INGLEWOOD – The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transit Authority (Metro) held a ribbon cutting ceremony for a rail line stop in Inglewood. The event was attended by Inglewood Mayor James T. Butts and somehow Mark Ridley-Thomas got an invite.
The Crenshaw/LAX has had multiple ribbon cutting ceremonies to coincide with just as many delays for its opening that was initially scheduled for Fall 2019 but is now expected in the latter part of this year.
Ridley-Thomas has been named in a 20 count federal indictment and it’s amazing to political observers how many elected officials continue to be photographed with him at high profile events.
“Mark has a history of turning his back on ‘troubled’ politicians during his career,” said a former elected official who declined to be publicly identified. “When you seek his assistance he is quick to tell you to handle your business and come back once the dust settles.”
He was also seen front and center at the ribbon cutting ceremony for the line at the Slauson stop.
Some activists continue to pursue keeping Los Angeles Council District 10 residents without a voting member by filing a lawsuit challenging the appointment of Herb Wesson through the end of 2022 and members of one of the areas neighborhood councils are pushing for caretaker Heather Hutt to be extended voting powers by the council.
Former Los Angeles Councilman Jose Huizar is also facing a multi-count federal indictment, went away quietly (without his salary + benefits) and is rarely, if at all, seen in public, outside of scheduled court appearances.
Why isn’t MRT following suit? One could assume he doesn’t take the charges seriously.