94.

Thursday Night

Clear, with a low around 58.

Friday

Sunny, with a high near 92.

Friday Night

Clear, with a low around 57.

Saturday

Sunny, with a high near 90.

Saturday Night

Clear, with a low around 56.

Sunday

Sunny, with a high near 89.

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NBC News: LA’s DA Gascon under pressure from rising violent crimes

Violent crime is spiking in the streets of Los Angeles as robberies in broad daylight, heists on train tracks and homicides are on the rise

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LOS ANGELES – (NBC Nightly News) – Violent crime is spiking in the streets of Los Angeles as robberies in broad daylight, heists on train tracks and homicides are on the rise. Many long-time residents are more worried than ever. LA District Attorney George Gascon took office in late 2020, riding a wave of support for criminal justice reform but now, that support seems to have eroded as the crime surge continues.

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