Ballot Measure H, championed by Mark, has recently settled a lawsuit that claimed taxpayer dollars were used to promote the measure. Using government funds to pay for political activity is illegal. The settlement will cost L.A. County taxpayers $1.35 million. That is $1.35 million that will not go to providing temporary or permanent housing. (see link to LA Times and Sacramento Bee stories below)
Mark supported L.A. County Measure H in 2017. He voted to put in on the ballot. He raised millions to pay for the campaign.
From Mark's official LA County website:
“'The County of Angels lived up to its name,” County Board of Supervisors Chairman Mark Ridley-Thomas said. “Thanks to voters’ trust, generosity and compassion, we now have the means to implement proven strategies to end and prevent homelessness on a massive scale, and address the defining civic issue of our time.”
Board Chairman Ridley-Thomas was the driving force behind efforts to declare a state of emergency on homelessness and to place an initiative on the March 7 ballot..."
Mark declared victory 3 1/2 years ago. And yet the number of people living on the streets continues to grow. For the last three years, we have paid 1/4 cent sales tax in LA County to help solve homelessness, yet we have not seen the number of homeless individuals decrease.
Mark's YES on H committee has $313,260.42 in the bank even though the campaign ended 3 1/2 years ago. We don't know why Mark lets that much money sit around. We don't know what happened to the funds in 2019 because it appears that Mark did not file any campaign finance reports with LA County for that entire year. If you want to see the most current report, click here: https://apps1.lavote.net/camp/Schedules/6512.pdf
If you would like to see all the campaign finance reports for YES on H filed with LA County click here:
Mark’s Political Campaign Committee “Yes on H – Communities United to End Homelessness, Major funding by Mark Ridley-Thomas Committee for a Better L.A. with support from a coalition of Nonprofit Organizations, Business and Labor orgs” - FPPC ID# 1392723
Los Angeles Times
L.A. County may pay $1.35 million to settle case over use of public funds to back Measure H
By LEILA MILLER
August 10, 2020
L.A. County to pay $1.35 million penalty after using taxpayer funds to promote sales tax hike
BY KIM BOJÓRQUEZ
August 20, 2020
Paid for by Grace Yoo for City Council 2020 General
4045 Wilshire Blvd. Suite A, L.A., CA 90010
Additional information is available at ethics.lacity.org