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May 28, 2009 | David Zahniser
Responding to investigations of public pension systems across the country, two members of the Los Angeles City Council called Wednesday for a reduction in Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's power to pick pension board members. Councilmen Dennis Zine and Bernard C.
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November 5, 2008 | Garrett Therolf, Therolf is a Times staff writer.
Mark Ridley-Thomas, who entered the race for Los Angeles County supervisor as a perceived underdog, opened a commanding lead over Bernard C. Parks in early returns Tuesday, propelled by his promise to be a more strident advocate for working people and by millions of dollars in labor support. Unions spent $8.5 million using an independent committee to support Ridley-Thomas -- nearly nine times the amount raised by the candidate's own campaign -- in a race to replace retiring Yvonne B.
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November 1, 2008 | Garrett Therolf, Therolf is a Times staff writer
Los Angeles City Councilman Bernard C. Parks, locked in a race for county supervisor, canceled campaign events for several hours Friday after his brother was hospitalized with a stroke. Arthur Parks was in intensive care at a Los Angeles-area hospital, according to Parks' chief of staff and son, Bernard Parks Jr. The hospitalization of Parks' older brother came just days after their father, Earl Parks, died at age 87.
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October 28, 2008 | Jean Merl, Merl is a Times staff writer.
Los Angeles Councilman Bernard C. Parks, locked in a race for Los Angeles County supervisor, canceled his campaign schedule Monday upon the death of his father, Earl Winfred Parks, whose public-service career spanned half a century. Earl Parks, 87, died in a local hospital Monday morning after years of declining health, Bernard Parks said.
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September 29, 2008 | John L. Mitchell, Times Staff Writer
In the final stretch before the Nov. 4 election, state Sen. Mark Ridley-Thomas and Los Angeles City Councilman Bernard C. Parks face a formidable challenge in their battle for a seat on the L.A. County Board of Supervisors: how to convince voters -- expected to turn out in record numbers -- to focus on the 2nd District amid the excitement of a historic presidential campaign. Parks and Ridley-Thomas have already waged the most expensive campaign fight in county history.
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September 25, 2008 | John L. Mitchell, Times Staff Writer
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has asked the city to block the eviction of a nonprofit organization from a city-owned building that City Councilman Bernard C. Parks said was illegally being used by the group to organize voters against his bid for a seat on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. For eight years, Strategic Concepts in Organizing and Policy Education's headquarters has been at 1715 W. Florence Ave.
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June 8, 2008 | Raphael J. Sonenshein, Raphael J. Sonenshein, a political scientist at Cal State Fullerton, is the author of "Politics in Black and White: Race and Power in Los Angeles."
While Barack Obama was making history by claiming the Democratic presidential nomination Tuesday night, Mark Ridley-Thomas was creating some historical ripples of his own in the 2nd District race to replace retiring Supervisor Yvonne B. Burke. In a surprise showing, the state senator outpolled the favored Bernard C. Parks, 45% to 40%, in Tuesday's primary and, in so doing, dealt at least a temporary setback to Los Angeles' traditional African American leadership.
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June 2, 2008 | Jean-Paul Renaud, Times Staff Writer
Candidates for a rare open seat on the county Board of Supervisors visited black churches large and small Sunday, hoping to grab last-minute support before Tuesday's vote in one of the most vigorously contested election campaigns in decades. State Sen. Mark Ridley-Thomas (D-Los Angeles) and Councilman Bernard C.
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May 31, 2008 | Jean-Paul Renaud, Times Staff Writer
With days to go before Tuesday's election, the hot contest for the 2nd District seat on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors is sending volleys of attack brochures to voters' mailboxes. Both main contenders in the nine-candidate field are experienced leaders. State Sen. Mark Ridley-Thomas (D-Los Angeles) served on the L.A. City Council before being elected to the Legislature, and Councilman Bernard C. Parks was previously chief of the Los Angeles Police Department.
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May 25, 2008 | Raphael J. Sonenshein, Raphael J. Sonenshein, a political scientist at Cal State Fullerton, is the author of "Politics in Black and White: Race and Power in Los Angeles."
The battle between City Councilman Bernard C. Parks and state Sen. Mark Ridley-Thomas to replace retiring Supervisor Yvonne B. Burke in the 2nd District in the south and central portions of Los Angeles County provides both a glimpse of where African American politics has been and where it's going in an era of increasing urban diversity.
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