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County crews did work on Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas' home
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. The source said the work cost the county about $10,000. The county provides home security systems for members of the Board of Supervisors, but taxpayer money is not supposed to be spent on unrelated improvements. The work at Ridley-Thomas' garage was done by employees of the countys Internal Services Department. Tom Tindall, who retired last year as head of the department, said he was informed before he left his post of the need to upgrade or replace an alarm system. Tindall said he did not know the details of the Ridley-Thomas project, but work on the walls might have been required to repair damage caused by wiring the security devices. The this site only thing I was a little concerned about is that it was finished space, he said. Jim Jones, Tindalls successor as department director, declined to comment. A search of city databases turned up no permits for a restroom installation in the garage or the more recent county work.
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