Los Angeles, CA – On December 10, 2018 KAC will facilitate and host a Grassroots Community Meeting regarding the Vote Center Placement Project (VCPP), in association with the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk (RR/CC). This meeting will educate our community regarding Los Angeles County’s transition from traditional polling places to vote centers in 2020. This new model will allow voters to cast a ballot at any vote center location in the County over an 11-day period.
The Vote Center Placement Project's core mission is to identify and place accessible and convenient vote center locations throughout Los Angeles County. VCPP emphasized that by using community outreach methods the county will analyze voter preferences that directly represent the needs of each community. During this grassroots community meeting, KAC will be dedicated to receiving our community member’s valued input as to where they would like a vote center to be placed. KAC is excited to partner with L.A County and is honored to represent the voting needs and preferences of the Korean American community.
Our meeting is at South Baylo University on December 10, 2018 from 5:00-7:00 PM. Snacks, beverages, and small gifts will be provided.
Los Angeles, CA - KAC Board unanimously voted in Eunice Hur Song, Esq. as the new Executive Director to commence duties as of November 1, 2018.
Ms. Song is homegrown within the KAC organization. She first joined KAC in 2008 as a participant of the mentorship program for law students. Through KAC, she met mentors that impact her life to this day. While she was a student in the Southwestern Law School’s two-year accelerated program called SCALE (Southwestern Conceptual Approach to Legal Education), Ms. Song started volunteering for KAC as a certified mediator for the 4.29 Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Center in early 2008. In 2012, she accepted the full-time role as the Mediation Director for the ADR center and helped dramatically increase its case closure rate helping numerous community members resolve disputes. “I am so thankful that KAC enabled me to serve the community, especially the elderly and low-income clients, as a bilingual mediator. It is such rewarding work to be able to be a conduit by which two parties can come to agreement to move past disputes” said Ms. Song.
Ms. Song returned to KAC in July of 2017 as the Director of the 4.29 Alternative Dispute Resolution Center to revitalize the ADR department. During her most recent tenure as the Director of the ADR Center, she improved the case closure rate two-fold. In the 2017-2018 Los Angeles County fiscal year alone, Ms. Song and the ADR Center helped 108 individuals and businesses resolve their disputes. In October, the Board of KAC decided to recognize her service to the community by elevating her to the Executive Directorship of KAC.
As KAC’s Executive Director, Ms. Song plans to not only uphold, but expand KAC’s roster of community services and programs. Those include:
As Executive Director, Eunice plans to continue KAC’s tradition of promoting for the civic and civil rights interests of the Korean American community along with the staff and KAC’s Board of Directors and the newly elected officers: Susie Oh, Chair of the Board; Garrett Lee Esq. (Secretary); Daniel Lee, Esq. (Treasurer); Commissioner Robert Lee Ahn, Esq., Charlie Kim, Tony Kim, Andrew Lee, Dr. Young Jik Lee, M.D., and James Santa Maria.
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Los Angeles, CA - On October 13, the Korean American Coalition’s (KAC) Model United Nations (MUN) students attended their first conference of the year at Cerritos High School. In competition with about 700 students, KAC MUN brought home a total of 6 awards of excellence. This award was given to a select few of students that displayed expertise in their specific global issue and performed excellent acts of diplomacy.
“Our MUN students have been vigorously working on their researching, public speaking, and debating skills in preparation for the Cerritos MUN Conference. Through improvisational public speaking exercises, deeply discussing international affairs, as well as writing and performing speeches, KAC was well represented due to the exceptional performance of our students,” said this year’s MUN Advisor Adam Chong.
KAC Executive Director Joon Bang adds, “KAC has been at the forefront of developing young leaders since the 1980’s. It is a privilege for KAC to continue that history through our MUN students this year. We are thrilled to see the progress our students have made and we are excited to see what they will accomplish throughout the year.”
KAC congratulates our MUN students on their impressive work over the last month in preparation for this conference, as well as on developing their teamwork, leadership, and academic abilities.
KAC Selected to Partner with the L.A County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk to Facilitate Grassroots Community Meeting for Vote Center Placement Project
Los Angeles, CA – KAC was selected to partner with the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk (RR/CC) to facilitate and host the Grassroots Community Meetings regarding the Vote Center Placement Project (VCPP). In 2020, Los Angeles County will transition from traditional polling places to vote centers. This new model will allow voters to cast a ballot at any vote center location in the County over an 11-day period. KAC is excited to partner with L.A County and is honored to represent the voting needs and preferences of the Korean American community.
The Vote Center Placement Project's core mission is to identify and place accessible and convenient vote center locations throughout Los Angeles County. VCPP emphasized that by using community outreach methods the county will analyze voter preferences that directly represent the needs of each community. During this process, KAC will be dedicated to accurately depicting the voter preferences of the Korean American community through our grassroots community outreach methods.
LA County’s voting system has been the same since the 1960’s and the outdated system lacks flexibility and adaptability. The modernized ballot marking device features touch-screen technology with a simple user interface, both audio and visual output and a built-in scanner, printer and ballot box. The touch display also includes a language selection system that gives voters the choice to vote in 13 different languages, Korean being one of them. Once again, KAC is enthusiastic about our partnership with the L.A County RR/CC, during this process KAC will update our community regarding our own grassroots community meeting where VCPP can receive the valued perspective of the Korean American community regarding vote center placement.
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Los Angeles, CA – On May 2, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and City Council President Herb Wesson were joined by some members of the Korean American, Bangladeshi, and African American communities to kick off the City’s $20M campaign to open new shelters across Los Angeles, beginning with Koreatown. The press conference was held on the proposed site of the 24-hr shelter located on 7th and Vermont. Following the press conference, there has been considerable concern from the Koreatown community, primarily stemming from the perceived lack of a meaningful opportunity for residents and small business owners to provide input in the decision making process. Many community members have expressed concerns relating to the project’s location as well as public safety concerns. Stakeholders had questions pertaining to the City’s long term plans and how the community’s concerns will be addressed.
According to representatives from LA City: