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The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power has taken its first step toward a rate hike. DWP staff is drawing up a plan for water and power rate increases to raise some of the $1.3 billion it says is needed to address aging infrastructure, including failing water pipes and an outdated electricity grid. But why should the city trust the DWP to act responsibly with customer's money when a recent audit cited "cavalier" spending, and the agency has been plagued by a customer billing scandal? Barbara Bogaev guest hosts.

Photo: A man watches as spills from a water main that broke near UCLA on July 30, 2014.

Guests:
Steve Lopez, Los Angeles Times, @LATstevelopez
Guy Lipa, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, @ladwp
Lucio Soibelman, USC Viterbi School of Engineering, @USCViterbi
Jack Humphreville, Department of Water and Power Advocacy Committee, @Jack90020

More:
Lopez on the Goreshters' $51,649.32 DWP bill
Lopez on resolving Goreshters' bill
Lopez on 85-year-old's plea for help with her DWP bill

Producers:
Christine Detz
Andrea Brody

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