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10/26/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Consumer Watchdog pointed out that the ballot measure contains deceptive language that allows un-elected commissioners to sign multi-million dollar long-term contracts without City Council approval, removes all City Council oversight over power contracts up to 30 years in length, and in some cases takes away the City Council’s power to veto...
News Story
10/5/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
The story I’m about to tell does not quite match the one two years ago about Stella and Savely Goreshter, the Van Nuys condo dwellers who lived in dread after receiving a Los Angeles Department of Water and Power bill for $51,649.32. But it ain’t bad. Mrs. Velma Matthews, a retired schoolteacher who lives in Northridge with her dog,...
Video
9/27/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
LADWP incorrectly billed a ratepayer in Northridge for $17,000 and threatened to turn off her power, and didn't do anything to correct it until KCBS contacted them.
News Story
9/27/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
More than a year and multiple failed preliminary approval hearings later, the Los Angeles Department of Power and Water hasn't refunded the almost $50 million it agreed to settle with class members as a result of overcharging customers on their utility bills because of faulty billing software. Now attorneys involved in the matter say refunds...
News Story
9/14/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Payouts for utility overcharges, which were promised by June, will not be made until next year L.A. Department of Water and Power officials announced more than a year ago that they would refund tens of millions of dollars to Angelenos who were overbilled because of a faulty computer system. But customers are still waiting, and it will be 2017...
News Release
9/13/2016
Posted by Jamie Court
Santa Monica, CA — Consumer Watchdog today said that court filings by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power showing misbilled ratepayers will have to wait until mid-2017 to get $44 million in refunds are unacceptable and Mayor Garcetti should act immediately to pay ratepayers back.   Attorneys for the DWP have again delayed a...
News Story
9/13/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Consumer Watchdog, a nonprofit consumer advocacy group, claims ratepayers who overpaid the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power may not get refunds until mid-2017. In a news release Tuesday, the group cited court records, and claimed DWP attorneys have repeatedly delayed the settlement process. The DWP has...
News Release
8/24/2016
Posted by Liza Tucker
LOS ANGELES, CA -- Southern California's winter peak natural gas needs can be met without Aliso Canyon, Consumer Watchdog and Food & Water Watch said today. Their evaluation runs counter to the Aliso Canyon winter reliability assessment, issued by California regulators, SoCalGas, and the LADWP, which the groups say overstates the...
News Story
5/8/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Speaking to a group of crime survivors in Sacramento recently, Gov. Jerry Brown confessed a tough sentencing law he signed in the 1970s was a big mistake. "The problems I create, I can clean up," Brown declared, pitching his latest plan to reduce sentences and ease paroles for many crimes. Even as he spoke, two new charges of lying and...
News Story
4/29/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Recently, city leaders, including Mayor Eric Garcetti, and Gov. Jerry Brown administration energy regulators warned of “blackouts” if Aliso Canyon’s natural gas storage remains shut. They pointed to a state report, raising the blackout threat, after which Southern California Gas Co. said it would have Aliso operating again by...