Willowbrook, MLK

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.”

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VIDEO: Governor Schwarzenegger and Supervisor Ridley-Thomas Light Tree of Hope at MLK Hospital

The tree lighting ceremony took place on Friday, December 10, 2010.

MLK Hospital Tree Lighting Tonight!

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger
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Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas
cordially invite you to attend a special

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Martin Luther King, Jr.
Multi-service Ambulatory Care Center (MACC)
12021 S. Wilmington Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90050

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VIDEO: Ridley-Thomas Hosts Forum Highlighting Construction Job and Contracting Opportunities at the New MLK Medical Center

Over 400 people joined Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas this week at a Small Business Forum which addressed opportunities for Small Business Enterprises (SBE) and local workers to secure work on the Martin Luther King, Jr. (MLK) Medical Center Replacement projects.

Forty-five exhibitors, including the four finalists for the design-build contracts, were present. Representatives from the Los Angeles World Airports and Metropolitan Water District were also present to share other job opportunities. The forum connected SBEs and local workers with resources including bonding, access to capital, certification, technical assistance, and contractor training.

Last week, Ridley-Thomas led an effort before the Board of Supervisors to establish a local worker hiring policy and small business enterprise program for both projects at the new MLK medical center.

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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.”