Voice your opinion: Neighborhood Vitalization Commission to host public meeting

viewpointLANCASTER — The Lancaster Neighborhood Vitalization Commission would like to hear from you.

The Commission will hold a public meeting Thursday, March 29 from 2 to 6 p.m. to hear directly from citizens and social service providers regarding the support services being provided to Lancaster residents.

The meeting will be held in the Lancaster City Hall Council Chambers and is open to the public.

The purpose of the meeting is to hear public testimony and discuss services provided by the County of Los Angeles and other service providers to Lancaster residents.

“Residing in affordable housing shouldn’t mean reduced or limited accessibility to county services that are readily available to everyone else within LA County,” said Mayor R. Rex Parris. “We encourage people who are faced with challenges such as access to public healthcare or other essential county services to attend this meeting and voice their opinion.”

Support services such as healthcare, counseling, and legal aid are provided by the County of Los Angeles in the Antelope Valley.

“I am well aware of what it means to receive affordable housing vouchers, as well as the devastating effect not having access to critical services can have on a family,” said Council Member Sandra Johnson. “Thus, I encourage residents to come out and have their opinions heard.”

The meeting is part of the City’s development of the Federally-required Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing.

For additional information, contact the City of Lancaster at 661-723-6233.

(Information via press release from the City of Lancaster.)

  3 comments for “Voice your opinion: Neighborhood Vitalization Commission to host public meeting

  1. Abdul Majeed Askia
    March 27, 2012 at 8:35 pm

    I am not a card carrying member of the nation of Islam. However, I will
    be frank with you I honor and respect the great work,sacrifice,dynamism
    and service that the nation of Islam has provided for the last fifty
    years!I know how some people view minister Farrakhan, and I am hear to
    tell you I appreciate minister Louis Farrkhan! The son of the late leader
    Honorable Elijah Muhammad (Son Wallace D.Muhammad)introduced the nation
    of Islam members to the broader community of Islam over thirtyfive years
    ago. I have studied under Imam W.D.Muhammad and many other scholars of
    the religion. On a personal level I find the middle eastern leadership
    in the dark ages!Tribalistic,auto-cratic,dictatorial regimes in the name
    of Al-Islam! Women can’t vote,drive cars and you certainly can’t
    question or challege the Kings rule! Unfortunately we help them oppress
    teir own people! We are not talking about personal behavior,we are talking
    about using twisted interpretations to maintain unjust rulership!

    I see people as people. I am not obsessed with color,ethnicity,labels
    and tribes! That stuff is shallow.I am comfortable as a universal man
    respecting all of humanity crossing creed,class or color. Religions
    has been very abused and misused. I am open to dialogue.I truly don’t
    hold any animosity or hatred toward anyone.However, I am aware that there
    are elements that may be startled by my frankness. Free menas free to
    me;therefore, I am going to speak like a free man!I would like to extend
    my services to bring people together and create a harmonious society.

  2. Abdul Majeed Askia
    March 27, 2012 at 8:16 pm

    I am not a card carrying member of the nation of Islam. But I will be
    Frank with you, I admire the social contribution the nation of Islam
    has done for over fifty years ! Again, I have attended lectures of
    minister Louis Farrakhan that I found to be dynamic and enlihtening !
    Imam W.D. Mohammad/Wallace D. Muhammad introduced members of the nation
    of Islam to the broader field of Al-Islam,univrsal Islam over thirtyfive
    years ago inwhich I have associated with for the last several decades!
    In fact inspite of whatever differences that Imam W.D.Muhammad had
    in regards to interpretations and social views they always found the
    need to respect and support one another!

    I am a student of Al-Islam,science,social studies and of course my
    personal experiences and up bringing as a born and raised citizen of
    these united states has provided me with my own perceptions and
    understanding about life in america and my Islamic experience!

