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Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas Calls for Safety, Economic Protections for the Crenshaw/LAX Light Rail Corridor

 

Supervisor Ridley-Thomas at May's Metro meeting, where the board approved a Leimert Park Village Station, but without money for its construction. At the June Metro meeting, Supervisor Ridley-Thomas introduced a motion for safety and economic benefits improvements on the Crenshaw/LAX line.

Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas introduced a Metropolitan Transportation Authority Board motion Thursday calling for Metro to create a fund for business losses caused by construction of the Crenshaw/LAX light rail line, and for the agency to devise plans for safety, local worker hiring and streetscape improvements along the route.

“The Crenshaw/LAX line project is moving fast ahead. As it is being built we must also make sure the community doesn’t pay too high a price for its long-overdue rail service,” Ridley-Thomas said.

“The rail line is meant to cut traffic and improve safety, so I want Metro to come up with solid plans to make sure that happens. The line should also be built with workers from the community, and businesses disrupted by the construction need to be compensated,” he said.

Ridley-Thomas’ motion to create a “Community Benefits Package,” introduced at Thursday’s board meeting, will be placed on the agenda of the board’s August 4th meeting.

The motion calls for Metro’s Chief Executive Officer to devise plans for:

• Safety along the street-level segment of the line on Crenshaw Boulevard between 48th Street and 59th Street.

• Traffic mitigation on the same segment to reduce congestion from the current “F” rating to at least a “C” grade.

• A Local Worker Hiring Program to assure at least 30% of workers are from the local area and 10% are disadvantaged workers, as well as a program to grant 30% of contracting to small business enterprises.

• A business mitigation fund to assist local businesses impacted by the construction.

• A sidewalk, streetscape and local business improvement plan on Crenshaw Boulevard from Vernon Avenue to Stocker Street to enhance the corridor connecting Leimert Park to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Transit Station.

In May, the Metro board rejected a Ridley-Thomas proposal to put the rail line underground in the Park Mesa Heights community, between 48th Street and 59th Street along Crenshaw Boulevard.

The board also voted then to approve a Leimert Park Village station, but did not authorize money to pay for the addition, leaving its future in question.

Ridley-Thomas said he is working to ensure the Leimert Park Village station gets built. Meanwhile, his motion seeks to maximize the benefits of the rail project to the community.

“As we continue to press for a rail station in Leimert Park Village, the cultural center of African American Los Angeles, we must also make sure construction of the project promotes the economic growth that is the foundation of that rich cultural life,” Ridley-Thomas said.

“When the Leimert Park Village station is built, it must be surrounded by a thriving community of small businesses and safe and secure communities. With proper planning, Metro can ensure the Crenshaw/LAX light rail project is a win-win for all,” he said.

Ridley-Thomas noted the Crenshaw/LAX rail project is now on track for completion in 2016. The project had earlier been designated as a bus-way with a 2029 completion date. The 8.5 mile line will run from Exposition Boulevard and Crenshaw Boulevard to Los Angeles International Airport.

Motion (PDF)

Press Release (PDF)

LA Weekly Article on Crenshaw/LAX Line

Summer 2011 Pool Openings and Swim Lessons for Parks in the Second and Fourth Supervisorial Districts

The Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation has a summer of fun activities in store for Los Angeles County youth and families. The first of many programs began on Saturday, June 25, 2011; with the opening of 14 pools for free recreational swimming.  Recreational Summer Swim is now open to the public until Monday, September 5.  Recreational pool hours are from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily.

 

In addition to offering recreational swimming, the pool will also offer swim lessons, dive team, swim team, Junior Lifeguard training, water polo, Masters Swimming and adult lap swim. Most activities are free, including daily recreational swimming. Swim lessons are only $20.00 per two-weeks (10 days) of instruction (first come, first served).

Patrons interested in swimming programs and activities may contact the aquatic office at (310) 965-8638, Monday – Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

 

Summer Swimming will be offered at the following parks:

  • Cerritos Park – 19700 S. Bloomfield Avenue, Cerritos, CA 90701
  • Cal High – 9401 Painter Avenue, Whittier, CA 90605
  • Roy Campanella Park – 14812 Stanford Avenue, Compton, CA 90020
  • Helen Keller Park – 1045 W. 126th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90044
  • Mona Park – 2291 E. 121st Street, Compton, CA 90222
  • Victoria Park – 419 E. 192nd Street, Carson, CA 90745
  • Ted Watkins Park – 1335 E. 103rd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90002
  • Athens Park – 12603 S. Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90061
  • Enterprise Park – 13055 Clovis Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90059
  • Leon H. Washington Park – 8908 S. Maie Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90002
  • Jesse Owens Park – 9651 S. Western Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90047
  • Lennox Park – 10828 S. Condon Avenue, Lennox, CA 90304
  • Carver Park – 1400 E. 118th St., Los Angeles, CA 90059
  • Bethune Park – 1244 E. 61st St., Los Angeles, CA 90001

Board of Supervisors Proclaims National HIV Testing Day

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved a motion by Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas proclaiming June 27, National HIV Testing Day in Los Angeles County. On the national day of HIV awareness, local residents, community stakeholders, faith-based groups, elected officials, and county employees will mobilize to encourage individuals to test themselves for infection of HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.

In Supervisor Ridley-Thomas’ district, a newly dedicated mobile testing van, called “The Health Spot” will travel through high-risk areas to provide screenings and educational information as well as to distribute condoms.

