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BRAVO Awards

Do you know a teacher or school that uses the arts to inspire learning? The Music Center’s Bravo Awards wants to acknowledge these champions for arts education in Los Angeles County schools. Nominate a teacher or school today by filling out an on-line nomination form here: http://www.musiccenter.org/education/bravo_applying.html.  The nomination may be from any ONE of the four categories:

  • General Education Teacher
  • Arts Specialists Teacher
  • Overall School
  • School Program

The Deadline for Nominations is October 15, 2011

Once an educator has been nominated, applying is easy! All nominees will be contacted and must submit a one-page questionnaire, a letter of intent (one-page maximum) and a principal’s letter of support (one-page maximum). Application, letter of intent and the letter of support are due October 21, 2011. Twenty-five nominees will be chosen to work together in four workshops to build the community and develop leadership skills. The peer review process will give educators the opportunity to reflect upon their teaching practice, create professional portfolios, and receive feedback from a peer coach. They will also be able to visit peer classrooms and review members’ portfolios to decide who will receive a Bravo award. All 25 participants will receive a cash stipend and be honored at the March 1, 2012 ceremony celebrating community, leadership and excellence in arts education. The ceremony will take place at the Music Center’s Walt Disney Concert Hall where the top educators in the four categories will receive special recognition.

For more information please visit: http://musiccenter.org/education/bravo.html


Jefferson Elementary School Parent Group takes a trip on the Lennox shuttle.

This new service links the residents to various key areas of the community. The shuttle is provided to assist residents who may not have a car or just want to take advantage of an inexpensive way to navigate the community. Parents issued public appreciation to Supervisor Ridley-Thomas for another great benefit to the Lennox community.

Fare: .25 cents

Free: Seniors (60 years and older). Persons with disabilities, and Children under 5

Accepted Passes: Metro and EZ Passes

Bus Operation:
7am – 6pm Monday to Friday
9am – 6pm Saturday

The Shuttle is air conditioned and wheelchair accessible.

For additional information contact:

Maria Cerdas
Deputy to Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas
2nd District

Supervisor Ridley-Thomas joins Korean American Dental Association’s call for CareNow Los Angeles Free Medical Clinic volunteers

[pullquote_right] “The leadership shown by Korean American dentists is inspirtational,” said Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas.[/pullquote_right]Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas joined the Korean American Dental Association Friday to call for volunteers at the upcoming CareNow Los Angeles free medical clinic, and to notify the Korean American community of the availability of free care.

CareNow Los Angeles will take place October 20 to October 23 at the Los Angeles Sports Arena. Uninsured patients can receive free medical, dental and vision care from volunteer caregivers.

To receive treatment, individuals must go to the Sports Arena at 1p.m. on October 17 to obtain an admission wristband. At last year’s event, 7,000 people received treatment.  “The leadership shown by Korean American dentists is inspirtational. I hope others are able to volunteer not only as health care providers but also as translators and assistants. I also hope Korean Americans in need will come to CareNow for treatment,” Supervisor Ridley-Thomas said.

Grand opening of a new health center in Lynwood

Ready to open its doors and serve the public, the Wesley Health Center, a new health center on East Imperial Highway, in Lynwood is gearing up for its grand opening. Part of non-profit-John Wesley Community Health Institute (JWCH), the new 5,000 square foot Wesley Health Center includes a 10- room primary care clinic, parking, and is located directly across from non-profit St. Francis Medical Center. The Wesley Health Center is centrally located to meet the needs of residents residing in Lynwood and the surrounding area of Compton. The services offered at the health facility center around health education, treatment and prevention.
Specifically, the Wesley Health Center will provide medical examinations, screenings for cervical and breast cancer, pregnancy testing, diagnosis and treatment for sexually transmitted diseases and gynecological problems, and referrals for health, prenatal and social services.

As part of JWCH Institute, the facility extends its health care services to everyone and no one is turned away due to the inability to pay for services rendered.

