Message from MRT, March 2013

Welcome to the March 2013 Newsletter. As you know, in February we celebrated Black History month with several features on our website. Los Angeles County now has the most African-American executives in its history, and seven leaders are highlighted in this month’s newsletter.

In March we take time to celebrate Women’s History Month. We have much to celebrate with our first female and African-American District Attorney in Los Angeles County, and this year, attorney Marsha Temple, has been named Woman of the Year for her work as a homeless advocate. Read more here.

And on a different note, you will remember that just last week, Congress renewed the Violence Against Women Act; the text of the legislation is available here. This bill strengthens our commitment to bringing the force of law to protect women from domestic abuse and other violent crimes. So while this month we mark an appropriate celebration of progress in our country for women’s rights, much more needs to be done.

When it comes to safeguarding all of our hard-won rights, we cannot be too vigilant. If you have not yet seen it, last week I published an opinion piece on the Huffington, in defense of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The legacy of the Voting Rights Act is under siege at the United States Supreme Court, and this matter deserves our sustained attention.

On a lighter note, this month’s architectural feature brings us to Culver City’s beautiful City Hall. The building has had a fascinating history since its creation in 1928, and it provides insight into Culver City itself – one of many gems in the Second District. Check out our architectural feature and comment to let me know what you think.

Thank you for your time, and I look forward to seeing you again in April.

With hope,

Message from MRT, February 2013

Welcome to the February edition of the Second District Newsletter. The national recognition of Black History Month is underway, during which we recognize the accomplishments and sacrifices of African Americans that have enriched our daily lives and the wellbeing of our nation. By a fortunate coincidence, the 100th anniversary of Rosa Parks’ birthday also takes place this month. To mark the occasion, the U.S. Postal Service has issued a beautiful stamp; I already have mine, and I encourage you to get yours too.

As a nation we recently celebrated Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, but now comes another important commemoration: the 16th annual Season for Nonviolence. The Season, marked by the 64 days between the assassinations of Mohandas Gandhi on January 30th and Dr. King, on April 4th, is a time for us to remember not just their births or their deaths, but their teachings as we strive to live in harmony with one another.

To that end, tackling the issue of gun violence remains an urgent matter. I’ve been weighing in on the debate, and now I invite you to do so as well, by leaving a comment on our piece called Perspectives on Gun Violence. I’ll be interested to hear from you.

In addition to these weighty issues, we also have some very enjoyable news. Learn about our new public fruit park, a wonderful venture undertaken with the artists collective Fallen Fruit, which we opened recently in Del Aire. Also, see how young people in South Los Angeles are discovering the relevance of Shakespeare to their lives, and our ongoing architecture project, which features landmarks and treasures in the Second District, this month extols the Stealth Building, by Culver City’s very own Eric Owen Moss.

With hope,

Message from MRT, December 2012

Welcome to the December issue of the Second District newsletter. The end of the year is upon us, and I’d like to wish each and every one of you a joyous holiday season. I would also like to thank those of you who came out to the Martin Luther King, Jr, Multi-Service Ambulatory Care Center last Friday for my oath of office ceremony. It was a wonderful event, and your presence was much appreciated. This year, as I begin my second term, I become Chairman of the Board, and I am certain that 2013 will be both a busy and productive year. Looking ahead to January, remember to mark your calendars for the 21st Annual Empowerment Congress Summit; this year’s event will feature a debate by the major candidates for the office of mayor of the City of Los Angeles. Below you’ll find much more information about the Second District in this month’s newsletter, including items about the one-of-a-kind urban orchard we recently planted in Del Aire, as well as the final results of our street naming contest for the road leading to the new Martin Luther King, Jr. Hospital. Once again I’d like to wish you all “Happy holidays,” and I’ll see you in 2013!

Message from MRT – November 6, 2012

[fancy_box]Welcome to the November issue of the Second District Newsletter. This month we delve into a broad range of health, public safety, and energy and arts issues, including actions taken by the Board of Supervisors to promote reform in the County’s jails, and an update on a new study on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. Last month we kicked off a street naming contest for the road leading to the new Martin Luther King Jr. Community Hospital, and received dozens of your suggestions. I enjoyed reading them all. I’ve narrowed down the list to some of my favorites, but the final choice is up to you. Voting starts today and the top vote getter will have its name on the new street. Lastly, I want to take a moment to encourage you to vote today. November 6, of course, is Election Day, and together we will chart the course for both the state of California and the nation. In addition to a historic presidential race, there are many, many important ballot questions to be decided. But no matter what your political persuasion or party, I encourage you to get up, get out and go vote. This is the exercise that keeps our democracy strong and makes our nation great. Thank you for your attention, and as I won’t see many of you until December, let me take this opportunity to will you and yours a safe and happy Thanksgiving. [/fancy_box]


Message from MR-T, October 2012