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Lawsuits threaten DWP payments to city
Lawsuits threaten DWP payments to city

Ratepayers have had reason to gripe in recent months about the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, whose fumbled rollout of a new billing system in 2013 produced some breathtakingly inaccurate charges for customers. Still, the public does get something back from the DWP. Once a year, the city-owned utility sends about a quarter of a billion dollars to L.A.'s general fund budget, which pays for police officers, firefighters and other city employees. Budget officials describe that money — currently 8% of the utility's electrical revenue — as surplus, available cash. When Mayor Eric Garcetti unveils his yearly budget Monday, he will almost certainly rely on...

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