Ads Ripping Mayor Garcetti on Homelessness Funded by Utility Workers Union Fighting His Green New Deal

Mayor Eric Garcetti takes a selfie with Aura Vásquez, a former Department of Water and Power commissioner, after announcing in February 2019 that the city wouldn't rebuild three gas-fired power plants. The decision has drawn protests and an ad campaign from the DWP union. (Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)

Mayor Eric Garcetti takes a selfie with Aura Vásquez, a former Department of Water and Power commissioner, after announcing in February 2019 that the city wouldn't rebuild three gas-fired power plants. The decision has drawn protests and an ad campaign from the DWP union. (Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)

When Eric Garcetti ran for mayor six years ago, he rode a wave of anger over the political power wielded by the union that represents workers at the Department of Water and Power — and later vowed to reform the agency that Los Angeles residents love to hate.

That effort has since been eclipsed by a homelessness crisis that has brought tents and encampments to nearly every corner of the city.

Now, as he faces mounting anger over the crisis, Garcetti is locked in a rematch with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 18. Union leaders have launched a frontal assault on Garcetti’s sweeping environmental plan — and are using homelessness as a cudgel.

Working Californians Research Fund, a nonprofit operated by IBEW Local 18, has run television and radio commercials attacking Garcetti over the homelessness crisis and his Green New Deal, a package of proposals to address climate change locally. Those initiatives would eliminate thousands of jobs amid a serious housing crisis, the group said.

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