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Los Angeles’s First (and Only) Black Mayor Broke Racial Barrier ““Never give up. Keep your thoughts and your mind always on the goal.” —Tom Bradley

Mayor Tom Bradley was my Mentor, Friend and Role Model. He personally gave me good advise as to what I must do to be a perfect civil servant “Put the the people FIRST”, also in the 1980’s I was his Scout to see what is needed in the City of Los Angeles. The Library, the International Airport is dedicated to Mayor Tom Bradley. he was Mayor of Los Angeles for 20 years, before he served as Mayor of the City of Los Angeles he served as Councilman and Police Chief who put away his pride and walked the streets. Also he did not put fame ahead of duty, he appointed a Janitor employed by the City of Los Angeles who name was “Gilbert Lindsey”, who is responsible for the Figueroa Corridor “Convention Center” Thank you “Mayor Tom Bradley” and Councilman Gilbert Lindsey, also Councilman Gilbert Lindsey was my neighbor for 30 years he resided in the district he represented. Also Mayor Tom Bradley walk the beat on Central Avenue many of the old timers said he was polite and very stern!!

Los Angeles’s First (and Only) Black Mayor Broke Racial Barrier

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Thursday, September 6, 2018
Tom Bradley on an escalator at the opening of the Red Line subway downtown, 1-30-93.
Tom Bradley on an escalator at the opening of the Red Line subway downtown Los Angeles, [1993]. Gary Leonard Collection

“Never give up. Keep your thoughts and your mind always on the goal.” —Tom Bradley

The Tom Bradley Wing of the Central Library is a fitting tribute to the enlightened man who presided over Los Angeles for five terms as mayor. During his long tenure, he both inspired and executed amazing growth. As we celebrate the 25th anniversary of the wing named in his honor, a major question one may ask is, why was Tom J. Bradley so important to the Central Library?

Who was Tom Bradley?

a portrait of mayor Tom Bradley

Tom Bradley was the first, and so far only, African American mayor of Los Angeles. He served the city for 20 years from 1973-1993, [photo undated]. Security Pacific National Bank Photo Collection

Bradley was born December 29, 1917, to Lee and Crenner Bradley, once sharecroppers living in a small log cabin in Texas. They moved to Arizona where Bradley, as a young boy, picked cotton along with his parents. While on the campaign trail decades later, in California’s Central Valley cotton fields, Bradley said, “That [experience] was enough. I could never fill that 25-pound bag.”

The family moved again, in 1924, to Los Angeles, near Temple and Alvarado streets, when there were now five children: Lawrence, Tom, Willa Mae, Ellis who was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at a young age, and Howard. Bradley excelled in school with the support of his family. He attended Polytechnic High School where he was recruited to attend due to of his athletic abilities in track and football. These early successes in his academic career propelled the studious Bradley to consider leadership as a personal goal. He earned an athletic scholarship to UCLA in 1937 where he excelled once again, but by Bradley’s junior year at UCLA, he felt the pull of public service and took the entrance exam for the Los Angeles Police Department. Placed near the top of the examinees [earning a 97], he left college to enter the department academy in 1940.

The Path to Politics

Tom Bradley campaigns

At campaign headquarters for his first run as mayor, in 1969, Bradley is shown thanking his many campaigners and supporters, [1969]. Robert Douglas, Shades of L.A.: African American Community

His effectiveness in bringing groups together while a police officer led to his next goal: serving on the Los Angeles City Council. He applied for the 10th District seat in June 1961 while still a police lieutenant, losing to Joe E. Hollingsworth. He ran against Hollingsworth three years later in April 1963, winning not one but two elections, one for the unexpired term left by City Controller Charles Navarro, and the other for a full four-year term. Bradley was sworn in as a City Councilman, the first African American to do so, on April 15, 1963.

In 1969, he ran for mayor against the incumbent Sam Yorty, but lost. Most political pundits agree it was because of an egregiously racist campaign waged by Yorty. Undaunted, Bradley ran again in 1973 and won. He had his sights set on redevelopment and making LA an international city/hub. With the passage of the Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) 1974 redevelopment plan, places like the Bunker Hill financial district, the Warner Center, and Century City were developed to what it looks like today. Other projects include the construction of Los Angeles’ light rail network and expansion of the Los Angeles International Airport which would later bear Bradley’s name with its completion in 1984. That year was a highlight on another level, as Bradley was the key to bringing the 1984 Summer Olympic Games to Los Angeles.

Bradley’s Library Love

 Mayor Bradley and councilman Ferraro present proclamation to Marilyn Tamura, and Daisy Jones

Mayor Bradley and councilman Ferraro present proclamation on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Wilshire Branch to Marilyn Tamura, acting director of branches and Wilshire librarian Daisy Jones, [photo undated]. Security Pacific National Bank Collection

Bradley spent just as much time planning and developing, as he did to establish human relations commissions in the city. He supported various ethnic and special interest groups with a focus on education and connecting Angelenos together.

