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August 8, 2008 | David Zahniser, Times Staff Writer
One day after coming under fire from City Controller Laura Chick, the head of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power said Thursday that he would withdraw a proposal to give a $152,000 pension boost to his No. 2 executive. Chick had refused to write a check to Raman Raj, the DWP's chief operating officer, calling the agency's offer unprecedented and saying she wanted a public discussion of the proposal by the City Council. Raj receives an annual salary of $247,000. DWP General Manager H.
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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
June 3, 2008 | David Zahniser, Times Staff Writer
With hot-weather months drawing near, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power is scheduled to move ahead today with Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's crackdown on excessive water use, boosting fines for those who violate city water laws and imposing new restrictions on anyone with a garden hose. The proposed "drought busters" law, which comes up for a vote by the five-member DWP commission, would double water-usage fines for residential customers and quadruple them for businesses and apartment building owners.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 7, 2008 | David Zahniser, Times Staff Writer
Former Assemblywoman Cindy Montanez made a splash earlier this week when the head of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power announced that he was hiring her as his special advisor at a cost of $12,500 per month. But even as she began a job that could pay her up to $150,000 per year, DWP General Manager H. David Nahai said Friday that he also wants Montanez to keep her other post -- as a member of the state's Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board, which pays $130,000 annually.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 2, 2009 | David Zahniser
Environmental leaders across the region have begun shoring up support for the top executive at the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, saying he is being unfairly blamed for the defeat of a solar energy plan in last month's election. David Allgood, Southern California director of the California League of Conservation Voters, began circulating a letter to Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa earlier this week, saying H.
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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