J Trinidad Vega (pictured) recently started a job at LA's Department of Public Works through the City’s Targeted Local Hire Program
The Hollywood WorkSource Center recently helped J Trinidad Vega get a job as a vocational worker with the City of Los Angeles through the Targeted Local Hire Program (TLHP), which is designed to help under-served and under-employed Angelenos find an alternative pathway to civil service careers at the City.

After working many jobs in labor, security, retail and towing in Los Angeles and Las Vegas, J was struggling to earn enough money to support his family. He often worked more than eight hours a day and still could not afford health insurance due to high costs.

Tyren Brown (pictured) successfully transitioned to civil service status at HCIDLA through the City’s Targeted Local Hire Program
From the moment Tyren Brown started working part-time for the City of Los Angeles, he searched for an opportunity to join the City full-time. Today, Tyren is a full-time Admin Clerk with civil service status, thanks to the Targeted Local Hire Program (TLHP), which is designed to help under-served and under-employed Angelenos find an alternative pathway to civil service careers at the City.

The TLHP placed Tyren at the Los Angeles Housing and Community Investment Department (HCIDLA), where his daily duties include reviewing complaints and scheduling visits so inspectors can check buildings to make sure residents have hot water, electricity and gas, the necessary accommodations to make housing livable, he said.

“My services also provide a contributing factor to making sure that properties stay low income for certain people so that they can afford to stay there,” he said. His efforts work toward “Reducing homelessness, making it to where there are more properties that are affordable for people who don’t make enough.”

Working at the City makes him feel that he is part of a group of people whose lives are dedicated to providing services to local residents.

“It kind of gives me a sense of pride,” Tyren said. “I feel like I now have become an added link in the chain to strengthen that. I feel like my contributions are maybe not as great but they are of some positive nature. It brings me a lot of joy to know that I’m helping some people.”

Before joining the TLHP, Tyren worked part-time at the City for two years as a Special Programs Assistant, where he worked on graffiti removal, waste removal, painting, electrical work and other odd jobs, he said. At age 41, Tyren said he appreciates working in an office environment after years of working outdoors. He looks forward to potential promotions and is appreciative of the opportunities the TLHP has opened for him.

“It’s been an awesome feeling for me,” he said. “I feel like the program is an excellent program. It is definitely helping the community. I hope it stays around to continue helping the community and helping people get into the City who would like to pursue a career with the City of Los Angeles.”

Tyren said he received a lot of guidance toward the TLHP from his former supervisor and others at the (now temporarily closed) Crenshaw WorkSource Center, but it was his persistence that helped him land a job through the TLHP within four months.

“It definitely requires dedication,” he said. “Be persistent, don’t give up. Stay in contact with whoever they appoint you to be in contact with. In my persistence, it led me to get where I am now. It’s a lot of steps and it’s worth it.”

In partnership with the LA City’s Personnel Department, EWDD has processed nearly 8,600 TLHP applicants at nine WorkSource Centers that are approved application sites. Approximately 505 positions have been filled to-date, including clerical, vocational and custodial jobs

Job seekers (left) speak with a potential employer at the Southeast Los Angeles WorkSource Center job fair May 2, 2019
Approximately 150 job seekers attended a job fair hosted May 2, 2019 by the Southeast Los Angeles WorkSource Center, operated by EWDD partner Watts Labor Community Action Committee (WLCAC).

In total, 46 booths set-up at WLCAC’s Phoenix Hall for the job fair, including 35 employers and service providers, some of which were offering positions, said Elton Blake, Executive Director of Employment and Training Services at the Southeast LA WorkSource Center.

Artist rendering of the Creshaw Crossing Mixed-Use Project interior, courtesy of RELM Studios (http://relmstudio.com/work/crenshaw-crossing)
The Vernon-Central/Los Angeles Technical Trade College (LATTC) WorkSource Center, overseen by EWDD partner Coalition for Responsible Community Development (CRCD), will soon be able to provide priority hiring to community members for the proposed Crenshaw Crossing Mixed-Use Project at the intersection of the Los Angeles Country Metro Crenshaw and Expo lines.

The Watt Companies and the West Angeles Community Development Corporation, the developers of the project, selected CRCD to administer the project’s local hire program.

