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Council Committee Casts Serious Doubt on DWP Rate Hike Plans

With support only coming from environmental groups, the massive
long-term rate hikes approved by the DWP Commission in an emergency
meeting last week took a beating Thursday at a three-hour hearing of Jan
Perry’s Energy and Enviroment Committee.

Relying heavily on testimony from the Council-hired PA Consulting and
sharp criticism from the business and activist communities, Perry
Committee unanimous recommended instructing the Chief Legislative
Analyst and City Administrative Officer to provide answers to a series
of concerns by Tuesday — a sign of the mistrust for the DWP’s
management.

The committee asked for a report on what is needed to provide minimum
financial stability for the city and DWP while protecting ratepayers
from rate hikes that could reach 34 percent for some customers within 12
months and rise sharply higher in the following years.

(READ FULL STORY AT OurLA.org)

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12 Responses to Council Committee Casts Serious Doubt on DWP Rate Hike Plans

  1. anonymous says:

    As hopeful as this appears, I do not believe Council will, ultimately, take the right action.
    All that is happening is a moment of grandstanding to look good and grab the power. They will raise the rates (incrementally) and we will still be screwed. After all, increased rates is their only way to maintain the irresponsible spending that has occurred and slow down the plummeting debt. In fact, wasn’t it Alarcon that said it’s okay for businesses to fold if they fold for the right reason?
    At what point can on argue that this is double taxation and such an action should go before the voters, not Council?

  2. Anonymous says:

    So 8:41 what is the right action then?

  3. anonymous says:

    The right action is “no” on any rate increase or bring it to the voters. In the meantime, put the approx 73 million DWP is with holding into their green tank. Future surplus monies should go into infrastructure improvements, as well as building that “green” base from which to start. With over 200 million in surplus money, I’m sure the City can meet the State mandate.
    There have been enough increases to our rates. Our energy and water bills should not be what makes up for mismanagement by city officials. The rate and tax payers should not be double and triple taxed because of their mismanagement.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Antonio Ramon Villaraigosa for Mayor
    05/02/05 (Radio Buy) $200,000.00
    International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Committee on Political Education
    03/23/05 – 05/12/05 – $108,424.87
    Local 18 Water and Power Defense League (IBEW)
    Late Independent Expenditures
    5/18/2001 – $18,997.00
    International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 11 PAC
    The lists just go on and on.

  5. anonymous says:

    Question: How much (per month or per year) of a worker’s pay goes to the union?

  6. Anonymous says:

    With over 200 million in surplus money, I’m sure the City can meet the State mandate.
    How much do you think it costs to build and maintain enough infrastructure to green 30-40% of the energy portfolio?
    Question: How much (per month or per year) of a worker’s pay goes to the union?
    1% of pay goes to the union

  7. Anonymous says:

    History will show Antonio came, conquered, exploited, destroyed and left like a desert wind. What a legacy.

  8. anonymous says:

    7:51 AM,
    Well, according to Freeman, it would cost 50 million to provide solar to 1.5 million homes. At 3.8 million Angelenos, that would be a sizeable amount and that’s only 1/4 of the surplus stated.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Ok who made the Sapo (Frog) disappear? SAPO WAS HERE…a day ago….Global Warming?

  10. anonymous says:

    Poor Sapo. Methinks he croaked.
    Whether global warming is due to weather patterns or man, it seems to be the cause of his disappearance.
    RIP Sapo.
    http://www.examiner.com/x-17373-Phoenix-Signs-of-the-Times-Examiner~y2009m8d15-Disappearing-bees-bats-frogs-and-bears-oh-my
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/01/11/AR2006011102121.html

  11. anonymous says:

    Anonymous on March 27, 2010 7:18 AM wrote:
    “Ok who made the Sapo (Frog) disappear? SAPO WAS HERE…a day ago….Global Warming?”
    High school biology classes

  12. Looks like the first commenter was right.

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