L.A. County Supervisor Mark-Ridley Thomas is lashing out against an L.A. Times report that work done at his house by county crews went beyond permissible security improvements. Ridley-Thomas says allegations that he allowed taxpayers to foot the bill for extra work are untrue. And Democrats in the state Assembly have chosen Toni Atkins of San Diego to be the next Speaker of the Assembly. Atkins will be the first San Diego lawmaker ever to lead the state Assembly, but her selection is historic in other ways too. KCRW's Steve Chiotakis is joined by Paul Pringle of the Los Angeles Times and Jeremy White of the Sacramento Bee.