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  • ISSUE: Audits are out … DWP Nonprofits Spent Freely with Little Oversight

    Jack Dolan

    DWP trusts paid millions to vendors without competitive bids and let managers use trust-issued credit cards. 

    Trusts have received more than $40 million from ratepayers. 

    A controversial pair of nonprofit trusts, created by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power and financed with more than $40 million from ratepayers, doled out millions to vendors without competitive bids and let managers use trust-issued credit cards to buy gas for their personal vehicles and travel without filing expense reports, according to a city audit released on Thursday.

    The nonprofits, which were created in the early 2000s to promote safety and training at the massive city-owned utility, have also failed to provide any "real information on the outcomes or effectiveness" of their efforts, according to the audit by City Administrative Officer Miguel Santana. (Here’s the rest of the Times story.) 

    ● Here is Controller Ron Galperin’s audit.   




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Passing the Buck

The Buck Stops Here

Most men in the early west carried a jack knife made by the Buck Knife Company.  When playing poker, it was common to place one of these Buck Knives in front of the dealer so that everyone knew who he was.  When it was time for a new dealer, the deck of cards and the knife were given to the new dealer.  If this person didn't want to deal, he would "Pass the Buck" to the next player.  If that player accepted, then "the Buck stops here".

 


 

 

You Could Be Moving and Not Know It

CITYWATCH - LA’s redistricting process begins this month. The goal is to have district map drafts ready sometime in February.

It also means that your Council District boundaries could change and you could have a new City Councilperson to make friends with. In addition to new council representation, your city services could be affected for the next ten years.


This is one of those government exercises citizens need to track and participate in. It can make a difference in your life … at least as it relates to City Hall.

The City Redistricting Commission plans 15 public hearings between December 5 and January 10. You can find the hearing schedule, the names of the commissioners, maps … and a few other helpful things … at the Commission’s website.

Commission Executive Director Westall’s (andrew.westall@lacity.org) media release said “We need to hear from the residents of Los Angeles. It is important that residents in every neighborhood in the City participate in the process.”

Let’s take him at his word. You can attend a hearing and use your two minutes or you can email your thoughts, ideas … demands. You can also, of course, submit longer comments in writing at the hearings.

If you look at a map of the current historically gerrymandered council districts in LA you will see that the Commission can use your help. And, best you get your two cents in as loud and as often as possible. I need not remind you that special interests and ‘special’ neighborhoods will turning the screws to make sure their interests are tended to.

Although not mentioned in the Chairman’s press release, it is also an opportunity for Neighborhood Councils to make their presence felt. And, who should know the City’s neighborhoods better?

To paraphrase the commercial, this is one of those moments where you either buy now … or you could pay much more later.

Info:  Los Angeles City Redistricting Commission web address.

(Ken Draper is the editor of CityWatch. He can be reached at editor@216.18.22.247) -cw

Tags: Council Districts, City Redistricting Commission, Los Angeles redistricting







CityWatch
Vol 9 Issue 96
Pub: Dec 2, 2011

 

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