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1965 Watts Riots

The Watts Riot, which raged for six days and claimed the lives of thirty-four people, resulted in more than one thousand reported injuries, and almost four thousand arrests before order was restored on August 17. It resulted in more th... Read more
11
Aug
1965

1972 King Drew Medical Center Opens

Months after the Watts riots, Gov. Pat Brown convened a commission chaired by former CIA Director John McCone to investigate the causes. The McCone Commission concluded that African Americans in Los Angeles had been denied access to he... Read more
27
Mar
1972

2007 King Drew Hospital Closes

The Martin Luther King Jr./Drew Medical Center was closed after more than four years of federal and local scrutiny of patient care and quality of services.... Read more
06
Aug
2007

2008 Conversations Begin to Open a New Hospital

Los Angeles County approaches Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and the Regents of the University of California to ask for help in opening a new hospital in the area. PRESS RELEASE... Read more
06
Dec
2008

2009 Plan to Build New Hospital is Approved

The Board of Supervisors approved a plan to build a new hospital. The University of California approved a plan to work with the County of Los Angeles and the State of California to open the new hospital.... Read more
19
Oct
2009

2010 Seven Nominees Recommended for Private, Non-Profit MLK Hospital Board of Directors

In August, Los Angeles County and the University of California appointed seven board members to the nonprofit Martin Luther King, Jr. Los Angeles Healthcare Corporation (MLK-LA), which was charged with running the new hospital. MLK-CHF... Read more
05
Aug
2010

2010 Negotiation of Project Labor Agreement for New MLK Medical Center Construction

Unprecedented Agreement Will Create Thousands of Local Jobs Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas hailed the Board of Supervisors’ decision to negotiate an historic Project Labor Agreement (PLA) with the building trades unions to ensure the ... Read more
16
Dec
2010

2011 Ridley-Thomas leads MLK Master Plan Community Meetings

Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas led a series of community meetings in South Los Angeles to discuss the master plan for the area.  Hundreds of residents, civic leaders, business owners and health care advocates attended the meetings, ask... Read more
06
May
2011

2011 Project Labor Agreement Authorized by the Board of Supervisors

After six months of negotiations, the Los Angeles Board of Supervisors approved a project labor agreement for the new Martin Luther King, Jr. Outpatient Center, the first such agreement for a County construction project. This agreem... Read more
24
May
2011

2011 Center for Public Health Opens on the Campus

The public health center’s completion marks a major milestone in the first phase of a $400-million investment to transform the Martin Luther King, Jr. Medical Center into a national center of excellence for health care delivery. The ... Read more
09
Oct
2011
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