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Supervisor Mark Ridley Thomas

A Train to the Airport? We're Poised for Progress

Mark Ridley-Thomas | Posted 08.25.2014 | Los Angeles
Mark Ridley-Thomas

We don't need to reinvent the wheel here. This is an efficient and convenient system used by dozens of the largest airports in cities throughout the country such as New York, Denver, Oakland, Houston, Miami and Washington DC. And they work.

The L.A. County Sheriff's Department Needs Civilian Oversight Now

Mark Ridley-Thomas | Posted 04.26.2014 | Los Angeles
Mark Ridley-Thomas

Neither the departure of one Sheriff nor the arrival of a new one will bring the type of sustained, structural improvements to the department that the residents of Los Angeles County are demanding.

Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors: Please Fix the Inequitable System of Justice for Juveniles

Carol Chodroff | Posted 04.02.2014 | Los Angeles
Carol Chodroff

The unduly lengthy sentences children denied effective representation may receive contravene extensive national, scientific research documenting that incarceration is by far the least effective sentence, leading to more repeat offending than any other sentence in juvenile court. They are also exorbitantly expensive.

Los Angeles Was With Mandela on His Long Walk to Freedom

Mark Ridley-Thomas | Posted 02.12.2014 | Los Angeles
Mark Ridley-Thomas

But for this brief period, those who pause to reflect and record their thoughts in that book of condolences, feel a deep connection to Nelson Mandela's fight for freedom in South Africa, and our own practice of democracy in America.

Back In The Black!

Los Angeles Daily News | Christina Villacorte | Posted 06.16.2013 | Los Angeles

Los Angeles County unveiled a $24.7 billion proposed budget Monday that is in the black for the first time since the Great Recession, though officials...