    I accept clearly the oneness of humanity and no racial superiority.
    However, I have discovered that historically the teachings of prophet
    Muhammad (peace be upon him has been poluted,contaminated and twisted !
    Racism,racial,cultural,tribal and nationalistic teachings has divided
    the world community of Islam,autocratic,dictatorial leadership,
    dynasties,royal families and teachings that are out of the realm of
    reality designed to bewilder,spook and enchant the believer, to enslave
    the masses of the people ! As you know the bible was used to enslave
    and brain wash the entire human race,caucasions included!!!! Religion
    was the main tool to indoctrinate,bind and enslave huamity. Thats, why
    we have had so many religious figures coming along debating the
    status quo because until this very day ninety nine percent of religious
    teachings are are un-realistic ! Deliberately!People in clouds,monsters,
    talking bushes,tress,rocks and creatures that don’t exist!Deliberately!
    Of course theres parctical interpretations but one cannot brain wash
    you if he or they teach you reason!

    I have my own life after several decades of study,observation and comparison and I am to the point you just can’t tell me just any old thing to disassociate me from reality!!!Enough!We can talk about.
    I am ok with that. But as you can see i am going to speak my mind
    for once in my life and not leave this world being a blind follower,
    blind deaf and dumb. I accept all people regardless of creed,class
    or color. Its ok with me. However,some people are affraid to think
    due to conditioning,training,programing and the like.I believe in
    freedom of religion and freedom of speech. I am satisfied with the
    open society we have and the concept of checks and balances,even moreso
    because religion has been so abusive for centuries. Look at saudia
    arabia in this day and age denying women the right to vote and drive
    cars and you can’t dare challenge the kings position! What sane person
    wants to live under that but someone who has been bought and paid for!
    Again,everyone has their own views but you can save that about a man
    coming back from fourteen or two thousand or six thousand years ago!
    Yes, I believe in scripture and I am prepared to share what I believe
    is the correct view. I assure you it will be more sound and more
    practical then most have heard unless they have been in the same circle
    as and/or just people that are in the know and don’t make a fuss about it. Thank you for your time. You are welcome to attend anywhere I am
    invited to share.

  3. Abdul Majeed Askia
    March 27, 2012 at 7:01 am

    We would have far less crimeand violence if mosque,churches,sysnagogues,
    temples and organizations would focus more on youth issues. If the
    religious leaders would focus more on this life and making a positive
    difference as opposed to singing tbe blues and talking about the end of
    world ! The constant talk of the end of the world throws you off balance,
    you are constantly looking for the end while the ‘now ‘ slips right
    from under you ! We have to take our heads out of the sky and focus on
    how we can make life better on this earth.

    As a whole we have gotten away from what it means to sacrifice your time,
    your talents,skills and your efforts/energy to help guid someone else!
    Now days even the preachers ask “whats in it for me!” That is, unless
    you can show me so dollar signs ‘nothing is happening !’ In fact many
    of the houses of worship have become big businesses with the money
    flowing in one direction !We are tolf “give give give give” as long as
    it is going in the coffers pockets ! Once the needed,the travler, the
    infirm,the sick,the poor,the orphan and the widow shows up they are told
    lets pray that the lord will make a way ! The people are taught not o
    beg or look for something for nothing when in fact the preachers
    are professional beggers twentyfour seven and extremely tight fisted !

    The spirit of sacrifice is to go the extra mile ! Sacrifice entails
    pain,hardsip,difficulty,challenge,strving and reaching beyond one’s
    self to help others,to build,to organize and bring into fruition
    something noble! In this case youth and our communities are at stake!

    Collectively we can all do more besides buy more guns,buikd more walls
    and arrest more people. Of course the extremes most be curtailed
    but that doesn’t have to exist if there was a greater effort on the
    communities part ! I focus so much on relgious leaders because they
    have centers and places where people can be reached with down to
    earth messages. Very seldom do you hear relgious leaders putting messages
    in evryday life terms,being bullied at schoold,jumped,drug addiction,
    frustration,anger,bitterness and a host of other challenges.

    The idea is to arm people with inspiration,to put a little pep in their
    step! Now days many can’t stand the least little pressure or difficulty.
    The moment things don’t go right or expecyed they are ready to give up!
    No, the additude is ‘I will succeed no what it takes,come hell or high
    water I will succeed!” Even I have to eat grass,starve and brave the harshes weather and no matter the odds or the challege I will take the
    bitter with the sweet! In fact i will turn bitter into sweet !

    Thats how you win,thats how you over come! Everything isn’t always easy
    and it doesn’t always come over night !Most successful people tell
    you in the beginning they slept incars,lived in one bed room apartments,
    had to go hungry,had only two sets of dress clothing whatever ! We
    have to go back to basics.

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