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April 10, 1994
News item: Utility head takes demotion to retire with larger bonus (March 11). Now I know what DWP stands for: Depart With Payola. IRA NICKERSON Studio City
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NEWS
April 25, 2014 | Kerry Cavanaugh
The fight over transparency at the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power is only escalating, with yet another lawsuit filed this week over two secretive nonprofits that have received $40 million in ratepayer money. For the last six months, Mayor Eric Garcetti and City Controller Ron Galperin have made it their mission to audit how the money was spent. They argue that the public has a right to know how public money is used. And last month a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge agreed , saying Galperin has the authority to audit the nonprofit institutes.
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OPINION
January 18, 2013
Re "DWP will buy excess solar energy," Jan. 12 Well it's about time. But why should the L.A. Department of Water and Power limit the amount of solar energy it will buy from customers through 2016 to 100 megawatts? Why not buy all the solar power available? Why can't residential customers sell all the power they generate? Residential customers' meters should simply run backward when they generate more power than they are using, essentially selling it back at the same rate they pay. We would end up with a broad-based system less reliant on large, centralized facilities with all the large liabilities (think San Onofre)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 24, 2014 | By Jack Dolan
The newest board members of two troubled Department of Water and Power nonprofits are suing the utility's union boss, claiming he has refused to hold meetings or give them access to records showing how the groups have spent more than $40 million in ratepayer money. Richard Llewellyn, counsel to Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Michael Fleming, a Beverly Hills philanthropist -- both of whom were appointed to the nonprofits' boards in February -- filed the suit in Los Angeles Superior Court on Thursday.
OPINION
February 15, 2014
Re "A long wait to go solar," Feb. 12 I am a retired licensed engineer and a retired licensed solar contractor. One of the deciding factors (other than age) in my retiring from the solar business in 2003 was the increasingly bureaucratic nature of the permitting process. I attended more than one lecture on the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power's approval process; there seemed to be no notion of time. Comparing this with Southern California Edison's process inclined us to avoid the DWP whenever possible.
OPINION
July 28, 2013
Re "Unlimited sick day pay costs DWP," July 26 Your headline is unintentionally misleading. This situation isn't costing the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power a penny; not a single executive or manager will feel pain as a result of DWP's poor labor and fiscal management that effectively allows employees to take unlimited sick days. No, these excesses are costing the DWP's ratepayers. This situation simply reinforces the perception that customers are indeed paying the DWP for a lot more than just water and power.
OPINION
August 3, 1997
No one reading "His Brown-Bag Lunch Was Worth Millions" (July 27) could deny Richard Callison deserves his $25,000 reward for spotting "one little clause on exemptions," which exempts DWP from a million-dollar fee they have been paying for 20 years. The really troubling part is that Callison's reward wasn't purely for saving the DWP millions of dollars; it was for the best suggestion of the month! I thought I was reading a Dilbert comic strip converted to text. Do they give $25,000 each month for the best suggestion?
OPINION
March 28, 2011 | Jim Newton
One of the exasperating facts of contemporary Los Angeles politics is that City Hall is beset with problems, but its critics are often as misguided as its culprits. That's certainly true when it comes to the Department of Water and Power. In the recent City Council elections, a number of challengers — and incumbents — argued that the DWP is a cesspool of overspending and that the utility's excessive electricity rates stiff consumers to prop up a bloated city bureaucracy. Persuaded, city voters approved two measures intended to rein in the DWP, including the creation of a ratepayer advocate.
OPINION
March 19, 1995
Leon Furgatch's column (Feb. 21) relied on erroneous facts and a fundamental misunderstanding of the City Charter. The key facts are as follows: -- The mayor believes that Department of Water and Power's shareholders--the citizens of this city--are entitled to a dividend by virtue of the city's ownership and their investment in the DWP. Their investment, the mayor believes, should generate dividends comparable to other investor-owned utilities such...
