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April 2012 Newsletter

Board of Supervisors guarantees millions for affordable housing for veterans and other special populations

At its meeting Tuesday, the Board took an unchartered pathway to move forward six housing developments for mentally ill and homeless people, and homeless and mentally ill veterans, developmentally disabled people, and seniors living with HIV/AIDS... Read more

Architectural sites that define our community - Wilshire Boulevard Temple

Wilshire Boulevard Temple Hirsz, Aaron, Szmul and Itzhak Wonskolaser – better known in Hollywood as Harry, Albert, Sam and Jack Warner, or simply, the Warner Brothers, catapulted the film world out of the silent movie era into the talkies with The Jazz Singer. One of the Warners' lasting gifts to Los Angeles, however, is not on film, but on the walls of the grand and graceful Wilshire Boulevard Temple... Read more

Metro staff directed to source revenue streams for underfunded transit projects

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority Board (Metro) is seeking innovative ways to finance underfunded transit projects in Los Angeles County. In a motion sponsored by Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, the 13-member Metro board agreed to launch a world-wide search to identify best financing practices used by transit agencies around the globe. Metro staff will now begin to look for ways to raise additional funds to finance approved Metro projects such as a station stop in Leimert Park Village. The Supervisor’s motion, which passed on consent, is based on the “value capture” concept, whereby a portion of the financial benefits gained by property owners near transit projects is returned to local transit agencies and used to offset the costs of infrastructure development... Read more

Celebrating landmark federal health reform law with Labor Secretary Hilda Solis

Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas joined Labor Secretary Hilda Solis Friday for an event to commemorate the second year anniversary of the landmark federal health reform law, the Affordable Care Act. Secretary Solis spoke of the powerful impact the Obama Administration's historic legislation is already having on the health care system and outlined its many benefits to working families across the nation. Supervisor Ridley-Thomas defended the right of all Americans to quality health care... Read more

Health summit combats grim nutritional habits

Statistics from the County Department of Public Health paint a grim picture of nutritional habits in the Second District. Adults in the Second District eat fewer fruits and vegetables than adults elsewhere in the County. The Second District also has the highest number of children who are overweight by the time they reach the fifth, seventh and ninth grades, with more than half of all children drinking at least one soda a day... Read more

Mount Saint Mary’s College celebrates inauguration

Mt. Saint Mary’s College inaugurated Dr. Ann McElaney-Johnson as its 12th President before a sea of onlookers from the Mount St. Mary’s College community, Friday morning, March 16 on its Doheny campus in Los Angeles... Read more


West Adams Third Annual Art Tour

The West Adams Heritage Association presented its third annual self-guided “Art in Historic Places Tour” entitled: The Arts of West Adams: Pattern, Decoration & Diversity, on Saturday, March 24, at the Majestic Pharmacy. Tour participants walked or cycled to some of West Adams’ notable sites and visited the in-home galleries of 12 local contemporary and classic artists residing in the West Adams district. In addition to standard stops, this year’s tour also featured a visit to the historic William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, home to thousands of rare books and manuscripts, as well as a live concert at the California African American Museum (CAAM) where visitors also viewed the popular Pacific-Standard Time exhibit called “Places of Validation...”Read more


Get Lit: inspiring high school students to read, write, and speak up


Several hundred high school students recently filled the Animo Inglewood Charter High School auditorium, talking, laughing, and chatting with friends. Then the Get Lit Players took the stage: “We are a troupe of poetic youth tied to classic roots… With words to illuminate the dark,” chanted the six members of the teen poetry troupe, and the auditorium fell silent... Read more

Laphonza Butler named Second District Honoree for the 27th Annual Women of the Year Award


Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas is pleased to announce that Laphonza Butler, president of Service Employees International Union (SEIU) United Long Term Care Workers, is the Second District recipient of the 27th Annual Women of the Year Award. Butler, will join honorees from the four other Supervisorial Districts at a luncheon hosted by the Los Angeles County Commission for Women at 11:30 a.m. Monday, March 12, at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles... Read more


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


Slauson Corridor Revitalization Update

Supervisor Ridley-Thomas and representatives of the County’s Department of Public Works met with Slauson residents to provided an update on the Supervisor’s unique website public opinion poll. Read more

MLK Hospital Updates


Women’s health care services available at Martin Luther King Jr. Multi-Ambulatory Care Center



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