FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 6, 2018
The City of Vernon Welcomes The Derby Dolls
The L.A. Derby Dolls have a new place to call home
LOS ANGELES (June 6, 2018) – The Los Angeles Derby Dolls (LADD) are pleased to announce a new home to bring back hard-hitting roller derby action to the county of Los Angeles.
2661 E. 46th Street
Vernon, CA 90058
After a year and a half of fundraising and searching for the right location to accommodate their unique needs, Southern California’s premier banked track roller derby team has found a new facility in the City of Vernon. Vernon’s close proximity to DTLA and its commitment to developing community programs were important factors in the decision for the league. The alignment of LADD’s community service philosophy and Vernon’s promised support to its community offers avenues for future collaborative opportunities. Vernon’s uniquely business-friendly environment and the affordability of the properties made it a perfect match for The L.A. Derby Dolls.
“This is quite literally a dream come true. To be able to witness a city appreciate what we do for our members and community, and vote unopposed to support a partnership with us, feels unreal. Vernon’s city officials and staff have been very helpful in helping us to transition to Vernon. The whole experience was incredible and we are beyond excited for our future in Vernon.” - Kristal Carmona Miranda, Board of Directors & Treasurer
“We are very happy and excited to welcome the Derby Dolls to Vernon. In the early 1900’s, Vernon was home to world championship boxing matches and even boasted its own minor league baseball team, The Vernon Tigers. It’s been a long time since Vernon played host to any spectator sports, but we think the Derby Dolls will be a great fit for us. Vernon aims to be a modern industrial city, and the Derby Dolls’ progressive and inclusive stance promoting female empowerment through sport aligns with our vision. We look forward to a long and fruitful partnership with The Derby Dolls.” - Carlos Fandino, City Administrator
About the City of Vernon
The City of Vernon was founded in 1905 to create jobs in California. Vernon’s 1,800 businesses create more than 105,000 jobs in the Los Angeles area - including 55,000 jobs within the City’s 5.2 mile boundary. The Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation designated Vernon as California’s ‘Most Business Friendly City’. Vernon generates more than $330 million in state income and sales taxes and approximately $1.1 billion in taxable spending. Vernon’s businesses provide more than $4.4 billion in salaries and wages annually for workers in Los Angeles County. For more information, please visit the City’s website at www.cityofvernon.org or find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CityofVernonCA/, Instagram @city_of_vernon, Twitter @city_of_vernon
About the L.A. Derby Dolls
Founded in 2003, and granted a 501(c)(3) status in 2018, the L.A. Derby Dolls are Southern California’s premier women’s banked-track, roller derby league. Honored as a Treasure of Los Angeles by the Central City Association, The L.A. Derby Dolls, a volunteer-run non-profit, is made up of women from a wide variety of backgrounds and professions. The L.A. Derby Dolls are one of only 14 leagues in the U.S. playing roller derby on a banked track. Within the league, four fierce teams battle for dominance: Fight Crew, Sirens, Tough Cookies, and Varsity Brawlers. The L.A. Ri-Ettes are L.A. Derby Doll’s all-star team, who compete against the best teams in the nation and are the current reigning national champions 7 years in row. The league also operates the Junior Derby Dolls for girls ages 7-17 years old. The L.A. Derby Dolls operate as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization under the name CA Derby Dolls.