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Two weeks ago “Whistleblower 3,” sent a letter to the City Manager and City Council identifying herself and claiming protection under the cities Whistleblower policy.   Their name is not knows to her co-workers so we are keeping their name private.  We waited to give the City of West Hollywood an opportunity to respond.  This article is the final in this series by Whistleblower 3.  The city’s rebuttal can be found here.   A listing of whistleblower sources can be found on the bottom of this article.   

Whistleblower 3 has worked at the City of West Hollywood since 2008.   In 2021-2022 they were battling Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and thyroid cancer.   The two were not related and they took one leave of absence for chemotherapy in October 2022 to April 2023.  

While working at the City of West Hollywood I have witnessed the corruption, corporate greed, classism, retaliation, and disregard for human life by a government that has failed to protect its employees.  

Since 2008, I have been an employee at the City of West Hollywood and have recently identified myself to my employer as a whistleblower.  

CORRUPTION, LIES & ENTITLEMENT 

As previously published through WEHOonline.com, the City of West Hollywood is known for their nepotism and favoritism toward well-connected Staff members.  Sadly, City Staff are not the only ones affected by the city’s unethical behavior.  Although they may not know it, WeHo establishments and residents are also affected.   

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An example of this occurred a few weeks ago (2024) when the city received numerous complaints regarding the exceptionally loud music emitting from a Sunset venue.  I later found that the venue hosted a private LASD party without the required Special Event Permit (bypassed), and the music was never lowered.  It turned out that the event was attended by City Manager, David Wilson, Director of Administrative Services, Janet Jimenez, and Director of Public Safety, Danny Rivas, who were observed happily drinking.  

It is important to understand this conflict of interest.  Danny Rivas, being the director in charge of the division that oversees the issuance of Special Event Permits and Code Enforcement, is notified of every request and complaint received through the Code Enforcement Hotline at (323) 848-6516 and emails sent to code@weho.org.  This signifies that he not only chose to disregard protocol, but also ignored the WeHo resident’s complaints received during his gathering at said establishment while bypassing the requirement to have the venue obtain the mandatory Special Event Permit for the private gathering that he attended.  Much like he allowed PUMP, TOMTOM, and BEACHES to bypass multiple requirements, Danny Rivas seems to have the authority to pick and choose who gets to bypass protocol.  

This is also true for Janet Jimenez, Director of Administrative Services, overseeing HR.  It seems like yesterday Janet Jimenez was boasting about her personal (not professional) ties to Oscar Delgado, who is her friend and mentor (pre-WeHo).  I vividly recall when she approached us (she knows who) and proudly announced that Oscar Delgado had called one of the Sunset hotels to book a room so she could host her best friend’s bachelorette party.  Shamelessly, she boasted how it only took one phone call from Oscar Delgado to ensure they would be treated as VIP.   She then obtained several free Visitor Parking Permits (something for which an ex Staff member, Brendan Rome, was previously fired for 🡪 City hall employee sues West Hollywood – Beverly Press & Park Labrea NewsBeverly Press & Park Labrea News) to accommodate parking for her and her friends on the day of the bachelorette party.  How was this done?  Oscar Delgado, at the time, was the Director of Public Works, overseeing the division in charge of issuing these Visitor Parking Permits and Janet Jimenez’ word was as good as Oscar Delgado’s.  How do I know?  I was the staff member directed to issue those visitor parking permits to Janet Jimenez.  If Janet Jimenez received such kickbacks while being a Code Compliance Officer (without repercussions), imagine what she gets now being a director…  

Furthermore, as published on here, on October 2023, Director Janet Jimenez presented West Hollywood City Council with an item to re-hire and bypass the 180-day policy for the “retired Assistant City Manager Oscar Delgado to perform temporary specialized services.” City Manager Wilson spoke in support of this item by explaining that Oscar Delgado was the only suited candidate for said position (how this was determined remains unknown). West Hollywood City Council passed the item and a resolution authorizing Oscar Delgado to become a consultant with the salary of $27,622.66 monthly or hourly equivalent of $159.36.  Since Mr. Delgado was City Manager Wilson’s right-hand man, and Janet Jimenez’ mentor, it seems probable that, although the city had ample time to hire another “expert,” these individuals chose to wait for Mr. Delgado to retire so he could be the oneearning the $27,622.66 monthly wage in addition to his retirement.  Could having Oscar Delgado re-hired as a consultant be the reason why the City of West Hollywood has yet to fill the Assistant City Manager position?   

