August 2009


August 27, 2009

Supervisor Ridley-Thomas
hosted a media briefing to provide an update on the $1.7 billion
Crenshaw / South Bay transit corridor project.

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August 18, 2009

Acting on a motion by Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, the Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a plan to build a new Martin Luther King, Jr. Hospital and authorized county officials to proceed with negotiations with the University of California to provide clinical services.

The Board also approved a capital program for construction of the new medical facilities, contingent on the UC Board of Regents’ vote at its meeting next month to enter into a service agreement with the county.

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August 4, 2009

Supervisor Ridley-Thomas Honors Artist Anne Marie Karlsen for her Award-Winning Art Work at the Lawndale Library

The Board of Supervisors today heard requests from residents of Baldwin Hills and nearby communities to consider modifications and enhancements to the existing Baldwin Hills Community Standards District (“CSD”) ordinance, which oversees oil drilling in Baldwin Hills.


August 1, 2009

Supervisor Ridley-Thomas hosted a Town Hall meeting at Drew Magnet High School on August 1st to discuss the NEW Martin Luther King Hospital.
Information and video from the entire event is now available on the MLK Town Hall webpage.


July 2009


July 29, 2009

Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas participated in the Harambee — read aloud and responded to questions from the children attending Freedom School, one of three Freedom School programs currently operating in California. During the morning Harambee, a 30-minute activity to celebrate and affirm the value of each participant and prepare for the work and learning ahead, the Supervisor read about Ella Baker, an historic figure who was a freedom fighter and history-maker. He also responded to questions such as, “What does a Supervisor do?” A former teacher, Supervisor Ridley-Thomas engaged the students, mostly elementary and middle school-aged, in a lively and informative interaction.

The Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) operates Freedom Schools throughout the country. There are plans to establish several programs within the 2nd Supervisorial District next summer. The CDF Freedom Schools program provides summer and after-school enrichment through a model curriculum that supports children and families around five essential components:

  1. High quality academic enrichment
  2. Parent and family involvement
  3. Social action and civic engagement
  4.  Intergenerational servant leadership development
  5.  Nutrition, health, and mental health

July 14, 2009

Supervisor Ridley-Thomas honored Kimberly Anyadike — the youngest African American female to fly a plane solo across the country — at last week’s Board of Supervisors meeting. Robin Petgrave, the founder of Tomorrow’s Aeronautical Museum, was also recognized by Supervisor Ridley-Thomas for his work in helping young pilots like Kimberly.

Read more about Kimberly


July 12, 2009

Supervisor Ridley-Thomas Addresses The HerShe Group from Mark Ridley-Thomas on Vimeo.

Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas was the guest of honor at a July 13 pool party in Malibu organized by the HerShe Group Foundation, a group that mentors teenage girls in foster care and sponsors an annual summer camp at Pepperdine University.

The Supervisor, a longtime advocate of supportive services for foster children, implored the teenagers to work hard to achieve their dreams and told them they are fortunate to have received guidance from an organization like HerShe.

“All of us have to have support systems,” the Supervisor told the girls. “The things that seem to be challenges and impediments today won’t be tomorrow because you are those who can achieve and overcome by virtue of the fact that you have support.”

June 2009


June 23, 2009

Supervisor Ridley-Thomas honors the 2009 Miss Chinatown Queen and Court.

Supervisor Ridley-Thomas honors the sensational R&B group The Whispers – Walter Scott, Wallace Scott, Nicholas Caldwell and Leaveil Degree – in recognition of their more than 45 years of success in the music industry and in honor of National Black Music Month. The group formed in Watts.

June 20, 2009

Mark Ridley-Thomas hosted a day of revitalization and empowerment at Roy Campanella Park in Compton. Experts from various County departments, non-profit agencies and community based organizations were on hand to provide essential
information and resources.

June 9, 2009

Supervisor Ridley-Thomas honors the Sheriff’s team responsible for the highly successful "Gift for Guns" program. At the end of the video Chief Rambo gives a special thanks to the Supervisor for his "vigorous" support of the "Gift for Guns" program.

