EWDD General Manager Jan Perry (center) with Jordan Pynes (right), President of Thomas Safran & Associates, at “Delicious at the Dunbar” grand opening celebration on November 8, 2018
An EWDD $500,000 Economic Development Loan Paved Way for the Dunbar Village Project

With the support of EWDD and $500,000 in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds as part of the Dunbar Village revitalization project, the new restaurant Delicious at the Dunbar celebrated its grand opening November 8, 2018. The restaurant brings new energy to a location once considered the heart of the Central Avenue jazz scene and cultural center of Los Angeles’ African American community.

In the 1930s, the nightclub at the art deco Dunbar Hotel hosted jazz legends Duke Ellington, Cab Calloway, Billie Holiday, Louis Armstrong and others, before falling into a period of disrepair.

the Asapahu family in the kitchen of their family restaurant, Ayara Thai
The South Los Angeles BusinessSource Center (BSC) assisted entrepreneur Anna, Andy and Vanda Asapahu, owners of the Ayara Thai restaurant near LAX, helping them review financials to expand the establishment and hire up to 20 new employees.

Anna and Andy Asapahu opened Ayara Thai in 2004, specializing in dishes that were deeply rooted in their family lineage.

After a career in Public Health, their daughter Vanda returned to Los Angeles in 2010 to assist her parents with their then struggling business.

Nestor Reyes taping his Hire LA’s Youth segment
In partnership with LA CityView 35, three EWDD YouthSource Center participants shared video testimonials about how the Hire LA’s Youth program had a positive impact on their lives.

The videos were recorded as part of Open Studio, a new program at Channel 35 that produces shorter length videos (approximately one minute or less) specifically for social media content. Below are the stories of Steven Mason, Destiny Nguyen, and Nestor Reyes connected to each of their Hire LA’s Youth segments taped for YouTube.


the 2018 Entrepreneurship & Financial Literacy Conference for Veterans at Bob Hope Patriotic Hall
As Veteran’s Day approaches, EWDD strongly supported the “Empowering Disadvantaged Communities for Disabilities, Veterans and Service Disabled Veterans Through Entrepreneurship & Financial Literacy Conference,” an event recently held at Bob Hope Patriotic Hall.

EWDD General Manager Jan Perry delivered welcoming remarks, assuring veterans, disabled veterans and spouses that they are EWDD’s top priority and that they get a spot at the front of the line when they visit the City’s 16 WorkSource Centers.

In the past year, EWDD’s WorkSource Centers have served approximately 1,404 veterans and 2,950 disabled individuals.

Anna Moreno, owner of Anna’s Cleaning Service, receiving City of LA Minority/Disadvantaged/Small Business Enterprise certification
The North Valley BusinessSource Center recently guided entrepreneur Anna Moreno through the process of successfully certifying her business “Anna’s Cleaning Service” as a Minority Business Enterprise (MBE), Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE), and Small Business Enterprise (SBE) with the City of Los Angeles.

MBE/DBE/SBE certification provides increased networking and contracting opportunities for her San Fernando Valley establishment to grow.

Anna Moreno established Anna’s Cleaning Service in 1999. She began her longstanding relationship with the North Valley

recent retiree Maria Mata (right) with her WorkSource Center career coach, Jessica Fuentes
The Vernon-Central/Los Angeles Trade Technical College (LATTC) WorkSource Center (WSC) recently helped retiree Maria Mata find a new job to supplement her retirement benefits.

Maria had been receiving her retirement benefits for some time, but was forced to look for additional income as the cost of living has been consistently on the rise. After working closely with Career Coach Jessica Fuentes and diligently following her advice, Maria received multiple job offers.

Maria now works as a courtesy clerk at Vons.

EWDD’s Hollywood WorkSource Center has assembled six crews to help with the Creek wildfire cleanup through the National Dislocated Worker Grant
In 2018, the City of Los Angeles Economic and Workforce Development Department (EWDD) received a National Dislocated Worker Grant (NDWG) to help with the cleanup and repair of public and private non-profit facilities impacted by December 2017 wildfires, including the impacted communities of Sunland-Tujunga, Sylmar and Sun Valley.

The grant provides temporary employment to workers and residents impacted by the wildfires, and also gives an opportunity for long-term unemployed individuals, including ex-offenders, to get back on their feet.

The Hollywood WorkSource Center (WSC), run by EWDD contractor MCS, along with its partner employers, currently have six active

Para Los Niños staff helping youth participants with financial aid applications for college
The Para Los Niños YouthSource held a Cash for College event and hosted a Young Civic Leaders Program presentation this October.

On October 12, 2018, approximately 37 PLN YouthSource participants received support in completing their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

PLN’s efforts helped students secure more than $200,000 in Pell Grant funding for college. The students will receive their full financial aid awards once they select the college they be attending.

PLN hosting the Central LAP3 Regional meeting in October 2018
Para Los Niños hosted the Central Los Angeles Performance Partnership Pilot (LAP3) Regional meeting on October 16, 2018. Presenters included the LA County District Attorney’s Office, FamilySource, Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) Wellness Center and the Los Angeles Hospitality Training Academy.

The gathering presented an opportunity for organizations working on the LAP3 focus areas of housing, education, employment and wellness to connect and share resources.

Attendees also included LA County Probation, LAUSD, Department of Mental Health, LA County, Gang Reduction & Youth Development, Department of Public Social Services, several non-profits and regional centers.

Carla McDonough (second from right) at the grand opening of her dream business,  fitness studio “Training for Balance” in San Pedro, California
The Harbor-Watts BusinessSource Center (BSC) provided entrepreneur Carla McDonough business coaching and assistance with licensing and permits to help turn her dreams of owning her own gym into the Training for Balance fitness studio in San Pedro, California.

Carla is former fitness model and body builder with 16 years of experience as a fitness trainer. She wanted to open a facility that included a full gym, personal training and Pilates classes. Her specialty is working with clients with medical conditions to help them achieve proper rehabilitation, such as military veterans and peace officers.

Jan Perry, Los Angeles public servant for over 20 years
Effective December 31, 2018, Jan Perry is completing her tenure as General Manager of the City of Los Angeles Economic and Workforce Development Department (EWDD). Ms. Perry will become Executive Director of the Infrastructure Funding Alliance, a statewide group dedicated to developing and advocating approaches and strategies that motivate government at all levels to implement environmentally and fiscally sustainable infrastructure projects. She assumes the post on January 2, 2019.

“It’s been the privilege of my life to serve the people of the City of Los Angeles,” Perry said. “I look forward to this next phase in my journey where I will continue to serve the people of California by promoting infrastructure projects that will stimulate economic development and create good paying jobs.”

Para Los Niños YouthSource students get a mental break at LA's Broad Museum of Contemporary Art as college application deadlines approach
EWDD has a network of 14 YouthSource Centers strategically located in underserved neighborhoods in the City of Los Angeles. The centers provide support and guidance for young Angelenos age 16-24, to help them pursue higher education and good paying jobs.

The October 15, 2018 edition of EWDD Updates featured three stories from EWDD partner Para Los Niños, which oversees the City’s Central and Northeast Region YouthSource Centers.

These stories represent the critical work all the City’s YouthSource Centers provide to help young Angelenos succeed.