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UPDATE: Chick vs. Delgadillo

Councilman Tom LaBonge introduced a motion Tuesday to revive the question of putting the issue of the City Controller’s authority to conduct performance audits of elected officials on May ballot — seven weeks when the official tally won’t be complete until a few weeks before they Controller Laura Chick and City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo leave office.

That did not sit well with Chick who issued this statement:

“They have got to be kidding.  I pulled my performance audit of the City
Attorney’s workers compensation program  in good faith in August because of the
Council’s promise to put this before the voters in March.  The Council sat on
the issue for three months and at the last minute decided not to give the voters
the opportunity to clarify this important issue.  The time for inaction and game
playing has passed.   I will do everything in my power to pursue  this
performance audit and a resolution on the City Controller’s ability to 
scrutinize the use of  hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars and to push for
greater transparency.

“I have no confidence, given this second chance, that the City Council will act
to put this issue before the voters.  What the City Attorney and Council are
actually doing is finding every way to stall and run the clock till I’m out of
office on July 1st.

“This is now a fight between the people of Los Angeles and their government.  I
will not back away from this fight, This is a battle that must be won for the
taxpayer bringing full transparency and accountability to government.”

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10 Responses to UPDATE: Chick vs. Delgadillo

  1. Anonymous says:

    I’d say she’s definitely trying to elevate her profile for some sort of statewide or national job beyond the slot of CD2 Councilmember she’s rumored to be going after. (Assuming Wendy wins Controller which is likely, even though you’re pushing for Patsouris.) She’s not likely to be terribly effective if she does get on Council, having antagonized not just Rocky (who’s committed enough misdeeds that merit audits, for his billboard activities and more, apart from this worker’s comp thing) but Cardenas, Alarcon, Huizar, LaBonge, Janice Hahn and even the usually mild-mannered Greig Smith. Who accused her loudly of throwing him and other colleagues under the bus with her grandstanding audits which only reveal partial truths and are slanted to get herself attention.
    As I saw it, everyone on Council agreed to transparency and financial audits but wanted to depoliticize it, and clarify the scope of her duties to distinguish “performance audits” (which are subjective and, they argued, what the voting process is for) from financial ones, since that gets subjective and selective. Also, would small projects done out of a Councilmember’s discretionary funds be randomly included, Huizar asked? If so, what would keep her from singling out someone she doesn’t like? (Given her history, they doubtless thought.) And this should be settled apart from personality conflicts that exist now, given that she and Rocky would be gone soon. Alarcon suggested an outside auditor for ALL of them in cases that might be politicized, including of her dept. but she refused any audits of herself.
    She was utterly unwilling to discuss these points or anything, and seemed to be spoiling for a chance to hold another press conference like what she just did. The fact that she’s been given a totally free pass so far, unique among politicians, makes me tend to see validity to the points her colleagues are raising.
    Who’s laying odds that Chick hopes for some Obama appointment or at least, is shooting for California State Treasurer, Insurance Commissioner or such, the Bustamente/ Poizner/ Cheung type jobs? Any of those jobs coming vacant soon? Frankly, at her age (almost 70) she may have decided it’s now or never to give the big field a shot soon.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Oh, you slander Laura Chick while ignoring the fact that she is doing her job. She was elected to audit the books of the city in all departments. That is what. by definition, an audit means.
    Do you work for the taxpayer? Are you worried about an audit of your own department? You sound so self-righteous! Yes, I am definitely suspicious of your motivation in writing this hate-letter about Laura Chick, who, as far as I can see, is the only one doing his/her job.
    It is refreshing when someone believes in good government and does his/her best to achieve it.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Oh, you slander Laura Chick while ignoring the fact that she is doing her job. She was elected to audit the books of the city in all departments. That is what. by definition, an audit means.
    Do you work for the taxpayer? Are you worried about an audit of your own department? You sound so self-righteous! Yes, I am definitely suspicious of your motivation in writing this hate-letter about Laura Chick, who, as far as I can see, is the only one doing his/her job.
    It is refreshing when someone believes in good government and does his/her best to achieve it.

