Friday, September 10, 2010

DWP Reform Hearings Continue in Mar Vista

I was in Mar Vista earlier this week to hold the second in my
series of citywide hearings on DWP reform and to talk about my proposal for an independent DWP watchdog to ensure transparency, accountability and fair rates, as well as my proposal to ensure public scrutiny of the DWP budget.

Councilmembers Jan Perry, Bill Rosendahl (in whose district we were welcomed), Janice Hahn and I heard from dozens of people who agreed that there is a need for fundamental reform at DWP. There was strong support for the creation of a tough watchdog office with significant resources at its disposal, saying that would be an investment that would pay off for DWP customers. Like the people who spoke at the first DWP reform hearing in Northridge, the people we heard from respect the DWP's job of providing water and power to our city, but want there to be trust between the Department and its customers so that they can be assured that the DWP is acting in line with its mission.

The next DWP reform hearing will be held with Councilmember Bernard Parks in Council District 8 on September 23 from 6pm to 8 pm at the Constituent Service Center at 8475 S. Vermont Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90044.