EatSouthLA: Chipotle Now Open In Baldwin Hills

Chipotle BHCP (2)

Chipotle has blessed SouthLA with its presences by opening up shop at the Crenshaw Baldwin Hills Mall over the weekend in its new 2,200 square-foot digs located adjacent to the Albertson’s parking lot next to Buffalo Wild Wing.  The new Chipotle will be open daily from 11am to 10pm. On the menu are a variety of Mexican favorites with a healthier spin, including burritos, tacos, salads and more.   As part of the opening celebrations, the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw mall is holding a contest to win free Chipotle burritos for a month. Participants must “Like” BHC on Facebook at by January 31st to be entered to win.

The Link in Baldwin Hills and Culver City

The Link Bus

A new bus route for The Link will run on a 20 minute loop from the La Cienega Exposition line light rail station to the Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook and the Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area on weekends only for 25 cents a ride.  the shuttle allows more county residents to enjoy these great recreational and urban park amenities.   A playfully designed green and blue mini-buses will represent Baldwin Hills, Culver City Link. “The Link – Baldwin Hills Parklands will allow people to hike and enjoy the most beautiful urban parks in the region, without having to worry about finding or paying for a parking space,” said Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Chairman Mark Ridley-Thomas.

The Link: Baldwin Hills and Culver City


Mark Your Calendar’s, SouthLA Is Starting The Year Off Right!

 Pull out those red pens and mark your calendar, we got some meetings to attend.  The Coalition For An Active South Los Angeles is starting the year off right, with meetings.  Doesn’t sound so great but people we’re planning our own, our kids, and our grandkids future here so please try to attend what can.  Well between The Coalition For An Active South Los Angeles and Community Health Council its looking like January is going to be busy.  Events and Meetings are as follow:

Coaliton For An Active South Los Angeles Meeting

January 23, 10am – 12pm
Community Health Councils
3731 Stocker Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90008

Food Policy Roundtable, Making SouthLA Healthier

January 24, 10am – 12pm
Community Health Councils
3731 Stocker Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90008

The Weight Of The Nation

(Screening for a New HBO Documenterary)
February 2, 10am – 12pm
Childrens Collective
915 West Manchester Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90044
and don’t forget 

Call To Action January 15th

Open House and Public Hearing for the West Adams-Baldwin Hills-Leimert Park
Tuesday, January 15, 2013 5pm-9pm
 Nate Holden Performing Arts Center
4718 West Washington Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90016


2013 Fruit Tree Giveaway

Fruit TRees

The Social Justice Institute, along with Inglewood Unified School District and Tree People are sponsoring a free Fruit Tree at the 2013 Fruit Tree Giveaway Festival Saturday, January 26th, 2013 from 10:00am – 4:00pm.  The Friut Tree Giveaway Festival will be held at Morningside High School (10500 Yukon Ave. Inglewood, CA 90303) .  Be sure to apply for your free friut tree, call 323.952.3466 or email to reserve your tree TODAY!

Interrogate LA’s Future Mayor For A Hour


The annual Empowerment Congress Summit this year will feature a mayoral debate jointly hosted by the Empowerment Congress and the Second Supervisorial District.  Residents are encouraged to not only attend but submit questions for candidates.  I have been to couple politcal and community open houses and I’m kind of glad questions have to be submitted in advance, because the things some people ask, you swear they just like to hear themselves on the mic. The candidates forum will take place at 9 am on January 19, 2013, at the University of Southern California’s Bovard Auditorium. All are welcome to and encouraged to attend.  Five of the best questions will be posted on Chairmen Mark Ridley-Thomas website for us to vote, (Chairmen Ridley-Thomas is really exercising our democratic right with all this voting, but I like it!)  and the top vote-getter will be provided to the moderator for possible inclusion in the mayoral debate. If you would like to attend the Summit in person, click here to register or you can stream the debate also from Chairmen Ridley-Thomas’s site. Can someone thro Ridley-Thomas a Gatorade, this man is putting in work! Keep Up The Good Work!

Call To Action!! West Adams-Leimert Park-Baldwin Hills January 15th!!

NH Theater

Open House and Public Hearing for the West Adams-Baldwin Hills-Leimert Park

 It is CRITICAL that your voice is heard at the hearing!

