Category Archives: DWP

Eric Garcetti’s One and Only Chance — His Moment of Truth

Back when it could have mattered, when a single decision that put the future of the city at risk was being made, Antonio Villaraigosa showed he lacked the courage to lead, his predecessor James Hahn already had shows he was incapable leadership and Councilman … Continue reading

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Is Half A DWP-IBEW Deal Better Than A Real Deal? It’s up to Garcetti — and You

It was unusual, unprecedented, an historic event symbolizing City Hall’s commitment to transparency, to an open and honest public conversation on an issue of great importance: The outrageous high wages and benefits granted over the years to the Department of … Continue reading

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My Sunday Column: Glendale’s decision, L.A’s problem — Running Municipal Utilities for the Public or the Union’s Benefit

This is a tale of two cities — yours and mine, each with its own water and power utility companies. In your city, base rates for electricity did not go up for six years until the City Council narrowly approved … Continue reading

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My Sunday Column: As certain as the lights coming on — Electricity rates are going up and up for years to come

City Manager Scott Ochoa, armed with graphs and pie charts and a thousand details, spent 55 minutes offering a “relatively brief presentation” explaining why electricity rate hikes averaging 26 percent over the next five years are necessary or Glendale’s century-old … Continue reading

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My Sunday Column: Glendale Power Assn. vs. IBEW — The 21 Power Plant Operators Who Stood Up to the Union Bullies

The moral premise of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 18 as often expressed by union boss Brian D’Arcy is clear and to the point: “My responsibility is to look after the welfare of my members.” That narrow worldview puts … Continue reading

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My Sunday Column: Water (wars) provide a lesson in government — and the reason why cynicism has won

Many government meetings are broadcast live and archived with a vast array of official records posted online. Mainstream media may be on financial life support, but more than half the adult population still reads a newspaper daily, in print or … Continue reading

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Why Government Robs You Blind: Because It Can — They Make and Enforce the Laws and Frighten You into Submission

Between pass-throughs and rate hikes and surcharges and transfers to other uses, you might have noticed your bills for water and power have been soaring for years. You ain’t seen nothing yet — utilities are the certain cash cow for … Continue reading

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My Sunday Column: Giving into IBEW Blackmail or Fighting It — With Rates Soaring, the Moment of Truth Is Near

In Glendale, utility workers found their paychecks a little smaller last week — the price of the inability of their union, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 18, to negotiate an initial contract two years after winning the right … Continue reading

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My Sunday Column: Standing up to the town bully — Glendale Just Says ‘No’ to the IBEW and Union Bully Brian D’Arcy

The sparse front page of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 18 website expresses exactly the message Brian D’Arcy wants his members to get: Rotating photos of protesting workers waving “A DEAL IS A DEAL” signs. It also features … Continue reading

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Greuel Says She Didn’t Mean It When She Promised Union Bosses — ‘I’m gonna stand with labor, not stand up to labor’

Oops, the lady in question doth protest too much, claiming she misspoke when she begged for and got the mayoral endorsement Tuesday of Maria Elena Durazo’s County Federation of Labor with the help of union boogeyman Brian D’Arcy. LA Weekly’s … Continue reading

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