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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 9, 2002 | CARL INGRAM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As time runs short on S. David Freeman as chief of the new state public power authority, Senate Republicans on Thursday launched a final campaign to derail his confirmation to the $220,000-a-year position. Republicans have suggested that under Freeman, the Los Angeles Department of Power and Water last year charged excessive prices and may have manipulated the market when it sold surplus electricity to the state during the energy crisis.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 29, 2010 | By David Zahniser
The man chosen by Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to be the city's "jobs czar" three months ago is in talks to take on an additional assignment: running the Department of Water and Power. Villaraigosa is considering naming First Deputy Mayor Austin Beutner as the DWP's interim general manager while the search continues for a permanent top executive, sources said Sunday. The DWP's current interim executive, S. David Freeman, is scheduled to step down within weeks. He has been promoting the mayor's package of residential electric rate hikes, which range from 9% to 28% depending on a household's location and power usage.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 6, 2001 | MICHAEL FINNEGAN and TERENCE MONMANEY, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
With California mired in energy troubles, Mayor Richard Riordan and his former power chief S. David Freeman trumpet the extraordinary fortune of Los Angeles: no rate hikes and no blackouts. Yet Riordan and Freeman have sullied their mutual success story by waging bitter campaigns to discredit each other--at first behind the scenes but now in public.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 7, 2009 | David Zahniser
The panel that oversees the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power voted Tuesday to name Deputy Mayor S. David Freeman interim general manager, paying him $6,250 per week at the same time the agency retains its recently departed top executive as a consultant. The commission, whose members are appointed by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, voted 3 to 0 to hire Freeman starting Tuesday. Meanwhile, the agency will pay former General Manager H. David Nahai, who announced his resignation Friday, $6,292 per week.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 17, 2009 | David Zahniser
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has selected S. David Freeman, the onetime head of the Department of Water and Power, as the deputy mayor assigned to carry out his environmental agenda. Viewed by activists as an elder statesman on green issues, Freeman will focus primarily on the mayor's clean-air and water conservation measures, as well as the effort to resurrect a solar energy plan that was narrowly defeated in last month's election.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 14, 2001 | NANCY VOGEL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Assembly Republicans called Thursday for the resignation of S. David Freeman, the former general manager of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power who now heads the state's new public power authority. The lawmakers cited a recent audit, detailed Monday in The Times, showing the DWP's profits on sales of electricity to other utilities averaged 56% last year. That is much higher than the 15% return DWP officials have for months said they earned.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 15, 2006 | Deborah Schoch, Times Staff Writer
The new president of the Los Angeles port commission, S. David Freeman, listened attentively as speaker after speaker stepped to a microphone in a cinder-block gymnasium on the San Pedro waterfront. Freeman had moved the meeting from its usual location -- the boardroom of the port headquarters -- to signal that the newly appointed Board of Harbor Commissioners takes seriously the worries of residents ringing the Port of Los Angeles, the nation's largest.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 3, 2001 | PATRICK McGREEVY
Tom Hayden was endorsed for the Los Angeles City Council on Monday by Department of Water and Power head S. David Freeman, whose success at keeping electricity available at reasonable rates has made him a popular figure. But rivals criticized Hayden for voting as a state senator for legislation that deregulated power and contributed to California's energy crisis.
BUSINESS
October 24, 2003 | Nancy Rivera Brooks, Times Staff Writer
S. David Freeman, the cowboy-hat-wearing former general manager of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, has made a career out of wrangling electrons. Now Freeman has set his sights on gas guzzlers -- including Gov.-elect Arnold Schwarzenegger's Hummer.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 24, 2002 | NANCY VOGEL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
SACRAMENTO -- The state Senate will put off voting to confirm S. David Freeman as head of the state public power authority until lawmakers learn more about his role at the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power during the electricity crisis, the Senate leader said Sunday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 17, 2009 | David Zahniser
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has selected S. David Freeman, the onetime head of the Department of Water and Power, as the deputy mayor assigned to carry out his environmental agenda. Viewed by activists as an elder statesman on green issues, Freeman will focus primarily on the mayor's clean-air and water conservation measures, as well as the effort to resurrect a solar energy plan that was narrowly defeated in last month's election.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 15, 2006 | Deborah Schoch, Times Staff Writer
The new president of the Los Angeles port commission, S. David Freeman, listened attentively as speaker after speaker stepped to a microphone in a cinder-block gymnasium on the San Pedro waterfront. Freeman had moved the meeting from its usual location -- the boardroom of the port headquarters -- to signal that the newly appointed Board of Harbor Commissioners takes seriously the worries of residents ringing the Port of Los Angeles, the nation's largest.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 16, 2005 | Deborah Schoch, Times Staff Writer
S. David Freeman, elected less than an hour before as president of the Los Angeles Harbor Commission, listened intently as a port planner explained that a long-delayed project to refurbish the Wilmington waterfront would not be completed before January 2011. Freeman pounced. "I want you to get a sense of urgency about this -- 2011 is a long ways off for a guy 79 years old," he said. Then he addressed the standing-room-only crowd of more than 250 people, many from Wilmington.
BUSINESS
October 24, 2003 | Nancy Rivera Brooks, Times Staff Writer
S. David Freeman, the cowboy-hat-wearing former general manager of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, has made a career out of wrangling electrons. Now Freeman has set his sights on gas guzzlers -- including Gov.-elect Arnold Schwarzenegger's Hummer.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 13, 2002 | CARL INGRAM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
S. David Freeman, accused by Republicans of having gouged Californians during the energy crisis and defended by Democrats as a public servant who tenaciously fought for consumers, was confirmed Monday as chief of the new state public power authority. Majority Democrats prevailed over Republicans in a party-line 25-23 vote.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 9, 2002 | CARL INGRAM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As time runs short on S. David Freeman as chief of the new state public power authority, Senate Republicans on Thursday launched a final campaign to derail his confirmation to the $220,000-a-year position. Republicans have suggested that under Freeman, the Los Angeles Department of Power and Water last year charged excessive prices and may have manipulated the market when it sold surplus electricity to the state during the energy crisis.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 24, 2001 | TINA DAUNT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
While acknowledging that raises for more than a dozen top Los Angeles managers were given improperly, Mayor Richard Riordan on Friday disputed allegations that he was responsible for the botch-up and said he would work to rectify the problem. Riordan said he believed that members of the City Council serving on the city's Executive Employee Relations Committee were the ones responsible for erroneously handing out pay increases to a number of department heads.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 11, 2001 | NANCY VOGEL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
S. David Freeman, the former head of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, will be named by the governor to chair a new state power agency created in the midst of California's energy crisis, sources said Friday. The choice of Freeman, 75, has been rumored for months. A spokesman for Gov. Gray Davis refused to comment on the selection Friday, saying only that an announcement will be made Monday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 2, 2002 | CARL INGRAM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
State power official S. David Freeman on Thursday deplored an alleged act of price gouging during the energy crisis by the Los Angeles city power department he once headed, but claimed it was not as bad as a similar scheme by the Enron Corp. Freeman, former general manager of the city Department of Water and Power, told state Senate investigators that he had no knowledge of the incident of "ricocheting" in 2000 until he read of it in The Times last month.
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