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Fire Season Becomes Blackout Time in California

Fire Season Becomes Blackout Time in California

By Hudson Sangree, RTO.COM

October 16, 2018

https://www.rtoinsider.com/cpuc-wildfires-blackout-inverse-condemnation…

All three of California’s big investor-owned utilities this week shut down power or warned customers they might need to because of dry, windy conditions that could lead to wildfires, prompting one consumer group to call for a probe into the practice.

Consumer Watchdog Calls For Audit Of Tainted Process In Search For New LADWP Ratepayer Advocate

Los Angeles, CA — Consumer Watchdog today called the process of picking a new ratepayer advocate to head the Office of Public Accountability at the LA Department of Water and Power biased and called for an immediate investigation by the LA City Controller.

Consumer Advocates Suggest Hunt To Replace DWP Watchdog Is A 'Sham Process'

Consumer Advocates Suggest Hunt To Replace DWP Watchdog Is A 'Sham Process'

By Emily Alpert Reyes, LOS ANGELES TIMES

October 10, 2018

http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-ratepayer-advocate-20181010…

When Los Angeles started hunting for a “ratepayer advocate” to scrutinize the Department of Water and Power, Mike Gatto said he was encouraged by several people at City Hall to apply.