Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, 2nd District

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors is the five member non-partisan governing board of Los Angeles County, California. Members of the board of supervisors are elected by district.

Los Angeles County follows usual California practice in that it did not subdivide into separate counties or increase the number of supervisors as its population soared after 1920. The only county with more than five supervisors is San Francisco (both a city and a county), and no new counties were formed since 1907 in the state. As a result, the concentration of local administrative power in each county supervisor is high; each one represents more than 2 million people. Moreover, because of the equal representation provisions of the Voting Rights Act, the supervisoral districts often make little geographical sense; in particular, Supervisor District 1 was specifically gerrymandered to be a majority-Latino area, while Supervisor District 2 was designed to have a plurality of African Americans.

Yvonne Brathwaite Burke is the current Los Angeles County Supervisor from the 2nd district, a position she has held since 1992. Prior to representing the 2nd district, she represented the 4th district (1979–1980), was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives initially representing portions of Los Angeles She has announced that she will not seek reelection when her term expires in 2008. (1973–1979), and was a member of the California State Assembly (1967–1973).

BERNARD PARKS

Endorsed Vote: Yes

Bernard Parks vs. Mark Ridley-Thomas

Enter Los Angeles City Councilman and former L.A.P.D. Police Chief Bernard Parks and State Senator Mark Ridley-Thomas, the two front runners for the seat.

This race has got to be the most heated race for this primary election, pitting colleagues against colleagues, neighbor against neighbor, and friend against friend, believe me when I tell you that I know.

Labor has backed Ridley-Thomas to the tune of millions. Parks is supported by many of his colleagues on the City Council, Rep. Maxine Waters, community leaders, and more recently Magic Johnson (Yes, he got this one right!).

My vote is going to Bernard Parks, straight up, no question about it. And yes, before I get an email about it, this is the same Bernard Parks that motioned to give homophobic Black mega-church pastor Fred Price a street named in his honor on tax payer dollars, yeah that Parks. A lot has happened since July 2005 and Parks has been consistent and shown a willingness to work with the community that he represents. And for the position of Los Angeles County Supervisor, I have to tell you that I am not so much concerned about Parks’ feelings towards gays as I am on how he plans to manage a $21.9-billion budget for the coming fiscal year that is 2.61% lower than the current budget. I am more concerned how that money is going to be allocated in the entire Country, including the 2nd District which includes South Los Angeles, Compton, Watts, and Inglewood. I want to make sure that County programs like senior, substance abuse, HIV/AIDS, Medi-Cal provider rates and crime prevention programs continue to be funded. Not to mention our arts programs. That’s what is important and what is at stake on June 3rd. Bernard Parks is the only candidate in my opinion that I can count on to make sure that we fund these much needed programs.

One of the things that I admired most about Sup. Burke was her commitment to foster youth through special programs and events geared towards making sure that after foster youth turned 18, they weren’t just tossed out onto the street. I was a recipient of her work in that area. Parks has committed to supporting those programs that Burke holds dear and that means a lot to me. Plus, she holds the current seat and has publicly endorsed him as her successor.

Another issue…King Hospital. Ridley-Thomas has publicly advocated for our beloved and much needed hospital to be closed and I won’t forget that and as Supervisor I don’t have much faith in him to work on getting King hospital re-opened. I’m just keeping it real.

There are a lot of other things that I could tell you, and all would be true, about Ridley-Thomas and his character. Things that aren’t very flattering and paint a very different picture from the one his campaign is trying to promote. But I won’t because it’s not personal, it’s business. And as a matter of business I will tell you that I raise eyebrows when I start to get mail everyday from the same candidate smearing his opponent instead of focusing on the issues. It makes me wonder about after the election, who said candidate is going to answer too. I also haven’t forgotten the reason why Leimert Park is filled with parking meters either and Santa Barbra Plaza and Marlton Square are in the condition that they are in.

And for those of you that vote “gay,” Parks is a “real” ally where it matters most and that’s why I am holding a meet and greet with him and the gay residents of the 2nd District this weekend during out get out the vote efforts. Notice, I said gay residents of the 2nd District. That’s important because oftentimes people outside of our districts, that never come into our districts, and don’t know our districts, try to dictate the politics in our districts, but that ain’t happening on my watch. We’re quite capable of speaking for ourselves down here.

And for those that don’t know the cities and communities of the 2nd District, check below. If you want the skinny on the event this weekend, holla at your girl via email.

CITIES AND COMMUNITIES WITHIN THE SECOND DISTRICT

  • Carson
  • Athens (or West Athens)
  • Adams
  • Compton
  • Baldwin Hills
  • Barnes City
  • Culver City
  • Del Aire
  • Central Avenue
  • Gardena
  • East Compton
  • Crenshaw
  • Hawthorne
  • El Camino Village
  • Expo Park (portion)
  • Inglewood
  • Firestone (portion)
  • Green Meadows
  • Lawndale
  • Florence (portion)
  • Hollywood (portion)
  • Los Angeles (portion)
  • Graham (portion)
  • Koreatown
  • Lynwood
  • Ladera Heights
  • La Brea
  • Lennox
  • Mar Vista
  • Marina del Rey (portion)
  • Miracle Mile (portion)
  • Rancho Dominguez
  • North Shoestring
  • View Park
  • Palms (portion)
  • West Carson (portion)
  • South Park
  • West Compton
  • South Vermont
  • West Rancho Dominguez
  • Venice (portion)
  • Westmont
  • Vermont Square
  • Willowbrook
  • Watts
  • Windsor Hills
  • West Adams
  • Wiseburn
  • Westchester (portion)
  • Westlake (portion)
  • Wholesale Dist. (portion)