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Los Angeles Southwest College hosts 4th Homeless Service Professionals Job Fair of Los Angeles 

LOS ANGELES SENTINEL — The event brought together nearly 60 employers looking to fill more than 1,200 open positions.

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The campus of Los Angeles Southwest College hosted an employment fair today targeting job seekers looking for career opportunities in homeless services and related fields. The event brought together nearly 60 employers looking to fill more than 1,200 open positions in homeless services and complementary opportunities working in mental health, career development, and other prevention services for at-risk individuals. Nearly 700 job seekers were in attendance.

Many of the positions available today were partially funded in Los Angeles County by the 2017 voter approved Measure H that raised the sales tax by one-quarter of a cent to ramp up efforts to end homelessness.

“Los Angeles Southwest College is honored to play its part in helping these all-important agencies find the critical resources and support they need to aid our homeless community,” said Los Angeles Southwest College President Dr. Seher Awan. “I’m truly appreciative of all of the work being done by Mayor Garcetti’s Office as well as city and county agencies to lead this effort and look forward to being their partners for years to come or until the homelessness crisis in our communities is fully addressed.”

The event marks the fourth hiring fair of its kind since Mayor Garcetti and other City and County leaders held the first-ever Homeless Services Provider Job Fair at Los Angeles City Hall in December 2017. This job fair series has amplified regional efforts to connect service providers to the necessary staff to scale up their response to the homeless crisis. To date, more than 1,500 positions in homeless services in the County have been filled since the first job fair a year ago.

“We need committed and compassionate professionals on the front lines of our fight to end homelessness — that’s why we’re hiring thousands of Angelenos to be a part of bringing our unhoused neighbors indoors,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti. “Everyone hired through this job fair will play a big role in keeping vulnerable Angelenos from falling into homelessness, and helping people who are living on our streets find their way home.”

“Homelessness remains the biggest challenge facing our county and today’s job fair put us in the best position to end homelessness as we know it. It also allows us to tackle the lack of access to quality jobs for communities that need it the most,” said Los Angeles Councilmember Marqueece Harris-Dawson. “I am proud to be a part of an event that will make a real difference.”

Positions available at the event included case managers, outreach workers, housing navigators, supervisors, job developers, mental health specialists, and others openings in prevention services. Attendees were able to take advantage of resources onsite to review and edit their resumes, participated in on-the-spot interviews, and were connected to additional local services.

Today’s job fair was led by the Office of Mayor Garcetti, in partnership with Councilmember Harris-Dawson’s Office; Los Angeles Southwest College; Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority; Los Angeles County Homeless Initiative; and United Way of Greater Los Angeles. Additional partners include the City’s Workforce Development Board and Economic and Workforce Development Department; the County’s Workforce Development, Aging and Community Services; and CSU5, comprised of the five California State Universities that serve the greater Los Angeles region.

To apply for an open position in the homeless services field: https://www.lahsa.org/jobs. For help writing or reviewing your résumé, practicing your interview skills, or finding an employment opportunity, visit the Los Angeles WorkSource System: Job Readiness Center Locator.

This article originally appeared in the Los Angeles Sentinel

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City of Oakland’s Historic Sports Doubleheader: Black Group to Buy Coliseum Complex While Also Urging the A’s to Negotiate to Bring Community Benefits to City Through Howard Terminal

Hours of engaging discourse, bolstered by a throng of community supporters who packed the virtual council meeting with back-to-back appeals, got their wish in a 6-0-2 vote, on Monday, July 20. 

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The African American Sports & Entertainment Group (AASEG, www.aasegoakland.com), received a resounding vote from Oakland City Council members to pursue terms of ownership of the fabled, multiplex sporting venue, the Coliseum Complex.

Hours of engaging discourse, bolstered by a throng of community supporters who packed the virtual council meeting with back-to-back appeals, got their wish in a 6-0-2 vote, on Monday, July 20.  Oakland City Councilmembers approved the resolution brought forward by Vice Mayor Rebecca Kaplan to begin negotiations with the AASEG to acquire the City’s 50% interest of the Coliseum Complex.

The Oakland A’s bought Alameda County’s half of the Coliseum for $85 million in 2020.

This critical vote came just three days after the Alameda County Joint Powers Authority unanimously approved a resolution to begin negotiating with the AASEG to bring a WNBA team to Oakland.  With these successive actions, the AASEG can formalize negotiations with City staff toward a Purchase and Sell Agreement for the Coliseum Complex.

