Great news: $111 million in stimulus money to L.A. produces … 54 jobs

posted at 10:37 pm on September 16, 2010 by Allahpundit

Via Patterico, who’s trumpeting the gruesome per-job breakdown. Actually, to be precise, the money produced 54.46 jobs, so it’s almost half a job better than it sounds. And in fairness, some of the waste is doubtless due to mismanagement by California’s horrible municipal governments.

Who knows? With a solid leadership at the local level, this hundred mil could have produced, say, 70-80 jobs.

DPW has received $70.65 million and created or retained 45.46 jobs, though they are expected to create 238 jobs overall (the fraction of a job created or retained correlates to the number of actual hours works). LADOT has been awarded $40.8 million and created or retained 9 jobs, though they are expected to create 26 jobs overall. 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.

“I’m disappointed that we’ve only created or retained 55 jobs after receiving $111 million in ARRA funds. With our local unemployment rate over 12% we need to do a better job cutting the red tape and putting Angelenos back to work,” said City Controller Greuel. “While it doesn’t appear that any of the ARRA funds were misspent, the City needs to do a better job expediting the process and creating jobs. We’re going to continue to audit how these funds are spent, to ensure that they are expended quickly and correctly. I’m pleased that since our auditors completed their field work, the Departments have begun to implement the changes we identified to help get this money out the door faster.”

The punchline via Gabe Malor: Elsewhere in the document, the comptroller concedes that it’s “difficult to distinguish between ARRA-related expenditures and expenditures using City funds.” In other words, to credit the stimulus money with creating — or saving! — even 54 jobs might be too much.

And that’s what we’ve got going on tonight in the “your tax dollars at work” department. In other news, because better branding is always the solution to Democratic problems, henceforth global warming shall no longer be known as “global warming.” Instead it’ll be known as … something far less memorable. Why does that seem oddly familiar?


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bayview on September 16, 2010 at 10:39 PM

Moderates would be open to more stimulus money, I’m sure. ;) Just need to be guilted into it.

lorien1973 on September 16, 2010 at 10:40 PM

And in fairness, some of the waste is doubtless due to mismanagement by California’s horrible municipal governments.

Bwahahahahahahahahaha.
Randy

williars on September 16, 2010 at 10:40 PM

Money well spent

Cookies Mom on September 16, 2010 at 10:40 PM

It really would have been better to throw money out of helicopters.

Mark1971 on September 16, 2010 at 10:40 PM

Whoo hooo! I am a little closer to the front of the unemployment line. 10 million more of these saved or created jobs and I have a chance.

Electrongod on September 16, 2010 at 10:42 PM

Is global climate disruption when Chris Christie walks into a room and gives everyone the nether vapors?

lorien1973 on September 16, 2010 at 10:43 PM

The snark was the only positive of the post. And somehow Obummer and VP Bite Me will tout this as good news.

conservative pilgrim on September 16, 2010 at 10:43 PM

The Great Bamboozle
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canopfor on September 16, 2010 at 10:48 PM

What will the 54 guys and gals do with all of that money?
What a geat Union Boss!

Travis1 on September 16, 2010 at 10:48 PM

Latest from Noonan:

For conservatives on the ground, it has often felt as if Democrats (and moderate Republicans) were always saying, “We should spend a trillion dollars,” and the Republican Party would respond, “No, too costly. How about $700 billion?” Conservatives on the ground are thinking, “How about nothing?”

Purple Fury on September 16, 2010 at 10:51 PM

How many votes will that buy!!(sarc).

canopfor on September 16, 2010 at 10:51 PM

But..He has one heck of a golf game!

Rndguy on September 16, 2010 at 10:51 PM

Gabe also had this to add at Ace’s place:

Also, great news, sportsfans. Los Angeles has another $483 million in spendulus funds coming its way. At the present rate that’s a whole 239.3 jobs!

I wonder if it is due to arrive on Halloween night?

GnuBreed on September 16, 2010 at 10:53 PM

The Los Angeles city budget is billions in the hole. They gonna need a lot more stimulus!

Freddy on September 16, 2010 at 10:54 PM

Hurry someone get the duct tape my head is going to explode

CWforFreedom on September 16, 2010 at 10:54 PM

I wonder if it is due to arrive on Halloween night?