None of his efforts were as far-reaching as his redevelopment plans for DTLA. He encouraged the inclusion of historic buildings in the development push and played a vital role in evaluating and preparing historic buildings in the event of emergencies like earthquake or fire. As the driving force in establishing a fire safety plan for the Central library in 1978, he worked with the Los Angeles City Fire Department (LAPD) to install fire alarms in 1980-1981, and created emergency first response drills and practices. Bradley’s foresight led to the swift and successful response to the first of two arson fires at the library on April 29, 1986, with no casualties among the 750 people involved at the scene, including patrons, employees, and firefighters.

Bradley’s strategic vision for the library brought together developer Robert F. Maguire III, ARCO CEO Robert O. Anderson, and City Council’s Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA). He spearheaded the financing plan for the library which included the utilization of investment tax credits and tax allocation bonds, however, the most creative solutions proposed by the team of Maguire, Anderson, Bradley and the CRA was the sale of unused air rights (the vacant space from the top of the building to the maximum allowable building height on the site) of the Library.

Maguire Thomas Partners subsequently purchased the library’s air rights for $125 million, almost the entire amount needed for the library’s expansion at $152 million. Under the terms of the agreement among the city, CRA, and the library commission, created after five years of complex negotiations led by Bradley, the deal to “transfer” the unused space was signed in January of 1985. Thanks to the creativity, persistence, and negotiation skills of Bradley and the other principals, the library’s renovation and expansion began. The east addition of the library was named for the man with the “creative air rights plan”.

After Bradley’s last term expired, he retired only to endure several years of health complications. He died at the age of 80 and was buried in Inglewood Park Cemetery.

Carrying on the Mission for Change

Mayor Tom Bradley with the torchbearers, chosen to represent the diversity of the community.

A top athlete in his youth, in football and track, Mayor Bradley enthusiastically supported the city to host the 1984 Olympic Games. He is shown here with the torchbearers, chosen to represent the diversity of the community, [1984]. Mike Mullen, Herald-Examiner Collection

Like Mayor Tom Bradley, the Los Angeles Public Library is a force for change, echoing his mission of improving the lives of all in the city. We provide free and easy access to information, ideas, books and technology that enrich, educate and empower every individual in our city’s diverse communities. Visit us today!

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DERACINATION “Forced displacement”, Blacks in Los Angeles Are being forced to move out of Los Angeles, CA “REMOVAL OF PEOPLE FROM ONE AREA TO ANOTHER IS A CRIME AGAINST HUMANITY”

Afro-Americans/Blacks are victims of DERACINATION “forced Displacement” is taking place in the City of Los Angeles. REMOVAL OF PEOPLE FROM ONE AREA TO ANOTHER IS A CRIME AGAINST HUMANITY”

DERACINATION

Forced displacement or forced immigration is the coerced movement of a person or people away from their home or home region and it often connotes violent coercion. Someone who has experienced forced displacement is a “forced immigrant”, a “displaced person” (DP), rarely also a “displacee”, or if it is within the same country, an internally displaced person (IDP). In some cases the forced immigrant can also become a refugee, as that term has a specific legal definition. A specific form of forced displacement is population transfer, which is a coherent policy to move unwanted groups, for example, as an attempt at ethnic cleansing. Another form is deportation.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Forced_displacement

 

           

HUD Secretary Ben Carson stated, He is not going to send the $31,000 Table back. Secretary Ben Carson, intentions are To Eliminate Programs for the Poor, Elderly and the Disabled

Billy Graham – Is the handwriting on the wall, America? What you Sow you shall Reap

Addie M. Miller sincerely sends her condolences to Billy Graham family..He was very inspirational and there was hardly a Sunday I did not view his broadcast. Billy Graham was truly a teacher for GOD and I believe his son Franklin Graham is following in his father foot steps, Billy Graham drew billions of people all over the world for years, and he stayed humble and meek, but FIRM with the word of GOD.

WORLD SERIES 2017 L.A. DODGERS & HOUSTON ASTROS

The LA Dodgers (National League) and the Houston Astros (American League) were both WINNERS.  It is NOT WHO WINS, PLACES OR SHOWS, IT IS THE ONE WHO ENDURES!

Addie M. Miller says , a wise Gentleman shared his knowledge with her years ago, saying CHESS is a Game that the King will trade the Queen to win the game. My opinion is (for Money, Politics, or to win an Election, etc.
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The Queen is worth 9 points… You should only trade her when it is a fair trade or you are getting the better deal! My opinion is a fair trade (for Money, Politics, or to win an Election, etc. The love for money and power is the root for all evil. 1 Timothy 6:10   

The Love for money, Politics and to win an elected Political Office must not be part of our United States of America sports, it is NOT FAIR TO THE FANS!!!!!

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