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July 26, 2006 | From Times Staff Reports
The board of the Department of Water and Power on Tuesday approved increases in water rates, which must still be approved by the City Council. The average homeowner would see a monthly increase of about 40 cents the first year and 60 cents the next, said DWP spokeswoman Kim Hughes. Higher costs are expected for businesses and large homes. The board also approved factoring the cost of natural gas into electricity bills. A bill for the average homeowner could rise $15 a year.
July 19, 2006 | From Times Staff Reports
The Department of Water and Power clarified on Tuesday a proposal to increase water rates. The proposal calls for a rate hike averaging 2.75% overall, but most residential users would see their bills rise by 1.6% this year and by 2.2% next year, according to General Manager Ron Deaton. Businesses would pay more, and those that use a lot of water, such as hotels, would see their rates increase 11.5%.
June 21, 2006 | Evelyn Larrubia, Times Staff Writer
Under pressure from community groups and scrutiny from its board and the City Council over the agency's spending, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power is proposing a significantly scaled-back rate hike. The DWP board Tuesday approved a $3.9-billion budget based on a water-rate increase of 2.75% -- nearly a third smaller than the proposed 3.9%.
May 3, 2006 | John Spano, Times Staff Writer
Douglas R. Dowie, a political power-broker and one-time editor of the Daily News, rested his case Tuesday without calling any witnesses to refute charges that he and a top aide at Fleishman-Hillard Inc. public relations giant conspired to defraud city taxpayers by overbilling the Department of Water and Power. The surprise ending means that neither Dowie nor co-defendant John Stodder will testify. Stodder called two witnesses, and his lawyer said he would rest his case today.
April 23, 2006 | Jean Merl, Times Staff Writer
Officials of Los Angeles' giant utility on Saturday opened their campaign to win a water-rate increase and to reinstate a long-frozen surcharge on electricity bills. During a sparsely attended two-hour presentation at the Department of Water and Power's downtown headquarters, officials laid out their case for proposed hikes in water rates of 3.9%, effective July 1, and 3.5% more a year later.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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