Message from MRT, November 2014

Welcome to the November 2014 Newsletter. We brought it to you here first some time back, and now Rail to River is moving forward. But Rail to River is not the only transit project moving forward. Construction continues along Crenshaw Boulevard in our journey to bring a light rail line to the heart of our community. Progress is exciting, but not free. Street closures will continue to impact local traffic this month. Be sure to plan ahead to avoid traffic delays.

Well, in our continued efforts to combat sex trafficking, Los Angeles county is backing the city of Los Angeles in its fight to crack down on motels and hotels that are magnets for criminal activity. This is an important initiative to help clean up our neighborhoods, develop our communities, and eliminate blight.

And the good news continues. Thomas Jefferson Elementary and Ardella B. Tibby Elementary Schools recently received a National Blue Ribbon School Award, the most prestigious award in education from the U.S. Department of Education. In doing so, they made history, becoming the first schools in the Compton Unified School District to receive national acknowledgment of their overall academic excellence.

Lastly, where will you be for MLK weekend 2015? As 2015 approaches, we are now hard at work preparing an inspiring 23rd Annual Empowerment Congress Summit for you. This year will feature a keynote from the insightful and outspoken, provocative culture critic and professor, Dr. Cornel West. Be sure to mark your calendars to be part of history on MLK weekend on Saturday, January 17, 2015. Thank you for your attention, and an early Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

With hope,