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

Upcoming Hearing Monday On Congestion Reduction Demonstration Project

congestion reduction demonstration project

Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas has proposed a one-year pilot project that would allow solo drivers to pay a toll to use carpool lanes on portions of the Harbor (I-110) and San Bernardino (I-10) Freeways that will generate revenue to improve public transportation and create more than 7,000 construction-related jobs. Learn more about the Supervisors proposal here (PDF) or by visiting Metro’s website dedicated to the Congestion Reduction Demonstration Project.

The project will be the focus of five public hearings this month. The Second District hearing will be held June 15 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Adult Activity Room at the Carson Community Center, 801 E. Carson St., Carson.

UPDATE: Another Second District hearing has been added on June 18th, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Darby Park in Inglewood. The address is 3400 W Arbor Vitae St.

Supervisor Ridley-Thomas Honors 'American Idol' Finalist Allison Iraheta

From the L.A. Times:

“American Idol” finalist and Glendale native Allison Iraheta was honored at this morning’s Los Angeles County supervisors’ meeting, where she drew crowds and applause for her performances on the top-rated singing competition.

Iraheta, a 17-year-old student at Animo Ralph Bunche Charter High School, was accompanied by her mother, a Salvadoran immigrant, and several relatives. The fourth-place finisher on “Idol” stood out from the suited crowd in her black leather jacket, jeans and Converse sneakers, her black hair dyed pink and blue.

Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas introduced Iraheta as a “punk, rock, pop” singer, noting that her accomplishments include winning the Telemundo reality show “Quinceanera” in 2006 and twice completing the Los Angeles Marathon. She is preparing to join fellow Idols on a 50-city concert tour that is scheduled to start July 5.

“She is our very own American Idol,” Ridley-Thomas said. “We wish you the very best.”

Iraheta thanked the supervisors for their support and gave a shout-out to the 25 fellow Green Dot charter high school students from Animo Pat Brown High School she spotted in the audience. The students cheered.

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UPDATE: Photos


Urban Land Institute Technical Assistance Panel On Martin Luther King, Jr. Medical Center Campus

Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas will host an Urban Land Institute (ULI) Technical Assistance Panel on the Martin Luther King, Jr. Medical Center Campus this Friday at 4:30 p.m.

The discussion will be held at the H. Claude Hudson Auditorium at 12021 South Wilmington Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90059.

ULI is a nationally recognized organization of land use planners, economists, architects, builders and government leaders. ULI will be conducting a two day Technical Assistance Panel at the King Medical Center, involving a team of ten nationally prominent experts in hospital operations, planning and urban health.

At the end of the two day panel, the results and recommendations will be summarized in a public presentation. In addition, there will be a press conference on the results of the ULI Technical Assistance Panel at 9:30 a.m., Monday, June 8 at the ULI offices at 444 South Flower Street in downtown Los Angeles. We invite you to attend both events.

For additional information please contact Christine Aure at (213) 213-2245 or at

Grand Re-Opening Of Summer Pools At Roy Campanella Park In Compton


Celebrate the Grand Re-Opening of Summer Pools in the Second District

Join Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas and The Empowerment Congress


Saturday, June 20, 2009
8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Roy Camanella Park
14812 Stanford Avenue, Compton 90220

Experts from various County departments, non-profit agencies and community based organizations will be available to provide essential information and resources. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity.

For more information see:

Flyer (Espanol)
Registration form