LA WATCHDOG--Last week, Mayor Eric Garcetti launched LA’s “Decade of Action” to fight the climate crisis by issuing a 2,600 word Executive Directive, “LA’s Green New Deal: Leading by Example,” where he “laid out his vision for a carbon neutral Los Angeles and a firm commitment for environmental justice and equity.”
Another School Bond? Why It’s Easy to Say No!
LA WATCHDOG--While it is not easy to say no to State’s nine million public school and higher education students, it is easy to say no to the educational-industrial complex that is expected to spend over $10 million to buy our approval of a ballot measure authorizing the issuance of $15 billion of general obligation bonds.
Just Say NO to Professional Politicians: Wesson, Ridley-Thomas, & de Leon
LA WATCHDOG--While most of the attention on Super Tuesday (March 3) will be on the Democratic Presidential candidates, there are three “down ballot” races that will have a direct impact on the lives of the residents of both the City and County of Los Angeles.
Profiles in Corruption: Mayor Eric Garcetti
LA WATCHDOG--“At the heart of LA politics is a hardened political operation fueled by an elaborate pay-to-play system where businesses and developers pay money to get their projects approved by the city. The way the Garcetti machine operates often looks like Tammany Hall in Ray-Bans: sleek, stylish, and sophisticated, but at its root it’s a machine that leverages power for money.”
Transparency and Accountability: Why Jan Perry Deserves to be LA Supervisor
LA WATCHDOG-Jan Perry has literally earned our votes for Supervisor because her successful efforts to increase the transparency and accountability of the Department of Water and Power that resulted in savings of hundreds of millions of dollars for Ratepayers.
Your Voice is Needed: Where Do You Stand on the DWP Inspector General?
LA WATCHDOG--The following letter of January 13, 2020 to Mayor Eric Garcetti from Dan Schnur outlines his preliminary findings on establishing an Office of Inspector General for the Department of Water and Power.
Nury Martinez’ Non-Agenda
LA WATCHDOG--At her first meeting as President of the Los Angeles City Council, Nury Martinez discussed her Families First agenda that is based in no small part to her experiences as the daughter of hard working immigrants from the Free and Sovereign State of Zacatecas who valued family, education, and a better life for their children.
LA WATCHDOG--In a September 27th op-ed article in the Los Angeles Times, Harold Meyerson called for “a new legal order that again breaks big money’s hold on the way we make laws.”
Is LA City Council a Steppingstone to the Mayor’s Office? Ask Mark Ridley-Thomas or Kevin de Leon
LA WATCHDOG--County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas and former State Senator Kevin de Leon are candidates for separate seats on the Los Angeles City Council. Both are interested in succeeding Eric Garcetti as the Mayor of Los Angeles.
Controller Paul Koretz: The Fox IN the Hen House
LA WATCHDOG--Paul Koretz announced that he wants to be our next Controller. He cites his familiarity with the City’s budget, his focus on fiscal responsibility, his passion for efficiency, and his thirty years in politics.
2019 Budget Busting Labor Contracts Bad News for Angelenos in 2020
LA WATCHDOG--In April, Mayor Eric Garcetti submitted his “balanced” budget to the City Council. He also claimed that the City had eliminated the Structural Deficit.
LA WATCHDOG--The number one priority of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power is to keep the lights on and the water flowing.
DWP Ratepayers’ Goal: 100% Reliability at Reasonable Rates
LA WATCHDOG--The State has mandated that Department of Water and Power transition to Clean Energy by 2045. At the same time, there will be increased demands on the Power System because of the transition to electric vehicles and the electrification of the building sector, all part of the effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. (Photo above: Saddle Ridge fire.)
Nury Martinez Named LA City Council President … Is She Up to the Task?
LA WATCHDOG--On Tuesday, December 3rd, Councilwoman Nury Martinez was elected President of the Los Angeles City Council, effective January 5th.
Draining the LA Swamp
LA WATCHDOG--While the $1.4 billion budget crisis is top of mind at City Hall, there is lots going on beneath the surface, fueled by term limits, political ambitions, and allegations of corruption.
LA WATCHDOG--Mayor Eric Garcetti, City Council President Herb Wesson, and Councilmen Paul Koretz and Paul Krekorian knew well in advance that the new labor agreements would blow a $1.4 billion hole in the City’s budget over the next five years. And now they are trying to ignore and coverup the fiasco they created.
$1.4 Billion In LA Budget Deficits: Labor Reform a Must!
LA WATCHDOG--On June 30, the City budget was balanced. The City was also projecting a budget surplus in each of the next four years, topping out at $78 million in 2024.
Eric and Herb, Balance the Damn Budget
LA WATCHDOG--“When Garcetti became mayor, he pledged to get “back to basics.” There should be nothing more basic than balancing the budget.” Los Angeles Times Editorial, November 10, 2019
City Finance: Los Angeles Is Misleading Investors (and Angelenos)
LA WATCHDOG--The City of Los Angeles has the legal obligation to ensure that its financial statements are “true and complete in all material respects.”
Approval of the Split Roll is a Reward for Garcetti’s Bad Behavior
LA WATCHDOG--According to the Sacramento Bee, Mayor Eric Garcetti strongly supports the Split Roll ballot measure that would value business properties at market value as opposed to the current practice under Proposition 13 which assesses the value based on the purchase price (plus 2% a year appreciation).
DWP v. PG&E
LA WATCHDOG--We have been critical of our Department of Water and Power, in large part because City Hall views the Ratepayers as an ATM to finance its operations and pet projects.