City Hall — A World Without Consequences

You got to wonder how CBS-2 investigative reporter David Goldstein can keep a straight face when he confronts the city supervisor in charge of constructing the obnoxious six-foot high wall around the mayor’s Windsor Square mansion with the fact he was caught repeatedly buying and drinking booze on the job.

“What do you think the mayor’s going to have to say about this?”

“It is
wrong. We don’t condone that kind of behavior,” said Villaraigosa. “There
should be consequences for it. In this case, as I understand it, he is seeking
medical help.”

So there, you skeptics, Antonio does know the difference between right and wrong despite what his own behavior would suggest. 

It’s just that consequences for city employees caught lying, cheating, stealing, taking bribes, drinking on the job, malingering all day are usually nothing worse than suffering through the years until they hit age 55 and can retire on a lucrative pension and lifetime health care. In this case, all it appears to take is the guy copping an alcoholism plea to show he’s a victim, not a perpetrator.

Herb Wesson, the city unions’ anointed choice to take over as City Council President, showed his heart of gold when asked his reaction to the hidden camera investigation that ran Halloween night.

“Maybe what
you’ve done, you could have saved the guy’s life,” said Wesson. “He could have
been drunk, drive, hurt somebody else, kill somebody else.”

You see it’s always about the workers because it’s the workers money supplied by their union leaders that put guys like Wesson into office and keep them there.

Wesson, like all of his colleagues, suffer an addiction far worse than the $76,000 supervisor in charge of pouring cement at Getty House. They are addicted to other people’s money — taxpayer money, union money, developer money, contractor money, money they can spend any way they want to benefit themselves and their friends.

There is no consequence when the mayor is caught taking hundreds of thousands of dollars in freebies — fine wines, expensive meals, prime tickets to sports and entertainment events. Even when caught red-handed, his paltry fine is paid by the same people who treated him to the luxury life in the first place.

When the bottom falls out of the economy, City Hall closes libraries and guts services to the public, raises rates and fees and gives 4,000 workers enriched early retirement and transfers to better-paying jobs. Less than 1 percent of the work force, barely 400, are laid off and most of them were part-time or temporary.

There are no consequences to anyone except the ordinary taxpaying citizens who endorse their corruption in every rigged election. You can bet next week’s election to succeed Congresswoman Janice Hahn will produce a runoff between candidates who are part of the machine and committed to serving the unions and special interests that provided them with their campaign cash.

Eric Garcetti, who is counting on his studied innocence to help him become the next mayor, takes protection of the guilty to a higher level..

“Certainly
there’s a failure of supervision to do this,” said Garcetti. “If he’s able to
do this all day, why didn’t somebody notice this?”

Is Garcetti really so naive as toi believe nobody noticed this guy drinking on the job or the Housing Department clerk shaking down people or the Building and Safety inspectors taking bribes to look the other way?

Of course, people noticed. But they all understand the rules: The truly innocent who report wrongdoing suffer consequences while they guilty are protected by a system that is without discipline in the work place.

That’s why hundreds of millions of dollars go uncollected, why everything the city does costs too much or takes too long, why the roads, sidewalks, water mains and electrical grid are old and deteriorating.

Garcetti is right about one thing: The scandals coming out of City Hall reflect a failure of supervision, of leadership. Little people don’t lie, cheat, steal or get drunk on the job unless the big people are doing it.

Nothing is going to change until the political machine that has ruined L.A. is dismantled and new leaders put in place, people who put public service ahead of self-service, respect the concerns of the community and understand there must be consequences in the work place for failure and wrongdoing as well as rewards for achievement.


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8 thoughts on “City Hall — A World Without Consequences”

  1. Good timing. What a shame. We must go to the polls and vote. Take you ballot with name and address with you, to prove you are not a fraud.
    Yes, even the polls are afffected. Just heard
    a lecture on the fraud there. Don’t vote by mail, too easily destroyed. And yes, you must sign the book, ask if you are not asked.
    What a society this is!!!! We must help ourselves.

  2. David Goldstein is probably one of a handful of great credible investigative reporters who aren’t afraid to put it out there. City council members and Mayor are nothing but hypocrites. Just look at all the incidents of unethical behavior and yet not one of them has gotten in trouble. I’m still waiting for Alarcon to be arrestted for fraud. The Mayor for being not only a CHEAP ASS but unethical and showing no class but does that really surprise any of us. Garcetti will hear from all of us when we start campaigning AGAINST ALL LA CITY POLITICIANS FOR MAYOR OR ANY OTHER ELECTED OFFICE.

  3. Consequences ? paid time off while he works on his drinking problem….i wish i could be so lucky…make it a double for me !!!

  4. Which is why we need to allow regular people to hold office, not CAREER POLITICIANS who only want to make the moneybags happy which is rarely the RIGHT OR BEST THING for the City.

  5. Which is why we need to allow regular people to hold office, not CAREER POLITICIANS who only want to make the moneybags happy which is rarely the RIGHT OR BEST THING for the City.

  6. Doesn’t the Mayor drink while on the job? I think it’s a fine wine, paid for by someone else, but nonetheless… the Mayor drinks on the job too. And it shows in his policy making, or lack thereof. (See Kotkin article above).

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