Prevent Whooping Cough through Immunization

The County of Los Angeles is experiencing higher rates of whooping cough, or pertussis, a highly contagious bacterial disease that is spread by coughing. Children and infants are most vulnerable. Symptoms include intense coughing, accompanied by a whooping sound and post-cough vomiting, with complications including pneumonia and seizures. Whooping cough can be prevented through vaccination and healthy hygiene habits.

Supervisor Ridley-Thomas is hosting a series of free community vaccination clinics to encourage families to get vaccinated, and help prevent the spread of whooping cough.

UPDATE: All immunizations for children entering school will also be provided. If possible, please bring your child’s yellow immunization card.

July 7 (9am – 12pm)
WIC – Compton
130 E. Compton Blvd.
Compton, CA 90221

July 14 (9am – 12pm)
WIC – Lynwood
3811 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90262

July 21 (3pm – 7pm)
Kedren Headstart
710 E. 111th Pl.
Los Angeles, CA 90059

August 4 (9am – 12pm)
WIC – Florence
501 E. Florence Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90003

September 1 (9am – 1pm)
Kedren Headstart
710 E. 111th Pl.
Los Angeles, CA 90050

September 8 (1pm – 5pm)
Kedren Headstart
710 E. 111th Pl.
Los Angeles, CA 90059

Aviation Industry Career Expo & Job Fair Saturday At Compton/Woodley Airport


SATURDAY, MAY 15, 2010

Compton/Woodley Airport
961 W. Alondra Blvd
Compton, CA 90220

The Annual Aviation Industry Career Expo is a free community event with career exhibitors from Boeing, the Organization of Black Airline Pilots, Tuskegee Airmen, Buffalo Soldiers, Navy, Army, and many more. The event also features helicopter and airplane rides, job fair, entertainment, and food. It’s fun for the whole family!

For more information call (310) 618-1155 or visit

In the above photo, Supervisor Ridley-Thomas honors Kimberly Anyadike — the youngest African American female to fly a plane solo across the country. Robin Petgrave, the founder of Tomorrow’s Aeronautical Museum, was also recognized by Supervisor Ridley-Thomas for his work in helping young pilots like Kimberly.

VIDEO: Supervisors Approve $7.5 Million East Rancho Dominguez Library Project

The new 7,000-square-foot library will be 40% larger than the existing space and create approximately 200 jobs.

New East Rancho Dominguez Library FACT SHEET (PDF)

A Comprehensive Eco-system Restoration Approach for the Compton Creek

By Mark Ridley-Thomas:

After the levees broke in New Orleans in 2005, the world developed a newfound appreciation for flood protection. Many lives were lost and billions of dollars of property was destroyed.

In response to the unprecedented level of devastation on American soil, the Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA) took stock and began requiring Flood Control Districts throughout the nation to certify the integrity of their levy systems.

After thorough analysis, the County of Los Angeles’ Flood Control District — which maintains responsibility for the levees in the lower reach of the Compton Creek — has determined that the levees can’t be certified to withstand a 100-year flood.

This determination has left us with choices; to meet FEMA requirements, we can accept the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ (Corps) conventional strategy of building higher concrete walls or we can think “out of the box” on how to turn this challenge into an opportunity. We can be more creative about how to address serious flood protection concerns through restoration of the entire eco-system. We can implement multi-beneficial interventions that improve water quality, promote habitat restoration, and establish upstream water retention with groundwater recharge.

These efforts will make the Compton Creek a destination point for safe and diverse recreational activity and economic development for Compton residents. The compromised state of our levees must drive us to action now; pushing us not only to address the threat to surrounding property, but the expansive potential of a creek revitalized.

The County of Los Angeles is committed to this comprehensive eco-system restoration approach, and I am encouraged by the City of Compton and the Corps’ commitment to this strategy. There are also many Compton residents with strong ties to the creek. Success will only be realized if all vested stakeholders come together and collectively agree on priorities and possibilities.

This article originally appeared in Watershed Wise.

Wilmington Imperial Rosa Parks Transit Station Community Workshop

Rosa Parks Transit Station

SATURDAY, JANUARY 9, 2010 (10 AM – 12 PM)

Please plan to join us for the second of three community meetings to prepare the plan for community improvements and beautification in the Wilmington/Imperial/Rosa Parks Blue and Green Line station areas. We will discuss the results of previous meetings; present conceptual design plans, and refine the plan based on your participation. We encourage you to attend and share your ideas.

Ronald McNair Elementary School Cafeteria
1450 W El Segundo Blvd
Compton, CA 90222

For more information about the project, or to receive meeting notices, please contact Ginny Brideau at or 323-669-7654.