L.A. CITY HALL: Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, nonprofit trusts, Controller audit, response/reaction: "Garcetti's DWP Director Stands Up For Union Boss Brian D'Arcy" ....
***Following up on most recent earlier item noted here (Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, Controller audit, nonprofit trusts)....
* LA Weekly: "Garcetti's DWP Director Stands Up For Union Boss Brian D'Arcy" - From the Weekly:
On Thursday, L.A. City Controller Ron Galperin issued a long-awaited audit of two training institutes at the Department of Water and Power. The audit followed 18 months of wrangling with Brian D'Arcy, the head of the union that represents DWP employees, who had fought bitterly to withhold the records of the two institutes, which are jointly run by the union and the DWP.
Now that they're finally out, you can see why he wanted them kept secret. Galperin's auditors found lax controls over travel expenses, contracting and credit card purchases. Auditors could not find a receipt for a $1,353.88 expenditure at Prime Steakhouse in 2011. The auditors also took issue with a two-day "Safety Summit" at the Embassy Suites Mandalay Beach Resort in Oxnard, which cost $25,000. The list goes on.
But it's hard to tell whether this will lead to serious changes, because the DWP doesn't appear to agree with the findings. Marcie Edwards, who is Mayor Eric Garcetti's appointee to run the utility, has already rallied to D'Arcy's defense. In a letter to Galperin appended to the end of the report, Edwards and D'Arcy jointly rebuke the audit as "littered with accusatory innuendo and peppered with contradictory statements."
Edwards and D'Arcy were much more receptive to another report on the institutes, issued Thursday by the City Administrator's Office. That report was much milder in its tone and findings. . . . . . . .
In their response to that report, Edwards and D'Arcy wrote that they appreciated the CAO's input and agreed with the recommendations. Since Edwards and D'Arcy control the institutes more or less autonomously, their response is what matters.
Garcetti is Edwards' boss, and in theory he could direct her to implement Galperin's recommendations. But in his own statement, Garcetti did not indicate any intention to do that. He did thank Galperin for his work making the institutes more transparent, and left it at that.
In a separate statement, Edwards and DWP Commission president Mel Levine said ............