LOCAL GOVERNMENT (County of L.A.): More info/details, Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, security system, other improvements at his home: "Work at Ridley-Thomas' residence went beyond security system"....
***Following up on earlier items noted here (Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, garage conversion, work done on his home by county employees)....
* Los Angeles Times: "Work at Ridley-Thomas' residence went beyond security system" - "Taxpayer-funded project to install the system at L.A. County supervisor's residence included other improvements, interviews and records show." - From the LAT:
A taxpayer-funded project to provide a home security system for Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas included improvements to his converted garage that involved a week of work and upgrades to the building's electrical service, according to interviews and records.
County-paid crews installed the security system in Ridley-Thomas' detached garage, which earlier had been turned into an office, apparently without permits. Workers replaced the garage's interior walls and dug a 60-foot-long trench across the property to bury conduit and make more electrical power available to the structure, the manager of the project said. In all, about $10,000 worth of work was done at the supervisor's Leimert Park residence as part of the security measures, L.A. County records show.
Supervisors, who make an annual salary of $181,292, are entitled to home security systems provided by the county, but not to unrelated improvements to their property at government expense. Experts on alarm systems said they doubted that all of the work performed last September at Ridley-Thomas' residence was required by the security installation.
Ridley-Thomas has not responded to questions from The Times for several days. On Sunday, he declined to talk to two reporters who visited his home, telling them through an intercom, "Please step off my porch."
The Times has asked the county for all records documenting the expenses for the work at supervisors' residences over the last five years. The county has so far released only a handful of heavily redacted documents in connection with Ridley-Thomas' residence, showing the total cost was $10,038. No details of the work were disclosed.
County lawyers said they are still gathering records to comply with The Times' request.......................