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October 2012 Newsletter

Message from MRT: Get out and Vote!

Supervisor Ridley-Thomas’ Statement on the Citizens’ Commission on Jail Violence Report

Now that the Citizens’ Commission on Jail Violence has completed its mission, we can be sure of one thing: The Sheriff’s Department cannot police itself. That is why I will ask the board to make profound structural changes with regard to oversight of the department and create a system for permanent and independent citizen oversight of our jails. On Tuesday, Oct. 2, I will introduce a Board motion directing the County Counsel and the Chief Executive Officer to assess the viability of establishing both a Citizens Law Enforcement Commission and an Inspector General for the Sheriff’s Dept... Read more

New school-based health centers to open

Eight new school-based health centers will soon be opening in the Second District, in locations that are easy to access and in communities where there is the most need. In many neighborhoods and communities throughout the district, chronic health conditions such as childhood obesity, asthma and mental health disorders, are significantly higher than in other parts of the County... Read more

Architectural sites that define our community - Petersen Museum

There’s something about Los Angeles and cars. Even as public transit becomes an increasingly important and popular option for residents, there will always be something about L.A. and the role of the it’s car in its growth: the car grew with L.A., and L.A. grew with the car. Thus it is only fitting that we have the world’s most noteworthy shrine to the automobile, the Petersen Automotive Museum. ... Read more

Thousands of L.A County Residents received Free Health Care at CareHarbor-LA

The fourth annual Care Harbor free clinic, which kicked off Thursday, September 27, and ended Sunday, was a tremendous success. More than 4,000 people received free medical, vision and dental services inside the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, thanks to the compassionate care provided by hundreds of physicians, dentists, optometrists, nurses, and other healthcare workers... Read more

Officials affirm DCFS support for parents in crisis

Los Angeles Police Commission President Andrea Ordin and LAPD South Bureau Commander Bill Scott joined Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas and County Dept. of Children and Family Services Director Philip Browning on September 7 to assure the public the death of Alesia Thomas in LAPD custody will be thoroughly investigated, and parents in trying circumstances must feel safe bringing their children to authorities... Read more

Martin Luther King, Jr. Hospital Street Naming Contest

Construction of the new Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital is scheduled for completion in the spring of 2013, and in anticipation of this event Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas is inviting Second District residents to choose the name of the main road leading to the hospital. Submit your suggestion for a street name on the entry form below, along with a reason for your suggestion... Read more

Clipper Star Blake Griffin joins Supervisor Ridley-Thomas on a visit to Harbor UCLA Medical Center

Clippers star Blake Griffin is becoming a familiar sight at Harbor UCLA Hospital. On Tuesday, Sept. 25th, the power forward spent part of his afternoon in the pediatric ward where he shook hands, signed autographs, handed out toys and playfully towered over the hospital’s youngest patients... Read more

Board of Supervisors takes urgent action to end health physician shortage in Los Angeles County

In an effort to recruit and retain health care workers, nurses, and primary care doctors to work in the County’s most medically underserved areas, the Board of Supervisors Tuesday took immediate action to ease the burden of student loan debt for Los Angeles County health care professionals... Read more


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Martin Luther King, Jr. Hospital Street Naming Contest

Supervisor Ridley-Thomas is inviting Second District residents to choose the name of the main road leading to the hospital. Submit your suggestion for a street name Here

Share your favorite architectural site with us.

Read, listen, vote and comment on our featured architectural sites in the Second District. Read more

L.A.County Job Openings




MLK Hospital Updates


Martin Luther King, Jr. Hospital Street Naming Contest



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