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  1. Mark Ridley-Thomas, City Council Member, District 10 from Los Angeles, California - Mark Ridley-Thomas (born November 6, 1954) is an American politician and the member of the Los Angeles City Council for the 10th district since 2020.

  2. Oct 14, 2021 · Ridley-Thomas, a Los Angeles native, is one of the most powerful and best-known politicians in Southern California. He earned a PhD in social ethics and policy analysis from USC in 1989.

  3. Nov 08, 2021 · Mark Ridley-Thomas con­stituents decry dis­en­fran­chisement after sus­pension. LOS ANGELES — After growing up near a thriving Leimert Park, Donna Jones has been looking forward to its revival. It’s a major reason Jones voted for Councilman Mark Ridley-Thomas to represent her on the Los Angeles City Council, believing he would be a ...

  4. Oct 14, 2021 · A federal grand jury has indicted Los Angeles City Councilmember Mark Ridley-Thomas and a former University of Southern California department dean for participating in a bribery and fraud scheme.

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    City councilman indicted on federal bribery charges Los Angeles City Councilman Mark Ridley-Thomas was indictedon federal charges that he took bribes from a USC dean in exchange for directing millions of dollars in public funding to the university when he was on the L.A. County Board of Supervisors. Ridley-Thomas is accused of conspiring with Marilyn Louise Flynn, who at the time was dean of USC’s School of Social Work, to steer county money to the university in return for admitting his son into graduate schoolwith a full-tuition scholarship and a paid professorship. More politics — The House committee investigating the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol has issued a subpoena to Jeffrey Clark, a former Justice Department lawyer who aided Donald Trump’s efforts to challenge the results of the 2020 election. — President Biden wants to save Christmas — but he may not be able to. He announced that the Port of L.A. would operate around the clock to alleviate a logistical bottleneck. But he...

    — The Alisal fire in Santa Barbara County swelledfor the third day as flames closed in on homes, threatened Ronald Reagan’s old ranch and kept the 101 Freeway shut down. It also endangered a rare plant species, the Refugio manzanita, shrubs found only between 1,000- and 3,200-foot elevations in the Santa Ynez Mountains. — Strong, dry offshore winds — including Santa Anas and sundowners — are forecast to arrive in California this week, prompting fire warnings and potential power shutoffs. — Members of the Los Angeles City Council are urging new measures to protect residents from extreme heat, citing a recent Los Angeles Times investigationthat revealed the state has failed to adequately address the health dangers of worsening heat waves or accurately count heat-related deaths. — One of the world’s largest trucking companies, XPO Logistics, agreed Tuesday to pay $30 million to settle class-action lawsuitsfiled by hundreds of drivers who said they earned less than minimum wage deliveri...

    — North Koreans living under strict pandemic restrictions are facing a growing food crisis, and the most vulnerable children and elderly people in the isolated Asian nation are at risk of starvation, a U.N. investigator said. — Amid an epidemic of ransomware attacks, the U.S. is sitting down to talk cybersecurity strategy this week with 30 countries while leaving out one key player: Russia. — The Biden administration is attempting to build on landmark accordsthat normalized relations between Israel and a handful of Arab or Muslim nations, but without leaving out the Palestinians. Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken on Wednesday in Washington hosted talks with his counterparts from Israel and the United Arab Emirates. — Children with autism didn’t benefit from an experimental therapy made with oxytocin, a hormone thought to promote social bonding, researchers reported.

    — Seven permanent installations in Destination Crenshaw, the 1.3-mile public art corridor on Crenshaw Boulevard, have been greenlighted. They include a 27-foot-tall bronze sculpture of a young West African woman atop a horse and headed into battle. — Hulu’s low-key thrilling “Dopesick” miniseries carves the Sackler family name deeper into a Wall of Shame, our critic says. — Get ready for sad girl fall: Adele’s new album finally has a date. Her long-anticipated fourth studio release, “30,” will be out Nov. 19. — The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival has reversed its requirementfor attendees to be fully vaccinated. Festival organizer Goldenvoice says attendees now have the option to present a negative COVID-19 test.

    — Transgender Netflix employees and co-workers will stage a walkout next weekprotesting the streaming giant’s decision to release Dave Chappelle’s latest comedy special, multiple Netflix staffers have confirmed to the Los Angeles Times. — “Star Trek” actor William Shatnerbecame the oldest person to go to space when he lifted off Wednesday morning on Blue Origin’s second crewed flight. Shatner, 90, was part of a four-person crew.

    Fifty-three years ago, the TV series that made Captain Kirk a household name spurred a demonstration outside NBC Studios. Caltech students in 1968 protested the rumored cancellation of “Star Trek.” The series ended a year later after a three-year run. Signs included “Don’t scrap the Enterprise,” “Kirk runs a taut ship” and “Mr. Spock for president.”

    — Pitcher Julio Urías came of age this season, writes columnist Dylan Hernández. On Thursday, he can seal the deal for the Dodgers in Game 5 of the NLDS against San Francisco. Plus: coach Dave Roberts says Max Scherzer is unlikely to pitchin Game 5. — The Lakers’ Big 3 of LeBron James, Anthony Davis and Russell Westbrook preached patience on making their new partnership work. After their first preseason game together, a 111-99 loss to Golden State, James said: “It’s going to take a minute.”

    — WhatsApp is a lifeline for 2 billion users. Last week’s shutdown makes clear that Facebook isn’t doing enough to protect it, writes attorney and author Heidi Boghosian. — California is the first state to require large retail stores to provide shoppers with “gender neutral” sections for toys and some other children’s products. Columnist Robin Abcarian says the world has definitely shifted on its axissince her now-adult daughter was a toddler.

    An unsettling sound rang out above the crash of waves on a wild, lonely beach on Santa Rosa Island, part of the Channel Islands National Park, where Times staff writer and novice backpacker Lila Seidman and her partner, Emanuel, had bedded down after an arduous 10-mile trek. The irate sound was like a rusty metal bucket scraping against rock. Emanuel investigated and said: “I think we have a problem. There’s a 2,000-pound elephant seal outside our tent.” Today’s newsletter was curated by Amy Hubbard and Laura Blasey. Comments or ideas? Email us at

  5. Oct 16, 2021 · Many are rising to defend and pray for the councilman, while calls escalate for him to step down or, at the very least lose, his committee assignments.

  6. Nov 09, 2021 · A group of residents in Los Angeles City Councilman Mark Ridley-Thomas’s district blasted the city’s political leaders on Monday, saying they still do not have a voting representative just as ...