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    35th District, California State Senator Roderick Wright and 2nd District LA County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas Disgrace the Essence of What it Means to be Elected Officials/Public Servants!

    The actions of carpet-bagging Roderick Wright bring to mind another carpet-bagger, namely former 2nd District LA County Supervisor Yvonne B. Burke….


    YouTube: “Yvonne Burke Lives in Brentwood” by Gregory Flap Cole, July 27, 2007


    “State Sen. Wright says he believed he was following election law, Being tried on perjury and voter fraud charges, Wright says he never considered his Baldwin Hills house his 'domicile.'” by Jean Merl, LA Times, January 21, 2014


    State Sen. Roderick D. Wright told jurors Tuesday that he thought he was doing what the law required and did not intend to deceive voters when he switched his official address to run for office.

    Questioning became heated at times during his testimony, which stretched over three court sessions. The Inglewood Democrat, who has pleaded not guilty to eight felony counts of perjury and voter fraud, talked about what made him believe he was acting lawfully, while prosecutors tried to show he had schemed to run for an office he was not entitled to seek.
    California law requires candidates for the Legislature to live in the districts they want to represent; voters are required to live in the districts from which they cast ballots.
    At the heart of the trial, now in its second week before Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Kathleen Kennedy, is what was Wright's legal residence, or "domicile," and whether he intended to deceive voters when he switched his voter registration and moved some items to an Inglewood house he was renting to a family member in 2007 when he began his run for the state Senate. He won the seat in 2008 and has held it ever since.
    Deputy Dist. Attys. Bjorn Dodd and Michele Gilmer allege Wright's true home was in Baldwin Hills, outside what was then the 25th Senate District.
    They have shown photos of the two residences: a modest house behind a five-unit Inglewood apartment complex Wright bought in 1977, and a single-family home with a city view in upscale Baldwin Hills. Neighbors in Baldwin Hills testified they saw Wright there regularly. Wright's Inglewood tenant, whom he said he considered a friend and stepmother, testified she had never seen him spend the night or prepare a meal in the home……

    ……Wright later testified that he had been asleep in the Baldwin Hills home when authorities arrived with search warrants in September 2009. He said he used the home to conduct business not related to his duties as a state legislator and said he never considered it his domicile — a fixed place of residence where someone expects to live more or less permanently and intends to return to after an absence.
    ……..Dodd also asked Wright why he had signed loan documents on the Baldwin Hills house acknowledging that it would be "owner occupied." Wright said he had not read the documents and rarely did so when he bought properties because the only aspects of a loan important to him were "interest rate and monthly payment."
    Prosecutors also got Wright's voter registration history on the record. They noted he had changed his registration several times but had not registered at the Inglewood property; Wright said he had lived periodically in one of the units since buying the complex until the spring of 2007, when he was preparing to run for Senate…..
    …..If convicted on all eight counts, Wright could be sentenced to eight years and four months in state prison and would be barred for life from holding elected office, the district attorney's office said.
    Testimony is to continue Wednesday. The case will probably go to the jury late Thursday or Friday, the judge said.


    Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times

    Carpet-bagging Roderick Wright, SENATE DISTRTICT 35 (2011)

    SD 35 is based on nesting AD 62 and AD 64 and includes the Los Angeles County communities of Carson, Compton, West Compton, Gardena, Harbor City, Hawthorne, Inglewood, Lawndale, Lennox, West Carson, Watts, Willowbrook, and Wilmington. This district is characterized by a very high residential density, the Port of Los Angeles and the 110 Freeway which runs north-south through the entire district. Traffic and pollution concerns related to the Port are significant interests within the district. San Pedro and Harbor City are with the Port. The cities of Inglewood, Long Beach, Los Angeles and Torrance were split to achieve population equality.

    …as compared to State Senator Holly Mitchell


    State Senator Holly Mitchell, SENATE DISTRICT 26 (2011)

    Senate District 26 includes the communities of Baldwin Hills, Baldwin Vista, Beverlywood, Carthay Circle, Century City, the Crenshaw District, Culver City, Hancock Park, Hollywood, Hyde Park, Jefferson Park, Ladera Heights, Lafayette Square, Larchmont, Leimert Park, Los Feliz, Miracle Mile, South Central Los Angeles, View Park, West Los Angeles and Windsor Hills, among others.

    CNN i-Report: “Supervisor Thomas orders LA Times Reporters to "Please step off my porch." LA Times Reporters are Doing a Competent job of Alerting the Public of Government Corruption Which is More Than You are Doing to Competently Serve the 2nd District!” by TheTruth53


    “Mark Ridley-Thomas acknowledges home improvements by county workers, L.A. County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas says he reimbursed the county for work done in addition to the installation of a taxpayer-funded security system.” by Paul Pringle and Jack Leonard, LA Times, January 22, 2014


    Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas acknowledged Tuesday that a taxpayer-funded project to install a security system in a converted garage at his home involved improvements "over and above" that job, but said he reimbursed the county for the upgrades.
    The Times had disclosed that county-paid crews worked at the supervisor's Leimert Park home for a week and replaced the garage's interior walls, installed electrical wiring and equipment, and put in appliances, including a wall-mounted air conditioner and heater and a television.
    Ridley-Thomas has declined repeated requests from The Times to comment on the project, and the county has not released any documentation of reimbursements.
    In an interview on radio station KCRW-FM (89.9), Ridley-Thomas said he repaid the county nearly $4,000 for the cost of the appliances and extra labor. He did not offer a breakdown of the reimbursements or say when he made them.
    The county has provided to The Times heavily redacted records that list the cost of the security work at $10,038. It was unclear whether that amount accounted for any reimbursements……
    …Jessica Levinson, a Loyola Law School professor who studies governmental ethics, said it was troubling that an elected official would use government workers to perform work on a private residence, even if the official reimbursed taxpayers.
    "The question becomes, 'What else would the workers be doing at that time?'" Levinson said. "Does reimbursement make the taxpayer whole? Is fair-market value paid?
    "Our public officials should not appear to be using their position for their own benefit. These accusations are dispiriting to people who don't have access to county workers to improve their residences."

    paul.pringle@latimes.com, jack.leonard@latimes.com

    Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times


    "Employee Lies Punishable, Justices Say" by David Savage, Los Angeles Times, January 22, 1998

    "An employee who is asked about possible wrongdoing has only two responses: Tell the truth or say nothing”. -Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist
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