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January 2013 Newsletter

Message from MRT

Happy New Year, and I welcome you to the first newsletter of 2013. Last year was tremendous, and this year will be exciting as well, with a sustained focus on job creation, the implementation of health care reform and further development of the Martin Luther King, Jr. medical campus... See message

Empowerment Congress Summit Registration Now Open!

The 21st Annual Empowerment Congress Summit will take place on Saturday, January 19, 2013 at the University of Southern California... Read more

City of Los Angeles Mayoral Candidates Forum

This year’s annual Empowerment Congress Summit will feature a mayoral debate jointly hosted by the Empowerment Congress and the Second Supervisorial District. The candidates forum will take place at 9 am on January 19, 2013, at the University of Southern California’s Bovard Auditorium... Read more

We Must Reduce Gun Violence

The pain and the horror of the shooting in Newtown, Connecticut continues to haunt the nation. So in an attempt to reduce gun-related violence Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Chairman Mark Ridley-Thomas has requested the creation of a taskforce made up of law... Read more

The Emancipation Proclamation: A Hard Fought Step Toward Freedom

One-hundred and fifty years ago this week, President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation. That act ended the federal sanction of human bondage and, at least symbolically, liberated most slaves living in Confederate States...Read more

Architectural Sites - Coca Cola

The flourishes and furbelows of Art Deco design and architecture—zigzag ornamentation, sunburst motifs and uncensored chevrons—were exciting and new in the mid 1920s, but by the mid-1930s, a more simplified architecture was catching on... Read more

East Rancho Library Earns LEED Status

Not only is the new East Rancho Dominguez Library a bright light beckoning readers to browse through its bookshelves, it is now also the first building built by a Los Angeles County agency to receive one of the highest honors in environmental design... Read more

Advocates Plead for Citizens' Commission on Jail Violence

Eva Flores had never spoken publicly about her son’s story. But at a recent Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors meeting, the young mother from Maywood worked up her courage to talk about the beating her son suffered last August... Read more

Second District Residents Win "Beat the Odds" Scholarship

As a newborn, Roneisha Pugh was placed in the care of a grandfather who looked after her until he died of complications from AIDS. Pugh and her brothers were then sent to live with an aunt who cared for them until she died of cancer... Read more

Tree Lighting Ceremony Brightens MLK Medical Center

Neither rain nor frigid temperatures could dampen the joy on 9-year-old Amauria Bowman’s face Friday night at the fourth annual tree lighting ceremony at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Multi-Service Ambulatory Care Center in Willowbrook... Read more

Key Step Forward in Providing Rail Connection to LAX

Los Angeles World Airports, the operator of LAX, on Monday proposed options for connecting the Crenshaw public transit rail line to the airport. LAWA’s proposal would link airport terminals... Read more

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Help Us Name the Slauson Corridor

For too many years, the Slauson corridor, which stretches from La Brea Avenue to Angeles Vista Boulevard, has been a thoroughfare not a destination... Read more

What's your Favorite Architectural Site?

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


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