SOUTH SIDE NEWS VOLUME 8 / SUMMER 2003 SOUTH COUNTY GAIN REGION V District Director administering General (MA) programs. The Emergency Relief in Civic Center, Southwest Special Assistance to Prevent Eviction (EAPE) and ADMIN’S CORNER and South Special Districts and a really Moving Assistance (MA) programs were exciting opportunity as Special Assistant to enacted on January 01, 2003 and shall BHNSS’ Bureau Director. In 1999 I conclude on September 30, 2003. promoted to HSA III managing the Civic Center District, and most recently our The Emergency Assistance to Prevent Welfare-to-Work GAIN Program Section Eviction (EAPE) and Moving Assistance I. (MA) programs represent two of the 46 Long Term Family Self-Sufficiency On a personal note, I have a wonderful (LTFSS) projects. These two programs husband of 25 years, three grown daughters propose to provide housing assistance to and one grand-daughter. CalWORKs families who have lost or are at risk of losing their housing. (Reference: One of the most important things I’ve Administrative Directive 4440) learned in these 30 years with DPSS is to always treat your employees as if you WHO’S ELIGIBLE TO APPLY FOR might someday work for them. I am very THESE PROGRAMS? Thanks to all of you for a warm welcome pleased to be here at Region V and for the to South County GAIN Region V. When opportunity to work with all of you as we Families receiving CalWORKs, or initially advised of my new assignment as move our participants from dependency to participants that have exhausted their 60 of April 1, 2003, I was told I was inheriting self-sufficiency. The economic outlook Month CalWORKs Federal Time Limits a great Region, with great staff. This could presents a very challenging arena for us, and their child/children remain eligible on not have been truer. It was quickly noted but we can do it! an active CalWORKs case. that the administration and staff here at Region V function very effectively and Written by Pat Cook Participants receiving General Relief, Food efficiently, as a team. Stamps, Medi-Cal or Social Security only are not eligible for these programs and For those of you who have not had the should be referred to the INFO-LINE at experience of working with me previously, EMERGENCY (800) 339-6993. I’d like to share a bit of my background and Departmental experience. I received a ASSISTANCE KEY POINTS TO REMEMBER BA in Sociology from CSULA in 1973 and took the first County job available as a PROGRAMS The CalWORKs family must have Typist Clerk in DPSS’ Child Support experienced a hardship such as: Section in a Wilmington sub-office. The Department of Public Social Services Shortly after, the Eligibility Worker exam (DPSS) has contracted with the Los A. CalWORKs benefits have been reduced was posted and I promoted to EW I in June Angeles Homeless Services Authority due to exhaustion of a Federal Adult’s of 1974 at the Compton District office (LAHSA) to administer and issue funds for CalWORKs 60 Month time limits. working an AFDC caseload and the Emergency Assistance to Prevent subsequently at the Lyn-gate and Long Eviction (EAPE) and Moving Assistance B. Loss of employment or reduced wages Beach Family Districts. I promoted to (MA) programs. LAHSA has sub- Eligibility Supervisor in Civic Center contracted with provider agencies such as C. Increased rent District’s Employment Services Section in Tarzana Treatment Center, Inc., in various 1984 and to Appeals Hearing Specialist locations, Testimonial Community Love D. Uncovered medical expenses not (tough exam) in 1985. In 1986 I was a Center, City of Norwalk Social Services eligible to be paid by Medi-Cal or private Program Assistant functioning as a Bureau Center and Lutheran Social Services. The medical insurance plan. of Special Operations’ Division Chief’s provider agencies are responsible for Staff Assistant. 1989 brought a new and processing and approving applications for E. An unforeseen emergency expense such challenging assignment as a Program the Emergency Assistance to Prevent as car repairs and/or funeral costs. Specialist in Contract Management. My Eviction (EAPE) and Moving Assistance HSA I assignments included Deputy F. The participant must provide proof that he/she owes past due rent or utility bills such as a 30 day or 3 day Notice to Pay or agencies in providing culturally competent Quit, Unlawful Detainer/ Eviction mental health services while increasing CARPOOLING: Q&A Proceeding, Notice to Vacate after a their understanding and knowledge of the judgment has been rendered in an African-American culture. WHY ARE THEY CALLED HOV Unlawful Detainer/ Eviction Proceeding, LANES? and/or past due or shut off notices for The event began with the keynote address utilities. Cable television service is not an