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September 25, 2012 | By David Zahniser, Los Angeles Times
Salaries at the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power are "significantly" higher than those paid by other public and private utilities, according to an analysis prepared for city leaders. With two back-to-back electricity rate increases — 4.9% this year and 6% next year — up for a City Council vote Tuesday, a Los Angeles-based consulting firm has concluded that key employee groups at the DWP earn more and receive health and retirement benefits that appear "more generous than industry norms.
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February 1, 2014 | By Kerry Cavanaugh
On Thursday, in the last line of the press release announcing Mayor Eric Garcetti's pick for general manager of the Department of Water and Power, was news of another hire: David Wiggs, it said, would return to the agency to serve as assistant general manager of its power system. Wiggs was previously general manager of the city-owned utility from 2001 to 2004, when he resigned for health reasons; he'd been on leave while undergoing treatment for cancer. He left, however, amid a scandal: A public relations firm with close ties to then-Mayor James Hahn had routinely overbilled the DWP. The utility was paying FleishmanHillard $3 million a year to improve its public image, and the firm worked closely with Wiggs, even writing his talking points when he spoke to the City Council.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 23, 2012 | By Kate Linthicum, Los Angeles Times
Environmental groups are urging Los Angeles lawmakers to fight the proposed expansion of a strip mine near Utah's Bryce Canyon National Park that for years has helped power Southern California. The City Council is considering a resolution opposing the expansion of the Coal Hollow Mine onto federal lands. The mine produces coal for Utah's Intermountain Power Plant, which in turn provides the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power with more than a quarter of its electricity. The company that owns the 635-acre mine wants to expand its operations more than fivefold to meet ongoing demand.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 28, 2014 | By Jack Dolan
The Los Angeles County district attorney's office has confirmed its prosecutors and criminal investigators are joining a City Hall effort to determine how two controversial Department of Water and Power nonprofits have spent more than $40 million in ratepayer money. An official in Dist. Atty. Jackie Lacey's office, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said the agency is "participating in an effort to obtain the records and determine whether a crime has been committed. " It was not immediately clear if prosecutors had formally begun an investigation or sought grand jury subpoenas requiring production of financial records on the two nonprofits.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 30, 1986 | GEORGE RAMOS, Times Staff Writer
Jim Saito may have finally won his 11-year battle with the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. Saito, who retired in 1984 after 30 years as a DWP meter reader, was awarded $108,000 by a Los Angeles Superior Court jury last week on a lawsuit he filed against his former bosses. In the suit, he claimed that DWP officials were guilty of breach of contract when they failed to adequately reward him for a suggestion he made in 1975 to reduce costly errors by meter readers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 13, 1989
The Department of Water and Power has proposed dropping the water level in Mono Lake by four to six feet to assist a scientific study it will sponsor of the saline lake's ecosystem. The Los Angeles proposal was filed last week with El Dorado County Superior Court in a lawsuit over Mono Lake brought by conservation groups. The DWP is fighting a request by the groups for an injunction requiring Los Angeles to allow more fresh water to flow into the lake. DWP officials said the lower water level is necessary to study how the lake's environment endures the effects of receiving less fresh water from snowmelt in the nearby Sierra Nevada range.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 23, 1992 | CAROL WATSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power is considering building filtration plants at four reservoirs in the Santa Monica Mountains to meet newly imposed state water-quality standards. The plan, which would cost about $400 million, would involve the Encino Reservoir, the Lower Stone Canyon Reservoir north of Bel-Air and the Upper and Lower Hollywood Reservoirs. DWP officials have hired a mediator to help them discuss the possibility of constructing the plants and other options with nearby residents in an attempt to avoid the outcry that greeted earlier plans to cover certain reservoirs, said Cecilia Trehuba, DWP waterworks engineer.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 7, 2009 | David Zahniser
The panel that oversees the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power voted Tuesday to name Deputy Mayor S. David Freeman interim general manager, paying him $6,250 per week at the same time the agency retains its recently departed top executive as a consultant. The commission, whose members are appointed by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, voted 3 to 0 to hire Freeman starting Tuesday. Meanwhile, the agency will pay former General Manager H. David Nahai, who announced his resignation Friday, $6,292 per week.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 28, 2002 | NANCY VOGEL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power orchestrated a deal in the fall of 2000 that briefly drove up the price of power before being canceled by state grid operators who said they were on to "L.A.'s tricks," according to transcripts of power trader phone conversations released Thursday by state Senate investigators. The legislative hearing ended with a state senator warning DWP officials that their action "really looks downright rotten."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 23, 1991 | MYRON LEVIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a victory for community residents, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power has agreed not to build an electrical distributing station at an Arleta site opposed by scores of neighbors. The proposed site in the 13200 block of Branford Street "has been removed from consideration," DWP spokeswoman Lucia Alvelais said Friday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 19, 2013 | By Jack Dolan
Frustrated by their struggle to learn how two Los Angeles Department of Water and Power nonprofit institutes spent more than $40 million of ratepayers' money, commissioners of the publicly owned utility voted Tuesday to cut off funding to the organizations and asked the city controller to perform a sweeping audit of the accounts. The two organizations, the Joint Training Institute and the Joint Safety Institute, are co-run by DWP General Manger Ron Nichols and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 18 business manager Brian D'Arcy.
