- Associated Press - Monday, May 26, 2014

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles city leaders are investigating accusations that some city street crews have been taking extended breaks while on the job instead of repairing potholes and sidewalks.

The Los Angeles Times (https://lat.ms/1gqmhlZ ) reported that the City Council last week ordered an investigation following a recent KCBS-TV report that said that some Bureau of Street Services workers only spend a few hours of their shifts fixing streets.

In one instance, a crew stopped to eat breakfast but never noted the break on a timesheet and another crew working in West L.A. spent only two hours of their eight-hour shift fixing streets.

City leaders are worried because they want to ask residents to vote in November for a new half-cent sales tax for street repairs.

Councilman Mitch O’Farrell said that if the TV report is true those crews should not be working for the city.

Bureau of Street Services director Nazario Sauceda told the Council that he is launching an investigation. Sauceda said that after watching the TV report he has already put together a list of allegations to determine which rules may have been broken if the claims are proven true.

Sauceda told the Council that possible discipline could range from a simple notice to correct to termination.

The City Council voted for an investigation into the street services department, including a report on how the department verifies work is being completed on schedule.


Information from: Los Angeles Times, https://www.latimes.com

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