GnuBreed on September 16, 2010 at 10:53 PM

GnuBreed: And just before November,how koinky Dinky!:)

canopfor on September 16, 2010 at 10:56 PM

“I’m disappointed that we’ve only created or retained 55 jobs after receiving $111 million in ARRA funds. With our local unemployment rate over 12% we need to do a better job cutting the red tape and putting Angelenos back to work,” said City Controller Greuel.

He’s “disappointed”? He should be fired ASAP! What a waste of our tax dollars. Where the hell is Joe Biden? He’s supposed to be in charge of the Stimulus – “Nobody messes with Joe”…

TN Mom on September 16, 2010 at 10:56 PM

Great news: $111 million in stimulus money to L.A. produces … 54 jobs

At this rate we will have full employment by the year … 9010 and we will only be … one-thousand-million-billion-trillion-gazzillion dollars in debt. Good solid B plus, Hussein Louie.

Luka on September 16, 2010 at 10:58 PM

Please I need some advice. What do I have to do to get some of this money. Surely there is some way to scam receive a share of this money. I’m sure that it won’t be missed.

BruceB on September 16, 2010 at 10:59 PM

$2.05 million per job.

Consider this: they could have held an auction and awarded 54 people with $1,000,000 gifts (taxable), and saved $55,500,000.

Jaibones on September 16, 2010 at 10:59 PM

I need to learn how to wash my, uh, you know. Can I get a grant?

Lanceman on September 16, 2010 at 11:01 PM

If all you care about is jobs, divide the $111 million by 50,000 and just give that many people $50k each and call it a job. That would be 2,220 jobs.

Skandia Recluse on September 16, 2010 at 11:01 PM

What we really need is some moderates to get a grip on this spending. Hardy, har, har

mobydutch on September 16, 2010 at 11:07 PM

Yeah but they saved 641,000 jobs.

angryed on September 16, 2010 at 11:09 PM

So where’s the money? No, really. I mean it. WHERE IS THE MONEY!!

pjean on September 16, 2010 at 11:09 PM

So where’s the money? No, really. I mean it. WHERE IS THE MONEY!!

pjean on September 16, 2010 at 11:09 PM
And that is the great mystery. That question could be asked about every stimulus fiasco.

mobydutch on September 16, 2010 at 11:13 PM

Follow the money. Indeed!

Dhuka on September 16, 2010 at 11:20 PM

Great news: $111 million in stimulus money to L.A. produces … 54 jobs

This is only $2 Million per job!!!!!

…So we can cancel Porkulus, repeal Obamacare, and use the $3 Trillion savings to put 1.5 Million Americans to work!!!

…but that still leaves 4 Million workers who lost a job on Obama’s watch….

landlines on September 16, 2010 at 11:20 PM

Municipal government jobs?Great use taxpayer money to create jobs that have to be paid for out of taxpayer money.

DDT on September 16, 2010 at 11:24 PM

for obama amnd rahm the saddest part is that the stimulus didn’t create any VOTES!

reliapundit on September 16, 2010 at 11:24 PM

LOL! I HAZ UR $ USAMERICA!

Apologetic California on September 16, 2010 at 11:33 PM

Hey, that’s about $2 million per job – I’ll take one!

peski on September 16, 2010 at 11:36 PM

He’s “disappointed”? He should be fired ASAP! What a waste of our tax dollars. Where the hell is Joe Biden? He’s supposed to be in charge of the Stimulus – “Nobody messes with Joe”…

TN Mom on September 16, 2010 at 10:56 PM

His name is Greuel, and he works for the city of Los Angeles. Could you even TRY to stay connected with reality?

peski on September 16, 2010 at 11:39 PM

But they are really really good jobs.
//snark.

Slowburn on September 16, 2010 at 11:41 PM

Follow the money. Indeed!

Dhuka on September 16, 2010 at 11:20 PM

If that were only possible. Somehow that money just went up in smoke.

Could we just have a vote and put California in banruptcy?

That’s my tax money they are just throwing away like it was nothing!

