Tag Archives: IBEW

My Sunday Column: Watching as a New Councilman Discovers the Wonderful — and Dangerous — World of Politics

It is well established in all times and all places that even a little power tends to corrupt, especially when the power derives from being elected to public office. That’s why it’s so interesting to get to know people right … Continue reading

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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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My Sunday Column: Empty Desks, a New Way of Life for Fiscally Responsible Cities

The email from Moody’s credit rating service that popped up on my computer screen boggled my mind: Glendale was among 40 California cities that were downgraded or are facing downgrades, but Los Angeles and San Francisco could get upgrades. I’m an old … Continue reading

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Why Your DWP Bills Keeping Going Up and Up — IBEW Salaries Keep Going Up and Up and Away

Carpenters: DWP $102,732; General Services 65,201; Airport  $82,999; National Average $43,890. Auto Painters: DWP $109,192; Fire Dept. $59,901. Cabinet Makers: DWP $101,840; LAPD $66,449. Garage Attendants: DWP $74,408; Airport $44,309; National Average $21,250. Land-surveying Assistants; DWP $123,433; Public Works $73,009′ … Continue reading

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The Case for Bernard Parks: Leadership Is Not a Crime, Greed Is Not Good

The entire labor movement from the County Federation to the SEIU, police union and the DWP’s IBEW union is funding a million dollar campaign against Councilman Bernard Parks — the only Council member who actually knows the city budget, and … Continue reading

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Frankenstein City: Face the Horror in LA’s Heart of Darkness, Stand up and Fight

EDITOR’S NOTE: The mayor issued a predictable statement of support endorsing the Council’s action on parking lots, calling it “a critical part of our plan to restore Los Angeles to financial health” and promising to continue to make the “difficult … Continue reading

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Jan Perry’s Great Performance Mocking the Bully D’Arcy and Traitor Zine

EDITOR’S NOTE: In a letter Thursday to City Council members (antonio-veto.pdf), Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa spelled out his reasons for vetoing a March 8 ballot measure that would give the Council the power to fire DWP Commission members and the General … Continue reading

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A Road Map to True Reform of DWP

It’s not too late for the City Council to end the charade of reform. They have until Tuesday to pull the 11 meaningless measures from the March 8 ballot, particularly the three weak and ineffective proposals that will do nothing … Continue reading

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Voter Fraud, Part Three: The Neverending Scandal of the DWP

Nothing can fix what’s wrong with the city’s most important and valuable asset — the Department of Water and Power — until we elect a mayor and other city officials who will stand up to blackmail by union bully Brian … Continue reading

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Money, Power and Corruption in LA

EDITOR’S NOTE: This article was written for Nina Royal’s North Valley Reporter. What started 18 months ago as a David vs. Goliath struggle between ordinary citizens against the DWP and its IBEW now appears to be within eyesight of being … Continue reading

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