ROSEMEAD (CBSLA.com) — On a recent afternoon, a worker toiled to repair a gate at the Rosemead home of Andy Ho, a recreation facility director at L.A.’s MacArthur Park.
It wasn’t just any worker, however. The worker was wearing a “City of Los Angeles Construction” T-shirt. Parked just one house away was his L.A. City Recreation and Parks truck.
That’s right, a city employee was working at Ho’s home while earning taxpayer money.
A photographer snapped some shots of the worker, who abruptly packed up and left when he saw the shutterbug.
CBS2 Investigative Reporter David Goldstein tracked down Ho and asked why the city worker was at Ho’s house.
Ho declined to comment, saying he had to get to work.
A Parks and Recreation spokesperson confirmed the city worker was on the clock at the time of the gate repair, and also confirmed that it’s against department policy to work on non-city properties during work hours.
The general manager of the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks said in a statement the incident is under investigation.
“The department is currently investigating this incident. We take these types of claims very seriously and we do not condone such behavior. Appropriate actions will be taken if warranted,” he said.