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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...
News Story
11/16/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power owes its customers at least $67.5 million in refunds and credits after the utility overbilled them, an independent monitor has concluded. The latest estimate represents a significant increase from the proposed $44-million class-action settlement announced in August 2015. The DWP has been plagued by a...
News Release
11/9/2016
Posted by Liza Tucker
Santa Monica, CA — Angelenos who voted down Measure RRR delivered the message to the largest municipal utility in the country that they will not stand for the dysfunctional Department of Water & Power policing itself, Consumer Watchdog said today. “Angelenos just voted for more DWP accountability for $44 million in customer billing...
News Story
11/9/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Voters appear to have rejected a ballot measure aimed at granting more autonomy to the scandal-plagued Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, one of the nation’s largest public utilities. The tally for Measure RRR as of Wednesday afternoon was 52% against and 48% in favor, with 100% of precincts reporting, according to the Los...
Blog Post
11/7/2016
Posted by Jamie Court
Adding to chorus of overbilled ratepayers urging more accountability at LA DWP, a new LA Times report shows the city’s so-called “ratepayer advocate” wrote himself a five year contract extension into Charter Measure RRR at $280,000 per year, roughly $40,000 more than the Mayor makes, and failed to disclose the self-dealing in...
News Story
11/6/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
When Fred Pickel sat down to write the city’s official argument in favor of a ballot measure to grant more autonomy to the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, he promised voters it would make the municipally owned utility “more accountable, transparent and responsive.” Pickel, who is the executive director...
News Story
10/31/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Ratepayers joined forces with consumer advocates recently to denounce Measure RRR, the proposed Los Angeles city charter amendment that would give the Department of Water and Power greater authority and flexibility when it comes to awarding contracts, hiring and setting rates.  The measure is backed by the Los Angeles City Council, Mayor Eric...
News Release
10/26/2016
Posted by Jamie Court
Santa Monica, CA — LA Charter Measure RRR makes LADWP less accountable for its billing errors and allows for the utility to raise rates, enter into private contracts, and increase dangerous fossil fuel emissions without City Council or Mayoral oversight, Consumer Watchdog and Food & Water Watch said today. The public interest groups...
Video
10/26/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
LA Charter Measure RRR makes LADWP less accountable for its billing errors and allows for the utility to raise rates, enter into private contracts, and increase dangerous fossil fuel emissions without City Council or Mayoral oversight, Consumer Watchdog and Food & Water Watch said today.