Author: Adam Vasquez

Twenty Eight Arrested in Human Trafficking Sting

Late Tuesday night almost 30 people were arrested in sting targeting human traffickers in Compton.  The Sherrif’s department made the announcement Wednesday that they had put together a task force made up of various members of the of the Los Angeles County Sherrif’s Department along with FBI, District Attorney’s Office, California Highway Patrol, Los Angeles Unified School Police and Homeland Security Investigations have arrested 28 people, many of whom were men who had approached undercover officers soliciting a variety of sex acts.

The sting included the arrests of almost a dozen women who were charged with some form of solicitation.  Many had approached undercover officers to solicit money for various sex acts.  It also included the rescue of a 16 year old girl who had been brought to Compton from Texas for the purposes of prostitution.

Sex Trafficking

Many of the women who were arrested have agreed to some sort of help to remove themselves from the lifestyle that led them to prostitution, including getting away from the traffickers.  Of the dozen women arrested three that were part of the sting had been identified as victims of human trafficking and have agreed to accept help from the Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking.  Three additional women are working with the police department and the Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion program.  This program is there to help women get off the streets, get an education and drug counseling if necessary and steer them in a better direction.

The 16 year old minor who originally from Houston, Texas had been sent to Southern California to escape local law enforcement back in Texas.  The FBI has returned her to her family back in Houston.  Human trafficking is a bigger problem in the United States and here in Compton than most people realize.  As much as the FBI and local and state law enforcement try and put a stop to it the problem is ongoing.  This is just the latest in a string of arrests.  Here is a closer look at the problem of human and sex trafficking.

Sex Trafficking of Minors

Of the group of men that were arrested there are still two that are in police custody.  One of the men, Juan Carlos Perez Rivas faces the charge of traveling to meet a minor for lewd purposes.  He had several online conversations with a deputy posing as a young girl, he was arrested after setting up a meeting with the girl in order to exchange sex for money.  He is being held on $75,000 bail  and is currently at the Century Regional Detention Facility.

The Annual Compton Run for the Cure

Breast cancer takes thousands of lives every year and it will all of us to help fight for a cure.  That is the reason why hundreds of people including members of the Compton Unified School District will be participating in the Annual Compton Walk for a Cure.  The annual event not only helps to raise funds for research into finding a cure for breast cancer it helps raise awareness of the benefits of early detection and treatment options.

The annual event also brings together survivors and their families to share their stories on how breast cancer has impacted their lives.  With more than 40,000 women who die from breast cancer each year this is a cause that has impacted so many lives in the Compton community.  Hosting the event this year will be CUSD President and Vice President along with several board members and city council members.

Impacting Lives

Not only are participants here to celebrate those that have had to fight breast cancer they are here to educate women on the early detection and treatment of breast cancer.  Early detection increases your survival rate tremendously if cancer is detected before it has spread from your breast your survival rate is more than 90%.  Early detection can save your life.  Although women are affected far more often than men both should have routine screenings.  It is important to be aware of what is happening in our own bodies.

Remembering Friends and Family

Breast cancer impacts women of every color and socioeconomic background in our community and the effects are felt throughout the community.  Past participants have included former Compton school alumni Reggie Mason who walked with family to honor the memory of fellow alumni Evette Sampson who had passed away from breast cancer at the age of only 50.

Where and When

The 7th Annual Compton Walk for a Cure will take place on Saturday, October 13, 2018.  The event will be hosted by  Councilwoman Janna Zurita and CUSD Board Member Satra Zurita.  The walk will start from  Centennial High School located at 2606 North Central Ave and it will kick off at 7 am.

Participants are asked to arrive at least a half an hour early to make sure that they are registered and ready for the event.  Water and cold drinks will be available on site and family, friends and leashed dogs are more than welcome to participate in the event.  Event sponsors are looking to increase the amount of funds raised this year to help the local community.

GradStory: Microbiology Major Jameka Jefferson Graduates from Cal State University, Los Angeles in June

COMPTON — Jameka Jefferson has a “GradStory.” As a student at Whale Middle School, here, she developed a fascination for biology when her science teacher taught a class about cell function. The young girl who dreamed of being a basketball player knew at that moment she wanted to study biology.

Now, Jefferson, 21, is one step closer to a goal of a career in scientific research. She graduates in June with a bachelor of science in microbiology from California State University, Los Angeles. Not one to rest on her laurels, Jefferson is charging straight ahead to tackle the debilitating diseases that often cut life short for many people, and she has no fears.

