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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.
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 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?
October 10, 2009 | Jessica Garrison
The investigation into what could be causing a sharp rise in "major blowouts" of L.A. water mains has expanded to examine whether tectonic activity might be playing a role. The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power has asked scientists at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory for help. As it happened, JPL officials were already examining ground movement in the Los Angeles Basin because of several recent minor earthquakes. Examining the timing and location of the breaks, JPL scientists have noticed "some deviation from the normal range" of ground movement in L.A. in the last 100 days, said Andrea Donnellan, NASA headquarter's program area co-lead for natural disasters, who works at JPL. "We're trying to understand," she said.
April 3, 2009 | David Zahniser
A Superior Court judge has issued a tentative ruling ordering the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power to repay its customers nearly $30 million that city officials had hoped to spend on other services.
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
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.
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."
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