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Friday, September 11, 2009

How Many Pipes Will Break Before H. David Nahai is Fired?

Maybe if residents in Los Angeles wake up to their Lexus being washed away they'll finally realize how miserable their City's elected leadership is.

From KTLA:

LOS ANGELES -- A sixth water main break in less than a week has hit Los Angeles, with the latest rupture in the Cathay Square area.

KTLA spotted the broken main at the intersection of Lindenhurst and La Jolla Avenues just before 5 a.m.

Water quickly filled the intersection.

Crews at the scene were pushed back due to the compromised stability of the ground.

DWP crews worked to turn off the water supply and assess the damge.

It was not immediately known what caused the rupture.

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Anonymous Anonymous said:

If Mayor Villaraigosa weren't so busy laying pipe on every third newswoman in town, he'd probably be more focused on the city's infrastructure problems.

September 11, 2009 9:07 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Lu Parker is hardly a newswoman. She has a face like a bear and a thick body like Herman Muenstar

September 11, 2009 9:09 AM  

Anonymous estefan said:

That's how you do it

September 11, 2009 9:27 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Another way of summing up LA's infrastructure problems might be:

Antonio's pipe comes first.

Eww. Pun was NOT intended on that one.

September 11, 2009 10:01 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

How about: When Tony's pipe breaks, he'll think about fixing yours.

September 11, 2009 10:09 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

This DWP broken pipe fiasco is the perfect excuse for Mayor Villaraigosa to lay the pipe on us in the form of another tax hike. Antonio's wet dream, if you will.

September 11, 2009 10:38 AM  

Blogger Joseph Mailander said:

I called Essel's office yesterday, trying to ask her why in other cities people are fired when there are bursting water mains (see Chicago '92), but in LA, where we've even shut down a reservoir for carcinogen contamination, nobody ever gets fired.

And Essel's office, of course, didn't respond.

Shallman could care less about public health or private property. Shallman just wants to maintain the status quo with this idiot stealth candidate. Too bad Shallman's muddled lackeys at the Times are going to endorse her.

September 11, 2009 11:05 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

since the latest break was in wacko walter's hood maybe mary cummins can go lick nahai

September 11, 2009 11:29 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I've seen three other places in the Valley where there were major leaks that required DWP to dig the street up and repair the lines. These aren't main lines, just feeder lines in neighborhoods. I wonder how many of those have to be repaired and we never hear about it? Also, pure conjecture here backed up by no engineerng knowledge, could this rash of breaks be related to the water conservation efforts that have cause all of us to cut back on water usage?

September 11, 2009 11:43 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Joe M @11:05 seems right about "the muiddled lackeys" of Shallman at the L A Slimes. It doesn't matter whether he's running Trutanich or Essel, one running against the mayor the other as his stealth candidate, totally opposed to each other in every way, sharing only a lack of any history in public service and being blank slates the Times can write on any way they fabricate.

The editorial yesterday on the Controller audit issue was just outrageous: blamed Chick, Greuel, the previous council, anyone BUT Trutanich himself who is, like Chick says, using the excuse of a legal fee of $100,000 to Chick's lawyer as a smokescreen to try to cover the fact he's simply thrown her under the bus now that he's done using her to get elected. Despite the evidence to the contrary staring them in the face, the editorial calls Trutanich's tactics "admirable" for saving money when his wanting to expand the dept. exponentially is anything but and this one lawsuit will cost a lot more to keep litigating than to settle. But he told James (falsely) that paying off Chick's lawyer would turn "a loser" like her lawyer Woocher into a win against him. It's all about HIM, not the city.

There are some comments in the LANow blog quoting Doug McIntyre etc. I found eye-opening, makes me see him in a new light, maybe he's got some integrity, not as rabidly dogmatic as kevin James or JonKen. A conservative who might be open to reason once in a while and admitting when he was wrong before by just endorsing the most rightwing guy, what a shock that would be.

September 11, 2009 12:18 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Believe it or not, I think Nahai wants to repair the infrastructure, why would he want to look bad every time something goes wrong? He says DWP had Coldwater slated for replacement in two mos. anyway, but now of course, with the damages vs. the city from private and public property, the cost is exponentially more. I suspect he's balancing this with pressure on him from D'Arcy to keep his people happy. Something like this putting public pressure on DWP to keep their promises to fix old infrastructure is actually a boon to Nahai, if you think about it.

