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June 2013 Newsletter

Message from MRT

Greetings and welcome to our June edition of the Second District newsletter. Let me begin with an update on the Leimert Park Station. After years of struggle and determination, our hard work has paid off. The Metropolitan Transportation Board approved our motion to fund a Leimert Park Village station on the Crenshaw-to-LAX light rail line.. See message

Leimert Park Celebrates a Station

It was a moment to relish. Melida and Company choir harmonized to the sounds of “Get on Board,” while the Rev. Cecil Murray and Pastor Kevin Sauls galvanized the crowd with grateful prayers in an early morning gathering to celebrate the advent of a train station stop in Leimert Park Village.... Read more

Commemorating a Surfing Pioneer

Several hundred people gathered at the Inkwell, a stretch of beach that was popular with African Americans in the first half of the 20th Century, to honor pioneering African American Latino surfer Nick Gabaldon... Read more

Park-to-Playa Project Moving Forward

The Park to Playa project, which will eventually create a network of trails that will seamlessly connect Kenneth Hahn Park to the bike trails at Playa del Rey, continues to move forward... Read more

Metta World Peace Talks Mental Health

Metta World Peace has been talking about mental health issues for several years now, speaking from the heart to young people at schools, sharing his personal trials during childhood and discussing the role that counseling has played in his life... Read more

Architectural Sites: John C. Argue Swim Stadium

The 1932 Olympic Games put Los Angeles on the map. An unprecedented 100,000 people showed up at the opening ceremony , and the games had a scale and quality never before seen in the city ... Read more

The Danger of Sleeping in Bed with Babies

Hoping to raise awareness about the dangers of parents sleeping in the same bed with their babies, child advocacy organizations have launched a major educational and marketing campaign throughout Los Angeles County... Read more

Autism Research to get $10 Million Grant

Lareka Killebrew, 40, of Glendale knew very little about autism when she gave birth to her son, Justice. But when he stopped talking at the age of two, she immediately knew something was wrong. “He wasn’t talking, he was crying, holding his ears, twirling in circles, starring into space, screaming a lot, and would only let me, my mom, husband, and daughter hold him,” she said. “He was a different kid.”... Read more

New Health Care Center at Manual Arts High School

It is not easy for students and low income families to find good, affordable health care in a convenient location—all the more reason why Manual Arts Student Body President Garaldine Cabrera was thrilled to see the new Mark Ridley-Thomas Wellness Center at Manual Arts open its doors at the center’s recent grand opening... Read more

From Foster Care to Advocacy

Tiffany Boyd considers herself one of the lucky ones. When she was a child, her mother had a nervous breakdown and Boyd was sent to live with her grandmother. Her six other siblings, however, were not so fortunate. They ended up in the foster care system in group homes and, she says, have suffered as a result... Read more

An Oasis in the Middle of Koreatown

Rosemary bushes, lush Japanese maple trees and succulent plants in large planters welcome new residents and visitors to the Normadie Terrance Apartments, a new 66-unit affordable housing complex in the heart of Koreatown... Read more

In this Issue

Message from MRT


Leimert Park Celebrates a Station


Commemorating a Surfing Pioneer

Park-to-Playa Project Moving Forward


Metta World Peace Talks Mental Health

Architectural Sites: John C. Argue Swim Stadium

The Danger of Sleeping in Bed with Babies

Autism Research to get $10 Million Grant

New Health Care Center at Manual Arts High School


From Foster Care to Advocacy


An Oasis in the Middle of Koreatown

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