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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.
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NEWS
March 24, 2013 | By Seema Mehta
Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas on Sunday endorsed Wendy Greuel in the L.A. mayoral race. “As I have watched the election unfold, I have become convinced that the candidate best able to lead all of Los Angeles during this troubled time is City Controller Wendy Greuel,” Ridley-Thomas said. “I have known Wendy for over 25 years.  I have confidence in Wendy Greuel.  She is a committed problem solver, whose knowledge of city government, experience and appeal to all segments of our city equips her to lead.” Ridley-Thomas served on the City Council and in the state Senate and Assembly before being elected to the county Board of Supervisors in 2008.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 10, 2012 | By Jason Song and Rong-Gong Lin II, Los Angeles Times
It's election season at the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, and once again what passes for a campaign is taking on surreal qualities. Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe has collected nearly $352,000 for his reelection bid from an array of contractors, builders, developers and casinos, even though no major challenger was on the horizon and he's now running unopposed. Two of Knabe's colleagues have raised more than $800,000 between them. One has no challenger and the other faces a little-known Palmdale convenience store owner who has pledged to spend less than $1,000 on his campaign.
BUSINESS
December 20, 2011 | By Stuart Pfeifer, Los Angeles Times
The 1-800-GET-THIN marketing company, under scrutiny by federal and local authorities, has pledged to change the way it advertises Lap-Band weight-loss surgery to more prominently disclose risks to patients. In a letter to Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, the company said it added new warnings to its website and was reworking its billboard, radio and television ads. Supervisors have scheduled a Tuesday hearing to discuss the ads, which were labeled misleading last week by the Food and Drug Administration.
BUSINESS
December 15, 2011 | By Stuart Pfeifer, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas says he may call for restrictions on advertising for Lap-Band weight-loss surgery and could even propose a billboard campaign warning consumers about the risks of the procedure. Ridley-Thomas said Wednesday that he wanted to work with county public health officials to determine steps the county could take to "ensure serious health problems are not trivialized. " His comments came one day after the Food and Drug Administration accused the 1-800-GET-THIN marketing company and affiliated surgery centers of misleading ads about the safety of the weight-loss surgery.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 8, 2011 | By Paul Pringle and Rong-Gong Lin II, Los Angeles Times
By the time the NFL's Carolina Panthers took the field for the 2009 season, the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum had been out of the pro football business for more than a decade. But that didn't stop a member of the Coliseum's governing commission, Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, from using his position at the agency to score $560 worth of Panthers tickets ? on the public's dime. Neither Ridley-Thomas nor the commission reported the gift of the tickets in financial disclosures required by state law, and their value exceeded the legal limit on gratuities for government officials.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 5, 2011 | By Rong-Gong Lin II and Paul Pringle, Los Angeles Times
The L.A. County Board of Supervisors has made its auditor-controller available to review the books of the troubled L.A. Memorial Coliseum Commission and act as the stadium authority's interim finance director. City Controller Wendy Greuel had already announced a broad audit of the Coliseum, which has been plagued by questionable business dealings and spending practices by its managers. The Coliseum Commission would have to agree to the supervisors' offer of an audit and pay for it. "It's an option," said Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, who made the county audit proposal with Supervisor Don Knabe.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 27, 2011 | By Ari Bloomekatz, Los Angeles Times
The Metro Board of Directors expressed support Thursday for adding a rail station in Leimert Park to the forthcoming Crenshaw Line but declined to provide extra money to pay for it or for placing a one-mile track segment underground at Park Mesa Heights. Some board members said the decision was a "victory," and others expressed frustration that the board did not act more aggressively. Some in the large crowd of South Los Angeles residents said they were simply confused. "I can't tell you if we have a station or don't," said Jackie Ryan of the Leimert Park Village Merchants Assn.
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