No. 1 Insult of the Day: “Activists get dose of City Hall reality”
That’s a headline this morning on the Daily News
website over a story by Rick Orlov on Council President Eric Garcetti‘s
annual Government 101 Day to teach activists and students how City Hall
works — or in reality doesn’t work at all.
Garcetti told the group, apparently with a
straight face, that even if City Council members do not appear to be
listening, they are still carrying out public business. “This is the only place where you can directly address your government.”
Reality, as it usually does, won, however. Mayor Villaraigosa didn’t bother to show up as
promised, the council meeting started late as usual, and the people in
power didn’t pay any attention to the public.because they were too busy
looking after themselves and their friends..
“Because of (state) laws, we are not allowed to
talk privately,” Garcetti said. “So the meetings are often the only
time we can talk with one another. City business is still being done.”
No. 2 Insult of the Day: Nahai defends $152,000 giveaway, saying: “We want to attract the very best from the private sector.”
It’s funny how often a guy who’s so smart and well-educated as David Nahai almost always says the wrong thing.
Here, he is, exposed for another arrogant act that shows he has utter contempt for his customers, the people of L.A. who are being gouged with ever higher rates that produce nothing but blackouts and toilet water, and what does he do?
He reminds everybody that he’s not the best the private sector has to offer in terms of running a mammoth water and power monopoly. In, fact he has no experience in the industry at all or experience as a manager.
His latest screwup — and ripoff of the public — is the revelation that he hired the controversial Raj Raman as his No.2 with the promise he would pad his lucrative public employees pension with $152,000 of ratepayer money.
The signing bonus finally came out this week at the same time Raman’s ethics are being questioned because of the appearance of a conflict of interest over DWP contracts with his former private sector clients.
“There should be a discussion about why this offer was made, why it
wasn’t carefully researched at the time, why it was necessary,” Controller Laura Chick
DWP Commission President Nick Patsaouras noted pointedly that Nahai hires his own management team and the board is only responsible for hiring the general manager.
No. 1 Hopeful Sign of the Day: Arnold will veto all bills until budget is passed
“There is no excuse for the Legislature’s failure to reach a
compromise and to send me a budget,” Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said at a news
conference, more than a month into the new fiscal year.
Legislature passes a budget that I can sign, I will not sign any bills
that reach my desk.”
Actually, it would have been better for the people if he vetoed all bills all the tiime.
No. 2 Hopeful Sign of the Day: Appeals Court hearing set for Aug. 26 on City Council’s term limits fraud
David Hernandez’s amazing personal crusade to overturn Measure R, the phony measure that gave council members an extra four-year term in office and weakend ethics rules has a date in court.
Here’s the info: Aug. 26, 1 p.m. 2nd Court of Appeal, Ronald Reagan State Building, 300 S. Spring St., Division 8. Here’s case informatioon and background information.