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Friday, September 19, 2008

How Many DWP Employees Does it Take to Pass Out a Light Bulb?

The Daily News praises the DWP's CFL bulb giveaway however criticizes the fact the utility is spending over a million dollars to distribute the bulbs door to door suggesting in fact they could be distributed by volunteers or at community events. 

I'll take that one better.  The DWP should have instead made arrangements with about 3 - 4 chain stores in Los Angeles that sell the bulbs, who in exchange for free advertising would give the DWP the bulbs at a significant discount.  Then, the DWP would place a coupon for the bulbs in bills and consumers could redeem those coupons for bulbs at a local store, hence the DWP would only be charged for the bulbs picked up. 

Now not only will the DWP spend an enormous sum to distribute the bulbs, as well many will get lost, stolen, damaged or otherwise not used when DWP workers leave them on doorsteps.

I could have given them that idea for free.

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9 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Including the one's a sleep under the bridges?

September 19, 2008 8:43 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Thats why you dont work for them...its too logical.

September 19, 2008 10:22 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

What a total waste of taxpayer money!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

September 19, 2008 10:49 AM  

Anonymous manhattan beach mongrel said:

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.

September 19, 2008 10:50 AM  

Anonymous michael finnegan said:

Michael, thank you for improving my comment of September 16 (Tuesday Hotsheet) and posting it.

Michael Finnegan
CD-5

September 19, 2008 11:13 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

DWP PROBLEMS WILL NEVER STOP TIL WE GET ACCOUNTABILITY IN THIS GOVERNMENT. WE NEED SOMEONE LIKE LAURA CHICK AS MAYOR TO END THIS

September 19, 2008 11:37 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Daily News reports that DWP workers are set to receive a 6% RAISE that they negotiation back in 05 to go into effect automatically now. If they had any sensitivity they'd decline, but when have you ever heard a union do that? (Or their "lactation program" and other perks.)

Meanwhile DWP is objecting to paying for one person to be a taxpayer rep/ watchdog/ liason, which Patsouris suggested at a recent meeting.

September 19, 2008 11:49 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

LAURA CHICK IS ONE OF THEM!!!

WE NEED TO THROW ALL OF THEM OUT ON THE UGLY ASSES!

THEY ALL BELONG IN PRISON!!!!

September 19, 2008 2:10 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Laura Chick is one of them, dont forget who signs theri payroll checks

September 20, 2008 3:13 PM  

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