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DWP to terminate 2 workers caught on tape apparently drinking, driving and patronizing strip club

The head of the Department of Water and Power said Wednesday the agency has begun termination proceedings for two employees caught in an undercover video sting in which they appeared to visit a strip club in the middle of the workday and drink and drive in a city vehicle.

Four other employees also caught on tape are still being investigated for alleged misconduct, DWP General Manager Austin Beutner said at a news conference.

The department suspended six employees from their normal duties last month and launched an internal probe after KCBS Channel 2 / KCAL Channel 9 aired the unflattering footage, which appears to catch the workers buying beer, drinking in a park, drinking while driving and entering a strip club -- all while on the job.

Beutner said the agency asked the TV stations for help with its investigation but that they declined to divulge information about when and where the journalists observed the misconduct. Beutner said he was “disappointed” by their refusal to assist the probe.

Along with the investigation of the employees, the agency also launched a wider review into its oversight and supervision system, Beutner said.

Though he acknowledged that “misconduct by a few reflects on the whole, unfortunately,” he said he hoped the rest of the DWP workforce would not be tainted by the scandal.

“We‘ve got about 10,000 workers,” he said, “I think the bulk of them do their job and do it well.”

The two employees, who were notified Wednesday of their planned termination, were not named. They will have two weeks to respond to the charges, at which point a final determination will be made on their status with the DWP.

Bob Cherry, a spokesman for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, the union that represents the employees under investigation, would not say whether the employees would contest the charges.

-- Kate Linthicum at DWP headquarters downtown

 
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And will they get to give back all the free cash they received on their six-week vacation (suspension)? This a perfect example of how to throw away a cushy $100,000 per year job that normal people do for $40,000! Makes you wonder though, how many more stupid drunken fools does the DWP have on their very bloated payroll.

Really dumb to mess up a really good paying job.

Public funded employees must get the message
loud and clear...so as to keep others from engaging
in similar actions while on the clock...
jail time and a heavy fine...we also need to know the
names of these guys who wasted time and money and
put people's lives at risk and injury while drinking on the
job and driving...we need to know.

Don't stop there, LA DWP. Support the boycott of Arizona over “illegal” immigration and stop buying their electricity. LA can do just fine without their electric.

I'm happily surprised that they (DWP) are actually going to fire them!! I figured that they would move them to another department and keep a low profile til this faded away. I'm sure that the film footage of these morons were the deciding factor.

Hey,...maybe the the strip club will give 'em a job since I'm sure the fired employees know the club well . . . just a thought.

No doubt those guys should be fired, but it's funny how CBS news mad e such a big with this and now they have declined to divulge information about when and where the so-called journalists observed the misconduct. What are they afraid of and what are they hiding?

These dudes are amongst the laziest street workers I have yet to witness. Blocked off a street by my workplace for what I'm assuming were pipelines, and only saw them working from 9am to 1pm. Feet dragging when walking, really! FOR WEEKS! Have had to replace tires TWICE due to bumps caused by potholes left over by these CITY WORKERS. I'm really starting to despise L.A....

As business grows eventually that business needs to rely on other people to execute the work. And that means that sooner or later you will have a difficult employee to deal with. Even a fantastic hard-working employee can go bad over time. What can start out as a few small problems will soon become a major headache if you bury your head in the sand and ignore them.

quote : "Along with the investigation of the employees, the agency also launched a wider review into its oversight and supervision system, Beutner said." DOES THIS MEAN THEIR SUPERVISORS WHERE NOT DOING THERE JOB.

"Bob Cherry, a spokesman for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, the union that represents the employees under investigation, would not say whether the employees would contest the charges." DOES THIS MEAN THE BROTHERHOOD DEFEND THEIR BROTHERS.

EVERYONE KNOWS A DWP WORKER AND THEY ALL DRINK ON THE JOB. IS THE DWP THAT IGNORENT. JUST GO DOWN TO THE BROTHERHOOD POST MORE THEN 3/4 OF THEM DRINK...DAH DAH..

I observed DWP workers at their job in West Los Angeles, dragging their feet, taking their sweet time digging, drilling in between frequent and long breaks, laughing it up, swilling off of drinks in paper brown bags in their DWP vehicles. All overweight, looking more a bunch of midde-aged party miscreants. It's disgusting that our tax dollars pay for this kind of underwhelming performance. Surely they're compensated very well and taking full advantage of the lack of supervision. I think they must be instructed not to work too fast or efficiently in fear that there isn't enough work to go around. It's a joke and the LA City Council and tax payers should be embarassed that such egregious conduct is allowed and perhaps even encouraged under our wonderful Mayor.

Why would the news agency decline to help DWP further in the investigation that they started???
"Beutner said the agency asked the TV stations for help with its investigation but that they declined to divulge information about when and where the journalists observed the misconduct. Beutner said he was “disappointed” by their refusal to assist the probe."
Was this not why they did what they did???

CalinCA, your an idiot, This has nothning to do with illegal imagration, it has to do with breaking company policy, zero tolorence for alcohol abuse and breaking the laws of the road, stay with the issue at hand! If they broke the law by drinking on the job, then the illegals are breaking the laws of the land and should be punished according too!


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