Let's keep in mind too, the major disruption to people's lives when something as major as replacing the pipes on Coldwater is done. I remember vividly that 3 yrs ago some pipes burst near the same spot, a little lower downhill, and it took almost a year to replace pipes just on that one section.

A major traffic/commuting disruption- the residents and commuters objected and wanting it all finished fast. how long will it take to fix THIS now? Or, will DWP just do the whole job at once like they should have.

September 11, 2009 12:24 PM  

Blogger Michael Higby said:

1224 is just awful spin.

September 11, 2009 1:36 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Surprise, surprise, it's the Daily News not the paper formerly known as "LA Antonio Times" that has put out an editorial today nailing Trutanich as the self-serving manipulator he is on the Controller issue. About how his behavior serves himself and his career, but is against the best interests of the city, the public, fiscal responsibility and even his own "political credibility." (He's been intent on losing that since even before he took office.)

September 11, 2009 1:47 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

10:38, Rosendahl, Cardenas and the other spendthrift liberals beat him to THAT one already yesterday: said Nahai would have to go around explaining to us the ratepayers why we'd have to pay even more. The guy has one of the most thankless jobs.

Rosendahl had his own Duvall moment yesterday: he obviously didn't know his mic was on when he snapped to an aide that "I'm not running for Senate right now, I already said my schtick" about the infrastructure problem and how DWP had let us down and so on. Ha-ha. Wonder if they wipe it out on replays?

September 11, 2009 2:41 PM  

Blogger Red Spot in CD 14 said:

Can you say "Chinatown Redux"??

September 11, 2009 4:01 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I think this twice a week gig has done funky stuff to our water pressure.

Lots of homeowners' pipes have busted out in the Valley. If it isn't the pressure changes, it's the expansive soil.

DWP will not "forgive" the wasted water from busted pipes of homeowners. Even if you appeal, chances are you have been using less water than last year, so there is no comparison. Meanwhile, the city won't be "penalized" for their busted pipes. They put that money into the general fund to try and pay for their sweetheart deals when the overcharges should have, at least, been used to replace old pipes and address the pressure issues.

We are all being taxed, but the euphemism is "penalty" (okay, not quite a euphemism).

Correct me it I am wrong, but so far I have discovered that other towns in So Cal have the tier one allotment, but they do not tax (penalize) the way LA does.

Given that tier two folks are already being "penalized," this twice a week deal is a double tax.

September 11, 2009 11:40 PM  

Anonymous Charlie Baker said:

On many occasions, DWP has promised ratepayers that they will "fix the old pipes" and have "budgeted" for it and yet the problem seems worse. At the same time a lot of money has been transferred to the City to cover their shortfalls. Maybe its a combination of incompetence and politicians manipulating money transfers. Here is an LA Times article from 12 years ago about DWP's response to a pipe breakage in Encino (it seems like the SF Valley has the most problems and least attention): http://articles.latimes.com/1997/nov/19/local/me-55308

September 12, 2009 1:44 AM  

Anonymous Charlie Baker said:

There has been a lot of talk in and out of the City and on blog sites that Nahai is indeed out probably by the end of the month. There will be an "Interim" replacement and a permanent replacement after an "executive search" S David Freeman who was the previous GM back in the last round of trunkline breakages in the late 90's (and obviously that wasn't take of) is now the front runner. He was also the former head of the Harbor Commission and current Deputy "Green" Mayor. Good luck ratepayers with that Octogenarian - he blows a lot of hot air, but didn't get much done. He took credit for the DWP's position during Power de-regulation, but earlier admitted it was the City Charter that saved him - He was sent in to sell off the DWP and ratepayer-owned power plants.

September 12, 2009 1:57 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Charlie Baker,you are right. D.Freeman was brought in to make life miserable for Nahai,so that he is forced into retirement "having accomplished a lot and wants to spend time with his family". Meanwhile D`Arcy takes total and complete control of the Department. What a farce!

September 12, 2009 10:42 AM  

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