“People usually scream and run away from infectious diseases. I am the one running toward them. I am going to go in a lab and do research and contribute to society,” she declared.

The aspiring research scientist is well on her way. In the fall, Jefferson will return to Cal State L.A. to pursue a master’s degree in microbiology with an emphasis on neurobiology.

Initially, Jefferson attended Los Angeles City College, where she participated in Bridges to the Future, a summer research program that prepares community college students for success in university science programs. She spent more than two months in a lab science course at CSULA. That experience fueled her passion for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

Jefferson was on a quest and focused. In the fall of 2013, she transferred to CSULA, where she became active with the Minorities Opportunities in Research (MORE) and Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) program. Funded by the National Science Foundation and National Institutes of Health, the programs prepare aspiring students for the rigors of doctoral studies in STEM research. Jefferson was immersed in research that focused on identifying antibacterial inhibitors in E.coli.

Jefferson’s training enabled her to make impressive MORE AND LSAMP-sponsored scientific presentations to CSU Chancellor Timothy P. White, Cal State L.A. President William A. Covino, and former L.A. County Supervisor Gloria Molina. Jefferson said the experiences boosted her self-assurance.

“When it comes to presenting, I am fearless. Nothing can harm me,” she said.

Jefferson said her ultimate goal is to work for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, where said she will be able to “study infectious diseases and contribute to the public good.”

Compton City Council Approves Clean Energy Financing

Compton homeowners can access clean energy financing; Ygrene Works program introduces opportunities minus upfront costs

COMPTON – The Compton City Council voted 5-0 to adopt a resolution that will allow property owners here to install energy-saving improvements to their homes without upfront costs through Ygrene Works, a statewide Property Assessed Clean Energy financing program available to more than three million Californians.

The Ygrene Works Program allows property owners in participating cities to finance renewable energy, energy, and water efficiency improvements and electric vehicle charging infrastructures on their property and the costs are charged as an assessment against the property. Compton residents can now “opt-in” to the PACE financing program under a unique partnership with Golden State Finance Authority, formerly known as California Home Finance Authority or CRHMFA Homebuyers Fund. The process is a single step in making this financing option available for energy efficiency upgrades to homes and businesses.

Improvements include: solar panels, heating and air-conditioning, windows and doors, lighting, roofing, insulation, water saving, and landscaping and more. The cost of the improvements is repaid over a five to 30-year term on the homeowner’s annual property tax bill.

Compton Mayor Aja Brown said the program offers Compton homeowners affordable access to energy efficiency upgrades.

“This additional option will lead to increased local jobs and higher property values,” she said. “Compton residents are consumption conscious and are always interested in finding ways to reduce their costs and impact to the environment.

“Helping homeowners to make energy-efficiency upgrades and retrofits by making them more affordable and accessible is a win for the City, our residents and the environment,” Brown said.

Ygrene is the largest commercial and multi-family PACE provider and the only program offering 100 percent financing for all property types. It is the same as the recently adopted HERO (Home Energy Renovation Opportunity) program which also provides financing for home energy solutions such as solar panels and other renewable energy. Adopting the Ygrene program will now allow another choice of PACE providers for Compton property owners and businesses.

For more information on the Ygrene program and other PACE providers call the City of Compton at (310) 605-5500.

Millennial Generation Embraces The Gig Economy

In a world with 7.5 billion people trying to get a life for themselves, it is hard to find the right kind of work according to skills. Unemployment is a major issue for any economy. Working for fixed hours, 5 or 6 days a week, continuously running around in a loop, sounds obvious. However, many are not so lucky to get stuck in the loop, and the present millennial generation, calls it freedom. A Gig economy is a way to control and utilize time with the choice of work. Gig means to offer a service on a temporary basis for a certain period. People are known as freelancers; temps, contractual, etc. are entrepreneurs providing their services.

Anyone in the world can start selling their products and services online by creating their own websites or through online marketplaces, providing the services on sites like Upwork.com and Fiverr.com. People are creating their own video courses, e-books and selling them on their own websites. Use your skills to step on the global stage and feel the success with freedom.

Sounds like a win-win situation!!

No specific time span, work from anywhere in the world, millions of consumers to target from around the globe. What can possibly be the challenge? The market is global and immensely dense with freelancers and entrepreneurs. Competition is everywhere and online its more intense,
consequently, there are ways to keep competing and gather the right consumer traffic. Some of the ways are search engine optimization (SEO), social media and paid services like Google PPC.

