Supervisor Ridley-Thomas Applauds Approval of Negotiation of Project Labor Agreement for New MLK Medical Center Construction

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Unprecedented Agreement Will Create Thousands of Local Jobs

Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas hailed the Board of Supervisors’ decision to negotiate an historic Project Labor Agreement (PLA) with the building trades unions to ensure the hiring of local and disadvantaged workers for a significant percentage of jobs related to construction of the new Martin Luther King, Jr. (MLK) Multi-Service Ambulatory Care Center Replacement Project. The PLA, once approved, will guarantee the effective enactment of the project’s Local Worker Hiring policy, which was approved by the Board on October 19, 2010.

“We know that job creation will lead the way out of this economic downturn,” said Supervisor Ridley-Thomas. “By enacting a strong Project Labor Agreement for the new MLK Hospital, we are developing a tangible solution to the job crisis in our community.”


2010-2011 Winter Shelter Program

Winter Shelter

Selected community non-profit homeless services providers will provide temporary shelter to homeless persons in Los Angeles County.

Those in need of emergency shelter are encouraged to go directly to one of the listed pick-up points for free transportation, rather than the site address, unless otherwise indicated. Most shelter will open at approximately 6:00 PM. For information about the shelters, please refer to the contact information on this document.

Winter Shelter Hotline
Phone: 1-800-548-6047
TDD: 1-800-660-4026 (for deaf and hearing disabled)

Internet Website:

Career And Resource Fair This Friday

Job Fair

FREE admission to job seekers! No pre-registration required. Meet face to face with top employers from your area. Dress professionally and bring several copies of your resume. Don’t miss this opportunity to meet your next employer!


Inglewood Foreclosure Prevention and Homeownership Fair on December 4th


Saturday, December 4, 2010 (9 a.m. – 2 p.m.)
The Tabernacle
321 N. Eucalyptus Ave.
Inglewood, CA 90302

Foreclosure Prevention and Homeownership fairs are held in large community meeting places so that many families can be served comfortably. HELP & HOPE is the theme for our fairs – HELP families in financial distress to avoid foreclosure. Give HOPE to families who dream of purchasing a home.

During the fair, families in mortgage distress can discuss their case in confidence with a HUD certified counselor and/or an attorney. In certain instances, a family may be able to speak with their lender directly (American Home Mortgage Finance, Bank of America, Carrington, JP Morgan Chase, CitiMortgage, GMAC, HSBC, OneWest Bank, PNC Mortgage, Saxon and US Bank are confirmed to attend). Families should be prepared for the meeting by bringing their mortgage statement(s) and monthly budget. For families interested in realizing their dream of homeownership, there will be a 45 minute Home Buyer orientation regarding: the home buying process, down payment assistance, how to shop for the “right” home and much more.

These fairs are free of charge. You may sign up for this fair by calling 888-895-2647. To sign up for a fair, please make sure to include your name, address, phone number and fair date in your email.

Those who would like to speak with their lender and/or a counselor must bring the documents listed here. Check here for the Spanish version. Related document may be found at our Center for Foreclosure Solutions Downloadable Forms page.

Please click on the Foreclosure Prevention & Homeownership Fair Schedule to see upcoming fairs and locations for 2010.

Op-Ed: Scrutiny Will Keep MTA Finances On Correct Path


By Mark Ridley-Thomas, November 15, 2010

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s money must be carefully watched. With literally billions of public dollars flowing through Metro’s fingers, the need for careful financial controls, and for fairness in Metro contracting, is greater than ever before.

Sensing intolerable traffic congestion, mounting concerns for global air quality and renewed interest in urban living, a unique coalition of business, labor and public sector voices joined with the electorate to sponsor and fund Measure R.

This half-cent-per-dollar sales tax is dedicated exclusively to transportation. Under Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s “30/10” initiative to build 30 years of rail and highway improvements in 10 years, the critical path is now implementation, and a crucial element on that path will be Metro’s ability to manage its financial affairs.