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March 30, 2006 | Patrick McGreevy, Times Staff Writer
An audit of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power recommended that the agency be allowed to raise water rates by 7.4% over the next two years to cover escalating costs and said additional increases totaling nearly 10% may be justified during the following three years. The financial analysis released Wednesday was conducted by Barrington-Wellesley Group Inc. at the request of the City Council, which had balked at raising rates 3.
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March 23, 2006 | Michael Hiltzik
There's an ancient principle to the effect that even if you're the unwitting recipient of an undeserved bonanza -- say a bank mistakenly funnels a million bucks of someone else's money into your ATM account -- you can't keep the money. Apparently this notion hasn't registered at the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power.
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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.
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January 13, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The Department of Water and Power has begun the court-ordered construction of a project to send water flowing into a 62-mile stretch of the Lower Owens River, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said Thursday. The project will reverse damage to the river's environment caused by L.A.'s diversion of water from the Owens Valley to Southern California. The courts have fined the city $5,000 a day since September for delays -- or $645,000 -- and another $2.
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January 11, 2006 | Patrick McGreevy, Times Staff Writer
The Department of Water and Power board called Tuesday for a report detailing the Los Angeles agency's purchase of bottled water even as a manager said the amount spent during the last two years may be greater than the $31,160 paid to Sparkletts. Board members also suggested the agency take steps to regain the trust of consumers by including a flier in utility bills that assures customers the city's tap water is safe and of high quality.
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January 6, 2006 | Patrick McGreevy, Times Staff Writer
Faced with criticism that Los Angeles city agencies have been buying bottled water at taxpayer expense, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has reiterated that departments cannot provide it on the public's dime.
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January 4, 2006 | Steve Lopez
A good deal of what Nick Patsaouras told me Tuesday about the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, which he oversees as a board member, is unfit to print. I don't have enough dashes, ellipses and brackets to convey his rage over the department's expenses, which include big bucks for lobbyists, writing teachers and, as if to send him over the edge, bottled water.
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January 3, 2006 | Patrick McGreevy, Times Staff Writer
Despite spending $1 million in the last two years to assure Los Angeles residents that their tap water is not only safe to drink but also top quality, city officials spent $88,900 in public money during that time on bottled water from private firms. The Department of Water and Power, which supplies the city's water and promotes it, spent the most on bottled water, paying $31,160 to Sparkletts.
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December 30, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The Department of Water and Power on Thursday questioned a regulatory agency's decision to expand by 9.3 square miles the 29-square-mile area in the Owens Valley where the city is spending $415 million to reduce dust. DWP Board President Mary Nichols said it is premature for the air pollution district to expand the area for dust reduction before her agency has completed work in the existing target area.
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December 21, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Four years after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power board complained Tuesday that the agency is two years from completing the installation and upgrade of surveillance cameras to protect its 100 electric and water facilities. The board approved a $2.2-million contract with Metro Video Systems Inc. but only after board members questioned why the contract, with options, is for up to three years. "That's not soon enough.
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