The Los Angeles Times dropped a bombshell that has Black Los Angeles on edge. The news of federal intervention between USC/Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas (MRT) and his son/protegé Sebastian Ridley-Thomas (SRT) reeks of the privilege that got Sebastian elected to the State Assembly. This is the second scandal involving MRT and campaign contributions being leveraged for the benefit of his family and friends.
In May 2015 a group called “Anonymous” hacked the email servers at Sony Pictures and unearthed emails linked to MRT seeking contributions for his LAUSD school board candidate Alex Johnson in exchange for a vote to expand LACMA.
Fast forward two years and it is being alleged he used his USC connections to get his wayward son a job and scholarship at USC that he probably had no business getting in the first place if not for the fact his father is MRT.
Also entangled in this mess is LAAAWPPI alum Zaneta Smith who used to work for SRT. She was the lead organizer for TedXCrenshaw which featured appearances by MRT allies Alex Johnson and Areva Martin and she created a members only club for African-Americans, Kolor Society, dedicated to creating quality events with South Los Angeles and maintaining a hub for the African Diaspora community and culture. Smith was also honored by Holman CDC and MRT’s annual “40 under 40”.
Political insiders share with 2UrbanGirls they believe MRT will be forced to resign and ponder as to who will take his seat.
Sen. Holly Mitchell might have a shot although her mentee, Sydney Kamlager-Dove is becoming quite arrogant with her newfound fame as the face of the Inglewood Clippers project. Word on the Streets of Sacramento is she is hard to reach and isn’t returning calls related to her peculiar voting record. LAAAWPPI alum continue to flood 2UrbanGirls ears with their disappointment in getting her elected. LA Council President Herb Wesson may make a move but is having personal financial troubles.
With a possible federal prosecution, and emails to aid in obtaining a conviction, the focus has now turned to “who can MRT drop dimes on to lessen his fall”. 2UrbanGirls believes it is someone he is already close to and who is already being looked at.
Time will tell. Stay tuned.