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Last year, the DWP tried the hard sell, threatening to withhold money from LA's general fund if it didn't get increases in rates. Now a new General Manager with a softer touch is telling customers more money is needed to replace water pipes more than once every century and power poles every 145 years. We talk to the new General Manager, Ron Nichols, and City Council President Eric Garcetti. Whatever happened to that rate-payer advocate approved by the voters? Also, Frank McCourt's latest ploy: bankruptcy for the Dodgers. On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, election fraud and voter ID.

Banner image: Los Angeles Department of Water and Power hosts community collaboration session in Mission Hills on June 18, 2011.  © All Rights Reserved, LADWP

Making News Dodgers Owner Frank McCourt Files for Bankruptcy 7 MIN, 6 SEC

The Dodgers have filed for bankruptcy as Frank McCourt tries to head off Major League Baseball's effort to take over the team. Bill Shaikin is baseball columnist for the Los Angeles Times.

Bill Shaikin, Los Angeles Times (@BillShaikin)

Main Topic Will LA Residents Have to Pay More for Water and Power? 19 MIN, 12 SEC

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, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power
Eric Garcetti, City of Los Angeles (@MayorOfLA)
Jack Humphreville, Department of Water and Power Advocacy Committee (@Jack90020)

Main Topic Will New Voter ID Laws Protect the Polls or Suppress Turnout? 25 MIN, 17 SEC

Will New Voter ID Laws Protect the Polls or Suppress Turnout?Republicans now control legislatures in more than half the states and, in many they're passing laws requiring voters to bring state-issued photo-identification to the polls. Are they really trying to prevent voter fraud or keep supporters of Barack Obama away from the polls? Do Democrats have real proof that minorities, old people and college students can't produce state-issued picture ID's? We hear a debate that's raging in state legislatures across the country. 

E.J. Dionne, Brookings Institution / Washington Post (@EJDionne)
Hans von Spakovsky, Heritage Foundation (@HvonSpakovsky)
Julián Aguilar, Texas Tribune (@nachoaguilar)
Rob Christiensen, News and Observer
David Wasserman, Cook Political Report

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