Letters: 05/30/13 Edition


Unused Capacity at City Hall

Unused capacity exists in many aspect of life. An elderly couple lives alone in a house with 3 bedrooms and two bathrooms. Thus, the couple may be said to have unused housing capacity. On the freeway, driver-only vehicles display unused passenger capacity. Congresses is crippled by the unused capacity for compromise. A different kind of unused capacity was discussed forty years ago by Claire E. Vough. In a book, Tapping the Human Resource, Vough explained: “Nobody in this world works at top capacity…The point is, everyone has a great deal of untapped reserve capacity.” Vough’s point applies to the employees who work for the City of Los Angeles. Based on my 27 years Downtown, I can report that the skills and abilities City employees bring to the job are typically underutilized. I can also report that many employees feel trapped in a work environment that expects too little of them. It’s my opinion that City employees could be far more productive than their leaders allow them to be. Employees are not blind; they can see for themselves that the civil service system has been corrupted-that the politicians run City government. That lowers their morale-and their productivity. Mayor Villaraigosa doesn’t know anything about managing job performance. He seems not to give a damn about morale or productivity. He spends 60% of the budget on employees, supports personnel practices that inhibit employee performance, and bills the tax-payers for a corrupted, under-achieving civil service! Fortunately, Los Angeles will soon have a new Mayor. Hopefully, it will be Eric Garcetti. I’m confident he will honor his Oath into Office and enforce the civil service provisions of the City Charter. I’m also confident that Mayor Garcetti will pay close attention to the following words from The Greatest Management Principle in the World, by Michael LeBoeuf: “In today’s work world, few drop dead from exhaustion but many die from under-satisfaction…To get people excited about a job, the job must usually have four key ingredients: 1) a meaningful goal; 2) a way to keep score…; 3) control over goal achievements; and 4) a meaningful reward system.” -Samuel Sperling, Monterey Park


Are East Wilmington Children Expendable?

When Janice Hahn was Councilwoman, she wrote a formal, Official Letter to the Owners of the Wilmington Watson Railyard, the B. N. S. F. Railroad that the Public Lobbyist got her to do, on behalf of the Thousand Children and Elderly of East Wilmington who have been and still are being exposed to Carcinogenic Levels of Invisible Diesel Particulates from Diesel Locomotives using, especially, the South Watson Yard, where the homes of those one thousand live, according to A.Q. M.D. Director, Ms. Susan Nakamura in her Letter to the Lobbyist about this Public Hearing. Then, as Congresswoman Hahn, an Official Stationery, she wrote a second letter to B. N. S. F. following up her Council Office one, again, on behalf of the thousand and the elderly that the Public Lobbyist, Donald Compton represents, because B. N. S. F. had not responded, properly, to her first letter that should be fact checked. According to the Contact Person, Elose Swanson, Ms. Hahns Director for District 44, to the Lobbyist, on 1 May, 2013, the Railroad, still, has not responded in a responsible, fact checkable manner. By now, everybody who wants to [?] knows that the railroad has an extant route around that would take the carcinogenic Diesel Locomotives, at least, out of the South Watson Yard, where the homes are nearby, and put some in the industrial zone, where the diesel operation belongs [?] the aforementioned date, Wednesday, 1 May, 2013, at about 5 PM, by prearrangement, the lobbyist talked, by phone, to Director, Elise Swanson and asked her if Congresswoman Hahn would be willing to call for a press conference in order, so to speak, out the railroad for its public health menace that is carcinogenic, still despite it having an extant route around? In essence, Ms. Swanson said is not [?] for a press conference on this subject, despite Ms. Hahn being here, for awhile. -Donald Compton, Wilmington


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