March 2010

 

March 26, 2010

Last year, more than 6,300 people were treated at the Forum in Inglewood

A day after the signing of the historic national healthcare reform bill, Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas joined representatives of Remote Area Medical® (RAM) on the floor of the Los Angeles Sports Arena to announce the return of the week-long free health care clinic that last year provided about 14,500 services to more than 6,300 patients.

The Supervisor was joined by Stan Brock, who founded the nonprofit volunteer organization that offers free health, dental and vision care in the United States and underdeveloped countries; Speaker Emeritus Karen Bass; A&M Records co-founder and philanthropist, Jerry Moss; and Los Angeles Coliseum Commission President Barry Sanders.

The second annual RAM/LA will be held April 27 to May 3 at the Sports Arena. This year’s week-long event is expected to be even bigger, reinforcing the need for national health reform.

RAM/LA will once again provide free health care services to those who are uninsured, underinsured or unemployed — without cost to the patient, taxpayers, or the government. In addition to the immediate care provided during the free clinic, there will also be a strong emphasis on health education, prevention, and self-care.

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March 22, 2010

Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas yesterday joined an unprecedented collaboration of environmental experts and public utilities to launch a week-long series of programs in the Lennox area that will help businesses and residents reduce energy use.

During the next couple of days, Southern California Edison, West Basin Water District and the Golden State Water Company will install energy and water conservation resources, including new lighting, refrigeration and heating, low-flush toilets and kitchen resources, in more than 90 businesses.

Supervisor Ridley-Thomas said the goal is to demonstrate how small businesses can easily achieve about 15 to 20 percent in energy savings with retrofits and taking advantage of available resources.

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March 22, 2010

Last month, Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas joined an unprecedented collaboration of environmental experts and public utilities to launch a week-long series of programs in the Lennox area that will help businesses and residents reduce energy use.

As part of the initiative, Southern California Edison, West Basin Water District and the Golden State Water Company installed energy and water conservation resources, including new lighting, refrigeration and heating, low-flush toilets and kitchen resources, in more than 90 businesses.

The goal of the initiative was to demonstrate how small businesses can easily achieve about 15 to 20 percent in energy savings with retrofits and taking advantage of available resources.

In addition to the business retrofits, a series of education forums coordinated took place to ensure that everyone in Lennox – from students to residents to seniors – learned how they can become more energy efficient.

The Lennox Park also received upgrades to ensure that the entire facility meets the highest standard of energy efficiency.

“Our energy makeover demonstrates that small communities can improve their carbon footprint and benefit their bottom line through minor improvements in their homes and businesses,” Supervisor Ridley-Thomas said during the kickoff event at a shopping center in Lennox, “This is an effort to drive good, green and local jobs – jobs you can’t outsource.”

March 17, 2010

Last week Supervisor Ridley-Thomas led a Town Hall meeting at his Exposition Park office with Acting Chief of Probation Cal Remington. More than 150 people turned out for a spirited two-hour question and answer session with the Probation leader. The video above contains a few highlights from the evening.

More at the L.A. Times

March 15, 2010

Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas joined Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and community stakeholders to celebrate an important milestone in the $1.7 billion Crenshaw to Los Angeles International Airport Light Rail Project, the largest public works project ever in South Los Angeles.

Supervisor Ridley-Thomas said the beginning of exploratory soil drilling as part of the planning and environmental analysis is tangible evidence the 8.5-mile project is being built.

“This project has long been overdue,” Supervisor Ridley-Thomas said at a news conference in the Leimert Park area to inform residents and business owners about the drilling. “Since the Metro board approved light rail transit last December, real work is being done to move this project forward.”

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March 9, 2010

The new 7,000-square-foot library will be 40% larger than the existing space and create approximately 200 jobs.

New East Rancho Dominguez Library FACT SHEET (PDF)