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Thursday, October 15, 2009

Your Questions for DWP "Consultant" H. David Nahai if He Answers the Phone

"Your man for knowledge transfer regarding the DWP"
The details are out regarding former DWP General Manager H. David Nahai's "consulting contract" with the DWP, as noted in the Daily News.
Under the three-month contract, Nahai can earn a maximum of $82,000 to "provide consulting services and provide knowledge transfer relating to issues that arose during his tenure as chief executive officer and general manager," the Los Angeles Times reported.
Nahai is required to make himself available by phone or e-mail during normal work hours.
The DWP's interim general manager, Deputy Mayor S. David Freeman, provided copies of Nahai's contract to the City Council Wednesday morning.
The contract began Oct. 7 and ends Dec. 31.
As I viewed these details, a DWP supplied light bulb went off in my head and this is the result, "Questions and Knowledge Transfers via Nahai", if only he was forced to answer tax and rate payers inquiries and not temp DWP GM S. David Freeman.
Here are some.....
1. If I switch on my light, will there be power?
2. What is your's and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's favorite watering hole/restaurant?
3. Who swears better after a few drinks?
4. Did DWP Human Relations Director Susana Reyes write your consulting duties?
5. Is Alan Mittelstaedt your favorite reporter?
6. How do you use 475,000 gallons of water in one year at your home?
7. What amount of DWP rate increases were meant to be diverted into the General Fund?
8. How did Ari Swiller punk you out for that wind farm acreage in Kern County?
9. What happen to Global Warming?
10. Has your new boss, ex. President Bill Clinton shared any Tony Villar stories with you?
11. What are your opinions of former "boss" IBEW Leader Brian D'Arcy?
12. Is Beth Barrett your favorite "enabling" journalist?
13. What are your comments on Michael Trujillo's handling of the "Measure B" campaign?
14. Where will the next water main break today?
15. Will the DWP become a partner with Cadiz's Keith Brackpool scheme to "water mine" the Mojave's Cadiz Valley?
16. Are DWP employees overpaid?
17. Did DWP administrator Joe Avila ever tell you the story about Councilman Jose Huizar and the light bulb giveaway in El Sereno?
18. Were you qualified for the job as DWP General Manager?
19. Care to comment on S. David Freeman "acting role" as an ratepayer advocate?
20. ......and lastly, do you feel guilty in accepting up to $82,000 to answer a phone call?

Your thoughts......................

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Blogger Parque Esqueleto said:

Since the posters here are so up-to-date on what's going on with the city, I told Mayor Tony I'd run this new idea of his by you all.

It's in keeping with the concept of saving money and consolidating operations, as he recently did with the City's "new" Womens-Childrens-Disabilities-Human Relations-Aging-Dying Commission (there was a Times article, look it up).

So, since there's no DWP GM now, shouldn't the Dept. of Water and POWER and the Dept. of Neighborhood EmPOWERment just be merged? They're both about power!

I'm thinking "WaterEmpowerLA" sound nice. Neighborhood Councils would be given a cut of whatever the new department makes rationing water and juicing people's houses.

Then, like they sometimes also have neighborhood watches, even


the City's neighborhood council's could also have Neighborhood Watt-ches, to keep an eye open and report outages and blackouts (or to rat out people who water their lawns too often). And if we could ever figure out a way to harness all the "hot air" as energy? Just imagine . . .

The GM at DONE's nickname here is Bong WATER Kim (as in "WATER and Power"), right?

It just all makes sense.

Hmmm, what other departments and Commissions could be merged to save overhead?

(I mean, do we really need to have "Cultural Affairs" AND "Cultural Heritage"? What about just a Dept. of Culture?)

OH, and if neighborhood council treasurers steal any more money, their new department could of course send them to the ELECTRIC chair, right? (Or maybe WATERboarding would be more humane?)

Let me think about that one.

October 15, 2009 3:57 PM  

Blogger Red Spot in CD 14 said:


Excellent as always.

October 15, 2009 4:10 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Why is the IBEW union getting a raise and the cops didn't get crap? People should be pissed Nahai is getting all that money for doing nothing. The Police Political Union lost everything for their cops but the goons at IBEW get it all during a financial crisis. The Police Political Union bought and paid for council members like Zine, Koretz, Smith and others who went against them during negoiations. Cops are now talking teamsters and they should all jump ship and give their $6 million in dues to them.

October 15, 2009 4:28 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

If this consultant contract is "hush money." what is it that you are "hushing" and which persons want to keep things hushed (besides you, of course)?

in cd-14

October 15, 2009 5:15 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

David Nahai doesn't like black people. So say the discrimination lawsuits filed against him and the department. He should reimburse the city for what they had to pay to settle them.

October 15, 2009 5:35 PM  

Blogger Foxy LA Lady said:

Oh yes! Number 13 is my favorite! Never saw better TV during an election than watching Mayor V. as his beloved Measure B (at taxpayer cost) go down in flames.

Nahai's contract runs Dec. 31. Guess he'll be getting a holiday break or two thown into the mix and we can only call on him during regular business hours. Aren't most DWP emergencies which require expertise during all hours and bad weather? Sounds like a free ride for Nahai and a bad deal for the taxpayer to me.

Hope he gave back the car.

October 15, 2009 8:18 PM  

Blogger Foxy LA Lady said:

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October 15, 2009 8:19 PM  

Blogger Foxy LA Lady said:

Is that a rug on his head?

October 15, 2009 10:51 PM  

Blogger Michael Higby said:

Foxy that might be considered an offensive comment. The AARP Army may file a complaint against you!

October 15, 2009 10:54 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Ok, let's move on. The corpse is still warm, but he's gone.

October 16, 2009 3:22 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Every time Parque leaves a comment, Red Spot praises him for it. (Sorta pitiful, no?)

October 16, 2009 6:34 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I think Red Spit is mostly in awe of Parque's ability to spell correctly and use "big" words.

October 16, 2009 7:34 AM  

Blogger It Takes A Village To Fix Red Spot's Grammar And Spelling said:

"What happen to Global Warming?"

Shame on you, Red Spot.

Shame. On. You!

October 16, 2009 7:51 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I agree with 7:34 AM.

October 16, 2009 8:04 AM  

Blogger Red Spot in CD 14 said:

Mi Englosh teechher wus bedder luking than tat Ourcansus hag

October 16, 2009 8:34 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

EVERYONE'S English teacher was better looking than that!

October 16, 2009 12:03 PM  

Blogger Foxy LA Lady said:

Thanks Mike... - I do think its a rug. It looks like somebody’s dry Bermuda grass lawn that could use some watering (after 4:00pm). Wonder what else cohabits in there?

October 16, 2009 12:21 PM  

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