Why Los Angeles suffers so much

Hey, I want to be Cindy Montanez when I grow up.

“It depends on the meaning of ‘recover.’ She (Montanez) still has not been elected to office after leaving the Assembly at the end of 2006.

“However, she was quickly appointed by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to the City Planning Commission. And, then-Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez, a firm Villaraigosa ally, appointed her to the state Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board, where Montanez is currently making $130,000 annually.

“More recently, Montanez was hired by DWP chief David Nahai to serve as a lobbyist for the agency. That’s a job that pulls $12,500 a month. (Which is another $150K/year for Montanez to do…something. Is this woman really worth over a quarter million a year to California taxpayers? I wonder.)

“Nahai told The Times’ David Zahniser that he did not believe the state job would distract Montanez from her duties at the DWP.

‘The appeals board, as you may know, is an engagement that is only one day a month,’ said Nahai, who this year ordered an audit of his home’s water use — his sprinklers were running when it rained — after journalist Alan Mittelstaedt had to threaten to sue to get Nahai to release his own water bills. (The Times’ L.A. Now also had a nice elaboration on that soggy episode.)”
Los Angeles City Council; Ramping up, August 7, Bottleneck Blog, August 7, 2008

Why does a 1 day a month job cost California taxpayers $130K/year plus benefits? Why?

David Nahai has a very tough act to follow at the DWP in S. David Freeman, the man who just said no to energy deregulation. Based on what I’ve seen of and read about Nahai, he’s not just an idiot, he’s a fucking idiot.

If you read the whole thing about the Metro Transit Authority wanting to add .5 cents to our already 8.25% sales tax, I say fuck ’em. MTA needs to do their job better, not do the same crappy job with more money. No elected official wants to say that, but that’s what the fighting is really about.

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