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May 8, 2013 | By Jack Dolan
The union representing Los Angeles Department of Water and Power employees won a temporary restraining order Tuesday, preventing the release of workers' names with their salaries until each employee has had more time to argue that the identity disclosure could pose a safety risk. The names of DWP employees who don't file an objection via their union will be released May 21, election day in the city mayor's race. The decision, by Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge James C. Chalfant, essentially removes DWP management from the process of notifying employees that the agency's payroll data has been requested by The Times.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 28, 2014 | Steve Lopez
You can add the Los Angeles County district attorney's office to the long list of agencies and public officials going after one of the most powerful political players in the city. A D.A. source told me Tuesday that prosecutors have renewed their interest in getting their hands on records being withheld by Brian D'Arcy, head of the largest union representing employees at the Department of Water and Power. The D.A.'s office is working with City Controller Ron Galperin to figure out the "best way to obtain and examine" the records, I'm told.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 10, 2009 | By Maeve Reston
If there was a lesson in Tuesday's special election for the Los Angeles City Council seat previously held by City Controller Wendy Greuel, it was that money is no guarantee in a low-turnout city race. In an outcome that stunned some at City Hall, Assemblyman Paul Krekorian sailed to a 57%-43% victory over former film executive Christine Essel even though powerful independent groups, including the union that represents Department of Water and Power workers, set a record by spending more than $900,000 on her behalf.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 9, 2014 | By Jack Dolan and Ben Poston, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge James Chalfant stared in disbelief Tuesday at a list of hundreds of Department of Water and Power employees who have asked that their names and salaries be withheld from the public, citing safety concerns. On the list were mechanics, typists and meter readers. "This is frivolous on its face; I mean, these are DWP employees," Chalfant said, noting that the names of government employees are public and even undercover police officers have a hard time demonstrating they would be in danger if their names appeared on a list of department employees.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 16, 2013 | Steve Lopez
If you bumped into the guy, you probably wouldn't recognize him. Chances are, you've never even heard of him. But he's one of the most powerful players in Los Angeles politics, and he's swinging for the fences again, using his considerable clout to boost mayoral candidate Wendy Greuel and a slate of City Council candidates who just might be inclined to serve his interests if they're elected. Feared, coveted, respected, reviled - union boss Brian D'Arcy is all those things. But he likes to pull strings from behind the curtains and generally doesn't stoop low enough to speak to pesky media folks.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 3, 2004 | From Times Staff Reports
The Department of Water and Power is proposing a 5% raise for professional, technical and administrative workers. The proposal follows a controversial 11% water rate increase, and other city agencies have decided not to give raises this year. The one-year contract extension, which would cost $5.6 million, would also give DWP employees a second floating holiday.
OPINION
November 13, 1994
I am sorry that DWP employees are being fired (Nov. 2). During the January earthquake, the DWP people, along with the Los Angeles employees, were heroes, helpful, reassuring and vital. They are among the best public servants I have dealt with--along with the roads, sanitation and maintenance people. We need more jobs in Los Angeles for workers who contribute to our welfare, not fewer. We must have learned from the '80s there are more sensible ways to save money than to lose the employees, the lifeblood of companies and of our towns.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 20, 2013 | By Steve Lopez
The question is pretty straightforward. What did $40 million in Los Angeles Department of Water and Power ratepayer money, directed to two nonprofits, pay for? The nonprofits won't say. The DWP won't say. Local 18 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, which represents the majority of DWP employees, won't say. "This is ratepayer money and they need to account for it," Jeff Millman, spokesman for Mayor Eric Garcetti, said to Times reporter Jack Dolan, who broke the story.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 2, 2013 | By Jack Dolan, Kate Linthicum and Maeve Reston
As lawyers for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power employees' union fine-tune a proposed lawsuit to delay release of their members' names and salaries, both candidates for mayor are calling on the department to make the information public as soon as possible. The candidates -- City Controller Wendy Greuel and City Councilman Eric Garcetti -- also spent Thursday morning blaming each other for the fact that, as of 2011, DWP employees made an average of $99,381, or about 25% more than their counterparts at other public and private utilities.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 18, 1988
The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power set out Wednesday to distribute $100,000 in vouchers to low-income families who cannot pay their water and electric bills. Vouchers were distributed by the United Way at five locations throughout the city under "Project ANGEL," the Assist Neighbors by Giving Energy for Living program.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 10, 2013 | By David Zahniser
The Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday finalized a salary deal with the powerful union that represents Department of Water and Power workers, obtaining a hike in the retirement age for future employees and no pay increases for three years. The pay pact is part of a much larger agreement to settle a three-year-old lawsuit filed by DWP union representatives over the utility's practice of hiring hundreds of employees from other city agencies. But the city could wind up trading one legal battle for another.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 22, 2013 | By Catherine Saillant and David Zahniser
A new Department of Water and Power billing system that has been riddled with problems cost ratepayers more than twice the $59 million cited by the utility's spokesman in recent days. The total cost of staff time, contractors and software for the troubled system, which has brought an avalanche of public complaints, is $162 million, DWP spokesman Joe Ramallo said Friday. About $63 million of that was labor costs for DWP employees who were diverted from regular duties to help roll out the program, Ramallo said.
