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Safety First

By Melissa Hernandez
Staff Member

Safety means proactively doing things to stay away from danger or trouble. It is important to rapidly remove people from immediate or threatened danger in a safe and orderly manner. An evacuation is about saving as many lives as possible without panic. Having the Evacuation Plan on paper does not fulfill the code requirements. Educating new employees and continuing education for all employees in regards to the locations of fire extinguishers, stairs, horn/strobes, fire sprinklers, all means of egress and a designated meeting place outside in a remote location is essential.

The old saying “practice makes perfect” does apply. Being part of the Emergency Response Team, it is eminent to be fully prepared and seasoned in our tasks. As a result of this constant education and refreshing of the evacuation drill, we excel in our assignments and become more advanced with a shorter response time

Harbor-UCLA Medical Center Master Planning Kickoff

Supervisor Ridley-Thomas hosted a community meeting on Wednesday June 22, 2011 at Victoria Community Park in Carson to introduce the County’s master planning efforts on the campus of Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. In his remarks, Supervisor Ridley-Thomas stressed the importance of community input and engagement in developing a master plan for the Harbor-UCLA campus that meets the needs of the users and the surrounding community. After a series of presentations, community members participated in an interactive workshop providing their thoughts about different issues at four idea stations around the room related to health and wellness, campus uses, economic development, and the physical environment. Click on each link below to view the presentations and idea station materials from the community meeting.

It’s not too late to provide your input! Please email cnash@dpw.lacounty.gov with any questions or comments you have about the materials shared at the meeting.


Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas Calls for Safety, Economic Protections for the Crenshaw/LAX Light Rail Corridor

 

Supervisor Ridley-Thomas at May's Metro meeting, where the board approved a Leimert Park Village Station, but without money for its construction. At the June Metro meeting, Supervisor Ridley-Thomas introduced a motion for safety and economic benefits improvements on the Crenshaw/LAX line.

Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas introduced a Metropolitan Transportation Authority Board motion Thursday calling for Metro to create a fund for business losses caused by construction of the Crenshaw/LAX light rail line, and for the agency to devise plans for safety, local worker hiring and streetscape improvements along the route.

“The Crenshaw/LAX line project is moving fast ahead. As it is being built we must also make sure the community doesn’t pay too high a price for its long-overdue rail service,” Ridley-Thomas said.

“The rail line is meant to cut traffic and improve safety, so I want Metro to come up with solid plans to make sure that happens. The line should also be built with workers from the community, and businesses disrupted by the construction need to be compensated,” he said.

Ridley-Thomas’ motion to create a “Community Benefits Package,” introduced at Thursday’s board meeting, will be placed on the agenda of the board’s August 4th meeting.

The motion calls for Metro’s Chief Executive Officer to devise plans for:

• Safety along the street-level segment of the line on Crenshaw Boulevard between 48th Street and 59th Street.

• Traffic mitigation on the same segment to reduce congestion from the current “F” rating to at least a “C” grade.

• A Local Worker Hiring Program to assure at least 30% of workers are from the local area and 10% are disadvantaged workers, as well as a program to grant 30% of contracting to small business enterprises.

• A business mitigation fund to assist local businesses impacted by the construction.

• A sidewalk, streetscape and local business improvement plan on Crenshaw Boulevard from Vernon Avenue to Stocker Street to enhance the corridor connecting Leimert Park to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Transit Station.

In May, the Metro board rejected a Ridley-Thomas proposal to put the rail line underground in the Park Mesa Heights community, between 48th Street and 59th Street along Crenshaw Boulevard.

The board also voted then to approve a Leimert Park Village station, but did not authorize money to pay for the addition, leaving its future in question.

Ridley-Thomas said he is working to ensure the Leimert Park Village station gets built. Meanwhile, his motion seeks to maximize the benefits of the rail project to the community.

“As we continue to press for a rail station in Leimert Park Village, the cultural center of African American Los Angeles, we must also make sure construction of the project promotes the economic growth that is the foundation of that rich cultural life,” Ridley-Thomas said.

“When the Leimert Park Village station is built, it must be surrounded by a thriving community of small businesses and safe and secure communities. With proper planning, Metro can ensure the Crenshaw/LAX light rail project is a win-win for all,” he said.

Ridley-Thomas noted the Crenshaw/LAX rail project is now on track for completion in 2016. The project had earlier been designated as a bus-way with a 2029 completion date. The 8.5 mile line will run from Exposition Boulevard and Crenshaw Boulevard to Los Angeles International Airport.

