Man, it just keeps getting worse and worse for L.A. City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo:
Los Angeles City Atty. Rocky Delgadillo has enlisted members of his office staff to run personal errands and baby-sit his two young children, including taking them to museums and other local attractions.
In response to inquiries from The Times, Delgadillo confirmed through a spokesman Wednesday that he relied on his staff to attend to some family and personal needs, but he declined to give many details.
“On occasion, city staff members — some of whom the city attorney has known for many years — have watched the Delgadillos’ children on their own personal time,” according to a statement released by Delgadillo’s office. “They were personally paid by the Delgadillos, but sometimes declined payment.
I’m sure they felt no pressure.
Sources with firsthand knowledge of the arrangement . . . said staffers often attended to the city attorney’s personal needs and children during normal business hours.
I suppose they could simply be doing him a favor, but that’s not really how it sounds:
One former employee said Delgadillo and his wife would call upon secretaries and other support staff to watch his children at City Hall.
“They would sit in an office and read to them or watch them watch TV,” the ex-employee said.
Two sources said a male employee, Robbie Britton, had been called upon to do handyman chores at the Delgadillos’ house such as put together a trampoline or move weights. Britton also has picked up Delgadillo’s dry-cleaning, the sources said. Britton could not be reached for comment.
In response to those allegations, Velasquez said the weights were a birthday gift from the city attorney’s staff and “Mr. Britton delivered this staff gift to his house. Any other errands performed by Mr. Britton were on his personal time.”
What will Steve Lopez say? I can’t wait.