Message from MRT, July 2013

Greetings and welcome to our July edition of the Second District newsletter.  There have been no summer doldrums in the Second District.  As you’ll see, we have a lot going on.  You’ll find an important update on child protection and safety issues.  We have too many systematic failures when it comes to children in the care of the county.  Last week, the board created an independent Blue Ribbon Commission to rigorously examine why child protection reforms at the Department of Children and Family Services as well as other county agencies stall, lapse or simply evaporate before they are implemented.  With regard to transportation, the good news continues on the Crenshaw-to-LAX light rail line.  After more than 30 years of discussion organizing and advocating, full funding for the design and construction of the Crenshaw-to-LAX light rail line was approved by the Metro Board.  And it is that time of year again.  Time for Freedom Schools this Summer.  I have never seen an academic program engage and inspire our young people the way Freedom Schools do.  And this summer marks the first time we are bringing these schools to two county probation camps.  Like many of you, I’ll be celebrating Independence Day with family and friends. I encourage everyone to celebrate safely and responsibly.

With hope,