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News Story
10/11/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
SACRAMENTO (CN) — The country’s largest water district on Tuesday cemented support for Governor Jerry Brown’s contentious Bay Delta water project, agreeing to pay an estimated $4.3 billion, primarily through rate hikes on millions of Southern Californians. The Metropolitan Water District’s decision to fund up to 25.9...
News Story
10/11/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
The governor’s sister, Kathleen Brown, sits on the developer’s board It’s a family affair — and some are up in arms about it. Nonprofit organization Consumer Watchdog issued a public statement on Oct. 6, asking Gov. Jerry Brown to remove his support from the controversial Newhall Ranch project in Santa Clarita, claiming...
News Story
10/10/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
Just after Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced his opposition to the current Delta Tunnels project today, the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California Board voted to fund the controversial California WaterFix.  The board voted 28 to 6 in favor of the project, with two board members abstaining. You can view the...
News Release
10/9/2017
Posted by Liza Tucker
Santa Monica, CA — Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has refused to speak out against impending tax and rate hikes on Angelenos to fund the Delta Tunnels on the eve of a vote on Southern California’s funding of the project after receiving donations of hundreds of thousands of dollars from farming, engineering, and financing companies,...
News Story
9/18/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
Dozens of water agencies and millions of families and farmers could be on the hook for building two giant tunnels to carry Northern California's water southward under new plans to shore up funding for the $16 billion project. SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Dozens of water agencies and millions of families and farmers would be on the hook for...
News Story
3/31/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
A scathing Los Angeles County study has concluded that the troubled Aliso Canyon natural gas facility isn’t needed to ensure reliability of electricity and gas service in the region this summer or the coming winter. That review sharply contrasts with the dire warnings issued last summer by state regulators, who stirred up fears of blackouts...
News Story
1/24/2017
Posted by Connor
A consumer advocacy group is criticizing the city of Los Angeles for paying outside private counsel more than $1.8 million to defend a water mis-billing lawsuit and then taking a cut as plaintiff counsel in another related case. Consumer Watchdog, advocating on behalf of taxpayers, requested the disclosure of contingency fees regarding two...
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
11/17/2016
Posted by Liza Tucker
Santa Monica, CA -- Consumer Watchdog wrote Mayor Eric Garcetti today that last-minute revisions to a DWP ratepayer overbilling settlement now boost attorneys’ fees 46 percent to $19 million from $13 million, but shortchange ratepayers who should be paid interest on refunds owed them for three years. Consumer Watchdog pointed out that while...
News Story
11/17/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Click here to listen to the audio of this radio broadcast segment.   Consumer advocates on Thursday said Los Angeles water and power customers who were overcharged during the flawed rollout of a new billing system should also receive interest on top of any refunds they are entitled to. But attorneys representing customers in a class-action...