Message from MRT, April 2013

Welcome to the April 2013 Newsletter. We begin April with a vigil to conclude the Season for Non-violence, a 64 day-period between the tragic anniversaries marking the deaths of Mohandas Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Please join me tomorrow evening at 6:30 p.m. at the Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook, where we will gather to commit to the principles of peace — and remember those we have lost to acts of violence. I look forward to sharing this time of peaceful reflection with you.

As you know, last month we celebrated Women’s History Month and in this newsletter you will find a feature on several of the extraordinary women heading county departments. These powerful women collectively manage thousands of employees for Los Angeles County, and I invite you read their thoughts on success.

Improving services to those most vulnerable among us is a constant concern to me and the entire Board of Supervisors. Of particular concern are the thousands of children in foster care, who too often wind up institutionalized in a county probation camp. Now the Board has asked for the departments of Mental Health and Probation to work together and follow up with kids who need a bit more help. You’ll find more information on this in the newsletter.

Also in March we congratulated Yolonda Simmons for her winning submission in our street naming contest.  Simmon’s winning entry, “Healthy Way,” will be placed on the road sign leading to the new Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital.

As we do every month, we encourage you to continue to weigh in and let us know your favorite architectural site in our community. This month’s feature brings us to the 28th Street YMCA. This historic building was designed by legendary African-American architect Paul Revere Williams, and it has been fully rehabbed with a beautiful new modern addition that includes 48 units of special needs housing. Check out our architectural feature and let me know what you think.

Lastly, the economy is still on its way to recovery and we’re working hard to bring jobs to our communities. Attend the Second District Spring into Summer Hiring Spree on April 17th. This is an opportunity to meet dozens of local employers who are hiring now. Hope to see you at an event soon.

Thank you for your time and attention and I look forward to seeing you again in May.

With hope,