SEO is the way an entrepreneur can use to attract the targeted consumer with strong content. More creative and relatable content leads the website on top searches of the search engine.

On the other hand, there are paid services like Google PPC (Pay per click). Google PPC advertises the products on millions of websites. Ads viewed by a large number of qualified traffic increases the possibility of brand awareness and targeted traffic.

Payment Processors

Payment is one of the major concerns in online business, however, there are many trusted payment gateways like PayPal and Stripe. These two are absolutely legit and secure and are trusted and rated by millions of users.

Payment systems like PayPal and Stripe are specially designed for online vendors, business and commercial users for secure payment options without sharing any sort of financial information.

Freelance services, like Fiverr and UpWork partner with PayPal to process payments to its customers as well. Additionally, some members of the gig economy have their own websites where they advertise their services. Some even choose to bypass the middle-man (i.e. Fiverr and UpWork) and use their own checkout sales cart like ThriveCart, SamCart (we found this Thrivecart review article resourceful because it explains both software, compares them and explains how they integrate with PayPal and Stripe), and SendOwl being a few of the popular options. 99% of the time, you’ll need to have your own site or at least an email list to utilize your own checkout carts.

gig economy

Let’s get insights of the services websites like Fiverr and Upwork offers.

Fiverr

Fiverr is a freelance online marketplace eventually one of the biggest marketplaces for freelance services. Founded in 2010, headquartered in Israel is a marketplace for a lean entrepreneur. Fiverr offers online jobs and gigs.

Fiverr has various categories in jobs like Graphic and design, Digital marketing, Writing and translation, Video and animation, Music and audio, Programming and tech, Business, Fun, and lifestyle. One can even look for a relationship advice over here.

Upwork

Upwork, previously known as Elance-oDesk, is a global freelancing platform. The collaboration of Elance established in 1999 and oDesk established in 2003. The merger took place in 2013, and after 18 months Upwork was formed.

Upwork also has a vast category of jobs posted and freelancers available. Want a graphic designer? Or want to work as a Virtual Assistant? Upwork is one the place to get the right person or job. Providing jobs in all most every category like Web, mobile and software development, Design and Creative, Customer Service, IT and Networking, Writing and Academics, Sales and Marketing, Admin support.

In both the platforms, the user can join as a recruiter or a freelancer. Both allow their clients to interview the freelancer through their websites. Seeker can search and choose according to their work requirements and payment possibilities among the several freelancers globally. Freelancers are notified regarding the posted jobs as per their skills updated in the profile. Freelancer needs to bid for the job and send a proposal to the
employer to increase the possibility of getting the job. Each service offered online is called a Gig, millions of Gigs are posted every day on websites like Fiverr, Upwork, and Freelancer.

The Internet is the global stage for everything and has become the global stage for Gig economy. Work is what we do for living furthermore its part of our life. To feel alive one needs to enjoy every moment of it even the work. Be an entrepreneur and chase your dreams like never before.

Best Window Replacement Sacramento, CA

Window Replacement Sacramento

Window replacement Sacramento, California: There are various reasons as to why homeowners in Sacramento would prefer a stable and robust window. From science there comes winter and summer conditions that prove to be very harsh on windows. Some of them brake while most of them lose their transparency and beauty. It’s hard to get around some good durable window these days. How about getting one replaced for you instantly at your doorstep.

The best services are delivered to you all you have to do is call. Here are the best window replacement Sacramento companies.
Window Replacement Sac
California Energy Consultant Service
California Energy Consultant Service offers the best window replacement service. CECS is inclined to more of the glass than the frame. The company provides replacement of old glasses to new modern windows.No matter the desired design a team of experts will have their brains cracking to provide you with the very best. They respond in two hours time.

Hall’s Window Center
The hall’s window Center is a fast working and motivated company. The team of experts works very fast on your windows, but their results are remarkable. Talking about delivery, it takes around twenty minutes to respond. But once they have brought you the windows, you will have your eyes wide open. Windows that help maintain your house temperature warm throughout winter and keep all the noise outside. Here is where you get all your windows replaced.

Brothers Home Improvement
How would you love to have you home transforms from that old scary look to an exquisite modern taste? Brothers Home improvement comes to the rescue. The team works perfectly to provide the very best. They are not only fast but have a deep understanding of the technical aspect of installations.

