One Step Closer to the “Park to Playa” Trail

Community  members , representatives from the Baldwin Hills Conservancy and County Department of Parks and Recreation  recently  gathered for  a ribbon cutting ceremony at Kenneth Hahn State Recreational Area  to  debut the new “Baldwin Hills Parklands” logo system . The new signage directs  users to the various open space opportunities throughout Baldwin Hills. The event also celebrated streetscape and pedestrian improvements at the La Brea entrance to the park.

These  park  improvements are important  elements of the proposed  “Park to Playa”  trail,  the first urban trail in the County to connect the Santa Monica Beach to the Baldwin Hills , spanning  over 13 miles.   The  trail will  dramatically  improve  recreational access by connecting key amenities such as the  State’s Scenic Overlook Park, the Culver City Baseball Fields, Ballona Creek and Rueben Engold Park.

For a map of the entire proposed Park to Playa trail, please click here.

Seventh Annual Junior Blind Olympics

Nearly 1,000 athletes took part in the  Seventh Annual Junior Blind Olympics  hosted by the Junior Blind and the Optimist Blind Youth Association.  This terrific event drew young athletes from California, Arizona, Nevada, and Utah to compete in activities such as archery, rowing  and  rock and wall climbing,

The Junior Blind of America provides visually impaired children and adults with recreational activities and rehabilitation, and teaches skills to promote and enable independence.  The values of the Junior Blind are: students and their families first, dignity through independence, building upon strengths, partnering for success, commitment to excellence, and touching more lives.

Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas joined in the festivities along with other special guests, including State Senator Curren Price, Assembly Member Holly J. Mitchell, former gold medalist Rafer Johnson and world champion power lifter Cody Colchado, Jr.


Community Comes Out In Support of Ridley-Thomas Motion at Metro

On Thursday, April 21 a Metro sub-committee considered a motion by Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas to add a train station at Leimert Park Village and to build the light rail line underground in Park Mesa Heights. The motion now moves forward to the full 13-member Metro Board for a final vote on Thursday, May 26. The community was out in full sport of the motion.

For additional information on the motion please click here.


The Community Speaks, Stakeholders Listen, and a New MLK Hospital Is on the Horizon

April 9, 2011- Constituents and stakeholders gathered at H. Claude Conference Center at the Martin Luther King Medical Center Campus to  express their hopes for the Master Plan for the new Martin Luther King Hospital. The Community Open House  provided a  forum for constituents to share their ideas for creating a healthy community on and around the Martin Luther King campus. “We want to show what can be done when community and others who want to see good things happen come together,” said Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas

Emergency Replacement Project at Harbor-UCLA

March 31, 2011 – The new state-of-the-art Emergency Replacement Project at Harbor-UCLA is taking shape. Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas recently participated in the traditional Topping Out ceremony, where he joined with workers to commemorate the completion of the steel framework for the new facility.

The event, a time-honored tradition among builders, celebrated the diligent efforts of approximately 100 workers who safely erected the 190,000 square feet framework. Among them were representatives from the Department of Public Works, the Department of Health Services, contractor Hensel Phelps, steel erector Herrick Company and iron-workers from Locals 433 and 416.

The new Harbor-UCLA facility will play a major role in improving the heath and well-being of Second District residents in Los Angeles County.