  4. Nancy Norris says:

    First they attack the person, then the authority and influence of the person–this is the m.o. of the councilmembers, their staffs and handlers. 8:30 p.m. is obviously a cowardly one who is afraid to identify himself. Laura Chick is the only city hall insider that works for the tax payers. She deserves to move on to bigger and better things politically, because she did/does her job well. Laura Chick rightfully publicized the audit of the backlog of rape kits. Why did it take the city council public safety committee 16 odd months to decide to hire some new lab technicians? They are to blame for doing nothing. If Laura Chick had not conducted and publicized the audit on rape kits, the matter would have gone on unaddressed “in committee” until forgotten. Or, there may have been a sham public hearing and vote, as with the Jamiel’s Law issue, if the public brought it to light as Kevin James and the Shaw family did so well. Similarly, the sober living home issue is apparently still “in research” in the city attorney’s office. Why can the cities of Murietta and Riverside pass unchallenged, and comprehensive restrictions on sober living homes, and the well staffed city attorney’s office of Los Angeles still cannot figure it out? What does 8:30 p.m. mean Laura Chick will not be effective? She may be effective in standing up for residents, in the face of the other councilmembers who conspire, in backroom meetings in violation of the Brown Act, with special interests, and themselves, to raise our taxes and fees on a regular basis. What has any current councilmember done to benefit the taxpayers in the last year, two years? I cannot think of a thing. City councilmembers do not need 3 offices, 3 staffs, and the perks and benefits that go with each office, such as cars, car allowances, blackberries, if they are doing nothing, and if they are not addressing the real public safety and quality of life issues that affect their constituents. Laura Chick has done the residents of Los Angeles a great service in keeping some of these issues in the spotlight. That is her job as controller. We need to get behind her in her fight to audit the city attorney’s workers’ comp. files. Will SLAP give a show of support?

  5. Nancy Norris says:

    First they attack the person, then the authority and influence of the person–this is the m.o. of the councilmembers, their staffs and handlers. 8:30 p.m. is obviously a cowardly one who is afraid to identify himself. Laura Chick is the only city hall insider that works for the tax payers. She deserves to move on to bigger and better things politically, because she did/does her job well. Laura Chick rightfully publicized the audit of the backlog of rape kits. Why did it take the city council public safety committee 16 odd months to decide to hire some new lab technicians? They are to blame for doing nothing. If Laura Chick had not conducted and publicized the audit on rape kits, the matter would have gone on unaddressed “in committee” until forgotten. Or, there may have been a sham public hearing and vote, as with the Jamiel’s Law issue, if the public brought it to light as Kevin James and the Shaw family did so well. Similarly, the sober living home issue is apparently still “in research” in the city attorney’s office. Why can the cities of Murietta and Riverside pass unchallenged, and comprehensive restrictions on sober living homes, and the well staffed city attorney’s office of Los Angeles still cannot figure it out? What does 8:30 p.m. mean Laura Chick will not be effective? She may be effective in standing up for residents, in the face of the other councilmembers who conspire, in backroom meetings in violation of the Brown Act, with special interests, and themselves, to raise our taxes and fees on a regular basis. What has any current councilmember done to benefit the taxpayers in the last year, two years? I cannot think of a thing. City councilmembers do not need 3 offices, 3 staffs, and the perks and benefits that go with each office, such as cars, car allowances, blackberries, if they are doing nothing, and if they are not addressing the real public safety and quality of life issues that affect their constituents. Laura Chick has done the residents of Los Angeles a great service in keeping some of these issues in the spotlight. That is her job as controller. We need to get behind her in her fight to audit the city attorney’s workers’ comp. files. Will SLAP give a show of support?

