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As a city councilman and former police chief, Bernard Parks has been serving the people of Los Angeles for over 40 years and would continue to serve as the next county supervisor.
Like the rest of the country, the County of Los Angeles is experiencing fiscal turbulence and as the race to succeed Supervisor Yvonne Brathwaite Burke is in its final days, it is important to look at the record of Councilman Bernard Parks, the candidate she has endorsed to replace her. Parks has an unblemished record of service to the people of Los Angeles where he has served for the past 40 years as a police officer, police chief and presently as city councilman of the Eighth District.
He has stated, “I am running for Supervisor because we need bold leadership with the courage and the plan to open more health clinics and trauma centers—not close down the ones we have.” That statement, of course, is in reference to the closing of the trauma center at the King-Drew Hospital in South Los Angeles. Parks’ opponent, State Senator Mark Ridley-Thomas, has said to have a different view on the keeping the trauma center open and he has strong support from the county unions. Parks has challenged Ridley-Thomas to return the millions in contributions that have been raised by the unions on his behalf, since the federal government has taken an investigative interest in what Parks has referred to as illegitimate union dues.
In addition to the support from his colleagues on the Los Angeles City Council and Supervisors Gloria Molina and Burke, Parks enjoys support of many of the elected officials, community leaders and residents including businessman and former NBA great, Magic Johnson; Professor Cecil “Chip” Murray, pastor emeritus of First AME Church; and Commissioner Larry Grant of Carson.
According to Burke, “Throughout his career, Bernard Parks has demonstrated the courage to lead, and the strength and determination to get things done for our community.”
Pastor Murray said, “Bernard has served as a community servant for all of his mature life, even as Chief of Police, he was a community servant. He was very kind upon my retirement to dedicate the street intersection in my name and I am morally indebted to him. And he is a superb candidate for the second district.”
Commissioner Grant added, “I’ve supported him when he was police chief, when he ran for mayor and when he ran for city council. Each time he ran for office, I’ve supported him and I am honored to be supporting him to be the next supervisor of the second district.”
Even Parks’ rival for the supervisor, Ridley-Thomas, has showered him with accolades while he was Chief of Police saying, “I consider Bernard Parks to be a man of faith, values, energy and vision. He is an honorable man with a strong work ethic.”
The second district is located in the center of the county and extends from mid-Los Angeles south to Carson including Culver City, Compton, Gardena, Hawthorne, Inglewood, Lynwood and Lawndale.