Thursday, March 31, 2005

City Hall Update: Neighborhood Empowerment

Los Angeles's longtime Chief Legislative Analyst Ron Deaton has started his new job as chief of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. One of Deaton's initiatives at LADWP is to promote better interactions with the neighborhood councils (right, Rusty?). From the DWP's monthly update:

Deaton views neighborhood councils as an important bridge to a more open road with community members. He cited a special briefing on LADWP’s budget process in early December for neighborhood councils as an example of how the Department wants to increase “transparency” in making future policy decisions.

“I think that was a good start toward an era of more openness at the LADWP,” said Deaton, who has cited improving communications as one of his top priorities. Among his other priorities are improving contracting practices and increasing the amount of renewable energy sales as a percentage of LADWP’s power mix.