Hahn Releases Statement after County Officially Transfers Bruce’s Beach to Bruce Family 150 150 Esteban Garcia

Hahn Releases Statement after County Officially Transfers Bruce’s Beach to Bruce Family

Manhattan Beach, CA– This morning, less than two years after she announced her intention to return Bruce’s Beach to the Bruce family, Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn celebrated the official transfer of the property to the great grandsons of Willa and Charles Bruce.  Hahn joined Supervisor Holly Mitchell, Senator Steven Bradford, members of the Bruce family including Anthony Bruce and Derrick Bruce, and local activist Kavon Ward for a ceremony at Bruce’s Beach to mark the occasion.

Supervisor Hahn has released the following statement:

“When I met with our County lawyers last year and said I wanted to return this property to the Bruce family, they told me nothing like it had ever been done before. No government in this country had returned land that was taken from a Black family unjustly. They said the work ahead of us would be unprecedented. Now, we are sending a message to every government in this nation confronted with this same challenge: this work is no longer unprecedented. We have set the precedent and it is the pursuit of justice. 

Today I am thinking of Willa Bruce, who never gave up on getting this land back for her family.  I am thinking of her children and grandchildren, who were denied the generational wealth and opportunity that should have been theirs.  I am thinking of her great grandsons, Derrick and Marcus Bruce, who today become the owners of some of the most beautiful beachfront property in the world. And I am thinking of the generations of Bruces to come – whose lives will be forever changed because of the wrong we are setting right today. 

We can’t change the past. And we will never be able to make up for the injustice that was done to Willa and Charles Bruce nearly a century ago. But this is a start. ”

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Hahn Names Community Leaders and Educators Dandy de Paula and Lisa Michelle Dabbs to Serve on LA County Commission on Human Relations 150 150 Esteban Garcia

Hahn Names Community Leaders and Educators Dandy de Paula and Lisa Michelle Dabbs to Serve on LA County Commission on Human Relations

Los Angeles, CA – Today, LA County Supervisor Janice Hahn named two community leaders and educators to serve on the County’s Commission on Human Relations – Hawaiian Gardens resident Dandy De Paula and Whittier resident Lisa Michelle Dabbs.

“The Commission on Human Relations has the monumental and important task of combating prejudice and hate in an increasingly diverse LA County,” said Supervisor Hahn. “It can’t do this without the expertise of individuals who have spent years supporting and improving their communities and know what residents of these communities need to thrive. Dandy De Paula and Lisa Michelle Dabbs are two such individuals – I am proud to appoint them both today, and I know they will do great work.”

Both De Paula and Dabbs bring with them to the Commission decades of experience in education and community leadership.

De Paula – a native of the Philippines – is a resident of Hawaiian Gardens who has worked since 2003 in the field of Early Childhood Education. He currently serves as a Program Director of Covenant Kids Preschool, helping local kids get a quality education in a safe and nurturing environment. De Paula has received numerous awards from the City of Hawaiian Gardens and the ABC Unified School District for his organizing and outreach efforts in Hawaiian Gardens. He also previously received a Certificate of Appreciation from Supervisor Hahn commending him for his community work.

“Serving others has been my passion and I am deeply honored to have been given this great opportunity to continue my work in helping improve the quality of life and create healthy relationships,” said De Paula.

Starting her career as a teacher, Whittier resident Lisa Michelle Dabbs is an education leader who worked for over 15 years as a school principal in four different school districts in LA County. She was elected in 2018 to serve as President of the East Whittier City School District Board and is currently an Adjunct Professor at the University of La Verne, where she teaches courses in school administration. She is also a published author. Her book “Standing in the Gap: Empowering New Teachers Through Connected Resources” is taught in teacher education courses across the globe.

“I’m honored to receive this appointment to the Commission on Human Relations, the longest-standing Commission of its kind in the US,” said Dabbs. “I want to thank Supervisor Hahn for selecting me to serve and represent the diverse community of Los Angeles County on this Commission. As a second-generation Latina, I have dedicated my education career to championing the rights of the underserved. The mission of the Commission speaks to that commitment that I have had and to leaving a lasting impact by striving to bring the community together around the issues of diversity that matter to our LA County residents. Lastly, I look forward to connecting with my fellow Commissioners and in collaboration with them, becoming a valued member of this important Human Relations work. I want to again thank Supervisor Hahn for entrusting me to this important Commission appointment.

