Jan Perry On The Offensive
One the one hand, the public owned utility has been involved in multi-million dollar boondoggles such as the controversial LA River and San Fernando Valley Children's Museum projects. More importantly, rising salaries - creating pay levels higher than any other comparable utility in the nation - have led to water and power charges that are through the roof for ratepayers.
Much of this can easily be laid at the feet of Wendy Greuel, who as a Councilmember and as City Controller has been the recipient of much DWP union largesse and has actively sought to increase salaries and costs.
A recent LA Weekly piece by Gene Maddaus details this perfectly.
All of the candidates for Mayor have pointed this out during the debates and other appearances. But now Jan Perry is taking it to the voters - with a powerful and dramatic new piece "I Sold You Out." Sure, it's got all the usual campaign mailer devices intend to shock and awe, but it's a simple message - and true. That message is one of the most potent weapons Greuel's opponents can toss out there - easy for voters to understand and free of the wonkishness of the many other fine messes Greuel has gotten herself into over the years.