The mission of JWCH Institute, Inc. is to improve the health and wellness of underserved segments of the population of Los Angeles County through the direct coordination of health care, health education services, and research.

Grand Opening of the New Wesley Health Center

Thursday, October 6 at 9:30 a.m.

3591 East Imperial Highway Lynwood, CA 90262 (310) 223 -1036

Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas: Let the courts decide redistricting.

“The Board had an opportunity to make history today. For the first time since 1850, when Los Angeles County was incorporated, the Board of Supervisors could have chosen to voluntarily redraw district lines in such a way that safeguards the civil rights of all voters. With the benefit of hindsight, that should have been easy to accomplish. We all know that the courts found that in 1990, the Supervisors intentionally engaged in dilution of the Latino community’s voting strength; every effort should have been made to avoid a similar outcome this time. Protection of incumbents, reassignment of voters and deferral of election, or constituents’ comfort with their own current representative should not be the dominant criteria for adopting maps.

My support for two Latino-opportunity districts has not been about race, but rather about principle. It is about following the law. Since the beginning of the Board’s redistricting efforts, I have steadily maintained that adhering to the Voting Rights Act should be the primary goal of this body. This also has been the driving force behind the courageous and tenacious leadership of Supervisor Gloria Molina. Supervisor Molina worked tirelessly these past few months not to seek any special advantage for Latinos, but to ensure that upholding civil rights for all of the County’s citizens was the central focus of the Board’s debate.

Adherence to the Voting Rights Act has been contorted by some into an argument about racial divisiveness. That’s ironic, because it is the Voting Rights Act that ensures equality for all citizens. Enforcement of the VRA by the courts in 1990 resulted in the district boundaries now being defended by proponents of the status quo.

The Board heard evidence that racially polarized voting exists in Los Angeles County. We have heard this from the Voting Rights Act counsel to the California Citizen’s Redistricting Commission. We have heard it from civil rights advocates and academics. And we have heard from representatives of the Latino community – a community that makes up nearly half the population of this County.
It is my belief that the Board should have adopted a redistricting map that provides Latinos with the opportunity to elect candidates of choice in at least two of the five districts. The S2 Plan also increases the AP-I voting strength. Couldn’t we, for once, have willingly embraced the inevitable?

We had two opportunities to adopt a map that fully complies with the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

My support of Plan S2 stems from the experience of African Americans, who know all too well the adverse impact of disenfranchisement. I am proud to have stood in solidarity with those civil rights advocates who are merely seeking protection of the Latino community’s voting rights.

Such advocacy does not come at the expense of any other community. It is an expression of the tradition of civil rights and a fulfillment of the legacy left to us by Martin Luther King, Jr. and others who see voting as the primary tool of democratic expression.

When Martin Luther King, John Lewis and hundreds of African-American marchers locked arms and stepped forward to meet the violence that awaited them on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, they challenged the status quo and prevailing notions of democracy. They re-defined patriotism. I’m sure they never imagined their bravery and sacrifice would frame a debate and discussion such as the one we’ve had today, but they weren’t willing to die just for African-Americans. They were willing to die for the American ideal of democracy.

I believe strongly that either S2 or T1 is the right redistricting map, reflecting appropriate communities of interest and complying with the Voting Rights Act. Unfortunately, the board was unwilling to compromise. Ultimately, a federal court will likely determine whether a second, effective Latino-majority district is legally required.

In order to expedite that court review, to avoid further divisive delay and to avoid an unnecessary gamble on the uncertainty of an untested political process, I voted for A3 as amended. However, let me be clear: in voting for the A3 map, my sentiments remain unchanged. I am not endorsing the status quo. Rather, it is my expectation that endorsing the status quo will have the opposite effect; far from resolving the issue, the Board has hastened the court decision that appears necessary to determine district lines that comply with the VRA.

When there is no compromise, the courts must decide.”