Glassman to the rescue
This is the best Fast responding company. They are a fast working team and company that saves the day in case your window is broken. Well known for their good response they definitely come in hand at home. They also provide high-class glass that sooth your taste.

Pro Windows
When it comes to quality of work, then Pro Windows have some much to offer. No matter your time limit you will definitely have your windows replaced and shinned. Pro windows is wonderful and most importantly honest. They work on facts and figures no false promises on the intended work. They also treat their customers well and work to provide the very best.

TD glass
By just one phone their service will be right on your doorstep. As they say, the first rule of business is to know your services. The TD glass team has a lot to offer, plus a wide knowledge base. The team is polite and dedicated to their job, and from their work, you would judge them worth their standards. Furthermore, they can handle a wider task in window replacement within a short period.

Ensure you don’t freeze in the cold during winter due to a broken window, or have your house looking old and less attractive because of some old window. Get the best of the best do it for you at an affordable price and live to remember the work of this charming teams.

Apostle Frederick K.C. Price releases new book

Review: ‘The Victorious, Overcoming Life’ by Apostle Frederick K.C. Price conveys message, it’s ‘Your duty to be Great’

By DANIELLA MASTERSON, Contributing writer

WARNING: Do not read this new book by Apostle Frederick K.C. Price — “The Victorious, Overcoming Life,”  if you want to feel satisfied that you have served Our Heavenly Father to the fullest victoriously already — because you won’t. But if you are still willing to go before God and be honest about your purpose, the desires of your heart, and the unchecked goals on your bucket list, then read his book!

“The Victorious, Overcoming Life” examines the Book of Colossians. It’s not meant to be a scholarly study, but rather a contemporary commentary on Paul’s letter. Although Colossians is about 1,900 years old, Apostle Price highlights some of the letter’s timeless truths.

The first chapter of “The Victorious, Overcoming Life” is powerful and will light a fire in you. Apostle Price accomplishes this first by helping you to see yourself through spiritual eyes.

“Do you realize that angels, who are mighty in power, mighty in strength and mighty in wisdom and knowledge, cannot call God, Father?  But here is man, a puny speck of dust, a molecule on the sea of eternity; and yet, those of us who choose Jesus have the right to call Almighty God our Heavenly Father. Are you worthy to call Him that?”

Are you worthy to call Him Father? That’s a powerful question if you sincerely ponder it; if you really love our Heavenly Father, and if you are truly “saved,” you will be drawn into Price’s explanation of worthiness.

“Walking worthy of the Lord means living in such a way that the privilege granted to you of being a child of God is being exhibited to the world.”

“…Walking worthy includes being fruitful in good works and increasing in knowledge, in addition to living a righteous, Christ-like lifestyle,” he writes.

Our Heavenly Father doesn’t want us to become approval-hungry children, but He does expect us to bear fruit.

But many believers have become apathetic and stagnant. They have fallen into the snares that easily stifle many of us. These snares make us feel like we’re stuck, either because we’re aging, our health is declining, we have a demanding job, or we’re caring for children or a disabled parent or for myriad other reasons.

These circumstances can be so damaging, they blind us from the fact that God has equipped us with whatever we need to fulfill our calling.

If you still desire to do more or fulfill something that God has put on your heart, Price’s book will incentivize you better than any big-ticket motivational speaker because he’s using the Word and the anointing of the Holy Spirit.

The world’s wisdom cannot sustain the spirit-filled believer or empower us the way God’s Word can. That’s because when we became born again, our DNA changed. Only the Word can make us “More Than Conquerors” who live the victorious, overcoming life.

But that’s this writer’s point of view. Let me know what you think. “The Victorious, Overcoming Life” is this month’s Faith Builders Book Club selection.  Join us on Facebook and enjoy special discounts and conversations with other members of the EIF family.

Daniella Masterson is a freelance journalist based in Los Angeles

Compton Herald serves as an important objective voice providing general coverage of important issues that impact the public to up-close-and-personal investigative stories of public officials. The Herald also strives to publish the profiles and features of local interest that serve to re-define a city beset by previous images that have characterized Compton as a haven of crime and violence.

Compton Empowerment Peace Summit Set

Self-identified gang members and others put their hands together in solidarity in Baltimore, Md., which is a national long-range goal of President Obama’s, My Brother’s Keeper Initiative. Photo: Getty Images

Focus is Black and Latino young men; part of President Obama’s national,’My Brother’s Keeper Initiative’

COMPTON The My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) Initiative announces the 2016 Summer Empowerment and Peace Summit, scheduled for July 29-31 at the Dollarhide Community Center.

