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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.
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?"
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?
February 7, 1992
Los Angeles City Councilman Mark Ridley-Thomas on Thursday called on police and residents in South-Central Los Angeles to step up cooperative efforts to implement a community-based policing program. Ridley-Thomas' request comes after a skirmish between residents and police last Saturday during a controversial meeting sponsored by a black nationalist group.
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