'We Have Been Lied to Directly,' Says Garcetti of LADWP
In an analysis of the back and forth between the L.A. City Council and the L.A. Department of Water and Power, the LA Times comes to this: "too many members of the City Council don't trust" the LADWP.
"We have been lied to directly as policymakers and the overseers on behalf of the people," Council President Eric Garcetti told the paper. "They have changed their tune so many times in the last three months and have pretty boldly and baldly said things that we know not to be true."
The issue as of late is the annual power revenue transfer from the utility to the city's general fund, which pays for core services like police and potholes. The money was already promised and budgeted for. When the Council voted for a lower-than-desired carbon surcharge rate hike last month, mostly due to transparency in LADPW's process of introducing the rate hike, the utility, citing their own money woes, said they couldn't transfer the $73.5 million, enough to save the city from bankruptcy. That's made things more tense, especially when some councilmemembers said the LADWP was sitting on a billion in reserves.