man Antonio knows a lot about what’s sexy so when he says the West Hollywood men
among the 30,000 participants in AIDS Walk L.A. over the weekend were “hot,”
you can take him at his word.
when he audaciously tells the Chamber of Commerce types that he’s so fiscally
conservative he cut $2 billion from city spending and reduced by the city work
force by 4,000, you got to know he’s blowing smoke.
get elected to make people happy,” Villaraigosa said. “I got elected
to tell people the truth.”
Actually, he did
get elected on the promise he was going to make us happier and not even his
closest friends and family would swear under oath that telling “people the
truth” was even in his repertoire.
They myth of the
4,000 jobs he cut is proof. Some 2,400 were paid off handsomely to retire. More
than !,000 were transferred to the special funds or the DWP where most of them
got big pay raises. Barely 400 – less than 1 percent of the work force – were actually
Given the City
Council’s sudden discovery of the extent of the “waste, fraud and abuse” among
city workers, the question arises about how exactly to categorize the mayor’s
misdeeds whether they are taking hundreds of thousands of dollars in freebies
or giving the rich and influential hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars
intended to help the poor.
The task isn’t
made easier by City Hall’s inability to define those terms as Paul Krekorian
pointed out Tuesday during wannabe Controller Dennis Zine’s latest attempt to
posture as a reformer when he is so much a part of the problem.
“I’m not sure how we will define waste,” Krekorian said. “The challenge I have is that waste, fraud and abuse has
become this cliche term. I think we have to know what it is before we adopt this policy.”
Zine called Ethics
officials and the Controller’s office on the carpet to back up his plan to
solve what his tag team partner wannabe Mayor Wendy Greuel calls “a wave of
fraud” at City Hall.
support of each other’s political aspirations, Zine and Greuel are “shocked” to
learn city workers are stealing pets from animal shelters, high-powered weapons
from LAPD training facilities and taking bribes to overlook building code
violations or even just to approve routine paperwork as the LA Times exposed
Sunday in a case involving a Koreatown Housing official.
These wizards of
Spring Street offered up a simple solution so elegant you have to wonder why
nobody thought of it before: Change city law to require employees to report all
“waste, fraud and abuse” instead of just
“suggesting” they should report such problems.
It’s a really
funny idea when you think about it.
It would take
hundreds, maybe thousands of new employees just to handle the backlog of
reports that would pile up on the Waste, Fraud and Abuse Hotlines since almost
everything City Hall does these days is tainted by one of those three problems.
warned his colleagues that reporters have told him about several more scandals
that will come out shortly so it was important to take this “first step to try
to bring some closure to the continual saga” of misconduct by requiring
reporting and setting up a training program to teach employees it’s wrong to
lie, cheat and steal.
Perhaps Zine and
his colleagues should start be setting a good example for city workers by
taking an oath on a stack of Bibles (something that surely must be available in
their “Temple of Democracy”) at the start of every Council meeting to tell the
truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth under threat of prosecution