Two L.A. County supervisors on overseas trips
Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky has landed in Nigeria to be an official international observer of the nation's upcoming national elections.
Yaroslavsky is part of a team of 50 observers being dispatched by the National Democratic Institute, a Washington-based nonprofit that promotes democratic institutions. Former New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine is one of the co-leaders of the delegation.
Already, the elections in the west African country have been thrown into turmoil. Elections had been expected to begin on April 2 but were delayed a week, after voting materials did not show up on time in many parts of the country, the Reuters news agency reported.
Yaroslavsky was initially scheduled to monitor the presidential elections on April 9, which have now been pushed back to April 16. Instead, Yaroslavsky will monitor the National Assembly elections, which were rescheduled from April 2 to April 9.
Yaroslavsky is expected to return in the late afternoon next Tuesday.
Meanwhile, Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich is in China this week, part of a delegation of the Pacific Council on International Policy, a nonpartisan international affairs group. The delegation is there at the invitation of Jon Huntsman, the U.S. ambassador to China, who is considering a run for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012.
The delegation is meeting with Chinese officials and business leaders, according to the council's website. Antonovich is expected to return home on Friday.
Neither supervisor is using county funds to pay for their trips.
Tuesday's meeting of the Board of Supervisors ended earlier than normal because a number of the items on the agenda required four votes, and only three members were present.
-- Rong-Gong Lin II at the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, and Alexandra Zavis
Photo, left: Michael D. Antonovich in 2010. Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times
Photo, right: Zev Yaroslavsky in 2009. Credit: Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times