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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.
July 13, 2000
Seeking to address an upsurge in gang-related crime in Los Angeles, Councilman Mark Ridley-Thomas this week called on his colleagues to earmark $5 million to expand the city's gang violence prevention programs. Ridley-Thomas' proposal, which will be considered by a council committee, comes in the wake of reports that violent crime in Los Angeles was up 7.5% in the first six months of the year, compared with the same period in 1999. Homicides increased 28% over the same period last year.
September 19, 1993
Boss Tweed. Tammany Hall. Shades of. We almost had our Los Angeles Central Library and our money for building housing for the poor stolen away from us by Mayor Richard Riordan and his CEO buddies. Thanks to our housing and library advocates, ever alert, two of our most precious assets were kept out of the hands of (tobacco giant) Philip Morris ("Plan to Sell Library Rejected a 2nd Time," Sept. 11). Thanks also to City Council members Rita Walters, Mark Ridley-Thomas, Nate Holden and Richard Alarcon, who stood tall and urged the rest of the council to listen to the public.
March 24, 1999
Councilman Mark Ridley-Thomas suggested Tuesday that the city establish a mandatory policy of spaying and neutering dogs and cats to reduce the public health and safety crisis from stray, injured and vicious dogs roaming the streets. In his proposal, Ridley-Thomas asked that the city's Department of Animal Regulation report on the feasibility of implementing a mandatory policy and how similar laws in other cities are faring.
June 16, 1997 | DADE HAYES
Residents expect to get some political perspective from the opposite end of Los Angeles when City Councilman Mark Ridley-Thomas speaks Wednesday at the monthly meeting of the Sherman Oaks Homeowners Assn. Ridley-Thomas, a five-year council representative of South L.A., is expected to address topics including attempts to lure an NFL team to the city and how to keep gangs out of neighborhoods.
December 12, 1996
Top officials from the National Football League spent the past two days in Southern California meeting with people interested in luring pro football back to the region.
January 6, 1996
In honor of Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday, Los Angeles City Councilman Mark Ridley-Thomas introduced a motion Friday reiterating the city's commitment to affirmative action and calling on Mayor Richard Riordan to clarify his position on the issue. The motion, to be voted on next week, asks the mayor and city attorney's office to report within a month on the impact the so-called "California civil rights initiative" would have on the city's affirmative action programs and policies.
October 1, 1992
Los Angeles City Councilman Mark Ridley-Thomas won a nasty turf battle with colleague Nate Holden Wednesday, acquiring for his district a Crenshaw-area shopping center that is a likely redevelopment target. The City Council voted 12 to 1 that Ridley-Thomas should represent Santa Barbara Plaza, despite angry protests from Holden that taking the center from his district was unfair and "a slap in the face."
September 28, 1990
In response to "Call Racism by Its Real Name," by Mark Ridley-Thomas (Commentary, Sept. 15): Unfortunately, social activists like Ridley-Thomas tend to lose their objectivity in their zeal to challenge society on issues such as race-related crime. To those of us who prefer facts over rhetoric, there are certainly missing pieces to the puzzle of the Amber Jefferson story that prevent a conclusive determination about the motives of those involved in the confrontation. Was this another of the epithet-strewn street fights in the greater Los Angeles area, blown out of proportion because of the simple race of the combatants?
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