Supervisor Ridley-Thomas receives Crystal Service Award


A rooftop downtown dance floor drew hours of dancing under the stars in celebration of the work of Crystal Stairs. Located in Ladera Heights, Crystal Stairs, Inc. is one of the largest nonprofit child care and child development agencies in California. Each year, the organization provides child care, advocacy, and other critical services to 30,000 children and low-income families. Founded in 1980, the agency serves communities of Central and South Los Angeles as well as the cities of Gardena, Hawthorne, Inglewood and Lawndale.

Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas was honored with the Crystal Service Award, given to individuals who have tirelessly demonstrated their efforts in helping to improve the lives of young children and families. “Your award affirms our commitment to strengthening communities by strengthening our families and providing quality education to our children,” said Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas.

The Community Gem Award was given to Michael and Catherine Meyer. In the legal community, Michael Meyer and Catherine Meyer are sought-out experts in the field. Michael Meyer is the Managing Partner of the Los Angeles Area Offices for DLA Piper and he is considered one of the country’s leading authorities on major lease transactions and renewal rights. As Counsel with Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, after having been a partner with the firm for 20 years, Catherine Meyer is internationally renowned on the issues of privacy and data security breach situations.

Linda Sullivan of Southern California Edison was also awarded the Corporate Jewel Award. Edison International, through its subsidiaries, is a generator and distributor of electric power and an investor in infrastructure and energy assets, including renewable energy. Southern California Edison is one of the largest electric utilities in California, serving more than 14 million people in a 50,000 square-mile area of central, coastal and Southern California – a service territory includes more than 180 cities.

“I am humbled to be recognized alongside honorees with a track record of advocating for children and families every day.” Studies show that the absence of quality child care negatively impacts an individual’s education for life. Crystal Stairs has been providing access to quality care for 30 years.  Supervisor Ridley-Thomas concluded, “Thank you for all you continue to do for our families and the little ones who will soon be our own leaders and caregivers.”