Today in Parks v. Ridley-Thomas

Let's see, what's new:

  • Cornel West, the author and Princeton professor of religion, will address campaign workers at the Ridley-Thomas headquarters at 6:30 pm.
  • Both candidates replied to LAT questions about the county's financial picture.
  • Two stories in The Wave on the closing stretch of the campaign, one from each side. Plus Betty Pleasant endorses MR-T, and Rod Wright in the Senate district race.
  • Alan Mittelstaedt says in CityBeat that Mayor Villaraigosa is right not to endorse his old, old ally Ridley-Thomas, who voted against the mayor's school reform package: "I wouldn’t trust Ridley-Thomas to choose a puppy at the animal shelter."
  • L.A. County Democratic Party chairman Eric Bauman and California Republican Assembly president Mike Spence are dusting up about the election all week at the Times' opinion website. In the installment about the 2nd district race for Supervisor, Bauman took Ridley-Thomas and Spence reluctantly sided with Parks.
  • In the latest mail spilling out of boxes all over the heavily Democratic district, an MR-T piece points out the Republicans backing BP. Parks reprints the nice things Ridley-Thomas has said about him through the years in a 12-page glossy piece called "The Truth About Bernard Parks." In a union piece for MR-T about the Rampart scandal called "What Does Bernard Parks Have to Hide," someone looking vaguely like BP peeks out from behind a curtain. We're also told that wealthy apartment owners are counting on BP to raise rents, and a "personal letter" addressed Dear Kevin says crime stats fell while Parks was chief of police.

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