What is wrong with people?

petunia on September 16, 2010 at 11:47 PM

What a waste they could have paid 5000 illegal immigrants $10.67 an hour for a year to build a fence along the border .
IS this the Hope N Change ?
HMM I might reconsider if the Government would give me a job making a tad over 2 million a year I might vote for Obama in 2012 .
Anyone lee realize the COUNTRY is already bankrupt due to this foolishness, that it just might take another 2 years for it to become everyday knowledge ?
Couldnt OBAMA built a high speed train the from Arizona border to transport illegal aliens directly to the Welfare office in California for this amount of money ?
Democrats could spin this as JOBS saved and $ saved as we could free the border agents up , retrain them and assign them to HHS to spy on anti tax protesters in the PA or something

ELMO Q on September 16, 2010 at 11:52 PM

I wonder if our RINO betters can get off their sweaty butts for a few minutes to have this made into some campaign ads for November. Or would that be just plain mean to hit Barry that hard? (If only he was a Tea Bagger!)

Ogabe on September 17, 2010 at 12:01 AM

This seems perfect for an “economic Willie Horton” ad.

Can’t the RNC create an ad to run in all close race? Sure, those on the coasts would probably shrug and say, “Whatev.” But I have to believe that the heads of mouth-breathing conservatives and independents in flyover zone would explode.

BuckeyeSam on September 17, 2010 at 12:02 AM

Maybe LA should get some advice from the them folks in Bell CA. I hear they keep the cost per government employee below $1 million.

Dusty on September 17, 2010 at 12:03 AM

If all you care about is jobs, divide the $111 million by 50,000 and just give that many people $50k each and call it a job. That would be 2,220 jobs.

Skandia Recluse on September 16, 2010 at 11:01 PM

I remember hearing (Rush maybe?) saying something similar before the Dems passed the Stimulus bill. It was something like the govt could give every unemployed person the average yearly salary for one year or give them half for two years and it still would have cost us less money. Of course, that was before Obama really started hammering employment.

txhsmom on September 17, 2010 at 12:13 AM

Los Angeles City Controller releases report on how the city spent its $111B share of government stimulus money

Fox reports on their website $111B. Millions, billions, trillions… who can tell any more.

Mr_Magoo on September 17, 2010 at 12:35 AM

Hey… look on bright side.

Antonio VillarDiva still has 3 years left in office (even though he’s already acting like a lame duck mayor) and each one of our inept city council members will be reelected in virtual landslide victories thanks to the clueless, uninvolved voters in their districts.

But don’t panic just yet. Once Prop 19 passes …all our revenue troubles will be over.

Only then, everyone will just feel like staying home all day eating Cheetos and watching Sanford and Son reruns.

The Ugly American on September 17, 2010 at 12:42 AM

And in fairness, some of the waste is doubtless due to mismanagement by California’s horrible municipal governments.

Yes, because that makes it so much better! LOL!

Yakko77 on September 17, 2010 at 12:43 AM

“I would say maybe in a grade, a B- in creating the jobs,” Grueul told Fox News.

LOL

This is “above average” performance in their mind.

Ludicrous.

FoxNews story

ButterflyDragon on September 17, 2010 at 1:01 AM

This…is…so…much…money, this Stimulus mess.

So…much…money…

I have a hard time putting it into approachable, understandable presence, the amount of money wasted, squandered, by the Democrats…56 jobs in California seems predictable for California but for the amount of money wasted for that result in only one state, I wonder if but what the expectation by the Democrats is that so few Americans will ever be able to understand the hugeness of this wastefulness, that they’ll remain indifferent.

$111 million. Few of us can understand just how much money that is, yet the Democrats (California, in this case) just squander it without accountability, likely relying on most of us not being able to actually appreciate the dimension of their wastefulness.

Lourdes on September 17, 2010 at 2:04 AM

Barack Obama’s grand job experience prior to the Presidency…

And Nancy Pelosi’s?!

And anyone expected these two to produce ANYthing reasonable? Both of them are mad, utterly incompetent and just mad. Certainly inexperienced at much of anything except acting like they’re “rulers”.

Lourdes on September 17, 2010 at 2:06 AM

Why didn’t the Democrats simply give $111 million to the taxpayers of California? They would surely have used it far more wisely than the co-Democrats in that state’s government.

Lourdes on September 17, 2010 at 2:07 AM

Please I need some advice. What do I have to do to get some of this money. Surely there is some way to scam receive a share of this money. I’m sure that it won’t be missed.

