Feb 142012

Join us and the CMC (Community Market Conversion Program) for a dynamic, interactive discussion on food equity in South Los Angeles. CMC partners with Cornerstone Theater Company to host an interactive discussion on the problem of inequitable food access, as well as our collective visions for an equitable and sustainable food system for South LA. The meeting will act as an orientation for new participants, and an opportunity for all CMC volunteers to envision our next steps moving forward to support the 4 CMC stores. Don’t miss it!

Where and when?

Thursday February 16th
6 PM – 8:30 PM
Community Health Councils Office
3731 Stocker Street, Los Angeles, CA 90008
2nd Floor Conference Room

RSVPs can be sent to:

Clare Fox
Project Coordinator
Community Market Conversion Program
1200 West 7th Street / Suite 200
Los Angeles, CA 90017

Some Background info from the folks at CMC:

As many of you know, the Community Market Conversion Program (CMC) is a grant-funded initiative of the Community Redevelopment Agency of the City of Los Angeles (CRA/LA). Just before the New Year, the California Supreme Court ruled that Assembly Bill x1-26 (“The Dissolution Act” dissolving all redevelopment agencies in California) is constitutional and Assembly Bill x1-27 (the “Alternative Redevelopment Program Act” that would have allowed continued operations provided that agreements were made to make payments to fund schools and special districts) is unconstitutional.  Therefore, as of January 31, 2012, CRA/LA (and all redevelopment agencies across the state) ceased to exist. For the past several weeks, we’ve been working hard to protect the status of the CMC pilot in South LA and most importantly the remodeling plans for the four stores.

At this stage, we are pleased to say that CMC project has been placed on the “Enforceable Obligations Payment Schedule (EOPS),” which is being administered by the Governor-appointed Designated Local Authority (“DLA”) that oversees projects of the former Community Redevelopment Agency of the City of Los Angeles as of February 1, 2012. The community and health activities funded by the County Department of Public Health’s Project RENEW and the California Endowment are continuing forward. As before, the grant-supported “pilot” period of the CMC program will conclude at the end of April, but we believe that the construction funding to renovate the 4 CMC stores is still intact.

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