International Women’s Day Theme Calls On Women To #PressforProgress

The theme for this year’s International Women’s Day (IWD), which is today, March 8, is #PressforProgress. It calls on women to keep up the momentum inspired by other gender equality movements such as #MeToo and #TimesUp. The IWD theme sets the tone for the year’s gender-focused initiatives. IWD was started in 1911 by suffragettes pushing for women’s right to vote. Click here for more information.


Two Candidate Forums For 5th District Council Race

TONIGHT: Citizens About Responsible Planning and
The Eastside Voice are co-hosting a candidate forum at
McBride High School at 6:30 p.m., 7025 Parkcrest St.
Candidates Rich Dines and Corliss Lee are confirmed
for this forum.

Thursday, March 15: The Lakewood Village
Neighborhood Association is hosting a forum and all four
candidates – Dines, Lee, incumbent Stacy Mungo, and
John Osborn II – have confirmed. 6:30 p.m., Bancroft Middle
School auditorium, 5301 E. Centralia Ave.


Association CEO Says New Tariffs Will Hurt Construction Firms

Associated General Contractors of America CEO Stephen Sandherr released a statement today in opposition of new steel and aluminum tariffs imposed by the Trump administration. “These new tariffs will cause significant harm to the nation’s construction industry, put tens of thousands of high-paying construction jobs at risk, undermine the President’s proposed infrastructure initiative and potentially dampen demand for new construction projects for years to come,” Sandherr said.


Possible Sources For Infrastructure Projects Discussed

More private investment may be used to fund infrastructure projects as President Donald Trump has called for $1.5 million for modernizations. Part of the support will come from $200 billion in federal funds, with the rest expected to come from other sources. An increase in the federal motor vehicle fuel user fee is another possible source, as suggested by the United States Chamber of Commerce.


Poll Finds 70% Of Local Residents Believe Immigration Has Positive Effects On U.S.

The Dominguez Poll conducted by the California State University, Dominguez Hills, Urban Community Research Center indicates that 7 out of 10 residents within the school’s service area believe immigration has a positive effect on the United States. During November and December 2017, 384 responses were collected with results comparable to recent polls conducted by Gallup, the HuffPost and National Public Radio. These polls showed Southern Los Angeles County residents have a more positive view of immigration than national polls. Only 12% of people in the Dominguez Poll viewed immigration negatively compared to 23% nationally.


Rancho Los Alamitos Appoints New Executive Director

Rancho Los Alamitos Historic Ranch and Gardens has named Pamela Young Lee, the Rancho’s current associate director, as its new executive director. Pamela Seager, who served 30 years in the position, will assume a new role as executive director emeritus/site historian effective April 1. In her new position, Lee will oversee day-to-day operations as well as the planning process for future projects. Seager will administer initiatives such as the seismic improvements to the ranch house and the restoration of the Old Garden and the Foreman’s Cottage.