Ridley-Thomas Applauds Funding For New Martin Luther King, Jr. Hospital

March 8, 2011 – Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas today applauded the first payment to the nonprofit entity established to manage the new Martin Luther King Hospital. In a sign that the Board of Supervisors is dedicated to preserving the autonomy of the nonprofit, the board authorized the first installment of its $50 million, five-year funding commitment.

The money will be used for start-up expenses, such as purchasing equipment and medical supplies for the new 120-bed in-patient tower scheduled to open in February 2013. Once open, the hospital will be managed by the Martin Luther King, Jr. Healthcare Corp. and staffed by University of California physicians.

“This is an exciting new model, one that portends considerable benefit for the County of Los Angeles,” said Supervisor Ridley-Thomas. “I dare say it will be replicated in other parts of the nation as it relates to public/private partnerships and pioneering healthcare vehicles for underserved communities,” Supervisor Ridley-Thomas said.

The County’s contract with the nonprofit provides both for the autonomy of the nonprofit but also includes safeguards related to county contributions, stipulating the periodic auditing of funds.

“The board’s rights are ensconced in the agreement in such a way that transparency is preserved but the independence of the nonprofit is maximized,” Supervisor Ridley-Thomas said.

Expo Authority Approves Historic Project Labor Agreement

March 18, 2011 –   Workers in Los Angeles County won a historic victory today with the unanimous approval of a Project Labor Agreement by the Exposition Metro Line Construction Authority. The Project Labor Agreement (PLA), championed by Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas and City Councilman Herb Wesson, ensures that local workers will have access to thousands of jobs created by Phase 2 of the $1.5 billion-Expo line rail from Culver City to Santa Monica.
“The agreement approved by the Expo Authority means employment for thousands of residents at a time when Los Angeles County is facing an unemployment epidemic,” said Supervisor Ridley-Thomas. He added: “An investment in our physical infrastructure is incomplete without a similar investment in our human capital. Anything less is not only economically unsound, it is immoral.”

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Metro Awarded Planning Grant

Constituents of the Second Supervisorial District, Metro wants to hear from you.

The California Department of Transportation recently awarded a planning grant to the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) and the Neighborhood Initiative (LANI) to assist local jurisdictions with developing a plan to connect the proposed Florence/West station to the future Crenshaw /LAX Light Rail Line.

The goals of this project are to enhance access to the Crenshaw /LAX Light Rail Line, incorporate the community’s vision of development for the area and promote economic revitalization.

The Los Angeles Neighborhood Initiative will host a series of community meetings to inform and obtain input from members of the community.

Please continue to check our blog for updates on the Crenshaw/LAX Light Rail community meetings.

Next Public Hearing

Thursday, March 31, 2011

6:00 PM- 8:00 PM

Inglewood City Hall

Community Room A, First Floor

One West Manchester Blvd.

Inglewood, CA 90301

Rosa Parks/Willowbrook Station

The community is speaking, Metro is listening and progress is being made on the Rosa Parks/Willowbrook Station.

Metro recently completed a series of community workshops that has led to the development of a master plan that incorporates the desires of the Willowbrook community.

The Rosa Parks/Willowbrook Station connects the Blue and Green Lines and is one of the most heavily used transit assets in the entire system.  Over 16,500 people board and 14,500 disembark at the Rosa Parks Station each weekday.