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Mark Ridley-Thomas to become first Black to chair supervisors

OW Staff | 11/28/2012, 5 p.m.

Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas will take the oath of office for a second supervisorial term at 10 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 30, while simultaneously making history as the first African American chairman of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors.

The swearing-in ceremony will include highlights of the supervisor's first term such as the completion of the new Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Public Health, more than $5.7 billion of existing or planned investments in new libraries, community centers, parks, community gardens, medical and transportation infrastructure, as well as jobs creation, thanks to his advocacy of local worker hiring policies for major county transportation and construction projects.

The event also will note upcoming developments of significance such as the construction of the new Crenshaw-to-LAX light rail line, the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Hospital and other Second District projects in the pipeline. Renata Simril, senior vice president of external affairs for the Los Angeles Dodgers, will be the mistress of ceremonies, and Robert Ross, president and CEO of the California Endowment, will officiate. About 500 people are expected to attend. Also, the Inner City Youth Orchestra, the trio Sweet Harmony, and the Latin band sensation, Hot Peppers, will perform.

The ceremony will be held on the front lawn of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Multi-Service Ambulatory Care Center at 12021 S. Wilmington Ave., Los Angeles.

Parking is available in the lot west of the Center for Public Health between Holmes Avenue and Bandera Street and 118th Street and 120th Street.