by Wade Nobles Ph.D. Dr. Nobles is a HOV stands for "high occupancy vehicle"-- applicable utility for consideration. well-known Social Psychologist who is the that is, more than one person occupies the current Acting Department Chair of the vehicles traveling in these lanes. HOV lanes G. If the CalWORKs family is approved Black Studies Department at San Francisco are more commonly known as "carpool" for these services a check will be made State University. Dr. Noble spoke about lanes. They recognized by the diamond payable to the Rental Agency/Landlord or the racist groundings for many of the painted on the lanes. Currently, there are Utility company. The financial assistance theories in Psychology and how these 970 miles of carpool lanes in Southern shall not exceed $2,500.00 dollars for misunderstandings have played apart in the California. delinquent rent or utilities. The maximum mistreatment or mis-diagnosis of African- assistance for the Moving Assistance (MA) Americans. WHY CAN’T SOLO DRIVERS USE program is $ 2,500.00 also. CARPOOL LANES SINCE THEY This includes first and last After Dr. Nobles dynamic DON’T APPEAR FULL? month rent plus the security speech, the attendees were deposit. provided with a luncheon. Although carpool lanes may not appear full During this portion of the day at times, they move as many people as two H. Participants are not Dr. Marvin Southard, Director regular lanes. Some carpool carry almost eligible to receive of the Department of Mental half of the people on an entire freeway. The assistance for future month Health, gave remarks on what incentive for carpool lane use is that you payments of Rent and/or he felt were the greatest will travel faster so these lanes need to be utility bills. qualities of African- free and clear. Americans. During this time I. The Emergency we were also entertained by WHY DO I SEE PEOPLE DRIVING Assistance to Prevent two young performers Charles ALONE IN THE CARPOOL LANES? Eviction (EAPE) and Evans 17, a violinist and Otto Moving Assistance (MA) Ehling 14, a pianist. programs have not replaced the Homeless Single drivers are not only spotted by you. Assistance or Housing Relocation After the entertainment, we selected two They are also spotted by the CHP and fined. programs administered by the CalWORKs workshops that we wanted to attend. The violation rates on most carpool lanes is District Offices. Although the workshops were geared only 1.5%. toward the mental health professional, a lay For further information, you may contact person was still able to benefit from DO CARPOOL LANES WORK TO the Post Time Limit Services Hotline attending. MOTIVATE PEOPLE TO between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 RIDESHARE? p.m. at (800) 746-1176. As a Gain Services Worker, I also had a chance to interact with the Mental Health An 11 year study in Orange County found Written by Robert Washington professionals that I deal with during my that freeways with carpool lanes had function as a GSW in the Specialized significant growth in ridesharing while Supportive Services Unit. freeways without carpool lanes had their AFRICAN-AMERICAN Although this year’s event was held in the numbers drop or stay the same. Roughly one in six people regularly carpools or month of May, next year’s conference is MENTAL HEALTH already scheduled for the month of vanpools to work. People who use carpool lanes save about 30 minutes a day of their February. This was planned in order for the CONFERENCE 2003 event to coincide with Black History commuting time. Month. If this year’s event is any HOW DOES CARPOOLING EDUCATION, HEALING & indication, next years turn out should be BENEFIT SOUTHERN ADVOCATING just as impressive. CALIFORNIA? The Los Angeles County Department of Written by Michelle McGee Carpooling eliminates twice as many cars Mental Health held its first Annual from the road each day than travel on the African-American Mental Health Santa Monica Freeway-- one of the busiest Conference. It was held at the Hilton-Los in the nation. If everyone who carpools Angeles on May 1, 2003. The theme for reverted to driving alone, we would have the day was Educating, Healing and 634,000 more vehicles on our roads and Advocating. This supported the main 134 more tons of pollutants released into purpose of the conference, to assist our air daily. Catherine Turner...B.A. in Human Services 8. I wasn't sleeping! I was meditating on the from CSU Dominguez Hills mission statement! Stacy Clark...B.A. in Interdisciplinary LISA’S LIST Studies from CSU Dominguez 7. This is one of the seven habits of highly Hills effective people! TEN STEPS TO GOAL GETTING Good job, Ladies! 