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Congress plans fixes for US military’s AWOL weapons problems
October 26, 2021
Congress is set to force America’s armed services to keep better track of their guns and explosives, imposing new rules in response to an Associated Press investigation that showed firearms stolen from U.S. bases have resurfaced in violent crimes. ... read more »
Arraignment Due for Former USC Dean in Ridley-Thomas Case
October 25, 2021
A former dean of the School of Social Work at USC is expected to be arraigned today on federal corruption charges in an alleged bribery scheme involving City Councilman Mark Ridley-Thomas that resulted in the university receiving lucrative county contracts. Marilyn Louise Flynn, 83, is expected to plead not guilty via Zoom in Los Angeles federal court to charges that she conspired with Ridley-Thomas when he was a member of the Board of Supervisors. Flynn's attorney, Vicki I. Podberesky, said her client ``has not committed any crime, and we believe that the evidence in this case will ultimately support this conclusion.'' ... read more »
Takano, Bass, Lieu, & Brownley Applaud Secretary McDonough’s Move to House Homeless Veterans in West LA
October 21, 2021
Today, House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Chairman Mark Takano (D-Calif.), Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.), Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.), and Subcommittee on Health Chairwoman Julia Brownley (D-Calif.) applauded Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Denis McDonough’s announcement that the West LA VA Medical Center will provide permanent housing for all of the veterans currently living in the San Vicente encampment before the county clears the sidewalk on November 1st. ... read more »
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Ridley-Thomas Suspended from LA Council, Hours Before Not Guilty Plea
October 21, 2021
City Councilman Mark Ridley-Thomas was suspended from office by a divided Los Angeles City Council today, hours before he entered a not-guilty plea to federal bribery and conspiracy charges stemming from his time serving on the county Board of Supervisors. ... read more »
Biden, CBC Loyalists Populate DNC At-Large Delegate Seats
October 21, 2021
On a cool, festive night in the Jeep lined parking lot of the Westin Hotel in Wilmington then President-elect Biden thanked the black community for their support and committed to having their backs, just as they had his. After keeping a string of policy promises - enacting a historic child tax credit, lifting families out of poverty and investing in HBCUs President Biden has turned his attention to black political empowerment. Earlier this month, Democratic National Committee members voted to approve a slate of 75 Biden nominees to serve as at-large members that have been put forward by Chair Jaime Harrison. The vote took place in a virtual meeting placing long time Biden allies, and CBC loyalists in the national democratic body. ... read more »
L.A.’s African American Leaders Unanimously Endorse Bass for Mayor
October 21, 2021
Danny J. Bakewell, Sr. and several Black citizens hosted a gathering for L.A. mayoral candidate Karen Bass and 150+ leaders of the city’s African American community. Audience members unanimously vowed to support the Bass campaign. ... read more »
Biden, CBC Loyalists Populate DNC At-Large Delegate Seats
October 21, 2021
On a cool, festive night in the Jeep lined parking lot of the Westin Hotel in Wilmington then President-elect Biden thanked the black community for their support and committed to having their backs, just as they had his. ... read more »
Reported: L.A. Councilmember Mark Ridley-Thomas will ‘Step Back’ From Civic Duties
October 21, 2021
Councilmember Mark Ridley-Thomas said, “I have no intention of resigning my seat on the City Council or neglecting my duties.” Fellow Councilmembers plan to vote on his suspension. ... read more »
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NO NEED TO RUSH TO JUDGEMENT
October 20, 2021
Every man is supposed to be afforded the right to be considered innocent until proven guilty.  Today the Los Angeles City Council is considering a motion to suspend 10th District Council Member Mark Ridley-Thomas before he has been afforded the right to defend himself or even face his accusers. ... read more »
LA Council Members Seek Encampment Enforcement At Civic Center Locations
October 14, 2021
Six Los Angeles City Council members introduced a resolution today to enforce the city's ordinance to restrict homeless encampments at four locations in and around the Civic Center. ... read more »
Senator Kamlager-Dove’s C.R.I.S.E.S. Act, Supporting Local Solutions to Community Emergencies, Signed into Law by Governor Newsom
October 14, 2021
This week, Senator Sydney K. Kamlager-Dove’s (D - Los Angeles) bill, AB 118: CRISES Act: Community Response Initiative to Strengthen Emergency Systems was signed into law by Governor Newsom.  ... read more »
Return of Bruce’s Beach Improves County Fire’s Legacy
October 14, 2021
Fire Chief Daryl Osby, who oversees the lifeguard division as well as fire service operations, was among the crowd cheering as Governor Newsom signed bill SB 796, which allows county officials to transfer the land – estimated to be worth $75 million – back to the Bruce family. “Being the fire chief of this department and coming to one of the facilities in my department, I always felt that sullied the L.A. County Fire Department’s legacy and today we were able to right that wrong,” he said. ... read more »
Mark Ridley-Thomas Charged Along with Former University Dean in Federal Grand Jury Indictment Alleging Bribery and Fraud Scheme
October 13, 2021
As part of the bribery scheme, Ridley-Thomas and Flynn allegedly took steps “to disguise, conceal, and cover up the bribes, kickbacks, and other benefits defendant Ridley-Thomas and MRT Relative 1 received,” which included concealing the official acts Ridley-Thomas agreed to perform and did perform in exchange for the financial benefits. The pair also concealed, according to the indictment, the true purpose of the money funneled to MRT Relative 1’s nonprofit through the university, which also violated multiple university policies regarding the funding of nonprofits. ... read more »
LA City Council Passes Motion Aimed at Using CA Funds to Clean Near Freeways
October 12, 2021
The Los Angeles City Council approved a motion today aimed at using funds from the $100 billion California Comeback Plan to clean public spaces near freeways. The motion was introduced by Councilwoman Monica Rodriguez and directs the Chief Legislative Analyst and the City Administrative Officer to report on the state's budget, including the $1.5 billion investment to clean public spaces, and identify the amounts of funding and planned expenditures that will benefit Los Angeles and clean public spaces near highways. ... read more »
LA Council Votes To Prepare City To Seek Federal Infrastructure Funds
October 12, 2021
The Los Angeles City Council took action today to prepare the city to apply for federal funding from the pending $1 trillion infrastructure bill and the Democrats' $3.5 trillion budget proposal. Los Angeles has every reason to seize on these opportunities. The City Council has approved dozens of transformative strategic documents and master plans that in many cases include shovel-ready, entitled, or designed projects,'' stated the motion, introduced by Council President Nury Martinez with Councilmen Paul Krekorian, Bob Blumenfield and Mitch O'Farrell. ... read more »
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