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What is there to say? CBS2′s David Goldstein got the video evidence.
So all that time IBEW defended their raises with a resounding “we put our lives on the line,” they should have said “we put our lives, on the line, as well as yours.”
If you listen to Beutner he sounds as if he’s defending those DWP losers. Goldstein stated that DWP refused to watch his video. Bastards!!! You damn well if these guys were cops it would be at the top of the hour on every news channel. This has probably been going on for years.
Now if they would just do it with all the other city departments, including the Pothole King’s office.
We’re in a crisis mode, there’s no question about that,” L.A. City Councilman Ed Reyes.
But knowing this Reyes and the rest of the clowns on council gave DWP a raise and DWP continues to refuse to transfer $73 million. They all “pretended” to speak for the people and in the end all folded like COWARDS. Let’s get rid of all their sorry asses. Get those grass root candidates going.
Eric Garcetti, Bernard “Oops was that meeting today” Parks and the rest of the Spring Street Gang just hiked our DWP rates permanently, just four months after giving the strip club monitors five years’ worth of raises.
Meanwhile, Beutner says those salaries don’t matter, because they’re less than half the multi-billion-dollar budget.
And now, to create the illusion of new jobs, Villaraigosa and Beutner are promising to buy a fleet of cars and acres of solar panels from a Chinese company, if it will station 150 employees in downtown L.A. — in offices on which the City will spend $1 million of our tax money.
Hey, have you signed that recall petition yet? Have you joined LACleanSweep.com? Didn’t think so.
But not too worry. This is an isolated incident.
“This is an isolated incident”
Jack, are you kidding??? Have you seen some of the gang banger thugs who work for DWP making 6 figures? I have and I would bet there are a lot more behaving this irresponsbily and just haven’t been caught.
The only bigger joke than the DWP are the Boobs on the city council (Perminate rate hike.. what perminate rate hike??)
But Ron, taping off your TV screen? really..
You must know people in the media or IT who could help you set up a Digital recording system cheaply.
I really, really hope these guys are married, and their wives see them going into the strip bar and buying beer. Discharge has *nothing* on the wrath of a woman who learns her “hard-working” hubby is spending his days visiting strip joints. I bet they claim they’re too tired to help out around the house after work, too. Then let the wife muse on it a little and realize that she and the kids are going to lose their benefits because her husband can’t stay off the beer and has a thing for skanks, and she’ll REALLY get pissed. Good luck with the wives, losers!
There will always be those who take advantage, but this takes the cake! All the while my home has experienced 6 power outages since January 1, 2010, three of them within 3 weeks of each other and two lasting more than 10 hours each. I guess oggling boobs and butts and downing booze is much more important than doing their jobs. And for this I have to pay 4.5% more! I DON’T THINK SO! And yes, I signed the recall already.
Talk about a small sample. Out of quite a few thousand employees a few idiots get busted and they all get lumped together. Great. I know few people will ever take the side of DWP employees but they competed among the best for their jobs who have worked for the city. It is of course because the jobs there pay the most. That goes for the outside in a few cases as well. Many professionals at DWP prefer the utility’s stability and benefits over higher pay in the private sector.
There are some very motivated and highly educated people working at the DWP. It’s safe to say they for the most part avoid the strip joints, brew in hand. A great majority of city employees are glad these guys got caught because they take immense pride in their work. Yes, there are slackers as in any job so I don’t even want to hear it. The guys at issue deserve to have their cases reviewed (although it seems open and closed already) and if it results in them being terminated, so be it. They knew the risks and chose to be idiots.
I find it amusing how many of you will come to the defense of LAPD and Fire dept personnel when the lawsuits they have incurred from absolute stupidity have totaled millions. Of course city officials and the inept mayor are loathe to ever mention cutting back there. Cops have all kinds of conflicts of interest, especially when so many of them do security gigs on the side. They solicit these jobs on duty among other deeds. They’re not always working, believe me.
If they ever did an undercover investigation on cops and driving drunk, this would pale in comparison to anything else in the city if they knew where to look. When cops get busted driving drunk on the job or in a civilian capacity, they flash their badge and get a “professional courtesy” from other law enforcement agencies.
Outsiders talk about clerk typists in the city making over inflated bucks. Yet, if you take a closer look, that’s a glorified clerk typist in a police uniform at LAPD. If we’re to look at waste in the city let’s have the courage to look at things objectively. Someone let the mayor in on it.
Maybe, its good that the DWP is healthy because they have to transfer millions to the city to payoff the lawsuits and frivolous things like the mayor soliciting a huge crowd for the immigrant march. The rest of the crumbs are thrown to the general fund.
WTF???? Typical DWP staffers like the politicians they get busted and instead of taking responsibilty like an adult they try to divert attention to cops. LAPD didn’t dupe the public into believing a bullshit rate hike was only for 3 months then turned and said its forever. It wasn’t LAPD or Fire who got raises in a financial crisis. Oh and I luv the bullshit statement all cops have to do is flash their badge and get a free ride.” I know of an officer who got arrested for DUI and got FIRED you moron. The fact you are protesting so loudly and going after cops shows WE ARE RIGHT IN ATTACKING DWP….
I am sick of hearing IBEW employees saying they are the only ones that are competent and capable of performing their required functions. This is in fact a great example of a typical pampered Union employee thinking they are beyond reproach.
I would not dismiss what 2:59 has to say. A lot of BS goes on in every department. Simple fact, too many cops and fire and other employees. Reduce the numbers and make them work. The work force is too large to manage by mostly incompetent managers and little accountability in the whole system. Look at who the leaders are, a worthless Mayor and Council whom few respect.
“It wasn’t LAPD or Fire who got raises in a financial crisis.”
