City Council rushing to vote on LADWP pay increase; Jimmy Gomez slow to take Congressional seat; fan fight at Dodger Stadium

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Morning Report

  • The City Council today is expected to approve a large pay increase — ranging from 13.2% to 22.3% — over a five-year period to members of LADWP’s largest union. City officials have fast-tracked the deal, negotiated behind closed doors, without  holding public hearings before today’s vote. L.A. Times
  • The state legislature approved $100 million to finance restoration efforts along sections of the Los Angeles and San Gabriel rivers. LAist
  • A fight between several Angel and Dodger fans broke out on Monday night at Dodger Stadium during the first night of the Freeway Series. One man with a bloodied face and Angels jersey was pictured being escorted by security officers. ABC7
  • Jimmy Gomez of Eagle Rock is taking some heat for delaying his oath of office after winning the 34th Congressional District runoff election more than three weeks ago. Gomez says he wants to delay taking the oath so he can retain his seat in the California State Assembly long enough to vote on a cap-and-trade energy bill, reports the L.A. Times. That delay has been criticized by House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, a Republican Congressman from Bakersfield, who says the decision by the newly elected Democratic Congressman is “an abdication” of his responsibilities. The delay has also held up the scheduling of a special election to replace Gomez as representative of the 51st State Assembly District.

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  1. The politicians approve huge 13%-23% pay increases for union city workers. No out cry from a soul. Landlords increase rents by 3% per year and WE are the ones accused of being greedy. Particularly ironic.

  2. Great. Just Great. The DWP getting paid even more to do even less with the complicit approval of the useless Mayor and corrupt city council. Unless you are rich, poor (and receiving generous benefits), or an overcompensated city worker you are pretty much screwed in L.A. Solar power is looking better and better.

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