“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.”
“The next round in the fight for a more reliable, cost-effective, transparent Department of Water and Power comes next week, when the Los Angeles City Council is expected to consider Marcie Edwards’ appointment as general manager of the huge municipal utility.”
“It takes L.A. at least 12 to 13 weeks to approve and inspect rooftop panels for homeowners, according to estimates provided by the DWP. That’s roughly five times what it takes in San Diego and Sacramento.”
“A Los Angeles-area lawmaker is pressing for a state audit to determine how a new billing system beset with errors was rolled out at the city Department of Water and Power, a week after the agency acknowledged a $200-million shortfall in collections.”
“Los Angeles Department of Water and Power union leader Brian D’Arcy’s effort to ‘clear the air’ and explain what happened to more than $40 million in ratepayer money paid to two nonprofits has failed to convince city leaders calling for full accounting of the groups’ expenditures.”
“The overture by International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 18 chief Brian D’Arcy to ‘clear the air’ in the ongoing dispute over two trusts funded by the Department of Water and Power drew criticism on Thursday for not offering anything new to city officials about how money was spent.”
“Department of Water and Power officials said Wednesday the utility is in better shape than other water agencies in coping with the drought thanks to several years of a second-level water conservation effort.
“Interim General Manager Jim McDaniel said there are no immediate plans to go beyond the current Phase 2 of the city’s water conservation plan, which has resulted in a 17 percent drop in water use since 2007.”
“[Los Angeles Mayor Eric] Garcetti nominated Anaheim City Manager Marcie Edwards to take charge of the Department of Water and Power, which has been struggling to manage a series of controversies over spending and customer service.”
“The Los Angeles County district attorney’s office has confirmed its prosecutors and criminal investigators are joining a City Hall effort to determine how two controversial Department of Water and Power nonprofits have spent more than $40 million in ratepayer money.”
From the Los Angeles Times, in Steve Lopez’s column:
“A D.A. source told me Tuesday that prosecutors have renewed their interest in getting their hands on records being withheld by Brian D’Arcy, head of the largest union representing employees at the Department of Water and Power.”
“The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, mired in a series of controversies over employee perks, rate hikes and customer service problems, lost its general manager Thursday as Ron Nichols announced he is stepping down.
“Nichols becomes the latest in a revolving door of leaders to cycle through the nation’s largest municipal utility, which has seen five general managers since 2007.”
“The announcement Thursday that the general manager of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power will resign at the end of the month throws the nation’s largest publicly owned utility into yet another period of turmoil.”
“More than $40 million spent over the last decade to improve labor relations at the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power has, instead, sparked an increasingly tense standoff between a union boss and the city’s most powerful elected officials.”
“On Wednesday, Los Angeles begins its ban on the flimsy plastic carry-out bags with handles, and there’s no doubt that consumers will be adjusting for a while. It takes some habit-building to remember the bags on each trip to the market.”
“Some Los Angeles grocery store customers will have to adjust to a lifestyle change come Jan. 1, when a ban on plastic bags takes effect. …
“Many of the billions of bags used annually end up in the ocean, where plastic debris kills birds, turtles and other marine life. The thin bags also litter the urban landscape and pose problems at landfills.”