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Expo Authority Approves Historic Project Labor Agreement

March 18, 2011 –   Workers in Los Angeles County won a historic victory today with the unanimous approval of a Project Labor Agreement by the Exposition Metro Line Construction Authority. The Project Labor Agreement (PLA), championed by Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas and City Councilman Herb Wesson, ensures that local workers will have access to thousands of jobs created by Phase 2 of the $1.5 billion-Expo line rail from Culver City to Santa Monica.
“The agreement approved by the Expo Authority means employment for thousands of residents at a time when Los Angeles County is facing an unemployment epidemic,” said Supervisor Ridley-Thomas. He added: “An investment in our physical infrastructure is incomplete without a similar investment in our human capital. Anything less is not only economically unsound, it is immoral.”

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ENERGY EFFICIENCY PROGRAM LAUNCHED IN LOS ANGELES COUNTY

Los Angeles County has partnered with Southern California Edison and the Southern California Gas Company to save homeowners money through the Energy Upgrade California Program.

This program encourages homeowners to lower their utility bills by implementing energy-saving upgrades to their houses. In addition to reducing greenhouse gases,Energy Upgrade California creates thousands of local green jobs.

Home improvements that qualify for up to $4,500 in rebates and incentives include the installation of sealing, HVAC (Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning), VAC upgrades, energy efficient windows, and tank less water heaters.  The program emphasizes a “whole house” approach, rather than installing individual improvements, as the most efficient and effective way to save money on energy bills.

For more information about Energy Upgrade California, available rebates, incentives, and a chance to win a home makeover.  Please visit: (https://energyupgradeca.org/county/los_angeles/about_overview)

MOREHOUSE COLLEGE GLEE CLUB CELEBRATES ITS 100TH YEAR

The Morehouse College Glee Club thrilled a standing-room only crowd Saturday, February 26 at the 100th Anniversary Celebration Concert at Club Nokia. The sold-out concert, hosted by Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, the Greater Los Angeles Alumni Association and the Association of Los Angeles Morehouse Parents, was the premiere Black History Month event of the season. The all-male chorus brought the audience to its feet with selections that included classical arrangements, traditional spirituals and one of its signature pieces, the Nigerian Christmas carol “Betelehemu.”

The evening began with a wonderful presentation, as Robert Ross, president and CEO of The California Endowment, presented a $125,000 check for the Morehouse College Presidential Initiative on Empowering Leadership in Local Communities.

Also, special recognition was paid to Valerie Ervin, president of The Ray Charles Foundation, for her outstanding work in bringing to fruition the new state-of-the-art home of the college’s music department, the $20-million Ray Charles Performing Arts Center. It was truly a night to remember!

COMMUNITY DISCUSSION ON INGLEWOOD OIL FIELD

Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, residents of the Second Supervisorial District and representatives from the California Department of Conservation and the South Coast Air Quality Management District gathered together last week to discuss pending litigation and regulation of the Inglewood Oil Field in the Garden Room at the Veterans Memorial Building in Culver City.

The Supervisor provided residents with an update on the progress and status of negotiations to resolve litigation brought by the City of Culver City and local community organizations against Plains Exploration and Production Company and Los Angeles County.

The meeting was an open dialogue in which residents asked questions and representatives from involved agencies addressed outstanding community concerns.

We will post a synopsis of the questions and answers for review in the near future. In addition, a follow-up community update will be held in the upcoming month.

Please check back for updates.

FORESCEE HOGAN-ROWLES NAMED SECOND DISTRICT HONOREE FOR 26TH ANNUAL WOMEN OF THE YEAR AWARD

Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas is pleased to announce that Forescee Hogan-Rowles, president and chief executive officer of the Community Financial Resource Center, is the Second District recipient of the 26th Annual Women of the Year Award. Hogan-Rowles and honorees from the four other Supervisorial Districts will be honored at a luncheon hosted by the Los Angeles County Commission for Women at 11 a.m. Monday, March 14, at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel.

“Forescee has a long history of outstanding service to Los Angeles,” said Supervisor Ridley-Thomas. “Her skills, abilities and commitment to economic empowerment have yielded tangible results – new businesses, new jobs and new enterprises for the community.”

For the past 25 years, the commission has honored women who serve as outstanding role models for women, and who have demonstrated exceptional achievements in their professions.

Other honorees include: Faye Washington, chief executive officer for the YWCA of Greater Los Angeles, Aileen Getty, community advocate and founder of Gettlove, Terri Chew Nishimura, executive director of policy and community affairs for the Pediatric Therapy Network, Jane Frye, director of the High Desert Medical Group Urgent Care, and Dianne Curtis, president of Zonta International.

“I applaud these outstanding women who empower others, influence their communities, and inspire economic change,” said Supervisor Ridley-Thomas. “These phenomenal honorees are role models for women throughout the County.”