Moving Black Power Beyond Limitations



Hosted at Dorsey High School February 28th, Moving Black Power Beyond Limitations: From Black Wall Street To Civil Rights To Now.  Mediated by Dr. Melina Abdullah, Professor and Chair of Pan-African Studies at CSU-LA, this is sure to be highly educational and enlightening experience.  Make sure your there, Dorsey High School Auditorium, February 28th,  6:30pm – 8:30pm.

Skyscraper Rising All Over LA


Skyscrapers are rising all over town, Hollywood skyline is dramatically changing  and DTLA’s is getting major additions.  Not including LA’s soon to be new tallest, LA skyline is changing all over town.  Hollywood is getting several new towers, DTLA is getting a huge new mixed-use mini high rise development consiting of 5 towers along Franciso St, hopingto create a pesdestrian only street connecting South Park to the Financial District.  DTLA is getting and four residential towers.

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SouthLA DevIdea: South Bay Skyline – Del Amo City Center

Del Amo City Center

The now fifth largest mall in america is finally getting some attention but in my opinion not enough. Del Amo Fashion Center in the South Bay city Torrance is getting a revamp, finally bringing it into the 21st century, however I feel how they are redesigning the mall now is how it should already look and at this point should be getting revamped to look a little more impressive.

That’s just in my own opinion, but if I had my way I would completely tear-down the mall and create a Century City’isc atmosphere, creating a downtown for the South Bay.  Ideally I feel every region within LA County should have its own mini high-rise district; The valley has the Warner Center, the Westside has Century City, the Lower Westside has the Howard Hughes Center/LAX, South County Has Downtown Long Beach, why shouldn’t the South Bay create their own skyline.

(Excuse my simple map of the project, but allow me to paint you a picture) Well I would…..

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SouthLA DevIdea: Ladera Shell


The Ladera Shell is a Development Idea of mine for an outdoor amphitheater once the Inglewood Oil Fields are cleared.  The Ladera Shell would be built along La Cienaga and Slauson in area that would maximize acoustics.  The Ladera Shell would rival The Hollywood Bowl and The Forum in Inglewood for outdoor performance, however would offer a closer option than the Hollywood Bowl, or Verizon Amphitheater down in Orange County. #JustAnIdea

Martin Luther King, Jr. Hospital Campus Community Master Plan


Board Chairmen Mark Ridley-Thomas has pulled a rabbit out of his hat with this one, and if he actually pulls it off this man needs to be Knighted!  Check out the awesome video on Chairmen Mark Ridley-Thomas Website what could possibly transform the community around MLK Jr. Hospital into urban oasis.  Plans for the new Martin Luther King Jr. Community Hospital campus received a thumbs up from the Board of Supervisors, as they unanimously approved the master plan for an expansive health and wellness campus in South Los Angeles which is well needed.  

The new hospital scheduled to be completed early this year along with the existing Multi-Ambulatory Care Center would be the center of the new master plan and would push  a new mental health urgent care center, mixed-use retail space, medical office space, connected community gardens, safe pedestrian walkways and recreational facilities to promote wellness and physical activity, among other suggestions.

Stated on the Chairmen Mark Ridley-Thomas Website, “the master plans is a roadmap, not a hard and fixed requirement, but it seek to anticipate the future direction of healthcare and prepare for that new day. It also lays out a vision for the entire 142-acre Willowbrook community that surrounds the campus.”

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!

Round Up: Slauson Ave Dec. 3rd Scooping Meeting

Slauson Ave

If you missed the December 3rd scooping meeting, I have some updates for you on the soon to be Windsor-Ladera Towne Center along Slauson Ave.  Check out the posted links.  Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas is making amazing efforts to transform the portion of Slauson Ave. between LaBrea and Angeles Vista into a dining and shopping destination to serve the local neighborhoods.  The project is currently in the “scooping” phase, and asking for a lot of community input.  The scooping phase ends December 15th, so be sure to send in your voice your concerns, questions, and comments.

Slauson Ave. Scooping Meeting Slideshow

Notice of Preparation and Public Meeting

Tom Bradley International……Mall


Fancy dining and shopping coming soon to the Tom Bradley International Terminal at LAX.  As part of $1.5 Billion redevelopment project and partnership between Westfield Shopping, Los Angeles World Airports, and the office of the Mayor, Tom Bradley International Terminal is being transformed into the ultimate shopping and dinning destination.   What I am now dubbing the TBIMall, is to host such premier retailers as Gucci, Hermes, Fred Segal, Kitson, and Burberry just to name a few.  Within the project, 25,000 square feet is being allocated to fine dining.  Westfield and its tenant partners are investing $80 million to develop the new dining and retail program and its looking like the TBITerminal will be completely done with its transformation in 2014.

Tom Bradley International Mall

Experience the New Tom Bradley International Terminal