No, instead you guys just drive around LA and harass people. And sit in your car and eat donuts on taxpayer money. Can’t forget your boy Raphael Perez who was drugdealing crack and shooting unarmed civilians on taxpayer money. Yeah LAPD is very responsible.
Go eat your donuts
BTW, I have worked with cops for 20 years and I know them well. I have admiration for them. They have told me this themselves over the years across different agencies. I have worked with Fire personnel as well. Cops are very competitive and they are very open with their opinions and experiences. They’re human just like any other municipal employee.
I am not setting aside DWP employees on a pedestal aside from any other worker in the city as far as earning their pay. There is talent city wide. You cannot blame DWP personnel because the agency made a very attractive offer. DWP advertises their jobs citywide and ambitious city personnel apply for it from all departments. Whoever was considered the best prospect gets the job. Are they supposed to turn down the offer and say, “Oh I can’t accept the position because the union is too much of an actual…union? The offer is too generous, no thank you. I’ll stay with the weak representation I’m currently with” Get real.
And who exactly is “they” in terms of accepting responsibility? How many people did you see in the broadcast? I said clearly that those people should get due process and in my opinion, should be fired. So if 5, 10 or 20 DWP employees exhibit deplorable behavior and the remaining 8,955 employees had nothing to do with it, they should bear the offending employees’ responsibility? By that standard, I guess all cops should be responsible for the Rodney King beating.
I’m saying these kinds of things happen anywhere in case you didn’t get the gist. If you have issues with DWP, it may be with the upper tier of management and definitely not with the lower levels aside from those who ignore the rules of acceptable conduct.
Don’t you just love how this dialogue turned to LAPD cops. C’mon idiots the reason why people are pissed off at the DWP and their Mafia goon Brian DArcy is because they played hard ball, they’ve threatened the city etc. They got caught and you want to blame everyone but them. By tyring to throw other blame on cops its another tactic to defend your IBEW union boys for screwing around on the job. People who read this blog aren’t as ignorant and “GET IT”
Considering your reading comprehension, I’m not so sure you “GET IT.”
There are a large group of DWP workers that come into a local restaurant for breakfast just minutes from one of the yards. They park their large trucks up and down the street, including red zones. At least a good dozen or more come in and sometimes up to 20 to 30, order
and then sit around doing crossword puzzles, reading the paper and talking on the cell phones. They have all just punched in as they discuss where the work is scheduled for the day. This is not the night shift. A minimum of an hour and probably longer as I cannot sit around like they can afford to sit. This happens on a regular daily basis. There are few employers willing to have their employees take an hour or more break within the first hour of going to work. They may climb poles and do dangerous work, but this is simply blatant disregard for the City and its stakeholders. When does this stop!!
Well, then you have reason to be angry. How dedicated are you to address this? If you have the motivation, you can definitely do something about it.
I also like how so many like to bag on the unions particularly, all the way down to the average worker. Personally, I’ve had a negative experience with unions throughout my career. However, the city negotiated the contracts with the unions, those officials wind up a disaster and corrupt in most of their critics minds and who gets blamed?
Who voted these people in if they voted at all? The union represents their people and does their absolute best to make the best deal. That is their only job. If the unions are using undue influence, that is up to the city representatives to filter that out.
There’s plenty of blame to spread around when you think about it.
11:16, let me tell you why they’re sitting around for an hour and why you can’t compare lineman work to your typical data-entry job. You can’t just go up and touch an electrified powerline with 230 KV going through it for the sake of starting work and looking busy. That power line has to be de-energized before work can be started. And that power line can’t be shut off without taking into account the effect the lost electricity would have on the rest of the neighborhood. So a controlled outage that won’t black out the city has to be scheduled well in advance by planning engineers and reverified repeatedly that day for safety reasons before the blue collar workers can climb a pole. And if other projects in the vicinity get delayed or something goes wrong or some idiot drives his car into a pole and cuts off power to the neighborhood, then work can’t happen.
9:51, enough of dumb excuses for overpaid DWP employees. The more you write, the less sympathy we have. To justify hanging around in restaurants as a work need is as the Mayor said “boggles the mind”.
A lot of people have ideas of what the dwp lineman did but thier actions should not reflect on the good jod the rest of the lineman do let’s not judge the whole just the few bad apples
To 9:51, if the powerline has to be regenerized and scheduled well in advance, than why aren’t the DWP shifts rescheduled accordingly? Of course, that would never fly with IBEW. Their solution is to hire another shift to wait around and have breakfast and hang out at strip clubs or sleep…on my dime! My outrage is not going away, this is just the beginning.
10:15, where in my comment am I’m making excuses? I’m explaining on a technical level how outages work for those who care to know. Maybe you’d like the LAFD to start creating fires so they aren’t hanging around at the firehouse all day doing their laundry.
8:22, outages are scheduled well in advance but projects don’t always go according to plan and a utility has to be dynamic. I could explain more clearly but it sounds like you’ve already made up your mind and find some value in being pissed for lack of understanding, so go ahead, make that vein on your forehead pop.
Go ahead and complain to DWP, who’s going to listen? They told Dave Goldstien to take the videotaped evidence and shove it up his ass.
I once witnessed an off duty CHP officer come flying out of the South Division parking lot in his personal Ninja bike and zoom up Hamiton Street in excess of 90 mph right in front of a CHP cruiser. I went in and made a written personnel complaint. After waiting 8 weeks with no response, I inquired about my complanint to the station Captain. They had NO RECORD of my complaint. He “investigated” the incident and told me that the sergeant admitted he “lost the paperwork” – too bad , so sad.
I got quite an education about how police protect their own if nobody else is watching. Same is true of the DWP -
There must be more than “a few” employees doing this. It didnt take CBS very long to catch them did it.
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