VIDEO: Supervisor Ridley-Thomas Celebrates Milestone With Erection Of Concrete Walls For The $20 Million South Health Center Project

Project will provide quality healthcare and economic benefits to the region

Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas was on hand for the erection of exterior concrete panel walls for the new South Health Center, a milestone in the construction of the $20 million project that will provide a number of vital public health services in the Second District.

The South Health Center is the first of several projects scheduled for construction in the region surrounding the New Martin Luther King, Jr. Medical Center. Scheduled for completion in December 2012, the MLK Medical Center and the other capital investment projects will serve as an asset in the community, providing a much needed economic boost in the area.

In June, Supervisor Ridley-Thomas joined community leaders and stakeholders to break ground on the South Health Center, which the Supervisor said is on schedule with no major issues or concerns.

Located at the northwest corner of 120th Street and Wilmington Avenue in the unincorporated Watts-Willowbrook area, the new outpatient public health center will provide immunizations and services to treat various conditions, including sexually transmitted diseases, tuberculosis, and communicable diseases.

The South Health Center, one of several new capital investments for the region, will create over 10,000 new jobs in the community, along with the much anticipated new MLK Medical Center, Multi-Service Ambulatory Care Center, and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority Rosa Parks Station.

“We are standing at the epicenter of a great opportunity to address the healthcare crisis, not just South Los Angeles, but the entire nation,” Supervisor Ridley-Thomas said.

The Supervisor remains committed to hiring local residents for these projects, issuing a challenge for everyone to join him in his efforts to open doors to provide critically important employment to citizens who live nearby.

“We are very excited to see the South Health Center project moving forward,” the Supervisor said. “I look forward to the grand opening of this center in the very near future.”

Metro iPhone App Released

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Supervisor Ridley-Thomas Calls For An Expo Line Inspector General

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From USC’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism:

L.A. County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas will ask his colleagues on the Expo Line Board of Directors to considering hiring a full-time inspector general and ethics officer for the light rail construction authority.

“Both the large scale of the Exposition Metro Line and the varied composition of its Board of Directors require the oversight of a full-time Inspector General and Ethics Officer,” says a motion by Ridley-Thomas posted to the Expo Authority website on Monday.

If the board approves his motion, a plan would be presented in October for creating the new position.

The authority currently relies on a contracted Metro employee for ethics compliance.

The board will consider the motion at its next meeting is 2:30 p.m. Thursday at the County Hall of Administration.

Original at Neon Tommy.

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