CITY HALL CULTURE     

When the nepotism allegations came to light, City Manager Wilson excused and defended his choice of promoting the unethical and incompetent Director of Administrative Services, Janet Jimenez and known micromanager, Director of Public Safety, Danny Rivas, by stating that they worked hard to get where they’re at” but, not surprisingly, failed to give examples. What better way to dismiss Staff’s concerns than to imply employees have not worked as hard as those that have been handed and gifted promotions?  

During an All-Staff meeting, Staff were encouraged to submit all complaints through Human Resources.  The pathetic attempt to encourage Staff to submit complaints through the city would have been comical had we not realized that David Wilson and the City of West Hollywood are convinced they have done nothing wrong.  Why would anyone come forward to Human Resources when they have built a reputation of sweeping complaints under the rug?

The mandatory All Staff Meeting only served to confirm the following:  

  • Nepotism and favoritism are encouraged and applauded, just ask David Wilson who could have patted his own back for handing out promotions to iexpert and unskillful individuals.   
  • Unethical and gossipmonger behavior is rewarded with multiple promotions, just ask Janet Jimenez who bypassed all the hiring steps and now oversees the Human Resources Division. 
  • Charisma is better than experience and having the right connection guarantees promotions, just ask Danny Rivas who was handed the Director ofH Public Safety position. 

From a Staff point-of-view, seeing City Manager Wilson, Director of Public Safety Rivas, and Director of Administrative Services Jimenez happily drinking together at a favored establishment shortly after this article was published, gives the impression that they believe to be invincible.  

Additional links regarding the City of West Hollywood’s corruption and scandals, can be found at:

 



WHO ARE THE WHISTLEBLOWERS

This past week, Whistleblower 3 wrote to the City Manager and City Council, revealing their identity and seeking protection under the city’s whistleblower policy. Despite disclosing their identity and seeking protection, their name is being kept confidential.

The first time a city staffer approached me with a grievance, we did not publish a story. Instead, I contacted the City Manager David Wilson, and the City Attorney Lauren Langer, informing them of the issue and requesting they speak with the Councilmember who was overstepping their bounds. We refer to this individual as Whistleblower 1.

The second instance involved a former city employee seeking help for an Asian individual who claimed he was bullied out of the lifeguard staff. A senior city staffer, Corri Plank had two of her children in positions at the pool.  We refer to it as Whistleblower 2.  

Whistleblower 3 is an employee who has been working at City Hall since 2008. This employee has been battling thyroid cancer throughout 2022 and 2023. Whistleblower 3 is central to recent stories regarding PUMP and TOM TOM operating without business licenses, along with other allegations of nepotism and favoritism.

Whistleblower 4 is a current employee of city hall who has supported the claims of Whistleblower 3.

Whistleblower 5 is an ex-city hall employee who is in the loop of current city hall activities.

Whistleblower 10 is an anonymous person who self identifies with that name in their emails to WEHOonline on subjects unrelated to the above matter.

— Larry Block

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Sig Oth
Sig Oth
4 months ago

This sounds like a corrupt regime that has ruled for many years behind circled wagons. If I were a Weho business owner, I would be quite angry if other businesses got preferential treatment. Favors can translate into a business $inking or $wimming. The old adage “HR is not your friend” is true. When HR tells employees to bring their grievances to THEM, it tends to be to prevent that information from being rightfully brought into the light. It always makes one wonder what’s been taken to the shredder, and what paper trails have disappeared or been avoided altogether (phone calls… Read more »

True
True
4 months ago

This explains a lot. I overheard them talking about a picture and how “she” knows. They sounded panicked and from the conversations overheard it sounded like there is more than one picture. I think one of the code officers caught these exemplary individuals together too and that picture can be requested through records request (unless it has already been deleted) With the city being so small and everyone running into each other. It begs the question why they would risk being seen together after everything was brought to light. Especially after David Wilson denied there is any nepotism. This serves… Read more »

BloodshotEyedGuy
BloodshotEyedGuy
4 months ago

Seems like suspicious hiring practices for WeHo career opportunities. Ever apply for a City of WeHo job? They’ll send ya a rejection email in five minutes, which always seemed unusual. And, after reading this article, now I know why. Thanks, “WeHo Online.”

Sickening
Sickening
4 months ago

Having read the original post and the first article https://wehoonline.com/2023/12/22/city-hall-whistleblower-policy-explained/, everything hits a lot differently.

Bullied, harassed and intimidated since 2020 and HR ignoring the problem since then is telling. Worse now that we know the whistleblower was informed by HUMAN RESOURCES how inconvenient their absence was during their time off for chemo treatment. Utterly disgusting and unethical. FIRE THEM ALL.

