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Women’s health care services available at Martin Luther King Jr. Multi-Ambulatory Care Center

Did you know that a wide range of quality women’s health services are available at Martin Luther King Jr. Multi-Ambulatory Care Center (MLK-MACC)? The Women’s Health Clinic is staffed by highly trained physicians and mid-level practitioners who provide both preventive and therapeutic obstetrics and gynecology services. Preventive services include the following: well woman check ups, pap smear testing, bone density screening, vaccinations, mammograms, family planning services, nutritional counseling, genetic counseling, and access to social services.

Therapeutic services include treatment of both high and low risk pregnancies with support from the perinatal diagnostic center. MLK-MACC medical staff perform amniocentesis, genetic counseling, fetal surveillance ultrasonography, and treatment of expectant mothers with chronic diseases such as diabetes and hypertension. Gynecologic services are extensive and include routine gynecology, gynecology-oncology and urology-gynecologic services.

The MLK-MACC medical staff also performs outpatient surgery on women requiring surgical intervention for their gynecologic issues. In some instances, patients are treated in the Martin Luther King Jr. Ambulatory Surgery Center located on the MLK-MACC campus and return home the same day.

MLK-MACC is committed to providing quality healthcare services to women throughout South Los Angeles and surrounding communities. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday 8:00am to 4:30 pm. To schedule an appointment, call (310) 668 – 5011.

Metro staff directed to source revenue streams for underfunded transit projects

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority Board (Metro) is seeking innovative ways to finance underfunded transit projects in Los Angeles County. In a motion sponsored by Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, the 13-member Metro board agreed to launch a world-wide search to identify best financing practices used by transit agencies around the globe. Metro staff will now begin to look for ways to raise additional funds to finance approved Metro projects such as a station stop in Leimert Park Village. The Supervisor’s motion, which passed on consent, is based on the “value capture” concept, whereby a portion of the financial benefits gained by property owners near transit projects is returned to local transit agencies and used to offset the costs of infrastructure development.

Commercial, retail, and industrial property owners near public transit projects often acquire long-term benefits, including greater tenant demand, higher rental rates and higher property value, despite the short term inconvenience and disruption associated with construction.

As part of the motion, Metro staff will report to the board in June with a written document that identifies practices for value capture in transit agencies around the world; the estimated value to property owners near existing Measure R-financed projects, a list of value capture options, and current transit projects that could financially benefit from such programs.

[pullquote_left] “Leimert Park would be a top contender for value capture funds.” [/pullquote_left]“The ability to capture a portion of the enhanced value associated with these public transportation investments has the potential to secure funding for infrastructure projects currently experiencing financing shortfalls,” said Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas. “Leimert Park would be a top contender for value capture funds.”  The Supervisor continued, “I remain committed to secure funding for a Leimert Park Station and believe this avenue has great potential to fund the station. It is my hope that the Metro staff will reveal funding sources that will transform this and other important but underfunded transit projects into a reality.”

Health summit combats grim nutritional habits

Statistics from the County Department of Public Health paint a grim picture of nutritional habits in the Second District. Adults in the Second District eat fewer fruits and vegetables than adults elsewhere in the County. The Second District also has the highest number of children who are overweight by the time they reach the fifth, seventh and ninth grades, with more than half of all children drinking at least one soda a day.

Since taking office, Supervisor Ridley-Thomas has made it a priority to empower County residents and the 100,000 persons the County employs to make healthier nutrition choices. Under his leadership, the County created healthy options in vending machines and ensures all County food procurement and concession contracts promote healthy nutrition. Many of these initiatives also involve creative partnerships with private and public agencies.

In early March, the Supervisor convened mayors, city councilmembers, city managers, and directors of parks from around the district for a health leadership summit. The goal was to help municipalities share their best practices on ways to improve the community’s health. City leaders heard from local experts about policy options that promote physical activity and increase access to healthy foods. Councilwoman Marlen Garcia, from the City of Baldwin Park, spoke about her city’s successful efforts to create safe places to exercise. Lastly, the Supervisor encouraged the leaders to continue to think creatively about promoting nutrition.

[pullquote_right] “Together, we can improve the health and wellness of our community.” [/pullquote_right]Ridley-Thomas’ message was clear. “We need to make obesity prevention and health promotion a priority for the residents of the Second District. Together, we can improve the health and wellness of our community.”

To view the agenda and presentations, please click on the links below:
Second District
California Center for Public Health Advocacy Presentation
City of Baldwin Park Presentation
Kaiser Permanente Presentation
Department of Public Health Presentation

Click here for Second District Health Accomplishments for the Third Year.
Click here for Pictures of the Health Summit.

Statement on arrest of former coliseum executives

In the wake of the arrests of two former L.A. Coliseum executives and a rave producer, Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas reiterated his call for the dissolution of the commission.

