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If you live in L.A. County, and especially if you've driven back to the Los Angeles basin from somewhere else, you've seen it. A steely brown haze hangs over us for much of the year. We live in the smoggiest region in the United States (according to the South Coast Air Quality Management District), but for those raising children here it may not be top of mind. In some parts of the county, moms claw their way onto waiting lists for the "right" preschool while they are still pregnant.

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Robert Bustillo is the Lead Organizer with Strategic Actions for Just Economy (SAJE). Mr.Bustillo has more than 30 years of organizing experience in the areas of immigration, alcohol prevention, literacy, tenant’s rights, and leadership development. Before joining SAJE, Mr.Bustillo worked with the Coalition for Economic Survival (CES), the oldest tenant’s rights organization in the City of Los Angeles. There he led the Healthy Homes for Families campaign in the neighborhoods of North Hollywood, Hollywood and Pico Union.

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Alex Morales is president and CEO of Children’s Bureau, a leading nonprofit focusedfor more than a century on prevention and treatment of child abuse in Los Angeles and Orangecounties for more than a century. During his two decades there, Mr. Morales has helped it growfrom five to 22 sites and from an annual budget of $6.6 million to $20 million, while increasingservices to infants, toddlers, and preschoolers through family resource centers, nutritioneducation, and school readiness programs. Mr.

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Glenn Masuda is associate director of the Asian Pacific Family Center in Rosemead, a division of Pacific Clinics, a private, nonprofit mental health services provider with 46 clinics in four Southern California counties. Now in his 23rd year at the clinic, his specialty areas are adolescent psychology, family therapy, and community interventions. He is a licensed psychologist, a founding faculty member of the Pacific Clinics Institute, and a part-time associate professor at the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University’s Los Angeles campus.

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Maxine Liggins is an Area Medical Director for the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. The Service Planning Areas in which she works include the wealthiest and the poorest residents of Los Angeles County. Public Health’s mission of “improving the quality of life for the residents of Los Angeles County” serves as a yardstick to measure the quality of health services provided in the Los Angeles County. Dr.

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Valerie Ruelas is the Director of the Community Diabetes Initiatives of the University of Southern California and Childrens Hospital Los Angeles managing the program‚s research grants and projects. Ms. Ruelas has received a grant from the California Community Foundation and worked with the South Los Angeles community to establish a farmers market in Watts and developed a promotora program to assist in the Hubert Humphrey Health Center‚s diabetes program ˆ a sister clinic of the Roybal Health Center.

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Christopher Patton became acting director of environmental management for the Port of Los Angeles in June 2010. His more than 20 years’ experience in air quality management included implementation of some of the Port’s most aggressive air quality programs, including the 2006 San Pedro Bay Ports Clean Air Action Plan (CAAP), the 2010 Draft CAAP Update and the soon-to-be-released Climate Action Plan. Mr. Patton’s previous roles for the Port include environmental affairs officer and environmental specialist.

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Angelo Logan co-founded the East Yard Communities for Environmental Justice in 2002, at a time of growing community concern about the Port of Los Angeles’ new inter-modal facility and the large expansion in port traffic it would bring. The East Yard community-based organization educates and trains local residents so that they can engage in the decision-making processes that directly impact the health and quality of life in their neighborhoods. A former mechanic for a local aerospace company, Mr.

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Stan Bosch is a psychotherapist and supervisor for gang intervention workers and case managers for the city of Los Angeles’ Gang Reduction and Youth Development project (GRYD). A Catholic priest, he has ministered to Los Angeles’s gang-involved youth for more than 20 years. He is a member of the Missionary Servants of the Most Holy Trinity, a religious community that works with the poor and abandoned. He previously served as pastor of several churches in Mexico and for 11 years as pastor of Our Lady of Victory and Sacred Heart churches in Compton.



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