“Pimp school”

Here’s some follow up on an earlier post about Prodigy Athletic offcials still advertising Lutheran High School as the site of their spring camp.

I spoke with La Verne’s community development director today – Hal Fredericksen – and he told me city officials were surprised to see the reference to Lutheran on the Web site, considering the city attorney sent Prodigy officials a cease and desist letter telling them they can no longer use the school’s gym. Fredericksen advised them to take the information down.

Cameron Murray, who runs Prodigy, declined to comment this afternoon, but said if I check the Web site, the info would not longer be there. I did: at 2 p.m., at 2:30 p.m., at 3 p.m. and again just a few minutes ago. The information has yet to be taken down.

Residents are upset Cameron is still using Lutheran to promote his camp. Kim Hanke, who lives on Amherst Street had this to say about officials from Lutheran High School and Prodigy Athletic:

“I call it, that school, it’s a pimp school. But they are entrepreneurs. They will rent it to anyone to make a quick buck.”

Wonders of the blog-o-sphere

Im reading this book called Free Culture by Lawrence Lessig for a class Im taking about business strategies in media firms. The book is basically a 300-page argument for amending copyright laws. Regardless of your thoughts on the matter, there was one passage that struck me as both a journalist and a blogger.
I should point out the books copyright was in 2003.

Blog space gives amateurs a way to enter the debate amateur not in the sense of inexperienced, but in the sense of an Olympic athlete, meaning not paid by anyone to give their reports. It allows for a much broader range of input into a story, as reporting on the Columbia disaster revealed, when hundreds from across the southwest United States turned to the Internet to retell what they had seen.
And it drives readers to read across the range of accounts and triangulate, as (Dave) Winer puts it, the truth. Blogs, Winer says, are communicating directly with our constituency, and the middle man is out of it with all the benefits, and costs, that might entail.
Winer is optimistic about the future of journalism infected with blogs. Its going to become an essential skill, Winer predicts, for public figures and increasingly for private figures as well.
Its not clear that journalism is happy about this some journalists have been told to curtail their blogging. But it is clear that we are still in transition. A lot of what we are doing now is warm-up exercises, Winer told me.
There is a lot that must mature before this space has its mature effect. And as the inclusion of content in this space is the least infringing use of the Internet (meaning infringing on copyright), Winer said, we will be the last thing that gets shut down.

Straight from the Murray camp


A source pointed this interesting bit of information out to me yesterday afternoon.

You may all remember the story surrounding the Lutheran High School master plan, which was approved this month after heated debate over what the renovations would do to the neighboring residential community. Well, you may also recall that part of that debate was anger over the use of the high schools gym by Prodigy Athletic Cameron Murrays basketball camp.

La Verne city attorneys sent a cease and desist letter at the beginning of February to the school and Murray, telling them Prodigy could no longer use the gym unless they go through a separate CUP process with the city.

But if you go on Prodigy Athletics Web site, the program is still advertising Lutherans gym as the location of its spring camp which, I should add, costs $200 a player or $1,200 a team.

The camp starts in about two weeks. Wonder whats going to happen to all those ballers come opening day?

Helping the homeless

What would you do: Spend $150,000 to figure out how to help the homeless, or buy the homeless $150,000 worth of beds or meals?

The Board of Sups will vote today on the issue, Alison Hewit reports:

Funding study on homeless debated
Critics say money should go to shelter beds, donated meals
By Alison Hewitt, Staff Writer
Article Launched: 02/25/2008 09:55:15 PM PST

Advocates for the homeless are divided over whether the county should use $150,000 to do a detailed analysis of the San Gabriel Valley homeless population and the services available for them.

The Board of Supervisors is slated to discuss approving the funds today. It would go to a team of consultants selected by the 31-city San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments and identify any gaps between what’s provided and what’s needed and to organize providers to fill those gaps.

Some local homeless services representatives praised the effort, but others asked if the $150,000 wouldn’t do more good paying for shelter beds or donated meals.

“Unless you have good accurate information, we’ve seen for years that … people would just want to do something and they’d just start feeding people without knowing what the need was,” said Jan Cicco, chair of the 52-agency Consortium of the East San Gabriel Valley on Homelessness. “$150,000 is not a large price to pay to ensure that the greater sum of services goes where it’s really needed.” Read more.


UPDATE: The Board of Sups okayed a grant for a homeless study.

Customers stand behind Alta Dena Dairy

Alta Dena Dairy is spared. For now, Melissa Pamer reports.

MONTEREY PARK – The city’s plan to build what officials say is a much-needed new fire station on the site of a 50-year-old drive-through convenience store has upset residents and the business’s owner.

More than 600 customers of the the Alta Dena Dairy have signed owner Kimberly Yu’s petition calling the store a “historical landmark” and asking the city to find another location for Fire Station No. 2.

The city purchased the dairy property in April 2006 for $625,000 with plans to begin demolition in early 2009, when Yu’s lease is set to expire.

Officials say the store site is a good fit to replace an aged, nearby fire station. Read more.

Tsk Tsk…

Just spotted this on the wire….

City News Service
LOS ANGELES – The 48-year-old owner of Glendales St. Anns Hospice pleaded not guilty today to a charge of making illegal campaign contributions.
Gladwin Gill, of Covina, was arraigned this morning in U.S. District Court in downtown Los
Gill agreed in December to eventually plead guilty to the charge, which alleges that he used friends and employees to make $26,000 in illegal campaign contributions to President Bush and other political candidates.
No new court dates have yet been set.

Waddya think of that?

New police chief in Montebello

This just in from Montebello reporter Amanda Baumfeld:

Montebello City Council is expected to appoint a new Police Chief at Wednesday’s meeting. The city has been without a police chief since December when Chief Garry Couso-Vasquez. The item is listed under closed session so very little information is available.