Ever since I started this blogging adventure 18 months ago, the DWP and its General Manager David Nahai have been the target of many of my most provocative rants and raves. They are even responsible for first introducing you to my dog Bruno as LA’s Watchdog.
One of my first posts called the DWP “LA’s Scandal Central.” Our public utility that sees itself as independent corporation accountable to no one has lived up to that billing under Nahai’s leadership.
More than ever, the DWP is City Hall’s cash cow, grossly over-paying its own workers, a haven for others in city government whose jobs are being eliminated, a fountain of taxpayer money for contractors, consultants and insiders profiteering at the public expense.
David Nahai didn’t start this, he inherited it and became the public face of it. He was the whipping boy, and in the end, the fall guy for failure — something made easy because his arrogance is even greater than his intelligence.
He lost the confidence of the public, his top managers the DWP commission and, fatally, IBEW union boss Brian D’Arcy.
Here’s some of the best headlines and articles I’ve posted on the subject:
The DWP Loves You and Cares for You … That’s Why It Gives Away Your Money in Sweetheart Contracts and Backroom Deals