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Hawthorne police meet with Tongan community at dinner

Hawthorne police officers aren’t alone in wanting to put a lid on a recent spate of gang violence at the hands of a local Tongan gang.

Leaders of Los Angeles County’s tight-knit Tongan community in Hawthorne, Carson and Lennox also don’t want to see police at their doors, arresting their youths.

The two groups shared their concerns and searched for ways to quell brewing troubles during an unusual dinner meeting at Hawthorne Police Department this week.

Community Affairs Sgt. Chris Cognac made chicken-garlic linguine and members of the Tongan Community Services Center

Hawthorne Police officer Chris Cognac serves up a pasta and chicken meal he prepared for members of the Tongan community at Thursday’s dinner at the Hawthorne Police Department in order to foster better relationships in hopes of curbing gang violence. (Sean Hiller / Staff Photographer) Continue reading

Food Marketing 101: Webinar

Food Marketing 101: Webinar
Tuesday, June 19
12:30 – 1:00 pm PDT / 3:30 – 4:00 pm EST 

The need to limit unhealthy food marketing to children has never been more urgent. Food companies spend $2 billion annually to reach children through television, the Internet, mobile phones, product placement in movies and television, toys, and anywhere else a logo or product image can be shown. Aggressive, widespread food marketing undermines parents’ attempts to feed their children healthfully.

In this webinar, presenters will discuss different types of food marketing to children, policy options for dealing with marketing, evidence linking food marketing with children’s poor diets and health, and the effectiveness of industry self-regulation.


  • Samantha Graff, JD (Moderator), Director of Legal Research, NPLAN, a project of ChangeLab Solutions
  • Margo Wootan, DSc, Director of Nutrition Policy, Center for Science in the Public Interest
  • Mary Story, PhD, RD, Professor and Senior Associate Dean, University of Minnesota School of Public Health

Register here today to join us for this 30-minute webinar on June 19!

Conference Call and Webinar on the Education Department’s Request for Information (RFI) on AAPI Data Disaggregation

The White House Initiative on AAPIs in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Education is seeking public input on promising practices for disaggregating data on subgroups within the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) student population.

Census numbers reveal that 37% of Cambodian-Americans, 38% of Hmong-Americans, 33% of Laotian-Americans and 29% of Vietnamese-Americans over the age of 25 had less than a high school education.  College numbers show that only 13% of Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders 25 years of age and older have at least a bachelor’s degree. Continue reading