Get Hip – Go Green Fest '09 In Florence-Firestone

The County of Los Angeles, Supervisors Gloria Molina and Mark Ridley-Thomas and the Department of Public Works invite you to the Florence/Firestone “Get Hip – Go Green Fest ’09” on Saturday, April 18, 2009, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Join us for:

-Household hazardous waste collection event
-Utility discounts
-Environmental workshops
-Money saving programs
-Chance to win: gas & grocery gift cards
-FREE food (while supplies last)
-Games, music and more…

Franklin D. Roosevelt Park
7600 Graham Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90001

For more information see flyer or call (888) CLEAN LA.

VIDEO: Happy 115th Birthday Gertrude Baines!

Supervisor Ridley-Thomas and Chief of Staff Sylvia Drew Ivie helped Gertrude Baines celebrate her 115th birthday yesterday. Baines, who lives in the West Adams neighborhood of the Second District, is the world’s oldest living human being according to Guinness World Records.

Applications For New Clinic Sites In South L.A. Being Accepted

Approximately $15 million is targeted for South L.A. over next three years

Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas today announced that applications are being accepted for the County’s clinic expansion project.

The Supervisor voted in February for the initiative to create and support new clinic sites in underserved areas of the county. The “Clinic Capacity Expansion Project” is intended to provide funds for infrastructure projects – including new construction, renovations, and equipment – to new and existing community health clinics in high-need areas.

The County of Los Angeles Department of Health Services’ (DHS) has released Request for Applications (RFA) for the project.

“I am urging new and existing eligible applicants as are encouraged to apply for this project, as it presents a huge funding opportunity for free and low-cost community clinics, particularly those serving South Los Angeles,“ Supervisor Ridley-Thomas said.

These one-time only funds, he added, have been allocated to increase capacity in areas of the County with the least amount of existing resources so that applicants can take advantage of other new funding opportunities to sustain their operations.

All projects funded as part of the RFA must be completed within two years of the effective date of the agreement. The Department of Health Services will be responsible for administering the agreements, which result from this application process.

The deadline to submit RFAs is 4 p.m. on May 27, 2009. An Eligible Applicants Conference is scheduled for April 13, 2009 from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Health Services Administration Auditorium, 313 N. Figueroa St. , Los Angeles , CA 90012.

The Department of Health Services strongly encourages all potential applicants to attend the Eligible Applicants Conference, as this will be the last opportunity to ask questions. To obtain a “Clinic Capacity Expansion Project” RFA, or to receive additional information on criteria to apply, please call (323) 869-7160 or log onto

VIDEO: Supervisor Ridley-Thomas, Governor Schwarzenegger and Sheriff Baca Promote The Gifts For Guns Exchange Program

Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and Supervisor Ridley-Thomas held a press conference promoting the Gifts for Guns exchange program. Over the next couple of months residents can turn in their firearms and ammunition – no questions asked – at 21 drive-thru locations and receive $100 to $200 gift cards in return.

The program kicks off this weekend at Lynwood City Hall. More information here (PDF).

Also see the extensive Second District video library.

Free Foreclosure Prevention Fair Saturday

Supervisor Ridley-Thomas is co-sponsoring a free foreclosure prevention fair on Saturday, March 7, 2009 with Los Angeles County NeighborWorks. Confidential foreclosure counseling will begin at 9 AM and continue until 1 PM at El Camino College Compton Center (Campus Gym), 1111 E. Artesia Blvd., Compton, CA 90221.

HUD certified counselors, lenders and legal professionals will all be on hand to assist you for FREE. Please come prepared by bringing your mortgage statement and monthly statement.

For more information please contact 888-895-2647 or