BruceB on September 16, 2010 at 10:59 PM

I think if you wrote a proposal for, say, $111 million that you needed to spend for, say, singing to the woolly caterpillar and how to package “contaminants” or something like that, the Democrats would likely funnel it to you. No questions asked seems to be their method, if you’re a Democrat and live in a Democrat majority state.

…trying to make light of a deplorable, insane situation as to the Democrat Congress and temper-throwing tiny baby in the Presidency burdening our nation today.

Lourdes on September 17, 2010 at 2:12 AM

Yeah but they saved 641,000 jobs.

angryed on September 16, 2010 at 11:09 PM

Out of which, 397 pay taxes. Oh, and they took IN 3,459,093 more illegal aliens.

So, let’s see, the Democrats’ math:

Stimulus Money………..$111,000.00

Jobs ‘saved’……………641,000
Jobs created………………..56
Tax-paying employees………..397
Illegal Aliens Imported..3,459,093
Illegal Aliens Already…9,340,981
______________________________________

Yeah, that works!

/end, Democrats’ math.

Lourdes on September 17, 2010 at 2:17 AM

If all you care about is jobs, divide the $111 million by 50,000 and just give that many people $50k each and call it a job. That would be 2,220 jobs.

Skandia Recluse on September 16, 2010 at 11:01 PM

It would be special currency — Stimulus Dollars — and if you used a Stimulus Dollar to buy something, it would be free of any taxes — sales taxes, income taxes… And if someone got a Stimulus Dollar, they could not deposit it into the bank but must immediately spend it. Can you imagine what a huge bootstrap to our economy each Stimulus Dollar would be?

unclesmrgol on September 17, 2010 at 2:38 AM

So where’s the money? No, really. I mean it. WHERE IS THE MONEY!!

I suspect a real investigation would reveal most of the $$$ was used to pay salaries, raises, bonuses and benefits for existing public workers. That was clearly the Dems’ intent: payoff public worker unions and cover up enormous budget gaps created by their Dem cohorts in city government.

As one of my favorite bloggers once said: We now have a government FOR the well-connected, paid for BY the non-connected.

So true.

jeanneb on September 17, 2010 at 4:16 AM

Here is how it works. It is all in the accounting.

Local govt. has a budget of say, for example, $500 million.
Local govt. then receives $111 million from Fed.

They don’t spend a total of $500 + $111 million ($611 million), they spend only $500 million.
Instead of taking the money from the local budget (because the local govt. is most likely in debt), they just use the Federally budgeted money to pay their current budget.

Obama and the Dems did it all wrong. They should have set up new Federally funded and operated projects outside the control of local govts. They should have done some WPA-type projects of the 1930s.

But Obama and the Dems were using the money as pay offs.

albill on September 17, 2010 at 7:01 AM

A one time slug of pork money really shouldn’t create any jobs. People get hired (or retained) by some broke municipality of state, then the porkulus cash gets spent, and they have another financial crisis. Except next time will be even worse because of the extra employees they took on with Obama’s stash cash when they should have been cutting.

It’s kinda like shooting dope. Don’t do it.

forest on September 17, 2010 at 7:15 AM

Meanwhile, as AP notes, the multitude of municipal governments in California continue to rape their people and the state and Federal governments by creating no-work positions at the local level for which they are paid hundreds of thousands of dollars.

I am virtually certain that Rome wasn’t this decadent.

Jaibones on September 17, 2010 at 7:19 AM

This mismanagement of the private sector is the cause of our economic problems.

/O-bots

Good Lt on September 17, 2010 at 7:41 AM

Krugman says the problem was not spending enough.

seven on September 17, 2010 at 7:47 AM

where is government accountability

looks like we need another crook a stimulus czar

audiotom on September 17, 2010 at 7:54 AM

plun·der   /ˈplʌndər/[pluhn-der]

–verb (used with object)
1. to rob of goods or valuables by open force, as in war, hostile raids, brigandage, etc.: to plunder a town.
2. to rob, despoil, or fleece: to plunder the public treasury.
3. to take wrongfully, as by pillage, robbery, or fraud: to plunder a piece of property.

Monty, I’ll take door #2.

Fallon on September 17, 2010 at 7:54 AM

In other news, because better branding is always the solution to Democratic problems, henceforth global warming shall no longer be known as “global warming.” Instead it’ll be known as … something far less memorable. Why does that seem oddly familiar?

