“Three years after Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said city departments should not spend taxpayer money on bottled water, several municipal agencies have increased their purchases of it, according to a report released Tuesday.”
We’re facing a $1 billion deficit in LA and these knuckleheads are buying something that you can get for free from the city they work for? So it’s not bottled. Can’t they use a glass, or buy a canteen?
The Dog Trainer went on to say City Controller Laura Chick, who, by this time, most city employees hope drinks from a toilet bowl or drowns in one, found that 13 city departments spent more than $184,000 last year on bottled water.
Chick warned them in 2005 that she was watching this liquid waste and what did our city employees do? They bought even more!
“The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power provides us with some of the cleanest, healthiest and best tasting drinking water in the world,” Chick barked in a statement. “There is no reason why the city should continue purchasing large quantities of bottled water.”
I’d say there’s no reason. Chick’s “report” was one of those infamous cheap hits from her that the media love – and city employees absolutely despise. (She’s not the most popular watchdog in the City Hall kennel.) That being said, you’d think they’d be smart enough to stop walking into her traps.
(Memo to incoming City Controller Wendy Greuel: conduct the same study next year. I’ll bet you a steak bone you’ll see why Chick loved these in-depth studies.)
In 2008, the biggest purchase of bottled water was made by the city’s Department of Public Works, which spent nearly $70,000.
Chick found. Los Angeles World Airports purchased more than $31,000 of bottled water, while the Los Angeles Police Department and the Department of General Services each spent nearly $20,000; significant increases over four years ago.
The mayor, presumably working day and night to figure out new hikes in fees, rates and taxes, didn’t respond immediately.
Villaraigosa spokesman Matt Szabo said the mayor’s office is still reviewing Chick’s report. Think he drinks tap water? Yeah, right.