LA City Councilor Mark Ridley-Thomas Charged With Federal Bribes

Mark Ridley-Thomas was criticized in 2014 for having crews paid by the county makeover your garage and in 2015 to have them wash your ca...


Mark Ridley-Thomas was criticized in 2014 for having crews paid by the county makeover your garage and in 2015 to have them wash your car two or three times a week in times of drought. That year, emails revealed a potentially dubious donation to its political action committee. But none of these accusations led to any legal problems.

“Mark Ridley-Thomas was shocked by the federal allegations against him, and with good reason,” his attorney, Michael J. Proctor, said in a statement Thursday. “They are wrong and we can’t wait to refute them. He added that “at no point in his elected career” has Ridley-Thomas abused his position for personal gain.

Flynn’s attorneys Vicki I. Podberesky and Brian Hennigan said their client had devoted her entire professional life and 45 years in academia to the city’s welfare network and “had committed no crime.”

Ridley-Thomas, 66, and Flynn, 83, have each been charged with conspiracy, bribes and mail fraud and wire fraud for honest service.

Charges shake an already unstable town hall, with Mayor Eric Garcetti awaiting uncertain confirmation of his appointment to become United States Ambassador to India and the wards are fighting over the redistribution of the 15 council districts.

Council Chairman Nury Martinez threatened “appropriate action” against Ridley-Thomas. Garcetti, whose father was a Los Angeles district attorney, said “everything should be on the table,” including the “prerogative” of the council to suspend it. Joe Buscaino, a city councilor running for mayor, has called for his resignation.

Paul Krekorian, another city councilor, would not go that far on Thursday, but noted that “when people face federal charges it is very difficult for them to do their jobs.”

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