6. I was testing the keyboard for drool 1. Make the commitment to reach your resistance. goal. “One person with a commitment is worth a hundred who only have an SPECIAL interest” RECOGNITION 5. Actually I'm doing a "Stress Level Elimination Exercise Plan" (SLEEP). I -Mary Crowley Our region’s own, Ignacio Dela Hoya ran learned it at the last mandatory seminar you in the recent L.A. Marathon with a made me attend. 2. Commit yourself to detailed respectable finishing time. accountability. Record your progress 4. Someone must have put decaf in the towards your goals daily. wrong pot. 3. Build your life on a solid foundation of 3. Boy, that cold medicine I took last night honesty, character, integrity, trust, love and just won't wear off! loyalty. 4. Break your immediate and long range SHANDRA’S QUOTES 2. I wasn't sleeping, I was trying to pick up contact lens without hands. goals in to increments. “Think excitement, talk excitement, act out 1. Amen. 5. Be prepared for change. excitement, and you are bound to become an excited person. Life will take on a new 6. Share your “give up” goals (i.e., zest, deeper interest and greater meaning. smoking , being late, eating too much, etc.) You can think, talk and act yourself into ARMENIAN with others. Chances are that they will dullness or into monotony or into encourage you. unhappiness. By the same process you can DAY OF build up inspiration, excitement and 7. Become a team player. surging depth of joy.” OBSERVANCE 8. See the reaching. Imagine yourself -Norman Vincent Peale On April 24th, most of our Armenian co- attaining your goal, getting that degree or workers did not come to work in promotion, etc. "The healthy and strong individual is the observance of a one who asks for help when he needs it." tragic historical 9. Record each goal that you reach, big or event. Most small. -Rona Barrett attended church services and other 10. Remember, what you get by reaching "Any change, even a change for the better, cultural events your destination isn’t nearly as important is always accompanied by drawbacks and held as a day of as what you become by reaching your discomforts." remembrance for a goals! tragedy. This -Arnold Bennett tragedy is known Written by Z. Ziglar a s “A r me n i a n Genocide”. To TOP 10 EXCUSES give a brief summary: CONGRATULATIONS WHAT TO SAY WHEN CAUGHT The Armenian Genocide was orchestrated We would like to take the opportunity to SLEEPING AT YOUR DESK... and carried out by the “Young Turk” recognize and congratulate our fellow staff Government of the Ottoman Empire in members on their accomplishments. 10. They told me at the blood bank that this 1915 – 1916 (subsequently in 1922-23). might happen. Out of a Population of 2.5 million RECENT GRADUATES Armenian people living in the Ottoman Paula Collins...B.A. in Interdisciplinary 9. Whew! Guess I left the top off the liquid Empire, over half were killed. Studies from CSU Dominguez Hills paper. Systematically, the Armenian military was disarmed, placed in labor battalions and ultimately killed. The Armenian intellectual and political leaders were also rounded up and killed. The remaining However, even though we are here in the BEEF ON A STICK Armenian people were called from their United States, our adopted Motherland, we homes, told they would be relocated and still celebrate our New Year. The CAMBODIAN STYLE then marched off to concentration camps in Cambodian employees in Region V and the desert between Jerablus and Deir ez – members of the Holiday Planning Zor. Most died in route to the camps and Committee put this special event together. those that made it to the camps, would die We celebrated this event on April 14, 2003 of thirst and hunger in the burning sun. at the Region. The event is organized as a way of keeping cultural traditions alive, as well as bringing the community together. As you can see in the picture below, staff wore traditional Cambodian clothing “The Beef on a stick is very popular. Chanta Seven Colors of the Week”. The silk skirt Pich wanted to share the recipe with you. called “Kben” are various colors, that represent each day of the week. From the 2 ½ lb beef (serve for 4 to 6 persons) left, Davan Ool (Unit I, PTL) wearing Red, 4 teaspoons of sugar the traditional skirt “Kben” that represents 1 teaspoon salt Sunday, Esly Diaz Hawk (JD) wearing 2 stalks of lemongrass Orange that represents Monday, Chantha 2 gloves of garlic Pich (Unit J) wearing Purple that represents ½ teaspoon of tumeric powder Today, the Turkish Government denies that Tuesday, Porchou In (Unit G) wearing ½ teaspoon of galanga powder there was any Armenian Genocide and Light green that represents Wednesday, 1 bunch of beef-sticks claims that the Armenians were removed Stephanie James (Receptionist) wearing from the Eastern “war zone” out of harms Dark Green that represents Thursday, Phal Chop lemongrass