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LTSCene - August 2014

Sake Express Success, Sequoia Grand Opening, LTSC on YouTube & More!
Little Tokyo Service Center News - August 2014
Helping People, Building Community

Sake Express has left the station!

Sake Express was at Los Angeles Union Station on Friday, July 25. Thank you to our sponsors, guests, volunteers, and everyone else who helped to make LTSC's 8th Annual Sake & Food Tasting Event a sold-out success!

hank you, Tint, for enabling a live feed of Facebook, Twitter and Instagram activity at Sake Express! Photos from the event can be viewed on LTSC's Facebook page.
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Mutual Trading Co., Inc. was the exclusive provider of sake for this event. Check out their event photos on the Mutual Trading Co., Inc. Facebook page.

Thank you to this year's participating breweries:

Asahi Shuzo Co., Ltd.
Echigo Beer
Hakkaisan Brewery Co., Ltd.
Higa Distillery Co., Ltd.
Kamotsuru Sake Brewing Co., Ltd.
Katokichibee Shouten
Kiku-Masamune Sake Brewing Co., Ltd.
Kikusui Sake Co., Ltd.

Nabedana Inc.
Nanbu-Bijin Sake Brewery
Nihonsakari Co., Ltd.
Orion Breweries, Ltd.
Ryujin Shuzo Co., Ltd.

Sanwa Shurui Co., Ltd.
Satsuma Shuzo Co., Ltd.
Sengetsu Shuzo
Shiokawa Sake Brewery Co., Ltd.
Suigei Brewing Co., Ltd.
Syata Syuzou Co., Ltd.
Takahashi Shuzo Co., Ltd.
Takara Sake USA, Inc.
Takasagoshuzo, Inc.
Tamanohikari Sake Brewing Co.
Uchigasaki Brewing Co.
Zuiyo Co., Ltd.

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TEAM Collaborative
LTSC’s Community Organizing Department provides a telephone consumer support service called TEAM Collaborative, funded by the California Public Utility Commission. TEAM Collaborative helps solve telephone issues for consumers who are limited English proficient. Trained staff review consumer bills and give suggestions to lower the charges, even contacting telephone companies with the consumer. TEAM Collaborative also provides workshops on various telephone issues. For more information, please contact Yasue Clark at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
Thank you to Citi Foundation
With a generous grant from Citi Foundation, LTSC will begin a new Financial Capacity and Asset Building Program serving the residents in LTSC’s affordable housing apartments. Through workshops and one-on-one counseling, our residents will build their financial capacity and strengthen their assets.
The Citi Foundation works to promote economic progress in communities around the world and focuses on initiatives that expand financial inclusion. Citi Foundation collaborates with best-in-class partners to create measurable economic improvements that strengthen low-income families and communities.
Citi Foundation’s grant will allow LTSC to increase the number of low-income adults and families who adopt positive financial behaviors and accumulate and preserve financial assets.
LTSC would like to thank Citi Foundation for their support of this new program.
Grand Opening in Van Nuys
On June 13, 2014, the Homes for Life Foundation and LTSC celebrated the grand opening of the HFL Sequoia Apartments, which will provide 24 housing units for low-income adults with mental disabilities. The lack of permanent, affordable, supportive housing has been one of the main obstacles to stabilized lives for mentally disabled adults.
The building was designed with many “green” elements, including a permeable parking lot and bioswale (to help reduce and clean stormwater runoff), drought resistant landscaping, thermal solar water heating, recycling and LED lights throughout the building. Taking full advantage of the mild Southern California climate, two rooftop terraces provide a serene yet secure outdoor environment for residents with shade trellises and raised planter gardens. roof
On-site supportive services include life skills development, mental health counseling, crisis intervention, economic empowerment through linkages to employment and education, and networking for off-site mental health services.
LTSC on YouTube
Check out LTSC's latest video on YouTube:
Partners in Progress
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Click here
to see interviews with all your favorite Little Tokyo community leaders
and to hear about their vision for Little Tokyo.
July Donors – Thank You for Your Support!
Lynn & Don Akamine
Shuk-Li & Wataru Ebihara
Wayne Gan
Eric Inouye
Kiyoko Isomoto 
Pauline & Dick Kaku
Victor Lazo
June & Gary Masada
Kimie Matayoshi
MELSA International, LLC.
Dean Okamura
Sakae Okuda
Kuniko & Sam Shimoguchi
Elaine & Cooke Sunoo
Scarlet Sy & Eric Olson
Mable & Frank Takenaka
Tamlyn Tomita /
M.A. & Josephine Grisham Foundation
Toshiko Yamamoto
In Honor of Mike Murase
Minoru & Akemi
In Honor of Kim Tachiki’s 50th Birthday
Takayo Kurachi
Angelita Ramirez
John Wong

In-Kind Donation
Yosh Fukumoto

Vehicle Donation
Sharilynn Jung
Mike Okamoto

Increase Your Impact: Corporate Matching Gifts

Your company may be one of thousands that “match” employee charitable contributions with corporate dollars.  Ask your HR department about your company’s matching gift policy.  Visit our website by clicking here or contact (213) 473-3027 for more information.

Donate Your Old Car

We accept car donations from almost anywhere in the US!
Running vehicles or wrecks!  It's easy and free and raises significant funds for LTSC!

1.  Call 213-473-3027 or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
2.  A tow truck is sent at your convenience
    (all DMV paperwork is handled at time of pickup)
3.  Your car is sold and any tax forms are sent to you by mail

If you have any questions or if you'd like to donate a vehicle call 213-473-3027 or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it today!


Ways to Help LTSC

• Make a donation in memory of a loved one

• Make a donation in honor of someone’s birthday or graduation

• Make a donation of stock

• Host a fundraiser to benefit LTSC

Bowing Man

Donate Online, call 213-473-1613, or mail a check to LTSC.