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LTSCene - October 2015


Every month we will feature milestones in LTSC’s 35-year history
Little Tokyo Mural
From Little Tokyo Mural...
In 2005, residents, non-profits, and local business owners came together to sponsor and create the “Home is Little Tokyo” mural depicting over 100 years of Little Tokyo history.
Utility Box
...To Utility Box Art
Earlier this year, LTSC, the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center, Little Tokyo Community Council and Councilmember Jose Huizar brought utility box art installations to Little Tokyo. 
35th Banner
35th Anniversary Dinner Tickets on Sale
Join LTSC as we celebrate 35 years of service and dedication to the
Los Angeles community.
Sponsorship opportunities and individual tickets are still available.
Enter the Annual LTSC Raffle 
You could win 100,000 American Airlines AAdvantage Miles, 2 tickets to the Lakers vs 76ers on 1/1/2016, or Dinner for 4 at Roy’s Restaurant! Winners will be drawn at LTSC’s 35th Anniversary Dinner and need not be present to win.

Raffle tickets are $10 each or $50 for a book of 6. Email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or
call (213) 473-1613 to purchase tickets.
LTSC Cranes
ArtPlace America
LTSC received a $3 Million investment from ArtPlace America to incorporate arts and culture into our community development work over the course of three years. “We are happy to share this extraordinary news with the Little Tokyo community,” said Dean Matsubayashi, LTSC’s Executive Director. “This funding could not have been more timely as Little Tokyo is the center of so much development. We look forward to building relationships that showcase how local artists and arts organizations can help make Little Tokyo an even more thriving place to live, work and visit.”
“LTSC applied for this initiative because it sees the importance of integrating artists into the community development process,” said Remy de la Peza, LTSC’s Director of Planning and Policy Counsel. “It is the right time for our community to take advantage of this opportunity because we are embarking on deepening our commitment to creative placemaking strategies for our neighborhood through our Sustainable Little Tokyo initiative.”
LTSC would like to thank ArtPlace America for this extraordinary opportunity. LTSC will host a community forum for anyone interested in learning more about our work and ArtPlace’s CDI program:

Monday, October 19, 2015 at 5:30 pm
Japanese American Cultural & Community Center
244 S. San Pedro St. Los Angeles, CA

Please RSVP to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 213-473-3030
Bank of America
Bank of America
Charitable Foundation
LTSC recently received a grant from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation that will support LTSC’s Affordable Housing Collaborative. 
LTSC’s Affordable Housing Collaborative works with community organizations to help them build affordable housing in their neighborhoods for their community residents. The Collaborative has a strong track record and has partnered with over 15 community-based organizations to build 24 projects with 844 units of affordable housing.
The Collaborative is currently working on 5 affordable housing projects that will create affordable rental housing in several Los Angeles neighborhoods including Arts District, Historic Filipinotown, Little Tokyo, Koreatown and Cornfield Arroyo Seco. LTSC also recently purchased the Daimaru Hotel in Little Tokyo to preserve affordable housing on Historic First Street.
LTSC thanks Bank of America Charitable Foundation for its continuing support of LTSC and our efforts to provide affordable housing throughout Los Angeles.
Developer of the Year
At the Southern California Association of Non-Profit Housing (SCANPH) conference in September, LTSC was selected from eight finalists and over 100 member organizations to win Developer of the Year for SCANPH's 2015 Homes Within Reach Awards.
SCANPH was founded in 1985 and facilitates affordable housing development across Southern California by advancing effective public policies, sustainable financial resources, strong member organizations, and beneficial partnerships.

As a leader in the non-profit development field, LTSC is unique in its innovative partnership strategy built on mentoring partner organizations, fostering collaboration and advancing their capacity for future development work. LTSC creates solutions that overcome industry obstacles, such as completing Larry Itliong Village on time and within budget, despite the discovery and subsequent remediation of several surprise oil wells.
LTSC is honored to be recognized by SCANPH as the 2015 Developer of the Year.
Morning Cafe
Morning Café at the
Far East Lounge
Morning Café is a movement in Japan built around “SocialReal”. While many people use social networking sites as a communication tool, “SocialReal” emphasizes the importance of meeting people in person.
The Far East Lounge started a Morning Café program about 6 months ago and recently had the opportunity to communicate with members of Morning Café in Japan via Skype. There were about 40 people present in Japan and 7 here in Los Angeles.
Expo Panel
APISBP's 16th Annual
Asian Small Business Expo
The Asian Pacific Islander Small Business Program held a very successful 16th Annual Asian Small Business Expo in Alhambra on Saturday, September 19. Four well-attended workshops and a networking event headlined by Robert Egger of L.A. Kitchen helped attract the largest crowd in years.
One of the workshops (pictured above) was a marketing seminar featuring food journalist Kristie Hang, Mayly Tao of DK's Donuts and Alex Siu, Marketing Director of 626 Night Market.
Thanks to LTSC, A3M and API SBP staff, volunteers, panelists, exhibitors, Title Sponsor US Bank and all the other sponsors for making this year's Expo a success!
honor grove
Join LTSC's Honor Grove
Show your support of LTSC with an annual pledge of $200 or more and become an Honor Grove Member. Honor Grove contributions support critical programs for those in need.
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Through the Seasons
Through the Seasons
The Fall issue of Through the Seasons is available online.
Through the Seasons →
September Donors
Thank you for your support!

America Travel Factory
Dennis Arguelles
Chantal Denny
Marianne Hane
Dean Hiraga
Takahiro Ide
Sam & Kiyoko Isomoto
Lloyd Kajikawa & Silvina Rubinstein
Mark Kawauchi
Dawn & Alan Kita
Jenni Kuida & Tony Osumi
Barbara Lu-Baltazar
June & Gary Masada
Judy Matsuzaki
Natalie Nakatani
Mickie Okamoto-Tsudama
Dean Okamura
William Ota
Keith Umemoto
Emily & Dan Weaver
Gordon Yamamoto
Sally Yamashita

In Memory of Robert Toji
Suzy Katsuda

In-kind Donations
Linda Lee
Sharon Nakata
Joyce Shimazu
Shelter Partnership

Vehicle Donations
Eugene Choi
Janice & Morris Fukumoto
Gene Noda
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