  6. Nancy Norris says:

    First they attack the person, then the authority and influence of the person–this is the m.o. of the councilmembers, their staffs and handlers. 8:30 p.m. is obviously a cowardly one who is afraid to identify himself. Laura Chick is the only city hall insider that works for the tax payers. She deserves to move on to bigger and better things politically, because she did/does her job well. Laura Chick rightfully publicized the audit of the backlog of rape kits. Why did it take the city council public safety committee 16 odd months to decide to hire some new lab technicians? They are to blame for doing nothing. If Laura Chick had not conducted and publicized the audit on rape kits, the matter would have gone on unaddressed “in committee” until forgotten. Or, there may have been a sham public hearing and vote, as with the Jamiel’s Law issue, if the public brought it to light as Kevin James and the Shaw family did so well. Similarly, the sober living home issue is apparently still “in research” in the city attorney’s office. Why can the cities of Murietta and Riverside pass unchallenged, and comprehensive restrictions on sober living homes, and the well staffed city attorney’s office of Los Angeles still cannot figure it out? What does 8:30 p.m. mean Laura Chick will not be effective? She may be effective in standing up for residents, in the face of the other councilmembers who conspire, in backroom meetings in violation of the Brown Act, with special interests, and themselves, to raise our taxes and fees on a regular basis. What has any current councilmember done to benefit the taxpayers in the last year, two years? I cannot think of a thing. City councilmembers do not need 3 offices, 3 staffs, and the perks and benefits that go with each office, such as cars, car allowances, blackberries, if they are doing nothing, and if they are not addressing the real public safety and quality of life issues that affect their constituents. Laura Chick has done the residents of Los Angeles a great service in keeping some of these issues in the spotlight. That is her job as controller. We need to get behind her in her fight to audit the city attorney’s workers’ comp. files. Will SLAP give a show of support?

  7. Anonymous says:

    “Laura Chick is the only City Hall insider who works for the taxpayers,” says one. The other, “it’s refreshing when someone believes in good government and does his/her best to achieve it.” It must be good to be Laura Chick, with so many Kool-Aid drinkers — you’re worse than her own paid hacks.
    To have so many people unable to understand the slightest nuance of policy discussions and operating out of nothing but blind hatred for “anyone but Laura” is scary for me as a voter, though. Naturally you haven’t and can’t address any of the issues involved, since your religious fervor relies on blind faith in “one” chosen one.
    But of course your type is characteristic of the Walter Moore faithful, who jump on his one- note bandwagon, with his naively crafted “Jamiel’s Law” that you have to weave into any dialogue as some sort of bonding prerequisite. It doesn’t matter to you that he’s never been elected to so much as an NC or HOA board or dog catcher, let alone city office, so long as his absurdly egotistical, Quixotic quest gives you a place to hang your vitriol. Thank goodness your Kevin James/KFI/Doug McIntyre crowd is relegated to the mental and geographic fringes — although you have to admit, they make odd bedfellows with your Patron Saint Laura. You people are a fascinatingly curious, illogical phenomenon, I’ll say that. Thank you for sharing.

  8. Anonymous says:

    The whole matter is so convoluded on all sides at this point, with all the different players having valid points of view, it’s hard to know what to make of it. It’s unfortunate they couldn’t have worked out some solution and guidelines without a costly lawsuit. The basic issue at hand, though, the worker’s comp payments at the city attorney’s office, sounds like a straight financial matter and doesn’t seem like it would have even fallen into question as to whether it’s financial or performance-based, if that was a stumbling block. Apparently the Charter is vague enough on this issue that when experts weighed in, they gave different interpretations, so it needs to be clarified.
    It’s too bad the public has to see all this open distrust and bickering between Chick and Rocky, Cardenas and so on, and now she’s declaring that it’s her against the whole city government — not something to inspire the public’s trust. I used to really like her, and agreed with some of the comments here, but I think she made no effort to persuade or compromise or see anyone’s point of view — now I feel like putting all of them into a time-out room until they shake hands and agree to play fair.

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