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March 7, 2011 | By Maeve Reston, Los Angeles Times
South Los Angeles voters go to the polls Tuesday to decide whether to reelect City Councilman Bernard C. Parks or opt for one of his challengers. But the contest has sometimes felt more like a rematch between Parks and Mark Ridley-Thomas, another of the city's most powerful black leaders. Though only Parks is on the ballot, Ridley-Thomas is a frequent presence at campaign events, where he and Parks often pass each other without exchanging more than a glance ? though they have known each other for decades.
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February 21, 2011 | By Maeve Reston, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles City Councilman Bernard C. Parks' bid for a third term in his South Los Angeles district once looked to be a lock. The councilman was elected with 78% of the vote in 2003, riding a wave of anger among black voters over his ouster a year earlier as police chief after 37 years with the Los Angeles Police Department. No one challenged him in 2007. And his two opponents in the March 8 contest have meager campaign treasuries and a fraction of his name recognition in the 8th District, which stretches from the neighborhoods around USC almost to the 105 Freeway.
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February 19, 2011 | By Maeve Reston, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles City Councilman Bernard C. Parks and opponent Forescee Hogan-Rowles traded jabs Saturday at a candidate forum in Leimert Park, where Parks defended his six-figure pension and compensation package and Hogan-Rowles brushed off accusations that she was a pawn of organized labor. Hogan-Rowles, who has received heavy backing from city employee unions, has emerged as a strong challenger to Parks, who is seeking his third term representing the 8th District in South Los Angeles.
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February 17, 2011 | By Maeve Reston, Los Angeles Times
City Councilman Bernard C. Parks blasted a campaign mailer sent to voters this week by the Los Angeles Police Protective League that claimed he "took 1,000 police officers off our streets. " "What they say is absolutely a lie ? you can't physically do it ? you can't physically take 1,000 people off the street as one councilman," Parks said. The former Los Angeles Police Department chief is seeking a third and final term representing his South Los Angeles district. Parks has long had an adversarial relationship with the league, which opposed his bid for a second term as chief.
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February 17, 2011 | By Dan Weikel, Los Angeles Times
The inspector general for the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority says she asked the agency's board chairman last year to consider censuring Los Angeles City Councilman Bernard C. Parks for improperly accepting $3,800 in campaign donations while he was an MTA board member. But a recent internal memo indicates that a decision on whether to take action against Parks hasn't been made. The case has been pending at the inspector general's office since late 2008.
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January 25, 2011 | By Maeve Reston, Los Angeles Times
The Los Angeles County Federation of Labor endorsed a little-known election challenger to L.A. City Councilman Bernard C. Parks on Monday night, raising the odds that labor could wage an expensive battle against him in his South Los Angeles district. Parks, a fiscal conservative who heads the city's Finance and Budget Committee, has long had a rocky relationship with Los Angeles labor unions. In 2008, the federation spent at least $8.5 million to defeat him when he ran against then-state Sen. Mark Ridley-Thomas for the 2nd District seat on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, and the two sides have been increasingly at odds as the city's budget crisis has worsened.
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October 27, 2010 | By David Zahniser, Los Angeles Times
The Los Angeles City Council scuttled a plan to seek power over the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power's retirement benefits Tuesday after hundreds of the utility's workers showed up to denounce the move. Councilman Bernard C. Parks had called for a March 8 ballot measure that would ask voters to give the council more authority over the DWP's retirement system, which operates independently from the rest of the city. Councilman Paul Koretz panned that idea, saying he did not want to engage in a costly election-year fight with the powerful International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 18, which represents DWP employees and had hundreds of members in the audience.
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February 11, 2010 | By Maeve Reston
With Los Angeles facing a $212-million shortfall, City Controller Wendy Greuel called on City Council members Wednesday to give up their district's share of funds collected from the sale of city properties to help rebuild budget reserves. In an audit, Greuel found that over the last 12 years, property sales and franchise fees from the miles of pipelines under city streets have generated almost $25 million that has been diverted into real property accounts controlled by council offices.
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October 6, 2009 | David Zahniser and Phil Willon
Two committees of the Los Angeles City Council recommended Monday that the city stop hiring police officers starting next month and wait until January to see if the budget picture has improved enough to resume recruitment. Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will veto the proposal if the full council approves it next week, officials in the mayor's office said. The Budget and Finance and Public Safety committees agreed to discontinue a new recruit class in November as part of the effort to eliminate a $405-million budget shortfall.
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