Message from MRT, March 2013

Welcome to the March 2013 Newsletter. As you know, in February we celebrated Black History month with several features on our website. Los Angeles County now has the most African-American executives in its history, and seven leaders are highlighted in this month’s newsletter.

In March we take time to celebrate Women’s History Month. We have much to celebrate with our first female and African-American District Attorney in Los Angeles County, and this year, attorney Marsha Temple, has been named Woman of the Year for her work as a homeless advocate. Read more here.

And on a different note, you will remember that just last week, Congress renewed the Violence Against Women Act; the text of the legislation is available here. This bill strengthens our commitment to bringing the force of law to protect women from domestic abuse and other violent crimes. So while this month we mark an appropriate celebration of progress in our country for women’s rights, much more needs to be done.

When it comes to safeguarding all of our hard-won rights, we cannot be too vigilant. If you have not yet seen it, last week I published an opinion piece on the Huffington, in defense of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The legacy of the Voting Rights Act is under siege at the United States Supreme Court, and this matter deserves our sustained attention.

On a lighter note, this month’s architectural feature brings us to Culver City’s beautiful City Hall. The building has had a fascinating history since its creation in 1928, and it provides insight into Culver City itself – one of many gems in the Second District. Check out our architectural feature and comment to let me know what you think.

Thank you for your time, and I look forward to seeing you again in April.

With hope,