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November 27, 2013 | By David Zahniser
The head of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power said Wednesday that his agency has stopped issuing shut-off notices as it tackles problems associated with as many as 70,000 late or inaccurate customer bills. Faced with questions from City Council members upset over the billing debacle, DWP General Manager Ron Nichols said his agency also will not initiate new collections on unpaid bills through the end of the year. Since the DWP switched to new customer software three months ago, ratepayers have experienced delayed charges, bills that are dramatically higher than they should be and long hold times when they call demanding answers.
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?
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.
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
June 25, 1989 | JEFF MEYERS, Times Staff Writer
Bluebird Field in Sun Valley was created as a field of dreams, existing only in the netherworld of Hollywood make-believe. MTM Enterprises built it in 1983 as the home of the "Bay City Blues," a fictitious minor league team and a weekly NBC television series bearing the same name. The Blues didn't win very often, but the only statistics that really counted were Nielsen ratings. And they were bad enough to cause the network to drop the series after only eight episodes. It was when the series was canceled and MTM packed up its cameras that a strange thing happened to Bluebird Field: It came to life.
October 7, 2009
'Nothing's going on here," Board of Water and Power Commissioners President Lee Kanon Alpert insisted at Tuesday's meeting, sounding woefully similar to a certain Wizard urging Dorothy and friends not to peek behind the curtain. Alpert's intent was to convince onlookers that there was nothing nefarious about plans by the Department of Water and Power to pay its outgoing chief, H. David Nahai, his full salary through the end of the year in exchange for "consulting" services. After all, Alpert said, smaller city departments have made similar deals with departing executives for even longer terms.
June 20, 1989
The Los Angeles city attorney's office is investigating charges that several Department of Water and Power workers allegedly created a cloud of hazardous smoke by burning paint cans and solvents in a furnace at the Scattergood Power Plant near El Segundo. The city attorney's office declined to name the employees, but City Councilwoman Gloria Molina reported last week that the supervisor who allegedly ordered the burning is an environmental officer who "was supposed to be training others about environmental law."
October 1, 2006
Re "L.A. Told Again: Fix Owens River," Sept. 28 There's just no end to the greed and duplicity of the L.A. Department of Water and Power. Let's hope that justice finally will prevail and put that avaricious and arrogant, responsible-tonobody-but-special-interests agency in its place. JOHN FER San Pedro
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