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Monday, October 08, 2007

ZD was wondering about the relationship between DWP President H.D. Nahai (candidate to replace Ron Deaton as DWP GM) -- and Villaraigosa advisor K

Question maybe one of the NEWSPAPERS can ask Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa: How could Nahai be the top pick -- when there hasn't been any selection process yet?

How many applicants are there, already?

Who are/were the final 3?

(How do we know there isn't anyone better for the job?)

The mayor can appoint whoever he/she thinks is the best for the GM job according to the Charter -- but there has to be a transparent and open selection process since we are a democracy and not a dictatorship.

Look for Nahai to pursue "cleaner" energy (expensive warm and fuzzy idea), higher rates, more money to environmental/energy companies/groups, and more money to the City's general fund.

(Remember the very profitable nonprofit affording housing scheme? I'm told it's just like that.)

Wonder how much Brackpool hangs out with Viagraosa and Nahai as homies? (Hope Nahai had fun with Antonio in Asia!) And what exactly IS the definition of "racketeering"?

So City Hall...have your spin-losers get ready to spin all of this...

WHAT TO WATCH FOR (Sheer speculation on ZD's part): Brackpool's company CADIZ has been planning a giant desert groundwater storage project with MWD earlier, but filed suit against MWD in 2005 for not going through with the project.

Did Brackpool's project ran into some environmental issues?

Naihai is going to help Brackpool spin and turn the project into an environmentally friendly project?

LADWP may be going around Metro Water Division (MWD) to do some water projects directly with Brackpool?

SPENDING ALERT: Nahai says "By incubating new green technologies, we're going to give birth to a whole new way of making money".

The whole new way of making money: set up "clean" energy sources on Brackpool's property, and sell them to LA DWP at higher rates?

And remember...alternative/clean energy is the more expensive alternative. (One of those "warm and fuzzy" nice things that we hope people will be willing to pay more for - cleaner energy/environment.)

Brackpool will make more money, LA DWP will make more money, and more money will be transferred to City's general fund?

A win-win situation for everyone involved in the racket. Maybe that is why they are in cahoots. (If the mayor and DWP President are out drinking and blabbing about the proposed DWP rate hike/general fund transfer together (off the clock/behind closed doors/at a bar) is that considered "racketeering"?




Anonymous Anonymous said:

Nice try, but where in the Charter does it say the Mayor has to conduct a "transparent and open" process to choose department heads?

Maybe we should have a town hall meeting in the Coliseum to make these decisions. Whoever shows up gets to vote on everything and the results are binding, no matter how stupid they are.

October 08, 2007 6:33 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

You are on to something with Brackpool, but not with the Mayor.

Check his other relationships, starting with Gray Davis.

October 08, 2007 7:19 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

From Daily News 07/15/2007:

Talk about bad timing. H. David Nahai, president of the Board of Water and Power Commissioners, recently sent out feelers that he might like to succeed Ron Deaton as head of the DWP when his contract expires in December.

Then came word that Deaton had suffered heart problems while vacationing in Costa Rica.

Nahai said he'd talked with aides to Villaraigosa about his interest in the powerful post before Deaton fell ill.

"It's been brought up in a way that isn't concrete," Nahai said. "The mayor and I have not had a conversation about it.

Whether it will come to pass is so
amorphous and speculative."
Deaton's contract is up in December and the mayor said he has not thought about a replacement.

"All of the mayor's thoughts are with Deaton and his recovery," spokesman Matt Szabo said. "And, if there is to be a replacement, there will be a process to be followed to bring in all the best qualified candidates."

October 08, 2007 8:59 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

To 6:33 AM, nothing wrong with transparency. What if there had been a bit more with Gloria Jeff?

Friday, October 05, 2007

Why Did The Press TOTALLY Fail Us On The Gloria Jeff Disaster?
Whether your are a fan of the Mayor Villaraigosa - or not - even his harshest critics have to admit he has done a largely excellent job in his choice of department heads. Gail Goldberg as the Planning Director, Carol Baker Tharp & Bonghwan Kim as heads of the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment - DONE - and Pouria Abbassi as head of the Los Angeles Convention Center are just some of his stellar choices, and each of them was enthusiastically endorsed by all the neighborhood council members on the interview panels.

click here for full article

October 08, 2007 9:06 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Another Lisa Sarno ? Didnt think the Mayor would make the same bad decision twice. And he thinks he knows women.

October 08, 2007 9:07 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

"All of the mayor's thoughts are with Deaton and his recovery," spokesman Matt Szabo said. "And, if there is to be a replacement, there will be a process to be followed to bring in all the best qualified candidates."

Does Szabo mean open and transparent process?

October 08, 2007 9:27 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Brackpool's "project" would be a total environmental disaster, which is the main reason MWD backed out of it. In addition, it almost certainly did not work financially.

My recollection of the news reports is that his corporation has no income, and loses money every year.

Anyone who can spin this disaster into something "green" should get a job with the White House selling the Iraq war.

October 08, 2007 11:54 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Great appointments? How about "Dr. Knatz" at the Port? "Dr. Death" might be more appropriate.

Business as usual, more air pollution every day, death to the residents of San Pedro and Wilmington, have a nice day.

October 08, 2007 11:57 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Brackpool's "project" would be a total environmental disaster …… Anyone who can spin this disaster into something "green" should get a job with the White House selling the Iraq war.

Then you may be underestimating these people’s Spin Mastery. It could still be about water. But it doesn’t have to be. It is DWP not MWD. They can come up with something else. Do they have lots of hot air or wind there? If so, they can build a wind farm. If not, put solar panels there, or both. “Cleaner” energy at much higher rates! There you go!

October 08, 2007 1:37 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Nahai should have replaced Deaton a long time ago, the DWP has been without a head for months in respect to Deaton's health. This is no time for niceties, but for leadership.

October 08, 2007 5:03 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

There was a lot of hype about corruption, personnel, and contracting problems at DWP.

Hahn sent Raman Raj from MTA. Nothing changed.

Then Hahn sent City Attorney Hokinson in and gave him a post as Assistant General Manager. Nothing changed.

Hahn sent Deaton, "the most powerful... ." Nothing changed.

Villaraigosa selected a new Board with Nichols as President. They blamed the old Board. Nichols went on to a State post. Nothing changed.

Nahai looked at the camera with big honest eyes and claimed in a most sincere voice we need transparency, we are going to get to the bottom of all this (mismanagement was it?) and deal with the chips where they lie. He conducted millions in investigations to find... well, I guess we won't know. The insider reports were used to strengthen the DWP position and have not been released.

Meanwhile, the frequency of outages continues and the rates go up frequently - a little at a time.

D'Arcy says Nahai is his man because DWP needs more people (paying union dues) to be mismanaged.

Villaraigosa needs someone who looks honest, speaks Oxford elequently, take care of his major campaign contributors, and sidestep anything that might release DWP from his grip all for only $300+K.

Do you really think, Villar will get someone else?

October 08, 2007 9:00 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

ZD! Hey ZD!!! Did you get that? It looks like a pattern. Where is that new Federal Agent?

October 08, 2007 9:04 PM  

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