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Mark Ridley-Thomas Marks 100 Days in Office with Social Media

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Someone's caught the social media bug and that's a good thing. LA County's 2nd District Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas is marking his first 100 days in office by promoting his website that now features a blog, an expansive video and photo archives (even a TV news archive) and links to his other social media tools like his new Twitter account.

This is all good news, but the question remains, will he use the blog to personally express his views on issues and let readers chime in on the comments section or just dump event listings and press releases onto it like the LAPD does? Will he or his staff interact and answer questions from constituents on Twitter like Secretary of State Debra Bowen does or just have staff update his whereabouts. There's a great opportunity in these tools for a new kind government interaction and Ridley-Thomas has taken a first amazing step and we would like to think he will, considering he has hired Alan Breslauer who's title is Deputy for Information Technology and New Media.

The second district (map) basically covers South LA and the neighboring cities including some areas north of the 10 freeway, including a pocket of Koreatown.