“This is deeply troubling — the whole episode,” said Ridley-Thomas, who is also a commissioner.

[pullquote_right] “This is deeply troubling — the whole episode,” said Ridley-Thomas, who is also a commissioner.[/pullquote_right]Investigators from the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office arrested two former Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum executives Thursday, Patrick Lynch and Todd DeStefano, as well as Reza Gerami, the owner of the rave promotion company, Go Ventures. For the past two years, Lynch, the former general manager and DeStefano, the former events manager at the Coliseum, have been under investigation by various local, state, and federal authorities with regard to financial disclosures and management of the Coliseum. The nature of the charges was not disclosed, but the arrests of all three men were confirmed by Jane Robinson, spokeswoman for District Attorney Steve Cooley.

“As Coliseum commissioners, our duty is to fix the structural flaws that enable such disarray,” the Supervisor said. “It’s time to replace the Coliseum Commission with a management structure that will strengthen –not obscure– accountability.”

The managment of the Coliseum has been the target of public scrutiny as a result of questionable accounting practices exercised by the former Coliseum executives. The shake-up has resulted in several resignations and changes in leadership and even a proposal from the Univeristy of Southern California, the venue’s primary tenant, to take greater management control over the facility.

Board of Supervisors guarantees millions for affordable housing for veterans and other special populations

The dissolution of redevelopment agencies throughout the state has resulted in an alarming retreat from funding commitments for low- and moderate-income housing. The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, however, continues to ensure the development of affordable housing—in particular for veterans, homeless people and other special needs populations.

At its meeting Tuesday, the Board took an unchartered pathway to move forward six housing developments for mentally ill and homeless people, and homeless and mentally ill veterans, developmentally disabled people, and seniors living with HIV/AIDS.

On a motion brought by Supervisors Mark Ridley-Thomas and Gloria Molina, the Board unanimously voted to release $13.5 million of tax increment monies the County received from the City of Industry. The money will go to developments that were in limbo after redevelopment agencies were forced by the state to shut their doors. The Board guaranteed that same amount from the general fund, should state and local oversight entities decide to block transmittal of the City of Industry monies for the projects. The move sets 267 housing units on the road to completion.

The County does not expect to have to use its general fund monies, but the guarantee was essential. It enables developers of the projects to meet a March 22 deadline to apply for state tax credits that will fill funding gaps in their projects.

Dozens of veterans turned out to support the motion and cheered its passage.

Juventino “J.” Gomez, mayor pro tem of El Monte told the Board that as a disabled veteran and father of veterans who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan, he is grateful they had a home to return to. Thousands of men and women, however, return from deployments with psychological problems and no where to go, he said. “I just encourage this board to continue to support these men and women—our American soldiers,” Gomez said. One project that will benefit from the Supervisors’ action is an affordable housing development in South Los Angeles operated by the non-profit organization A Community of Friends. The agency will receive $1.5 million to rehabilitate 48 units for people with mental illnesses.

“All members of our community – especially those with mental illnesses – are entitled to high quality and environmentally efficient housing,” said Dora Leong Gallo, chief executive officer of A Community of Friends. “It is the basic right to housing that is most critical in allowing the most sensitive members of our communities to not only rehabilitate, but to thrive”.

“We have an obligation to see these projects through,” said Supervisor Ridley-Thomas. “We have funds from the City of Industry that were designated for this specific purpose, and today we have put them to their highest and best use.”

In a related matter, the Board also allocated $5.8 million for a new 72-unit housing development; Terracina Apartments on West Imperial Highway in the unincorporated area of Athens.

The loan, which is administered by the Community Development Commission to fund construction of the project, permits AMCAL, the developer of the Terracina Apartments, to go to the California Tax Credit Allocation Committee (CTCAC) to apply for a $8.68 million tax credit to bridge its remaining funding gap for the $24.2 million development.

“Our strong partnership with L.A. County was essential in moving this development forward during these difficult economic times,” said AMCAL President Arjun Nagarkatti. “Our goal is to build attractive, new housing to spark more investment in the neighborhood, and the families will be empowered to improve their lives and create a stronger community.”

Once fully funded, AMCAL can begin construction. The complex will include multi-family dwellings, a social service office, a community room and a recreation area for children to play. AMCAL will collaborate with nonprofit groups LifeSteps and United Friends of the Children, to provide health, mental health, substance abuse, and case management services on-site for residents.

“Despite the dissolution of redevelopment agencies throughout the state, the Board remains steadfast in bringing affordable housing complexes to the County of Los Angeles,” the Supervisor said. “This project is one example of our commitment.”

As part of the loan agreement for construction of the Terracina Apartments, each unit will be affordable to low-income households earning no more than 50% of the median income for the Los Angeles Metropolitan area. In addition, 15 units will be reserved for young adults who have recently transitioned out of the foster care system.