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Table of contents What's This?
  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • History
  • Chronology
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Rebuild LA Collection
    Dates: 1992-1997
    Collection number: CSLA-6
    Creator: Rebuild LA
    Collection Size: 122 linear feet254 boxes, 5 oversize boxes/items, 1 map case drawer
    Repository: Loyola Marymount University. Library. Department of Archives and Special Collections.
    Los Angeles, California 90045-2659
    Abstract: The Rebuild LA Collection contains the administrative and organizational records of Rebuild LA, the most important response to the Los Angeles riots of 1992. The collection spans the entire life of the organzation from its beginning in 1992 to its dissolution in 1997.
    Physical location: Collection stored offsite. Research use requires both an advance notice of intent to use the collection and an appointment. To schedule an appointment, please contact the Department of Archives and Special Collection, William H. Hannon Library, Loyola Marymount University: 310-338-5357.
    Languages: Languages represented in the collection:EnglishSpanish

    Access

    This collection is part of the Thomas and Dorothy Leavey Center for the Study of Los Angeles Research Collection, a program of the Thomas and Dorothy Leavey Center for the Study of Los Angeles, Loyola Marymount University. The Research Collection is administered by the Department of Archives and Special Collections, Loyola Marymount University. The Rebuild LA Collection is open to research under the department's terms of use.

    Publication Rights

    Materials in the Department of Archives and Special Collections may be subject to copyright. Unless explicitly stated otherwise, Loyola Marymount University does not claim ownership of the copyright of any materials in its collections. The user or publisher must secure permission to publish from the copyright owner. Loyola Marymount University does not assume any responsibility for infringement of copyright or of publication rights held by the original author or artists or his/her heirs, assigns, or executors.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Series number, Box and Folder number, Rebuild LA Collection, CSLA-6, Department of Archives and Special Collections, William H. Hannon Library, Loyola Marymount University.

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of the Rebuild LA organization, 1997.

    History

    Rebuild LA (RLA) was formed the weekend of April 29-30, 1992 immediately following the civil disturbances in Los Angeles sparked by the acquittals of four white policemen in the beating of Rodney King, a drunken-driving suspect who was African-American. The civil disturbances left 55 people dead, thousands injured, more than 1100 buildings damaged or destroyed, and a repair bill of nearly $1 billion.
    Former baseball commissioner and Olympics organizer Peter Ueberroth was called upon by Mayor Bradley to spearhead the 5-year rebuilding project which would spur investment in the neglected areas, defined as Los Angeles neighborhoods with poverty rates of 20 percent or higher. In response to public pressure for a more diverse leadership, Ueberroth added four co-chairs to the organization: Tony Salazar, Linda Wong, Barry Sanders, and Bernard Kinsey. RLA was also represented by a large board of directors that at one time had 96 members.
    RLA achieved some measure of success with its economic strategies using eleven task forces to tackle the problem of rejuvenating Los Angeles, receiving nearly $500 million in corporate commitments. However, progress was severely stalled by the recession and Northridge earthquake. (The repair bill from the Northridge earthquake was about 20 times that of the riots.)
    Early in 1994 RLA streamlined its operation and refocused its mission under the leadership of its new president and CEO, former deputy mayor and restaurateur Linda Griego. The four remaining co-chairs were replaced with a single chair, ARCO's then-chairman Lodwrick Cook; the remaining RLA staff was trimmed in half. (Peter Ueberroth had resigned in May 1993 as a co-chair but had remained a member of the board.) As its new vision, RLA adopted a "bottom up" strategy which sought to foster the development of existing businesses rather than trying to lure major corporations to locate facilities in neglected areas. Thus the eleven task forces were dissolved or merged with outside agencies.
    The RLA project began in May of 1992 and ended in 1997, the last year of which was a "Transition" period. During this transition near the end of 1996, RLA transferred its assets and its databases to the Los Angeles Community College District which hoped to link industries with classroom programs through its own Community Development Technologies Center. The new agency called itself LA Public Resource and Occupational Support Program for Economic Revitalization, or LA PROSPER Partners.
    The Los Angeles Community College District received RLA's cash assets, computer hardware and software, and all of its active records. The remainder of RLA's records was transferred to Loyola Marymount University's Center for the Study of Los Angeles Research Collection.
    1992 Rebuild LA (RLA) formed under the directorship of Peter Ueberroth.
    May 1993 Ueberroth resigns as director but remains as a board member.
    1994 Linda Griego assumes leadership of RLA as president and CEO.
    1996 RLA helps form the Los Angeles Urban Consortium to expand retail services in South Central Los Angeles.
    1997 RLA is dissolved, and its assets are turned over to the Los Angeles Community College District.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The Rebuild LA Collection contains the organization's records from its inception in 1992 to its dissolution in 1997. Some of RLA's records followed the new organization--LA PROSPER Partners--to the Los Angeles Community College District. The remainder of RLA's records came to Loyola Marymount University's Center for the Study of Los Angeles. The records include administrative files as well as files from the various task force groups including the Economic Development group and the Labor Force Development group. Personnel files, press communications, video and audio tapes, photographs, published materials, business advertisements and brochures, and correspondence also comprise the collection. A few of the significant topics covered in the collection include the General Motors Van Distribution Program, manufacturing networks, all of the speeches of Linda Griego (CEO, 1994-1997), and the Vacant Lots project. Due to staff changes and mobility within RLA, the files of the various departments were maintained by different people at different times. Every effort was made to retain original order when feasible, though structural changes in RLA over the years caused records in some instances to change departments or to be consolidated into fewer departments.

    Arrangement

    For maximum accessibility as well as integrity regarding original order, the collection was divided into thirteen series, most of which have subseries: Series 1: Board of Directors, Series 2: President's Office, Series 3: Communications, Series 4: Operations and Finance, Series 5: Economic Development, Series 6: Labor Force Development, Series 7: Community Resource Development, Series 8: Transition, Series 9: Research and General Reference, Series 10: Audiovisual Materials, Series 11: Maps, Series 12: Ephemera, and Series 13: Published Materials. Most of the series also contain subseries; a few of the subseries have sub-subseries.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.

    Subjects

    Rebuild LA
    Ueberroth, Peter
    Griego, Linda
    Urban Renewal--California--Los Angeles
    Community Development Corporations--California--Los Angeles
    Los Angeles (Calif.)

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Rebuild LA (Organization)
    Riots--California--Los Angeles.
    Los Angeles (Calif.)--Social conditions.
    Los Angeles (Calif.)--Race relations.