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Times investigation: Controversy at the L.A. Department of Water & Power

When the union representing most Los Angeles Department of Water and Power employees became the biggest spender in the 2013 mayoral race, The Times took a look at pay and benefits at the city-owned utility. Among the findings: The average DWP employee made more than $100,000 in 2012 and could take an unlimited number of paid sick days. On Jan. 9, Ron Nicholsannounced his resignation as the DWP's general manager after he was unable to produce records showing how two nonprofit trusts created to help improve relations with the utility's largest union have spent more than $40 million in ratepayer money over the last decade.

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