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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.
Video
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,...
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 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...
News Release
4/12/2016
Posted by Jamie Court
Santa Monica, CA -- Consumer Watchdog has written legislative leaders to call for answers under oath from PUC President Michael Picker and other energy regulators about why state reports misrepresented Southern California natural gas reserves and capacity to invoke the threat of blackouts if Aliso Canyon’s gas reserves are shut down. Read...
News Story
4/12/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
If energy agencies and utilities ever want to scare consumers, they need say little more than "blackouts." Those rolling power outages, well remembered from the state's energy crisis of 2000-01, sit at the heart of the case California energy officials are making to keep the troubled Aliso Canyon natural gas storage facility open...