The Los Angeles County Commission on Human Relations is a 15-member body dedicated to promoting positive human relations and protecting human rights in an increasingly complex and multicultural LA County. Partnering with schools, cities, community-based organizations, and other leaders, the Commission brings key players together to resolve intercultural conflicts and to work toward the longer-term aim of eradicating bias and prejudice in LA County. Each Supervisor names three Commissioners who serve multi-year terms.


Hahn Appoints Palos Verdes Estates Community Leader to Library Commission 150 150 Emily Lintner

Hahn Appoints Palos Verdes Estates Community Leader to Library Commission

Los Angeles, CA — Today, LA County Supervisor Janice Hahn appointed Palos Verdes Estates resident Jonathan Beutler to the Los Angeles County Library Commission.   

“LA County’s libraries are where our residents can experience the world through literature and culture,” said Supervisor Hahn. “Jonathan’s perspective and unique experiences from around the world will really enrich the Commission.”

With graduate degrees in Hispanic literature from the University of Barcelona and in Public Policy from UCLA, Beutler served in the United States Department of State and completed fellowships with the Anti-Defamation League, the German Marshall Fund, and the U.S.-Spain Council. Since returning to Los Angeles County, Beutler has held various leadership positions in organizations across the Fourth District, including as Chairman of both the Torrance Area Chamber of Commerce and the Harbor City Harbor Gateway Chamber of Commerce.

“As a dedicated and lifelong library patron, I have a deep passion for our public libraries and the services they offer, as well as what they represent to our community,” said Beutler. “It is a tremendous honor to be called upon to serve as Commissioner.”

The Los Angeles County Library Commission is tasked with advising the Board of Supervisors and the County Librarian on matters of library policy, administration, operation, and service.



Hahn Commits to Helping Workers Impacted by Announced Farmer John Closure 150 150 Esteban Garcia

Hahn Commits to Helping Workers Impacted by Announced Farmer John Closure

Vernon, CA — After the announcement by Farmer John that it will close its Vernon plant next year, Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn issued the following statement:

“The planned closure of the Farmer John plant in Vernon will have an impact on the economy and workers in Southeast LA County. I will do everything I can to get county resources to Farmer John employees to help them with the job training and assistance they need to get new good-paying jobs.”

Hahn Gives $165K Grant for Career Training Program for Probation Youth at Dorothy Kirby Center 560 315 Emily Lintner

Hahn Gives $165K Grant for Career Training Program for Probation Youth at Dorothy Kirby Center

Commerce, CA – Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn has provided a $165,000 grant to launch a new career training program at the Dorothy Kirby Center probation camp in the City of Commerce. Probation youth who enroll in the pilot program will be able to participate in hands-on career training, learn about personal branding and resume building, and get connected to internship and apprenticeship programs after they complete their time and return to their communities.

“I want to make sure we are setting up the young people in our care for success,” said Supervisor Janice Hahn. “Through the WestCal Academy program, they will be able to get hands-on experience in different careers so they can find something they are passionate about and get connected to mentors who can show them the ropes of the industry.”

The 24-week course is a partnership between Supervisor Janice Hahn and WestCal Academy, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit education organization headquartered in Torrance, California with multiple satellite locations across LA County. The pilot program received $165k of funding from Supervisor Hahn’s office through the Juvenile Justice Crime Prevention Act.

Probation youth at the Dorothy Kirby Center who choose to enroll in the program will take weekly hands-on courses in a wide range of vocational fields. Most weekly classes will be on-campus at Dorothy Kirby, but the program also includes two excursions in which students will be transported to WestCal’s Torrance headquarters.

Classes will include:

  • automotive technology
  • cosmetology
  • dental assistance
  • medicine
  • HVAC maintenance
  • pharmacy
  • EMT
  • longshore

“The Los Angeles County Probation Department continuously seeks new educational and job opportunities for transitional-age youth to help them and their families receive the services they need to thrive,” said Dr. Jesus Corral, Senior Director of Education Services for the LA County Probation Department. “We look forward to collaborating with WestCal Academy to provide the students at Dorothy Kirby Center with an opportunity to explore a variety of Career Technical Education pathways.

