Efforts to Reopen Martin Luther King, Jr. Hospital
December 2, 2008 and March 3, 2009
Supervisor Ridley-Thomas begins the process to re-open the Martin Luther King, Jr. Medical Center by introducing motions requesting a detailed plan to make the facility seismic compliant and instructing the Chief Executive Officer to report back on discussions with the University of California regarding capital project needs in order to proceed with re-opening the MLK Medical Center.
Initiatives to Bring the Democratic Process to the Community
January 6, 2009 and March 3, 2009
Supervisor Ridley-Thomas' vision of empowering communities by expanding and facilitating public access to, and increasing participation in, regular meetings of the Board of Supervisors, may become a reality. On January 6, 2009 Supervisor Ridley-Thomas introduced a motion instructing the Chief Executive Officer to review the feasibility, logistics and cost of developing, planning and scheduling quarterly Board meetings in each of the five Supervisorial Districts. More recently, On March 3, 2009 he requested the Chief Executive Officer to seek state legislation to allow the Board meetings to meet in cities outside of Los Angeles.
At left, Supervisor Ridley-Thomas and his family participate in the democratic process by voting.
Creation of a Fraud/Predatory Lending Taskforce
January 13, 2009
With the number of foreclosures in Los Angeles County climbing to an astounding 35,811 in 2008, there is a clear indicator of the crisis that homeowners and renters are facing. Supervisor Ridley-Thomas introduced a motion on January 13, 2009 directing the Chief Executive Officer to report back in 30 days on public and private efforts to address the foreclosure crisis, and to explore the feasibility of creating a comprehensive Countywide approach to addressing the problem with the creation of a Fraud/Predatory Lending Taskforce.
At left, the Real Estate Fraud Prevention Team of the Department of Consumer Affairs is honored during a Board of Supervisors meeting on March 3, 2009.
Streamlining "Red-Tape" in Public Procurement
January 13, 2009
Supervisor Ridley-Thomas introduced a motion on January 13, 2009 requesting that the County Executive Office and the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works make recommendations for "streamlining" the public procurement, contracting and contract approval process on an emergency and temporary basis. This will help jump-start stimulus projects and facilitate the translation of stimulus funds into local jobs. Additionally, the motion will help ensure that federal stimulus funds are distributed in a fair and appropriate manner throughout Los Angeles County.
January 18, 2009 – January 24, 2009
Vaccines are recommended for preteens by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other health experts to protect against serious diseases including whooping cough, meningococcal meningitis and cervical cancer. On January 13, 2009 Supervisor Ridley-Thomas proclaimed the week of January 18-24, 2009 as "Preteen Vaccine Week" and called on government officials, healthcare professionals, educators, businesses, community groups and organizations to join together in promoting good health practices throughout L.A. County.
At left, Supervisor Ridley-Thomas kicked-off Pretten Vaccine Week at John Muir Middle School.
Stimulus Funds Bring Employment Opportunities to Los Angeles County
February 24, 2009
Supervisor Ridley-Thomas introduced a motion on February 24, 2009 directing the Chief Executive Officer to work with County counsel, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works, the Los Angeles County Internal Services Department and other departments to report back with a specific list of recommended actions that will ensure that federal Economic Stimulus Package funds will create jobs, job training and other similar public benefits for at-risk youth in Los Angeles County.
Constituent Service Centers in the Second District
March 10, 2009
Supervisor Ridley-Thomas introduced a motion to evaluate the feasibility and the potential cost of developing up to four Constituent Service Centers in geographically dispersed locations throughout the Second District.
At left, Supervisor Ridley-Thomas made empowering communities and serving his constituents the focus of his swearing-in speech on December 1, 2008.