Message from MRT, February 2014

Welcome to the February 2014 Newsletter. We enjoyed seeing many of you at this year’s 22nd Annual Empowerment Congress Summit where we paid especial homage to two titans of civil rights and human rights: Dr. Martin Luther King and President Nelson Mandela. As we enter February, nationally designated as Black History Month, we invite you to continue to the celebration of Black History Month through images, sounds and stories at events throughout the County and also at this year’s 22nd Annual Pan African Film Festival.

Well the last few weeks have been busy ones. One of the most significant projects in both the Second District and the entire county broke ground. At last, the Crenshaw/LAX Transit Project, an 8.5-mile light-rail line that has been a 30-year dream in the making, is under construction. The $2.058-billion project is expected to open in 2019 and will bring a train stop closer to Los Angeles International Airport.

Good news for those following the Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. The new emergency and surgical facility was constructed and finished on time and $10 million under budget and is scheduled to open in April. This is a continuation of our commitment to deliver high quality emergency and trauma care in this new health care reform era with innovative technology. Take a look at our video feature on it to see this beautiful new facility.

Each month we feature architectural sites that define our community. This month, our site features an entire community. It’s a community that was settled in the 1800s and derived its name from the willow trees and rambling brook that decorated its landscape. In addition to being a neighborhood with a rich history, it is also home to the new Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital. This month, join me in exploring the wonderful new developments and projects in Willowbrook.

Thank you for your attention, and I look forward to seeing you again in March. In the meantime, enjoy February’s newsletter.

With hope,