Little Tokyo Service Center News - March 2009
An Office With a Great View by Bill Watanabe

Last month I turned 65 (which I am told is today's 55) but in terms of technology, I am definitely 65! Recently, I was with a group of folks my age and we started to talk about who was on Facebook or Myspace or Friendster or LinkedIn. And then someone mentioned Twitter and we were all unsure what that was about! I haven't joined any of those social networks yet and I am not sure if I ever will - but at the same time, I can feel the technology wave rushing away from me and creating a bigger and bigger gap. Someone quoted Steve Jobs as saying "Technology is a river, and older people are swimmers but younger people are fish".

It has been ten years since LTSC started the DISKovery Computer Center project (which was initiated and implemented by our Technology Advisory Committee). DISKovery Center, with its 20 computer workstations and excellent teaching staff, has helped hundreds of people- especially older folks- to keep up with technology and to make it their friend. It is important that we help people, especially those challenged by age or financial restrictions, to access and use this new broadband/high-speed Internet to be a resource and a benefit to their quality of life.

We know that technology will continue its fast pace of change so as we celebrate the 10th Anniversary of DISKovery Center, may the next ten years see DISKovery Center help more people like me to become good swimmers and maybe even more like fish!

DISKovery Computer Lab
For 10 years, the DISKovery Center has provided low-cost or free technology access to the community.
Mystery of Sake: Buy Your Tickets NOW!
Mystery of Sake

Get a clue on Thursday, April 23 and join the Little Tokyo Service Center in solving the Mystery of Sake! Attendees will have the opportunity to investigate sake from Japan and samplings from LA's top restaurants, as well as examine the limited engagement exhibit, "CSI: The Experience" at the California Science Center. Celebrate with us as we recognize our 2009 honoree, Mutual Trading Co. for its community involvement.

For more information & tickets, visit or contact Jennifer Kim at (213) 473-1615.

DISKovery Center Unveils New Computer Lab

This month the DISKovery Center will be celebrating 10 years of building community through technology. Established in 1999, the DISKovery Center is a community technology center and a program of the Little Tokyo Service Center.  We provide low-cost or free technology access to the community, offering computer and technology training, free computer public access for members, and an equipment lending program.

To mark this occasion we will be replacing our old computers with new ones, and we are quite excited about our ability to provide access and training to our community using the latest and best technology.  So please join us in celebrating our 10th anniversary and unveiling of our new computer lab Friday March 27th 2009 from 11:00am to 1:00pm at the DISKovery Center, located at 353 E. 1st St. Los Angeles, CA 90012.

A light lunch will provided by Chop Suey Café/Far Bar, and the reception is sponsored by: The California Consumer Protection Foundation, California Emerging Technology Foundation, and the Historic Cultural Neighborhood Council.  Please RSVP by calling (213) 621-4158 or email us at:

For more information please visit our website at:
Not Without Hope: This Month's Client Story

Community Grows Stronger After Tragic Event

On January 13, an innocent life was taken in a gang-related drive-by shooting.  Roberto Lopez, Jr. had just turned 4 years old and recently enrolled with his older sister and cousin at Little Tokyo Service Center’s Angelina Pre-school, when the tragedy occurred. As family and friends mourned the young life, they vowed to make their Angelino Heights community stronger and to never let such an event be repeated.

Immediately after the tragedy the community mobilized.  With the help of LA City Councilman Ed Reyes’ office and the Los Angeles Police Department, a community meeting was held for residents to express their concerns.  Monthly meetings are still held to encourage community members to work with the Councilman’s office and LAPD to focus on gang intervention and neighborhood improvement programs.

Roberto Lopez, Jr.

LTSC’s Neighborhood Action Program staff continue to work with the Angelino Heights community and the Lopez Family by providing support to the family and joining the efforts to build a safe community.

Did you Know?
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Donate Your Old Car
Unwanted cars that are donated to LTSC bring critical funding to LTSC. We will pick up cars in almost any condition in LA and Orange Counties. Proceeds are tax deductible for the donor and can be significant even if the car is old or not running! The call takes less than 5 minutes and contributes to helping our many clients. Contact Mickie at (213) 473-1613 or to donate.
tow truck
Wachovia Foundation Supporting Affordable Housing

LTSC’s Affordable Housing Collaborative is working to build affordable housing in Los Angeles including a family rental project in Central Los Angeles, a senior housing project in Koreatown and an emancipated foster youth project in South LA.  The Collaborative works with other community-based organizations to build projects and increase each organization’s ability to build more affordable housing in the future. 

Ribbon Cutting

The Collaborative could not do this work without the generous support of the Wachovia Foundation.  Wachovia Foundation has awarded LTSC a grant and has partnered with us to build affordable housing in Los Angeles’s low-income and under-served neighborhoods.  With Wachovia Foundation’s support LTSC can continue its work to develop neighborhoods that embrace economic and ethnic diversity through a balance of residential, commercial and community facilities.

On behalf of the families and seniors that will soon have a place to call home, we thank the Wachovia Foundation for its support.
Ways to Help LTSC

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Donate online, over the phone or via traditional mail.
Donate your unwanted car. We pick up all vehicles & handle the paperwork.

Mickie Okamoto ~ ~ (213) 473-1613
231 E. Third St. G-106 Los Angeles, CA 90013

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