VIDEO: Asian Pacific American Heritage Day Celebration

Supervisor Ridley-Thomas helps celebrate “Asian Pacific American Heritage Day” in front of the Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration on Wednesday. KCBS/KCAL news anchor Leyna Nguyen introduced Supervisor Ridley-Thomas.

Follow The Supervisor On Twitter From Nation's Capitol!

Supervisor Ridley-Thomas is visiting Washington, D.C. this week where he will be meeting with key federal officials to discuss L.A. County’s top priorities including the reopening of Martin Luther King, Jr. Hospital. And the Supervisor will be “Tweeting” periodically throughout the trip. So be sure to follow the Supervisor’s Twitter feed this week!

Today Is Denim Day

Blue jeans will be noticeably in style today as thousands of Southland residents recognize the 11th annual Denim Day in L.A., a campaign to raise awareness about rapes and sexual assaults.

The group Peace Over Violence started Denim Day in Los Angeles and across the United States in 1999 when an Italian court overturned a rape conviction partially because the victim was wearing tight jeans — something the justices reasoned the suspect couldn’t have removed without the victim’s help.

Anyone who has been a victim of sexual assault, domestic violence or stalking can contact Peace Over Violence’s 24-hour hotlines at (213) 626-3393 in central Los Angeles, (310) 392-8381 in South L.A. and (626) 793-3386 in the west San Gabriel Valley.

In the video above, Peace Over Violence executive director Patti Giggans is honored by Supervisor Ridley-Thomas at yesterday’s Board of Supervisors meeting.

VIDEO: Amazing County Solar Map Website Launches

Supervisor Ridley-Thomas helped kickoff the official launch of the new L.A. County Solar Map website at a press conference this morning. Homeowners and businesses can now go online to determine if their properties are suitable for solar power.

Learn how much you can save on your utility bill and everything else there is to know about solar energy at the Supervisor’s special climate change web page.

Ridley-Thomas To Lead New MTA Chief On Tour Along Crenshaw Transit Corridor Today

Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas on Tuesday will lead newly-appointed Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) Chief Executive Officer Arthur T. Leahy on a tour along the Crenshaw Transit Corridor, part of a major project to improve public transit services in the Crenshaw Corridor between Wilshire and El Segundo Boulevards.

WHEN: Tuesday, April 14, 2009 at 3:00 p.m.

WHERE: Corner of Crenshaw Blvd. and Martin Luther King Blvd. (First stop of tour in front of the Baldwin Hills-Crenshaw Shopping Mall)

Mobility requirements in the corridor have been well documented in many studies, over more than 15 years, including the Crenshaw-Prairie Corridor Preliminary Planning Study (1994), the Route Refinement Study (2000), the Major Investment Study (MIS) (2003), and the 2004 Regional Transportation Plan.

Supervisor Ridley-Thomas, a voting member of the MTA board, will direct the tour of proposed transit stops along the corridor. Major transit investments planned for the corridor will improve mobility in the Crenshaw Transit Corridor and serve as an “economic engine” for the Second District.

The Crenshaw Transit Corridor extends approximately 10 miles from Wilshire Boulevard on the north to El Segundo Boulevard on the south. The overall goal of the proposed project is to connect Crenshaw with existing lines, such as the Metro Green Line, the Exposition Light Rail Line, which is currently under construction, and the “Subway to the Sea” down Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles International Airport and communities in the South Bay.