County to support Boyle Heights arts nonprofit with $450,000; fine-free library cards; Silver Lake resident and chef to ride on Rose Parade float

Arts: The L.A. County Board of Supervisors approved giving $450,000 to Self Help Graphics as the arts nonprofit raises funds to buy and renovate its Boyle Heights home, according to Supervisor Hilda Solis. The county funds are in addition to the $825,000 in redevelopment monies the L.A. City Council allocated to Self Help earlier this month.

Library Cards: Students 17 or younger will be able to check out printed materials for as long as they like without facing fines from libraries in East Los Angeles and other sections of unincorporated L.A. County. Despite a widening budget deficit, county library officials said they don’t expect the fine-free policy to have a big financial impact since the fines paid by students amount to less than 1% of the system’s budget. My News LA

Rose Parade: Silver Lake resident and chef Neal Fraser will be among the persons riding on Kaiser Permanente’s 2018 Rose Parade float that promotes healthy eating and active lifestyles,  said the health care company. Fraser, one of the owners of Redbird restaurant in Downtown L.A., is involved in an after-school culinary arts and careers programs and other community projects devoted to health and nutrition.

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  1. Eric Kim, and Eastsider, thank you for the beautiful photograph of light and shadow at the lake!

  2. Re Self Help Graphics story:

    On her website, Hilda Solis states, ““Securing funding for a permanent home for Self Help Graphics positively impacts the social and cultural wellness of the Eastside and the entire L.A. County community,” said Supervisor Solis. “Self Help Graphics offers County residents a unique opportunity to learn and build the creative skill-sets needed to break through and thrive in the creative economy of Los Angeles – and indeed the world!”

    I wonder how the Boyle Heights anti-arts group is reacting to this?

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