the debaser

justin kloczko
covering power in los angeles, hit pieces only
Created 22 Sep 2020
  • what will happen next in DWP?
    07 Dec 2021 • 3 min read • 1 0
    former dwp general manager david wright (left) and mayor eric garcetti. So two guys in the messy DWP saga have laid down for the government and agreed to plead guilty to bribery. Those two, a seemingl...
  • former DWP general manager David Wright to plead guilty to a federal bribery charge
    07 Dec 2021 • 4 min read • 2 0
    And now the former head of the Department of Water & Power, David Wright, will plead guilty to bribery, federal prosecutors announced this evening. This is now the first government official, and secon...
  • deny 'til you die
    03 Dec 2021 • 2 min read • 2 0
    A short post real quick after a hectic week, but I just want to highlight this video from six years ago when the DWP settlement, which underpinned this week’s federal bribery charges, was first approv...
  • The Lawyer and The General Manager
    01 Dec 2021 • 5 min read • 1 0
    Like most corruption, it played out in mundane ways: A hotel meeting in Riverside, the windswept asshole of Southern California. There, a deal was struck between two men. One of them was The Lawyer, a...
  • attorney will plead guilty for pocketing $2M bribe in LADWP saga
    30 Nov 2021 • 4 min read • 1 0
    For those of us binging banal LA government corruption, the content keeps on comin’: One of the central figures in the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power saga has agreed to plead guilty to taking...
  • mike feuer is addicted to campaigning
    24 Nov 2021 • 6 min read • 2 1
    Mike Feuer is an addict. He’s addicted to campaigning. He’s always running around, begging into social media feeds and telling us about his resume. He can’t stop holding press conferences. He can’t st...
  • the whole damn city is under arrest
    25 Oct 2021 • 3 min read • 3 3
    Sooo what the fuck is happening in Los Angeles? Everyone is either under investigation by the federal government, getting indicted, or copping a plea deal. In a year and a half, three local leaders ha...
  • talkin' shit on pbs socal update
    07 Oct 2021 • < 1 min read • 2 0
    So I recently went on PBS SoCal Update to decode the hieroglyphics of the DWP saga. This is the best I could do to break down a ridiculous corruption story into 90 seconds. Thank you Cara Santa Maria ...
  • talking dwp
    28 Sep 2021 • < 1 min read • 1 0
    Hey hello, Things have been happening in the Los Angeles mayoral race over the past couple weeks. So-called progressive darlings Kevin De Leon and Karen Bass have announced their candidacies. Forever ...
  • a year of debasement
    22 Sep 2021 • 1 min read • 1 0
    I started The Debaser a year ago and whoooooo, it’s been fun. A little Internet post I wrote in 20 minutes got me on television. It felt like I hijacked something, like I infiltrated a party I wasn’t ...
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