Eureka
Eureka
4 months ago

This explains why Janet walks around like she owns the place and why Danny is free to do as he pleases. She is protecting him.

This also explains why they haven’t been at each other’s office since they were outed. They scheme outside of city hall now.

Original Post
Original Post
4 months ago

The whistleblower’s original post before it was substituted with this one said they have voice recordings and texts proving corruption since 2008. Did anyone else read that?

Larry Block
4 months ago
Reply to  Original Post

We were included in the original letter to the City Manager and City Council outing themself. Once we prepared to run I suggested we include a bio and gave the city a chance to respond. The Whistleblower3 sent multiple copies and edits. The unintended version was posted for about two hours, (you caught it) adn then we updated with the copy that matched the copy the cities public information office had responded to.

Bye, bye, bye
Bye, bye, bye
4 months ago

They should all be fired. David Wilson preaching about transparency is ridiculous. Does he think we forgot how he forced Lauren Meister to obtain a public records request instead of just giving her the information?! https://wehoonline.com/2023/08/19/lauren-meister-community-development-director-search-leaves-community/

Sad
Sad
4 months ago

Shamelessness bullies took over City Hall! Langer is completely on the take. Frankly, time for a lawsuit, it’s all these types of people respond to.

Whistleblower #3
Whistleblower #3
4 months ago

I have been informed that people are questioning how I know about the private gathering attended by the City Manager, Danny Rivas and Janet Jimenez.

Just a little reminder that I used to work the night shift and developed great working relationships with residents, establishments (including but not limited to hosts, security guards, wait staff, valet operators, etc.) and deputies. This is not the only time I was informed about something like this but it is the only time I was given the ok to expose.

Receipts, receipts, receipts. Wouldn’t have done so otherwise. 🙂

Haha
Haha
4 months ago

I bet you Danny never thought someone would stand up to him since he “trained” his staff to obey without questions. It’s been known for a while that he is replacing the code officers with his people and now it makes sense why. He wants trained circus animals and loyalty without question.

Left Field
Left Field
4 months ago
Reply to  Haha

I thought Sheriff Alex Villanueva and his deputy gangs were the issue. There is no place like home.

Cockiness
Cockiness
4 months ago
Reply to  Left Field

If Rivas arrived at city hall with guns blazing, I cannot begin to imagine how he treated his staff at the other cities he worked at.

Seems like they blame no one else but the whistleblower for having been caught. Cockiness blinds you.

Bravo
Bravo
4 months ago

Whistleblower is a cancer survivor that was told by Human Resources the number of hours others had to work to cover for her while she went through chemo.

Imagine telling someone that just returned from maternity leave the number of hours worked by staff covering for them while having a baby. How is that different than what HR did to her? That does not fly. Disability is disability and if what this is true, she needs to sue them asap.

Joan Henehan
Joan Henehan
4 months ago

If these allegations are proven true, it behooves the City to dismiss the guilty parties without exception or benefit of undeserved compensation. West Hollywood has an obligation to enforce clean government. Let’s right any wrongs publicly and transparently without delay.

Alan Strasburg
Alan Strasburg
4 months ago
Reply to  Joan Henehan

When the majority of government is unclean, there’s no one available to do the cleaning. The city has zero ethics and accountability because there is no independent person or body to investigate and enforce ethics and accountability. The council is mostly feckless when it comes to ethics and accountability, owing in large part to questionable ethics and accountability of their own. The city attorney is merely the city’s apologist in chief and has long been. We need more than cleaning house, we need fundamental reform in how West Hollywood is governed and operates. Municipal governments are hot beds of public… Read more »

dave
dave
4 months ago
Reply to  Alan Strasburg

Well said and I couldn’t agree with you more. Checks and balances are needed. Thank you to Whistleblower 3 for making our city officials answer for their unethical behaviors.

Sam Shaw
Sam Shaw
4 months ago
Reply to  Joan Henehan

This will not be proven true unfortunately. They cover each other at the expense of anyone who gets in the way. That is what happens when unethical people are in a position of power. I have been observing the actions of management more and more and believe every word of Whistleblower 3.

Impossible
Impossible
4 months ago
Reply to  Joan Henehan

You’re asking for something the city knows nothing about. Transparency.

City’s Response
City’s Response
4 months ago
Reply to  Joan Henehan

David Wilson’s response to wehoville did not include any denials. Perhaps because they know they’ve been caught.

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