CD5 Coalition Hit Piece Analysis #4: Creed DWP Puppet Piece

http://ethics.lacity.org/PDF/disclosure/Comm/Cmp/64513_J&Z-Creed1703_DWP-REV.2%20%281%29.pdf

The Creed mail piece states(about Koretz)

Creed cites Council File 16-0093.  CF 16-0093 approved sending the matter to the voters.  It was not a vote to remove oversight.

Contrary to the statement “Paul Koretz has never seen a rate increase he didn’t like,” Koretz voted against a massive increase.

Concerning 2010 rate hike proposals:
Concerning 2015 rate hike proposals:

Video of the Jun 7, 2016 hearing includes Koretz expressing concern over civil service protections, oversight and transparency.

Transcript from Koretz’ statement during the council meeting:

“I do have some concerns.  As written, I think it takes away too much oversight from the utility from the City Council and the Mayor.  And also, perhaps even more vitally important, it potentially takes away oversight over the civil service system.  Civil service standards were put into place to prevent cronyism and discriminatory practices and corruption and to create more transparency.  And getting rid of them for DWP workers is not necessarily in my opinion in the City’s best interest.  And it does not support equality and equity going forward.  As we negotiate the final wording of this, I would encourage us to move towards wording that reflects civil service reform and not civil service elimination.”

Conclusion

  • The claim that Koretz voted to remove voter oversight of the DWP is contradicted the record.
  • The claim that Koretz has “never seen a rate increase he didn’t like” is contradicted by the record.
  • The claim that Koretz has “always taken the easy way out” and “not rooted out waste and abuse” is contradicted by the record.
  • The claim that Koretz voted to end civil service protection is contradicted by the record.
  • The Creed campaign has disagreed with this assessment.  They believe that a vote to send a matter to the voters, notwithstanding the concerns presented above,  is equivalent to a vote on the matter. 
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