Young men who attend middle and high school in Compton can register for free to attend the summit where they will be inspired and motivated through a series of workshops, mentorship opportunities, special guest speakers, and performances.  Men 18 and older from Compton are invited to participate as volunteers and mentors. Youth Registration: https://goo.gl/wmY70W / Volunteer Registration: https://goo.gl/98ODVq

“Compton enthusiastically signed on for the MBK Community Challenge in 2014 because its mission, its goals, and its struggle,  match our own,” said Mayor Aja Brown.  “Since joining the MBK challenge we have found that the City of Compton’s goals and the work that we are doing overlap with the vision of the MBK Community Challenge.  MBK continues to transform the trajectories of boys and young men of color around the country and in

“MBK continues to transform the trajectories of boys and young men of color around the country and in Compton, we continue to developcultivate and highlight the leadership potential of our young men,” Brown continued. “The Compton MBK Summer Empowerment and Peace Summit is a part of our efforts to meet the president’s challenge and continue our commitment to Compton’s young men. Young people are our future. Every investment in our youth is an investment in a better tomorrow.”

The Summit follows the MBK MenTouring Summer Camp, a recent three-day event that fostered self-awareness and the meaning of manhood for junior high school boys in Compton.  Boys in sixth through eighth grade were treated to a stimulating weekend of swimming, zip lining, mountain biking with the San Bernardino Mountains as the backdrop while being mentored on the basic fundamentals of responsibility, accountability, leadership, teamwork, and education.

In 2014, President Obama announced that more than 100 mayors, county officials, and tribal nations had accepted the MBK Community Challenge, an initiative to encourage community leaders across the country to develop plans to improve life outcomes and address persistent opportunity gaps faced by boys and young men of color, ensuring that all young people can reach their full potential.

In line with this initiative, Compton has launched an action plan to improve outcomes for children of color ages 0-25 and their families, with an emphasis on Black and Latino males. Currently, the city is focusing on three goals recommended by the White House. They are 1) Reading at grade level by third grade, 2) Improve access to jobs and valuable work experience, and 3) Reducing violence and providing a second chance.

The Summer Empowerment and Peace Summit is a follow-up to Mayor Brown’s 2014 action summit where she engaged the community in the development and shaping of the MBK Initiative in Compton.

The deadline to sign-up for the 2016 Summer Empowerment and Peace Summit is Friday, July 22.

For more information, call (310) 605-5688 or visit comptoncity.org/mbk.asp.

Compton Herald serves as an important objective voice providing general coverage of important issues that impact the public to up-close-and-personal investigative stories of public officials. The Herald also strives to publish the profiles and features of local interest that serve to re-define a city beset by previous images that have characterized Compton as a haven of crime and violence.

Compton Herald endorses Nanette Barragán for Congress

The Compton Herald endorses Nanette Barragan for Congress. Photo: Nanette Barragan

Unbought, uncompromised, unbeholden to special interest groups, Nanette Barragán is the Compton Herald’s choice for Congress

COMPTON  — Today, the Compton Herald, formerly Metropolis newspaper, a strong voice of the Compton community for nearly a decade, announces its endorsement of  Nanette Barragán for Congress in the general election in California’s 44th District.

The Herald, formerly Metropolis newspaper, has been a strong voice in the Compton community for nearly a decade, which has given an unabridged voice to the people of Compton.

“To receive the endorsement of the Compton Herald is incredibly meaningful to me,” said Barragán. “The Herald is a publication that understands at an intimate level the hopes, needs, struggles, and triumphs of the Compton community. It is the voice of the people of Compton, and its commitment to holding leadership accountable and bringing urgent issues to light provides an invaluable service. To have earned the Compton Herald’s endorsement is a reminder that every community needs a representative who not only embodies the values of the community but understands exactly what it needs to succeed.”

Nanette_Barragan_Democrat_for_CongressThe Compton Herald was founded by Jarrette Fellows, Jr., who serves as CEO, publisher,  and editor.  For nearly 10 years, the Herald, formerly known as Metropolis Los Angeles, has been an invaluable source of information and support, bringing the city together and providing an excellent example to aspiring Compton journalists.

