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Lopez Vs. Antonovich

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L.A. Times columnist, Steve Lopez is asking some not-so-tough questions to L.A. County's 5th District Supervisor - Michael D. Antonovich. Yet they are not really getting answered. While we only have Lopez's side of the story, we're going to take his word for it:

Antonovich is fond of putting staffers and clerks to work sending phonebook-size collections of his favorite "news" items to a few hundred friends and colleagues. Each time Uncle Mike gets the urge to regale pals with his ding-a-ling discoveries, it costs us several thousand dollars in printing and mailing costs, not to mention the much larger manpower tab. The material has included a report that the Russians removed Saddam's WMDs before the U.S. could locate them, a photo caption suggesting that Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa attended a "Marxist" law college, and my personal favorite — a story reporting that there's mathematical proof of God's existence.

Columnist Ann Coulter pops up regularly in the mailings, as do inspirational stories of spiritual healing.

Readers have been asking Lopez to keep on this story, but his correspondences with Antonovich's Tony Bell have left him feeling likes he's "back in sixth grade." While Lopez continues to sniff around County offices, he requests you to contact Antonovich directly.

So here is our question: Why does Antonovich have personal family photos (one, two, three) on a government website?

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