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December 22, 2007 | Jack Leonard, Times Staff Writer
As he vies for a seat on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, state Sen. Mark Ridley-Thomas has tapped labor unions and companies with business before the Legislature to donate thousands of dollars to a nonprofit he founded that works to register voters and empower residents in his South Los Angeles district. Over the last year, Ridley-Thomas raised $200,000 from such companies as Verizon, Zenith Insurance Co. and Chevron Corp.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 28, 2014 | By Abby Sewell and Robert Faturechi
The newly named interim sheriff of Los Angeles County, current Orange County Undersheriff John L. Scott, said Tuesday that he would continue the momentum of reform in the beleaguered department. Flanked by four of the five county supervisors, Scott said, "I can assure you, I'm not going to be a place-holder here in L.A. County. I will begin the process immediately of restoring both the dignity to the men and women of L.A. County and the confidence and trust of the public that we serve.
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SPORTS
May 19, 1997 | T.J. SIMERS
He just sat there for months and months, all alone, keeping the faith in a Coliseum long ago razed in the thinking process of most every NFL decision-maker. The Los Angeles city councilman with three names, who couldn't tell you who plays quarterback for Green Bay, continued to launch political platitudes as though what he was saying might make a difference. Hey, Mark Ridley-Thomas, get a clue: The NFL will not be returning to Los Angeles in a renovated, new or any other kind of Coliseum.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 16, 2014 | By Paul Pringle and Jack Leonard
Los Angeles city building inspectors launched an investigation Thursday into whether county Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas has an illegally converted garage at his Leimert Park home, where government employees recently performed thousands of dollars worth of work. The Los Angeles Building and Safety Department opened the probe less than a day after The Times reported that county crews installed a security system, drywall, an air conditioner and other appliances in Ridley-Thomas' detached garage.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 13, 1991
Mayor Tom Bradley on Friday endorsed civil rights activist Mark Ridley-Thomas in the runoff election to fill the 8th District City Council seat, which Councilman Robert Farrell is vacating. The endorsement highlights a rivalry between the mayor and U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Los Angeles), who endorsed and helped direct the campaign of Roderick D. Wright. Wright will face Ridley-Thomas in the June 4 election.
NEWS
August 13, 1991 | LOUIS SAHAGUN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As a Los Angeles City Council committee debated Christopher Commission proposals for ridding the Police Department of racism and brutality, a black councilman accused a white colleague Monday of making a racially derogatory remark. Councilman Ernani Bernardi, the senior council member with 30 years on the panel, was discussing at length proposals for selecting a new chief of police when newly elected Councilman Mark Ridley-Thomas interrupted him. "Are we talking about term limits of the chief?"
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 19, 1991 | LOUIS SAHAGUN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After only a month in office, Los Angeles City Councilman Mark Ridley-Thomas has injected much of the style of his civil rights activist background into the usually quiet--some might say somnambulant--atmosphere of the council chambers. It has clearly made some of his colleagues uncomfortable. Last week, the 36-year-old Ridley-Thomas engaged in separate racially tinged verbal confrontations with two older, white, conservative colleagues from the San Fernando Valley.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 11, 2008 | John L. Mitchell, Times Staff Writer
During a day of stop-and-go campaigning for the 2nd District seat on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, state Sen. Mark Ridley-Thomas paused for a little criticism from his campaign manager: You need to do more to toot your own horn. "You have to close the deal," said Vincent Harris after Ridley-Thomas' debate last weekend with his chief rival for the seat, L.A. City Councilman Bernard C. Parks.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 6, 2008 | Garrett Therolf, Therolf is a Times staff writer.
For six months, Los Angeles County supervisors have courted the University of California as their last, best hope to reopen Martin Luther King Jr.-Harbor Hospital. Then Mark Ridley-Thomas was sworn in this week as the newest board member. He immediately signaled that, as far as the troubled hospital in his district is concerned, he wants to be considered the first among equals. Ridley-Thomas' arrival changes the dynamic on one of the board's longest-running and most vexing problems.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 6, 2008 | Garrett Therolf and Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Therolf and Hennessy-Fiske are Times staff writers.
Mark Ridley-Thomas will become Los Angeles County's newest supervisor Dec. 1, joining colleagues who stayed mum or actively opposed his campaign and owing more to a single special interest than any supervisor in recent memory. Yet a resounding victory over Los Angeles City Councilman Bernard C.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 15, 2014 | By Jack Leonard and Paul Pringle
Government employees performed work on the garage of Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas' private home, installing drywall, an air conditioner, appliances and a security system, according to sources familiar with the job. The detached garage at Ridley-Thomas' Leimert Park residence appeared to have been converted into an office with a restroom sometime before the county work was done, said a source familiar with the property, who...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 10, 2013 | By Abby Sewell and Seema Mehta
Los Angeles County supervisors expressed dismay at this week's federal charges against 18 former and current Sheriff's Department members, and one took the opportunity to renew calls for a citizens' commission to oversee the massive law enforcement agency. The board controls the Sheriff's Department's budget, but has no official power over Sheriff Lee Baca because he is an elected official. But supervisors have moved to take a more active role in the department's affairs. Most recently, they voted to hire veteran public corruption prosecutor Max Huntsman to fill the newly created post of inspector general.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 25, 2013 | By Jack Dolan, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles mayoral candidate Wendy Greuel stood on the lawn of Grand Park in downtown on Sunday evening to announce her endorsement by L.A. County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, whose African American constituency is a coveted voting bloc in the May runoff election against City Councilman Eric Garcetti. It was Greuel's first appearance since a dramatic shake-up in her campaign staff late last week. She hired a new manager and four people resigned, leaving observers to wonder if the change of horses midstream indicated a lack of confidence.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 10, 2012 | By Jason Song and Rong-Gong Lin II, Los Angeles Times
It's election season at the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, and once again what passes for a campaign is taking on surreal qualities. Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe has collected nearly $352,000 for his reelection bid from an array of contractors, builders, developers and casinos, even though no major challenger was on the horizon and he's now running unopposed. Two of Knabe's colleagues have raised more than $800,000 between them. One has no challenger and the other faces a little-known Palmdale convenience store owner who has pledged to spend less than $1,000 on his campaign.
BUSINESS
December 15, 2011 | By Stuart Pfeifer, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas says he may call for restrictions on advertising for Lap-Band weight-loss surgery and could even propose a billboard campaign warning consumers about the risks of the procedure. Ridley-Thomas said Wednesday that he wanted to work with county public health officials to determine steps the county could take to "ensure serious health problems are not trivialized. " His comments came one day after the Food and Drug Administration accused the 1-800-GET-THIN marketing company and affiliated surgery centers of misleading ads about the safety of the weight-loss surgery.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 8, 2011 | By Paul Pringle and Rong-Gong Lin II, Los Angeles Times
By the time the NFL's Carolina Panthers took the field for the 2009 season, the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum had been out of the pro football business for more than a decade. But that didn't stop a member of the Coliseum's governing commission, Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, from using his position at the agency to score $560 worth of Panthers tickets ? on the public's dime. Neither Ridley-Thomas nor the commission reported the gift of the tickets in financial disclosures required by state law, and their value exceeded the legal limit on gratuities for government officials.
NEWS
May 21, 1992 | JOHN L. MITCHELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Los Angeles Councilwoman Ruth Galanter lashed out at colleague Mark Ridley-Thomas this week, accusing him of trying to take over the Baldwin Hills-Crenshaw portion of her council district before a redistricting proposal that would give him control is approved.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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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