June 2020

June 10, 2020

What’s New

AFSCME Union Members Deliver 300 Bags of Essentials to Koreatown Elders

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On Sat., April 25, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees District Council 36 and AFSCME Local 119 delivered 300 bags of essentials and groceries to Koreatown seniors. Read more…

Prevention Education Highlight: Secondhand Smoke Study

Last year, our Prevention Education Unit partnered with UCLA Center for Health Policy Research to conduct a study on the effects of secondhand smoke (tobacco, marijuana, e-cigarettes) in multi-unit homes in Los Angeles. Our findings revealed the high level of secondhand smoke that was occurring and the gaps in existing voluntary smoke-free policies, and the need for a consistent implementation and enforcement plan to prevent exposure to secondhand smoke for all Los Angeles residents. Our PE unit went out into the community throughout Council Districts 2, 4, 5, and 11 and conducted a total of 1,600 surveys to find out various details about what the tenants were experiencing. Here are some of our findings:

For more info and specific information about Koreatown (CD 4), please visit https://healthpolicy.ucla.edu/.

June 19 is Freedom Day, also known as Juneteenth

In light of what our nation is experiencing, remembering JUNETEENTH becomes just as profound:

Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States.  Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19th that the Union soldiers, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that slaves were now free. Note that this was two and a half years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation – which had become official January 1, 1863. The Emancipation Proclamation had little impact on the Texans due to the minimal number of Union troops to enforce the new Executive Order. However, with the surrender of General Lee in April of 1865, and the arrival of a union regiment, the union forces were finally strong enough to influence and overcome the resistance.

General Order Number 3

One of General Granger’s first orders of business was to read to the people of Texas, General Order Number 3 which began most significantly with:

“The people of Texas are informed that in accordance with a Proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free. This involves an absolute equality of rights and rights of property between former masters and slaves, and the connection heretofore existing between them becomes that between employer and hired laborer.”

The celebration of June 19th was coined “Juneteenth” and grew with more participation from descendants. The Juneteenth celebration was a time for reassuring each other, for praying and for gathering remaining family members. Juneteenth continued to be highly revered in Texas decades later, with many former slaves and descendants making an annual pilgrimage back to Galveston, Texas on this date.

Certain foods became popular and subsequently synonymous with Juneteenth celebrations such as strawberry soda-pop. More traditional and just as popular was the barbecuing, through which Juneteenth participants could share in the spirit and aromas that their ancestors – the newly emancipated African Americans, would have experienced during their ceremonies. Hence, the barbecue pit is often established as the center of attention at Juneteenth celebrations.

June is also Gay and Lesbian Pride Month

LGBT Pride Month is celebrated every year in June.

The month of June was chosen for LGBT Pride Month to commemorate the riots held by members of the LGBT community against a police raid that took place at the Stonewall Inn in New York City on June 28, 1969.

The so-called Stonewall riots were a “tipping point” for the gay liberation movement in the United States, according to the Library of Congress. The civil unrest also paved the way for the modern fight for LGBT rights.

Data Corner

For the past weeks, staff have been working tirelessly to respond to the emerging COVID-19 needs of the community. Many of you helped track the hours, and we have a summary of services that we provided. The following summary comes from the KYCC COVID-19 Tracking Sheet along with CED’s Tracking Sheet. Please note, these are services provided from March 13 to May 20.

There are some limitations to the data including:
1) units collecting data at different time intervals
2) not capturing cross-unit collaborations
3) individual-level data not being captured.

Thank you all for the amazing work that you are doing! It is so vital to capture all that we are doing so that we can communicate the impact that KYCC is making through these times.

Miguel’s Voice

Did you know…

With more staff working from home, it’s more important than ever to sign-out of your session when you’re not working.

Keeping everything open leaves the door open for hackers to get in our system.

KYCC spends a lot of money to secure out system but it can’t protect it from something coming from your personal computer.

Your home computer might have a malware and you might not even know it. Signing off when you’re not working will help protect all of our work.

Now you know.


Birthdays and KYCC Anniversaries


  • May 2 – Albert Rodriguez
  • May 4 – Eric Chung
  • May 5 – Eric Ji
  • May 6 – Liz Kim
  • May 8 – Kat Alegria
  • May 9 – Santos Gutierrez
  • May 10 – Luz Favela
  • May 15 – Jun Hwa Kim Hwang
  • May 20 – Martin Gonzalez
  • May 22 – Jovan Rodriguez
  • May 22 – Marcella Lively
  • May 23 – Clarissa Boyajian
  • May 24 – Ima Figueroa
  • May 27 – Javier Osorio
  • May 29 – Lydia Lising
  • June 5 – Blanca Morales
  • June 6 – Joe St. John
  • June 6 – Nedette Cuerno
  • June 11 – Sarah Lee
  • June 14 – Mark Jang
  • June 17 – Anabel Torres
  • June 22 – Rick Kim
  • June 24 – HaRi Kim
  • June 24 – Sara Kim
  • June 25 – Yun Pak
  • June 27 – Margarita Munoz

Work Anniversaries

  • May 1 – 3 years – Louis Pineda
  • May 7 – 2 years – Brittany Won
  • May 7 – 2 years – Jorge Sanchez
  • May 8 – 24 years – Jose Pantoja
  • May 14 – 2 years – Kat Alegria
  • May 15 – 1 year – Haidee Gutierrez-Diaz
  • May 20 – 1 year – Karin Wolfe
  • May 20 – 1 year – Eun Jung Jang
  • May 21 – 2 years – Presilla Kim
  • May 29 – 2 years – Martin Gonzalez
  • May 30 – 3 years – Eric Ji
  • June 4 – 2 years – Hiroko Makiyama
  • June 4 – 2 years – Jeff Yoo
  • June 10 – 1 year – Juliz Uribe
  • June 10 – 1 year – Sandra Poblano
  • June 11 – 1 year – Karen Lee
  • June 16 – 6 years – Gennesis Jerez
  • June 18 – 2 years – Rebecca Yu
  • June 19 – 2 years – Carolina Ibarra
  • June 19 – 1 year – Carolyn Kwak
  • June 20 – 4 years – G Blades
  • June 24 – 1 year – Gina Ahn
  • June 24 – 18 years – Rick Kim
  • June 26 – 2 years – Ronald Aquino

Open Positions

Have some talented and driven friends? Let them know about our open positions.

  • Clinical – Counselor I (Bilingual Korean)
  • PE – Assistant Tobacco Project Specialist
  • PE – Prevention Education Coordinator (CPS)
  • PE – Prevention Education Coordinator (SHF)
  • PE – Prevention Specialist (SHF)
  • PE – Prevention Specialist II
  • PE – Tobacco Project Specialist

The moral imagination

What do you dream of?

Dunking a basketball or scoring the winning goal at the World Cup? That’s a sporting imagination.

Some people dream of a profit imagination. Everywhere we turn, the money making mindset isn’t far away. Add a zero. That’s winning.

And there’s a health imagination. The ideal of fitness and well-being, the very nature of an immune system that we’re supposed to support.

But what about the moral imagination?

Visualizing what’s possible. Deciding to do something about it. Wondering (to ourselves and then to the world, “how can I make this better?”)

Not because it’s our job or because we’ll win a prize. Simply because we can.

We can start where we are and we can make things better.

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