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April 15, 2010 | By David Zahniser And Phil Willon
The Los Angeles City Council and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa reached a breakthrough Wednesday in their standoff over electrical rates, with the council narrowly sending another proposed increase back to the Department of Water and Power for a vote. On an 8-5 vote, the council approved a 4.5% rate increase -- the same amount that it backed two weeks ago, only to be rebuffed by the mayor's appointees on the DWP board.
December 19, 2009 | By Nancy Rivera Brooks
Customers of Southern California Edison and California's other big investor-owned utilities won't see a refund on their bills from the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power -- but they'll be getting $113 million in relief just the same. The DWP was accused by the three big utilities and state agencies of overcharging for electricity during the energy crisis that hit California and other Western states in 2000 and 2001. The L.A. utility, however, wasn't paid, as complaints worked their way through the regulatory and legal process.
December 9, 2009 | Steve Lopez
If you're looking for work in this rotten economy, I've got a tip: Run, don't walk, to the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power and apply for anything they've got. A reader sent me a posting for an executive secretary position at the DWP, and the salary range is $68,089 to $97,864, with great benefits. "A good secretary is worth her weight in gold," said my e-mailer. "Only in the Los Angeles DWP do they take that quite literally." I like that line, but does a DWP executive secretary make more than his or her counterparts in other city departments?
February 15, 2014 | Steve Lopez
If somehow you missed the news that California is drier than a stale tortilla, the Amber Alert signs have come to the rescue with highway bulletins like this one: "Serious drought, help save water. " This is helpful to a point, I suppose, and I like the creative use of highway signs heretofore reserved largely for safety warnings or child abductions. If Caltrans would consider pushing the boundaries even further, I'd spring for a sign that says: "Hey, Brian D'Arcy, where's our $40 million?"
September 25, 2012 | By David Zahniser, Los Angeles Times
Salaries at the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power are "significantly" higher than those paid by other public and private utilities, according to an analysis prepared for city leaders. With two back-to-back electricity rate increases — 4.9% this year and 6% next year — up for a City Council vote Tuesday, a Los Angeles-based consulting firm has concluded that key employee groups at the DWP earn more and receive health and retirement benefits that appear "more generous than industry norms.
February 19, 2014 | By Emily Alpert Reyes
The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power resumed sending out automatic notices to customers who are short on their bills this week, months after halting the practice amid alarm over erroneous charges. The effort is meant to help mop up a revenue shortfall of more than $300 million. Assistant general manager of customer service Sharon Grove said automatic collections have been resuming in phases, starting with commercial customers who have owed more than $10,000 for more than 90 days.
October 11, 1992
The Times' Sept. 26 News Challenge contained a trick question that should have had a "none of the above" answer regarding the area receiving Bouquet Reservoir water. The question asking the reason for a reservoir problem that caused Santa Clarita Valley residents' concern should have read "San Fernando Valley residents" since the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power does not serve water to the Santa Clarita Valley. DANIEL W. WATERS General Manager/Chief Engineer L.A. Dept.
February 25, 1991
With regard to the proposed surcharge by the Department of Water and Power because its revenues will decline due to the conservation measures being implemented, I say forget that. DWP officials should learn to live within their means, just as we must. I guess they will have to implement some cost-cutting measures. MICHAEL PELATT, Shadow Hills
November 20, 1988
While the rest of us must content ourselves with 6-gallon-per-minute powerless shower heads as mandated by the Department of Water and Power, will our local rich and famous be allowed to install the water-hungry, multiple-head shower arrangements described in the article? FLORENCE R. ELKES Sherman Oaks
March 1, 2011 | David Lazarus
Kimberly Vincelli may not be the poster girl for reforming the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. But her case illustrates the need for a ratepayer advocate that people could turn to when they feel they're getting muscled by the utility. Vincelli, 53, of Tarzana received a residential bill for almost $18,000. Something's clearly wrong when a bill gets that high, and Vincelli believed she wasn't to blame. An examination of her DWP records suggests that maybe if she'd paid her water and power bills more diligently, she wouldn't be facing this trouble now. But the utility also appears to be at fault for not explaining things clearly to a customer who says she repeatedly tried to get straight answers, and for keeping the lights on for years as unpaid bills piled up. Vincelli's situation highlights the lack of a readily accessible resource for ratepayers having trouble with the country's largest municipally owned utility, a place where they could deal with folks who are ostensibly on their side.
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