Press release: The Obama administration will no longer use the terms “global warming” nor “global climate change”. In its place, the Obama administration is promoting the use of the phrase “pending armageddon and doom if you don’t turn complete control of your energy consumption over to the government.”

(“We are no longer the knights who say, ‘neek'”)

olesparkie on September 17, 2010 at 8:02 AM

This just infuriates me! They squander our tax dollars and all they can say for themselves is that they need to do a better job. What arrogance!

If they really wanted to spend that money wisely they could have hired 5000 gang bangers at $10 an hour for 1 full year cleaning up the trash and grafiti that plagues that city and they would have still had a few bucks left over. This would have had the added benefit of keeping the hoodlums off the streets doing something more productive with their time. ARGH!!

glennbo on September 17, 2010 at 8:12 AM

Hmmm, we should add these up! I think they saved/created 11 jobs in NH for a whopping sum.

dogsoldier on September 17, 2010 at 8:29 AM

If all you care about is jobs, divide the $111 million by 50,000 and just give that many people $50k each and call it a job. That would be 2,220 jobs.

Skandia Recluse on September 16, 2010 at 11:01 PM

I have a question.

This is something that’s confused me from the begining about the ‘jobs’ metric (don’t get me started on ‘saving’…)

What exactly is meant by the creation of a job? For a true, indefinitely available position, there would need to be some means of generating income to sustain the position. From what I understand, many of the jobs created (and/or saved) were temporary, contract-type work, but assuming some of these are not (maybe that’s where I’m going off the tracks; are all of the created jobs temporary ones?), I don’t understand what role the stimulus funds actually serve.

Are they literally “creating” the job and stopping there, so that now, the position is available, but the employer is responsible for the salary? This would make no sense in the private sector, but in the public one, I could almost see this happening (i.e. for $2million dollars, we now have a new gov’t worker title, and a person will soon fill that position on the tax-payers’ dime). I’m not jaded enough (yet) to think that’s what’s happening.

Are they creating the job by providing enough seed money to perpetually sustain an income…like a trust fund of sorts? I’m not naive enough to think that’s what’s going on….so….

I’m thinking it’s neither of those, and I figured it’s somewhere in the middle, and it creates the job by providing a certain amount of short-term salary seed money (6mo., 1 yr, 2yrs?), and then after that, the employer is on his own in order to sustain the job. If this is the case, then what kind of seed money is typically provided? Does the ~2mil/job cover one year’s salary or twenty?

The whole standard is flakey for many reasons — the whole “saved” notion is too vague to be meaningful and, as was pointed out above, unless the stimulus money is somehow kept clearly distinct from other monies, there’s not really any good way to quantify its effects — but I was just curious what exactly was meant by a job “created”.

BlueCollarAstronaut on September 17, 2010 at 9:05 AM

With our local unemployment rate over 12% we need to do a better job cutting the red tape and putting Angelenos back to work,” said City Controller Greuel.

Ah gov’t civilian workers. No fear of losing their job when performing horribly. They’ve just got to “do better”. Spectacular.

NickelAndDime on September 17, 2010 at 9:36 AM

Read the various news reports looks like ONLY 9 jobs were actually CREATED ( could some one tell WHAT kind of job it was ?)
Maybe 9 men threw a shovel of dirt for 3 days ?
Looks like to me the real cost is over 12 MILLION PER JOB !!!
Which Democrat is running on STIMULUS and the SUMMER OF RECOVERY ?

ELMO Q on September 17, 2010 at 11:17 AM

Obviously didn’t create any job…
Out of wok in Cali
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HotAirExpert on September 17, 2010 at 12:26 PM

In Cali, that $110 million could have hired two more mayors and one chief of police in Bell, Ca.

dthorny on September 17, 2010 at 1:31 PM

Calling Sheriff Joe Bite me, the stimulus money czar….hello? helloooooo?…..anyone?….Buhler?…………
Buhler?……Fry?…….Fry?……

dthorny on September 17, 2010 at 1:34 PM

Read the various news reports looks like ONLY 9 jobs were actually CREATED ( could some one tell WHAT kind of job it was ?)

ELMO Q on September 17, 2010 at 11:17 AM

They hired three 2010 Census workers for one day, fired them at the end of each day and rehired them the next morning, continued this pattern for two more days so…… you get nine workers hired.

dthorny on September 17, 2010 at 1:38 PM