Los Angeles, CA Veteran newsman and long time editor Ron Kaye describes the role of the Department of Water and Power and current city leadership that has presided over the rapid decline of the nation's second most populous city. Watch this 9 min preview of a two-part series. From 1982 to 2008 as Editor of the L. A. Daily news Kaye acquired first hand knowledge of the inner workings of Los Angeles, a city that was at one time thought of as "the shining city by the sea."
As a long time observer of city politics who supervised all the LA Daily News reporting for decades Ron Kaye notes that politicians and powerful public employee unions have orchestrated the city's decline while furthering their own interests. He cites decaying infrastructure, frequent broken water mains, absent street maintenance, neglected public parks, facilities, tree trimming, uprooted sidewalks that go untended while at the same time hefty public pensions and new public job programs have gobbled up the dwindling public purse.
PUBLIC UTILITIES: FAT CAT TOOL FOR SOLAR INVESTMENTS
Ron Kaye describes how the LADWP is being used by fat cat investors with political connections to the Mayor who claims L A will be the "greenest" city by using questionable "Roof Top" solar energy panels that have proven unable to generate power for even a city block. He points to the "short sighted" policies of Los Angeles politicians that have resulted in unsustaninable goals, implementing new fees and fines as the basic city services now must be performed by residents who have already paid for those services.
DVDS AVAILABLE ON WHOLE SERIES
The interview with Kaye is part of an on-going Full Disclosure Network cable television series covering the politics and policies behind California's urban decline. The series is featured on community cable channels throughout California and in major U. S. Cities and on the Internet. DVDs of the full half-hour programs are available upon request.