March 2009


March 31, 2009

Presentation of scroll to Areva D. Martin, President and co-founder of the Special Needs Network (SNN), proclaiming April 2, 2009 as "World Autism Awareness Day" throughout Los Angeles County, in support of SNN and its efforts to bring light to autism as a growing global health crises and the importance of early diagnosis and early intervention, as arranged by Supervisor Ridley-Thomas.


Presentation of scrolls to representatives of the Housing Rights Center proclaiming April 2009 as "Fair Housing Month" throughout Los Angeles County, in recognition of the 41st Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1968, Title VIII, which guarantees the right to equal housing opportunities, as arranged by Supervisors Ridley-Thomas and Antonovich.


Supervisor Ridley-Thomas presents scrolls of appreciation to Holly Mitchell of Crystal Stairs, Patti Olblath of Connections for Children, and Gwen White of Community and Family Services. All three organizations are committed to serving children and families throught Los Angeles County.

March 26, 2009

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 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).

March 25, 2009

Supervisor Ridley-Thomas joined LAPD detectives at a press conference seeking community help to identify suspects in the vandalism of two South Los Angeles houses of worship. Last month Supervisor Ridley-Thomas introduced a $10,000 reward to help solve the St. Mark United Methodist Church case.

More information here (PDF)


Supervisor Ridley-Thomas was the featured speaker at the West Los Angeles College 40th Anniversary celebration. West L.A. College, which now serves 12,000 students in the hills overlooking Culver City, first opened its doors in 1969.

During his remarks, Supervisor Ridley-Thomas noted his strong relationship with West L.A. College President Mark Rocha who also serves on the Supervisor’s transition team. Rocha is credited with turning West L.A. College into one of the finest community colleges in the state in just a few short years.

March 20, 2009

California Alliance for Arts Education Breakfast in Compton from Mark Ridley-Thomas on Vimeo.

Supervisor Ridley-Thomas welcomed the California Alliance for Arts Education at a breakfast in Compton. During his brief remarks Supervisor Ridley-Thomas made clear where he stands on arts education:

"I am, have been and shall continue to be an advocate for arts education because I understand the central, the integral nature, of what it means to have holistic education in a way that causes students to appreciate their environment."

March 17, 2009

The invocation at the L.A. County Board of Supervisors meeting was led by Rabbi Zoe Klein of Temple Isaiah in Los Angeles. Rabbi Klein has served Temple Isaiah for over eight years and has been Senior Rabbi since July 2007.

March 7, 2009

Supervisor Ridley-Thomas co-sponsored, along with the Los Angeles County NeighborWorks Center for Foreclosure Solutions, a free foreclosure prevention fair at El Camino College Compton Center. More than 200 residents received individual help at the event.