"Leave No Doubt, USC cheated!!
"The Beacon of Corruption on Hope Street"
From the halls of government to the fields of athletics, two stories are dominating the local news cycle this afternoon in Los Angeles.
Executives at the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power misled the public when they threatened to withhold $73.5 million from the city’s budget two months ago as part of their demand for a hike in electricity rates, City Controller Wendy Greuel said Thursday.
Wendy pontificated further for the gathered media.
“The DWP’s actions unnecessarily plunged the city into a fiscal crisis”, no kidding. “We never should have been held hostage
” by the DWP, I agree
. “It’s hard to look at these numbers and not say that the DWP was trying to extort the City Council into passing its proposed [rate] increase,” We knew that
, but why did you wait for your latest audit to state the obvious
That is because in the depths of my cynical political cranium, Controller Greuel's press conference today was the latest act in her political dodge and duck, the mounting backlash over the nefarious dealings at the DWP.
Forgive me naught, for taking Greuel to task for comments that Mayor Antonio Parkervillar, was misled by his appointed DWP commissioners. The comment should clearly show to all erudite observers of the DWP, that Greuel's comments today, was nothing more than a act in political self-preservation. Nothing more, nothing less. Plus, did she call out her major political financier IBEW's Brian D'Arcy? Crickets lloud and clear.
The City of Pasadena should take notice that the "trust fund student body of Troy", will not be dispensing any of their parents investment portfolios, within Old Town for the next couple of years. This because former football player Reggie Bush, former basketball O.J. Mayo and some female tennis player, exceeded the salary caps for financial benefits to "USC student athletics
", sounds so oxymoronic.
But in reading the facts of today's stories above, what stands out is the institutional arrogance of these public-private behemoths. For the DWP, the rule of law is secondary to the public interest. Meanwhile, USC's disregard for the tenets of amateurism in athletics, is match by the likes of their lobbyist David Galaviz
, who uses all the backdoors of various politicos, to advance the USC agenda, in the areas of the main campus and their health sciences campus near the County USC Medical Center.
Maybe it should not be surprising that the DWP and USC political agendas, have became inter quine, when Mayor Parkervillar named USC Vice-President Thomas Sayles
to the DWP Commission. Sayles becomes a rubber stamp for Mayor Parkervillar's "Green Energy Scheme", which will loot the green cash from the average Angelino, and line the pockets green, of the likes of Ari Swiller, Keith Brackpool, IBEW, and the exclusive few.
In return, the city and its CRA flunkies will greenlight all of USC Capital Projects, which include thier biotech corridor plans. and major projects around the main Figueroa campus.
Nothing like a couple arrogant public-private connected entities, with local bought politicos, doing their biddings on the field and in the hallways.
Scott Johnson in CD 14
Labels: dwp, usc