LA WATCHDOG - Of the 22 commissioners for the Department of Water and Power, the Port of Los Angeles, Los Angeles World Airports, and Public Works, 50% are women and 60% are non white. Over 40% are lawyers. About two thirds work for governmental or non profit organizations. Of the one third of the commissioners that work in the for profit sector, over 60% are lawyers.
These four City Departments have budgets of over $5 billion and are responsible for about 20,000 positions / employees, about 40% of the City’s work force.
However, of particular note, none of the commissioners have specific industry expertise or management experience in large complex organizations.
Why? As one elected official commented, “Rest assured, with maybe one exception, the Mayor’s recent appointments of politically pliant “Know Nothings” is not by accident!”
No wonder the City is broke!
Jack Humphreville writes LA Watchdog for CityWatch He is the President of the DWP Advocacy Committee and the Ratepayer Advocate for the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council. Humphreville is the publisher of the Recycler -- www.recycler.com. He can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org ) –cw
Volume 7, Issue 97
November 27, 2009