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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.
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April 22, 2014 | By Garrett Therolf
Los Angeles County supervisors have begun weighing recommendations to dramatically rework the safety net for tens of thousands of abused and neglected children, including what would be the most significant reorganization of county government since 2007. The Blue Ribbon Commission on Child Protection has said a linchpin of a proposed package of reforms is the creation of a new child welfare czar. The executive would have broad powers to move money and people across departmental lines to support a more unified and effective approach to the protection of children, the panel said.
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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...
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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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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.
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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.
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April 9, 2013 | By Jason Song, Los Angeles Times
Despite earlier concerns over the quality of its food, an Atlanta company was given $6 million worth of contracts Tuesday to keep providing meals to four Los Angeles County juvenile probation camps. Some county supervisors had raised concerns over the quality of camp fare after reports of youths complaining about unhealthy meals. But supervisors unanimously approved several contracts with Morrison Management Specialists. Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas also asked that probation department officials report back on how they plan to provide nutritious meals to juveniles and that any health code violations at the camps be investigated.
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December 16, 2008 | Patrick McGreevy
Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas on Monday endorsed Assemblyman Curren Price (D-Inglewood) for the 26th District state Senate seat Ridley-Thomas recently vacated. "He represents the full package of opportunity and experience and would be an asset to the 26th District," Ridley-Thomas said of Price. Others considering a run for the Senate seat include Assemblyman Mike Davis (D-Los Angeles) and Culver City school board member Saundra Davis. Meanwhile, Ridley-Thomas also decried the scheduling of a primary for the special election as a stand-alone ballot March 24, which could cost the county up to $1.5 million.
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September 30, 2013 | By Jean Merl
Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday called a Dec. 3 special election to fill a vacant Los Angeles-area Assembly seat. At least six candidates have said they intend to run for the 54th Assembly District post previously occupied by Holly Mitchell, a Democrat who this month won a special election to the state Senate. If no candidate wins a majority in December, a runoff will be held Feb. 4  between the top two vote-getters. The district includes Westwood and the UCLA campus, Century City, Baldwin Hills, the Crenshaw district and Culver City.
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November 19, 2013 | By Abby Sewell
Los Angeles County supervisors Tuesday took another step toward placing a $6.2-million teen health center at San Fernando High School. The health center would be open to Los Angeles Unified School District students and provide services including physical exams, immunizations, mental health services, birth control and family-planning services. The county would build and maintain the 5,400-square-foot facility, but it would be operated by Northeast Valley Health Corp. under a contract with the school system.
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March 28, 2014 | By Laura J. Nelson
Hoping to garner voter and political support across Los Angeles County for a possible half-cent sales tax increase, transportation advocates gathered downtown Friday to unveil a proposal for a 2016 ballot measure that could fund a range of new transit projects, including a toll highway and rail line through the Sepulveda Pass. The tax proposal, announced by the advocacy group Move L.A., could raise an estimated $90 billion over 45 years and cost the average resident 25 cents to 30 cents a day, proponents said.
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February 11, 2014 | By Abby Sewell
Los Angeles County supervisors are considering an overhaul of the county's system for defending juveniles accused of crimes. Under-age criminal defendants who can't afford a lawyer are generally represented by someone from the county public defender's office. But when that office is already representing another defendant in the case or a special circumstance arises, lawyers from a separate panel step in to remove the potential conflict of interest. Advocates argue that the switch creates another problem: The private lawyers the county contracts with for these cases, known as panel attorneys, are paid less - a flat rate of $319 to $345 per case - and may not represent their clients as vigorously.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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January 28, 2014 | By Abby Sewell, This post has been corrected. See below for details
Los Angeles County will explore an agreement with the state Department of Motor Vehicles that could make it easier for offenders coming out of county jails and juvenile camps to get identification cards, potentially aiding them in finding jobs and enrolling in school or treatment programs. County supervisors voted Tuesday to study the feasibility of having DMV workers stationed at county jails and probation facilities to help ex-offenders who lack identification cards. In December, the board directed several county departments, including the Sheriff's and Probation departments and county registrar, to establish a process for providing vital records to offenders who may not have them.
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April 25, 2013 | By Laura J. Nelson
After a vigorous debate Thursday, the board of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority temporarily suspended the monthly fee that Los Angeles County residents pay on devices required to use new toll lanes. Metro's board of directors voted 7 to 4 to waive the $3 charge for six months. The motion, proposed by county Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, addresses a complaint raised by motorists who bought $40 FasTrak transponders but don't regularly use the toll lanes on the 110 and 10 freeways.
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January 28, 2014 | By Abby Sewell and Robert Faturechi
After two closed-door meetings Tuesday, Los Angeles County supervisors announced they have selected Orange County Undersheriff John Scott to take over for the resigning Lee Baca until voters select a new sheriff later this year. The vote was 4-0, with Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas abstaining, to appoint Scott as interim Los Angeles County sheriff,  county spokesman David Sommers said. Before joining the Orange County Sheriff's Department, Scott had retired from the L.A. County Sheriff's Department after serving as a division chief.
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January 28, 2014 | By Garrett Therolf
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has decided to delay action on the interim recommendations of the Blue Ribbon Commission on Child Protection until a final report is issued in April. Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas signaled that he would continue to press to immediately begin a restructuring of the county system to protect children from abuse and neglect, but the four other supervisors said they were not prepared to join the effort until they can fully assess the commission's vision and the accompanying cost.
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