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March 21, 1998 | JEFFREY L. RABIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For the moment, an adroit exercise in bargaining-table brinkmanship has spared the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power from massive layoffs, but the real question confronting America's largest municipal utility remains unanswered: Can the city's public power system survive competition? Can an infamously bureaucratic utility nurtured in the sheltered workshop of monopoly transform itself into an agile competitor in California's emerging free market for power?
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May 21, 1999 | PATRICK McGREEVY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The head of the Los Angeles redevelopment agency proposed a $160-million budget Thursday that trims staff from 210 to 200, but refused to follow advice to close 10 branch offices to save money. Community Redevelopment Agency administrator John Molloy said the budget he proposed Thursday provides reasonable measures for ensuring that the agency can continue to fulfill its mission of curing blight.
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January 30, 1998 | JEFFREY L. RABIN and TED ROHRLICH, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The struggle over the future of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, America's largest municipal utility, went forward on two fronts Thursday--in a utilitarian downtown courtroom and in the ballroom of a posh waterfront hotel.
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March 26, 1998 | JEFFREY L. RABIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Meeting behind closed doors Wednesday, the Los Angeles City Council gave final approval to the last element of a $360-million buyout and severance package designed to avert sweeping layoffs at the Department of Water and Power. The council's 12-2 decision came despite concerns that the cost of the package of cash severance payments and enhanced retirement benefits had increased by $14 million since its last public airing.
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March 26, 1998 | JEFFREY L. RABIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Meeting behind closed doors Wednesday, the Los Angeles City Council gave final approval to the last element of a $360-million buyout and severance package designed to avert sweeping layoffs at the Department of Water and Power. The council's 12-2 decision came despite concerns that the cost of the package of cash severance payments and enhanced retirement benefits had increased by $14 million since its last public airing.
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December 12, 1997 | BETH SHUSTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Los Angeles City Council panel approved a new labor pact with the Department of Water and Power's largest and most powerful union Thursday, agreeing to a buyout and severance package before the city embarks on unprecedented layoffs in the department. But the package, which is scheduled to be considered behind closed doors by the full council today, came under fire from one of the panel members, Councilman Joel Wachs.
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December 8, 1992 | JAMES RAINEY and RON RUSSELL, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Faced with a projected city budget shortfall of $155 million, two influential Los Angeles City Council members have called for a new package of higher taxes and layoffs, including staff reductions in the offices of the mayor and council.
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December 11, 1992 | JAMES RAINEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Police and fire service in Los Angeles would be maintained roughly at current levels, but business and residential taxes would be increased and up to 70 city employees would be laid off under a budget package approved Thursday by the City Council.
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July 3, 1992 | JAMES RAINEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Proposed state budget cutbacks would level a "devastating blow" at efforts to rebuild Los Angeles, and could force the layoff of 1,000 police officers and the complete shutdown of the library system, Mayor Tom Bradley said Thursday. Standing beside newly arrived Police Chief Willie L. Williams, Bradley presented an array of dire scenarios he said would materialize if the state imposes budget cuts of $300 million over two years.
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January 25, 1992 | FREDERICK M. MUIR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With economic forecasts presenting an increasingly grim picture, City Administrative Officer Keith Comrie said Friday that Los Angeles may need to lay off 1,300 municipal employees next fiscal year and freeze all salaries to counter a projected record deficit of $190 million. "Very severe operating problems and severe reductions (in services) would result from such cuts," Comrie wrote in a report delivered Friday to Mayor Tom Bradley and the City Council.
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March 21, 1998 | JEFFREY L. RABIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For the moment, an adroit exercise in bargaining-table brinkmanship has spared the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power from massive layoffs, but the real question confronting America's largest municipal utility remains unanswered: Can the city's public power system survive competition? Can an infamously bureaucratic utility nurtured in the sheltered workshop of monopoly transform itself into an agile competitor in California's emerging free market for power?
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March 20, 1998
A Los Angeles City Council panel postponed a decision Thursday on a tentative settlement with the Department of Water and Power's employee union aimed at offering financial incentives to avoid massive layoffs in the municipal utility. The council's employees relations committee delayed a vote on the issue until next week to receive more information about the deal, struck late Tuesday between the Engineers and Architects Assn. and the DWP's management. DWP General Manager S.
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March 19, 1998 | BETH SHUSTER and JEFFREY L. RABIN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The Los Angeles City Council took a number of steps Wednesday toward preparing its municipal utility for coming deregulation of the electrical market, including reducing the Department of Water and Power's work force and granting rate freezes and discounts. But while the council action included approval for what has been called the largest layoff in city history--2,000 employees--potential settlements with its unions probably will diminish the need for that many mandatory dismissals.
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March 7, 1998 | JEFFREY L. RABIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Flatly rejecting union arguments, a Superior Court judge has upheld the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power's right to lay off hundreds of workers as it prepares for a new era of competition in the deregulated electric power business. In a major defeat for the Engineers and Architects Assn., Judge Kurt J. Lewin denied a preliminary injunction to halt the impending layoffs of 635 of its members who work at the DWP.
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March 3, 1998 | JEFFREY L. RABIN and ANN O'NEILL, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
It was dysfunction as usual on the local government front Monday, as a Los Angeles Superior Court judge temporarily blocked the layoff of hundreds of workers at the Department of Water and Power, saying that he was just too overwhelmed by other cases to finish a long-awaited decision on the legality of downsizing America's largest municipal utility. "The layoffs are going to have to wait another week at least," Superior Court Judge Kurt J.
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January 30, 1998 | JEFFREY L. RABIN and TED ROHRLICH, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The struggle over the future of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, America's largest municipal utility, went forward on two fronts Thursday--in a utilitarian downtown courtroom and in the ballroom of a posh waterfront hotel.
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November 18, 1992 | JAMES RAINEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For the first time in recent memory, Los Angeles city officials on Tuesday recommended laying off employees as part of a plan to prevent reductions in police and fire service proposed last month by Mayor Tom Bradley. Responding to a projected $71-million budget deficit, the City Council's Budget and Finance Committee approved a plan that would cut 84 building inspectors and planners and also increase taxes on businesses that sell their products outside the state.
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December 20, 1997 | JEFFREY L. RABIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As the Los Angeles City Council signaled its support for dramatically downsizing the Department of Water and Power's work force, the union representing 1,200 of the 2,000 DWP employees targeted for layoffs went to court to block the job cuts. The lawsuit, filed by the Engineers and Architects Assn., seeks a preliminary injunction to stop the DWP and its new general manager, S.
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December 13, 1997 | BETH SHUSTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Over the strenuous objections of two of its members, a majority of the Los Angeles City Council agreed Friday to a proposed new labor pact with the Department of Water and Power's largest union, preparing the utility for massive layoffs before deregulation of electrical utilities forces the city into the competitive market. But after the lengthy closed council meeting, even the union the council intended to help wasn't happy.
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