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August 6, 2008 | David Zahniser, Times Staff Writer
A Los Angeles City Council panel Tuesday berated officials with the city's Department of Water and Power over their handling of contracts that have been awarded to companies that recently employed the DWP's No. 2 official, Raman Raj. Council members said the utility should have done more to publicly disclose potential conflicts faced by Raj and show that the issue had been carefully reviewed.
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April 12, 2013 | By David Zahniser, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles mayoral candidate Eric Garcetti has edged ahead of opponent Wendy Greuel in fund-raising for the May 21 runoff contest, raising $1.27 million during the 4 1/2 weeks that followed the March 5 primary election. The haul means that Garcetti has more than $2 million on hand for his campaign, according to reports filed Thursday. Greuel took in $1.12 million during the same fund-raising period, which ended Saturday, and has nearly $1.5 million available for the campaign. Greuel called the pace of her fund-raising "explosive" and portrayed it as a sign that voters are frustrated with the status quo. Her campaign strategist, John Shallman, struck a similar theme, describing Greuel's take as evidence that residents want someone to "break the gridlock at City Hall.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 6, 2010 | By David Zahniser, Los Angeles Times
Tensions ran so high in the executive ranks of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power last year that the utility hired an organizational psychologist to sort out the ill feelings. The psychologist received nearly $50,000 under a contract that required him to give only an oral report to Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's office. As a result, there is no written record, a DWP spokesman said. But several sources said the psychologist found an intense battle between the two men attempting to carry out Villaraigosa's policies: then-General Manager H. David Nahai and Raman Raj, the No. 2 executive.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 12, 2013 | By David Zahniser
Los Angeles mayoral candidate Eric Garcetti has edged ahead of opponent Wendy Greuel in fund-raising for the May 21 runoff contest, raising $1.27 million during the 4 1/2 weeks that followed the March 5 primary election. The haul means that Garcetti has more than $2 million on hand for his campaign, according to reports filed Thursday. Greuel took in $1.12 million during the same fund-raising period, which ended Saturday, and has nearly $1.5 million available for the campaign. Greuel called the pace of her fund-raising "explosive" and portrayed it as a sign that voters are frustrated with the status quo. Her campaign strategist, John Shallman, struck a similar theme, describing Greuel's take as evidence that residents want someone to "break the gridlock at City Hall.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 5, 2008 | David Zahniser
The Department of Water and Power commission will meet today to review a new conflict-of-interest policy, following complaints about the agency's handling of its No. 2 executive. The DWP wrote the policy after council members raised questions about Raman Raj, the utility's chief operating officer, who was hired last year after representing at least five DWP contractors as a private consultant. The Times reported this year that the DWP was moving to approve or extend contracts with Raj's former clients.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 12, 2013 | By David Zahniser, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles mayoral candidate Eric Garcetti has edged ahead of opponent Wendy Greuel in fund-raising for the May 21 runoff contest, raising $1.27 million during the 4 1/2 weeks that followed the March 5 primary election. The haul means that Garcetti has more than $2 million on hand for his campaign, according to reports filed Thursday. Greuel took in $1.12 million during the same fund-raising period, which ended Saturday, and has nearly $1.5 million available for the campaign. Greuel called the pace of her fund-raising "explosive" and portrayed it as a sign that voters are frustrated with the status quo. Her campaign strategist, John Shallman, struck a similar theme, describing Greuel's take as evidence that residents want someone to "break the gridlock at City Hall.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 12, 2013 | By David Zahniser
Los Angeles mayoral candidate Eric Garcetti has edged ahead of opponent Wendy Greuel in fund-raising for the May 21 runoff contest, raising $1.27 million during the 4 1/2 weeks that followed the March 5 primary election. The haul means that Garcetti has more than $2 million on hand for his campaign, according to reports filed Thursday. Greuel took in $1.12 million during the same fund-raising period, which ended Saturday, and has nearly $1.5 million available for the campaign. Greuel called the pace of her fund-raising "explosive" and portrayed it as a sign that voters are frustrated with the status quo. Her campaign strategist, John Shallman, struck a similar theme, describing Greuel's take as evidence that residents want someone to "break the gridlock at City Hall.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 7, 2008 | David Zahniser, Times Staff Writer
The board of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power voted this week to give its No. 2 official an extra $152,000 toward his pension, as part of the deal that brought him back to the agency last year. On Wednesday, City Controller Laura Chick called the agreement with Chief Operating Officer Raman Raj "unprecedented" and said she would not cut a check until the City Council takes up the matter and hears why it is necessary. Raj receives an annual salary of $247,000.
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 6, 2010 | By David Zahniser, Los Angeles Times
Tensions ran so high in the executive ranks of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power last year that the utility hired an organizational psychologist to sort out the ill feelings. The psychologist received nearly $50,000 under a contract that required him to give only an oral report to Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's office. As a result, there is no written record, a DWP spokesman said. But several sources said the psychologist found an intense battle between the two men attempting to carry out Villaraigosa's policies: then-General Manager H. David Nahai and Raman Raj, the No. 2 executive.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 5, 2008 | David Zahniser
The Department of Water and Power commission will meet today to review a new conflict-of-interest policy, following complaints about the agency's handling of its No. 2 executive. The DWP wrote the policy after council members raised questions about Raman Raj, the utility's chief operating officer, who was hired last year after representing at least five DWP contractors as a private consultant. The Times reported this year that the DWP was moving to approve or extend contracts with Raj's former clients.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 7, 2008 | David Zahniser, Times Staff Writer
The board of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power voted this week to give its No. 2 official an extra $152,000 toward his pension, as part of the deal that brought him back to the agency last year. On Wednesday, City Controller Laura Chick called the agreement with Chief Operating Officer Raman Raj "unprecedented" and said she would not cut a check until the City Council takes up the matter and hears why it is necessary. Raj receives an annual salary of $247,000.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 6, 2008 | David Zahniser, Times Staff Writer
A Los Angeles City Council panel Tuesday berated officials with the city's Department of Water and Power over their handling of contracts that have been awarded to companies that recently employed the DWP's No. 2 official, Raman Raj. Council members said the utility should have done more to publicly disclose potential conflicts faced by Raj and show that the issue had been carefully reviewed.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 31, 2010 | David Zahniser, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's appointees at the Department of Water and Power on Wednesday evening rejected the City Council's proposal for a 4.5% electric rate hike, opting for a larger increase that was more in line with the amount Villaraigosa had sought for his renewable energy proposal. After taking a 45-minute break, the DWP board voted unanimously for an increase of 0.7 cents per kilowatt hour, which would translate into a 5.7% rate hike for residents and businesses, according to a high-level utility executive.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 3, 2008 | David Zahniser, Times Staff Writer
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's appointees at the Department of Water and Power are slated to decide today whether to award or extend contracts to three companies that until recently were business clients of a high-level DWP executive. Under the DWP proposal, up to $6.3 million would be awarded to businesses that were represented until Nov. 30 by Raman Raj, now the utility's chief operating officer. The contracts come up two weeks after the Los Angeles City Council rejected another $1.
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