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How City Hall Is Gutting the Ratepayer Advocate and DWP Reform

Finally, three months after voters demanded total transparency in all aspects fo the Department of Water and Power operations and a Ratepayer Advocate to protect the public interest, the City Council will start to consider this mandate for action. Councilwoman … Continue reading

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A Road Map to True Reform of DWP

It’s not too late for the City Council to end the charade of reform. They have until Tuesday to pull the 11 meaningless measures from the March 8 ballot, particularly the three weak and ineffective proposals that will do nothing … Continue reading

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The Cloak of Reform: City Hall’s Last Refuge to Preserve a Corrupt and Failed System

If Samuel Johnson was right two centuries ago about “patriotism” being the “last refuge of a scoundrel,” then “reform” is the “last refuge of a corrupt political system” otherwise known as Los Angeles City Hall. With the deadline looming Wednesday … Continue reading

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The Cloak of Reform: City Hall’s Last Refuge to Preserve a Corrupt and Failed System

If Samuel Johnson was right two centuries ago about “patriotism” being the “last refuge of a scoundrel,” then “reform” is the “last refuge of a corrupt political system” otherwise known as Los Angeles City Hall. With the deadline looming Wednesday … Continue reading

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The Story of Raman Raj and Brian D’Arcy: The Villains Who Wrecked the DWP

Four months into into his reign as the ninth DWP General Manager in 10 years, Austin Beutner — despite working part-time and on a temporary basis — this week quietly carried out a major reorganization of the utility in part … Continue reading

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The Siege of Fortress DWP: Will the Failure, Secrecy and Mismanagement End?

ACTION ALERT: The first public hearing on creating an independent Rate Payer Advocate and other reforms of the DWP will be held at 6 p.m. tonight at LAPD’s Devonshire Youth Center, Wilbur Avenue and Parthenia Street, in Northridge. Fortress DWP … Continue reading

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Don’t Mess with Beutner: DWP Head Exposes How Council Ran Up $1 Million in Bills without Controls

Austin Beutner got a pound of the City Council’s flesh Wednesday but it cost DWP ratepayers $600,000. The bills were for consultants the Council used last spring to fight the mayor’s effort to impose electricity rate hikes of up to … Continue reading

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Beutner’s Folly: Taking the Wrong Side, Defending DWP Lies and Stonewalling

The man who wanted to ignore the past and only move forward was forced Tuesday to confront the DWP’s record of deceit, specious arguments and false assumptions. Austin Beutner — first deputy mayor in charge of all key city departments … Continue reading

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City Hall’s Fall Guy Defense: The Politicians — Not the Bureaucrats — Should Get the Axe

When a business goes to hell, what usually happens is that the flummoxed big shots in charge chase the falling revenue numbers downhill in a spiral to bankruptcy and blame their underlings for the failure. It’s the Fall Guy Defense. … Continue reading

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Water Conservation — DWP’s Windfall Profits: The Facts, The Figures

UPDATED TUESDAY: The City Council on Tuesday rejected the DWP Commission’s approval of an odd-even address, two-day-a-week lawn watering schedule. Instead, with Janice Hahn opposing after a lengthy debate,, the Council urged the DWP Commission to give everybody three days … Continue reading

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