God willing, if Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas has his way. And usually, he gets it.
Right now, I'm sitting in a filled-to-capacity auditorium at the Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration.
Supervisor Ridley-Thomas has called out all community activists, leadership and residents, anyone who's concerned about lacking healthcare in the L.A. community and surrounding areas, to support his efforts to reopen the Martin Luther King, Jr./Charles R. Drew Medical Center.
The Supervisors' regular meeting actually started at 9:30 but he's placed a special item on the agenda just for King Drew.
There are several recommendations, but primarily, we're here to see if the hospital will open for in-patient services.
This is a hot button issue folks. Several years ago, the Watts/Willowbrook community was stripped of the hospital for various reasons - I'll post links to past articles in a bit. The meeting's starting.