L.A. stories of inspiration and success

L.A. stories of inspiration and success


Tacorra breaks up the broken and uneven trail using a pickax
The California Employment Development Department (EDD) National Dislocated Workers Grant (NDWG) provided paid work experience for workers to assist with recovery efforts to residents and businesses that were severely impacted by the state’s megafires.

One of the NDWG workers was Tocorra Haney, a crew member on a team cleaning up the New Millennium Trail in Calabasas, which was damaged by the Woolsey Fire. The crew worked on the surface and tread of the trail to restore it to its pre-fire state and reopen it for use by the public.

The Woolsey Fire burned nearly 97,000 acres throughout Los Angeles and Ventura Counties.

Toccora Haney was an outstanding member of the Woolsey fire restoration team. Since coming on board, Toccora has not missed a day of work, arrives to work with a positive attitude and is always willing to go the extra mile to ensure the team completes all the assignments for the day.

Tocorra was greatly impacted by COVID and had trouble finding employment and secure housing. She said she is thankful for the opportunities that the program provided. She hopes that the income she earned from the temporary job opportunity will allow her to find stable housing.

EWDD’s WorkSource Centers and workforce partners helped administer the NDWG, which has provided temporary employment to hundreds of Angelenos. This project is 100% federally-funded in the amount of $1.8 million. The NDWG funding helped provide temporary employment to individuals who lost their jobs during COVID-19.

Learn about the various programs and benefits offered through EWDD Employment Services and WorkSource Centers.




  • Tacorra breaks up the broken and uneven trail using a pickax
    Tacorra breaks up the broken and uneven trail using a pickax
  • Tacorra tamps chunks of loose dirt after digging the uneven and broken trail
    Tacorra tamps chunks of loose dirt after digging the uneven and broken trail
  • Completed restoration looking uptrail
    Completed restoration looking uptrail
  • Completed restoration looking downtrail
    Completed restoration looking downtrail


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    This story is part of the EWDD UPDATES from the week of September 26, 2022. Read this issue and more.


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