FACT: It is City Hall’s official policy to transfer civilian employees to the DWP to avoid layoffs.
FACT: The Mayor and City Council have agreed to halt police hiring — temporarily they say — as soon as Tuesday.
FACT: The DWP is pushing forward for a rate increase on Tuesday with other rate hikes planned.
FACT: The DWP is in the final stages of cutting a deal with union boss Brian D’Arcy to raise wages for its 8,500 by as much as 4 percent over the inflation rate.
FACT: The cops are mad as hell about losing a big chunk of their take home pay when the DWP is getting fatter.
FACT: The actions of City Hall have stopped making sense.
It is a sign of the desperation of our city’s leaders that everything they do only makes things worse.
We have spent hundreds of millions of dollars to restore the reputation of the LAPD and the morale of the officers and now we’re going to undo what we have achieved.
Public safety is the public’s No.1 priority but it’s the DWP cash cow that is City Hall’s.
Why else would City Hall be giving fat raises to the nation’s highest pay utility workers and no raises to the cops?
Why would City Hall be hiring more DWP office workers and reducing the number of cops on the streets?
Why would City Hall guarantee DWP workers 10 percent in overtime and require cops to take time off in lieu overtime and unused sick pay, time off from their jobs protecting us?
You know the answers as well as anyone: Because they can and they live in fear that D’Arcy will break them if they get in his way.
It is nothing but political blackmail. And it’s the public who pays.