Leimert Park Village Community Speaks Out

Los Angeles voices support for Supervisor Ridley-Thomas’ motion featuring letters from Congresswoman Karen Bass, Congresswoman Laura Richardson, Congresswoman Maxine Waters, Senator Curren Price, Assemblymember Steven Bradford, Assemblymember Warren Furutani, Assemblymember Holly Mitchell, Councilmember Eric Garcetti, Councilmember Bernard Parks, Councilmember Jan Perry, Councilmember Herb Wesson, City Controller Wendy Gruel, & LAUSD Board Member Marguerite LaMotte.

The Struggle in Pictures


[pullquote_right] This letter is to express my strong support… In conjunction with the concerned community members of my District, I strongly urge the Board to support Supervisor Ridley-Thomas’ motion today.
– Karen Bass, US House of Representatives, California 33rd District [/pullquote_right]
  • Congresswoman Karen Bass
  • Congresswoman Laura Richardson
  • Congresswoman Maxine Waters
  • Senator Curren Price
  • Assemblymember Steven Bradford
  • Assemblymember Warren Furutani
  • Assemblymember Holly Mitchell
  • Councilmember Eric Garcetti
  • Councilmembers Bernard Parks & Jan Perry
  • Councilmember Herb Wesson
  • City Controller Wendy Gruel
  • LAUSD Board Member Marguerite LaMotte
  • [pullquote_right] I write in strong support of Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas’ motion to underground the segment of the Crenshaw-LAX Line in Park Mesa Heights and return the Leimert Park Village station to the project.
    – Marguerite P. LaMotteLos Angeles Unified School District Board of Education [/pullquote_right] [pullquote_left] I would like to convey my support for the proposed alternative that includes the Leimert Park / Vermont Station and placing below ground the segment of the alignment from 48th to 59th streets within the City of Los Angeles.
    Eric Garcetti, President Los Angeles City Council [/pullquote_left]

    The Struggle For a Better Crenshaw/LAX Line Continues

    The Struggle in Pictures



    While hundreds of supporters looked on, Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas urged the Metro Board to locate a train station in historic Leimert Park Village. He also called for the Board to run the future light rail line underground through Park Mesa Heights

    Supervisor Ridley-Thomas


    In a blunt debate, Board members and the Metro staff give their input—for and against the station and the proposed Park Mesa Heights tunnel.

    Supervisor Yaroslavsky and Supervisor Molina


    Backing a substitute motion by Director Richard Katz, the Board gives lukewarm support to a  Leimert Park Village station. Supervisor Ridley-Thomas objects, calling for a strong affirmative stand, not a “tentative” gesture.

    Vote for the substitute motion


    Click HERE to see Supervisor Mark Ridley Thomas’ statement on Metro’s Vote


    Supervisor Ridley-Thomas, Tavis Smiley, Cornel West and Community leaders Call for Metro Board to Back a First-Rate Crenshaw/LAX Rail Line


    Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas

    Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, entrepreneur and broadcaster Tavis Smiley and renowned Princeton scholar Cornel West joined a group of community leaders at a news conference Wednesday morning calling on Metro to make vital improvements to the Crenshaw/LAX Light Rail Corridor. A Metro Board motion by Supervisor Ridley-Thomas calls for a station at Leimert Park Village and a tunnel through the Park Mesa Heights section of Crenshaw Boulevard, where the train is now planned to run at street level.

    Professor Cornel West

    The news conference was held at Tavis Smiley’s Leimert Park studios. Also speaking were Blair Taylor, president and CEO of the Los Angeles Urban League, Tunua Thrash, executive director of the West Angeles Community Development Corporation, Jackie Ryan of the Leimert Park Merchants Association and community activist Damien Goodmon.


    Tavis Smiley


    Blair Taylor, Tunua Thrash, Jackie Ryan and Damien Goodmon




    MLK Medical Center Project Labor Agreement Authorized by the Board of Supervisors

    After six months of negotiations, the Los Angeles Board of Supervisors approved a project labor agreement for the new Martin Luther King, Jr. Medical Ambulatory Care Center, the first such agreement for a County construction project.

    This agreement ensures that local residents have first priority when contractors select workers for construction of the ambulatory care center. Residents who live within a five – mile radius will be given priority at the time of hiring, and County residents in zip codes where unemployment exceeds 150% of the county average also will now have special access to jobs. Another component of the local worker project is job opportunities for low-income disadvantaged workers, such as those who are homeless, are high school drop-outs or single custodial parents.

    Click HERE for more information


    Public Private Partnership Clinics Funding Opportunities

    Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas wants to alert you to a new one-time opportunity to receive a portion of $45 Million in County funds. Please be advised that applications are being accepted to expand free and low cost clinical services in underserved areas. Over $45 Million in one-time funds will be made available to assist clinics in providing much needed financial assistance to our underserved Service Planning Areas. In particular, clinics serving South Los Angeles, Antelope Valley, San Gabriel Valley, East Los Angeles, the South Bay and San Fernando Valley are eligible for these funds.

    Information has been posted by the Department of Health Services (DHS) for Request for Applications (RFAs) about this funding opportunity. In addition, please note that the Eligible Applicants Conference is scheduled for April 13, 2009 from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Health Services Administration, 313 North Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012; auditorium. DHS strongly encourages all potential applicants to attend the Eligible Applicants Conference as this will be your last opportunity to ask questions.

    All on-line questions must be submitted to mapodaca@dhs.lacounty.gov with the subject line: RFA Clinic Capacity Expansion Project Q/A. All responses will be posted on the Office of Ambulatory Care’s website at http://dhs.lacounty.gov/wps/portal/AmbulatoryCare no later than 5:00 p.m., April 17, 2009.

    Please note that an information guide has been enclosed for your review or you can review the full version at the Office of Ambulatory Care’s website: http://dhs.lacounty.gov/wps/portal/AmbulatoryCare or http://camisvr.co.la.ca.us/lacobids.


    You are encouraged to apply for this funding.

    Also see:

    Additional Funding Opportunities

    You may qualify for additional funding opportunities through:

    Important Dates

    Clinic Capacity Expansion Project

    • April 13, 2009: Eligible Applicants Conference taking place at the Department of Health Services from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    • April 17, 2009: All on-line questions must be submitted to mapodaca@dhs.lacounty.gov no later than 5:00 p.m.
    • May 27, 2009 All Clinic Capacity Expansion Project applications must be submitted.

    The California Endowment – Building Healthy Communities

    • May 1, 2009: Proposal Deadline no later than 5:00 p.m.

    LA Care’s Tranquada II Initiative

    • March 27, 2009: LOI Application due no later than 5:00 p.m.
    • April 20, 2009: Full Application due no later than 5:00 p.m.