California NO Vote on DWP's Proposed Water Quality Factor Increases
COUNCILMEMBER ENGLANDER'S E-NEWS
February 3, 2012
NO Vote on DWP's Proposed Water Quality Factor Increases...
This week, I voted NO on the Department of Water and Power's (DWP) proposed water quality factor increases. The vote for the "emergency" increase came only two days after the independent Rate Payer Advocate was appointed by the Council, leaving no opportunity for him to review the proposed increase first.
According to DWP, the increase was needed to maintain the City's water supply and comply with federal environmental standards. Voters approved creating a Rate Payer Advocate and Office of Public Accountability last year in order to scrutinize proposed increases before they come to the Council. I will not support any proposed increase that has not first been examined and approved by the Rate Payer Advocate.
The Rate Payer Advocate is a positive step toward increasing the DWP's transparency and accountability as the citizens have demanded, and we must let him do the work that the position was created to do.
- Mitchell Englander, Councilmember, Twelfth District
News Letter from Mitchell Englander's Office Councilman 12 District, Los Angeles,CA
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