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Mark Ridley Thomas

CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
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OPINION
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.
OPINION
April 28, 2002
In Earl Ofari Hutchinson's April 24 commentary, "10 Years After the Riots, We Stick With Our Own," he states, "The Los Angeles City Council should revive its 'day of dialogue' forums, which brought together community leaders and residents from throughout the city to discuss their problems and needs." I am pleased to report there is no need to "revive" the forums because the Days of Dialogue program has been very active in Los Angeles, Carson, Inglewood and Pasadena. Within the last year there have been more than 50 dialogues surrounding the issues of racism after the terrorist attacks of Sept.
NEWS
May 23, 1993 | ELSTON CARR
In the latest push to have a supermarket built at Vermont Avenue and Adams Boulevard, neighborhood residents have posted a sign at the site and are circulating a petition calling on City Councilman Mark Ridley-Thomas to do a better job of letting the community know where the project stands. Erected during a May 16 rally attended by 200 residents, the sign reads: "705 Days of darkness. There is no rebuilding here. Mark Ridley-Thomas, where's the market?"
NEWS
April 2, 1995 | EFRAIN HERNANDEZ JR., TIMES STAFF WRITER
To his supporters, City Councilman Mark Ridley-Thomas' strong will is vital to improving lives in depressed south Los Angeles. To his critics, Ridley-Thomas is stubborn, almost dictatorial, and is failing to address the needs of many residents in District 8, a 17-square-mile area that includes Baldwin Hills, Leimert Park, University Park, Vermont Knolls and South-Central Los Angeles.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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."
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