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VIDEO: Stakeholders Urge Board To Consider Enhancements to Existing Ordinance Regulating Oil Drilling in Baldwin Hills Area

On Tuesday the Board of Supervisors heard supporting testimony from residents of Baldwin Hills and nearby communities to consider modifications and enhancements to the existing Baldwin Hills Community Standards District (“CSD”) ordinance, which oversees oil drilling in Baldwin Hills.

Speakers: Scott Malsin, Gary Silbiger, Rebecca Bernal, Angus Alexander, Martin Schlageter, Zoe Rawson, Grace Elliott, Ken Kutchner

Speakers: Sandra Hamlat, Damon Nagami, Eddie Jones, Dr. Clyde Williams, Sally Hampton, Gwendolyn Flynn, Dr. Khin Khin Gyi, Kaypers Jackson

Speakers: Damien Goodmon and Gary Gless

Finally, Supervisor Ridley-Thomas thanked the stakeholders for their testimony and then asked the Board of Supervisors for their unanimous vote in favor of the motion to consider modifications and enhancements to the existing Baldwin Hills Community Standards District (“CSD”) ordinance. The Board voted 5-0 in favor of the motion.

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Baldwin Hills Relay For Life This Saturday

Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas
(Honorary Chair)
Invites you to
Relay for Life Baldwin Hills 2009
June 27 & 28 from 9 a.m. to 9 a.m.
Baseball Field – 5401 S. Fairfax between Stocker and Slauson

Over one million people get cancer each year and 1 out of every 2 men, as well as 1 out of every 3 women will have cancer during their lifetime.

Now there is a way for you to help fight this terrible disease…

RELAY FOR LIFE of BALDWIN HILLS!

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Dorsey High School Students On A Conservation Mission To Bring Back Bird Last Seen A Decade Ago

Armed with rakes and trowels, Dorsey High School students on Saturday traveled to a new state park in Culver City on a daunting conservation mission: to bring back the cactus wren, a bird not seen there in a decade.

Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook State Park is a panorama of undeveloped hills and wilderness where gray foxes still prowl and red-tailed hawks soar within sight of downtown Los Angeles. Many other natural residents, however, have been vanquished by urban encroachment.

The two dozen students aimed to lay the foundation for a cactus wren stronghold by restoring the coastal sage scrub preferred by the bird, which builds its nests deep within the protective spines of cactus patches.

After weeding a square acre of steep hillside at the Culver City park, they planted cholla and prickly pear cactus, elderberry and black walnut trees.

“Cactus grows slowly, so my goal is long-term,” said Fonda Williams, 17, who plans to enroll at UCLA next year.

“I’m hoping that years from now, I’ll visit Baldwin Hills and discover that a pair of cactus wrens are calling the cactus I planted home.”

Read the entire L.A. Times article

Join The Supervisor's Baldwin Hills Relay For Life Team

relay 4 life
Whether it is a friend, family member, the neighbor down the street, or our own personal experience, we have all been touched by cancer in some way. We all have the power to make a difference in the fight against cancer. That’s why I have chosen to fight back right here in our community by participating in the American Cancer Society Relay for Life.

Please join me on Saturday, June 27th at 9:00 a.m. a the Kenneth Hahn Baseball Field, 5401 S. Fairfax, between Stocker and Slauson.

Together, we can celebrate, remember, and fight back.

JOIN SUPERVISOR RIDLEY-THOMAS’ TEAM

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