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Hike With Your Elected Official

At dusk on Sunday, Supervisor Ridley-Thomas joined over sixty neighbors, students and Sierra Club members for a “Hike With Your Elected Official” at Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area in Baldwin Hills. As the group assented from the Japanese Garden to Janice’s Green Valley, they were awed by magnificent views of the Los Angeles skyline. Brief rest stops along the trail created an opportunity for Sierra Club leader Bill Vanderberg to enlighten the hikers with facts about the local biodiversity and history of the park.

Leimert Park Village Community Speaks Out

Los Angeles voices support for Supervisor Ridley-Thomas’ motion featuring letters from Congresswoman Karen Bass, Congresswoman Laura Richardson, Congresswoman Maxine Waters, Senator Curren Price, Assemblymember Steven Bradford, Assemblymember Warren Furutani, Assemblymember Holly Mitchell, Councilmember Eric Garcetti, Councilmember Bernard Parks, Councilmember Jan Perry, Councilmember Herb Wesson, City Controller Wendy Gruel, & LAUSD Board Member Marguerite LaMotte.

The Struggle in Pictures


[pullquote_right] This letter is to express my strong support… In conjunction with the concerned community members of my District, I strongly urge the Board to support Supervisor Ridley-Thomas’ motion today.
– Karen Bass, US House of Representatives, California 33rd District [/pullquote_right]
  • Congresswoman Karen Bass
  • Congresswoman Laura Richardson
  • Congresswoman Maxine Waters
  • Senator Curren Price
  • Assemblymember Steven Bradford
  • Assemblymember Warren Furutani
  • Assemblymember Holly Mitchell
  • Councilmember Eric Garcetti
  • Councilmembers Bernard Parks & Jan Perry
  • Councilmember Herb Wesson
  • City Controller Wendy Gruel
  • LAUSD Board Member Marguerite LaMotte
  • [pullquote_right] I write in strong support of Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas’ motion to underground the segment of the Crenshaw-LAX Line in Park Mesa Heights and return the Leimert Park Village station to the project.
    – Marguerite P. LaMotteLos Angeles Unified School District Board of Education [/pullquote_right] [pullquote_left] I would like to convey my support for the proposed alternative that includes the Leimert Park / Vermont Station and placing below ground the segment of the alignment from 48th to 59th streets within the City of Los Angeles.
    Eric Garcetti, President Los Angeles City Council [/pullquote_left]

    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