Well, today's paper gives you your proof positive that Villaraigosa's supposed "lay-offs" to balance the budget were fake, as yours truly pointed out repeatedly at the time. "Eliminating positions" is not the same as putting people out of a job. "Eliminating positions" constitutes faux layoffs.
Instead of actually laying off union members, Villaraigosa simply moved them around while keeping them fed at the public trough. Reporter David Zahniser reports in the Los Angeles Times today that, "About 1,600 workers have transferred to the DWP from other city departments over the last six years, finding higher pay while avoiding furloughs and layoffs elsewhere."
So while you and your neighbors are dodging bullets just to keep your job, the Spring Street Gang has used your money not just to keep its union patrons' jobs, but to give them raises.
But by all means, continue to ignore local politics and skip elections. I mean, local politics doesn't really affect you, does it? You're a big picture person.
Look for rate increases in the next few weeks or months to absorb the added expense of these raises. Why? Because they don't need voter approval to raise rates; they just need it to raise taxes.
You can change that, by the way, by voting "yes" on Prop 26 on November 2.