New CityWatch Columnist Provides Perspective from ‘South of the 10’

SOUTH OF THE 10--I would like to introduce a new column called “South of the 10” by the editor of community blog 2urbangirls.com, Melissa Hébert. (Photo above.)

The column will explore issues, from an alternative lens, from a citizen point of view.

“South of the 10” is a column where facts and opinions mingle.

As a resident of the 2nd Supervisorial District, for the last four decades, I have listened to elders speak of the glory of the “good ole days” and watching my community fall into disarray, with the highest areas of poverty in Los Angeles County.

According to 2010 U.S. Census Data, Los Angeles County is home to roughly four million people. The Public Policy Institute of California and the Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality, found that 2.6 million, or 27%, of Los Angeles County residents lived in poverty in 2011. The official poverty rate for the county, based on the U.S. Census' 2011 American Community Survey, is 18%.

Although my community continues to be represented by an electorate that reflects the diversity of the residents, we have a long way to go in the area of educating our residents in order to end the cycle of poverty permeating our community.

‘South of the 10’ looks forward to not only identifying issues, but also looking at creative, out of the box thinking to address these issues.

Having built relationships with seasoned journalists, “South of the 10” looks forward to bringing historical context to the discussion and drawing correlations to today’s issues.

  • Melissa’s next column will appear in Thursday, April 28.

(Melissa Hébert is an alumni of California State University Dominguez Hills with a degree in Political Science. She is the editor-in-chief of blog 2urbangirls.com and host of the Urban Girl Show. Melissa is a volunteer server on School Site Council in Inglewood Unified School District and is the mother of two handsome sons. She can be reached at [email protected]