Today in Parks v. Ridley-Thomas

After Tuesday's Los Angeles Times endorsement of Bernard Parks, a tip came in claiming that the members of the Times editorial board actually preferred Mark Ridley-Thomas in the race for county Supervisor — but that the board was overruled by Publisher David Hiller. He does have the last word, but I don't yet know if it's true. So I asked Jim Newton, editorial of the editorial pages. Here's his email reply:

I'm uncomfortable addressing the deliberations of the board, and would say only that we went through our normal process and collectively came to this conclusion, which, as always, represents the position of the paper, not the personal agenda of any member of the board.

Expertly ambiguous. If I get more I'll pass it on. Also:

  • Unions backing Ridley-Thomas reported raising $4 million to spend on so-called independent expenditures. On his own the candidate's total fundraising reaches just $526,000, compared to $647,000 for Parks. LAT
  • Gene Maddaus in the Daily Breeze takes a look at the race.
  • Ridley-Thomas and Parks face off at 1 pm Wednesday with Patt Morrison on KPCC. No, they won't be crammed shoulder to shoulder in a tiny studio. That might be worth a trip if they were. I'm told the councilman will be in the downtown KPCC studio on Figueroa, the state Senator on the phone. (Morrison also has LAUSD Supt. David Brewer and LAPD chief William Bratton on in the 2 pm hour. LA Observed contributor David Rensin was on Monday talking about "All For a Few Perfect Waves: The Audacious Life and Legend of Rebel Surfer Miki 'Da Cat' Dora."

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