And yes, Baca is running for a fifth term in 2014 despite an ongoing federal investigation and lawsuits that have cost taxpayers tens of millions of dollars.
Stay tuned to see how that turns out, and stay tuned, as well, to find out what's in the vault at those mysterious "safety" and "training" nonprofits funded by the DWP. IBEW's top dog, Brian D'Arcy, has refused to turn over records on how roughly $4 million a year in ratepayer money has been spent, despite an expose by my colleague Jack Dolan and demands from city officials.
Is D'Arcy just throwing a tantrum after blowing $4 million of his union's cash on the losing mayoral candidate in 2013?
Is there any good reason DWP chief Ron Nichols, who jointly runs the nonprofits, can't produce the records without the help of the city controller?
Meanwhile, after sending out an estimated 70,000 inaccurate bills this year, will 2014 be the year the DWP fixes its new billing system that cost $162 million?
And now, one last galling nugget from 2013.
Early this year, the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Commission approved a proposal by commission member and county Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas to honor Nelson Mandela with a plaque in the Coliseum's Court of Honor. The South African leader spoke at the Coliseum in a sold-out freedom rally in 1990 after his release from prison.
But the commission said there were no funds available, so Ridley-Thomas would have to find another source to pay for the tribute to the international icon, whose courage and perseverance brought an end to apartheid.
The commission had no trouble, however, finding more than $15,000 for a plaque honoring another set of heroes.
Some of those same commissioners frequently skipped meetings while, under their noses, financial improprieties and shady deals flourished. The multimillion-dollar corruption scandal was exposed by Times reporters Paul Pringle, Rong-Gong Lin II and Andrew Blankstein.
Ultimately, six people were indicted.
Did I mention that the plaque honoring the derelict commissioners is displayed in the Court of Honor?
Joy to the world and happy New Year to all!