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May 2012 Newsletter

Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas reflects on the 1992 Civil Unrest

Twenty years ago I turned the television on and watched the videotaped beating of Rodney King. Outraged, appalled, and saddened from the images on the screen a part of me was also hopeful. I remember thinking, now the reality of the excessive force used by the police department was evident for the whole world to see. This time there was no denying the wrongful actions of the four police officers tasked with protecting and serving all citizens.... Read more

Constructing a new future for health care

On the 44th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, hosted an appreciation luncheon at the construction site of the new Martin Luther King, Jr. Hospital for the men and women who are building the new 194,000-square-foot hospital — a hands on dedication to keeping the legendary civil right’s leader’s dream of equal opportunity alive.... Read more

Architectural sites that define our community - USC’s Widney Alumni House

The 20 years between 1860 and 1880 were transformative for Los Angeles. The city’s Wild West character was rapidly evolving – civilizing, if you will. The population swelled from 4,400 to 11,000 people; L.A. was connected to San Francisco by railroad in 1876, and four years later the University of Southern California was founded. Stately Widney Hall, now Widney Alumni House, was the newborn institution’s only building, accommodating 53 students and 10 faculty members... Read more

20 Years After the Riots: A More Worldly Los Angeles, A More Insular Los Angeles Times

By Peter Hong

The 1992 riots got me a job at the Los Angeles Times. Following the civil unrest, the paper responded, as it could back then, by throwing a lot of money and resources at its race problem. It created a special section to cover South Los Angeles, and, though often ham-handed in its execution, made a noble effort to hire many minority journalists throughout the paper.... Read more

Board approves $4.4 million for construction of Lennox Library and Community Center

It’s out with the old and in with the new in the unincorporated area of Lennox. Both the Lennox Library and former Sheriff’s Station are getting makeovers. Today the Board of Supervisors authorized $4.4 million to double the size of the existing 4,500-square-foot library into a 10,000-square-foot state of the art, environmentally efficient facility. The project also will transform part of the old station into a new 7,200-square-foot community service center. The Sheriff’s department will still maintain a presence on the eastern portion of the campus in a facility that will also undergo renovations.... Read more

Celebrating the first community garden in Lennox

On Saturday, April 14th, over one hundred residents and business owners gathered on the southwest corner of 112th Street and Inglewood Avenue to celebrate the first community garden in Lennox. Attendees of all ages became gardeners. They planted cabbage, corn, and tomatoes on each of the 23 plots of land. Aside from planting the first crop of fruits and vegetables, participants assisted in the planting of twelve new trees, including bougainvillea and jasmine plants. The celebration included composting workshops, sign painting, and food and music.... Read more

Supervisor Ridley-Thomas receives Crystal Service Award

A rooftop downtown dance floor drew hours of dancing under the stars in celebration of the work of Crystal Stairs. Located in Ladera Heights, Crystal Stairs, Inc. is one of the largest nonprofit child care and child development agencies in California. Each year, the organization provides child care, advocacy, and other critical services to 30,000 children and low-income families. Founded in 1980, the agency serves communities of Central and South Los Angeles as well as the cities of Gardena, Hawthorne, Inglewood and Lawndale.... Read more

The Art of Elysium

Fifteen-year-old Lisa has been in-and-out of Los Angeles County-University of Southern California (LAC-USC) Hospital since last year. As a frequent patient, she often finds herself in a hospital bed, staring morosely at a wall. On a recent Wednesday, however, she made her way to the children’s playroom to participate in the weekly fine art workshop hosted by The Art of Elysium, a non-profit organization that brings art to children battling serious medical conditions.... Read more

A new wellness center and community garden come to Fremont High School

A new community garden and Wellness Center are coming to Fremont High School thanks to a partnership with Los Angeles Unified School District, the Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust (LANLT) and the University Muslim Medical Association (UMMA) Community Clinic, two community-based non-profits. The community garden and Wellness Center, which will be located on the corner of Avalon Boulevard and 79th Street, will be the first in its area to serve both students and residents in the surrounding community....”Read more




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