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DWP's $100,000 secretary? Great job if you can get it

December 11, 2009 |  4:33 pm

Talk back As predicted in my Wednesday column, the L.A. City Council unanimously approved a five-year package of raises and bonuses today for DWP employees.

Yes, the city’s hurting. Yes, DWP employees already earn way more than counterparts in other departments. But the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 18, which never forgets to stuff the stockings of key politicians, generally gets its way with the pushovers at City Hall. Anybody interested in becoming an executive secretary?

The job will soon pay more than $100,000. Merry Christmas, DWP. Utility officials always argue that the DWP pumps millions into the city’s general fund each year. But hey, it’s not a for-profit enterprise. If they’re making that much money, why don’t they lower our rates? Meanwhile, regarding a plan to rehab the earthquake-damaged county Hall of Justice: Gerry Hertzberg of L.A. County Supervisor Gloria Molina’s office tells me not to worry.

The project won’t necessarily move forward unless that would be cheaper than continuing to lease other buildings.

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