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News Story
11/12/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Years ago, Los Angeles voters decided that the city needed an independent advocate to scrutinize water and electricity rates and stand up for customers at the Department of Water and Power. Now a Santa Monica-based consumer advocacy group wants city leaders to oust the man who holds that job, arguing that he has failed to speak up as scandals...
News Story
11/12/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
The following Op-Ed Commentary by Consumer Watchdog President, Jamie Court, was published in Los Angeles Daily News on Thursday, November 12, 2015.   The repeating real-life corruption at the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power of recent years often feels as inevitable and unstoppable as the tragic cycle in the 1970s noir detective film...
News Story
11/12/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Consumer advocates called today for the replacement of the ratepayer of the Department of Water and Power, saying he has failed to properly advocate for the utility’s customers. Representatives of Consumer Watchdog sent a letter urging Mayor Eric Garcetti and City Attorney Mike Feuer to fire DWP ratepayer advocate Fred Pickel, saying...
News Story
11/12/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Consumer advocates called Thursday for the replacement of the independent watchdog of the Department of Water and Power, saying he has failed to properly advocate for the utility’s customers. Representatives of Consumer Watchdog sent a letter urging Mayor Eric Garcetti and City Attorney Mike Feuer to fire DWP ratepayer advocate Fred...
News Story
11/12/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Mayor Eric Garcetti is defending the work of an independent watchdog of the Department of Water and Power (DWP) who critics say has failed to properly advocate for the utility’s customers. Speaking on a special edition of KNX 1070’s “Ask The Mayor” on Thursday, Garcetti said he supports DWP...
News Story
11/12/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti on Thursday defended the Department of Water and Power’s ratepayer advocate amid a watchdog group’s demands that the mayor find a new person for the job. During a segment on KNX’s “Ask the Mayor,” Garcetti said that ratepayer Fred Pickel is “advocating” for ratepayers....
Video
11/4/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
A judge put off a decision on what consumer advocates call a flawed settlement with the LADWP over several millions in overcharges.
News Story
11/3/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
A Judge will decide today if to go ahead with a proposed settlement plan to reimburse overcharged DWP customers.  But Consumer Watchdog says it’s a bad deal. “This settlement is a sweetheart deal for DWP and a BAD deal for consumers.” Consumer Watchdog’s Jamie Court says the settlement puts the fox in charge of the hen...
News Story
11/3/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Thousands of DWP customers were issued faulty bills following a problem-filled upgrade of the utility's billing system Customers might find out Tuesday whether and when they will receive a refund from the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power as part of a proposed settlement due to overcharging. Link: LADWP Billing Lawsuit FAQ A Los...
Video
11/3/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
A judge will either approve or turn down a settlement with the LADWP over millions in overbilling charges. Consumer advocates say the settlement is bad for consumers.