It Is Not Too Late To Quit Smoking!

The L.A. Quits program works. Note the following email from a constituent:

“Dear Supervisor Ridley-Thomas,

I would like to personally thank you for the nicotine patches. It has been 2 weeks now and I don’t even have an urge. Thanks for helping to save my life after 30 years of smoking.”


To date, we have distributed only 25% of our 30,000 two-week stop-smoking starter kit supply. And now we are holding the following outreach events in the community to make it easy to get started on quitting!

Thursday, July 23, 2009
2:00 – 6:00 p.m.
280 E. Compton Blvd.
Compton, CA 90220

Saturday, July 25, 2009
11 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
HIV TestFest
Ted Watkins County Park
1335 East 103rd Street
Los Angeles, CA 90002

Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Los Angeles
1:00 – 5:00 p.m.
1730 W. Manchester Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90047

Visit the L.A. Quits website

Watts Towers Summer Expo Tomorrow

watts summer expo

Concert and resource fair from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Watts Tower Amphitheater
1765 E. 107th St., Los Angeles, CA 90002

Live Performances by:

D.L. Hughley, Brian McKnight, Tank, K-Ci & Jo Jo, Rodney Perry, Teddy Riley and more.

More information

VIDEO: Supervisor Ridley-Thomas Honors 'The Whispers'

Supervisor Ridley-Thomas honors the sensational R&B group The Whispers – Walter Scott, Wallace Scott, Nicholas Caldwell and Leaveil Degree – in recognition of their more than 45 years of success in the music industry and in honor of National Black Music Month. The group formed in Watts.

The Whispers To Be Honored At Tuesday's Board Meeting


The all-time great R&B group, The Whispers, who formed 45 years ago in Watts, will be honored at next Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting by Supervisor Ridley-Thomas. With 30 albums to their credit and countless hits including, “Rock Steady,” “And the Beat Goes On,” and “It’s a Love Thing,” The Whispers will be presented with a Scroll of Appreciation at 9:30 a.m. on June 23rd in the Board Hearing Room at 500 West Temple Street.

Supervisor Ridley-Thomas Takes Steps To Restore Compton Creek

From L.A. Weekly:

“Compton Creek, an eight and a half-mile trickle of water that miraculously runs through some of L.A. County’s grimiest landscapes, is a significant step closer to receiving an ecological makeover. On Wednesday the County Board of Supervisors, prodded by South L.A. Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, unanimously agreed to support a master plan to resuscitate the creek, which on topographical paper is a major watershed. In reality, Compton Creek is afflicted with industrial runoff, illegally dumped trash and some of its stretches are lined with concrete.”

Read the entire post at L.A. Weekly

Read Supervisor Ridley-Thomas’ Press Release