“This is very important,” said 96-year-old Gladys Green, chair of the Elmhurst Board in Oakland’s 7th District, where the Coliseum sits. “These Black men and women are coming back into this community at a time when we’ve lost so much. It is critical that you move forward with the AASEG proposal.”

Desmond Gumbs is the athletic director of Oakland’s century-old Lincoln University. “This is a strong group,” he said. “We are really excited about their community engagement. Let’s do this. It’s great for our community.”

Councilmembers complimented the AASEG’s impactful community outreach, citing receipt of scores of support letters, in addition to the group’s top priority to maintain a “community first” development approach.

“The historic footprint of this effort is unprecedented,” said AASEG founder Ray Bobbitt.  “It would be the largest award of public land to an African American group in the City’s 169-year history.”

The AASEG proposal includes commitments to revitalize the local community through affordable housing, job creation, public services, hospitality, life sciences, education, retail, public space, sports and entertainment activities.  Voices from the community expressed their hope for much needed infrastructure and quality of life improvements within the East Oakland community.

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Cal AG Rob Bonta Hits Google with Lawsuit Over “Play Store”

“Google has violated the trust of Android phone customers by limiting consumer choice and raking in outrageous commissions on app developers. Android customers are effectively stuck using the Google Play Store for apps, where they pay a premium,” said Bonta on July 7.

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California Attorney General Rob Bonta announced the California Department of Justice (DOJ) is joining a multistate lawsuit against Google.

In the claim, California joins 35 other states and the District of Columbia in accusing the Mountain View-based company of violating national and state laws (the federal Sherman Antitrust Act and California’s Cartwright Act) with its Google Play Store’s monopolization of the smartphone app market.

“Google has violated the trust of Android phone customers by limiting consumer choice and raking in outrageous commissions on app developers. Android customers are effectively stuck using the Google Play Store for apps, where they pay a premium,” said Bonta on July 7.

Calling Google’s dominance of the Android-app market “anti-competitive,” Bonta pointed out that customers are impacted the most by Google’s actions.

“A more competitive app marketplace could open innovation, leading to more choice, better payment processing, improved customer service, and enhanced data security,” he added.

The lawsuit, filed in a U.S. District Court in San Francisco, is the second multi-state lawsuit California has joined against the tech giant. Last year, Cal DOJ joined another U.S. Department of Justice lawsuit claiming Google stifles its competition by signing exclusionary agreements with smartphone manufacturers to dominate their operating systems, blocking out its search engine and other app competitors.

“In the absence of Google’s anticompetitive conduct, there would be two main channels for consumers to obtain apps on an open Android operating system: (i) direct downloading and installation of apps or app stores; and (ii) apps or app stores pre-installed on devices by device manufacturers and/or mobile network operators,” reads the 144-page complaint in which phrases with sensitive information have been redacted.

“But Google has closed off its purportedly ‘open’ Android operating system from competition in app distribution,” it continues. “To accomplish this, Google degraded direct distribution channels, and then cut deals to discourage and disincentivize any remaining potential competition.”

Responding to the states’ legal action, Google’s senior director of government affairs and policy Wilson White wrote in a blog post that the suit isn’t about fairness. Instead, in his view, it’s about a “handful” of developers who want access to the benefits of Google’s app store without paying for it.

“The complaint limits its definition of app marketplace to Android devices only. This completely ignores the competition we face from other platforms such as Apple’s incredibly successful app store, which accounts for the majority of mobile app store revenues, according to third party estimates,” White wrote.

White insists Google allows both developers and consumers to have options.

“Device makers and carriers can preload competing app stores alongside Google Play on their devices,” he said. “In fact, most android devices ship with two or more app stores preloaded. And popular Android devices such as the Amazon Fire tablet come preloaded with a competitive app store and no Google Play Store.”

Technically, Bonta says, consumers do have the option to install app stores they choose or to buy apps directly from developers. But he says Google discourages this “type of sideloading through a convoluted process that forces users to click through often-misleading security warnings and multiple permission screens.”

“This burdensome series of red flags leaves consumers with the impression that alternative app stores are inferior at best and high risk at worst. Over 90 % of all Android app distribution in the United States is done through Google’s Play Store,” said the Cal DOJ in a press release.

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Hope You Can Attend – Community Town Hall on the Effect of Billionaire Fisher’s Real Estate Project on the Port of Oakland

Virtual Town Hall – July 14th at 6 p.m.

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