2019 City of Los Angeles Mayor’s Small Business Summit Kick-Off Event on April 29, 2019, at Los Angeles Trade Technical College
The City of Los Angeles Economic and Workforce Development Department’s Economic Development Division (EDD) led EWDD’s efforts to serve as an “Official Partner” of the second annual LA Mayor’s Small Business Summit.

EWDD provided extensive assistance in promotional efforts, sending multiple email blasts to contacts through EWDD’s nine BusinessSource Centers throughout the LA region, including strategically timed posts across @laewdd social media channels. The summit is a multi-faceted, free program with workshops, exhibitors, and hands-on contracting and certification assistance.

Milvia Henriquez (pictured) received a $2K mini microloan to expand “Milvia’s Variedades”, her mobile retail store
The Central West Region BusinessSource Center (BSC) helped entrepreneur Milvia Henriquez secure a $2,000 mini microloan to grow her mobile retail shop, Milvia’s Variedades.

She started her business in 2018 after she was laid off from a job she had held for 19 years. Milvia realized this was her opportunity to start her own business venture.

16 Para Los Niños participants after graduating from a Certified Nursing Assistants training course
The Central YouthSource Center, run by EWDD partner Para Los Niños is celebrating 16 Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs) with a graduation ceremony Friday April 26, 2019. The event will be held at the YouthSource Center, located in Westlake, followed immediately with a hiring event for students.

CNAs provide basic, day-to-day care for patients in nursing homes, hospitals and other health care facilities and act as assistants to registered nurses.

Ribbon cutting ceremony of the LA LGBT Center's Anita May Rosenstein Campus grand opening
Staff from the City of Los Angeles Economic and Workforce Development Department (EWDD) attended the grand opening of the Anita May Rosenstein Campus April 7, 2019 in support of its partnership with the Los Angeles LGBT Center.

Since 2010, EWDD has partnered with the LA LGBT Center to provide education and employment opportunities to homeless and disconnected LGBTQ youth. Through its partnership with the City’s YouthSource Centers, the LA LGBT Center has been able to provide youth, many who are struggling with homelessness, opportunities to explore and prepare for careers they may otherwise never have considered.

(left to right) Restaurateur Cun Sang Chi with EWDD Industrial Commercial Financial Officer Miguel Acuna
The East Los Angeles BusinessSource Center provided extensive business consulting, strategic planning, and one-on-one assistance to Sushi Beluga owner Cun Sang Chi, helping the Restaurateur become the first recipient of the City’s Micro Loan program.

Restaurateur Cun Sang Chi was approved for a $50,000 loan to launch Sushi Beluga in Playa Del Rey. Scheduled to open in Spring 2019, the sushi restaurant will open with six full-time employees with the hopes of hiring two additional full-time employees as demand grows.

EWDD Interim General Manager John L Reamer Jr speaks to the Council District 3 BobCAT team about LA City business programs
Members of Councilmember Bob Blumenfield’s Economic Development Community Action Team (BobCAT) were pleased to learn about the EWDD’s services, especially the City’s Business Response Unit (BRU) when Interim General Manager John L. Reamer, Jr. was a featured guest speaker Monday April 15, 2019.

John provided an overview of EWDD and listened to the concerns of the business community leaders to understand their needs.

Grace Godinez, special education assistant at LAUSD
The Hollywood WorkSource Center recently helped Grace Godinez, a person with a disability, find a full-time job as a special education assistant at the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD).

Grace graduated from California State University, Northridge (CSUN) in May 2018 with a Bachelor’s degree in Childhood Development. After seeking work for several months and visiting the Disability Resources and Educational Services (DRES) office at CSUN, a DRES counselor introduced Grace to the Disability Employment Accelerator (DEA) program, which had started a new collaboration with the Hollywood WorkSource Center, overseen by EWDD partner Managed Career Solutions.

Sharnise, a participant at LA:RISE partner Homeboy Industries, recently completed certification as a nursing assistant

LA:RISE Participant Earns Nursing Assistant Certificate and Looks Ahead

“Don’t let barriers hold you back from succeeding,” said Sharnise, a participant at LA:RISE partner Homeboy Industries who was recently certified as a nursing assistant. “In life if you mess up, you still have a chance to fix your mistakes.”

With the help of Homeboy Industries, Sharnise is striving to live out that ethos and set an example for her children.