Helen Keller Park Christmas Toy Give-Away
December 20, 2008
Supervisor Ridley-Thomas was the guest of honor at the Annual Holiday Christmas Party, hosted by the Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts of Los Angeles, C.U.R.E. and Pete Carroll of a Better Los Angeles. The event was held at Helen Keller Park, where over 2,500 individuals were presented with holiday favors, a complete Christmas meal, carnival rides, games and a Christmas gift, in addition to a pair of athletic shoes for all the children.
Supervisor Ridley-Thomas Helps Serve Christmas Meals at the L.A. Mission
December 24, 2008
Supervisor Ridley-Thomas joined volunteers to serve a traditional holiday meal to over 3,000 clients at the Los Angeles Mission. The County of Los Angeles has contributed $500 million toward preventive solutions to make a difference when it comes to homelessness.
Supervisor Ridley-Thomas' Holiday Public Safety Initiatives
Supervisor Ridley-Thomas joined by Los Angeles Police chief, William Bratton; and Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca, reached out to County residents at the Century Sheriff's Station to participate in keeping communities safer by not firing weapons on New Year's Eve.
In addition, Supervisor Ridley-Thomas, in collaboration with Sheriff Lee Baca, encouraged the voluntary surrender of any firearms – no questions asked, in exchange for gift certificates. The 'Gift for Guns' initiative, held in both Compton and Lennox (photo at left), were the first of two similar holiday gun surrenders to promote gun violence reduction in the Second District. Over 2000 weapons and 1700 rounds of ammunition were collected.
Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC)
January 28, 2009
The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) is one of the largest anti-poverty programs for working families, bringing an estimated $1.5 billion in refunds to qualified taxpayers and a significant boost to the economy of Los Angeles. In 2009 this credit could mean a refund of up to $4,824 for low and moderate-income families with two or more children.
The 2009 Annual Budget Summit
January 31, 2009
Supervisor Ridley-Thomas' district-wide vision for community empowerment was a huge success with more than 1200 residents attending the 2009 Annual Budget Summit: "We are the Second District, Empowered for Change", held at the Hawthorne Memorial Center. Guest speakers included Assembly Speaker Karen Bass (at left), Los Angeles County Chief Executive Officer, William T Fujioka, and City of Hawthorne Mayor, Larry Guidi.
Injunction against notorious Florencia-13 Gang
February 9, 2009
Supervisor Ridley-Thomas joined Sheriff Lee Baca and members of the Florence-Firestone community to announce the successful culmination of a 3-month process to enforce an injunction against the notorious "Florencia-13" (F-13) street gang. For more than 60 years the F-13 gang members have terrorized community residents. The injunction legally recognizes F-13 as a criminal street gang and creates a "safety zone" where individuals identified as F-13 gang members will be prohibited from congregating with other known gang members, drinking in public, or engaging in gang activities.
Korean/African-American Faith Based Development Tour
March 4, 2009
As one of his fundamental goals for economic development in the Second District, Supervisor Ridley-Thomas led a group of 50 Korean and African-American pastors and community leaders on a tour of South Los Angeles to showcase successful public-private partnerships launched by churches in the community.
At left, Founder and President of Korean Churches for Community Development, Hyepin Im, and Supervisor Ridley-Thomas lead the group off the tour bus.
Foreclosure Prevention Fair
March 7, 2009
Supervisor Ridley-Thomas co-sponsored, along with the Los Angeles County NeighborWorks Center for Foreclosure Solutions a FREE Foreclosure Prevention Fair on March 7, 2009 at El Camino College Compton Center. More than 200 residents received individual help at the successful event.
In the photo are Congresswoman Jane Harman, Supervisor Ridley-Thomas and Los Angeles Neighborhood Housing Services president Lori Gay.