Deaton the Tent Maker?
Turns out that the tents bought from Cal Olympic Supply did not meet state fire safety requirements.
However there's more to it than that. Local gadfly Candido Marez - a frequent critic of DWP practices owns a Northridge based company that bid to supply the proper tents for $5000. Candido says that DWP staff froze out his bid cause he, well, doesn't like them very much. A corrective slap from some City Council members got the DWP to reverse the previous purchase, return the substandard tents and pick up the right ones from Candido.
Boy is Deaton in for a fun ride!