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Modernizing LA’s Historic Coliseum

A groundbreaking ceremony marked the official start of a $270-million project to restore and upgrade the 95-year-old Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, preserving it as a historic landmark while adding modern amenities – not to mention creating thousands of jobs. To underwrite a portion of the project’s cost, the University of Southern California announced a naming […]


Hate Crimes Still at Alarming Levels

Hate crimes remain at elevated levels in Los Angeles County, based on a recently released report from the County Commission on Human Relations. Board of Supervisors Chairman Mark Ridley-Thomas expressed concern over the 2016 Hate Crime Report, which documented 482 hate crime victims. The number is only one fewer than in 2015, when hate crimes […]


Sickle Cell Treatment Breakthrough

Acting on a motion by its chairman, Mark Ridley-Thomas, the Board of Supervisors awarded a scroll to pioneering hematologist Dr. Yutaka Niihara, whose research recently led to a breakthrough in the treatment of a painful blood condition that primarily affects African American communities. Working at the Los Angeles County-operated Harbor UCLA Medical Center, and at […]


Athens Vistas Groundbreaking

Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas led a groundbreaking ceremony for Athens Vistas Apartments, which will provide affordable housing for homeless and low-income seniors in unincorporated Athens when completed in late 2018. Located at 1300 W. 105th Street, the development will feature 73 affordable and accessible one-bedroom units, half of which will be designated for formerly homeless individuals. […]