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Morning Brief: Curbing Gang Violence With Ball, The Possible End Of Trash Incinerators, National Ice Cream Day

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Players in Pasadena's 3-on-3 tournament this past weekend competed for cash and prizes. Organizers’ goal was to get “community members playing ball with gang members.”
(Courtesy of Emily Elena Dugdale )
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Good morning, L.A. It’s Friday, July 15.

You know what I’ve been in the mood for lately? Hooping.

What’s that you say? Do I know how to hoop? Well, I did get a trophy (it was a participation trophy after completing a season…actually) when I was like 10 years old. And I did use to play REALLY informal pick up games with my cousins and brother, but that’s about it.

Let’s face it. I will never be anywhere near as good as my girls Lisa Leslie, Candace Parker, Sue Bird, Skylar Diggins-Smith or Liz Cambage, but I know how to do a little something on the court. Nothing of meaning behind it either.

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BUT there are some folks in Pasadena who ARE playing with a purpose. 

My amazing colleague Emily Elena Dugdale spent part of her beautiful, chill Saturday afternoon watching a three-on-three basketball tournament at Robinson Park in northwest Pasadena. Why might you ask?

Gang interventionists in Pasadena are trying to curb gang violence by playing ball with some of the young men in the community.Mark Sutton, one of the gang interventionists she spoke with, said the entire event was real casual. Everyone was out there getting along with each other — whether they were in a gang or not.

This is a partnership effort from the city of Pasadena, but the gang interventionists were the ones who pitched it to the city staff. Hmmmm…interesting…so what are the interventionists responsible for and what is the city doing to support this effort?

Well THIS tidbit in Emily’s article stood out to me:

“Some interventionists think the city needs to do more to promote their work and support events like the basketball tourney. Standing at the hot dog grill, interventionist Flavio Andrade pulled out a city flyer announcing the event in small print.

‘“A normal gang member, my friend, is not going to see this,” said Andrade, who had put on a handball tournament earlier in the day with the same goal as the basketball competition.

Speaking of the hoops tournament, he said, “I paid for the food. So where’s the city in this?”’

 Emily told me that not only did interventionists bring the food, organized to get a DJ there and also arranged for donated gift cards to be handed to the players. The city did allow them to use the basketball court and provided some equipment.

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With all this said, I’m just really glad that everyone was having a good time playing ball. It sounds like it was successful. This definitely won’t be the last tournament according to Emily’s article.

I might have to join them. I heard they were handing out $100 in cash to the winners. They don’t know that they MIGHT have a (wanna be) female Steph Curry out in these L.A. streets.

*Starts practicing shooting three-pointers*

As always, stay happy and healthy, folks. There’s more news below the fold.

What Else You Need To Know Today

  • Since 1988, one trash incinerator in Long Beach has burned most of the trash from cities across L.A. County that isn’t recycled or sent to landfills. It was once seen as the solution to overflowing landfills, but now, environmental activists who advocate for a zero-waste future and more recycling initiatives say its end has come.
  • A California bill that is set to become law by the end of summer would compel people with serious mental health issues into care and housing. County officials and mental health advocates are raising concerns about whether they have the resources to implement it, and if the fundamental premise of the law — involuntary care — even makes sense.
  • Most college students are enjoying their summer breaks back home right now, but some are happy to be able to stay back on campus, thanks to California organizations that are offering scholarships and support to college students who face homelessness over summer and winter breaks.
  • There are 400,000 fewer houses in Los Angeles than are needed to meet the current demand, according to a new study that exposes the seriousness of the national housing crisis.
  • In California, it is illegal for a landlord to evict you without just cause by doing things like changing locks or shutting off water, and Attorney General Rob Bonta is urging law enforcement across the statement to protect renters whose rights may have been violated.

Special thanks to Anandita Bhalerao, who helps us curate this news list each day!

Before You Go...The Pick of the Week

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Ice Cream Alley returns to Smorgasburg LA on Sunday, just in time for National Ice Cream Day.
(Courtesy Sad Girl Creamery )

Every Friday, I will give a special _____ of the week. This week, we’re doing an EVENT to definitely attend this week and/or weekend. I definitely will need your help with this from time to time. If you know of any dope L.A.-centric event, restaurant or bookstore send me a message! Your PICK could be featured in the newsletter. 

The first PICK of the WEEK is an EVENT. What you probably don’t know about me is that I am an ICE CREAM CONNOISSEUR — you hear me (I love exploring new ice cream shops…any ice cream with cookies is my favorite)? Are you with me here? Did you know that Sunday is our actual day? It’s National Ice Cream Day!

That means it’s the return of Ice Cream Alley Smorgasburg. From July 17 to Labor Day Weekend, you can check out 10 different ice cream/sweet treat vendors at ROW DTLA. I’m definitely going to this. Are you?

Dear Bella Creamery and Norms Restaurants are also celebrating National Ice Cream Day on Sunday. Check out what’s happening here.

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