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September 20, 2011 | By Anna Gorman, Los Angeles Times
Moving to combat rising rates of gonorrhea and chlamydia among young black women in South Los Angeles, county officials launched a new education and testing campaign Monday with some unlikely partners: churches. Pastors and "first ladies" from churches throughout the region are joining an effort to raise awareness of the sexually transmitted diseases and publicize a home testing program. "Nobody wants to talk about it," said Debra Williams, whose husband is the pastor at McCoy Memorial Baptist Church.
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OPINION
April 28, 2011
Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas wants the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to upgrade the planned Crenshaw/LAX transit corridor in South Los Angeles, moving more of the light-rail line underground and adding a station closer to Leimert Park Village. It's hard to make the financial case for the extra tunneling, but it makes sense to put a station closer to the heart of Leimert Park. The Crenshaw/LAX project would run southwest from the Expo Line at Crenshaw Boulevard, meeting the Green Line near Los Angeles International Airport.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 7, 2011 | By Maeve Reston, Los Angeles Times
South Los Angeles voters go to the polls Tuesday to decide whether to reelect City Councilman Bernard C. Parks or opt for one of his challengers. But the contest has sometimes felt more like a rematch between Parks and Mark Ridley-Thomas, another of the city's most powerful black leaders. Though only Parks is on the ballot, Ridley-Thomas is a frequent presence at campaign events, where he and Parks often pass each other without exchanging more than a glance ? though they have known each other for decades.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 6, 2011 | By Maeve Reston, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas is blasting a campaign mailer sent out by an independent political action committee that listed more than a dozen dead community and religious leaders as endorsing Councilman Bernard C. Parks' reelection campaign. Ridley-Thomas, who ran against Parks for the Board of Supervisors in 2008 and has endorsed his challenger Forescee Hogan-Rowles in Tuesday's council race, said Friday that he was appalled by the literature sent to 8th Council District voters by the Los Angeles Jobs PAC, which is sponsored by the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 24, 2010 | By Garrett Therolf, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas urged the U.S. Justice Department on Wednesday to broaden its investigation of the county Probation Department and provide stronger oversight of the troubled agency. Ridley-Thomas' op-ed in the Huffington Post was published amid persistent reports of employee abuse of minor wards and a broken internal affairs unit. "The problems at probation are too great to drop at the feet of a new manager alone," Ridley-Thomas wrote. "The Board of Supervisors has attempted to fix the department over the years through various motions.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 28, 2010 | Steve Lopez
L.A. County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas greeted me warmly Monday afternoon, even though I'd come to hear him explain why he used $25,000 in taxpayer money to buy a place in "Who's Who in Black Los Angeles." I wanted to ask him whether his decision to buy the spread had anything to do with the fact that the book's associate publisher has made campaign donations to the supervisor and is a longtime ally. But first Ridley-Thomas wanted to give me a tour of his office, which he had intended to refurbish at a cost of $707,000 — until the project made the news.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 21, 2010 | Steve Lopez
A few weeks ago, my colleague Garrett Therolf wrote about how Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley Thomas used $25,000 in public funds to buy himself a place in "Who's Who in Black Los Angeles." Well, it turns out he wasn't the only one. Last week I bought a copy of the $34.95 book to see what we got for our $25,000, and sure enough, Ridley Thomas is in there. But what jumped out was the "Government Spotlight" section, a six-page feature on a local utility that's been all over the news because of its arrogant rate hike demand.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 30, 2010 | By Garret Therolf
Responding to recent deaths among children who passed through Los Angeles County's child welfare system, Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas renewed his call Monday to improve the computer system designed to provide county agencies with information about a child's risk factors for abuse. The Times reported Sunday that an upgraded system for sharing information among agencies about suspicious injuries, domestic violence and other key risk factors was one of a number of unfinished reform efforts.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 24, 2010 | By Richard Winton and Molly Hennessy-Fiske
Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas called Tuesday on the county Probation Department to hire more internal affairs staff to investigate employee misconduct. Ridley-Thomas' comments followed publication of a Times story revealing incidents in which probation officers were convicted of crimes or disciplined in recent years for inappropriate conduct involving current or former probationers, including several cases of officers molesting or beating youths in their care.
OPINION
January 30, 2010 | Patt Morrison
I've really never known a Los Angeles without Mark Ridley-Thomas around and running something. The newest member of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors headed the local Southern Christian Leadership Conference for 10 years, then ran for City Council and won in 1991. A little more than 10 years later, Ridley-Thomas went to Sacramento (first to the Assembly and then the state Senate), and in 2008, he became the first black man elected to the Board of Supervisors, representing the 2nd District, where he grew up. His name is a compound of his surname and that of his wife of more than 30 years, Avis.
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