Supervisor Ridley-Thomas Takes Steps To Restore Compton Creek

From L.A. Weekly:

“Compton Creek, an eight and a half-mile trickle of water that miraculously runs through some of L.A. County’s grimiest landscapes, is a significant step closer to receiving an ecological makeover. On Wednesday the County Board of Supervisors, prodded by South L.A. Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, unanimously agreed to support a master plan to resuscitate the creek, which on topographical paper is a major watershed. In reality, Compton Creek is afflicted with industrial runoff, illegally dumped trash and some of its stretches are lined with concrete.”

Read the entire post at L.A. Weekly

Read Supervisor Ridley-Thomas’ Press Release

L.A. County Offering Free At-Home STD Kits



According to Dr. Jonathan Fielding, Director of Public Health, “Young African-American and Latina women 15 to 24 in central and south Los Angeles have been particularly impacted by sexually transmitted disease.”

As a result of the increase in sexually transmitted diseases, county officials launched the nation’s first and largest home test kit campaign.

The program will allow women to order free test kits, find out if they have chlamydia or gonorrhea, then get information on where to seek treatment – all anonymously online or through text messages.

Read more about the issue at ABC7 and CBS5.

Visit: to get a STD kit.

Second District Contains Most Of L.A.'s Youngest Neighborhoods

The L.A. Times’ Mapping Project “found that L.A. neighborhoods with the lowest median ages tend to be in working-class area of South L.A. In fact, 9 of the top 10 youngest neighborhoods listed below are in the Second Supervisorial District:

Watts (Median Age = 21)
Central Alameda (22)
University Park (23)
South Park (23)
Florence (23)
Historic South-Central (23)
Broadway-Manchester (23)
Wilmington (24)
Vermont Vista (24)
Vermont Knolls (24)

Youth Job Fair This Saturday

youth job fair
Approximately 25 businesses will be present at this youth job fair. Workshops will include “Vocations, Jobs and Careers”, “Interview Skills” and “Work Ethics”.

Please dress appropriately and bring plenty of resumes. Resume preparation will be provided if necessary.

May 23, 2009 – 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

St. Brigid Catholic Church
5214 So. Western Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90062

For more information contact:
Donna Horton (323) 702-3609
Gladys Harris (310) 898-2015

Intersections: The South Los Angeles Reporting Project Launches

Intersections South L.A., an impressive new community website spearheaded by the USC Annenberg School of Communication, officially launched yesterday. The site features stories about South L.A. reported by residents and student journalists. Be sure to stop by the great new community media outlet often.