March 2009


March 31, 2009

Presentation of scroll to Areva D. Martin, President and co-founder of the Special Needs Network (SNN), proclaiming April 2, 2009 as "World Autism Awareness Day" throughout Los Angeles County, in support of SNN and its efforts to bring light to autism as a growing global health crises and the importance of early diagnosis and early intervention, as arranged by Supervisor Ridley-Thomas.


Presentation of scrolls to representatives of the Housing Rights Center proclaiming April 2009 as "Fair Housing Month" throughout Los Angeles County, in recognition of the 41st Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1968, Title VIII, which guarantees the right to equal housing opportunities, as arranged by Supervisors Ridley-Thomas and Antonovich.


Supervisor Ridley-Thomas presents scrolls of appreciation to Holly Mitchell of Crystal Stairs, Patti Olblath of Connections for Children, and Gwen White of Community and Family Services. All three organizations are committed to serving children and families throught Los Angeles County.

March 26, 2009

Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and Supervisor Ridley-Thomas held a press conference promoting the Gifts for Guns exchange program. Over the next couple months residents can turn in their firearms and ammunition – no questions asked – at 21 drive-thru locations and receive $100 to $200 gift cards in return.

The program kicks off this weekend at Lynwood City Hall. More information here (PDF).

March 25, 2009

Supervisor Ridley-Thomas joined LAPD detectives at a press conference seeking community help to identify suspects in the vandalism of two South Los Angeles houses of worship. Last month Supervisor Ridley-Thomas introduced a $10,000 reward to help solve the St. Mark United Methodist Church case.

More information here (PDF)


Supervisor Ridley-Thomas was the featured speaker at the West Los Angeles College 40th Anniversary celebration. West L.A. College, which now serves 12,000 students in the hills overlooking Culver City, first opened its doors in 1969.

During his remarks, Supervisor Ridley-Thomas noted his strong relationship with West L.A. College President Mark Rocha who also serves on the Supervisor’s transition team. Rocha is credited with turning West L.A. College into one of the finest community colleges in the state in just a few short years.

March 20, 2009

California Alliance for Arts Education Breakfast in Compton from Mark Ridley-Thomas on Vimeo.

Supervisor Ridley-Thomas welcomed the California Alliance for Arts Education at a breakfast in Compton. During his brief remarks Supervisor Ridley-Thomas made clear where he stands on arts education:

"I am, have been and shall continue to be an advocate for arts education because I understand the central, the integral nature, of what it means to have holistic education in a way that causes students to appreciate their environment."

March 17, 2009

The invocation at the L.A. County Board of Supervisors meeting was led by Rabbi Zoe Klein of Temple Isaiah in Los Angeles. Rabbi Klein has served Temple Isaiah for over eight years and has been Senior Rabbi since July 2007.

March 7, 2009

Supervisor Ridley-Thomas co-sponsored, along with the Los Angeles County NeighborWorks Center for Foreclosure Solutions, a free foreclosure prevention fair at El Camino College Compton Center. More than 200 residents received individual help at the event.

February 2009


February 28, 2009

Animo Pat Brown, which is one of 17 successful Green Dot High Schools in the Second Supervisorial District, was presented with a Scroll of Recognition by Supervisor Ridley-Thomas on February 28, 2009. Animo Pat Brown is the highest achieving Green Dot school with an impressive 7.49 API.

Animo Pat Brown moved into a new facility in the Florence-Firestone community in September 2008.


February 24, 2009

Supervisor Ridley-Thomas presented Tavis Smiley a scroll in honor of "Black History Month" and the 2009 10th Anniversary of the State of the Black Union.


February 23, 2009

The Los Angeles Korean community honored newly elected L.A. County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas and Hyepin Im, who was a recent U.S. Presidential Appointee to the Corporation for National and Community Service Board. 

The event was co-hosted by Korean Churches for Community Development, Council of Korean Churches in Southern California, and the
Korean Cultural Heritage Foundation.


February 10, 2009

Supervisor Ridley-Thomas meets with the Second District winners of the Board of Supervisors library bookmark contest. The winners were Simon Chiao (Culver City), Victoria Islas Contreras (Hawthorne), and Cindy Leyva (Lennox).


