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L.A. City Council should move to overhaul DWP management, study says

L.A. City Council should move to overhaul DWP management, study says

The Los Angeles City Council should pursue a 2017 ballot measure to change the way the Department of Water and Power is governed — a move that would better ensure the utility is held accountable for its decisions, a consulting firm said in a report issued this week.

The report, released by City Controller Ron Galperin, concluded that there is widespread dissatisfaction with the status quo at the DWP. Power over the agency is too decentralized, the report said, and decisions are overseen by multiple layers of bureaucracy, including “highly political bodies” such as the City Council and the DWP board, whose members are appointed by the mayor.

As a result,...

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