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• LAFD chief deputy allegedly drunk during a major fire gets no discipline

Last spring, a high-ranking official in the Los Angeles Fire Department alleged that its top administrative commander, Chief Deputy Fred Mathis, appeared to be intoxicated while he was overseeing the agency’s operations center during the Palisades fire. The officer reported that Mathis admitted to her that he had been drinking, according to LAFD records. Because he retired within days of the investigation’s conclusion in late January, Mathis, whose salary was more than $350,000 a year, could not have been disciplined. He left the department with a roughly $1.4-million payout, on top of his annual pension of about $225,000, according to the city. - Los Angeles Times

• California grocery store workers ratify new contract

Tens of thousands of California grocery store workers have approved a new contract with major supermarket chains, avoiding a potential strike. Union members in the central and southern areas of the state ratified a tentative deal that grants some 47,000 employees higher wages, stronger health benefits, increased guaranteed hours for part-time workers, improved store safety and a secured pension, the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union said in a statement. Most workers will receive pay hikes of $4.25 per hour over three years, the union said, with higher raises for some employees. - KTLA

Local Organizations

A Better LA - A Better LA, founded by NFL coach Pete Carroll, is a nonprofit organization that supports community-based solutions to prevent gangs, restore peace, save lives, and give Angelenos living in inner city LA the resources they need in order to thrive.

Alliance for Community Transit-LA - The Alliance for Community Transit – Los Angeles strives to create just, equitable, sustainable transit systems and neighborhoods for all people in Los Angeles, placing the interest of low-income communities and communities of color first as we create a more sustainable region.

No Going Back LA - The Committee for Greater LA assembled civic leaders at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic to prioritize the recovery of LA County’s most marginalized communities. The Committee came together to demonstrate what can happen when civic leaders align to a north star of pursuing racial and economic equity through system change. No Going Back LA is a cross-sectoral group of Angelenos who share a vision that our region’s response to the COVID pandemic can advance systems change and dismantle the institutions and policies that have perpetuated institutional racism.

Los Angeles Conservation Corps - The mission of the LA Conservation Corps is to provide at-risk young adults and school-aged youth with opportunities for success through job skills training, education and work experience with an emphasis on conservation and service projects that benefit the community.

People for Parks Los Angeles - People for Parks is working toward the day when every child in Los Angeles has a safe park within walking distance. Established by volunteers in 1994, People for Parks is committed to restoring and creating vibrant, safe and accessible parks for all of Los Angeles.

Violence Prevention Coalition of Greater Los Angeles - The Violence Prevention Coalition of Greater Los Angeles unifies and strengthens the voices of member organizations and individuals committed to ending the epidemic of violence by providing education, resources, facilitation, and policy advocacy.

Los Angeles LGBT Center - Since 1969 the Los Angeles LGBT Center has cared for, celebrated and championed the LGBTQ+ communities of Los Angeles and beyond. We provide services for more LGBTQ+ people than any other organization in the world through programs in four broad categories: health; social services and housing; culture and education; leadership and advocacy. We are an unstoppable force in the fight against bigotry and the struggle to build a better world in which everyone can be healthy, equal and complete members of society.

Program for Torture Victims - PTV is a non-profit organization whose mission is to alleviate the suffering and health consequences of torture through psychological, medical, legal, and case management services to victims of state-sponsored torture.

League of Women Voters of Los Angeles - The League of Women Voters of Los Angeles, a nonpartisan organization, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues and influences public policy through education and advocacy.

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California Coalition for Women Prisoners is a grassroots abolitionist organization, with members inside and outside prison. In this workshop, CCWP will present on the history and current status of their work, including Writing Warriors, a project that connects 60 members inside and outside in a letter writing program.

Please join us for a community conversation and wellness event for Black men.

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