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September 20, 2013 | By Steve Lopez
The question is pretty straightforward. What did $40 million in Los Angeles Department of Water and Power ratepayer money, directed to two nonprofits, pay for? The nonprofits won't say. The DWP won't say. Local 18 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, which represents the majority of DWP employees, won't say. "This is ratepayer money and they need to account for it," Jeff Millman, spokesman for Mayor Eric Garcetti, said to Times reporter Jack Dolan, who broke the story.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 23, 2013 | By Steve Lopez
Later this year and in years to follow, your Los Angeles Department of Water and Power rates will go up, not down, despite the new employee  contract for which city officials are uniformly patting each other on the back.  The deal with Local 18 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers involves real savings for years to come, no question about it. But as DWP boss Ron Nichols said at a recent City Council hearing, the contract...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 17, 2013 | Steve Lopez
Ordinarily, I don't spend more than an hour or so at a time in Los Angeles City Hall. I get in and out of there, quick as a burglar, to avoid having my judgment impaired. I thought longingly about that approach on Friday, when I attended a windy public hearing on a proposed new contract for employees of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. For the first two hours, public officials explained the contract, in mostly rosy terms. It wasn't perfect, they said, but pretty good.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 15, 2013
Join Times reporters Jack Dolan and Michael Finnegan at 9 a.m. Friday for an L.A. Now Live discussion about several issues involving the L.A. Department of Water and Power. Dolan , Finnegan , Times staff writer David Zahniser  and others have been following the DWP closely. In his latest story , Dolan focused on a little-known clause in the union contract of DWP employees that ensures they can work extra hours and collect even higher wages when private contractors are hired to help them get the job done.
OPINION
November 5, 2009
Re "Officers won't be charged in melee," Oct. 31, and "DWP workers get pay raises, but not police," Oct. 31 So prosecutors will not file criminal charges against the LAPD officers involved in the 2007 May Day melee at MacArthur Park because of "insufficient evidence." After seeing the videos of that "incident" many times, apparently former Chief William Bratton and the L.A. County district attorney's office are from the "who are you going to believe -- me or your lying eyes?" school of investigation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 17, 2013 | Steve Lopez
Ordinarily, I don't spend more than an hour or so at a time in Los Angeles City Hall. I get in and out of there, quick as a burglar, to avoid having my judgment impaired. I thought longingly about that approach on Friday, when I attended a windy public hearing on a proposed new contract for employees of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. For the first two hours, public officials explained the contract, in mostly rosy terms. It wasn't perfect, they said, but pretty good.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 8, 2013 | By David Zahniser and Michael Finnegan
Los Angeles City Council President Herb Wesson moved Thursday to put the council squarely in the center of politically sensitive Department of Water and Power contract talks, saying he wants public hearings on the latest proposal and a deal by Sept. 1. Weeks after Mayor Eric Garcetti said the latest proposal does not produce enough savings, Wesson announced that he wants the details of a July 25 contract proposal scrutinized by the council's in-house analyst and reviewed during at least two upcoming meetings.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 8, 2013 | By David Zahniser and Michael Finnegan
Los Angeles City Council President Herb Wesson called Thursday for public hearings on the proposed contract with Department of Water and Power employees, saying he wants a deal on the contract by Sept. 1. Wesson said Mayor Eric Garcetti has "legitimate concerns" about the latest salary proposal, which has been the subject of closed-door talks for weeks. But he also described the council as an "equal partner" in the negotiations with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 18, which represents most DWP employees.
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