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 5, 2013 | By Louis Sahagun, Los Angeles Times
MAMMOTH - For a High Sierra stream whose name evokes mountain serenity, Pine Creek is nobody's idea of harmony with nature. On many mornings over the last decade, residents from the eastern Sierra enclave of 40 Acres cut a Los Angeles Department of Water and Power chain so they could open a gate and redirect the creek's water their way. On many afternoons, DWP workers closed the gate to send the water cascading into the Los Angeles Aqueduct system...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 12, 2013 | Catherine Saillant
Los Angeles Department of Water and Power customers for the first time will be able to sell back excess solar energy created on rooftops and parking lots under a new program approved Friday by the city utility's board of commissioners. Described as the largest urban rooftop solar program of its kind in the nation, the so-called feed-in-tariff program would pay customers 17 cents per kilowatt hour for energy produced on their own equipment. The DWP has already accepted more than a dozen applicants and will be taking dozens more as it accepts contracts for up to 100 megawatts of solar power through 2016.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 3, 2013 | David Zahniser
The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power repeatedly bypassed its competitive bidding process when it awarded $480,000 in contracts to lobby Sacramento decision-makers, according to a report issued by City Controller Wendy Greuel. DWP executives issued four no-bid contracts for state lobbying over the last two years, two of them to Mercury Public Affairs, a firm that includes former state Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez as one of its partners. No public debate or vote by the utility's five-member Board of Commissioners was required under DWP contracting rules because each agreement was $150,000 or less.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 25, 2012 | By David Zahniser, Los Angeles Times
Salaries at the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power are "significantly" higher than those paid by other public and private utilities, according to an analysis prepared for city leaders. With two back-to-back electricity rate increases — 4.9% this year and 6% next year — up for a City Council vote Tuesday, a Los Angeles-based consulting firm has concluded that key employee groups at the DWP earn more and receive health and retirement benefits that appear "more generous than industry norms.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 27, 1985 | RICHARD SIMON, Times Staff Writer
The governing board for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power Thursday urged the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to speed the cleanup of contaminated ground water in the East San Fernando Valley. The DWP board asked the EPA to provide $2 million from the federal toxic-cleanup Superfund to finance measures designed to prevent the spread of ground-water contamination.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 27, 2010 | By David Zahniser, Los Angeles Times
The interim head of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power said Thursday that his agency would withdraw a bill before the Legislature designed to delay environmental upgrades to its power plants so that talks about changing those regulations can be conducted with a state panel in charge of water quality. DWP Interim General Manager Austin Beutner issued a statement saying he was pleased with the progress of negotiations with the state Water Resources Control Board, which imposed a series of deadlines earlier this year for replacing equipment at three DWP power plants that rely heavily on seawater to cool their operations.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 23, 2012 | By Kate Linthicum, Los Angeles Times
Environmental groups are urging Los Angeles lawmakers to fight the proposed expansion of a strip mine near Utah's Bryce Canyon National Park that for years has helped power Southern California. The City Council is considering a resolution opposing the expansion of the Coal Hollow Mine onto federal lands. The mine produces coal for Utah's Intermountain Power Plant, which in turn provides the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power with more than a quarter of its electricity. The company that owns the 635-acre mine wants to expand its operations more than fivefold to meet ongoing demand.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 9, 2012 | By Bob Pool, Los Angeles Times
Silver Lake residents can't wait for this construction job to bite the dust. More than two dozen residents living along the path of a $40-million water pipe project say they are suffering respiratory problems from particulate matter stirred up by construction trucks and heavy-duty trenching machines. The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power is replacing a massive neighborhood water conduit as part of a larger, federally mandated plan to retire the Silver Lake and Ivanhoe reservoirs, which are exposed to airborne contaminants.
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