Parks and Ridley-Thomas hit the sprint

There are four weeks weeks and change left until the June 3 primary showdown to decide who inherits the black seat on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. It's heating up:

  • This week's L.A. Wave covers the recent televised debate between Bernard Parks and Mark Ridley-Thomas, reporting "new lines of attack in the increasingly tense 2nd District campaign, as the two leading candidates traded charges over ties to powerful special-interest groups and their respective positions on the former King-Drew Medical Center."
  • L.A. Sniper Alan Mittelstaedt caught a post-debate exchange outside the Westside Jewish Community Center between Ridley-Thomas and John Shallman, a consultant for Parks. Until then, "it was still a sleep-inducing session and the tone mild enough not to disturb three people dozing near me." CityBeat
  • They debate again Saturday at 6 pm at the New Creation Christian Faith Center in South Los Angeles. Leimert Park Beat
  • Earlier Saturday (at 12:30 pm), KPCC's Kitty Felde moderates a debate in Mar Vista with a panel of questioners that includes Channel 2 political analyst Dave Bryan, UCLA associate dean Bill Parent and L.A. Urban League president Blair Taylor. UCLA Newsroom
  • Ridley-Thomas fan Betty Pleasant columnized at length last week against Rep. Maxine Waters' endorsement of Parks, and this week announces the endorsement of her guy by a black LAPD officers' group.

More by Kevin Roderick:
Standing up to Harvey Weinstein
The Media
LA Times gets a top editor with nothing but questions
LA Observed Notes: Harvey Weinstein stripped bare
LA Observed Notes: Photos of the homeless, photos that found homes
Recent Politics stories on LA Observed:
David Ryu and candidate Mike Fong
Tronc buys (NY) Daily News, La Tuna fire aftermath and more
Helping in Houston, new lion cubs, Garcetti's back
Garcetti has weekend date in the Hamptons
Garcetti hitting the road to New Hampshire
LA Confederate monument coming down
LA Observed Notes: Back from vacation and into the fray
Rendon fights for neglected Southeast


LA Observed on Twitter