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April 2013 Newsletter

Message from MRT

Welcome to the April 2013 Newsletter. We begin April with a vigil to conclude the Season for Non-violence, a 64 day-period between the tragic anniversaries marking the deaths of Mohandas Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Please join me tomorrow evening at 6:30 p.m. at the Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook, where we will gather to commit to the principles of peace -- and to remember those we have lost to acts of violence... See message

Compton Health Center Keeps Students in Class

“Students from Dominguez High School, you now have no excuse for missing class for a doctor’s appointment,” Compton School board member Skyy Fisher told dozens of high school students at the opening of the St. John’s Well Child & Family Center at Dominguez High School recently... Read more

Season for Nonviolence Vigil

To commemorate the death of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. and in remembrance of those whose lives have been harmed by violence, Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Chairman Mark Ridley-Thomas and the Empowerment Congress will host a candlelight vigil April 4 at the Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook... Read more

Giving Foster Youth A Chance

For far too long, young people in the county foster care system who suffer from substance abuse or mental health issues and who teetered on the edge of falling in trouble with the law, have had few resources to help them stay on the right side. For some, this dearth of assistance has had severe consequences as they age out of the foster system... Read more

The Woman Building the New MLK Multi-Service Outpatient Center

All right, Esther Diaz, the senior project manager overseeing construction of the new Martin Luther King Multi-Service Outpatient Center in Willowbrook isn’t building the project all by herself. A crew of workers, including electricians, mechanics and plumbers have been working on the beautiful new facility since it broke ground last January... Read more

Architectural Sites: 28th Street YMCA

Why don’t more black people swim? Actually, the answer has nothing to do with stereotypes about muscle mass and floatability. Swimming went through two bursts of popularity in the United States, between the 1920s-30s and the1950s-60s, booms that resulted in the construction of about 2,000 public pools across the country... Read more

Helping Victims of Human Trafficking

When Michelle Guymon first heard the term "human trafficking,” she figured it was not her problem. After all, as a probation officer in Los Angeles County, she had no control over what happened in faraway places like Thailand or Belarus... Read more

A Plan of Action for Combatting HIV

Last year, the voter mandate requiring pornography actors to wear condoms when filming all but monopolized the public discussion about HIV and AIDS. Yet the rate of infection outside the pornography industry far outstrips that within it, and the devastating consequences are affecting our most vulnerable population: young people... Read more

A Modern Day Village in the Heart of Koreatown

The Menlo Family Apartments’ breezy courtyard garden brimming with spiky succulents, its brightly painted hallways in hues of blue, yellow, orange and green and even the sparkling new bathrooms are a far cry from... Read more

Spotlight on Women Leading County Departments

March was Women’s History Month and to celebrate, Board of Supervisors Chairman Mark Ridley-Thomas asked women who head various county departments to share their thoughts on success, inspiration and what skills their positions required them to master... Read more

Sound Proofing Homes under the LAX Flight Path

Los Angeles International Airport is the third busiest airport in the nation, with nearly 75 air carriers and more than 600-daily flights.  While this is good news for the tourism industry and the regional economy in general, for residents of the Del Aire, Lennox and Athens communities who live directly beneath the LAX flight path, the constant noise from the plane engines is a never ending nuisance... Read more

Farmers' Market in South L.A.

Whether it’s buying seasonal fruits and vegetables, or getting to know specific vendors and tasting their home grown delicacies, or meeting up with friends for freshly brewed coffee, farmers’ markets have become an important part of life in Los Angeles... Read more



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