DWP Reform — Finding Information

By Tony Wilkinson A key part of any government agency is transparency. You should be able to find information about what that part of government is doing. The core principles of the Neighborhood Council Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power are transparency and advance notice. This article will [...]

By | 2017-01-09T12:31:06+00:00 August 11th, 2016|Blog, City Departments, DWP Reform|Comments Off on DWP Reform — Finding Information

Mayor’s Message

LOS ANGELES—Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) General Manager Marcie Edwards will step down after more than two decades of service to the utility, Mayor Eric Garcetti announced. She retires as the first woman ever to lead LADWP in its 114-year history. Concurrently, Mayor Garcetti named the Department’s current Chief Operating Officer, David [...]

By | 2017-01-09T12:31:06+00:00 August 5th, 2016|Blog, City Departments, DWP Reform|Comments Off on Mayor’s Message

DWP Reform — Ballot Measure, Brian D’Arcy

Written By Tony Wilkinson Nothing important happens at the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power without the tacit approval of Brian D’Arcy. That power comes from two decades of effective work as the business manager of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 18, DWP’s dominant union. This reality rankles many people. It also colors [...]

By | 2017-01-09T12:31:07+00:00 July 22nd, 2016|Blog, City Departments, DWP Reform|Comments Off on DWP Reform — Ballot Measure, Brian D’Arcy

DWP Reform — Ballot Opinion, To Do List with 23 Items

By Tony Wilkinson On the November 8 ballot, City of Los Angeles voters will be asked to approve Charter changes to improve governance of the Department of Water and Power. At least that's the theory. The measure contains some new contracting freedom, gives the DWP Board its own staff, and doubles the minimum budget for [...]

By | 2017-01-09T12:31:08+00:00 July 8th, 2016|Blog, City Departments, DWP Reform|Comments Off on DWP Reform — Ballot Opinion, To Do List with 23 Items

DWP Reform — Ballot Done, Watch the Next Steps

By Tony Wilkinson Friday, July 1, the City Council will hold its second and final vote on the DWP Reform measure for the November ballot. Once the measure has been formally incorporated into the general election ballot by the county, the opportunity for Neighborhood Councils to file Community Impact Statements on the ballot measure (Council [...]

By | 2017-01-09T12:31:11+00:00 July 1st, 2016|Blog, City Departments, DWP Reform|Comments Off on DWP Reform — Ballot Done, Watch the Next Steps

DWP Reform: Power Planning Shows It’s Not Easy

Many of our city's hopes for a better planet meet in a curious place: the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. Whether it is a sustainable local water system in the midst of drought or reducing the city's greenhouse gas emissions in the midst of climate change, LADWP attracts the attention of a wide [...]

By | 2017-01-09T12:31:12+00:00 June 24th, 2016|Blog, City Departments, DWP Reform|Comments Off on DWP Reform: Power Planning Shows It’s Not Easy

DWP Reform — Charter Changes Will Bring New Dialogues

By Tony Wilkinson November 8 will bring Los Angeles voters tax measures they probably won't like. If they vote NO on the taxes, city voters should make themselves feel better by voting YES on the DWP Reform measure. The proposal is a positive step forward in better managing the utility. Without change, conflicting mandates and [...]

By | 2017-01-09T12:31:12+00:00 June 17th, 2016|Blog, City Departments, DWP Reform|Comments Off on DWP Reform — Charter Changes Will Bring New Dialogues

DWP Reform: Ballot Looks Set, More Coming

By Tony Wilkinson Negotiations were continuing on the morning of the City Council meeting. Tuesday, June 7 was one of those extraordinary days when you don't know what will happen at a City Council meeting until it happens. The chamber was packed with city workers. IBEW Local 18, DWP's dominant union, also dominated the audience [...]

By | 2017-01-09T12:31:13+00:00 June 10th, 2016|Blog, City Departments, DWP Reform|Comments Off on DWP Reform: Ballot Looks Set, More Coming

DWP Reform: 40 Proposals, Not Done Yet

By Tony Wilkinson The proposed sausage ingredients are all laid out on the butcher table. They have yet to be ground up and stuffed into the sausage casing. It has been fascinating watching a master of this process account for everyone's individual input while controlling which items get into a ballot measure and also creating [...]

By | 2017-01-09T12:31:14+00:00 June 3rd, 2016|Blog, City Departments, DWP Reform|Comments Off on DWP Reform: 40 Proposals, Not Done Yet

DWP Reform: The End Game – Proposal Out Next Week

By Tony Wilkinson The Los Angeles City Council's Rules committee, with input from Mayor Eric Garcetti, will announce its revised proposal for DWP Reform sometime between next Wednesday and Friday, June 1 to 3. This is the last chance for input before the plan gets made. If you have strong opinions on what should be [...]

By | 2017-01-09T12:31:14+00:00 June 2nd, 2016|Blog, City Departments, DWP Reform|Comments Off on DWP Reform: The End Game – Proposal Out Next Week