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LA County Superviser Turns His Home Repairs into Pork Barrel Spending Print E-mail
by Tom McGregor    Fri, Jan 17, 2014, 01:55 AM

Los Angeles County Superviser Mark Ridley-Thomas truly enjoys his perks as a local government official. However, he may have broken the law by turning his home repairs into a government-subsidized County project. He assigned unionized contractors and construction workers to repair his mansion, while he submitted the $10,000 bill to LA County taxpayers.

The Los Angeles Times reports that, "Government employees performed work on the garage of Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas’ private home, installing drywall, an air conditioner, appliances and a security system, according to sources familiar with the job."


Mr. Ridley-Thomas even hired employees of the Internal Revenues Service (IRS) to fix his garage, but he did not obtain construction permits from the County.

According to the LA Times, "The detached garage at Ridley-Thomas’ Leimert Park residence appeared to have been converted into an office with a restroom sometime before the county work was done, said a source familiar with the property, who requested anonymity."

Part of his home improvements consisted of furnishing his garage with a big flat-screen TV, refrigerator and new air conditioning system.

To read the entire article from the Los Angeles Times, link here:

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