“Despite decades of advances in education and medicine, HIV infection continues as a vexing public health crisis in many communities in my district” said Supervisor Ridley-Thomas. “Monday, June 27 will be a day of awareness, knowledge, engagement, and empowerment.”

While comprising 10% of Los Angeles County’s population, African Americans account for 24% of confirmed HIV and AIDS cases. Latinos in Los Angeles County comprised 23% of those infected with HIV as of 2009, despite being 15% of the County population.

In partnership with the National Association of People with AIDS, the National
HIV Testing Day seeks to encourage people to get tested and receive counseling

Nearly 90,000 people in California have contracted and died from AIDS since it
was first recognized as an epidemic in 1981, 31,000 of them in Los Angeles
County.

Courtesy of www.aids.gov

Education
www.Aids.gov
Access to Federal HIV information, policies (e.g. the National HIV/AIDS Strategy), programs, and resources.

http://www.publichealth.lacounty.gov/aids/
LA County’s Public Health website offers local information and resources on HIV & AIDS.

Engagement
http://hivstory.ning.com/
Share and read stories of hope and those who have faced challenges. Be inspired and inspire others

Empowerment
www.HIVtest.org
Type in your zip code and find testing locations near you. Knowing your status is empowering yourself.

To learn more about HIV/ AIDS or find testing sites and events happening locally in the 2nd District and around Los Angeles County please visit http://erasedoubt.org or call 1-800-367-AIDS (2437)

Supervisor Ridley-Thomas introduced the motion at the request of the
Empowerment Congress Health Committee.

The Empowerment Congress Health Committee is part of the Empowerment
Congress, a partnership among neighborhood groups, residents, nonprofit
organizations, businesses, religious institutions, and community leaders.

The Empowerment Congress was founded in 1992 on the principle that elected
officials are most effective when the constituents they serve are actively involved
in the decision-making process.

 

African and African-American Community Summit

5th Annual Delta Day In Los Angeles
African and African-American Community Summit
(2011 is the UN International Year For People of African Descent)

DEVOTE the day.
SPEAK OUT.
TURN OUT.

The Century City Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., along with 13 alumnae chapters in Los Angeles County, is again planning for Delta Days in Los Angeles County.  The chapter serves many of the communities in the Second Supervisorial District and advocacy, community education, and engagement in voter education and mobilization continue to be a strong focus.

The goal of the Summit is to inform the participants, facilitate the formation of collaboratives and partnerships, and develop strategies among key opinion shapers. In the end, the day will highlight the strong legacy and history of excellence that has created a partnership between government and community.

This is A Strategy Meeting to Meet & Hear ELECTED OFFICIALS & OPINION SHAPERS discuss:

  • Re-Districting At All Levels – Getting Involved
  • Going Green – Resources from the Public Utilities
  • Budget Cuts – Federal, State, County, Local Impact on Our Communities
  • Voter Stabilization – Re-gaining Ground
  • & More Empowering Information

Downtown LA City Hall
City Council Chambers
Thursday, June 23, 2011
9AM – 3PM

Spearheaded By: Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

NOTE:  Transportation and Parking information available upon request.  For more information, email to centurycitydst@yahoo.com or call 310-673-6988

 

 

LA County Arts Education Collaborative Best In The Nation

Established by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, Arts for All is the dynamic, County-wide collaboration working to create vibrant classrooms, schools, communities and economies through the restoration of all arts disciplines into the core curriculum for each of our 1.6 million public K-12 students. Arts for All was awarded the 2011 Arts Education Award by the nation’s leading arts advocacy organization, Americans for the Arts (AFTA). The announcement was made June 16, 2011 at AFTA’s annual convention, this year held in San Diego, CA.

According to the 50-year-old Washington-based nonprofit, this year’s field of candidates, comprised of 18 nominations from around the country, was the most competitive ever evaluated in the judging process. In addition, Robert L. Lynch, President and CEO of Americans for the Arts, said that the Arts for All selection is all the more remarkable given California’s budget crisis.

“Particularly at a time when school districts face increasingly dire fiscal circumstances,” Lynch said, “Arts for All’s steady commitment and support has kept arts education at the forefront of school and community leaders’ consciousness in Los Angeles County.”

Alongside Los Angeles Unified School District’s own arts education initiative, 44 out of the 81 districts in L.A. County are now identified as Arts for All partners and committed to standards-based K-12 arts instruction. Funding for Arts for All comes from private foundations, corporations, federal grants and the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. The collaborative has been widely recognized by scholars for its creative approach and accomplishment.

Arts for All impacts close to 950,000 students and has experienced an annual growth in district participation since it began in 2003 with six vanguard districts. Arts for All has used a pragmatic approach to assist school districts as they build the foundations that support quality, sequential, K-12 arts education in dance, music, theatre and visual arts. For many children, this ongoing instruction in the arts is their most memorable educational experience, often leading to jobs and careers in what experts call the “creative economy” of Los Angeles.

Last year the Otis (College) “Report on the Creative Economy of the Los Angeles Regions” stated that the creative industry “supported one out of six jobs in the region, generating an estimated $127 billion in sales revenues and $4.6 billion in state and local tax revenues.”

 

Referring to the Arts for All track record, Laura Zucker, the Executive Director of the LA County Arts Commission, said, “It is our hope that our work in L.A. County will provide a model for school districts across the country that are committed to including sequential, standards-based K-12 arts education in the core curriculum.”

Visit www.lacountyartsforall.org to learn more.