From the HBO show guide: The outlaw camp of Deadwood marches slowly towards civilization… But the power struggles continue over
everything in Deadwood–influence, money, and whores–as the founding
camp members form strategic alliances to face down the threat of a
powerful newcomer, seeking to remake Deadwood in his image.
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa hit a sore spot with his carelessly revealing remark about his scheme to avoid layoffs by getting rid of the “deadwood” in city government by offering older workers five extra years in retirement credits to pad their pensions.
First off, it’s a remark filled with prejudice against the elderly, the kind of thing that he would jump all over if someone else said that about protected classes he cares about.
Second, it’s plain wrong. The deadwood in city government or any organization comes in all shapes, sizes and ages. And any organization that doesn’t deal with low performers on a regular basis is destined to fail.
Third, CIty Hall has created a system designed for failure though sweetheart contracts and civil service rules that make it impossible to have any degree of real workplace discipline. Achievement is no more rewarded, then failure punished.
Worst of all, eliminating thousands of older workers whatever their skills or value has a greater negative impact on the city than eliminating jobs that provide the least public benefit. It
may be the worst alternative since the city faces so many problems and needs experienced and competent managers more than ever.
The mayor has overseen an explosion in city spending, created a $530 million deficit, raised taxes, rates and fees faster than ever and approved massive wage increases to city workers. He is the unions’ mayor, not the people’s mayor, and his “deadwood” crack has even turned labor against him.
“Some people have given 20, 30, 35 years of their
lives to the city. They help make it run, they know how to get things done…”
– Bob Schoonover, President of SEIU Local 721
Here’s what the Engineers and Architects Association posted:
I’M NOT DEADWOOD, MR. MAYOR
The Mayor referred to valued long time City employees as “deadwood”. The employees he is referring to are the same individuals that are responsible in large part for police and fire services and all of the other vital services that the City of Los Angeles provides to the citizens of our city. These individuals he refers to as “deadwood” are even responsible for doing the work that the Mayor takes credit for.
In these troubled financial times when the Mayor is supposed to be uniting employees, and he is asking them to make even more sacrifices, it is unconscionable for him to refer to his employees as “deadwood”. This indicates a basic arrogance and lack of respect on his part. Copy and paste the following paragraph and email it to the Mayor if you agree:
Mr. Mayor, I work very hard day in and day out to do the best job possible for you, the Council, and most importantly, the citizens of Los Angeles. Shame on you for referring to me as “deadwood”.
Join EAA Executive Director Bob Aquino at the Los Angeles City Council
session at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, April 24th, when he expresses his
disappointment to the City Council over the Mayor’s disrespect of City