After getting hammered on the issue, Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas hit the pause button on a planned $707,000 renovation of his office by referring the matter to the county's CEO for a review to determine if code violations, safety concerns and energy efficiency could be a factor in pushing for the interior redux.
In a statement issued Tuesday, Ridley-Thomas also reiterated he was "ordering an independent review to re-scope and re-evaluate the proposed project." He stated that "discussion of the proposed repair and renovation work has become a needless distraction inflamed by misleading and erroneous information."
As we reported yesterday, Ridley-Thomas was lambasted over the renovations by conservative talk radio hosts John & Ken at KFI AM 640 radio, and ABC7 news took up the story, noting that the cost of the renovations equaled more than the median prices of two county homes.
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The cost of redoing Ridley-Thomas' flooring alone was put at nearly $52,000. This is at a time when local governments are hurting for funds and wearing a tight belt is supposed to be the fashion of the moment.