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August 9, 2006 | Patrick McGreevy, Times Staff Writer
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa faced pressure Tuesday to give security officers at the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power the same controversial pay raises given to more than 9,000 other agency workers. The mayor sidestepped the matter, at least temporarily, by asking the DWP general manager to try to negotiate a resolution.
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July 28, 2006 | Sharon Bernstein and Amanda Covarrubias, Times Staff Writers
The heat wave that triggered widespread blackouts around Southern California occurred as the Department of Water and Power underestimated how much power Angelenos would use at one time while overestimating the quality of its equipment, according to interviews and documents. The record temperatures sent power usage to an all-time high of 6,165 megawatts -- an amount that shocked agency officials.
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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.
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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%.
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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%.
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May 21, 2006 | Stephen Clark, Times Staff Writer
Ollie McWilliams has been living on a fixed income since she retired as a nurse in the 1990s. News that the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power is trying to increase its rates has her thinking about returning to the old-fashioned way of lighting her home. "I'm going to have to go back to oil lamps and candles," said the 81-year-old South Los Angeles resident, who noted that her expenses were rising. "Everything counts. I don't have no money to waste or throw away."
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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.
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April 28, 2006 | John Spano, Times Staff Writer
A former Fleishman-Hillard executive who once served as one of then-Mayor Richard Riordan's top aides told federal jurors Thursday that he personally falsified public relations billings to the city Department of Water and Power. Steven Sugerman said he billed falsely for the international public relations giant, and instructed subordinates to do the same, at the direction of his boss, Douglas Dowie, who himself was once a confidant of former Mayor James K. Hahn.
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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.
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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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