CONTROLLER GREUEL RELEASES AUDIT SHOWING CITY CAN’T FIND 45% OF ITEMS PURCHASED WITH TAXPAYER FUNDSHundreds of Other Items Purchased More Than a Year Ago, Sitting Unused(Los Angeles) - City Controller Wendy Greuel released an audit today showing that various City departments could not locate hundreds of items purchased with taxpayer…

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Investigation of Inappropriate Behavior by DWP Employees

DATE: April 29, 2010 As you may be aware, KCBS Channel 2 is promoting an upcoming investigative report on alleged inappropriate behavior of City Employees involving drinking, driving and other inappropriate behavior.  The story involves LADWP crews and will air tonight during their 11:00 PM newscast.  KCBS conducted this investigation…

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Wendy Greuel: The four steps to fix L.A.'s budget problems

A common refrain at City Hall is that city government must act more like a business, spending taxpayer dollars more efficiently and effectively. I couldn't agree more. In fact, the 4 million Angelenos are essentially shareholders in city government and are entitled to know its financial condition and how it…

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April 6 2010 LOS ANGELES - Mayor Villaraigosa issued the following statement on the City's fiscal health. "Today we are facing the consequences of the City’s failure to enact the necessary rate increases with Fitch Ratings, a major credit rating agency, withdrawing the DWP's AA- bond rating, thereby costing theratepayers…

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War Declared: People vs. DWP -- No Rate Hikes Without Total Transparency, Clear Plans, IBEW Givebacks

From ever there was something to go to war about in the shocking mismanagement of city affairs, it's the Department of Water & Power. It's time to put the public in charge of this renegade agency, the nation's largest municipally-owned utility.For a century, the DWP has…

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City is projected to generate $141.3 million less in 2010-11 than it did in 09-10 March 2, 2010(Los Angeles) – With the City of Los Angeles facing a $212 million budget deficit, the City’s chief accountant, City Controller WendyGreuel, today, released the economic forecast for the City of Los Angeles…

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LA City Council Members: Livin' Large?

Big Bucks The Los Angeles City Council is wrestling with a budget deficit that's more than $200 million now and expected to more than triple in the next two years. As they look at laying off workers, cutting back hours at libraries, and even selling off parks and other city…

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Job Training Opportunities

MAYOR VILLARAIGOSA ANNOUNCES STIMULUS FUNDED JOB TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES AS CITY NEARS $600 MILLION IN RECOVERY ACT FUNDS (Job-seekers can get more information by calling 311 or visiting As part of the Mayor’s plan to put Angelenos back to work, grants totaling $7 million will be used to train 2,000…

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And the Hits Just Keep on Coming

MAYOR VILLARAIGOSA ANNOUNCES THE ELIMINATION OF ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS DEPARTMENT AND HUMAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT 56 general fund positions will be eliminated, saving the City $3.2 million LOS ANGELES - Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa today continued his commitment to balancing the City’s budget and announced the elimination of theEnvironmental Affairs Department (EAD) and the…

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L.A. controller asks City Council to give up property sale proceeds

L.A. controller asks City Council to give up property sale proceedsGreuel says the money should be used to help rebuild the city's budget reserves. But Councilman Bernard Parks says it is an important funding source for community projects. With Los Angeles facing a $212-million shortfall, City Controller Wendy Greuel called on City Council members Wednesday to give up their district's…

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Established in August of 2008 by writerartist Dianne V. Lawrence, The Neighborhood News covers the events, people, history, politics and historic architecture of communities throughout the Mid-City and West Adams area in Los Angeles Council District 10.

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