August 26, 2010

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LA Times Corrects the record on Union de Vecinos.

In its Corrections Page The LA Times has corrected the charges made in an article stating that Union de Vecinos was running a lead abatement program in which no lead was removed.

Union de Vecinos Job was to provide Healthy Homes Education and training. In the process we discovered that over 30% of the housing tested had high levels of lead. The city needs to take action to help remove this lead.

The LA Times’ correction states: ” An Aug. 17 article in Section A about business deals under investigation in Maywood referred to a $360,000 lead-abatement program that a former city manager had canceled, saying the cost was excessive given that no lead was removed from homes. The article should have made it clear that the contract with Union de Vecinos was to provide public education, not to remove lead from properties.”

Maywood’s City Manager at the time did not apply for federal grants recommended by Union de Vecinos’ staff to remove the lead, a missed opportunity for the city and its residents. – Union de Vecinos

For the record

August 26, 2010

Maywood lead program: An Aug. 17 article in Section A about business deals under investigation in Maywood referred to a $360,000 lead-abatement program that a former city manager had canceled, saying the cost was excessive given that no lead was removed from homes. The article should have made it clear that the contract with Union de Vecinos was to provide public education, not to remove lead from properties.

Aid to immigrants: An article in Monday’s LATExtra section about plans to end Supplemental Security Income to some legal immigrants said California’s Cash Assistance Program for Immigrants was open only to refugees and those granted asylum. A spokeswoman for the California Department of Social Services said she has since learned that other immigrants who were receiving federal SSI benefits may be eligible for the state program.

Los Angeles Philharmonic: A review of conductor Pietari Inkinen and the Los Angeles Philharmonic in the Aug. 19 Calendar section said pianist Paul Wittgenstein lost his right hand in World War II. It was in World War I.

Countrywide Financial: An article in Business on Wednesday about home loans made by Countrywide Financial Corp. for borrowers referred by then-Chief Executive Angelo Mozilo identified a former Countrywide president as Stanley Kurland. His first name is Stanford.

Denim trends: In Sunday’s Image section, photo credits accompanying an article about wearing denim in layers said that hair stylist Janine Jarmon and makeup artist Craig Beaglehole were with the Exclusive Artists agency. They are with Solo Artists.

Union healthcare: An article in Wednesday’s LATExtra section about healthcare benefits for Los Angeles city employees said members of a city union had agreed to pay more for visits to doctors and emergency rooms. In fact, the Engineers and Architects Assn. agreed to higher co-payments for doctor visits but not for emergency room stays.