Taxpayers Funding Gas-Guzzlers For Public Employees?

Steve Lopez asks why Los Angeles county supervisors use taxpayer dollars for chauffer-driven gas-guzzlers.

"In a metropolis choked with smog, you'd think at least one supervisor would set an example by going hybrid or at least choosing a more modest and fuel-efficient set of wheels, but no such luck.

Your tax dollars just bought Supervisor Yvonne Brathwaite Burke a 2006 Chrysler 300 for $42,000. Supervisors Zev Yaroslavsky and Gloria Molina are tooling around in 2000 Buick Park Avenues. Supervisor Don Knabe leases a 2004 Ford Expedition, an SUV roughly the size of the Staples Center, for $600 a month.

Don't these guys know we're at war in the oil fields of the Middle East? If the size of the cars were based on the size of their accomplishments, the supervisors would all be driving Mini Coopers."

Full Story: L.A. County Supervisors Guzzling Gas Big-Time on Taxpayers' Dime

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