Citing his track record as an environmental innovator and champion, the Los Angeles League of Conservation Voters (LALCV) has endorsed Mark Ridley-Thomas for Los Angeles City Council District 10 in the upcoming March 3 election.
Before making its endorsement, the League, which has supported pro-environment candidates throughout the county for more than three decades, considered Ridley-Thomas’ body of work as well as his signature environmental projects. These include:
- The 13-mile Park-to Playa hiking and biking trail due to open this year
- The construction of the $140 million Rail to River Active Transportation Corridor Project, which will connect the Crenshaw/LAX Line to the Silver and Blue Lines, creating a 6.6 mile bike and walking path.
- The $70 million makeover and upgrade to the 120-acre Magic Johnson Park.
- Led the dissolution of Sativa Water Company and County takeover to temporarily administer the District and led the selection of a new, long-term water provider.
On the policy front, MRT has distinguished himself as a “green developer,” ensuring that County buildings developed in his supervisorial district are certified as energy efficient.
“Mark Ridley-Thomas has a long track record of serving the people of Los Angeles,” said LALCV Board President Michael Kadish. “We are encouraged by his experience as a policy maker and we have been proud to honor his work to protect our environment.”
“Thank you to the Los Angeles League of Conservation Voters for this meaningful endorsement. I have always been, and will remain, a staunch environmental advocate — supporting policies that protect our water purity, air quality and land, as well as innovating measures to fight climate change. The 10th District can be an environmental model for Los Angeles, and Los Angeles, a model for the entire country, when we work together to keep green space, green energy and green jobs at the center of our policies and projects,” said the Supervisor.
When MRT served in the legislature, he earned an average score of 97% from the California League of Conservation Voters and was named Freshman of the Year. In his last year in the Senate, he received a 6/6 on the Sierra Club California 2008 Senate Report Card.
At the County, MRT has been improving the built environment for the 2 million residents that call the Second District home. This includes building and improving dozens of parks and creating new trails and open spaces, building thousands of units of affordable housing, expanding networks of walking and biking paths, planting hundreds of trees, advancing policies to promote historic preservation and the greening of buildings. These efforts are further memorialized and expanded on through the adoption of the County’s first ever Sustainability Plan.
Founded in 1976, LALCV is dedicated to electing leadership throughout Los Angeles County to preserve, protect and enhance the environment. LALCV has helped elect more than 100 pro-environment officials throughout the county. LALCV endorsements are determined by its all-volunteer Board, which is composed of Los Angeles County residents committed to advancing environmental priorities.
For more information about MRT’s track record on the environment, click here.