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 December 20, 2012


LAWT Staff Writer


One of the most treasured Urban League affiliates in the history of one of the nations oldest civil rights organizations, The Los Angeles Urban League (LAUL) will soon name Nolan V. Rollins as its new president.

Rollins has a deep-rooted history in the Urban League, having served the organization in a variety of capacities, including most recently as president & CEO of Urban league of Greater New Orleans.

He will replace Blair Taylor, who after seven years as president resigned in July 2012 to accept a global executive position for Starbucks in Seattle, Washington.

The LAUL is among the affiliates in 100 U.S. cities for the Urban League, which is 102 years old and considered one of the nation's leading civil rights organizations.

Rollins will assume an LAUL staff of over 300 and a budget in excess of $25 million; the 90-year-old Los Angeles Urban League is one of America's largest civil rights entities.

Rollins has held positions such as senior vice president of economic and community development for the Baltimore affiliate where he successfully implemented all economic and community development strategies.

He worked with corporations and foundations to support financial empowerment programs, and was instrumental in fostering business partnerships to increase local minority business.

He also drafted bond bills for capital build-outs and rehabilitation, and oversaw $2.5 billion for economic and inclusion opportunities. From 2001-2004, Rollins served on the Board of Directors of the Baltimore affiliate while concurrently serving as the eastern region vice president and treasurer of the National Urban League Young Professionals (NULYP). He was a founder of NULYP and served as its first president. Rollins currently represents NULYP on the National Urban League Board of Trustees, where he serves on the Program, Affiliate Services and Strategic Planning committees.

Rollins earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Public Admini­stration from Virginia State Univer­sity and was honored with the Community Service Award and the Outstanding Public Administrators Award. He earned his Master of Arts degree in Legal Ethics and Historical Studies from the University of Baltimore, and received his Juris Doctor degree from Florida Coastal School of Law.

During law school, Rollins was associate justice of the Honor Court, a member of the Judicial Review Board and a Student Bar Association representative.

A native of Baltimore, Rollins is accompanied to New Orleans by his wife, attorney and legislative expert Michelle Burks-Rollins, and their son, Mason.

He was active on the boards and committees of several civic, cultural and philanthropic organizations in­cluding the Walters Art Museum’s African American Steering Com­mittee, One World Cultural Arts Center Board of Directors, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., Henry Sim­mons Lodge #379.

While in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina, Rollins urged for more Black inclusion during the recovery period.

“(Blacks) don't see themselves as being a part of the recovery economy and getting real opportunity," Rollins said then in 2005.

A formal announcement of Rollins appointment will be soon confirmed by both the National Urban League and the LAUL.

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December 13, 2012

LAWT News Service


The campaign of Senator Curren Price Jr., recently announced winning the endorsement of UFCW (United Food and Commercial Workers) Local 770 in the race for Los Angeles’ 9th City Council District.  The endorsement from UFCW Local 770 is the first from a major labor union in the race and gives Price’s surging campaign yet another boost of momentum.

UFCW Local 770 represents over 30,000 Los Angeles County workers in the retail food, meat, drug stores, packinghouses, food processing plants, pharmacies, laboratories, as well as barbers and beauticians.

“Curren Price has stood shoulder to shoulder with the working men and women of UFCW Local 770 for over two decades,” said Rick Icaza, president of UFCW Local 770.  “Working families trust Curren Price because he has fought for us, from taking a stand against Wal-Mart to spearheading groundbreaking legislation to expand health care coverage. Curren is a champion for working families and we proudly stand with him.”

UFCW Local 770 is the first major labor organization to weigh in the on the race for LA City Council District 9.  The endorsement is a major boost to Price's broadly supported campaign and helps cement his front-runner status.  Shortly after launching his campaign, Price announced endorsements from a number of community leaders including, Congresswoman Karen Bass, L.A. County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, L.A. City Council President Herb Wesson Jr., and State Senator Kevin de Leon.

