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LTSCene - July 2016

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Starry Night in Little Tokyo

Tickets are going fast for Starry Night in Little Tokyo, LTSC’s 10th Annual Sake and Food Tasting Event on July 29. In collaboration with Go Little Tokyo, Starry Night in Little Tokyo will kick off Delicious Little Tokyo, a weekend full of culinary celebrations and experiences with selected LT restaurants offering special menu items, cooking workshops, chef demos, and giveaways. The Huffington Post called this a Best Eats in LA and LAist listed Starry Night as one of 20 Cool Events Happening in Los Angeles.

For more information or to buy tickets, visit sake.ltsc.org.


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LTSC is Nonprofit of the Year

On June 22, LTSC’s Board President, Debora Nakatomi was presented with a Nonprofit of the Year award by Assemblymember Miguel Santiago, hosted by the California Association of Nonprofits (CalNonprofits). We joined other award recipients from across the state for a visit to the Senate and Assembly Floors, followed by a luncheon celebration. “Nonprofit organizations are vitally important to the economy and well-being of California. But too often nonprofits are ‘hidden in plain sight.’ We are thrilled that the State Assembly has passed a resolution putting the spotlight on nonprofits as an economic power that uses that power for the common good,” said Jan Masaoka, CEO of CalNonprofits.

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2015 Annual Report

LTSC’s 2015 Annual Report is now online. It has been a year of major milestones for LTSC celebrating 35 years of service. We started this journey in 1980 with three people and grew to a staff of more than 130 in 2015, with a variety of projects and initiatives that included Sustainable Little Tokyo, Budokan of Los Angeles, and ArtPlace America. All the while, we continued to provide culturally sensitive services to seniors and low-income families and individuals through our core programs like Social Services and Resident Services. Read about all about this exciting year. And thank you for your continued support in helping us make positive change for people and places.

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Budokan in LA Times

Budokan continues to gain momentum with a recent article in the LA Times which featured project volunteer Alan Kosaka. As a resident of La Palma, Kosaka has many options in Orange County from Japanese groceries to Japanese American sports, yet this 55-year-old third-generation JA comes back to Little Tokyo. “Gentrification is coming in, and we’re losing a little bit of the legacy of Little Tokyo…we saw our forefathers struggle to build it up, and we have an obligation to show them we’re giving something back.” Read the rest of this heartwarming story here and help us build this Home Court for All.

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ArtPlace Visits LTSC

On June 7, the ArtPlace national team came to visit Little Tokyo to see first hand the challenges facing Little Tokyo and to discuss creative community development tactics. Harry Smith, Director of Sustainable Economic Development at the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative (DSNI) and Willy Wong, consultant and former Chief Creative Officer of NYC & Co., offered insight from their own experiences on ways to counteract gentrification and displacement. First Street North was a prominent discussion topic as the future of that site is currently in question. There was a lively discussion about LTSC being bold and creative in the planning and execution of the ArtPlace CDI-related projects! We fully intend to take them up on this challenge, supporting the collective and on-going pursuit for empowerment and sustainability in Little Tokyo for generations to come.

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Angelina Preschool Graduates 40 Preschoolers

Every June, in front of their friends and family, high school and college students cross the stage to graduate from their respective schools. At LTSC’s Angelina Preschool at the Angelina Apartments in Echo Park, we had our own graduation celebration, with 40 children moving on to Kindergarten in the Fall.

Singing “I am a pizza, I am the best,” a choreographed dance routine to Taylor Swift’s “Shake it Off,” and a touching version of The Sound of Music’s “So Long, Farewell,” our teachers made sure these 5-year olds enjoy their first “pomp and circumstance” experience. The program ended with a presentation of diplomas to the children, and a binder full of artwork and memories that will stay with the families long after they leave LTSC’s early childhood education programs.

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Funder Spotlight: California Community Foundation

The California Community Foundation (CCF) has awarded LTSC a grant to continue our affordable housing development work in Los Angeles. LTSC will be able to increase production and create over 190 new affordable units for low-income families, seniors and individuals. This grant will also allow us to preserve housing in Little Tokyo as well as increase affordable housing near public transportation throughout LA. CCF combines grantmaking, lending and advocacy to expand affordable housing and economic opportunity for all Angelenos.

LA is one of the most expensive housing markets in the country, and low-income communities often suffer disproportionately from overcrowding and deteriorating housing. CCF works collaboratively with nonprofit partners to fulfill the promise of stronger, healthier communities for all. Thank you CCF for your continued support of our efforts to make positive change for people and places!

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Upcoming Events

July 24 – Budokan Volleyball Tournament

July 29 – Starry Night in Little Tokyo, LTSC's 10th Annual Sake & Food Tasting Event

August 6 – 8th Annual Bola-Thon Budokan Fundraiser 

Sept 10 – Asian Small Business Expo

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Green Tip of the Month

During the summer, keep the blinds and windows closed during the day and opened at night. Take advantage of the cool night air.


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