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Falcons Take Flight

Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas awarded scrolls to the Southern California Falcons Youth Football and Cheer Organization, winners of the 2017 Pacific Coast Conference Youth Football Championship.

“This morning we acknowledge a shining example of success by those who take the time to work with our young people,” Supervisor Ridley-Thomas said.

“The Falcons are about more than just a winning football organization – they develop character,” Supervisor Ridley-Thomas added. “I am honored to present them with this County scroll in recognition of their continued commitment to develop the leaders of tomorrow.”

Keith Johnson had founded the Falcons with the simple goal of providing children in the community a safe place to play football. Its mission soon evolved, however, to empowering underprivileged and underserved youth to excel in life by providing them with services to better their education, health, physical fitness, and cultural appreciation.

The Falcons also mentor the children on personal and social responsibility by using the motto:  It’s time to teach new school kids old school values.

“In 2007 and 2008, we were just a young football program that had a dream to do something special,” Johnson said after receiving the scroll. “But what was really needed was a place where kids could learn, where they could understand who they are and what they could become.”

“We are not doing this alone. When Mark Ridley-Thomas was still running for Supervisor, he came to our park. Before he left, he simply said this, ‘I don’t know whether I’ll win or not, but I do know this: I will always support you because you’re doing real work with real people,’” Johnson said. “The Supervisor’s support has allowed us to catapult to the place where we’re mentoring not only our own children but we’re also mentoring other organizations to do the work that we do.”

Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas with Falcons coaches, players and parents. All photos by Diandra Jay/Board of Supervisors


FAQs on Cannabis Legalization

Legalized Cannabis is Here

What L.A. County Residents Need to Know in 2018

With retail cannabis sales set to begin in California on Jan. 1, 2018, Los Angeles County residents should be aware of what is — and is not — permitted in their communities.

Although some local cities, including Los Angeles, have opted to permit commercial cannabis operations, many other areas have not, including unincorporated parts of L.A. County. In addition to meeting all local permitting requirements, cannabis businesses must also obtain licenses from the state of California.

Under the new state laws, sales of adult-use cannabis to people under the age of 21 are never permitted, and cannabis can only be purchased legally from licensed retail outlets. It will remain illegal to smoke cannabis in public or to drive under the influence.

Earlier this month, LA County’s Office of Cannabis Management (OCM) released a set of proposed cannabis policies for unincorporated areas of the county. The policies seek to “prioritize the protection of public safety and health as well as the quality of life in our communities,” and are tentatively scheduled for consideration by the LA County Board of Supervisors in January.

Supervisors already have adopted a health and sanitation ordinance for cannabis businesses. The ordinance, approved on Dec. 19, 2017, establishes clear health and safety standards for those preparing and selling cannabis products. The ordinance also requires businesses to abide by operational standards to avoid adversely affecting neighbors. The LA County Department of Public Health is working with cities that will permit commercial cannabis operations to implement the new ordinance countywide.

OCM is also developing a universal emblem program for cannabis retailers that will include a campaign to educate consumers. Once the program begins in the months ahead, the distinctive emblem, similar to a restaurant grade, will let consumers know at a glance whether a cannabis business is licensed.

For more information, including proposed cannabis regulations for the unincorporated areas, frequently asked questions, resources for parents and teens, and rules for personal cannabis cultivation, please visit: http://cannabis.lacounty.gov/



Los Angeles County Office of Cannabis Management

Phone: (213-974-4530)

Email: cannabis@lacounty.gov

Web: cannabis.lacounty.gov

Giving the Gift of Help

Once homeless herself, Shaunte Davis is now helping others get their lives back on track. Thanks to Measure H, she and her fellow “housing navigators” at St. Margaret’s Center in Inglewood help take individuals and families off the streets and into housing. 8

Building a Better Life for the Homeless

Two brothers who used to live in makeshift encampments along the LA River take a tour of what will become their new home. It’s part of Los Angeles County’s unprecedented efforts to end the crisis of the homeless through Measure H.


Home for the Holidays

Monica Potts has been in and out of homelessness for over 30 years, but her life has taken a turn for the better, thanks to Los Angeles County’s efforts to combat homelessness through Measure H.