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Seventh Annual Junior Blind Olympics

Nearly 1,000 athletes took part in the  Seventh Annual Junior Blind Olympics  hosted by the Junior Blind and the Optimist Blind Youth Association.  This terrific event drew young athletes from California, Arizona, Nevada, and Utah to compete in activities such as archery, rowing  and  rock and wall climbing,

The Junior Blind of America provides visually impaired children and adults with recreational activities and rehabilitation, and teaches skills to promote and enable independence.  The values of the Junior Blind are: students and their families first, dignity through independence, building upon strengths, partnering for success, commitment to excellence, and touching more lives.

Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas joined in the festivities along with other special guests, including State Senator Curren Price, Assembly Member Holly J. Mitchell, former gold medalist Rafer Johnson and world champion power lifter Cody Colchado, Jr.

 

Community Comes Out In Support of Ridley-Thomas Motion at Metro

On Thursday, April 21 a Metro sub-committee considered a motion by Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas to add a train station at Leimert Park Village and to build the light rail line underground in Park Mesa Heights. The motion now moves forward to the full 13-member Metro Board for a final vote on Thursday, May 26. The community was out in full sport of the motion.

For additional information on the motion please click here.

 

The Community Speaks, Stakeholders Listen, and a New MLK Hospital Is on the Horizon

April 9, 2011- Constituents and stakeholders gathered at H. Claude Conference Center at the Martin Luther King Medical Center Campus to  express their hopes for the Master Plan for the new Martin Luther King Hospital. The Community Open House  provided a  forum for constituents to share their ideas for creating a healthy community on and around the Martin Luther King campus. “We want to show what can be done when community and others who want to see good things happen come together,” said Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas

Emergency Replacement Project at Harbor-UCLA

March 31, 2011 – The new state-of-the-art Emergency Replacement Project at Harbor-UCLA is taking shape. Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas recently participated in the traditional Topping Out ceremony, where he joined with workers to commemorate the completion of the steel framework for the new facility.

The event, a time-honored tradition among builders, celebrated the diligent efforts of approximately 100 workers who safely erected the 190,000 square feet framework. Among them were representatives from the Department of Public Works, the Department of Health Services, contractor Hensel Phelps, steel erector Herrick Company and iron-workers from Locals 433 and 416.

The new Harbor-UCLA facility will play a major role in improving the heath and well-being of Second District residents in Los Angeles County.

 

Ridley-Thomas Applauds Funding For New Martin Luther King, Jr. Hospital

March 8, 2011 – Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas today applauded the first payment to the nonprofit entity established to manage the new Martin Luther King Hospital. In a sign that the Board of Supervisors is dedicated to preserving the autonomy of the nonprofit, the board authorized the first installment of its $50 million, five-year funding commitment.

The money will be used for start-up expenses, such as purchasing equipment and medical supplies for the new 120-bed in-patient tower scheduled to open in February 2013. Once open, the hospital will be managed by the Martin Luther King, Jr. Healthcare Corp. and staffed by University of California physicians.

“This is an exciting new model, one that portends considerable benefit for the County of Los Angeles,” said Supervisor Ridley-Thomas. “I dare say it will be replicated in other parts of the nation as it relates to public/private partnerships and pioneering healthcare vehicles for underserved communities,” Supervisor Ridley-Thomas said.

The County’s contract with the nonprofit provides both for the autonomy of the nonprofit but also includes safeguards related to county contributions, stipulating the periodic auditing of funds.

“The board’s rights are ensconced in the agreement in such a way that transparency is preserved but the independence of the nonprofit is maximized,” Supervisor Ridley-Thomas said.