More horror, more greed in Los Angeles

“‘California’s largest union local and a related charity have paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to firms owned by the wife and mother-in-law of the labor organization’s president, documents and interviews show.

“‘The Los Angeles-based union, which represents low-wage caregivers, also spent nearly $300,000 last year on a Four Seasons Resorts golf tournament, a Beverly Hills cigar club, restaurants such as Morton’s steakhouse and a consulting contract with the William Morris Agency, the Hollywood talent shop, records show.

“‘In addition, the union paid six figures to a video firm whose principals include a former union employee. And a now-defunct minor league basketball team coached by the president’s brother-in-law received $16,000 for what the union described as public relations, according to the union’s U.S. Labor Department filings and interviews.'” (LAT, 08/09/08)

“Labor unions constantly have to battle the usually false perception that they misuse funds, and face a well-funded right-wing campaign that seeks to undermine unions for even the slightest error. Most unions, including those I’ve been a part of, are very scrupulous about how they use money to avoid even the appearance of impropriety, so I am very surprised to hear that this was going on.”
SEIU Local 6434 Faces Financial Criticism, by Robert in Monterey, Caltics, August 9, 2008

Jesus, first that crazy chickie Cindy Montanez, now this! What next? A plague of frogs? Locusts? Fiery hail? An earthquake? Oh wait, we just had one of those. I was on the freeway so didn’t even notice. I’m talking about the earthquake, yes.

Shape up LA. I’m starting to feel kind of embarrassed.

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