as thinly as possible. way. The Armenian Genocide was Yin (Dist. 62) wearing Blue that represents Mince garlic, if you use fresh tumeric and condemned at the time by officials from Friday, last but not least Jennifer Lee was galanga, chop them as well. Blend all the British, French, German, and Austrian wearing Maroon that represents Saturday. ingredients – sugar, salt, lemongrass, Governments. The “Seven Colors of the Week” models garlic, tumeric and galanga powder in a danced to traditional Cambodian music, blender. Slice beef into ¼ inch slices (you The Armenian Genocide is similar to the walking and lining up side by side can ask your butcher to do this). Rub meat Jewish holocaust in many respects. People beautifully. with the mixture of all the ingredients and adhered to an ancient religion, both were let stand for about an hour. Skewer beef on religious minorities in their respective sticks. For the best results, grill on open states/countries, and both are talented and fire and accompany with pickled papaya creative minorities that have been (see picture) or pickled cucumber. persecuted. ENJOY! Written by Saro Shahverdyan THE HEALTHY CAMBODIAN NEW KITCHEN YEAR FOR HEALTHY PEOPLE There were more than a hundred staff Sur Sdey Chnam Thmey! Happy New members, including Paramount District 62, Do you remember the macaroni soup that Year! This is a year of the Goat. The participating in this event. We had fun by Hilaria made? This soup can get rid of your Cambodian New Year is one of the major learning about a new culture and cold and is great for dieting. Here is the celebrations in the Cambodian culture. We participating in traditional Cambodian recipe: usually celebrate our New Year in mid- Dances such as the Circle dance “Rum April. This year we celebrated on April 13, Vong”, Bird dance “Saravan”, Scoop the Ingredients 14, and 15. Because we are historically an Shrimp “Chok Kraw Pes”, and Waiving Agricultural Country, the farmers finish dance “Khmer Leur”. Most of all, more 3 ½ cups of macaroni noodle their harvest and can relax before the rainy than twenty staff members won the gifts 1 whole chicken (medium size) season begins. Our Astrologer determines and bouquet of flowers. We finished our the exact date for when the celebration will celebration at about 2:00 P.M. We had a 4 stalks of celery, chopped be held. The celebration lasts for three great time and look forward to next year. 1 medium onion, chopped days. During these three days, several people take off work to commemorate the Written by Namany Keam 3 medium carrots, chopped New Year. They spend time visiting 2 bunches of cilantro friends and family in their hometown. 1 bunch of green onion decided to go for something on the lighter side, I had the scallops over a bed of exotic Oil or butter Written by Shandra Jones vegetables. It was to die for! They have Salt and ground pepper a variety of desserts. We had the chocolate cake and the creme brulee. How to Prepare WILL’S TRAVELS Boil the chicken first, then separate the chicken from broth. Shred chicken meat from the bone. Boil the macaroni and set aside. In a separate pot add a small amount of oil or butter. Next add onions. Saute a few minutes then add celery and carrots. Saute it again. Add chicken and macaroni. After a few minutes, add the chicken broth. While boiling add the rest of the ingredients. Season to taste with salt and pepper. The staff was friendly and attentive, and for the convenience of the customers, In the past 8 months I have been lucky parking is free for the first three hours. enough to travel extensively to a variety of HEALTHY RICE CRISPY TREATS On your next visit to downtown LA don’t locales. My travels have taken me all over forget to stop by Traxx. It’s well worth the the United States and beyond. 1 teaspoon canola oil visit even if you’re not heading out on 1 cup brown rice syrup (a sugar substitute Amtrak. available at health food stores) I have been to the sun drenched beaches of Traxx is located at 800 N. Alameda Street, Ocho Rios, Jamaica at the five star Royal 2 tablespoons almond butter Los Angeles, CA 90012. (213) 625-1999. Plantation resort. I watched the Bulls play 2 teaspoons vanilla extract at the United Center, and the Cubs play at 6 cups dry natural brown rice crispy cereal Wrigley Field in Chicago. I saw the Written by Yvette Cawthorne Chargers play in sunny San Diego, and the (available at health food stores) Raiders play the Cardinals in Phoenix. I Put oil in large pot and heat. Add rice made my way to syrup and almond butter. Stir and heat until Mardi Gras in New bubbles form. Turn off heat and add vanilla extract. Add cereal and mix well with MOVIE REVIEWS Orleans, and was able to experience spatula. Put mixture into a 9-by-13-inch