BUSINESS
January 8, 1997
The L.A. City Council will soon convene an ad hoc committee to formally study the restructuring of the Department of Water and Power, a process likely to entail raising power rates, cutting more than 1,000 jobs, forming a strategic partnership with an outside energy company and cutting DWP profits to the city.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 23, 2014 | By David Zahniser and Emily Alpert Reyes, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
Scores of people who suffered damage when the Powerhouse fire scorched stretches of northern Los Angeles County are suing the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, alleging the utility started the massive blaze and failed to properly maintain power lines and equipment. The fire destroyed dozens of homes and burned more than 30,000 acres over the course of several days last year. U.S. Forest Service officials have estimated the cost of battling the blaze at more than $16 million.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 23, 2014 | By Jack Dolan
Brian D'Arcy, head of the largest union at the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, says he will appeal a newly finalized court order requiring him to turn over financial records for two nonprofit trusts that have received more than $40 million from ratepayers. The order, signed Tuesday, gives D'Arcy 10 days to turn the records over to city officials or risk being held in contempt of court, said Rob Wilcox, spokesman for City Atty. Mike Feuer. "We will appeal the judgment," D'Arcy's attorney, D. William Heine, wrote in an emailed statement to The Times.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 15, 2014 | By Louis Sahagun
INDEPENDENCE, Calif. - One by one, a parade of Owens Valley residents rose at a public hearing Tuesday to assail the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power's plan to meet its renewable energy goals by covering 2 square miles of high desert with 1 million solar panels. "We believe in economic development - but this is not the kind we want," Jane McDonald, who helps run a farmer's market, said at the DWP's first public presentation of the project during an Inyo County Board of Supervisors hearing.
BUSINESS
April 11, 2014 | By Shan Li
Los Angeles has outstripped San Diego as the city with the most solar installations in the nation, one report says. By the end of 2013, Angelenos installed a cumulative total of 132 megawatts of solar power, according to a report from the Environment California Research & Policy Center. That is about one-third more than San Diego, which previously held the No. 1 spot. "It's been a long time coming," said Bernadette Del Chiaro, executive director of the California Solar Energy Industries Assn.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 9, 2014 | By David Zahniser and James Rainey
Three months after it painted L.A. as a metropolis stumbling into decline, the Los Angeles 2020 Commission offered 13 recommendations Wednesday that it said would attract jobs and "put the city on a path to fiscal stability. " The group of prominent business, labor and civic leaders called on elected officials to enact a wide-ranging series of policy initiatives: increasing the minimum wage, combining giant twin harbors into a single port, altering oversight of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power and bolstering efforts to promote regional tourism.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 8, 2014 | By Ruben Vives
Ron Nichols, the former Los Angeles Department of Water and Power general manager who stepped down in January amid a series of controversies, has been hired by Southern California Edison. Through a statement, the utility company acknowledged the hiring and said Nichols would take on the role of senior vice president. He is scheduled to start next week. "Mr. Nichols' valuable experience in regulatory affairs speaks for itself and SCE is looking forward to having him join the company," the statement read.
OPINION
October 7, 2009
'Nothing's going on here," Board of Water and Power Commissioners President Lee Kanon Alpert insisted at Tuesday's meeting, sounding woefully similar to a certain Wizard urging Dorothy and friends not to peek behind the curtain. Alpert's intent was to convince onlookers that there was nothing nefarious about plans by the Department of Water and Power to pay its outgoing chief, H. David Nahai, his full salary through the end of the year in exchange for "consulting" services. After all, Alpert said, smaller city departments have made similar deals with departing executives for even longer terms.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 31, 2014 | By Emily Alpert Reyes, This has been updated below.
A cooling system outage Monday shut down the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power website, crimped the capacity of its customer call center and prevented people from using a new feature to leave their number and get a call back. Spokesman Joseph Ramallo said the outage forced the agency to shut down computer systems that rely on the cooling system. The problem began after both primary and backup cooling systems went out, he said. “We're able to take calls right now. However, the customer information systems that allow us to take payments and resolve customer problems are not available to our customer service representatives,” Ramallo said.
NEWS
March 26, 2014 | By Kerry Cavanaugh
DWP union boss Brian D'Arcy had his day in court Tuesday and lost . Los Angeles Superior Court Judge James Chalfant denied the request from D'Arcy and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 18, to block subpoenas issued by City Controller Ron Galperin. Galperin is trying to audit two joint Department of Water and Power and IBEW nonprofits that have received $40 million in ratepayers funds over the last decade with virtually no public accounting for how that money was spent.
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