County Supervisor Yvonne Brathwaite Burke will endorse Bernard Parks as the next District 2 supervisor, she is set to announce today during a 1:00 press conference on the Hall of Administration steps downtown. Burke is retiring, her term ending this year, with Parks, activist Morris “Big Money” Griffin and Senator Mark Ridley Thomas waiting to fill the empty seat. The race, some community members are saying may be one of the most exciting combats in local politics. Parks who is currently Los Angeles’ Eighth District councilman said he is “honored” to have Burke’s endorsement.
“It would give my candidacy a major boost and I would look forward to continuing her legacy on the board,” he said.
Public hospital closures, a housing crisis, budget cuts and a financial strain on social services make this a critical race Burke told reporters last year.
“I am proud to endorse Councilmember Parks as the next Supervisor of the 2nd District. I know he will work tirelessly to make this district a better place for our children and families. He will continue the fight for King Drew Medical Center, improve our schools, and fight gang and youth violence on our streets. We need his leadership on the Board of Supervisors…”
“Former Chief of Police, Councilmember Bernard Parks has improved education and health care for the residents and families throughout his district,” stated a spokesperson for Parks’ campaign.
“He created an annual Youth Jobs and Career Fair where employers could interview neighborhood youth and brought multiple Farmers’ Markets to different neighborhoods throughout the district. As Police Chief, Bernard Parks implemented some of the most rigorous police reforms ever proposed in the history of the police department, including the institution of an Officer Accountability Policy.
“Under Parks, homicides in Los Angeles dropped to their smallest numbers in modern city history, hitting lows of 419 in 1998 and 420 in 1999. He continues to work tirelessly for his constituents and combines financial accountability with public policy results that benefit his district.”
“I met with Supervisor Burke and she was very cordial and respectful and said she was supporting Parks,” said Ridley-Thomas.