Wednesday Waste: 55 jobs created at a cost of $2M – each

Wednesday Waste | September 22, 2010

55 jobs created at a cost of $2 million — each.

Last week, Los Angeles City Controller, Wendy Greuel, published a press release outlining the use of $111 million in federal “stimulus” money by the Los Angeles Public Works and Transportation agencies.

While we applaud this effort at transparency, the irresponsible, wasteful choices it reveals cannot be overlooked.

The following is the most concerning excerpt from Greuel’s report:

Overall, the Departments have received $111 million in federal stimulus funds out of the $594 million the City has been awarded so far and created or retained 54.46 jobs.

The Los Angeles Times details the criticism Greul’s report has attracted, notably from Los Angeles City Administrative Officer, Miguel Santana.

Santana would not comment on the audit but offered a newer set of figures for stimulus spending citywide, which were sharply different from Greuel’s.

Santana’s report said that in June, stimulus dollars helped the city create or retain 936 jobs. “And we’ve only spent 13% of what we’ve received,” he said.

Greuel said in response that she spoke with Santana on Thursday and that he did not disagree with the data contained in her audit.

The mind boggles. With the possibility of a second “stimulus” on the horizon, one has to wonder why: 1) American taxpayers would want to give more of their money for “stimulus” when the current package has proven both ineffective and grossly wasteful; 2) if a city with a “stagnate” economy, such as LA, has spent only 13% of their take from the last “stimulus,” why on earth would anyone think it would help to send them even more money?

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9 Responses to Wednesday Waste: 55 jobs created at a cost of $2M – each

  1. Zoltan Varga says:

    There are two questions that I have: How much of our tax money is misappropriated and how large is the Government payroll, a total of local, state and federal?

  2. Zoltan Varga says:

    There are two questions that I have: How much of our tax money is misappropriated and how large is the Government payroll, a total of local, state and federal?

  3. Zoltan Varga says:

    There are two questions that I have: How much of our tax money is misappropriated and how large is the Government payroll, a total of local, state and federal?

  4. Chris Robbins says:

    I am woundering when the city of Lakeland and others to follow came up with this new garbage can and pick up route, What happen to the workers that rode on the back of the truck ( someone else out of work ) and how much did it cost to redsign the new trucks to pick up these cans. I see no new jobs there and they are also taking peoples jobs that worked at the toll plazas and the parkway. What about their jobs seems like we create 5 jobs for every 60 we take way from others. I also think we need to get ride of the illegals here working to send money home to Mexico. They are not paying taxes and taking jobs from the blue collar works every day. This does not help our economy and lowwers the going wage rate so if someone does get a job they can still barely afford to get to work with price of gas and everything going up so fast. NO MORE WORK VISAS.

  5. Chris Robbins says:

    I am woundering when the city of Lakeland and others to follow came up with this new garbage can and pick up route, What happen to the workers that rode on the back of the truck ( someone else out of work ) and how much did it cost to redsign the new trucks to pick up these cans. I see no new jobs there and they are also taking peoples jobs that worked at the toll plazas and the parkway. What about their jobs seems like we create 5 jobs for every 60 we take way from others. I also think we need to get ride of the illegals here working to send money home to Mexico. They are not paying taxes and taking jobs from the blue collar works every day. This does not help our economy and lowwers the going wage rate so if someone does get a job they can still barely afford to get to work with price of gas and everything going up so fast. NO MORE WORK VISAS.

  6. Chris Robbins says:

    I am woundering when the city of Lakeland and others to follow came up with this new garbage can and pick up route, What happen to the workers that rode on the back of the truck ( someone else out of work ) and how much did it cost to redsign the new trucks to pick up these cans. I see no new jobs there and they are also taking peoples jobs that worked at the toll plazas and the parkway. What about their jobs seems like we create 5 jobs for every 60 we take way from others. I also think we need to get ride of the illegals here working to send money home to Mexico. They are not paying taxes and taking jobs from the blue collar works every day. This does not help our economy and lowwers the going wage rate so if someone does get a job they can still barely afford to get to work with price of gas and everything going up so fast. NO MORE WORK VISAS.

  7. People do not seem to be smart enough to vote these days. That’s a failure of schools and parents.
    Schools teach people nothing they need to know how to make a living and parents want a friend.
    Politicians realize that AFTER they are elected by tellin LIES that in order to stay there they have to keep on lying or else be blackballed (lame duck) by their croonies (friends) Because of over population as long as a small percentage of people pay taxes then there will probably be enough taxes for some towns to get by.
    That is proving to be not true. (Look at Mobile, AL) Insurance companies have managed to get their hooks into the banking system by making sure that people are REQUIRED to BUY insurance polcies on any thing that was purchased by way of a bank “LOAN”. I OWN every thing that is in my possesion. I own two cars and an RV. And ALL my tools for work. IF people were taught to save the money needed for the purchase BEFORE they make the purchase “we”, meaning the economy, would be better off and people would have SAVINGS.

  8. People do not seem to be smart enough to vote these days. That’s a failure of schools and parents.
    Schools teach people nothing they need to know how to make a living and parents want a friend.
    Politicians realize that AFTER they are elected by tellin LIES that in order to stay there they have to keep on lying or else be blackballed (lame duck) by their croonies (friends) Because of over population as long as a small percentage of people pay taxes then there will probably be enough taxes for some towns to get by.
    That is proving to be not true. (Look at Mobile, AL) Insurance companies have managed to get their hooks into the banking system by making sure that people are REQUIRED to BUY insurance polcies on any thing that was purchased by way of a bank “LOAN”. I OWN every thing that is in my possesion. I own two cars and an RV. And ALL my tools for work. IF people were taught to save the money needed for the purchase BEFORE they make the purchase “we”, meaning the economy, would be better off and people would have SAVINGS.

  9. People do not seem to be smart enough to vote these days. That’s a failure of schools and parents.
    Schools teach people nothing they need to know how to make a living and parents want a friend.
    Politicians realize that AFTER they are elected by tellin LIES that in order to stay there they have to keep on lying or else be blackballed (lame duck) by their croonies (friends) Because of over population as long as a small percentage of people pay taxes then there will probably be enough taxes for some towns to get by.
    That is proving to be not true. (Look at Mobile, AL) Insurance companies have managed to get their hooks into the banking system by making sure that people are REQUIRED to BUY insurance polcies on any thing that was purchased by way of a bank “LOAN”. I OWN every thing that is in my possesion. I own two cars and an RV. And ALL my tools for work. IF people were taught to save the money needed for the purchase BEFORE they make the purchase “we”, meaning the economy, would be better off and people would have SAVINGS.

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