Last weekend I went door to door collecting signatures for my re-election campaign for Los Angeles County Supervisor. It was a pleasure to meet old friends, see new faces, and hear what’s on your mind.
As we look forward toward the election, I want to take a moment to look back and see how far we've come. Some of our major accomplishments together over the last 7 years include:
- The building of the new Martin Luther King Jr. Community Hospital to serve our community, including underinsured and uninsured patients. It finally opened last summer.
- We've worked to increase home care workers pay through raising the poverty wage for the wage of over 100,000 workers in our community.
- The Crenshaw/LAX Light Rail Line is under construction and "local worker hire" is a prominent feature.
- Last year we created a civilian oversight commission for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department to encourage public participation and restore trust in our public safety officials.
- Finally, we approved more funding to continue to fight the scourge of human sex trafficking in Los Angeles County.
The future for LA County is bright. We intend to grow the biotech industry (a key source of good-paying jobs), and have begun the process of building a biotech park at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. The Crenshaw/LAX Light Rail Line is due to be in service by 2019, offering more transit options and opportunities for our community as well.
I would love to find out what you want the future of LA County to look like, and what your county board of supervisors can do for you. If you're interested in inviting me to your neighborhood, or volunteering with the campaign to go door-to-door, please sign up via our website. http://www.markridley-thomas.com/