Willie Williams
Bernard Parks' record as LAPD chief and city councilman is a mixed blessing in his race for L.A. County supervisor

At a Mardi Gras-style opening of his campaign headquarters, City Councilman Bernard C. Parks received a candid assessment of his entrance into the race for the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. "I saw Barack Obama dance on the television, and that boy can dance," joked Los Angeles City Councilman Herb J. Wesson Jr., a Parks supporter. "I just saw Bernie Parks dance and, Bernie, you got a little work to do." Parks acknowledges that he is not much of a dancer, but there's little time for practice in his race for the 2nd District seat against state Sen. Mark Ridley-Thomas (D-Los Angeles) and seven other candidates. At this stage of the grueling campaign -- a...