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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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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 24, 2008 | David Zahniser, Times Staff Writer
A top executive hired to run day-to-day operations at the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power has come under fire as the latest example of the revolving door between city government and businesses that seek lucrative public contracts. Before returning to the DWP in December after a six-year absence, Raman Raj, who earns $247,000 annually as the utility's chief operating officer, worked most of last year as a consultant for at least three DWP contractors.
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April 10, 2008 | David Zahniser
A package of rate hikes for water and electricity won approval from the City Council on Wednesday, ending six months of debate. The council voted 13 to 1 on a trio of electrical rate increases and 11 to 3 on a pair of water rate increases. The decision will leave electricity customers paying 23% more by 2010 after four years' worth of DWP surcharges are factored in. DWP customers will pay roughly 10% more for water by summer 2009 after an increase from the Metropolitan Water District is included.
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April 9, 2008 | David Zahniser, Times Staff Writer
When the Los Angeles City Council gave preliminary approval to electrical and water rate hikes last week, the debate focused almost exclusively on a series of modest, single-digit increases planned between now and summer 2009. In reality, electricity bills will go up at least 23% over a four-year period, thanks to the Department of Water and Power's decision to ask ratepayers to absorb the higher cost of natural gas and the switch to other environmentally friendly forms of energy.
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February 20, 2008 | Duke Helfand, Times Staff Writer
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and other municipal leaders unveiled a green energy initiative Tuesday by the city's utility that they predict will create as many as 400 union jobs over the next three years to install and maintain solar panels on city buildings and other structures around Los Angeles. Villaraigosa promoted the new effort as part of a larger clean-growth strategy during an appearance atop a Los Angeles Convention Center parking garage with solar panels as a backdrop.
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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."
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February 16, 2008 | David Zahniser, Times Staff Writer
Computer equipment containing the private financial data of every employee of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power was stolen earlier this week, prompting the utility to pay for a credit monitoring service for each of its 8,275 workers. DWP General Manager H.
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January 25, 2008 | Bob Pool, Times Staff Writer
They've talked about -- and fought over -- the six-acre patch at the edge of the Silver Lake Reservoir for nearly a decade. Should the flat, grassy area created in the early 1950s when a stagnant reservoir cove was filled in with dirt be turned into a park? Or should it remain a fenced-in habitat for wildlife?
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December 20, 2007 | Duke Helfand
The City Council approved two wind-power agreements Wednesday that will increase the amount of renewable energy provided to residents by the Department of Water and Power. The deals will bump the amount of the department's portfolio that comes from alternative power from 8% to 11% of overall supplies. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has pledged to raise that amount to 20% by 2010.
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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.
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