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Council seeks oversight of DWP rate hike funds

October 31, 2007|From Times Staff Reports

Two City Council members called Tuesday for the creation of a Citizens Oversight Committee to review the way the Department of Water and Power will spend money generated by an upcoming series of water and electrical rate hikes.

Council members Jan Perry and Eric Garcetti made their proposal shortly after the council's Energy and Environment Committee took testimony about the rate hikes -- almost all of it negative -- from roughly a dozen neighborhood council leaders.

During the hearing, Councilman Richard Alarcon said he would not support a rate hike in which any portion of the money is used to balance the city budget.

The panel will continue reviewing the rate hikes next week.

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