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Friday, September 19, 2008

The Answer To The Light Bulb Question

Sometimes a Mayor Sam reader gets a guest shot at blogging when their comment is just too good. RSS and blog aggregation fame is assured.

Earlier today I asked "How Many DWP Employees Does it Take to Pass Out a Light Bulb?" Manhattan Beach Mongrel (no relation to Zuma Dogg I presume) has the definitive answer:

It takes one if they're non-union.

If they're unionized, it takes a lot more. Here's the breakdown:

1 Teamster to transport the bulb to DWP.

1 AFSCME (American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees) to process the accompanying paperwork.

1 EAA (Engineers, Architects, and Accountants) to process the purchase order for the bulb from the manufacturer.

1 SEIU (Service Employees International Union) to clean the bulb.

1 AFSCME to print installation instructions (including warnings to not swallow the bulb, disposal instructions, and compliance instructions).

1 Teamster to drive the printed instructions to the warehouse.

1 SEIU to package the bulb, and include the installation instructions with the packaging.

1 SEIU to warehouse the bulb.

1 Teamster to operate a forklift inside the warehouse, both for storage and for transport to the loading dock.

1 Teamster to load the DWP vehicle with the bulb.

1 Teamster to drive the DWP vehicle to its destination.

1 EAA to install the bulb if the resident is a special-needs person.

1 EAA to process fuel expenses.

Total DWP Employees: 13

For the record, all DWP employees are paid a higher salary than City employees with the same job classification. According to the DWP, their employees are paid higher due to hazards not encountered by City employees.

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Anonymous Anonymous said:

There are no EAA represented employees at DWP F*** Head.

September 19, 2008 2:26 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

this was a waste of space and time.

September 19, 2008 3:01 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Not than I harbor any concerns, but who manufactured the bulbs and has that company contributed to the mayors re election campaign or any of the city council members running for a bogus 3rd term under prop r?

September 19, 2008 3:52 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Not only are 13 DWP employees needed but it'd probably take at least three months and the bulb would be delivered broken if it showed up at all.

September 19, 2008 4:35 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

CHICAGO, September 18th - Sources within the Presidential campaign of Barack Obama are saying that NFL hall of famer, sportscaster and actor OJ Simpson will campaign for the Democratic nominee in predominantly African-American neighborhoods.

In 1995, Simpson was dramatically acquitted by a Los Angeles jury of the murders of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ronald Goldman, after a nine-month televised trial that drew an audience of millions. He was later found liable for the deaths in a civil trial. The Obama official said that many African-Americans view that Simpson "got a raw deal" because of his race.

The campaign, while downplaying news of the development in white communities where Simpson is often seen as guilty, hopes to use the controversial figure to motivate African-Americans to believe that like Simpson, Obama has been victimized because of race.

Simpson is currently on trial for charges relating to a heated confrontation in a Las Vegas hotel room in which he and five cohorts, two of whom were armed, allegedly robbed two sports memorabilia collectors of hundreds of items.

September 19, 2008 4:48 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

4:48 keeps posting alleging newspaper stories without attribution which is annoying. Without that, you could be blowing smoke out of your butt. (The standard MS blogger and commenter passtime anyway.)

September 19, 2008 8:00 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Good one 4:35. Might I add that it's an energy efficient bulb that is made in China? Since it is filled with mercury, the city will then send out a HAZMAT team to clean it up, plus additional law enforcement to section off the contaminated area. All employees who came in contact with it (even before it broke) will go on paid sick leave and sue the city for mercury poisoning. The city will pay out several million. During this time a committee will be formed to study the hazards and impact of broken light bulbs. Their recommendations will be sent to City Council, who will put a bond measure on the ballot to increase DWP resources to ensure that such breakage and lawsuits do not incur in the future. It will be stated as a tax increase for energy efficiency and increased term limits.

September 19, 2008 9:04 PM  

Blogger Zuma Dogg said:

hey, i'm stoked...just did a 7 day ranker of "most viewed" stories on my blog.

