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Delivering on a campaign promise to bring jobs to his constituents in the 48th Assembly District, California Assembly member Mike Davis recently hosted a job fair, along with Mothers In Action, the Los Angeles Brotherhood Crusade, the Los Angeles Sentinel, and the State of California Employment Development Department, in Exposition Park where over 70 employers were poised to offer actual jobs to the hundreds of job seekers.
“This on-site hiring opportunity is important for the community,” Davis said. “Individuals must not only go to the Employment Development for jobs, we must bring jobs to the community and the only employers that were invited to participate in today’s job fair are those with actual positions they expect to fill.”
Situated on the grounds of the California African American and Science and Technology Museums, Davis actually set-up the job fair in front of the Rose Garden in Exposition Park. The weather was typically Southern California pleasant and the men and women who came to meet the various employers, fill out applications and participate in preliminary interviews appeared well dressed, with a positive attitude, and seemed to be putting their ‘best-foot-forward.’
Gloria Smith, manager of the Crenshaw office of the Employment Development Department (EDD), was among the first to greet the job-seekers as they arrived with resume in-hand. “I am pleased to be here as a representative of the EDD in partnership with Mike Davis, Mothers In Action, the Brotherhood Crusade, and the Los Angeles Sentinel to match jobs with people,” she said.
With the broad cross-section of employer representatives, job candidates could apply for and get information about a variety of positions from administrative and clerical jobs and an array of transportation positions to law enforcement, food service, emergency response technicians and many others.
Bobbie Holmes, a nursing professor at Los Angeles Southwest College, served as a “Mike Davis” volunteer at the job fair and was among the others who greeted each job aspirant as they arrived. She said, “I am here today to support Mike Davis and the others in giving a great opportunity for people in our area to find jobs.”
“It is good that Davis knows the needs of our people,” she added, “and that he brings the resources to the community to meet those needs.”
Jean Adenika, also a volunteer and a math and science professor at California State University-Los Angeles, captured the essence of what Davis intended and what, in fact, he accomplished at the job fair.
“I am here to assist my community members in finding jobs,” she said. “Mike Davis made it clear to the prospective participants that he did not wish to showcase any employer unless they had real jobs now. He told them do not come unless they were prepared to make employment offers.”
Job seekers unable to attend the job fair may wish to apply directly to the companies who participated in this event as follows:
AEG Entertainment, Aegis Ambulance Service, AIDS Healthcare Foundation, Allied Barton Security, American Girl, Los Angeles Archdiocese, AT&T, Atlantic Express, Bank of America, Brinks, California—Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation—Highway Patrol and Science Center, Coalition of Mental Health Professionals, Command Guard Services, Dav El Transportation Network, DWP, Dollar/Thrifty Automotive Group, Donor Services Group, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Expo Construction Authority, Lens Crafters, and Fatburger.
Additional employers included; Higher Los Angeles, Home Instead Senior Care, Impact Resource Group, Islas Windows, Jobbing.com, Koo Koo Roo Restaurants, La Parrilla Restaurant, LAPD & LAFD, LA Airport Police, LA County Fire and Sheriff Department, LA County Department of Social Service, LA County Police Office of Public Safety, Los Angeles Trade Tech, LAUSD “We Build” Program, Los Angeles World Airports, Lowes Home Improvement, Macy’s, MTA, MWD, Mike Diamond Plumbing, PV Jobs, Sears Home Services.
Continuing, job seekers may wish to contact SMS Transportation, SCE, the Bas Company, TESCO Foods, Time Warner Cable, US Coast Guard, Universal Studios, USC, UPS, Verizon Wireless, Weingart YMCA, Weiser Security, Workplace Hollywood, Work Source California, V-100 Radio Station, Fedex, Roto Rooter, and the Electrical Training Institute.
Davis was pleased with the employer turn-out as well as the turnout of the residents in his district and others. “It is important that we bring employment information to the community and we will do this at least two times each year.”
“In addition,” he added. “We will follow-up with everyone who came looking for a job and with the employers. If the employers are unable to report any actual hires, they will not be invited to participate in future job fairs.”