Wednesday, April 21, 2010

REVISED: Mediation Week Dispute Resolution Awards




For Immediate Release                                                                                            Contact: Pat Senette-Holt    

April 22, 2010                                                                                                                           (213) 738-2065

News Advisory (Revised)


Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors to Declare April 25 through 30, 2010   “Mediation Week”


What:           LOS ANGELES (April 27, 2010)—Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria Molina (1st District), Chairman of the Board of Supervisors, will pay tribute to Cynthia D. Banks, Director, Community and Senior Services (CSS), for the outstanding work of the Dispute Resolution Programs (DRP) throughout the County of Los Angeles. Last year, DRP were responsible for assisting more than 49,000 residents, businesses, and organizations involved in disputes, and bringing resolution to 6,600 disputes outside the traditional court system, and to recognize the 2010 Mediation Week honorees who will receive Outstanding Youth Volunteer, Adult Volunteer, Case and Project Awards.  This year’s DRP awardees are as follows:

·         Sandra Cervantes, Inglewood High school student peer mediator, is the recipient of the  Outstanding Youth Award.  She is a volunteer mediator with the Centinela Youth Services (CYS), Inc.  Mediation Program.

·          Nikki Tolt,  is the recipient of the  William C. Hobbs Outstanding Adult Volunteer Award and volunteers with the Los Angeles Superior Court of the County of Los Angeles, Alternative Dispute Resolution Program.

·         Philip Thomas,  recipient of the William C. Hobbs Outstanding Adult Volunteer Award, volunteers with the Office of the Los Angeles City Attorney Dispute Resolution Program

·         The Institute for Non-Violence in Los Angeles, is the recipient of the Outstanding Project Award, from the Los Angeles City Attorney Dispute Resolution Program.

·         The Family Business and City Lease Dispute Case,  from the Los Angeles City Attorney, Dispute Resolution Program, was selected for the Outstanding “ Case” Award.


Who:            Supervisor Gloria Molina and the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors.

Why:            To honor the outstanding work of the Dispute Resolution Programs in Los Angeles County that are saving taxpayers’ money by providing an alternative to expensive court proceeding to resolve disputes.

When:           9:30 am Tuesday, April 27, 2010 (8:30 a.m. Mediation Awards program)*

Where:          Board of Supervisors Hearing Room 381 B

                   Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration

                    500 W. Temple Street

                   Los Angeles, CA  90012


*ATTENTION EDITORS: Opportunities for photos/b-roll of the Mediation Award presentation ceremony will take place immediately before the Board of Supervisors meeting at 8:30 a.m.  500 W. Temple Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012,  Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration, 8th floor Conference Room 864.  Contact Patricia Senette-Holt at (213) 738-2065.



More About the Dispute Resolution (DRP) Program


One of the more innovative programs offered by CSS is the highly acclaimed Dispute Resolution Program (DRP) that utilizes mediation services as an alternative to formal court proceedings.  Funded by an $8 fee on first-time civil filings, the program serves almost 50,000 clients annually thereby creating a cost avoidance if civil proceedings had been held in court.  Examples of disputes eligible for mediation services include business, consumer-merchant, landlord-tenant, neighbor-neighbor, youth-schools and personal injury property damage.  Services are provided by 13 contracted agencies that meet California statutory requirements in the fields of conciliation, mediation, arbitration and group facilitation. The vast majority of referrals come from the Courts or Prosecutors offices, though individual and other agency referrals occur as well.


For more information concerning the Los Angeles County Dispute Resolution Programs and “Mediation Week,” contact Nusun Muhammad at (213) 738-2621.


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Revised 4/21/20103:49 p.m.



Patricia Senette-Holt

Community and Senior Services

Executive Office

213.738.2065 office
213.280.4144 Cell
213.380.8275 Fax


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