Thursday, March 11, 2010

LA Super-holes

Rare photo of a Sac-hole at birth

As LA County stupid-visors prepare to cut into everything from public safety to social services, and make a little league group pay thousands of dollars a year so the kids can use a park to play ball,
they also are spending millions in our taxpayer dollars to bloviate their public images, pay for chauffeurs, hold parties for friends and lobbyists and support pet projects.

Each supervisor receives $3.4 million a year to spend as he or she sees fit, without any public vote or scrutiny.

Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, for example, has spent more than $200,000 to support his new website along with Facebook and Twitter accounts, according to a review of documents obtained through the state Public Records Act.

Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas used $25,000 to buy a place in Who’s Who in Black Los Angeles.

Supervisor Molina, has given $200,000 to the Sheriff's Department over the last 2 months, as well as small amounts to various community groups and causes. But like Antonovich and Yaroslavsky, she declined repeated requests to discuss the allocations. (Yaroslavsky made an aide available for limited questions about his website.)

And Supervisors Mike Antonovich, Don Knabe and Ridley-Thomas used some of their money to pay for cars and chauffeurs. Knabe's armed driver makes $90,000 annually.

The supervisors don't spend all they get and are sitting on a large sum. No, as of November, the balance in the five supervisors' office accounts totaled $27 million, enough to cover the salaries of 216 social workers for a year.

And as they point out to the media, they generously use our tax money to donate to various charities of their choice, because after all, doesn't it warm your cockles to know that 50 thousand dollars of your tax money has been donated to the Huntington Library?

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