Read more about "Gift for Guns" here (PDF)

Supervisor Ridley-Thomas honors ‘American Idol’ finalist Allison Iraheta who attends Animo Ralph Bunche Charter High School in the Second District.

Read more about Allison’s appearance at the Board of Supervisors here.

June 4, 2009

Supervisor Ridley-Thomas explains his commitment to "new media" at the Urban New Media Conference at USC’s Annenberg School of Communication on June 4, 2009.

May 2009


May 20, 2009  

Supervisor Ridley-Thomas helps celebrate “Asian Pacific American Heritage Day” in front of the Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration. KCBS/KCAL news anchor Leyna Nguyen introduced Supervisor Ridley-Thomas.

May 19, 2009  

In recognition of “Mediation Week” throughout Los Angeles County – May 17 through May 23, 2009 – Supervisor Don Knabe recognized the contributions of nine nonprofit organizations and five public entities that have assisted thousands of residents, businesses, and organizations in resolving over 6,000 disputes. Among those honored was Supervisor Ridley-Thomas’ wife, Avis, who is the Director of the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office Dispute Resolution Center.

April 2009


March 31, 2009

Presentation of scroll to Areva D. Martin, President and co-founder of the Special Needs Network (SNN), proclaiming April 2, 2009 as "World Autism Awareness Day" throughout Los Angeles County, in support of SNN and its efforts to bring light to autism as a growing global health crises and the importance of early diagnosis and early intervention, as arranged by Supervisor Ridley-Thomas.


Presentation of scrolls to representatives of the Housing Rights Center proclaiming April 2009 as "Fair Housing Month" throughout Los Angeles County, in recognition of the 41st Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1968, Title VIII, which guarantees the right to equal housing opportunities, as arranged by Supervisors Ridley-Thomas and Antonovich.


Supervisor Ridley-Thomas presents scrolls of appreciation to Holly Mitchell of Crystal Stairs, Patti Olblath of Connections for Children, and Gwen White of Community and Family Services. All three organizations are committed to serving children and families throught Los Angeles County.

March 26, 2009

Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and Supervisor Ridley-Thomas held a press conference promoting the Gifts for Guns exchange program. Over the next couple months residents can turn in their firearms and ammunition – no questions asked – at 21 drive-thru locations and receive $100 to $200 gift cards in return.

The program kicks off this weekend at Lynwood City Hall. More information here (PDF).

March 25, 2009

Supervisor Ridley-Thomas joined LAPD detectives at a press conference seeking community help to identify suspects in the vandalism of two South Los Angeles houses of worship. Last month Supervisor Ridley-Thomas introduced a $10,000 reward to help solve the St. Mark United Methodist Church case.

More information here (PDF)


Supervisor Ridley-Thomas was the featured speaker at the West Los Angeles College 40th Anniversary celebration. West L.A. College, which now serves 12,000 students in the hills overlooking Culver City, first opened its doors in 1969.

During his remarks, Supervisor Ridley-Thomas noted his strong relationship with West L.A. College President Mark Rocha who also serves on the Supervisor’s transition team. Rocha is credited with turning West L.A. College into one of the finest community colleges in the state in just a few short years.

March 20, 2009

California Alliance for Arts Education Breakfast in Compton from Mark Ridley-Thomas on Vimeo.

Supervisor Ridley-Thomas welcomed the California Alliance for Arts Education at a breakfast in Compton. During his brief remarks Supervisor Ridley-Thomas made clear where he stands on arts education:

"I am, have been and shall continue to be an advocate for arts education because I understand the central, the integral nature, of what it means to have holistic education in a way that causes students to appreciate their environment."

March 17, 2009

The invocation at the L.A. County Board of Supervisors meeting was led by Rabbi Zoe Klein of Temple Isaiah in Los Angeles. Rabbi Klein has served Temple Isaiah for over eight years and has been Senior Rabbi since July 2007.

March 7, 2009

Supervisor Ridley-Thomas co-sponsored, along with the Los Angeles County NeighborWorks Center for Foreclosure Solutions, a free foreclosure prevention fair at El Camino College Compton Center. More than 200 residents received individual help at the event.