FROM Ron Nichols
Will LA Residents Have to Pay More for Water and Power? Tonight at the Crown Plaza Los Angeles Harbor, LA's Department of Water and Power is holding the last of a series of meetings designed to tell the rate-paying public why still more significant increases for both water and power are needed. A year ago, the Department threatened to withhold $73 million from the city's general fund if rates weren't increased as much as it wanted. It finally settled for a smaller increase, but an outraged City Council then persuaded voters to create a new Office of Public Accountability . Since then, the office has not been staffed, but the DWP has a new General Manager, Ron Nichols.
Ron Nichols Becomes New GM at LA DWP The LA Department of Water and Power now has its sixth general manager since Antonio Villaraigosa became mayor in 2005. Ron Nichols was confirmed today by the City Council. He has 30 years of experience in the utility industry, most recently at Navigant Consulting in Seattle.
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