Supervisor's Race: LA's Most Powerful Jobs Most People Have Never Heard of

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One of the rarest events in Los Angeles politics is an actual contest for a seat on the county board of supervisors. But Yvonne Burke's resignation has set the stage for a confrontation between state senator Mark Ridley-Thomas and LA City Councilman Bernard Parks. Tonight we'll hear about an office with extraordinary power and almost no accountability. Why has election to the board become a virtual lifetime job? Why are two African-Americans the leading candidates in a district that is predominantly Latino?


 

Banner image: Bernard Parks (L) and Mark Ridley Thomas (R)

 

Credits

Host:
Warren Olney

Producers:
Karen Radziner, Frances Anderton