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Cannabis Legislation Update

The Office of Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas sponsored an online discussion and Q&A to give the public an update on marijuana regulations being drafted for Los Angeles County’s unincorporated areas following the approval of Prop. 64.

The Office of Cannabis Management presented a slideshow, conducted live polls, and answered questions from the public about the legalization of marijuana, as well as efforts to protect neighborhoods.

MLK Community Hospital Continues Providing Care for a Diverse Population

Univision reports Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital is providing quality care to an increasingly diverse community in South LA since opening in 2015. Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas said it was important not to repeat the mistakes of the past.

See the full segment from Univision.

Remembering the Legacy
of Mayor Tom Bradley

All photos by Aurelia Ventura/Board of Supervisors

Remarks by Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas at a screening of the documentary film Bridging the Divide: Tom Bradley and the Politics of Race, celebrating the life and legacy of Los Angeles’ first and only African-American mayor on what would have been his 100th birthday.

Thank you to the March on Washington Film Festival, The California Endowment, and The California Wellness Foundation for hosting tonight’s event.

Mayor Tom Bradley’s impact on Los Angeles is immeasurable. It is a privilege to reflect on these accomplishments in commemoration of his 100th birthday, and in the presence of some of his family, friends and colleagues.

Mayor Tom Bradley

Tom Bradley has had a profound impact on my career as a public servant and elected official, from his support of my work with Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) and my candidacy to City Council, and his influence on the rest of my political career.

He was not only the first and only African American mayor in Los Angeles, but he was also this city’s longest standing mayor. His accomplishments over his five terms as mayor are far too long to list, but three things stand out that cannot go unmentioned.

First was Mayor Bradley’s work ethic and integrity. His work ethic was second to none. He arrived at City Hall before everyone else, and left after everyone else. He handled the job with humility and honor, providing an extraordinary example of leadership in the modern era.

Second was his commitment to celebrating, recognizing and investing in the diversity of Los Angeles. Mayor Bradley understood that the great diversity in a city like Los Angeles was an asset, whether around religion, gender, race and ethnicity, nationality, class or profession.

The late mayor’s daughter, Lorraine Bradley

His staff and commission appointments reflected this. In many ways, he opened up City Hall to those who had never before felt that government could truly represent and look like them. He built diverse coalitions that brought people together for the first time around a shared vision of change. He gave coalition politics a new meaning.

Third, Mayor Bradley helped transform Los Angeles into a world-class metropolis. His contributions to the development of downtown L.A. are enormous, as was his work around bringing the Olympics to this city.

I believe his leadership on building out L.A.’s light rail transportation system was particularly transformative in Los Angeles. The Crenshaw/LAX Line is in no small way an example of the legacy of Tom Bradley. Due to his efforts, two years ago, we dedicated the Expo/La Brea station in honor of his wife, Ethel Bradley. Together they laid the foundation for the light rail system we are benefiting from today.

In closing, I want to thank all the partners in the room, who give me confidence that we will continue to honor Mayor Bradley’s legacy, today and moving forward.

Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas with event panelists, including journalist Warren Olney, USC Professor Manuel Pastor, and the late Mayor Tom Bradley’s daughter, Lorraine Bradley.

Now Hiring:
1,000 Workers to Help the Homeless

Homeless Services Provider Job Fair. All Photos by Bryan Chan/Board of Supervisors

Throngs of job seekers attended the first of many job fairs aimed at creating a robust workforce to tackle the crisis of homelessness across Los Angeles County.

At the recent Homeless Services Provider Job Fair at Los Angeles City Hall, 33 private nonprofit organizations sought to fill 995 positions, ranging from entry-level outreach workers to executive directors. Their salaries will be funded through Measure H, a ¼-cent sales tax approved by voters in March to raise $355 million annually for services to the homeless.

Flanked by Councilman Curren Price, Mayor Eric Garcetti and Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, Sherine Ortega encourages job seekers. Formerly homeless, she is now an LA Homeless Services Authority outreach worker.

“Measure H is creating opportunities for people from all walks of life who are looking for work, and who want to be part of the solution,” said Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, the driving force behind the ballot initiative.

“Thanks to Measure H, our nonprofit partners are finally able to hire the staff needed to scale up their response to the homeless crisis,” he added. “Measure H is a jobs program for people at all levels of education and expertise, including people who have experienced homelessness.”

“Each person hired through this job fair will play a critical role in keeping vulnerable Angelenos from falling into homelessness, and helping people who are on our streets get back on their feet,” added Los Angeles City Mayor Eric Garcetti, who hosted the event. “Today, organizations have the resources they need to staff up and amplify their efforts to help end this crisis.”

More job fairs are planned over the coming months. Those seeking employment can also apply online at https://www.lahsa.org/jobs for the following positions:

  • Direct Service/Entry Level: Case Managers, Outreach Workers, Employment Specialists, Administrative and Finance Staff, and more;
  • Management/Supervisory Level: Program Managers and Directors, Supervisors, Coordinators, and more;
  • Professional Level: Those with advanced degrees such as Masters of Social Work, Masters of Public Policy, Masters of Public Health and Licensed Clinical Social Worker;
  • Executive Level: Executive Director, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer.


Legendary Los Angeles Jazz Musician Turns 90

All photos by Henry Salazar / Board of Supervisors.

The Board of Supervisors paid tribute to the legendary jazz musician Ernie Andrews, who will be turning 90 on Christmas Day, 2017. Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas presented him with a scroll and a birthday cake, and also led the crowd in singing Happy Birthday.

“Our local legend is in the house,” Supervisor Ridley-Thomas said. “Join me in celebrating the one and only Ernie Andrews on his remarkable jazz career and his upcoming 90th birthday.”

“I appreciate the recognition,” Andrews said. “I’ve been doing nothing but singing for a living – over 72 years now. That’s all I’ve ever done and I’ve had a nice journey.”

All photos by Henry Salazar / Board of Supervisors.

“I have enjoyed the ride and I’m still enjoying the ride,” he added. “Thank you.”

Born in 1927, Andrews spent his early years in Philadelphia and Louisiana. After moving to Los Angeles in 1944, he soon made a name for himself as a bright young talent in the local jazz scene.

Songwriter Joe Greene heard him performing on Central Avenue and quickly signed him, eventually writing his biggest hit, “Soothe Me.”

Andrews joined the Harry James Orchestra in 1958, and adopted a lush pop-oriented orchestral sound. From the 70’s through the 90’s, he collaborated with many stellar musicians, including the Frank Capp-Nat Piece Orchestra, the Clayton-Hamilton Orchestra and the Los Angeles Symphony Camerata. He also performed in such iconic events as the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival and the Playboy Jazz Festival.

In 1986, his remarkable career was documented in the film “Blues for Central Avenue.”