#1, much to my surprise:

Even If Los Angeles City and County Officials WANTED To Cut Wasteful Spending, IT WON'T WORK WITHOUT DEMING'S 14 POINTS! (End of discussion!)

so looks like SOME people were reading that Deming article.

September 19, 2008 9:51 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

That must be Don Quixote!

September 19, 2008 10:13 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Daily World Journal
LAS VEGAS - OJ Simpson Friday voiced support for U.S. Sen. Barack Obama, and then headed to Detroit to help campaign for the Democratic ticket.

After a short speech at the Clark County Courthouse, surrounded by tourists but only a couple of reporters, Simpson smiled wide and said Obama will "bring about the change so desperately needed in our country, and restoring to America our hope for a brighter future.”

Simpson came out in support of Obama earlier this year, and the two seemed to share a close friendship and interest in raising physical fitness awareness. Obama frequently praised the former NFL running back and Heisman Trophy winner for his legendary career.

“I think he is the right leader for the right time,” Simpson said. “And I’m going to do everything I can to help him get elected president of the United States.”

September 19, 2008 10:22 PM  

Anonymous manhattan beach mongrel said:

Thank you for featuring my comment, Michael.

9:04 - Tipping my hat in your direction. Good add-on comment - wish I'd thought of that!

September 20, 2008 3:40 AM  

Anonymous One Who Knows said:

RE: ZD's "Most viewed" had seven (7) viewers, four of whom were spammers looking for some lists. They gave up and left.

The other three were ZD (twice) and his mother, once.

The closest other contenders had, respectively, 4, 2 and 1.

RE: THe lightbulb, Higby, you left out one pweson from the Council Office and one from the Mayor's Office to each claim credit for grtting the LADWP out there in the first place.

September 20, 2008 7:50 AM  

Anonymous Kato said:

Yo 10:22. You're kidding, right? More political skullduggery, right?Damn! Call Cowling, we need to take a ride.

September 20, 2008 8:26 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I am a former DWP employee, I worked that that warehouse where the flourescent bubls are stored, and here is the breakdown for the handling of the bulb.

#1 .. the item is on a contract, probably from someone that contributed to the previous mayor's campain, we had hundreds of thousands, (someone at the vendors warehouse made a mistake and doubled the order, they had sent us twice as much as ordered)

#2.. the warehouse supervisor placed the order.
#3 a Clerk typist, wrote the order, and mailed it to the vendor.
#4.. the delivery is received by one apt warehouse worker
#5.. a stock warehouse worker takes a count and allocates the item into the stock area.
#6 .. wait a second, this is pretty much how warehouses work, in the private industry, so why are you making fun of DWP employees? out of ignorance most likely, the hype about the wages is that the union collects over $70.00 from each employee, thats $70.00 time 8,000? per month, that equals to about $576,000.00 per month times 12 months that equals $6,720,000.00, what is the Local18 doing with all that money? anyone took a look at their books in the past 10 years? which equals to over $60,000,000.00 !!! what has happen to that money?. come on people start thinking and follow the money trail... that is ALOT of money unaccounted for.

September 20, 2008 10:27 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I can't be leave, that I agree with a murder?

September 20, 2008 12:09 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


September 20, 2008 1:38 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

my cousin saw OJ at an Obama rally

September 20, 2008 1:40 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Draw them a picture.

September 20, 2008 2:35 PM  

Anonymous james p. davenport said:

10:27... do you maintain any contact with current DWP employees? I'm curious, now that fluorescent bulbs have been "outlawed," what's the DWP going to do with the surplus they have warehoused?

September 21, 2008 6:19 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

10:27-Wow, thank you for the eye opener.
Question-Are unions non-profit?

September 21, 2008 7:37 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

"Question-Are unions non-profit?"

YES, most unions steal enough that the goverment cant trace where the money comes or goes!

September 21, 2008 9:36 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I thought it was funny, and I'm pro union. But analyze
the "punchline" and read between the lines it says that UNIONS provide MORE work for more families for the same one light bulb. Yep maybe one man can change a light bulb, but the non-union man is too selfish to want to help out others. Not too mention he'll probably put in the wrong bulb, then the UNION guys got to come in and replace it anyways.

September 22, 2008 10:23 AM  

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