“I am honored and grateful to have the support for UFCW Local 770,” said Price.  “Throughout my career in public service, whether as an educator, community leader, or policy maker, I have worked to advance the core principle that a good job, a fair wage, affordable quality healthcare, and the opportunity of a quality education can empower our communities to succeed.  Those are values I share with the men and women of UFCW and they are values I will continue to fight for day in and day out on the City Council.”

Said Ridley Thomas, “He is a progressive candidate, a viable candidate, and I am delighted that he is labor’s candidate.”

“Senator Curren Price’s campaign continues to roll,” Wesson said.

“The UFCW union recognizes that Curren is a great advocate for working people.  His strong voice is needed on the City Council.”

Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, Price attended Morning­side High School in Inglewood and earned a scholarship to Stanford University where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science. He studied law at Santa Clara University and graduated in 1976 with a Juris Doctor degree.  He also holds lifetime Community College Teaching credential.  Prior to serving the California Legislature, Senator Price was a small business owner.

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December 13, 2012

Council President Herb Wesson wants the community to be aware of the recent Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) alert warning customers to beware of imposters posing as utility personnel making service-related telephone calls.

According to the LADWP, the imposters attempt to obtain money through a bogus unpaid LADWP balance by asking the customer to go to a nearby pharmacy and call a specific telephone number back with the customer’s financial information, or by demanding that they pay their bill with a pre-paid cash card.

The LADWP reports that their customers have been increasingly subjected to this scam and other fraudulent activities.  The agency has been and continues to be on security alert regarding these activities.

 “The public needs to know that the LADWP never calls customers seeking personal banking information,” said Wesson.  “All of us have to pay closer attention and be alert to these kinds of scams that are being played on us, and make sure we help get the word out about this scam.”

Suspicious activity should be reported by calling LADWP Security Services at (2130 367-3373, or (213) 367-9111.   Reports can also be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or visit the LADWP’s website at and click Security issues under Contact Us.

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December 13, 2012

By: Nicole Williams


The annual winter holiday party called “Skate & Donate” hosted by Nick Cannon and Angela and Vanessa Simmons rolled in on the evening of Saturday, December 8. It was held at the Moonlight Rollerway in Glendale and was sponsored by Pastry Shoes and N’Credible. Celebrities and their guests brought gifts to donate to Toys For Tots as they filled up the large box with treasures another less fortunate will get to enjoy.

A variety of celebs attended the event like actors Carlos Knight, China Anne McClain, Kevin Frazier, Laura Govan, Naturi Naughton, Raven Goodwin, and artists E.B. Wright, Estelle and Rachel Crow. The Pastry Ambassadors, Angela Simmons, Vanessa Simmons, Mz Bratt, Alli Simpson and Jessica Jarrell were all in attendance as some sported their Pastry shoes.

“We think it’s very important to give back. We did it last year for the first time and it got a really good turn out so we decided why not do it again,” Angela said.

“Toys for Tots is a really good organization and definitely one to contribute to during this time of the holiday season and just spreading Christmas joy so everyone can be happy,” Vanessa added.

The Pastry founders, who say they started the business to give women more of a variety of tennis shoes to choose from, continue to work on new designs and ideas and advise to look out for their new shoes.

Meanwhile, Cannon, founder of event co sponsor N’Credible, says giving back is what drives Skate & Donate every year.

“It’s all about the young people so we give the toys to the less fortunate,” Cannon explained.

“I remember receiving toys from Toys For Tots, so it’s kind of cool to actually be able to pay them in return for all their good deeds.”

Actor/producer Miguel Nunez, executive producer for Cannon’s upcoming film, “School Dance” also showed up.

“Nick always likes to give back, so I support him in everything he does,” Nunez said.

Cannon wrote and directed the movie, set for a 2013 release.          

Everyone spent the rest of their night jamming out to music provided by NCredible’s DJ Cam as they put on their skates and hit the roller rink.  There were also those who chose to stay on the sideline and enjoy some chips and salsa provided by Chipotle than brave the roller skating rink runway.

Either way, laughs were going around the roller rink as people held each other’s hands for not only support across the rink, but support for a good cause.

Photos by Troy Tieuel for LAWT



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