I don’t know about you but this is the last straw for me.
The guy who oversaw the highest water and power rate hikes in DWP history, who talked big about environmental concerns but kowtowed to his political and union bosses, who tried to bilk the public out of billions for a solar energy boondoggle, who dismissed the breakdowns in the power and water supply as routine, who alienated his underlings as much as the public he saw as nothing but cash cows — that man who was paid well over $300,000 a year is going to get even more money from a consultant’s contract?
Give me a break.
They fired David Nahai and left him the dignity of saying he resigned. Fair enough. But he was forced out by the mayor and no one more so than the back-stabbing David Freeman who not long ago declared Nahai the “white knight” who the people could trust to do the right thing.
If the people of this city don’t rise up and demand a blue-ribbon commission that includes citizen activists who have worked long and hard to end the corruption in the DWP, then they deserve to see their rates double and triple and insiders make fortunes by profiteering.
If the people of this city don’t rise up and demand a seat on the DWP commission for someone of their own choosing and an independent Ratepayer Advocate to protect their interests, they deserve what’s coming.
Billions of ratepayer dollars have gone into the pockets of contractors, consultants and the overpaid DWP workers while the water and power infrastructure has been allowed to rot, while LA has become the least green big city in California.
And now David Freeman whose only achievements as General Manager of the overstaffed DWP a decade ago was to squander hundreds of millions of dollars in a sweetened early retirement deal for a few thousand workers and create a series of scandals before he was shown the door — he’s come back to run the DWP again?
And Nahai’s going to get a golden handshake and a face-saving appointment as an adviser to Bill Clinton’s global climate foundation?
That’s the same Bill Cliinton who has his clutches deep into Antonio Vlllaraigosa in LA and the overly ambitious Gavin Newsom in San Francisco. With those two in his pocket, Clinton might as well run for Governor or the Senate and treat us to a real political theater.
Who’s kidding who?
All I can tell you is the mayor and City Council have failed you. City Hall has failed you. Moral corruption has so deeply infected City Hall, it defies all logic not to believe it has turned criminal.
I’m just an old guy with a blog and a dream of creating a news and information platform that will help create a more democratic and just society.
I’m probably wrong about a lot of things. But I’m not wrong about this: David Nahai doesn’t deserve a DWP consulting contract, not even one for a dollar a year.