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March 2012 Newsletter

Architectural sites that define our community

Los Angeles is home to architecture that is wacky and wonderful, artful and edgy. Buildings bursting with post World War II exuberance nestle against mid-century modern drive-ins, Italianate libraries, avant-garde edifices and homes that could double as castles. The most successful means to date of protecting this cultural heritage has been through Mills Act Legislation, which allows local governments to offer financial incentives to private property owners for the restoration and preservation of historic buildings. The City of Los Angeles adopted the program in 1996 and since then, hundreds of properties have benefited. The County, however, has had no such ordinance on its books – a step the Board of Supervisors may soon remedy... Read more

Education in Los Angeles: School system or prison system?

Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas and Los Angeles County Office of Education (LACOE) Superintendent Arturo Delgado visited classrooms in Houston, Texas’ juvenile detention facilities Thursday (Feb.16) in an ongoing effort to study innovative programs that may be models for reforming education in Los Angeles’ youth camps and halls.. Read more


No, we are not trying to outlaw fun

Recent news reports on the County’s beach ordinance largely have been either misleading or inaccurate. No, the Board has not cracked down on Frisbee-throwing and beach balls.. Read more

Board awards $16.8 million in additional funding for construction of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Multi-Service Ambulatory Care Center

The Board of Supervisors has allocated $16.8 million in additional funds toward the construction of the new Martin Luther King, Jr. Multi-Service Ambulatory Care Center, increasing the total budget to $167 million. Although the action taken by the Board is for the installation of standard hospital equipment, such as surgical lights, surgical integrated camera systems, and scrub sinks, it is also a noteworthy benchmark as the new hospital moves closer to completion. ” .. Read more

The Pan African Film Festival – Celebrating 20 years in Los Angeles

Rave Cinemas Baldwin Hills, part of the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza in Los Angeles, hosted the 2012 Pan African Film Festival (PAFF) this year from February 9-20. This year, the annual festival celebrated its 20th Anniversary with a dynamic line-up of screenings, special guests, and surprises. For nearly two weeks audiences explored the lives of people of African descent through the eyes of Black filmmakers from the United States, Africa, the Caribbean, South America, the South Pacific, Europe and Canada. In total, more than 130 films made by or about people of African descent were screened. Read more


Your invitation to green tea


Are there green topics that interest you? Would you like to learn more about how environmental issues really impact you and your community? The Empowerment Congress, in conjunction with Supervisor Ridley-Thomas, is kicking off a series of “Green Tea” Seminars and is seeking your input. People who live or work in the Second District are invited to join us in developing monthly seminars at the Exposition Park Environmental Service Center. The first tea will be held in April.... Read more

Los Angeles County: Through the eyes of local artists


The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) recently unveiled its latest poster showcasing Whittier for its Through the Eyes of Local Artists poster series... Read more



In this issue

Get involved

Have a favorite architectural site? Please share it with us.

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

Your invitation to green tea

Which of the following topics are you interested in hearing about at a future "Green Tea" seminar?.. Read more

See the voting results and comment

on your preferred streetscape for Slauson Ave. Read more

MLK Hospital Updates

Board awards $16.8 million in additional funding for construction of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Multi-Service Ambulatory Care Center



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