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August 21, 2006
Re "Council Imposes Labor Pact; Walkout Possible," Aug. 16 The breadth of professional talent that spans the membership of the Engineers and Architects Assn. fashions a good portion of what might be seen as the human backbone of Los Angeles city government. Why wouldn't city management want the same for association members as it does for other represented employee groups, especially Department of Water and Power employees? Airport employees are willing to work for DWP workers' wage scales, in spite of their overwhelming economic advantage to the city.
November 8, 2008 | David Zahniser
The City Council placed a measure on the March 3 ballot that would add 400 megawatts of solar power throughout Los Angeles by 2014 -- all of which would be installed by the Department of Water and Power. In an 11-0 vote, the council went forward with the measure, which was sponsored by the labor advocacy group Working Californians. That group is co-chaired by two high-level officials with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, which represents DWP employees. Council members said they had made changes to the proposal to reassure business leaders and environmentalists.
February 28, 1985
The 5 1/2-hour power failure in West Los Angeles and part of the San Fernando Valley was caused by a malfunction in the wiring that controls a power station's circuit breakers, officials of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power said. The malfunction Tuesday tripped the breakers and interrupted the flow of electricity to 18 smaller distribution plants, the officials said.
September 22, 1990
Midge fly larvae stewing from the drought and summer heat forced the Department of Water and Power to shut down the Rowena Reservoir in Los Feliz Friday for the second time this summer. Service will not be interrupted. Robert DiPrimio, a sanitary engineer with the department, said the closure was prompted by about a dozen complaints from residents who found the tiny, thread-like larvae coming out of their water faucets.
June 13, 1989
The Department of Water and Power has proposed dropping the water level in Mono Lake by four to six feet to assist a scientific study it will sponsor of the saline lake's ecosystem. The Los Angeles proposal was filed last week with El Dorado County Superior Court in a lawsuit over Mono Lake brought by conservation groups. The DWP is fighting a request by the groups for an injunction requiring Los Angeles to allow more fresh water to flow into the lake. DWP officials said the lower water level is necessary to study how the lake's environment endures the effects of receiving less fresh water from snowmelt in the nearby Sierra Nevada range.
July 16, 1987
I read with dismay your article on Johnson Field. The article smacks of sensationalism and I believe is quite inaccurate. I seriously question your figure of $47,990 in public funds spent to build and maintain Johnson Field. Of the relatively few statements that were true, one was that the Johnson Field falls under the control of the Water and Power Department. The access road is locked and so are all other gates that are governed by either the flood control or water and power. You are right that it is a "jewel" of a field.
July 25, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Service Reports
Three workers at a Chatsworth frozen food company suffered third-degree burns this morning when an electrical panel exploded. The victims, whose names were not released, were working at Chef America, 9601 Canoga Ave., when the explosion occurred. "All three of them are burned over 60% of their bodies with third-degree burns," said Leslie Wither, spokeswoman for Northridge Hospital Medical Center.
March 25, 1985
A towering white column of water was unleashed about 10:15 a.m. Sunday when a motorist knocked over a fire hydrant at the southeastern corner of Nordhoff Street and Corbin Avenue in Chatsworth. The motorist drove away immediately after the accident, a witness said, leaving police with a license plate number jotted down by a bystander. "It was a hit-and-run," one officer said.
June 9, 1989 | From Times wire service s
City Controller Rick Tuttle struck again today at the Department of Water and Power. Tuttle called a City Hall news conference to announce that he will refuse to pay an $879 bill for a downtown dinner party for six top DWP employees, their wives and an assistant city attorney. "This kind of lavish wining and dining by city employees is a terrible symbol of government waste," Tuttle said. Tuttle said DWP General Manager Norman Nichols and his wife were joined at the April 20 dinner by five other top managers and their spouses as well as Edward Farrell, the chief assistant city attorney assigned to the department.
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