“The goal of WestCal is to transform these young people into taxpayers by helping them secure a lucrative career. Dr. Tabakian, our founding President, personally brought me into WestCal,” said Joseph P. Lopez, Project Coordinator for WestCal Academy’s program at the Dorothy Kirby Center. “As a WestCal graduate, I can say that this program made me a better person. Ultimately, I want history to remember our project today as the first of many WestCal programs that helped youth in Probation’s care.”

Upon completion, WestCal graduates will be equipped with the skills to transition into an internship, apprenticeship, or continue their education in a college program or a Career Technical Educational (CTE) certification program. To assure accountability to the County and its taxpayers, WestCal will track students’ career pathway outcomes upon enrollment.

Importantly, young people who are discharged from the probation camp prior to the end of the 24-week course will be able to continue their training with WestCal either remotely or at a WestCal location.

Supervisor Hahn Presents $60,000 Check to La Mirada VFW 560 373 Emily Lintner

Supervisor Hahn Presents $60,000 Check to La Mirada VFW

La Mirada, CA – Today, after attending Memorial Day events in Whittier and Pico Rivera, Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn stopped by VFW Post 9148 in La Mirada where she presented a $60,000 check from her office to the organization to help pay for building repairs.

“This is a great VFW post that does so much to support local veterans and their families,” said Supervisor Janice Hahn. “That is what they should be focused on, and I am more than happy to help them pay for the repairs they need to their building.”

Post 9148 is a large organization with 352 members and 264 auxiliary members. They currently have a monthly food bank, offer services to homeless veterans, and host PTSD support groups at their facility. Their building is in need of a new roof, upgrades to the kitchen, and a new refrigerator.


At Hahn’s Direction, Metro will drop 710 Widening effort, Invest Funding in Innovative Improvements 150 150 Emily Lintner

At Hahn’s Direction, Metro will drop 710 Widening effort, Invest Funding in Innovative Improvements

Los Angeles, CA – Today, the Metro Board of Directors voted unanimously to support a proposal by Supervisor Janice Hahn to end a decades-long effort to widen the 710 freeway. The long-planned widening would have destroyed homes and neighborhoods in Southeast Los Angeles, displacing families living along the freeway.

“Widening this freeway and wiping out neighborhoods is not the pathway forward, and neither is the status quo,” said Supervisor Janice Hahn. “We may be closing out an old chapter, but today we’re going to write a new chapter. We have an opportunity to use the funding we already have set aside for this project on smarter ways to improve air quality, reduce congestion, improve mobility, and address safety concerns for everyone living and traveling along this corridor.”

Early last year, federal and state agencies denied the approval of an environmental impact report for the widening, prompting Metro to explore alternatives to widening in consultation with local groups. With her motion, which is co-authored by Supervisor Hilda Solis, Supervisor Holly Mitchell, and Director Fernando Dutra, Supervisor Hahn proposes using the $750 million in local sales taxes already dedicated to the project to invest in more innovative solutions to traffic congestion, air pollution, street safety challenges, and other problems that communities along the 710 face.

“There are already so many ideas being generated for how we can use this funding going forward,” said Supervisor Janice Hahn. “When I met with Bell Councilmember Ali Saleh, he brought up the idea of a regional transit initiative in SELA that better connects these cities. And Bell Councilmember Ana Maria Quintana told me her residents deserve to have a new Florence Ave interchange that allows them to walk, bike, and drive safely across the bridge. Many of our SELA city councilmembers have also brought up the need for air filtration in our schools, more sound walls, and better access to the LA River. Our Ports are also working towards becoming fully zero emissions, so we need to invest in a zero-emissions truck program.”

Supervisor Hahn’s motion does four things:

  1. Direct staff to come back to the Board in June with new project vision and objectives, after final consultation with the 710 Task Force
  2. Call for the project to be renamed to shift focus from being just on the freeway to addressing the broader issues of air quality, goods movement, mobility, and safety in the corridor cities
  3. Remove capacity enhancing freeway widening from the project altogether
  4. Direct staff to create an Investment Plan, with short- and mid- and long-term initiatives, with at least three initiatives to request funding in 2022, as informed by the Task Force.

Since the widening of the 710 freeway was first proposed two decades ago, the project has faced opposition from community groups along the corridor. The decision to move away from widening and Supervisor Hahn’s motion to direct funding to improvements instead was met with support from a wide range of stakeholders from environmental organizations to the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.