Motion (PDF)

Press Release (PDF)

LA Weekly Article on Crenshaw/LAX Line

Summer 2011 Pool Openings and Swim Lessons for Parks in the Second and Fourth Supervisorial Districts

The Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation has a summer of fun activities in store for Los Angeles County youth and families. The first of many programs began on Saturday, June 25, 2011; with the opening of 14 pools for free recreational swimming.  Recreational Summer Swim is now open to the public until Monday, September 5.  Recreational pool hours are from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily.

 

In addition to offering recreational swimming, the pool will also offer swim lessons, dive team, swim team, Junior Lifeguard training, water polo, Masters Swimming and adult lap swim. Most activities are free, including daily recreational swimming. Swim lessons are only $20.00 per two-weeks (10 days) of instruction (first come, first served).

Patrons interested in swimming programs and activities may contact the aquatic office at (310) 965-8638, Monday – Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

 

Summer Swimming will be offered at the following parks:

  • Cerritos Park – 19700 S. Bloomfield Avenue, Cerritos, CA 90701
  • Cal High – 9401 Painter Avenue, Whittier, CA 90605
  • Roy Campanella Park – 14812 Stanford Avenue, Compton, CA 90020
  • Helen Keller Park – 1045 W. 126th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90044
  • Mona Park – 2291 E. 121st Street, Compton, CA 90222
  • Victoria Park – 419 E. 192nd Street, Carson, CA 90745
  • Ted Watkins Park – 1335 E. 103rd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90002
  • Athens Park – 12603 S. Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90061
  • Enterprise Park – 13055 Clovis Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90059
  • Leon H. Washington Park – 8908 S. Maie Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90002
  • Jesse Owens Park – 9651 S. Western Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90047
  • Lennox Park – 10828 S. Condon Avenue, Lennox, CA 90304
  • Carver Park – 1400 E. 118th St., Los Angeles, CA 90059
  • Bethune Park – 1244 E. 61st St., Los Angeles, CA 90001

Board of Supervisors Proclaims National HIV Testing Day

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved a motion by Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas proclaiming June 27, National HIV Testing Day in Los Angeles County. On the national day of HIV awareness, local residents, community stakeholders, faith-based groups, elected officials, and county employees will mobilize to encourage individuals to test themselves for infection of HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.

In Supervisor Ridley-Thomas’ district, a newly dedicated mobile testing van, called “The Health Spot” will travel through high-risk areas to provide screenings and educational information as well as to distribute condoms.

“Despite decades of advances in education and medicine, HIV infection continues as a vexing public health crisis in many communities in my district” said Supervisor Ridley-Thomas. “Monday, June 27 will be a day of awareness, knowledge, engagement, and empowerment.”

While comprising 10% of Los Angeles County’s population, African Americans account for 24% of confirmed HIV and AIDS cases. Latinos in Los Angeles County comprised 23% of those infected with HIV as of 2009, despite being 15% of the County population.

In partnership with the National Association of People with AIDS, the National
HIV Testing Day seeks to encourage people to get tested and receive counseling

Nearly 90,000 people in California have contracted and died from AIDS since it
was first recognized as an epidemic in 1981, 31,000 of them in Los Angeles
County.

Courtesy of www.aids.gov

Education
www.Aids.gov
Access to Federal HIV information, policies (e.g. the National HIV/AIDS Strategy), programs, and resources.

http://www.publichealth.lacounty.gov/aids/
LA County’s Public Health website offers local information and resources on HIV & AIDS.

Engagement
http://hivstory.ning.com/
Share and read stories of hope and those who have faced challenges. Be inspired and inspire others

Empowerment
www.HIVtest.org
Type in your zip code and find testing locations near you. Knowing your status is empowering yourself.

To learn more about HIV/ AIDS or find testing sites and events happening locally in the 2nd District and around Los Angeles County please visit http://erasedoubt.org or call 1-800-367-AIDS (2437)

Supervisor Ridley-Thomas introduced the motion at the request of the
Empowerment Congress Health Committee.

The Empowerment Congress Health Committee is part of the Empowerment
Congress, a partnership among neighborhood groups, residents, nonprofit
organizations, businesses, religious institutions, and community leaders.

The Empowerment Congress was founded in 1992 on the principle that elected
officials are most effective when the constituents they serve are actively involved
in the decision-making process.