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Associated Press L.A. Daybook for Tuesday, May 17.


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May 17. MEDICAIRE TELECONFERENCE _ Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Donald Berwick and Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) Acting Director Dr. Richard Gilfillan to discuss new efforts to improve care for Medicare beneficiaries through Accountable Care Organizations. DIAL: (800) 837 - 1935; CONFERENCE ID: 68622349.

Contact: CMS Media Relations Group (202) 690-6145

May 17. 8 a.m. VARIOUS - Los Angeles City Councilwoman Janice Hahn, a candidate for Congress, will cast her ballot. 2115 Baleria Drive, San Pedro. At 8:30 p.m., Hahn will host an election-night party at her campaign headquarters, 2513 Pacific Coast Highway, Torrance.

Contact: Dave Jacobson, campaign, (818) 943-2348.

May 17. 8:15 a.m. VARIOUS - Los Angeles Community College Board candidate Scott Svonkin will cast his ballot. Church of Our Savior, Cleaver Hall, 535 W. Roses Road, San Gabriel. At 8 p.m., Svonkin will host an election night party at Sheraton Universal, room 1801, 333 Universal Hollywood Drive, Universal City.

Contact: Svonkin, (818) 915-3636.

May 17. 8:30 a.m. VAN NUYS - A pretrial hearing is scheduled for Melvin Shane Sparks, who was a judge on MTV's "America's Best Dance Crew." He is charged with sex-related counts involving an underage girl in the mid-1990s.

Location: Dept. R, Van Nuys Courthouse, 14400 Erwin Street Mall.

Contact: (818) 374-2716.

May 17. 8:30 a.m. CIVIC CENTER - A motions hearing is scheduled in a lawsuit against Nicolas Cage by his former girlfriend, Christina Fulton. She alleges he broke a promise to provide her title to a home he bought for her and their son.

Location: Dept. 74, County Courthouse, 111 N. Hill St.

Contact: court clerk, (213) 974-6241.

May 17. 9 a.m. LOS ANGELES - More than 800 women's health supporters will take part in the American Heart Association's annual Go Red for Women Luncheon to raise awareness of heart disease and stroke, the leading killers of women, contact says. Actress Lynn-Holly Johnson, a stroke survivor, and Nia Peeples, Go Red for Women spokeswoman, will attend. Health expo at 9 a.m., workshops at 10 a.m., luncheon at noon.

Location: J.W. Marriott at LA Live, 900 W. Olympic Blvd.

Contact: Kristine Kelly, (213) 948-3567.

May 17. 10 a.m. VARIOUS - To mark the anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education, faculty groups will host "viewing parties" of the Washington, D.C., event for the Campaign for the Future of Higher Education. Locations include Cal State Dominguez Hills, Cal State Los Angeles, Cal State Long Beach and Cal State Northridge.

Contact: Lisa Cohen, California Faculty Association, (310) 395-2544.

May 17. 10 a.m. LOS ANGELES - Police officials and an executive with Lamar Advertising will hold a news conference discussing the placement of 300 billboard ads throughout Los Angeles seeking information on the suspects who severely beat San Francisco Giants fan Bryan Stow on March 31 in the Dodger Stadium parking lot. Police are also expected to give an update on the investigation. LAPD Chief Charlie Beck is scheduled to attend.

Location: Riverside Drive and Gleneden Street.

Contact: LAPD Media Relations, (213) 486-5910.

May 17. 10 a.m. LOS ANGELES - Attorneys and relatives of an 8-year-old Salvadoran migrant who contact says was raped by gang members in Mexico and avoided deportation to El Salvador will hold a news conference to discuss her arrival in the United States to be with relatives.

Location: CHIRLA, 2533 W. Third St., suite 101.

Contact: Jorge-Mario Cabrera, CHIRLA, (562) 243-5559.

May 17. 10 a.m. MANHATTAN BEACH - Manhattan Beach will host its fourth annual Police Officer Memorial Ceremony, honoring the lives of three Manhattan Beach officers killed in the line of duty.

Location: Manhattan Beach Police Department Public Safety Facility, 420 First St.

Contact: PIO Stephanie Martin, (310) 802-5186.

May 17. 11 a.m. WEST LOS ANGELES - Members of the Bus Riders Union, LA County Bicycle Coalition and other groups will hold a news conference to call on Metro and the Los Angeles City Council to approve plans for bus-only lanes on Wilshire Boulevard.

Location: Northeast corner of Wilshire Boulevard and Federal Avenue.

Contact: Sunyoung Yang, (213) 387-2800, ext. 14, or cell, (213) 618-2851.

May 17. 11 a.m. KB HOME LEED DEVELOPMENT _ KB home will unveil Primera Terra, a LEED certified home development in Playa Vista. Event will offcer tours and interviews with KB home executives.

Location: KB Home's Primera Terra, 12920 W. Runway Road, Playa Vista

Contact: Conor Campbell, conor(at), 310-496-4441

May 17. 11:30 a.m. LOS ANGELES - Students from Los Angeles Trade-Technical College will hold a "phone-in" event, calling state lawmakers to protest proposed cuts in education funding.

Location: College, 400 W. Washington Blvd.

Contact: LATTC Labor Studies Office, (213) 763-7160, or Ron Servellon, (323) 776-7774.

May 17. 4 p.m. BURBANK - The Burbank Police Officers Foundation will present Matthew Pavelka Scholarship awards to several high school students. The scholarship is named in honor of the Burbank police officer who was shot to death in November 2003.

Location: Burbank Police Department, mid-level training room, 200 N. Third St.

Contact: BPOF, (818) 842-1133.

May 17. 8 p.m. TORRANCE - California Secretary of State Debra Bowen, a candidate for Congress, will hold an election-night party.

Location: 1321 Downtown Taproom Bistro, 1321 Sartori Ave.

Contact: Luis Vizcaino, campaign, (310) 479-0181.

May 17. 8:30 p.m. LOS ANGELES - Los Angeles Unified School District board candidate Luis Sanchez will hold an election night party at his campaign headquarters, 4609 E. Cesar Chavez Blvd.

Contact: Lizette Patron, (323) 481-7346.

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