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 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 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: or


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 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.


Ending homelessness once and for all in Los Angeles County is one of Supervisor Ridley-Thomas’ top priorities.  While recent inroads have been made to combat homelessness in the Second District and beyond, much work remains to be done on this daunting but ultimately solvable problem.  Los Angeles County has a homeless population of nearly 45,000 individuals, 39% of whom live in the Second District.  The total homeless population includes 12,000 chronically homeless individuals and homeless veterans.  The Second District has a number of resources for homeless families and individuals, including emergency shelters, winter shelters and transitional and permanent housing units.

Supervisor Ridley-Thomas has committed to enacting United Way of Greater Los Angeles’ “Home for Good,” which has set an aggressive goal of eradicating chronic and veteran homelessness by 2016.  Read more about Home for Good here.  The Supervisor joined the Empowerment Congress in raising over $6,000 for the United Way’s 2010 HomeWalk to End Homelessness. You can still donate to HomeWalk until December 31, 2010, by visiting here.

Press Releases:

Board Motions:

Important Information: