Support for LAist comes from
We Explain L.A.
Stay Connected

Share This

News

8 Ways to Fix the LADWP

Stories like these are only possible with your help!
You have the power to keep local news strong for the coming months. Your financial support today keeps our reporters ready to meet the needs of our city. Thank you for investing in your community.

ladwp-greig-smith-motions.jpg
Photo by polaroid-girl via LAist Featured Photos on Flickr


Photo by polaroid-girl via LAist Featured Photos on Flickr
Having enough with the so-called games--both new and old--between the largest municipally-owned utility and customers, Councilmember Greig Smith yesterday introduced eight sweeping motions addressing transparency and oversight. The comes as Los Angeles' faces a close-call with bankruptcy (May 5th?!?!), stemming from the carbon surcharge standoff between the City Council and LADWP Commissioners.

Five of the eight motions seek placing ballot measures before the voters:

  • Improve customer service and make customer billing more transparent and easier to understand.
  • Put a charter reform measure on the ballot to require the DWP’s budget, which was previously a closed book, to be voted on and adopted by the City Council.
  • Put a charter reform measure on the ballot requiring Council approval for all rate increases.
  • Put a charter reform measure on the ballot for wage parity, leveling the “paying field” between DWP positions, which pay much higher salaries, and identical positions in other City Departments.
  • Discourage employee migration to DWP by preventing them from vesting in the DWP pension system for five years.
  • Put a charter reform measure on the ballot to enable the City Council to remove any DWP Commissioner with a 2/3 majority vote.
  • Put a charter reform measure on the ballot to enable the City Council to remove any DWP General Manager with a 2/3 majority vote.
  • Reform the DWP Board of Commissioners, removing the Mayor’s sole appointment authority and dividing it among the Mayor, City Council and Neighborhood Councils. A certain number of Commissioners would also be required to have requisite expertise in specific industries.