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April 30, 2013 | By Abby Sewell, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles County supervisors rejected a bid Tuesday from several Santa Clarita Valley school districts and a water district hoping to consolidate elections in a bid to avoid the kind of voting rights lawsuits that other local governments have been hit with. The measure failed on a 2-2 vote, with Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas abstaining. County election officials opposed the change, arguing that shifting the districts to November even-year elections would exceed their ability to conduct elections.
May 30, 2013 | By Garrett Therolf
Los Angeles County Supervisors Gloria Molina and Michael D. Antonovich will make another attempt to cut a troubled foster care contractor with a history of misused money and child abuse. Under the supervisors' proposal, the county board has once again scheduled a public vote for Tuesday on the county's relationship with Teens Happy Homes, a contractor that has received up to $3.6 million per year and cared for more than 1,100 foster children in recent years. An earlier vote was taken off the schedule for unexplained reasons, and it is unclear whether the proposal has obtained a decisive third vote to win majority support on the five-member board.
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.
April 14, 2013 | By Jason Song
Two Los Angeles County supervisors want to temporarily eliminate filming fees at downtown's newly opened Grand Park to drum up Hollywood interest in the site. The other three, however, are wary of dropping fees, fearing it could close off parts of the sloping park to people who are flocking to the yoga classes and outdoor concerts. "I don't know why [eliminating fees] would be warranted or justified," said Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas. "Green space is at a premium in urban areas, and the public should have first priority.
September 19, 2009 | TIM RUTTEN
On Thursday, county Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas and a delegation of business and labor leaders traveled to San Francisco to urge the University of California's Board of Regents to approve an agreement that would end the state's most pressing public health problem. Three years ago, federal regulators began the process of closing down Los Angeles County's scandal-plagued King-Drew Medical Center in Willowbrook, leaving South L.A. without a public hospital. The regulators had no choice, but the fact remains that, ever since then, the mainly African American and immigrant Latino people of the area have been without even the vestigial care the old facility provided.
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.
July 14, 2013 | Jim Newton
It's perfectly understandable that county supervisors are frustrated by the continuing travails of the Department of Children and Family Services. Its failings have profound consequences: children who die because they are left with abusive parents; children placed in foster care situations that are dangerous or even deadly. So the supervisors' impulse to hold the department accountable is commendable. The lack of progress at DCFS is "completely unacceptable and frankly embarrassing," Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas told me last week.
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.
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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