"Workin '9 to 5 and Barely Gettin' By"
It's A Rich [Wo]man's Game
(Los Angeles, CA)- City Controller Wendy Greuel makes over $200,000 per year of taxpayer funded salary. But the question is, does she really even work from 9:00 to 5:00? It's common knowledge that most of her work consists of issuing countless press releases about audits ‘she’ (or her city staff and highly paid consultants, rather) conducts regarding the endless waste she claims to have found. Unfortunately, there are two problems: 1) She voted for most of these problems while on the city council, and 2) when she ‘finds’ all of this waste, she does nothing about it.
With all of this auditing going on you would think she must keep long hours at the office. Recently, the Los Cerritos Community News published
on their website
Wendy’s entire calendar for the term she has been Controller. We took a look and think you should too. Here are a few recent items we found that were definite ‘head-turners’.
Calendar of L.A. City Controller Wendy Greuel
Tue Jan 10, 2012
7:30pm. General Agenda, 8 p.m. WG Speak 20 min. Mayoral Candidate Series @SCRA Community Meeting
Where: Staff: Marisol- Beverly Garland Holiday Inn, 4222 Vineland Avenue, North Hollywood, CA
: Marisol is a member of the Controller’s staff. One wonders why Greuel would think it's ethical for her to assign taxpayer funded staff to mayoral campaign events which an Ethics ordinance
[Section 49.5.5] suggests may be inappropriate.
Fri Jan 20, 2012
12:30pm (Studio City) Lunch with Eli Marmur
Where: Bistro Garden
: Following the meeting with Mr. Marmur (during her business hours), Mr. Marmur donated $1,000 to the Wendy Greuel for Mayor campaign on February 1, 2012 and again on June 30, 2012. The question is, what did she promise Mr. Marmur in exchange for that contribution?
Fri February 12, 2012
10am (BRENTWOOD) Call Time with Noah Mamet
Where: Noah Mamet’s Office
: “Call Time” – (a.k.a.- “fundraising calls”?) during business hours. We’ll assume she wasn’t on the phone with the GASB Board Members unless they were donating to her campaign.
Tue March 13, 2012
5pm (Playa Vista) LMU LA 10th Annual Urban Lecture Series: 5pm-7pm (90 min. conversation, 30 min. Q&A)
: This event was a mayoral campaign debate and once again Greuel assigned her city controller staff to a campaign event. The taxpayer loses again!
Fri May 11, 2012
7:30am Conference call with ETeam re: Thai Community Development Mayoral Forum
Where: ETeam, en route
DOUBLE RED FLAG
: This calendar item deserves two flags. “ETeam” is Controller Greuel’s Executive City Staff. An Ethics ordinance
[Section 49.5.5] for the city suggests that using the City Controller’s Executive Team for Mayoral debate prep may not be acceptable under the Ethics code.
Tue May 15, 2012
5:30PM (Downtown) WG Event hosted by Andy Cohen, Gensler
: Gensler conducts business with the City. An Ethics ordinance
[Section 49.5.5] suggests it would be inappropriate for the Controller to have a fundraiser hosted by businesses that contract with the city.
Thu May 24, 2012
3:30pm (Downtown) WG Event Hosted by Mohammed Islam, Modern Parking
: The Controller conducted an audit of unpaid occupancy taxes from city parking lot operators in August 2012. This audit became public knowledge not long after the President of Modern Parking, a city parking lot operator, hosted an event for her campaign. Interestingly enough, her audit did not produce any concrete evidence regarding which specific operators owed taxes to the city and how much. Conflict of interest or coincidence? Let the public decide.
Wed Jun 20, 2012
5:30pm (Downtown) WG Event Host by John Ek
: John Ek is one of the most powerful lobbyists and campaign contributors at city hall. His level of involvement is quite impressive at city hall on many fronts. Wendy Greuel works tirelessly to define herself as a proverbial watchdog, but one doesn’t have to look hard to find countless examples of campaign events hosted by those leading the “special interest” efforts downtown.
Labels: 2013 mayoral election, The Villar Greuel, Wendy Watch