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Ms. Avis Ridley-Thomas

Wrong Avis Ridley-Thomas?

Executive Director

Local Address: Los Angeles, California, United States
Days of Dialogue

Employment History

  • Administrator
    Los Angeles City Attorney's Dispute Resolution Program
  • Director-Dispute Resolution Program
    Office of the Los Angeles City Attorney
  • Executive Director of Days of Dialogue and Co-Director
    Institute of Non-Violence

Board Memberships and Affiliations

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About TNL - Featured - Mark Ridley Thomas, 1 Feb 2003 [cached]
Assemblyman Ridley-Thomas was accompanied by his lovely wife Avis Ridley-Thomas, Administrator of the Los Angeles City Attorney Offices' Dispute Resolution Program.
Informed sources are telling us not ..., 3 Mar 2011 [cached]
Informed sources are telling us not to be overly concerned with Avis Ridley-Thomas's latest move to start confidential discussions with a whole new group of unknown participants (read Home Depot supporters). It has been suggested to us that this effort will not be taken seriously by the City.
Yes, it's all about Avis Ridley-Thomas and the DRP.
Avis Ridley-Thomas and the DRP are in violation with the following requirement of the CDRP Act of 1986:
Ms. Ridley-Thomas and her DRP did not provide any of these requirements in writing or even vocally to the participants prior to the October 16th meeting.
We appreciate Ms Ridley-Thomas directing us to the DRP Act of 1986 and we will rely on it in all future dealings in this matter.
Avis Ridley-Thomas and the DRP
Avis Ridley-Thomas was also sent a copy of the letter.
In the world of Avis Ridley-Thomas, votes don't matter, only results.
Nice planning, Avis Ridley-Thomas & Barbara Goldfarb!!
letter was written by Avis Ridley-Thomas.
This is in complete contrast to the statement made by Avis Ridley-Thomas, Director of the DRP, back
The Dispute Resolution Program, led by Avis Ridley-Thomas and Barbara
Ms. Ridley-Thomas & Ms. Goldfarb received numerous requests not to schedule any meetings until after the beginning of the
Avis Ridley-Thomas, the head of the Dispute Resolution Program, has responded to our letter detailing the many problems with the way her organization has handled the Home Depot dialogue situation.
In our 5 page letter, that you can read HERE, we tried to point out the lack of analysis and missing records, the focus on the performance of the DRP instead of the actual results of the April 26th dialogue, and how we and members of the community are feeling manipulated and ignored by her office. Avis has apparently listened to our many concerns, read our detailed letter, and has chosen to issue the following statement:
Whether it was Avis finally fulfilling her obligations due to community pressure, or whether she just "forgot" to have it available when we initially viewed the files, we'll never know.
As you know, Avis is looking to schedule more talks between Home Depot and a smaller group of community leaders in the near future. In the July 14 letter that was sent out, she wrote,
pawns, as apparently, Avis seeks to keep her job, and Home Depot
Avis Ridley-Thomas extends time period for response to the letter! The new deadline is August 4th. Thank you to all who participated in the Action Alert, you made it happen! As far as having Avis prepare an evaluation of the dialogue, we now have the documents
No further discussions can even be planned until Avis completes her evaluation of the April 26th dialogue. The time limit to submit names for representation on any possible future discussions cannot be completed by her unreasonable time schedule.
Since Avis has imposed a Monday deadline, we don't have time to wait for her to perhaps read e-mail sent to the general mailbox. So please continue sending your e-mails to the two addresses provided in the Action Alert notice.
Ms Ridley-Thomas is being unreasonable in requesting the community provide her with names on such a short notice, and the format of her proposed discussions are highly questionable. In fact, her claim that the community wants to continue discussions has many people scratching their heads! Keep Up the Great Work, Sunland-Tujunga!
The main problem is that Avis Ridley-Thomas and the DRT have yet to complete their summary or analysis of the original "Sunland-Tujunga Dialogue" that occurred on April 26th. A summary is needed so that the community and Home Depot will have documentation and a true picture of what was expressed by the participants. We feel that Avis Ridley-Thomas must first complete her obligations before embarking on any new efforts to bring the parties involved together.
In an email that Avis Ridley-Thomas sent to us in May, she said,
We therefore insist that no further talks be planned until Avis Ridley-Thomas can provide us with an evaluation or summary of the April 26th dialogue.
Avis Ridley-Thomas has had since April 26th to finish her job, and has not yet completed the task she said she would do. She should, at the very least, allow more than a week for the community to fulfill her request.
In 2010, Avis Ridley-Thomas, ..., 1 Sept 2014 [cached]
In 2010, Avis Ridley-Thomas, founder of the Los Angeles City Attorney's Dispute Resolution Program, and Buzz Wilms,UCLA Professor of Education, founded the Institute for Nonviolence in Los Angeles.
NCDD Community News » exploration [cached]
Here's an exciting press release I just received from NCDD member Avis Ridley-Thomas. As you can see on her member page, Avis is now retired from her position in the L.A. City Attorney's Office, and currently serves as Co-Director for the Institute for Nonviolence in Los Angeles.
"Days of Dialogue has the same ..., 22 July 2013 [cached]
"Days of Dialogue has the same purpose all the time; that is to give people a constructive way to deal with difficult issues, to advance deliberative democracy and improve the quality of public life," said Avis Ridley-Thomas, executive director of Days of Dialogue and co-director of the Institute of Non-Violence in Los Angeles. "It's so clear that it's necessary; everyone is talking about this Trayvon case. People want to have a constructive outlet to address their concerns."
Ridley-Thomas encouraged people of all ages and backgrounds to attend Saturday's dialogue to represent the community's diversity and said there will likely be additional dialogue days to discuss the issue in the near future.
"This is to provide mutual spaces for people to share their points of views," Supervisor Ridley-Thomas said. "It seems to be at the point of crisis that dialogue serves a very important purpose."
Also on Monday, the supervisor joined those calling for a boycott of Florida, but did not specify what kind of boycott he was seeking.
"My concern is to put a focus on the issue," he said.
The Empowerment Congress, which serves Los Angeles' Second District, will also host a community dialogue session on Trayvon Marton's death from 9 until 11:30 a.m. on Aug. 3 at the Constituent Services Center of Supervisor Ridley-Thomas in Exposition Park, 700 Exposition Park Dr., Los Angeles, Avis Ridley-Thomas said.
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