“We firmly believe that Nanette Barragán is the best choice to represent California’s 44th District,” Fellows said. “It’s about who’s going to work diligently for the city without the interference of special interests groups who have no heart for Compton, but are only concerned about their own selfish desires. Nanette Barragán was the only candidate to reach out to us. We were quite impressed with her new energy and the fact that she is unbought, uncompromised, and unbeholden to special interest groups.

“And as an advocate for foster children and immigrant families, Barragán has demonstrated an incredible commitment to representing those who have been systematically disenfranchised. Her experiences at the NAACP where she worked on racial justice issues, as a councilwoman, and a lawyer have given her the tools and skills to be an effective fighter for this largely Latino- and African-American community in Congress. The Herald will do its utmost to help Nanette Barragán  succeed in November,” Fellows added.

The daughter of immigrants from Mexico, Barragán lives in San Pedro and grew up in Carson and the surrounding areas where she attended Stephen M. White Jr. High School, learned to swim at the Carson Pool, and studied at the Carson Library. She worked her way through UCLA and law school at USC before becoming a long-time advocate for the environment and the first Latina elected to the Hermosa Beach City Council.

Barragán was also a leader in the fight against Measure O, a ballot measure that would have allowed oil companies to drill for oil in the Santa Monica Bay. She currently works with one of Los Angeles’s largest and most prominent children’s advocacy organizations to provide free legal services to children in foster care who have special education needs.

Find more information here: www.barraganforcongress.com.

Compton Herald serves as an important objective voice providing general coverage of important issues that impact the public to up-close-and-personal investigative stories of public officials. The Herald also strives to publish the profiles and features of local interest that serve to re-define a city beset by previous images that have characterized Compton as a haven of crime and violence.

Tobacco Sales to Minors Drops

A survey has found that the California rate of illegal tobacco sales to minors has decreased. Photo: DLSimaging/Flickr Creative Commons

Tobacco-only stores have highest illegal sales rate

SACRAMENTO (MNS) — Sales of tobacco products to minors in California has dipped, according to California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Director Dr. Karen Smith.

“I’m concerned that the announcement, recently, that a survey has found that the California rate of illegal tobacco sales to minors has decreased. According to the 2015 Youth Tobacco Purchase Survey, illegal tobacco sales to minors at retail outlets occurred at a rate of 7.6 percent, compared to last year’s rate of 9 percent.

When the state first started monitoring illegal sales of tobacco in 1997, teens participating in the survey were able to buy tobacco products during 21.7 percent of tobacco purchase attempts.

“For seven consecutive years, the rate of illegal tobacco sales to minors has remained under 10 percent,” Smith said. “However, the Healthy People 2020 target is to reduce this to 5 percent or less which indicates that California still has room for considerable progress.

“I’m concerned that too many stores, especially certain types such as tobacco-only stores and convenience stores, are willing to illegally sell tobacco products to youth,” Smith said.

Notably, stores specializing in the sale of tobacco products, commonly known as tobacco-only stores, had the highest illegal sales rate, with 14.8 percent in 2015. Other stores with high rates of illegal tobacco sales include:

  • Convenience stores without gas (9.5 percent)
  • Convenience stores that sell gasoline (8.8 percent)
  • Less common retail outlets, such as discount and gift stores, gas stations without convenience stores and car washes (8.6 percent)

The difference between the rate of sales at non-traditional tobacco retail stores and the rate at more traditional retailers continues to narrow and is only separated by 0.2 percentage points (7.7 percent vs. 7.5 percent, respectively).

Supermarkets and drug stores/pharmacies had the lowest rate of illegal sales at 3.9 percent and 0 percent, respectively.

This annual survey of illegal sales of cigarettes to minors is conducted to gauge the rate of illegal tobacco sales across California and to comply with the Stop Tobacco Access to Kids Enforcement (STAKE) Act. All U.S. states and territories are required to assess their rate of illegal sales of tobacco to youth, pursuant to the Federal Synar Amendment.

Besides conducting the annual survey, CDPH Food and Drug Branch conducts ongoing illegal sales compliance checks. The survey of 733 stores throughout the state is conducted by monitoring more than 100 youth who are sent to retail outlets to attempt to purchase tobacco products. California retailers caught selling tobacco products to minors during these enforcement operations may be subject to fines up to $6,000 for repeated violations.

Compton Herald serves as an important objective voice providing general coverage of important issues that impact the public to up-close-and-personal investigative stories of public officials. The Herald also strives to publish the profiles and features of local interest that serve to re-define a city beset by previous images that have characterized Compton as a haven of crime and violence.