CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 2, 1994 |
Under pressure from Los Angeles city leaders to streamline operations, the Department of Water and Power will reduce its staff by 1,000 employees--10% of its work force--by July and will implement other cost-saving measures within the next 18 months, officials announced Tuesday. DWP Director William R.
June 23, 1994 |
The City Council levied a 5.5% utility user tax and laid off 17 city employees to help make up a $1.1-million budget shortfall. Council members unanimously passed the $7.8-million budget, which included the new tax and the layoffs, on June 16. The tax will be tacked on to electricity, telephone, gas, cable television, water and cellular telephone bills. Residents' utility bills are expected to rise an average of $88 a year, said Tom Devereux, city director of community resources.
May 19, 1994 |
Residents would pay higher taxes and some City Hall employees would lose their jobs under a plan to balance the city's budget, officials said. The City Council tentatively approved the measures last week to eliminate a projected $1.1-million shortfall for next year. A formal vote is expected June 2. Council members said they plan to institute the city's first tax on utilities and cable TV. The tax would collect an estimated $66 a year per household and would take effect in October.
February 23, 1993 |
Pacific Gas & Electric Co., the San Francisco-based electric utility, announced a companywide restructuring Monday that will trim 3,000 jobs, or about 11% of its work force. The company said the cost savings from the changes--estimated at $200 million a year by 1995--will be passed on to PG&E customers in the form of lower rates, the company said. The reorganization eliminates PG&E's engineering and construction unit and changes other units to focus on customer services.
January 20, 1992 |
Closing of San Onofre Will Cost Jobs: As many as 500 jobs at San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station will be eliminated beginning in late 1993 if Southern California Edison receives state Public Utilities Commission approval to close down the facility's aging Unit No. 1, Edison officials said.