photo courtesy of Daily News
While researching the present day labor costs for the DWP water main replacement program to update yesterday's post on why it takes DWP crews twice as long - and twice as much money to replace a main water line than it does private contractors (now posted on CITY WATCH) - I accidentally discovered that costing only 200% more turns out to be a bloody bargain compared to what it costs DWP work crews to replace old power poles.
According to the Daily News, an internal audit shows that (even though privately owned PG&E in Northern California bills costs its customers $11,000 per power pole and even the City of - when it comes to difficult to reach poles - needs $14,000 to replace a pole) - the DWP estimated with all the union drafted work rules - or non-work rules, to better define the true intent of those rules - it would cost a staggering $25,000 per pole for them to replace their old poles.
And yet they were still wrong! The real cost ended up being $42,000 to replace a each power pole - which is just a hair under 400% more than a privately owned company. And, by the way, PG&E workers are all - unionized. So unions are not the bad guy here. It is one person running one union - and a generation of politicians who enabled him.
Click here for the entire story by Mike Reicher of the Los Angeles Daily News and after you finish reading it - let me know what the chances are you would vote for a massive bond issue - along with much higher water and power costs - BEFORE something was FIRST done to bring DWP costs down to no more than the costs of other utility companies.
Before there is any further discussion of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, it’s important that one point be made absolutely clear: This plane crash is a result of the Russian invasion of eastern Ukraine, an operation deliberately designed to create legal, political, and military chaos. Without this chaos, a surface-to-air missile would not have been fired at a passenger plane.
From the beginning, the Russian government did not send regular soldiers to Ukraine. Instead, it sent Russian mercenaries and security service operatives such as Igor Strelkov—the commander in chief in Donetsk and a Russian secret police colonel who fought in both Chechen wars—or Vladimir Antyufeyev, the Donetsk “deputy prime minister” who led the Latvian KGB’s attempt to overthrow the independent Latvian government back in 1991.
With the help of local thugs, these Russian security men besieged police stations, government offices, and other symbols of political authority, in order to delegitimize the Ukrainian state. In this task, they were assisted by the Russian government and by Russia’s state-controlled mass media, both of which still constantly denigrate Ukraine and its “Nazi” government. Just in the past week, Russian reporting on Ukraine reached a new pitch of hysteria, with fake stories about the supposed crucifixion of a child and an extraordinary documentary comparing the Ukrainian army’s defense of its own country with the Rwandan genocide.