Message from MRT, May 2014

Welcome to the May 2014 Newsletter.

On May 28 at 9:30 a.m. in Willowbrook, we will celebrate the ribbon cutting of the Martin Luther King Jr. Outpatient Center. This facility is an important part of our medical village that will be anchored by three facilities, including the hospital and center for public health. We are excited to celebrate the new resource with you.

Next I would like to thank all who recently joined us to march against child sex trafficking along Western Avenue. This is a terrible problem I, along with many of you, am committed to seeing come to an end. For those of you who could not attend, you’ll find more information on the subject and a video of the event in this newsletter.

On another serious note, the Board of Supervisors has taken on the question of how to manage our inmate population. It’s clear to all of us that Men’s Central Jail must be replaced, but the challenge before us is how to successfully divert mentally ill inmates to treatment. Stay tuned for further updates as we will be working to systemically reform our overcrowded and antiquated jail system.

Moving on, I am happy to note that construction on the long anticipated Crenshaw-to-LAX rail line has begun. But I don’t want you to be caught off guard: On Friday, May 16, please expect a street closure on Crenshaw Boulevard between Exposition Boulevard and Rodeo Place. There will be some inconveniences while the line is being built, but the result will be worth it!

Construction along the long anticipated Crenshaw-to-LAX rail line has begun. On Friday, May 16, please expect a street closure on Crenshaw Boulevard between Exposition Boulevard and Rodeo Place. When the Crenshaw/LAX line opens to the public in 2019, passengers and customers will be able to travel throughout the Los Angeles region. It will help revitalize the local and regional economy.

Lastly, this month in our architectural feature, we highlight King Fahad Mosque in Culver City. A gift to the Muslim community in Southern California from Saudi Arabia, the mosque serves as a religious and educational center.  Read more about this remarkable gem in this month’s newsletter.

Thank you for your attention, and I look forward to seeing you again in June.

With hope,
MRT