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Recruiting the LADWP Ratepayer Advocate

Molly Peterson/KPCC

Hope Street Headquarters, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power.

If you've heard it once, you've heard it a hundred times since last year. We're just about to have a ratepayer advocate for the DWP, it's just around the corner. Well, according to what the citizens committee said back in December, it IS around the corner. They expect to have a name to announce this week or next, with committee and city council hearings to follow.

So what has happened since the last time we all paid attention to the Office of Public Accountability?

Well, the citizens committee has met at least a few times. It's sort of impossible to find their records on the city of L.A.'s website, but there aren't many anyway; state law allows them to meet in closed session to interview and consider hires for the job of ratepayer advocate. 

Sacramento-based headhunters Ralph Andersen and Associates consulted consumer groups, the Office of the Ratepayer Advocate at the CPUC, TURN (The Utility Reform Network), and Public Citizen. They talked to Bank of America, Caltech, McKinsey, Occidental, Orrick, Herrington and Sutcliffe, the Central City Association, the Chamber of Commerce, and several public finance firms, among others.