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July 20, 2013 | By Rich Connell
Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas on Saturday called for a national boycott of Florida to protest the state's “stand your ground” law in the wake of the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting of African American teenager Trayvon Martin. On a day when hundreds of protesters upset by the verdict gathered in downtown Los Angeles, Ridley-Thomas issued a statement saying, “Florida has a robust tourism industry that brought in $71.8 billion and attracted 91.4 million visitors last year.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 8, 2014 | By Abby Sewell
Los Angeles County officials are considering mandating that veterans make up a significant percentage of workers hired for most county construction projects. Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, who proposed the requirement, said it's a needed step to reduce unemployment and homelessness for veterans who live in the county. "The most potent antidote to homelessness, to mental illness, is a job and housing," he said. He said he had chosen veterans as the targeted group because the population includes people from across the spectrum in age, gender and ethnicity.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 24, 2013 | By Jack Dolan
Los Angeles mayoral candidate Wendy Greuel stood on the lawn of Grand Park in downtown 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 with 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
February 11, 2014 | By Paul Pringle and Jack Leonard
The Los Angeles County district attorney's office is looking into whether thousands of dollars in taxpayer money was misspent on improvements to Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas' home last year, an office spokeswoman said Tuesday. Newly released records show that a contractor charged the county $6,239 to perform work during a project to install a security system that included replacing interior walls in Ridley-Thomas' converted garage and trenching the property for an electrical upgrade.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 31, 2014 | By Jack Leonard and Paul Pringle
Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas obtained a building permit Friday to renovate what appears to be an improperly converted garage at his Leimert Park home by adding a carport and removing a section of the detached building. The request to approve the work comes after The Times reported that county-paid crews installing a security system last year replaced his garage's interior walls, installed electrical wiring and equipment, and put in appliances - without city permits.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 20, 2008 | Jean-Paul Renaud
The Los Angeles Police Protective League and the Assn. for Los Angeles Deputy Sheriffs were among five law enforcement unions Tuesday that endorsed state Sen. Mark Ridley-Thomas (D-Los Angeles) to replace retiring county Supervisor Yvonne B. Burke. The move places the public safety unions alongside much of the region's other organized labor groups in backing Ridley-Thomas, who is running against L.A. City Councilman Bernard C. Parks -- a former Los Angeles Police Department chief. Burke announced last week that she was supporting Parks for the June 3 primary election.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 24, 2009 | By Paul Pringle
Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas has declined to release any records of communications between his office and a longtime associate who has been employed by corporations that do millions of dollars of business with the county and a rail project that Ridley-Thomas helps oversee. Ridley-Thomas similarly rejected Times requests for any e-mails, memos and letters involving the companies that hired the associate, Cynthia McClain-Hill, earlier this year. The Times has reported that federal authorities have questioned people about Ridley-Thomas' ties to McClain-Hill and her employment with a joint venture managed by Flatiron Construction, which is building the $862-million, taxpayer-funded Expo Line light rail train.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 19, 2014 | Jack Leonard, Paul Pringle
A taxpayer-funded project to provide a home security system for Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas included improvements to his converted garage that involved a week of work and upgrades to the building's electrical service, according to interviews and records. County-paid crews installed the security system in Ridley-Thomas' detached garage, which earlier had been turned into an office, apparently without permits. Workers replaced the garage's interior walls and dug a 60-foot-long trench across the property to bury conduit and make more electrical power available to the structure, the manager of the project said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 11, 2010 | By Garrett Therolf, Los Angeles Times
The 4,000 minors incarcerated by Los Angeles County Probation officials are forced to eat meals that fail to meet basic nutrition requirements, according to information released Tuesday by county Supervisor Mark-Ridley Thomas. The county's public health inspectors repeatedly found that the meals did not meet state requirements for minimum caloric value and fat content and that officials did not hire a dietitian to oversee the meals' nutritional value. Additionally, the inspectors found that vegetarians were not provided special meals and that probation staffers did not comply with medical diets ordered by doctors, according to reports provided by Ridley-Thomas.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 10, 2010 | By Jack Leonard and Garrett Therolf, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas announced Saturday that he is asking the county's child welfare agency to provide the Board of Supervisors with accurate data about children's deaths going back to 1990. Ridley-Thomas described child fatalities under the county's watch as a crisis and said he plans to call on fellow supervisors Tuesday to order the Department of Children and Family Services to compile comprehensive figures for deaths of children who had a history of abuse or neglect.
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February 6, 2014 | By Robert Greene
One reason to oppose returning a Christian cross to the Los Angeles County seal after an absence of 10 years is that the seal debate wasted enough time a decade ago. Another reason is that, when push comes to shove, it's just not right to feature a single religion's most recognizable symbol on an official government emblem. And the third reason is the time and money that taxpayers would have to spend on the inevitable lawsuit challenging the placement of the cross as unconstitutional.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 31, 2014 | By Jack Leonard and Paul Pringle
Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas obtained a building permit Friday to renovate what appears to be an improperly converted garage at his Leimert Park home by adding a carport and removing a section of the detached building. The request to approve the work comes after The Times reported that county-paid crews installing a security system last year replaced his garage's interior walls, installed electrical wiring and equipment, and put in appliances - without city permits.
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 19, 2014 | Jack Leonard, Paul Pringle
A taxpayer-funded project to provide a home security system for Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas included improvements to his converted garage that involved a week of work and upgrades to the building's electrical service, according to interviews and records. County-paid crews installed the security system in Ridley-Thomas' detached garage, which earlier had been turned into an office, apparently without permits. Workers replaced the garage's interior walls and dug a 60-foot-long trench across the property to bury conduit and make more electrical power available to the structure, the manager of the project said.
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
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
May 4, 2008 | Evelyn Larrubia, Times Staff Writer
City Councilman Bernard C. Parks and state Sen. Mark Ridley-Thomas criticized each other's record on issues including police misconduct, development and Martin Luther King Jr.-Harbor Medical Center on Saturday, during one in a series of debates in their race to win a seat on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. While answering a question about gangs, Ridley-Thomas intimated that Parks did not fully address the Rampart police corruption scandal while serving as Los Angeles police chief.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 15, 2014 | By Howard Blume
A senior aide to an L.A. County supervisor has joined the race for an open seat on the Los Angeles Board of Education. Alex M. Johnson, 33, is the assistant senior deputy for education and public safety for Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas. “I believe that the children in our community have been left behind by a school system that has failed to address their needs,” Johnson said Wednesday, in confirming his bid. The supervisor's aide was widely expected to enter the increasingly crowded field as the preferred candidate of Ridley-Thomas.
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.
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