January 2010


January 23, 2010

The video above evidences how Supervisor Ridley-Thomas’ trademark empowerment ideals work as seen through the lens of the re-opening of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Hospital. The video was shown at the 18th Annual Empowerment Congress Summit.

Supervisor Ridley-Thomas gives his State of the Second District speech.

Marian Wright Edelman, founder of the Children’s Defense Fund, delivers the keynote address at the 18th Annual Empowerment Congress Summit at California State University Dominguez Hills.

January 12, 2010

Presentation of scrolls to the following LA County Sheriff and Fire Departments’ personnel for their extraordinary acts of heroism in the early morning hours of December 13, 2009, when they rescued a woman and her son from a burning home in East Rancho Dominguez, as arranged by Supervisor Ridley-Thomas.

Compton Sheriff’s Station: Sergeant Ulysses Cruz, and Deputies Miguel Balderrama, Irma Rayas, DeJay Barber, Michael Kurinuj, Paul Carmona, and Dru Strong.

County Fire Station 31: Captain Scott Edwards, Fire Fighter Specialist Jeff Audet, Fire Fighter Derek Moree, and Fire Fighter Paramedics Scott Crosby, Jeffrey Brinkman, and Jeffrey Skogen.

Presentation of scroll to representatives of the Korean American Foundation proclaiming January 13, 2010 as Korean American Day throughout Los Angeles County, as arranged by Supervisor Ridley-Thomas.

December 2009


December 20, 2009

Supervisor Ridley-Thomas discussed his
first year in office on Eyewitness Newsmakers with Adrienne Alpert on December

20, 2009.

December 18, 2009

Supervisor Ridley-Thomas and Governor
Schwarzenegger light a tree at Martin Luther King, Jr. Hospital to celebrate the holidays.

December 2, 2009

Supervisor Ridley-Thomas held a public information meeting last Wednesday about the proposed plans to develop a new state-of-the-art Martin Luther King, Jr. Medical Center Campus. The proposed project will revitalize the site of the existing hospital and bring much-needed medical services to the Second District and the County of Los Angeles.

The proposed project site is the existing 38-acre Martin Luther King, Jr. Medical Center Campus, located at 12021 Wilmington Avenue in the unincorporated area of Willowbrook, County of Los Angeles, California.

The project will be implemented in two phases, or tiers. Tier I involves the development of a new Multi-Service Ambulatory Care Center (MACC) and the Ancillary Building. Tier II includes the development of: Emergency Room Expansion; MRI Modular Building; new Cooling Towers; and additional master planned mixed-use development, which may include the potential for medical offices, general offices, commercial and retail space, residential units, and other development in support of the campus.

In the video above, Yolanda Vera, Supervisor Ridley-Thomas’ Senior Deputy for Healthcare Services and Advocacy, gives a general overview of the plans for the MLK Hospital site.

More information about the MLK MACC Public Information Meeting.

Second District MLK Hospital Issues Page.

November 2009


November 19, 2009

The UC Regents voted unanimously to partner with the County of Los Angeles to reopen Martin Luther King, Jr. Hospital. Supervisors Ridley-Thomas, Yaroslavsky and Knabe joined many health advocates from across the Southland on the UCLA campus for the momentous occasion.

November 18, 2009

Supervisor Ridley-Thomas was asked to kick off the LA County Geographic Information Systems Day because of his longtime support for the technology. Learn more about GIS.

October 2009


October 30, 2009

Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas today thanked Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong, a local businessman and philanthropist, for extending a $100 million guaranty to the University of California to provide physician services for the new Martin Luther King Jr. Hospital.

Read more about Dr. Soon-Shiong and the guaranty.

October 6, 2009

At the final public hearing on the Crenshaw/South Bay Transit Corridor, Supervisor Ridley-Thomas made the case for Light Rail Transit (LRT) and urged the community to make their voices heard by attending the Metro Board of Directors meeting on December 10th:

“I want to say this, all of us are prepared to be reasonable. But don’t start skimping and saying what can’t happen when it comes to the rail that goes through the communities in which we live. We have enough of that and if it is good enough for other communities to have light rail as an alternative, well, it’s good enough for it to be in the Crenshaw/South Bay Corridor.

And that’s what we have to argue for. We have to argue for that by being present in substantial numbers. How many of you have been down to the MTA for any public meetings? Well, let me just say this, it would be my view that if all of us were there to the extent that the escalators were jammed, it would not hurt my feelings.”

October 1, 2009

Supervisor Ridley-Thomas joined Samoan Chief Loa Pele Faletogo at a Carson press conference to raise awareness about ongoing disaster relief efforts for American Samoa and Samoa. The islands were recently hit by devastating earthquakes and tsunamis.

September 2009


September 29, 2009

Supervisor Ridley-Thomas welcomes Habitat for Humanity to Lynwood and helps build ten new homes.

September 17, 2009

Testifying before the University of California Board of Regents on September 17th, Supervisor Ridley-Thomas and a cross section of stakeholders urged the Regents to consummate a deal with the County of Los Angeles to provide physician services for the new Martin Luther King, Jr. Hospital.

Read more about the UC Regents meeting

September 15, 2009

The Board of Supervisors voted to prohibit smoking in County parks with some exceptions. Citing secondhand smoke as the third leading cause of preventable death in the United States, the board followed the Department of Parks and Recreation’s recommendation in voting in favor of the ban.

In the video above, members of the Coalition for a Tobacco Free Los Angeles County celebrate their victory and express gratitude to the Board of Supervisors.