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News Release
9/18/2017
Posted by Liza Tucker
Santa Monica, CA — Consumer Watchdog, Food & Water Watch, DWP ratepayers and other advocacy groups rally today in front of City Hall to urge the Los Angeles City Council to fire DWP ratepayer advocate Fred Pickel for selling out ratepayers instead of protecting their interests. “Pickel is an energy consultant whose bread has always...
News Story
9/18/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
Several groups have gathered at Los Angeles City Hall today to call for the firing of an official watchdog charged with fighting for the interests of Department of Water and Power customers. Representatives of Consumer Watchdog and other groups say the utility’s official “ratepayer advocate,” Fred Pickel, has not been working on...
News Release
8/29/2017
Posted by Liza Tucker
Los Angeles, CA -- The Los Angeles City Council should reject a recommendation by Fred Pickel, Director of the Office of Public Accountability at the LADWP, that the city back tunnels altering water diversions South from the San Francisco Bay Delta, and should fire him for once again favoring utility over ratepayer interests, Consumer Watchdog...
News Story
8/29/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
A Los Angeles City Council committee heard public debate Tuesday over the amount that a massive project known as the California Water Fix could add to the water bills of local ratepayers. According to a study by the city’s Office of Public Accountability/Ratepayer Advocate, it could be as little as $1.73 per month. But project opponent cite...
News Release
7/25/2017
Posted by Liza Tucker
Santa Monica, CA -- Consumer Watchdog today urged City Council President Herb Wesson to name a consumer advocate to the citizens’ committee that will nominate the next ratepayer advocate at the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. DWP’s first ratepayer advocate, Fred Pickel, is a power industry insider and former consultant to...
News Story
7/11/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
A consumer advocate says it’s time to shed some light on the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power’s screwy spending priorities.  DWP customers have borne the brunt of under investment in infrastructure, what with two recent power outages in the middle of a heat wave.  Consumer Watchdog President Jaime Court says there...
News Story
6/28/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
Critics question if union's concession on nonprofits warrants City Hall's granting of $56 million in raises. For nearly two decades, ratepayers of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power have pumped nearly $4 million a year into a pair of nonprofits created to improve employee training and safety at the city-owned utility. The...
News Story
1/5/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
Notwithstanding the fact that DWP kept the lights on in Los Angeles while Enron left the rest of the state in the dark back in 2000, there are a number of people who believe the city-owned utility sucks big time and is in dire need of a major overhaul. Among them is Consumer Watchdog President Jamie Court, who says Angelenos are no better off that...
News Story
1/4/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power introduced a new "Customer Bill of Rights" on Tuesday. The so-called Bill of Rights still needs to be reviewed and approved by the department's board of commissioners (which should happen on January 17), but in the meantime, here's a preview of what it might mean for you, the consumer...
News Release
1/3/2017
Posted by Liza Tucker
Santa Monica, CA -- The LADWP’s pledge to give customers a bill of rights is a step forward, but the LADWP remains in need of a major bureaucratic overhaul, Consumer Watchdog said today. “These are common sense reforms that should be standard business practice and shouldn’t need a board of commissioners’ vote,” said...