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A Promise Zone in South LA

The Obama administration has awarded South Los Angeles a federal Promise Zone designation, giving it priority access to federal funding as well as technical assistance to address the area’s 46 percent poverty rate. U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Deputy Secretary Nani Coloretti made the announcement during a press conference at Los Angeles Trade […]


Jesse Owens Biopic Inspires
South LA Youth

In celebration of Black History Month, Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas sponsored an advance screening of the biopic Race, about legendary U.S. Olympian Jesse Owens, for about 100 youth from a park in South Los Angeles named after Owens. The film showed the African-American track and field star shattering Adolf Hitler’s myth of Aryan supremacy by winning a then-unprecedented four […]


Music Takes Youth from South LA to Super Bowl

The talented kids of Youth Orchestra Los Angeles came home to a hero’s welcome after sharing the stage with Coldplay, Beyonce and Bruno Mars at the Super Bowl 50 Halftime Show. Their proud families and TV cameras were among throngs of people who gathered at the Walt Disney Concert Hall to await their return from […]


Kickstarting a Major League Stadium in Expo Park

Key players in a plan to build the nation’s most expensive soccer stadium on the site of the aging Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena have moved a step closer to their goal. The Los Angeles Football Club, poised to debut as a Major League Soccer franchise in 2018, is intent on privately financing a $250-million soccer […]