February 9, 2009

Supervisor Ridley-Thomas and Sheriff Baca announce the enforcement of a gang injunction against the notorious Florencia-13 gang. See press release for details (PDF).

January 2009


January 31, 2009

2009 Budget Summit Highlights

Next 10 Interactive Budget Presentation

Breakout Sessions

January 27, 2009

Supervisor Ridley-Thomas honored the leadership of the Empowerment Congress which joined forces with the Second District to host the 2009 Annual Budget Summit on January 31, 2009. More than 1,200 constituents attended the successful conference (PDF) about the budget crisis. Chair Guy Leemhuis also spoke on behalf of the Empowerment Congress leadership.

January 13, 2009

Supervisor Ridley-Thomas recognizes Korean American Day at the L.A. County Board of Supervisors meeting. The Korean community was represented by Dr. Sang Won Park, Chairman of the Korean American Foundation (L.A. Chapter) and Dr. Byung Wok Yoon, Honorary National President of the Korean American Foundation, among others.

The L.A. County Board of Supervisors honored KNBC reporter and weekend anchor, Furnell Chatman, who is retiring after 40 years in broadcast journalism.

January 8, 2009

Inglewood City Councilman Ralph L. Franklin presents Supervisor Ridley-Thomas with a plaque recognizing him as a “2008 Political Champion” for the City of Inglewood. Mayor Roosevelt F. Dorn, Councilman Daniel K. Tabor, Councilwoman Judy Dunlap and Councilman Eloy Morales, Jr. also signed the award along with Councilman Franklin

December 2008


December 23, 2008

Supervisor Ridley-Thomas and ABC7’s Jane Monreal give a holiday welcome at the ABC7 & Firefighter’s “Spark of Love Toy Drive” at The Promenade at Howard Hughes Center

December 20, 2008

Supervisor Ridley-Thomas addresses the City of Compton Mayor and Pastors Quarterly Breakfast Meeting. The Supervisor is introduced by Compton Mayor Eric J. Perrodin.

Los Angeles Sentinel: “Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas was the guest of honor at the recent Annual Holiday Christmas Party at Helen Keller Park, hosted by the County of Los Angeles Department of Parks and Recreation, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts of Los Angeles, C.U.R.E., and Pete Carroll of A Better Los Angeles.

Over 2,500 people of all ages were present to partake in the holiday party favors which included a complete Christmas meal, carnival rides, games, and concessions, and an unwrapped Christmas gift and a pair of athletic shoes for all of the children.”

Supervisor Ridley-Thomas was also joined by his two sons, Sebastian and Sinclair, who helped him pass out toys to the children. The video concludes with a holiday greeting from Sebastian and Sinclair to the residents of the Second Supervisorial District

December 16, 2008

Supervisor Ridley-Thomas presented the United Children’s Chorus (UCC) with a Scroll of Commendation from the County Board of Supervisors for their contributions to the cultural life of our region and dedication to upholding the tradition of gospel music in the African American community. Later the UCC sang, “Jesus, Oh What A Wonderful Child,” to the Board of Supervisors. The UCC, which was established in 1993, is under the direction of Willie R. Norwood, Sr. and Rayvalline L.G. Harrell.

December 12, 2008

Supervisor Ridley-Thomas recognizes Lennox Math Science & Technology
for its recent selection as #21 on the US News & World Report’s
America’s Best High Schools” list. For more information see “It
all adds up for Lennox Mathematics
” at The Daily Breeze.

December 02, 2008

The video above is a compilation of highlights from Supervisor Ridley-Thomas’ first Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday. In addition to a warm welcome from Supervisor Knabe, Supervisor Ridley-Thomas makes some brief opening remarks, comments on MLK Medical Center and adjourns in memory of former Los Angeles First Lady Ethel Bradley.

Supervisor Ridley-Thomas delivers his first public announcement on his initiative to “jump start” the process of restoring full hospital and emergency room services to MLK Medical Center. See press release for more information

December 01, 2008

The Honorable Kamala D. Harris, District Attorney for the City and County of San Francisco, administers the oath of office to Mark Ridley-Thomas in the Board of Supervisors Hearing Room at the Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration.

Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas addresses constituents and supporters shortly after being sworn-in as the first African American male ever to serve on the L.A. County Board of Supervisors.