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East Hollywood Part of 'Promise Zone' to Receive Millions in Federal Dollars

The program is aimed at reducing poverty.

KTLA screenshot
KTLA screenshot

By City News Service

Mayor Eric Garcetti will be in Washington, D.C., Thursday for a White House event at which Los Angeles will be named one of five "promise zones" that will receive millions of federal dollars aimed at combating poverty.

The Los Angeles "promise zone" includes the East Hollywood, Pico- Union/Westlake, Thai Town, Little Armenia and Koreatown communities. Mayoral spokesman Jeff Millman said the city will likely transfer the funds to nonprofits and other groups involved in anti-poverty efforts in those communities.

The mayor is expected to return to Los Angeles tonight, Millman said.

The other promise zones to be officially announced by President Barack Obama today are in San Antonio, Philadelphia, southeastern Kentucky and the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma.

Obama first discussed his Promise Zone Initiative in last year's State of the Union address. Today's announcement will coincide with the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon B. Johnson's "war on poverty."     The event comes one day after a 13-member panel called the Los Angeles 2020 Commission released a set of findings that focussed on poverty as one of the persistent threats facing the city.

The report points to the 40 percent of Angelenos living in "what can only be called misery," with 28 percent earning poverty wages and the rest unemployed. It also points to "chronic budget deficits" preventing city government from providing quality public services and paying the salaries and benefits of its city employees.

"L.A. is treading water and there is a serious prospect of decline," former U.S. Commerce Secretary Mickey Kantor, who chairs the panel, said at a downtown news conference Wednesday.

Al Sanchez January 09, 2014 at 03:21 PM
LOS ANGELES IS IN SERIOUS TROUBLE, AS IS ANY OTHER CITY OR COMMUNITY THAT KEEPS ON INSISTING TO BEND OVER FOR ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS!! IT'S A NO-BRAINER HERE PEOPLE!! KEEP ON DENYING THAT THIS IS NOT THE ISSUE AND YOU ARE JUST PART OF THE PROBLEM. TOO MUCH HANDOUTS AND ILLEGALS AND THEIR KIDS AND THEIR KIDS OVERPOPULATING THE ENTIRE SOUTHLAND = MISERY FOR EVERYONE THAT IS NOT ILLEGAL! THE ILLEGALS CAN TOLERATE THIS SO CALLED MISERY BECAUSE THEY COME FROM SOUTH OF THE BORDER FROM LITTLE PUEBLITOS AND POVERTY SO IT'S NO BIG DEAL. BUT ALL THE OTHER NATIONALITIES THAT HAVE TO PUT UP WITH IT WILL REALLY FEEL THE BRUNT OF THIS CHIT! THE MORE DEMOCRATS ARE VOTED IN HERE IN CALIFORNIA THE MORE THE SLIDE WILL CONTINUE -- GUARANTEED! LEARN FROM YOUR MISTAKES, DON'T CONTINUE THEM. A. SANCHEZ

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