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Battered by criticism, H. David Nahai resigns from DWP

Utility official joins Bill Clinton's climate initiative, bruised by system failures and union battles.

October 03, 2009|David Zahniser and Phil Willon

"Fundamental change at the DWP has proven far more difficult than we imagined," said Rhonda Mills, Southern California director of the Clean Power Campaign. "If the mayor's promises are going to be kept, he and his leadership team have to focus on crucial action items like building new renewable transmission lines and a clean-energy portfolio."

Villaraigosa thanked Nahai in writing. Deputy Mayor Janelle Erickson said the resignation does not mean that the mayor will ease up on his push for renewable energy.

"Mayor Villaraigosa is 100% committed to turning the Department of Water and Power into the greenest utility in the country," she said.

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david.zahniser@latimes.com

phil.willon@latimes.com

Times staff writer Maeve Reston contributed to this report.

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H. David Nahai

* Age 56.

* Married to novelist Gina B. Nahai; three children.

* Graduate, postgraduate law degrees, London School of Economics, UC Berkeley.

* Private attorney nearly 30 years; formed Nahai Law Corp. in 1992.

* Four-time chairman, Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board.

* 2003 Environmental Champion Award, Los Angeles League of Conservation Voters.

Source: Los Angeles Department of Water and Power

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