Message from MRT, July 2014

Welcome to the July 2014 Newsletter. This week we celebrate Independence Day and offer a reminder to put safety first during your holiday, especially when children are celebrating.

This month, we launched a brand new community development page on our website. This new page will serve as a resource for information about jobs, transportation, environment, the new MLK Medical Campus, affordable housing, and constituent service centers. In short, our intention is to provide you with enhanced access to our strategic approach to improving our communities. We invite you to look around and let us know what you think.

On the subject of community development, we continue to work to bring a comprehensive medical village to the MLK campus. To reduce emergency room overcrowding and decrease the costs of stabilizing homeless patients in expensive hospital beds, the board voted in June to approve funding for a new $3.7-million recovery center. The newest addition to the MLK master plan, the Recovery Center, is expected to open next year, providing a safe environment for homeless patients to recover while saving the county millions of dollars each year. The center will be open 24-7 and will serve as many as 1,400 patients each year. Saving lives while saving dollars is simply a win-win.

The wins do not stop at the MLK campus. Progress continues on the Crenshaw/LAX light-rail line. But to make way for the construction, the first step is the demolition of a defunct railroad bridge at the intersection of Century and Aviation Boulevards near the Los Angeles International Airport. First there was “Carmageddon.” Then, “Jamzilla.” Now we need to brace ourselves for the “Century Crunch.” Beginning at 9 pm on July 25, we are urging everyone who can to stay clear of the surrounding roads and freeways for 57 hours to help facilitate this epic step in the construction of the Crenshaw line.

Lastly, with the summer heat, don’t be afraid to make a splash. Pools across LA County are now open seven days a week. And we invite you to take advantage of all that our county has to offer.

Thank you for your attention, and I look forward to seeing you again in August. In the meantime, enjoy July’s newsletter and have a safe and happy Fourth of July.

With hope,