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Tuesday, January 11, 2005

Ignoring (Singing) in the Rain (*Updated*)

PoliceSince the all knowing City Council didn't have any 'important' reasons to show up or pay attention at council session, the powers that be found a topic that might just hit home, causing them to pay a bit more attention next time. The Daily News tells us that the roof at City Hall is falling in, causing damage in five different council offices.

Maybe now they will pay attention to those pesky building permit and developer contracts they love to ignore.

**As a commenter noted and now the Daily News confirms and editorializes, the problem is much larger than just a leak in the roof!


Anonymous Anonymous said:

Here is a good quote from the Daily News article linked to this message string:
"Eason said the roof involved a new technology, saving energy by reflecting heat, and that some of the new innovations might have been responsible for the problems."

Why is it that public agencies end up being the guinea pig for new technology that is not quite perfected? Remember the infamous baggage system at Denver Int'l Airport. The baggage system, which had never been deployed anywhere before, didn't work and had to be replaced with a traditional belt system. The airport's grand opening was delayed more than 1 year due to the baggage system problem. And just to think, our very own L.A.X. wants to use unperfected technologies such as facial recognition as a way to find potential terrorists.

January 07, 2005 4:43 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Hey, speaking of council members.................. there is a RUMOR that Single Councilman Dennis Zine, became ENGAGED on Christmas eve to the lovely VICTORIA

January 08, 2005 12:37 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

What? Zine getting married. How rude of the City Council not to SPECIALLY RECOGNIZE Dennis's engagement.

Inquiring minds want to know more about Veronica, about the ring, about WHEN THE WEDDING DATE IS IS, about when the baby Zines will start being delivered, about where Zine will move............................I cannot believe that this 'confirmed bachelor' will be taken off the list of available elected bachelors !!!!! What will happen next at City Hall............................who will get divorced (perhaps someone in higher elected office)Someone help.....please.

Now this is new and we need a ZMAN thread to talk about how this development will impact the Third Council District and the City of Los Angeles? ! ? !

January 08, 2005 12:34 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

From: DWP Rascal
Arrogance & inattention to important matters starts at the top. The Mayor & Council set the tone, the Managers follow the lead. The citizens of L.A. deserve a lot better than they're getting.

January 09, 2005 11:16 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Hey, it is being kept 'under wraps' but apparently the new 77th street station is a disaster with the new rains as well. Wonder if the same roofer who did City Hall also did 77th.

Mayor Sam, please find out who these contractors and subcontractors are and post their names so that each department, commission and even our business men and women and homeowners would know who NOT to use.

It is outrageous that two multi million dollar structures like City Hall and the Police Department would have to put up with such shoddy workmanship AFTER they paid so much to get these buildings built !!!

January 10, 2005 1:35 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I'm sure the great Rick Caruso must be laughing hysterically. He always thought paying $300 million to fix city hall was a joke. You have a new police station that cost $41.8 millon only 8 yrs old falling apart as well. Who the hell is hiring these bozos? Then to make matters worse we're still paying out to fix the crap they left.

January 11, 2005 2:21 PM  

Blogger Mayor Sam said:

Two words: union contractors.

January 12, 2005 12:24 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I want to know why in the hell do we have to pay like Zine said in media yesterday if the work wasn't done properly. I don't feel sorry for councilmembers. Now they know what its like to do business in a shitty building like everyone in Parker Center. No body gives a crap about our top brass and the crap hole they have to work out of. Serves council right.

January 12, 2005 2:10 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

From: DWP Rascal
Just to clear a few things up about influence peddling ex-GM David Freeman pulled back the curtain a little today see: http://www.dailynews.com/Stories/0,1413,200~24781~2647802,00.html
Most interesting to the citizens of L.A. should be that:
"Another feature of the corruption that has gone largely unnoticed is that most of the decisions are made in secret. This is contrary to the intent, if not the letter, of California's open meeting law, the Ralph M. Brown Act. The mayor's liaison person - for years it was Troy Edwards, his campaign fund-raiser - meets with DWP staff before each commission meeting and decides what goes on the agenda. If the mayor, through his designated representative, doesn't agree with an item, it doesn't go on the agenda.

To be sure, the mayor is entitled to voice an opinion (even on specific contracts if he wishes), but this should be done in public - not in secret. The approach used by Hahn allows the mayor to issue a veto in secret. And it doesn't take Sherlock Holmes to figure out that under this system, political favoritism and pay-to-play will creep in."

Now when you consider that the Mayor appoints the Commissioners to head the various Departments, usually as some type of political payback & most often with little or no expertise in the field of the Department is it any wonder L.A. makes no forward progress solving problems? Wouldn't it be great to actually have experts in the field sitting on Commissions? Anybody doing background checks on commissioners to see how they got there?
Gotta wonder just how many commissioners have delivered some type of political favor in order to keep their jobs. Didn't Sid Stolper just deliver his Union's endorsement for Hahn? Did the citizens of L.A. realize the open season they gave the Mayor when they let him appoint the Commissioners? Now that we have Neighborhood Councils maybe they should be nominating the Commissioners, might actually get some experts that way. Maybe even Commissioners who will do what's best for the City, not the Mayor.
Not that David Freeman was an angel, after all he did give us Ramon Raj, Angelina Galetiva, Tom Anderbery & the joke of a Green Power Program (including EV's), Michael Coia & his cronies, Edison retirees Enrique Martinez & Ed Miller. Freeman didn't do L.A. many favors. 'Course between the Mayor & the IBEW Union he really didn't have a mandate for change. The only Green Power DWP is interested in has a president's face on it because every year the Mayor has another excuse to transfer money in order to hide the rampant mismanagement. Let's keep pulling back the curtain & see who's really holding up progress. I'll bet his first name is Jim.
Thanks for the insight Dave. ABH

January 12, 2005 7:28 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I know exactly who the previous poster is. All you have to do is think a little and put his little dwp rascal and bingo....guess you're supporting someone else troublemaker in the valley? You've already caused enough problems in the city so get off this blog.hehehehehe

January 14, 2005 4:24 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

How about this, lets call the FBI, start a long due Federal Investigation starting with the Mayor's office, City Council, City Controllers office, the DWP, the DWP internal Auditor's office, and last but not least the Union Local 18, lets follow all the money trails, completely dismantle all the L.A. City and DWP Vendor contracts, lets go back lets say.... to 1998, when the "P.R.I.M.A." began. Anyone Interested, oh and before I foget, lets find out about Onyx World Companys and the City and DWP departments involved with this private company.

November 07, 2010 10:58 AM  

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