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Shafted LA WatchDog By Jack Humphreville

Shafted LA WatchDog
By Jack Humphreville

The Building Trades, all 100,000 members, are being shafted by Measure B, the Mayor’s and City Council’s Chicago type reward to DWP’s dominant union, IBEW # 18, for its massive cash campaign contributions.

By unnecessarily changing the City Charter, Measure B essentially bans the Building Trades from participating in the multiyear, multibillion dollar project through the elimination of competitive bidding and third party contractors.

As a result, Rate Payers are going to get hammered by this closed system that promotes a monopolistic, exclusive, no bid, sole source arrangement with IBEW # 18. The Rate Payers and citizens of Los Angeles would benefit mightily through the use of the Building Trades and third party contractors. The members are skilled, hard working people who, because of their many years of experience, know how to bring projects in on time and on budget.

This contrasts with DWP management who, according to the Charter-mandated IEA Survey, does not have the ability to manage this multibillion project … more or less the existing business … with its work force, infrastructure, reliability, regulatory, governance, planning and information technology issues. Nor do the DWP workers have the experience or training to bring this project in on time and on budget.

This is a recipe for massive cost overruns. And the only performance penalties will be in our DWP bills.

It is no surprise that the Building Trades (Laborers, Carpenters, Operating Engineers, Plumbers, Pipe fitters, Insulators, Installers, Roofers, and Construction Electricians) have not endorsed Measure B or contributed to the campaign war chest. But it is surprising that the Building Trades have not come out against Measure B since they would be able to participate if the Solar Program were enacted by a city ordinance instead of the convoluted and deceptive back room deal known as ballot Measure B. (Jack Humphreville is a publisher and community advocate and writes for CityWatch.)

Vol 7 Issue 11
Pub: Feb 6, 2009

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