Black Friday as "Bitter Daddy Ridley-Thomas" attacks Councilman Parks support of challenger of son Sebastian in 54th Assembly District Special Election
It is time for the voters of State Assembly District 54 to say NO to Union Bo$$ d’Arcy, NO to special interests, and NO to the inexperienced Sebastian Ridley-Thomas.
....... and residents of Baldwin Hills should take note of this regarding the young Sebastian's silence on the issue of Fracking in the former Oil Fields.
Ridley-Thomas campaign contributors include litigious billboard companies; oil companies opposed to limitations on “fracking” in the City, County, and State; Native Americans who own Las Vegas style casinos; density loving real estate developers and their lawyers; lobbyists; public unions representing City, County, and State workers; and numerous slush funds controlled by other elected officials such as City Council Member Curren Price and Darrell Steinberg, the leader of the State Senate.
....... maybe an Assemblyman Sebastian Ridley-Thomas District may have this active look.
Uncovering the Marlton Square Riddle...
It’s amazing what happens when you go back in history and reflect on how a certain turn of events dictate how things ultimately turn out. Just last weekend, a group at the Baldwin Hills Homeowners Association asked me the most frequently asked question in the Eighth District since I was elected. "Why hasn’t Marlton Square(Santa Barbara Plaza) been rebuilt?"
This in depth LA Weekly article from 1998 explains why: www.laweekly.com/1998-05-28/news/councilman-fouls-magic
The self interest of then Councilmember Mark Ridley-Thomas over the public's interest could not be more clearly documented. These same facts are validated by council votes and time lines in L.A.City Council and Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) files. History shows us that the apparent ill-advised power play of leveraging the Marlton Square Project to garner support for an National Football League team coming to the Los Angeles Coliseum cost the community and its residents both deals. Currently, there is no NFL team at the Coliseum, and there is not one in our city. The 1998 version of the Marlton Square proposed project also never materialized.
Before leaving the city council in 2002, Ridley-Thomas personally turned the Marlton Square Project over to a developer of ill repute. The developer’s financial deception led to an eight-plus-year odyssey that resulted in foreclosure and, eventually, bankruptcy.
My office identified the many problems with the deal and the developer. We were instrumental in pulling the project out of bankruptcy and brokered the deal that led Kaiser-Permanente to bring a 200,00 square-foot facility to the location that will cover eight of the 20 acres of land.
Poor public policy decisions have followed Mark Ridley-Thomas' political career. Just to name a few- during this same period: he advocated and strongly supported for the closure of Martin Luther King Hospital's trauma center and emergency room in a community that by far lead the county in emergency and trauma needs. He subsequently promised it would be reopened in two years. THE COMMUNITY IS STILL WAITING.
Years earlier, he responded to the 1992 riot devastation, the burning of several city blocks on Vermont Avenue between 81th Street and Manchester Boulevard by giving the exclusive development rights to a major developer for several years who failed to initiate any proposed improvements, entitlements or construction prior to the expiration of the exclusive development agreement. This 11-acre burned-out parcel of land remained vacant until L.A. County spent $100 million on constructing a 200,000 square-foot facility well after Ridley-Thomas left the city council.
Finally , he compounded his initial miscalculation in failing to get an NFL team to the Coliseum by recently advocating and voting to turn over the Coliseum and Sports Arena to the University of Southern California(USC) for free. The community nor the public agencies who built, maintained, refurbished and managed these facilities with your local, state and federal tax dollars received nothing in return for their investments. The L.A. Times has published a series of articles on a judge’s decision that the Coliseum-USC deal, “violated open meeting law”and is lopsided in favor of the university (Read Links Below).
These are just a few of many examples of poor public policy and the negative impacts on the community and tax paying public. Maybe one day the community will remember to hold those accountable for past indiscretions.
Winning elections doesn’t prove anything. It’s what you do when you’re in office that counts. And, while a $700,000 office renovation and NFL Football tickets on the public dime are nice perks, they should not stand alone as the hallmarks of a political career.
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