BRINGING DOWN THE HOUSE Bourbon Street pan. With slightly wet hands, press mixture from a balcony This was a hilariously funny movie starring flat. Leave at room temperature to set. overlooking the Queen Latifah and Slice and serve. Store in airtight container. thousands of partiers crowding the streets. Steve Martin. After an online dating mix- I hung out with Snoop Dogg in Las Vegas up, Steve Martin's at club Curve in the Aladdin Hotel. I TRAXX character is forced to experienced the bright lights of Times Square, the subway, and the New York render his legal On a recent night out I dined at Traxx, the services to a ghetto skyline for St. Patrick’s Day. I also was sleek and recently remodeled restaurant is fabulous, street wise able to take a trip down the site of National in Union Station. The room is cozy and Charlene played by heartbreak, the infamous “Ground Zero,” stylish with an understated elegance. It’s Latifah. She manages where emotions are stirred far greater, hard to believe you’re in the middle of a to worm her way into when seen in person. bustling train station, but that’s all part of his home, his life, and his heart. For non- After an action packed, jet-lagged, and fun- the charm. stop laughs, this is a must see movie. filled year, my only thought now is where We started the night with an appetizer. my travels will take me next year? The crab cakes are considered the city’s best and the restaurant specialty. THE MATRIX 2: RELOADED This movie was too deep for words. It is Written by Will A friend had another of the restaurant’s full of style, fashion, symbolism, intrigue Simmons signature dishes, the house-cured pork chop loin, served with mash potatoes and a and action. If you liked the first Matrix, side of vegetables. My husband, a steak you are sure to like this one also. Stay lover, savored the filet mignon also on until the last credit has rolled, you will be mashed potatoes. 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Tuesdays, June 3, 10, 17, 24, 2003, 9:00am at GAIN Region V. 60 Month Time Limit Workshop Contact Persons: Linda Cooper @ (310) (Spanish). Wednesday, July 9, 23, 30, 761-2174 Lisa Simmons @ ext. 8015 or 2003, 9:00am at GAIN Region V Janet Betton @ ext. 4912. Contact Persons: Armando Estrada @ (323) 241-1460 or Juan Padilla @ ext. 8385. 60 Month Time Limit Workshop (Spanish). Wednesday, June 4,11, 25, 2003, 9:00am at GAIN Region V. Job Readiness Workshop (English) Contact Persons: Armando Estrada @ Wednesday, July 16, 2003, 9am - 12pm (323) 241-1460 or Juan Padilla @ ext. at GAIN Region V. Contact: Jocelyn 8385. Cummings @ ext. 4904. Job Readiness Workshop (English) Job Readiness Workshop (Spanish) Wednesday, June 18, 2003, 9am - 12pm Wednesday, July 23, 2003, 9am at GAIN at GAIN Region V. Contact: Jocelyn Region V. Contact: Iris Florimon @ ext. Job Readiness Workshop (Spanish) Cummings @ ext. 4904. 3212. Wednesday, August 27, 2003, 9am at GAIN Region V. Contact: Iris Florimon *MTA Recruitment (held monthly) at @ ext. 3212. Careers in Health Care Job Fair 2003 Wednesday, June 18, 2003 Dept. of GAIN Region V, see Rithy Lon in Job Health Services 5555 Ferguson Dr., Development for dates. *MTA Recruitment (held monthly) at Commerce, CA. Contact Persons: Mark GAIN Region V, see Rithy Lon in Job Sands @ ext. 8359 Monica Saldana @ Development for dates. *CMC Recruitment (held monthly) at ext. 4905 Janet Betton @ ext. 4912. GAIN Region V, see Esly Hawk-Diaz in Job Development for dates. *CMC Recruitment (held monthly) at Job Readiness Workshop (Spanish) GAIN Region V, see Esly Hawk-Diaz in Wednesday, June 25, 2003, 9am - 12pm Job Development for dates. AUGUST at GAIN Region V. Contact: Iris Florimon @ ext. 3212. 60 Month Time Limit Workshop (English). See Contact Persons below for dates Contact Persons: Linda Careers in Health Care Job Fair 2003 Cooper @ (310) 761-2174, Lisa Simmons Wednesday, June 25, 2003 High Desert @ ext. 8015 or Janet Betton @ ext. 4912. Hospital, 44900 N. 60th St., W. CONTRIBUTORS TO THIS EDITION Lancaster, CA. Contact Persons: Mark 60 Month Time Limit Workshop Pat Cook, Robert Washington, Sands @ ext. 8359 Monica Saldana @ ext. 4905 Janet Betton @ ext. 4912. (Spanish). See Contact Persons below Michelle McGee, Cesar Mejia, for dates Contact Persons: Armando Estrada @ (323) 241-1460 or Juan Lisa Simmons, Saro Shahverdyan, *MTA Recruitment (held monthly) at Padilla @ ext. 8385. Namany Keam, Yvette Cawthorne, GAIN Region V, see Rithy Lon in Job Development for dates. Shandra Jones, Will Simmons, Job Readiness Workshop (English) Wednesday, August 20, 2003, 9am at Monica Saldana, & Janet Betton. *CMC Recruitment (held monthly) at GAIN Region V. Contact: Jocelyn GAIN Region V, see Esly Hawk-Diaz in Cummings @ ext. 4904. Job Development for dates.