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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 25, 2008 | David Zahniser, Times Staff Writer
The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday against a Colorado-based construction and engineering firm, accusing it of overbilling the utility over a seven-year period. The lawsuit alleged that the Englewood-based company conspired to defraud the DWP by preparing and approving numerous invoices that "artificially inflated the value of the work performed by CH2M Hill and its subcontractors."
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February 20, 2008 | Daniela Perdomo, Times Staff Writer
About 50 stern-faced mothers who work at the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power confronted the agency's board Tuesday and won the ability to keep using lactation services provided as a benefit of employment. Some members of the group, organized by their union, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 18, lined the boardroom holding signs that read: "Mayor Villaraigosa's appointee: Nick Patsaouras is anti-women."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 31, 2008 | Phil Willon, Times Staff Writer
The Los Angeles City Council gave preliminary approval Wednesday to restructuring electricity rates for city utility customers during the summer months, reducing rates in high-temperature neighborhoods and adopting a tiered rate system that would punish big energy users and reward conservation. The plan would give price breaks from June through September to customers living in "hot zones" in the San Fernando Valley, on the Eastside and in portions of South Los Angeles.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 17, 2007 | David Zahniser, Times Staff Writer
The union that represents workers at the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power has begun sending voters copies of a DVD that portrays the agency as a system "in crisis." International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Union Local 18, which represents 8,000 DWP employees, mailed the eight-minute video along with a letter urging ratepayers to contact Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and their City Council member about the state of the nation's largest municipal utility.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 6, 2008 | David Zahniser, Times Staff Writer
A Los Angeles City Council panel Tuesday berated officials with the city's Department of Water and Power over their handling of contracts that have been awarded to companies that recently employed the DWP's No. 2 official, Raman Raj. Council members said the utility should have done more to publicly disclose potential conflicts faced by Raj and show that the issue had been carefully reviewed.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 7, 2005 | Patrick McGreevy, Times Staff Writer
The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power is spending too much on lobbyists and on a fitness center and writing classes for its workers, board members complained Tuesday. Board member Nicholas Patsaouras cited contracts totaling more than $2.2 million for lobbyists in Sacramento and Washington, D.C. His board colleague, H. David Nahai, questioned a $465,000 contract with Aquila Fitness Consulting Systems for the DWP's fitness center covering two years and eight months of services.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 7, 2008 | David Zahniser, Zahniser is a Times staff writer.
A plan for adding 400 megawatts of solar power throughout Los Angeles could lead to electricity rate hikes for Department of Water and Power customers ranging from 2% to 8% over the next four years, according to figures provided by the utility. The L.A. City Council plans to vote today to put a measure on the March 3 ballot ordering the DWP to place solar panels on the roofs and parking lots of government, commercial and industrial buildings by 2014.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 7, 2008 | David Zahniser, Times Staff Writer
The board of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power voted this week to give its No. 2 official an extra $152,000 toward his pension, as part of the deal that brought him back to the agency last year. On Wednesday, City Controller Laura Chick called the agreement with Chief Operating Officer Raman Raj "unprecedented" and said she would not cut a check until the City Council takes up the matter and hears why it is necessary. Raj receives an annual salary of $247,000.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 21, 2006 | Cynthia H. Cho, Times Staff Writer
Shortly after being appointed last September, members of the board that guides the nation's largest municipal utility began receiving complaints about cronyism and nepotism from employees at the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. What was most shocking, said H. David Nahai, the Water and Power Commission's vice president, was the discovery that the department did not formally evaluate its 8,000 workers each year.
OPINION
October 30, 2007
Boundless optimism was in ready supply Monday outside Department of Water and Power headquarters, where Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa announced that he was recommending attorney H. David Nahai to be the municipal utility's next top executive.
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