Los Angeles County supervisors: Discretionary spending data from July 2007 to November 2009

As Los Angeles County supervisors prepare to carve deeply into everything from public safety to social services, they also are spending millions in taxpayer dollars to burnish 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 interviews and a Times review of documents obtained through the state Public Records Act.

Full story: L.A. County supervisors spend millions on pet projects

As the Times' Garrett Therolf reports, L.A. County supervisors spend millions on pet projects ranging from Web sites to cars and chauffeurs. Read the story and form your own opinions, then sound off in our comments section.
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