Thursday, February 18, 2010

Ballard Mountain Dedication on Saturday



Supervisor, 3rd District                      Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration, Room 821                       Los Angeles 90012

Contact: Joel Bellman                                                                         Date: 2/18/10

Telephone: (213) 974-3333                                                          






WHO:              Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky; Dr. Marcia McNutt, Director of the U.S. Geological Survey; Dr. Patty Colman, historian and instructor at Moorpark College; family members and descendants of early Los Angeles African-American community leader and pioneering homesteader John Ballard


WHAT:            Will gather to formally dedicate as “Ballard Mountain” the renamed Santa Monica Mountains peak formerly known as “Negrohead Mountain,” in honor of John Ballard’s contributions to the early history and development of Los Angeles


WHERE:        Seminole Springs Mobilehome Park Clubhouse

                        30473 Mulholland Highway

                        Agoura Hills

                        (Thomas Guide, p. 587, G-4)


WHEN:           Saturday, February 20, 2010

                        12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.


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Based on historical research conducted by historian and college instructor Patty Colman, and spurred by the advocacy of constituents residing in the area, Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky sponsored the February 2009 Board motion requesting that USGS formally redesignate as “Ballard Mountain” the Santa Monica Mountains peak long known as “Negrohead Mountain.” This Los Angeles Times article laid out the colorful history of John Ballard and his contributions to the burgeoning African-American community and the civic life of early Los Angeles. In September 2009, the USGS Board on Geographic Names officially approved Supervisor Yaroslavsky’s proposed name change. In October 2009, the First A.M.E. Church formally recognized John Ballard's contributions at a service attended by Supervisor Yaroslavsky as a special guest.


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