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May 4, 2018

May 4, 2018


News Conference Has Been Cancelled Today

What: News Conference to announce State Farm’s funding of $20,000 to “Through Our Eyes,” the innovative project between the youth development organization Legacy LA and the LAPD.

When: Friday, May 4, 2018 4 p.m.

Where: Ramona Gardens Public Housing Development 2731 Lancaster Avenue Los Angeles, CA, 90033

Who: Deputy Chief Robert Arcos, Commanding Officer, Central Bureau Commander Howard Leslie, Assistant Commanding Officer, Central Bureau Commander Dominic Choi, Assistant Commanding Officer, Central Bureau Captain Al Labrada, Commanding Officer, Hollenbeck Area Captain Katie Burns, Commanding Officer, Hollenbeck Patrol Division Sergeant Monique Valenzuela, Officer In Charge, Community Safety Partnership Ms. Lou Calanche, Director, Legacy LA Mr. Zack Rabaldi, State Farm Agency, Agency Sales Leader

Why: Through Our Eyes is an innovative series of workshops developed by teen leaders from Legacy LA to address the tensions they saw between teens and law enforcement in their community. Each 2.5-hour workshop is conducted by trained Legacy LA youth leaders with LAPD Community Safety Partnership police officers, helping both sides understand how each side feels. At the close of the workshops teens living in the local public housing developments and officers serving their communities identify a public safety issue that they would like to work on together.

Working side-by-side, their chosen project provides an opportunity for teens and officers to build strong relationships and communication, as well as improve community safety. Community projects include: the need for a stop sign to improve pedestrian safety, a petition to conduct traffic studies on a busy street used to reach a local park, teen driver safety, street crossing safety projects, adding lighting to an under-utilized play area in the community, and creation of community murals to reduce graffiti, among others.

State Farm is “thrilled to support the Through our Eyes program. Supporting safer and stronger communities through education aligns with our organizational values. Through our Eyes is about relationships and mutual trust which is the core of this collaborative partnership,” said Zack Rabadi, Agency Leader at State Farm.

About the Legacy LA Youth DevelopmentFounded in 2007, Legacy LA is a community based non-profit organization focused on youth development. Our mission is to make positive interventions in the lives of young people by offering alternatives to gangs and violence. We build youth’s capacity to reach their full potential and equip them with the tools to transform their lives and their community. We are located in the East Los Angeles community of Boyle Heights and we serve youth living in Ramona Gardens and the surrounding neighborhoods.

About the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) The Los Angeles Police Department is committed to serving the community while protecting the rights of all persons. Consistent with this commitment, the Department’s Vision, Mission and Core Values, in concert with the Law Enforcement Code of Ethics and the Department’s Management Principles, reflect the guiding philosophy of the Los Angeles Police Department. For more information, please visit:

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Contact: Jordi Ortega, State Farm, (323) 363-7746,, @SF_JordiO Los Angeles Police Department, Sergeant Valenzuela (213) 949-7425, Legacy LA, Lou Calanche, (323) 819-4441