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April 11, 2013 at 4:46 PM

City Light worker fined for helping sell Avon products

Leave the Avon lady alone

I think the city of Seattle is making too much ado about the Avon lady at City Light [“City Light worker to pay fine over Avon sales,” NWFriday, April 5]. So she got four emails a day and replied and said thank you — big deal.

As a worker at the utility, I witness our bosses mismanage hundreds of thousands of dollars outsourcing public work, throwing away the work efforts of front-line employees and buying software services from outside vendors to perform work that is already available in-house.

And while the Avon lady’s indiscretions make headlines, there’s nary a mention in The Seattle Times about the City Council officially calling the superintendent a chief executive officer, another indication that city officials and management are moving to privatize our Seattle City Light.

Seattle Ethics and Elections Commission should audit the millions spent on contracting out high-priced consultants and six-figure executives. Leave the Avon lady alone.

Doreen McGrath, Seattle

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