Contents 1 Personal life and education 1.1 Family 2 Political career 2.1 City Council 2.2 State Assembly 2.3 State Senate 2.4 2008 County Supervisor Campaign 2.5 2012 County Supervisor Campaign 2.6 2016 County Supervisor Campaign 3 Controversy 3.1 Misuse of funds 3.1.1 Car Wash Controversy 3.1.2 $25k "Who's Who" listing 3.1.3 1992 Riots 3.1.4 $707k Office Remodel 4 References 5 External links

Personal life and education[edit] Ridley-Thomas is a graduate of Manual Arts High School in Los Angeles and earned a baccalaureate degree in Social Relations and a master's degree in Religious Studies from Immaculate Heart College. Ridley-Thomas went on to earn a Ph.D. in Social Ethics and Policy Analysis from the University of Southern California (1989).[1] After a brief stint as a high-school teacher, Ridley-Thomas served for a decade as executive director of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference of Greater Los Angeles (1981–1991). During that period he also hosted a public affairs program on Pacifica Radio station KPFK-FM in Los Angeles. Family[edit] Ridley-Thomas is married to Avis Ridley-Thomas, who was the administrator of the Dispute Resolution Center in the office of the Los Angeles City Attorney. She recently retired from The City of Los Angeles. They have twin sons, Sebastian and Sinclair, who are both graduates of Morehouse College.

Political career[edit] City Council[edit] Ridley-Thomas was elected to the Los Angeles City Council in 1991, representing the city's 8th Council District. During his tenure on the council, he empaneled the Eighth District Empowerment Congress, a forerunner of the modern Neighborhood Council. He founded the African American Voter Registration, Education, and Participation (AAVREP) in 2002, the largest organized effort to register African American and urban voters in the state of California in more than a decade.[2] He was also the president pro tem of the council, serving as the acting Mayor of Los Angeles on several occasions, including when Mayor James Hahn traveled to Asia on a trade mission.[3] State Assembly[edit] Ridley-Thomas would have been forced to leave the council in 2003 because of city term limits that prevented him from running for reelection, so he chose instead to run for a seat in the California State Assembly representing California's 48th district.[4] In his 2002 election, he defeated his Republican opponent, Gerard T. Robinson, with more than 80% of the vote.[5] In the Assembly, Ridley-Thomas served as chair of the Democratic caucus and was a major proponent of efforts to encourage an NFL team to move to the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, which is located in his district.[6] He also sponsored a law that aided redevelopment in Exposition Park as part of a failed effort to attract a team. In the Assembly, Ridley-Thomas, as chairman of the Select Committee on the Los Angeles County Health Care Crisis, was a leader in addressing the problems facing the hospitals and health care system of Los Angeles, sponsoring a bill that would create the Office of Inspector General in an effort to detect and prevent fraud, waste and abuse in government agencies.[7] State Senate[edit] In 2006, Ridley-Thomas announced that he was running for the California State Senate, vying for the 26th Senate district seat being vacated by term-limited Senator Kevin Murray. He defeated his opponent in the Democratic primary, Marvin C McCoy, with more than 87% of the vote[8] and faced no Republican opposition in the general election. In the Senate, Ridley-Thomas joined with a group of lawmakers who introduced a package of legislation designed to crack down on gang violence by allowing city and county prosecutors to employ tougher sentencing measures and increase asset forfeitures against gang members, authoring a bill which would make it easier for law enforcement officials to deal with racially motivated gang activity.[9] He was also one of the lawmakers who called for tourists to boycott the LAX Hilton because of its efforts to overturn a city ordinance that would grant a living wage to airport-area hotel workers.[10] Ridley-Thomas chaired the Committee on Business, Professions and Economic Development and its two subcommittees on Professional Sports and Entertainment, and The Economy, Workforce Preparation and Development. He also served on the Senate Appropriations; Energy, Utilities and Communications; Health; and Public Safety committees. 2008 County Supervisor Campaign[edit] On October 25, 2007, Ridley-Thomas announced that he would be running for the Second District seat on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors being vacated by Supervisor Yvonne Brathwaite Burke. His most formidable opponent was former LAPD police chief Bernard C. Parks, the member of the Los Angeles City Council who replaced Ridley-Thomas when he was elected to the State Assembly.[11] Ridley-Thomas was endorsed by the Los Angeles County Democratic Party,[12] the area's labor unions (including the law enforcement unions), numerous elected officials,[13] and the national political action committee Progressive Majority. Ridley-Thomas edged out Parks in the June 3 primary by a margin of 45% to 40%, but since neither candidate received a majority of the vote, the top two candidates advanced to a runoff election in November. Ridley-Thomas had a much larger margin of victory one-on-one against Parks, scoring a 62% to 38% victory. Ridley-Thomas became the first black man ever elected to the Los Angeles County Board.[14] 2012 County Supervisor Campaign[edit] In 2012 Ridley-Thomas ran for his second term as Supervisor. Unopposed, he won the primary in June with 100% of the vote.[15] 2016 County Supervisor Campaign[edit] Term limits limit the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors to three terms each. In March 2015, Ridley-Thomas filed to run for his third and last term.[16]

