SAVE THE DATE: South Health Center Groundbreaking at the NEW MLK Medical Center on June 11th

South Health Center

Join Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas
for a Groundbreaking Ceremony at the new
South Health Center

JUNE 11, 2010 (9:30 a.m.)

Corner of Wilmington Ave. and 120th St.

The South Health Center will provide public health and wellness services including immunizations and treatment for sexually transmitted diseases, tuberculosis and other communicable diseases. This $20 million public health center is part of the NEW Martin Luther King, Jr. Medical Center Campus.

For more information please contact 213-743-7200 or

Today is Census Day in L.A. County – Make Sure You Count!


Second District staff getting the word out about the 2010 Census. For more information please visit:

Hall of Administration Headquarters Undergoing Repair and Updating

City News Service reports on our upcoming office repair and renovation work at our Hall of Administration headquarters:

LOS ANGELES (CNS) – The County Board of Supervisors today approved an allowance of about $700,000 for one supervisor to renovate his aging office space.

Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas plans to use the money to add seven workstations, replace the ceiling system and recarpet his eighth-floor space in the Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration.

The office has not been updated in about 15-20 years, according to Dan Rosenfeld, Ridley-Thomas’ senior deputy for economic development, sustainability and mobility. A walk through the office seemed to support this claim — revealing dingy, hard-worn carpeting, dim overhead lighting and extension cords snaking into poorly located electrical outlets.

About 22 people work in what Rosenfeld estimated at about 4,000 square feet. Some are crowded into the corner of another person’s office or working in a narrow corridor between offices.

The renovation will include bringing the space up to current codes, including the installation of levered door hardware to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The new ceiling system will allow for more energy-efficient lighting. Electrical power and voice and data lines will be relocated to better support office technology.

“We’ll remodel it to bring it into the 20th century, if not the 21st,” Rosenfeld said.

But some things won’t change. All the historic wood, original to the building when built in 1960, will stay, though it will be refinished in areas, Rosenfeld said.

According to documents provided to the board, the budget does not include the cost of new furniture, which will be paid for with discretionary funds available to the Second District.

Rosenfeld and Ridley-Thomas aide Aurelio Rojas acknowledged that the timing — during a recession — wasn’t ideal.

Rosenfeld stressed that the $700,000 is a budget and not a contract for work.

“Our job is to do it for less,” he said.

UPDATED: Special Election Briefing On May 12th

empowerment congress ballot measures

Briefing on the Special Election and
The California Budget Crisis

Tuesday, May 12, 2009
6 p.m – 8:30 p.m

(Registration at 5:30 p.m.)

California Science Center
Wallis Annenberg Building
Muses Conference Room
700 Exposition Park Drive
Los Angeles, California

Please RSVP to
or 213-743-7200


2009 Distinguished Middle and High Schools

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O’Connell announced the 2009 California Distinguished Schools earlier this month. The following Second District schools earned a spot on the list:

Lawndale High School

Hawthorne Mathematics and Science Academy

Jane Addams Middle

Animo Pat Brown Charter High

William & Carol Ouchi High School

Animo Inglewood Charter High