Despite all the social and economic progress since the events in Watts, and after the civil unrest that followed the Rodney King beating trial verdicts, it seems the more things change, the more they remain the same.
The new Martin Luther King Jr. Community Hospital officially opened its doors to the public. It is a milestone moment and one that must be celebrated. It comes on the heels of the historic Supreme Court decision that enshrines the Affordable Care Act as the law of the land.
We are all the floundering Israelites in the desert, and we are all, each of us, a Moses who who will not tolerate a system that is indifferent to basic need of any person to transcend her past, elevate her present, and imagine her dignified future.
With the Los Angeles City Council's recent approval to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2020, it is my hope that we on the Board of Supervisors will move swiftly to address income inequality and wage stagnation in Los Angeles County.
While it's the job of CPS to determine when maltreatment occurs and to respond accordingly, it's everyone's job to prevent child abuse and maltreatment before it happens. It's an enormous task, but one well worth doing for the future of L.A.'s children.