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Revitalization of the Slauson Corridor

For many years, residents surrounding Slauson Ave (from La Brea to Angeles Vista) have passionately argued that Slauson Avenue should be upgraded to reflect the purchasing power and stature of the surrounding communities. On October 4th, over 125 residents from View Park, Ladera and the Windsor Hills communities joined Supervisor Ridley-Thomas at the Junior Blind to discuss the steps necessary to work towards real revitalization.

The evening began with a presentation on “town centers” and the steps that were feasible and necessary to make the Slauson Corridor into a town center. Corde Carillo, Director of Economic Redevelopment for the Community Development Commission (CDC) followed with an update on the work completed by the CDC.

The night ended with a review of the eight next steps – which ranged from “community branding” to “public investment” to “commercial redevelopment” and the organization of 3 taskforces to ensure follow-through.

To see a presentation on Slauson & Town Centers click here.

To review CDC’s eligibility analysis for future Community Development Block Grant funds for the area, click here.

To review Next Steps click here.

To get involved with the Branding, Public Investment or Commercial Redevelopment Taskforces please contact Erin Stennis at estennis@bos.lacounty.gov

Crenshaw/LAX Line among 14 infrastructure projects expedited by the Obama Administration

Good news! The 8.5-mile Crenshaw/LAX Line project has been selected by the Obama Administration to receive federal assistance to expedite the environmental review process. The Crenshaw-to-LAX line, which will run from the intersection of Exposition and Crenshaw boulevards to the airport and continue on the Green Line to Redondo Beach, is one of only 14 transit projects nationwide to be selected for assistance by the Federal Transit Administration.

“This announcement is wonderful news for the Crenshaw community, the city of Los Angeles, the Crenshaw Corridor, and commuters all over the county who travel to LAX,” said Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas. “Not only does this action by the Obama administration demonstrate the president’s commitment to job creation, it provides new momentum for a Leimert Park Station as part of the Crenshaw-to-LAX line.

“Securing a Leimert Park station remains our goal,” the Supervisor said, “and any assistance that may shorten the time needed to develop the line is likely to produce savings that can be directed to the station,” the Supervisor said.

The announcement comes two weeks after the Metro Board approved negotiations for a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) and Construction Careers Policy (CCP), as well as the final environmental impact report for the Crenshaw/LAX line.

Celebrating landmark legislation for autism

On Sunday October 9, Gov. Jerry Brown signed historic legislation requiring health insurers to cover behavioral health treatments for children with autism and serious developmental disorders. The Autism Insurance Mandate Bill (SB 946), authored by Senate Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) and co-sponsored by the Special Needs Network, a nonprofit organization based in Los Angeles, provides families with the relief they have sought and thousands of children with hope for the future.

Autism is the fastest-growing childhood disease in America. A recent study published in the American Academy of Pediatrics Journal confirms that one in every 91 American children, including one in every 58 boys born today will be diagnosed with autism. In California alone, two children are diagnosed every hour. This complex neurological disorder is taking its toll on school districts, communities and families across the nation.

Buoyed by the governor’s action earlier in the day, excitement was in the air at the organization’s Sixth Annual Evening Under the Stars Gala Sunday evening. Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas joined Special Needs Network President Areva Martin, Steinberg, and other guests, at the California Science Center, where they celebrated the passage of the landmark legislation.

The Special Needs Network, is the only nonprofit organization in South Los Angeles providing free resources, and services to special needs families. This year’s event was themed “Awareness, Access, and Advocacy” and in addition to the passing of SB 946, it honored a host of figures who have made an impact in the autism community. They included: Dr. David Carlisle, the newly elected President of Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science; Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen, producers of Dear John, the Twilight series, and the new ABC show Revenge; and Dr. Tumani Leatherwood and Dr. Jose Cervantes, directors of the first Kaiser Permanente medical office in South Los Angeles. A special Local Hero Award was presented to Steinberg, who has been a tremendous champion of the autism community.

The evening also included the premiere of the CBS-produced documentary Camp JPAC: the feature, chronicling Special Needs Network’s free summer camp catered to children from undeserved communities as well as typically-developing friends and siblings.

As part of its larger mission, the network serves as a link between underserved communities and mainstream developmental disability organizations and governmental institutions, which often fail to address issues specific to these communities.

For additional information Special Needs Network, log on to www.specialneedsnetwork.org or you can find out more on Facebook www.facebook.com/snnla and Twitter www.twitter.com/specialneedsla.

Grand Opening of the new Martin Luther King Center for Public Health

Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas was joined by representatives from the Department of Public Health, numerous elected officials, and members of the South Los Angeles community to celebrate the grand opening of the new Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Public Health (formerly the South Health Center).


The public health center’s completion marks a major milestone in the first phase of a $400-million investment to transform the Martin Luther King, Jr. Medical Center into a national center of excellence for health care delivery, urban health promotion, research and teaching, health workforce development, and economic development.

Part of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Wellness Community, the new 31,000-square-foot facility will provide immunizations and treatment for sexually transmitted diseases, tuberculosis, and contagious diseases.

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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