Boss Asks Employees to Stop Watching Olympics at Work
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Olympics are so popular at City Hall that Los Angeles workers are being urged to pull the plug or risk a municipal computer meltdown.
Randi Levin, chief technology officer for California's largest city, sent an email Tuesday to thousands of city employees, asking them to stop watching the games online at work, according to the Los Angeles Times.
"We are experiencing a high volume of traffic due to people watching the Olympics online" and it is affecting city operations, Levin said.
A message from The Associated Press seeking comment from Levin was not immediately returned Wednesday.
NBC streams the Olympics live on the Internet. When employees watch streamed material, it takes up a tremendous amount of bandwidth, Mark Wolf, the city's executive officer for information technology, told the Times.
City Council members said work is no place to watch the games.
"City employees aren't paid to watch the Olympics on their computers or TV. That is not what the taxpayers are paying them to do," Councilman Dennis Zine told the Times. "The question is where are the supervisors when this is going on?"
Councilwoman Jan Perry said she wants the city to block Olympic streaming on City Hall computers.
So far, no similar problems have been reported in other large California cities, including San Diego and San Francisco.
"Our employees are here to work, not watch television, whether it's on a city computer or their iPad or a television," Darren Pudgil, spokesman for San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders, told the AP.
San Diego, the state's second-largest city, has about 10,000 employees, including police officers and firefighters.
"If they are observed watching television, whether it's the Olympics or Oprah, we'll take appropriate action," Pudgil said.
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