Tony Butka rebukes Councilman Jose Huizar's "DWP Rate Payer Advocate" claims
What happened next was that the IBEW, who represents most DWP employees, came into the Council chamber and basically threatened the members. President Eric Garcetti ultimately rolled over and made a motion to gut the recommendation, and his watered down version passed on a vote of 8-7. Prominent in the hall of shame 8 were Mr. Huizar, Ed Reyes, and Tom LaBonge.
And for that final vote the Councilman can indeed take credit, for starting out with a bang and caving in the end. As Ron Kaye wrote at the time:
“Remember who knuckled under: The indicted fefon RIchard Alarcon; Jose Huizar, Tom LaBonge and Herb Wesson, all frightened to death the IBEW will spend heavily to defeat in their re-election bids; the irrelevant Janice Hahn and Ed Reyes, and the duplicitous Dennis Zine.”
Well I for one remember. And I’m calling out Mr. Huizar on claiming that “JOSE HUIZAR led the fight to create an Independent Ratepayer Advocate to protect consumers from abusive practices by the Department of Power” in his mailer when the truth of the matter is that he ran away from consumers and taxpayers and into the arms of the well heeled IBEW to garner support for his reelection campaign.
The point is, these kinds of campaign tactics and a disillusioned electorate is exactly how we lose democracy and slide into bankruptcy here is Los Angeles.
Scott Johnson in CD 14