Culver City Freedom School Finales

From Our Weekly:

Summer literacy programs keep kids on track

The Culver City Freedom School recently held a celebration to commemorate its last day of the summer literacy program, which teaches children the love of reading by using creative storytelling, social action, and high parental involvement.

The program also stresses the importance of civic engagement, and teaches children aspects of their history that, most do not receive as a part of their regular curriculum.

Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas has been very involved with the freedom schools, and is in support of their diligent efforts to improve the lives of youth in the community.

“I have been thrilled to visit each of the Freedom School programs in the county this summer. I have watched kids become excited and inspired through reading and interactions with one another in a structure that was created by famed educator Marian Wright Edelman, founder of the Children’s Defense Fund (CDF). People who believe inner city children are not capable of reading and comprehending material at or above their grade level need to see the success of the Freedom School program right here in our community,” said Supervisor Ridley-Thomas.


Grace United Freedom School Finale – August 7, 2010

Agape Freedom School Celebration – August 6, 2010

United Methodist Church Freedom School Visit – August 5, 2010

2010 Small Business Empowerment Expo Saturday

Small Business Empowerment

“Small Businesses Surviving & Thriving in 2010” panel discussion, break-out training sessions and a free lunch.

Baldwin Hills Community Standards District Town Hall Meeting Recap

On Thursday, October 15th, Supervisor Ridley-Thomas led a Town Hall discussion at West Los Angeles College on the Baldwin Hills Community Standards District which established guidelines for oil and gas production in the area.

Read an excellent recap of the event at The Front Page Online.

Learn more about the issue on the Second District website.

The videos below are from the public comment period:

Sally Hampton (Empowerment Congress), Andy Weissman (Mayor City of Culver City), Dr. Clyde Williams (Sierra Club Water Committee), Mary Ann Greene (Baldwin Hills Conservancy), David McNeill (Baldwin Hills Conservancy), Holly Mitchell (CEO, Crystal Stairs), John Kuechle (GBHA), Irma R. Munoz (Resident), Gwendolyn Flynn (Community Health Councils), Ken Kutcher (CCNA/GBHA), Dr. Suzanne De Benedittis (Citizens Coalition for a Safe Community), Shams (Resident), Dee Seehusen (Concerned Citizen), John F. Harris (Homeowner), Robert Zirgulis (Candidate for Culver City School Board), Clint Simmons (BNHA), Galen Dodd (Student), Gary Gless (CCSC), Ian Cousineau (Raintree Homeowners Association of the CAP), Reginald Jones-Sawyer (California Democratic Party), Diane Sher (Concerned Citizen), Kristofur Williams (Student and Boy Scout), John Dunlap (Homeowner), Beverly Christensen (Homeowner), Carol Standifer (BHVG Baldwin Hills), Bernadette Kirkwood (Resident), Pearl West (Teacher, Windsor Hills School)

Kendall Price (Resident), Myrna Specktor (Resident), Patricia G. Siever (Professor, W LA College), Dr. Gyi (Citizen Coalition for a Safe Community), Willis Hampton (Baldwin Hills Village Garden Homeowner Association), Rev. Fran Taylor (Baldwin Hills Home Owners Association), Tom Camarella (Culver City Democratic Club), Theo Irving (United Homeowners Association), Meghan Sahli-Wells (Neighborhood Action Network), Rich Waters (Gateway Neighborhood Association), Alma Secundino (Student), Joseph Israel (Westside Progressives), Robert L. Jones (President Baldwin Hills Conservancy), Emma Bunten-Johnston (Student, Girl Scout), Marilyn Grobeson (Access Services), Michelle Weiner (Resident)

Friends of Culver City Library Ice Cream Social and Other Weekend Events

CC Ice Cream

See the Second District Calendar for more weekend events including the 25th Annual AIDS Walk Los Angeles.

Baldwin Hills Town Hall Meeting Tomorrow on County Ordinance Regulating Oil Drilling


Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas will host a community meeting to hear environmental concerns raised by residents about the adequacy of a County ordinance to regulate oil and gas production in the Baldwin Hills area.

Thursday, Oct. 15, 2009 (6 p.m. to 9 p.m.)

West L.A. College Fine Arts Theatre, 9000 Overland Ave., Culver City CA 90230



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