Transparency for a better L.A.? Let’s start with D’Arcy and the DWP.

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The Los Angeles 2020 Commission report released Wednesday was a compendium of all bad things in L.A, including the lack of transparency and accountability in City Hall.

So true. In fact, just a few hours after the commission released its report, City Atty. Mike Feuer announced he was going to slap a subpoena on one of the commissioners for refusing to release records that show how public money was spent.

Brian D’Arcy, business manager of the union that represents most Department of Water and Power employees, sits on the Los Angeles 2020 Commission and helped reach conclusions, such as “Los Angeles is barely treading water” and is a “city in decline.” He’s also a trustee overseeing two nonprofits that have received $40 million from DWP ratepayers, and he will not turn over financial documents for an audit.


Just hours after the Los Angeles 2020 Commission released its report calling for transparency and accountability, Mayor Eric Garcetti, Controller Ron Galperin and Feuer held their own news conference to denounce D’Arcy’s lack of transparency and accountability. The union leader was supposed to arrive at Galperin’s office Wednesday morning, with trust financial documents in hand, to begin audits of the Joint Training Institute and the Joint Safety Institute. D’Arcy was a no-show.

Feuer said his office was preparing a subpoena ordering D’Arcy to appear and produce the trusts’ spending records. The subpoena would be served by the Los Angeles Police Department.

In its report, the Los Angeles 2020 Commission asked, “How can government be made more transparent, accountable and effective?”

I think the mayor, controller and city attorney might have an answer to that one.


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