Chief Deputy Mayor Jay Carson told a Chamber of Commerce meeting
today there will be a major announcement within 48 hours regarding the
DWP’s professionalism and openness and would show a willingness to work with
City Council and the public.
He implied that a major management
shakeup is in the works as part of the change in strategy from war to accommodation.
Carson’s comments echoed the mayor’s press release
announcing the appointment of insider Eric Holoman to fill the vacancy on the DWP Commission.
“It is time for a new era at the
DWP, and that begins with accountable
management and business and rate-payer-friendly reforms,” the mayor said.
Councilwoman Jan Perry, spearheading DWP reform and a charter measure to create a permanent Rate Payer Advocate independent of all political interference, and a representative of PA Consulting, the company that reviewed rate hikes plans for the City Council, at the Chamber meeting and outlined the long list of proposals to create accountability and transparency to what has become a rogue agency.
Community activists and several business people in attendance were highly skeptical of Carson’s remarks represented a genuine retreat from the mayor’s heavy-handed attempt to raise power rates dramatically without planning or detailed information or engagement of the public and the Council.
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