As you may have heard, the EIR Draft Report on the West Adams-Leimert Park-Baldwin Hills Community plan, and I’m not sure if everyone is happy about what the Los Angeles Department of City Planning has come up with.  LA City Planning has been working on updated version of the community EIR for the past 5 years which will guide development and growth for decades to come. In the fall, the Draft West-Adams-Leimert Park-Baldwin Hills New Community Plan (NCP) was released and encompasses wide-ranging recommendations including issues identified by the community as priorities: healthy food access and healthy and safe places to live, work, and play.

The City of Los Angeles is quickly finalizing the plan that proposes significant changes that will determine future development and the type of available food, access to open space, and transportation. The City is holding an open house and public hearing on January 15th to get your response to the plan.  

Date: Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Location: Nate Holden Performing Arts Center
(Pictured Above)
4718 West Washington Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90016

Time: 5PM-7PM Open House

7PM-9PM Public Hearing

For this reason, we call on all South Los Angeles leaders and neighborhood groups to support a strong, enforceable, and healthy community plan.

Message From South LA’s Mayoral Candidate Jan Perry

Mayoral Candidate Perry

I wanted to give you a quick update on our filing deadline at midnight tonight.  I am so grateful to my supporters for their tremendous response so far to my emails asking them to donate before the end of the year.

 We are on track to meet our goal, but we are just $2,500 short.  Can I count on you to click here to contribute an extra $25, $50, $100 or whatever you can afford by midnight tonight?

 I know how passionate you are about the future of our city.  Our next mayor must be tough enough to stand up to special interests and put our city back on track.  I am the only candidate who has stood up for the people over the power brokers time and time again.

 Don’t let this moment pass.  Your contribution will make sure that we have the resources to let voters that they have a candidate who is in their corner.

P.S In 2013, adopt a pet from your local shelter, like my friend Penny.

Holiday Time In SouthLA

SouthLA Christmas

Merry Christmas and Happy New Years SouthLA

“Deck Crenshaw with boughs of holly, Fa la la la la, la la la la!” It’s Holiday Time in South Los Angeles, and we’re shaping up pretty well if I may say so myself.  There are a slew of events being putting on around town from Tree Lightings’ to Toy Give Aways’.   Councilmember Parks hosted the 10th Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony and holiday concert on Monday, November 26 on Crenshaw Blvd.  Organized the first year of Councilmen Parks term, the free family oriented event has become a tradition within the SouthLA community.  Over to Baldwin Hills,  My Mother’s Order of the Eastern Star Group passed out meals and toys at Holiday Festival this past Saturday.   Formally known as Christmas in November, the Holiday Festival is hosted by Children Youth and Family Collaborative at Rancho Cienaga Park next to Dorsey.   Continue reading

SouthLA’s Jan Perry 4 Mayor!


I am elated to support and endorse SouthLA’s very own Councilwomen Jan Perry of the ninth district  as she strives become the next Mayor of Los Angeles.  I have personally watch the complete transformation of Downtown LA, and seeing projects under Councilwomen Jan Perry flourish, I have the utmost respect and support for her and look forward to seeing what she can do for the nations 2nd largest market.   Do your remember when Downtown LA didn’t exist after 7pm? Now look at it, its an actual NEIGHBORHGOOD! Who does that, Jan Perry does that. Over the past decade, Perry has supported the development of major redevelopment projects in Downtown Los Angeles that represents over $15 billion in investment, over $40 million in City tax revenue, and the creation of over 90,000 full-time jobs. From catalytic developments like LA Live to iconic developments like Our Lady of Angeles Cathedral to major public buildings like the new Police Administrative Building—Perry has been  at the forefront of ensuring that downtown moves forward to meet its potential as the economic engine for the entire region. 


But What Has She Done For Me Lately? HA! Let Me Tell You!

Los Angeles Mayoral 2013 Debate


Slauson Ave Holiday Stroll

imageDeck the Halls Along Slauson Ave!  Presented by LA Commons, join friends and neighbors, old and new, for a festive afternoon on the avenue. Enjoy live holiday music, tasty treats and special surprises! While you are at it, get your holiday shopping done at the unique shops on the corridor.  December 15, 1pm-4pm, the fun starts at CJ’s Elegance at 4446 West Slauson Avenue, Los Angeles.  This activity is the third in a series of creative events being facilitated in partnership with the Slauson Avenue Branding Taskforce to re-envision the corridor.

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