Supervisor Ridley-Thomas Discusses Child Welfare and Confidentiality in LA County on 'Which Way, L.A.?'

Child Welfare Records: The Latest LA Confidential (7:07PM)
Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky said yesterday, “The obsession with leaks… exceeds the obsession with child deaths.” He was the lone dissenter in a 4-to-1 vote to investigate what was called the “inappropriate disclosure of confidential child welfare information.” At issue is a series in the LA Times on the deaths of children in families that are supposed to be under the scrutiny of the County’s child welfare officials. Dissenter Zev Yaroslavsky said after the vote, “all the energy that is spent on that is energy that is not spent on trying to figure out what’s going wrong in the Department of Children and Family Services.” We hear from a Times reporter , Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, who voted for the investigation, and an advocate of open government.


Garrett Therolf: Reporter, Los Angeles Times
Mark Ridley-Thomas: LA County Supervisor
Terry Francke: General Counsel, Californians Aware

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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

Supervisor Ridley-Thomas' Huffington Post Op-Ed on the 45th Anniversary of the Watts Riot

Huff Post

Forty-five years ago this week, an explosion of violence set Los Angeles aflame, in a rebellion against centuries of racism that would be burned into American history as the “Watts Riot.” I know this because I witnessed it as a ten-year old boy growing up in South Los Angeles.

In the riot’s aftermath, government officials scrambled to repair not only the physical destruction of the riot, but to also repair the damage done to society to by the color-coded poverty that had been embedded long before urban conflict broke out. The County of Los Angeles committed to heal those wounds in the heart of the riot zone, by building the Martin Luther King Jr. Hospital, now a operated as a specialty ambulatory care center.