Controversy[edit] Misuse of funds[edit] Car Wash Controversy[edit] During the 2015 California drought, Ridley-Thomas ordered one of his two county-provided black luxury cars (Chrysler 300 limited) to be washed 2 times a week. After Governor Jerry Brown's April mandate ordered a 25% reduction in urban water use, Ridley-Thomas increased the frequency of his sedan washing to over 3 times a week, while maintaining a wash schedule of 2.9 times per week for the second Chrysler sedan he maintains, more than any other county supervisor.[17] $25k "Who's Who" listing[edit] In 2010 Ridley-Thomas spent $25,000 of taxpayers' money to place himself in the black Who's Who of Los Angeles.[18] 1992 Riots[edit] In the aftermath of the L.A. riots Ridley-Thomas sought to prevent convenience stores in south central from serving alcohol. Many of these stores were Korean owned. He said at the time "We are going to use every means at our disposal to rid our community of these god-awful places of business, the kind of business they do is not good for the community.". Korean owners took issue with his stance, claiming this was a case of the city punishing the victims.[19] $707k Office Remodel[edit] Ridley-Thomas has been criticized, most notably by radio talk show hosts John and Ken, for his proposal and personal defense of plans to remodel his office through the spending of $707,000 in discretionary funds. Amidst the state budget crisis in California, John and Ken criticized MRT on December 21, 2009, saying that the discretionary funds, "[are] our money and we say no."[20][21] As of March 12, 2010 the Los Angeles Times reported that Ridley-Thomas' renovation plans for his eighth-floor office were on hold.[22]

References[edit] ^ Official Biography "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-11-11. Retrieved 2008-09-27.  ^ AAVREP website, ^ Stockstill, Mason. "Council Says Goodbye, Good Luck to Councilman Mark Ridley-Thomas." City News Service. November 26, 2002. ^ Garza, Mariel. "MEMBER SAYS ADIEU TO COUNCIL." The Daily News of Los Angeles. November 27, 2002. ^ "Assembly Races." City News Service. November 6, 2002. ^ Witz, Billy. "BILL COULD HELP COLISEUM'S BID." The Daily News of Los Angeles. September 30, 2004. ^ "Health Audits." City News Service. May 5, 2005. ^ City News Service. June 7, 2006. ^ City News Service. March 15, 2007. ^ Marroquin, Art. "Lawmakers Call for Tourists to Boycott LAX Hilton in Dispute Over Living Wage." City News Service. April 13, 2007. ^ :"Ridley-Thomas Announces Run For County Supervisor Seat." City News Service. October 25, 2007. ^ Renaud, Jean-Paul. "California in Brief | LOS ANGELES; Party endorses Ridley-Thomas." Los Angeles Times. April 10, 2008. ^ Endorsements. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-01-06. Retrieved 2008-07-28.  ^ Perkins, Robert. "Ridley-Thomas, Parks Heading for Runoff in 2nd District Supervisor Race." City News Service. June 4, 2008. ^ LA County Board of Supervisors Election Results ^ Merl, Jean. "Veteran L.A. politicians take formal step toward 2016 supervisor race" Los Angeles Times. March 10, 2015. ^ "What drought? Some L.A. County supervisors have their cars washed 2, 3 times a week".  ^ "Who's Who with whose funds?". latimes.  ^ "4 Liquor Stores Destroyed in Riots Get OK to Rebuild". latimes.  ^ "Mark Ridley Thomas Office Renovation On The Agenda" ^ "Ridley-Thomas defends $707K office renovations". ABC7 Los Angeles.  ^ "L.A. County supervisors spend millions on pet projects". latimes. 

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