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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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August 13, 2008 | Steve Hymon, Times Staff Writer
Reversing course from only a week ago, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted 3 to 2 on Tuesday to put a sales tax increase for mass transit and road projects on the Nov. 4 ballot. However, the board also voted 3 to 2 to officially oppose the measure. Confused? Hey, it's local politics. First, the ballot issue. Last month, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority board voted to put a half-cent sales tax increase on the general election ballot.
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August 8, 2008 | Steve Hymon and Garrett Therolf, Times Staff Writers
To avoid spending $10.5 million in taxpayer money just to make a political point, Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe announced Thursday that he would change his vote from "no" to "yes" and permit a half-cent sales tax increase for roads and mass transit to be placed on the November ballot with other general election issues. Knabe, however, made it clear that he would continue to fight the tax proposal.
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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 4, 2008 | Evelyn Larrubia, Times Staff Writer
City Councilman Bernard C. Parks and state Sen. Mark Ridley-Thomas criticized each other's record on issues including police misconduct, development and Martin Luther King Jr.-Harbor Medical Center on Saturday, during one in a series of debates in their race to win a seat on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. While answering a question about gangs, Ridley-Thomas intimated that Parks did not fully address the Rampart police corruption scandal while serving as Los Angeles police chief.
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May 4, 2008 | John L. Mitchell, Times Staff Writer
At a Mardi Gras-style opening of his campaign headquarters, City Councilman Bernard C. Parks received a candid assessment of his entrance into the race for the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. "I saw Barack Obama dance on the television, and that boy can dance," joked Los Angeles City Councilman Herb J. Wesson Jr., a Parks supporter. "I just saw Bernie Parks dance and, Bernie, you got a little work to do."
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May 3, 2008 | Jean-Paul Renaud, Times Staff Writer
Using a political tool that sidesteps campaign financing limits, Los Angeles labor unions have raised an unprecedented $2.5 million to elect state Sen. Mark Ridley-Thomas to the county Board of Supervisors. Before voters head to the polls in June, union officials say they will add an additional $1.5 million to the "independent expenditure committee" pot.
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April 25, 2008 | Jean-Paul Renaud and Rich Connell, Times Staff Writers
Two veteran public officials -- Bernard C. Parks and Mark Ridley-Thomas -- accused each other of catering to powerful special interests in their contest to capture a rare open seat on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, during a charged debate Thursday night. The exchange, which was sponsored by the Los Angeles League of Conservation Voters, underscored differences that could alter the dynamics of county government for years to come.
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April 9, 2008 | Jean-Paul Renaud
Implementation of a new county law that would extend the time that catering and taco trucks can park in one spot but increase the penalty if that rule is violated was postponed Tuesday after supervisors heard from those it would most affect. Supervisor Gloria Molina, who is proposing the ordinance, said the issue would return to the county Board of Supervisors on April 15, after she has had a chance to explain the measure to vendors. The rule would allow trucks to park in one spot for up to an hour instead of the current 30 minutes but would increase the penalty for violating the law from an infraction to a misdemeanor punishable by jail time.
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