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City ballot measures would rein in DWP

Feb 22, 2011 9:55:50 PM- latimes.com
One measure would create an independent ratepayer advocate; the other would prevent the utility from using its payments to the city as a bargaining chip.

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power nearly brought City Hall to its knees last year, threatening to withhold $73.5 million from the city budget unless the council approved an increase in electricity rates.