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September 8, 2004 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The board of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power voted Tuesday to reinstate its program that provides financial incentives to businesses and homeowners who install solar electric systems. The $159-million program had stopped accepting applications after a flood of requests. The board voted to revise the program and to fund it through 2011.
November 20, 2012 | By Louis Sahagun, Los Angeles Times
The California Air Resources Board has ruled that the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power is solely responsible for controlling the choking dust storms that arise from the dry Owens Lake bed. The board said the DWP must take additional air pollution control measures on 2.9 square miles of the dry lake, which was drained to provide water to Los Angeles. The powder-fine dust arising from the bed often exceeds federal health standards. The DWP argues that it has already reduced dust pollution 90% at a cost to ratepayers of $1.2 billion.
October 23, 2002 | From Times Staff Reports
With daylight savings time ending Sunday, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power's Bureau of Street Lighting is urging residents to report faulty streetlights. Calls about equipment needing repair or replacement may be placed to (800) 342-5397 or (213) 847-5368.
December 19, 2009 | By Nancy Rivera Brooks
Customers of Southern California Edison and California's other big investor-owned utilities won't see a refund on their bills from the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power -- but they'll be getting $113 million in relief just the same. The DWP was accused by the three big utilities and state agencies of overcharging for electricity during the energy crisis that hit California and other Western states in 2000 and 2001. The L.A. utility, however, wasn't paid, as complaints worked their way through the regulatory and legal process.
February 3, 2004 | From Times Staff Reports
The general manager of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power has been diagnosed as having tongue cancer and is going on disability leave for treatment expected to last at least three months. Until David H. Wiggs can return, the department's chief administrative officer, Frank Salas, will act as general manager, officials said Monday. Mayor James K. Hahn supported the plan and wished Wiggs a speedy recovery, a spokeswoman said.
December 21, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power's board directed its managers Tuesday to meet with neighborhood groups and business owners to explain a plan to increase renewable energy sources to 20% of the power mix by 2010 -- seven years ahead of the current schedule. Renewable resources will include wind, geothermal, biomass, landfill gas, small hydroelectricity and solar power.
August 25, 2004 | From Times Staff Reports
A consulting firm plans to file a claim today against the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power alleging the agency unfairly backed away from a $2.7-million contract extension and hadn't paid its bills. OFS, the Business Doctors, developed and operated an Internet-based purchasing system for the city agency. Henry Martinez, acting general manager of the DWP, said the agency has fulfilled its obligations to make payments.
June 30, 1992
Los Angeles Department of Water and Power customers can cash in their old water-wasting toilets again beginning Wednesday when the DWP initiates the second phase of its Ultra-Low-Flush Toilet Rebate Program. The program offers customers up to $100 per toilet for every standard toilet replaced with a DWP-approved water-saving toilet. Gerald A. Gewe, director of water resources planning, said that the first phase had to be suspended in October, 1991, because of a shortage of funds.
June 17, 2001 | From Times Staff Reports
Eight North Hollywood apartment buildings were evacuated after a pumping station leaked a potentially toxic chlorine solution, a fire spokesman said. A neighbor reported a strange odor about 4:30 a.m. near the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power's North Hollywood Pumping Station, at Vanowen Street and Morella Avenue, Brian Humphrey said. One person was treated at the scene after apparently breathing the fumes, Humphrey said. Residents were allowed to return home about 10:40 a.m., he said.
November 20, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A work crew accidentally ruptured pipes leading to a Los Angeles Department of Water and Power water tank, sending mud and debris down a hillside Saturday, officials said. No injuries or damage were reported. The rupture occurred on the 4100 block of North Portola Avenue, said MaryAnne Pierson, a DWP spokeswoman. About 500,000 gallons spilled between 7:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., she said. The crew had been working for a private contractor, Pierson said.
September 9, 2009 | Jessica Garrison, Andrew Blankstein and Raja Abdulrahim
A second burst water line in the San Fernando Valley in less than 72 hours -- creating a sinkhole that nearly consumed a firetruck -- prompted concern about the city's aging pipe system and criticism that officials have moved too slowly to upgrade it. The sinkhole appeared Tuesday morning in Valley Village, about two miles from the spot where a 95-year-old trunk line failed late Saturday night, sending a 10-foot torrent of mud and water into the...
February 3, 2009 | David Zahniser
A consulting firm that warned Los Angeles officials last fall that a solar energy measure on the March 3 ballot was "extremely risky" sent an apology to the city's Department of Water and Power weeks later, voicing alarm that its comments may cause it to lose out on a city contract. P.A. Consulting Group privately warned the City Council's top policy advisor that the DWP might have to impose major rate hikes to implement the solar proposal, which later became Measure B.
December 19, 2008 | David Zahniser
When members of the Los Angeles City Council agreed last month to put an ambitious solar energy plan on the March 3 ballot, they talked effusively about their desire for cleaner air and "green" technology jobs -- the kind that could boost the economy during a recession. What they didn't discuss was an analysis by a city-hired consulting firm that called the solar plan "extremely risky" and considerably more expensive than was being portrayed by the Department of Water and Power.
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.
October 28, 2008 | Phil Willon, Willon is a Times staff writer.
The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power will refund $160 million that it overcharged other government agencies for more than a decade, the state attorney general's office announced Monday.
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.
September 24, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Members of a newly seated board for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power proposed changes at the agency Friday. Board member H. David Nahai said the agency should revisit a shelved proposal to filter purified sewage effluent through groundwater supplies for eventual use as drinking water.
December 7, 1989 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A court order that stopped Los Angeles from diverting any more Mono Lake water this year was extended to March. El Dorado County Superior Court Judge Terrence Finney also ordered the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power to release water down Lee Vining and Rush creeks, two streams that fed the shrinking saline lake year-round until the city began its diversions.
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.
June 16, 2008 | David Zahniser, Times Staff Writer
Seven years ago, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power spent $3.3 million settling employee accusations that the utility had condoned racial discrimination -- and interfered in efforts to investigate those complaints. The allegations prompted the DWP to hire an outside law firm, which concluded that one high-level official, then-Assistant General Manager Raman Raj, had shielded union employees from disciplinary action and discouraged employee complaints.
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