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LA controller, DWP union head to court over financial disclosures (Updated)

Ron Galperin

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Controller Ron Galperin, center, is joined by Mayor Eric Garcetti, left, and City Attorney Mike Feuer to announce subpoenas to in an effort to determine how $40 million in public money was spent.

Update: Tuesday's court session has been postponed.

Original story: Attorneys for the City of Los Angeles and the union that represents employees with the Department of Water and Power will be in court Tuesday to argue over whether certain financial documents must be made public. 

Earlier this month, Controller Ron Galperin subpoenaed Brian D'Arcy, business manager for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 18, in an effort to get invoices and other financial records related to the Joint Training and Joint Safety institutes. The institutes, which are jointly run by the DWP and the union, have received more than $40 million in taxpayer money over the past decade. 

For months, Galperin has tried to obtain these records, but attorneys for the trusts have maintained the entities are private, non-profit groups and are not required to hand over the documents. 

"We are disappointed, but not surprised, that IBEW continues to waste taxpayer time and money fighting disclosure," Galperin said. "The public deserves a transparent government, and we are confident this principle will be upheld." 

Attorneys for the union will be in court Tuesday morning to ask a judge not to enforce the subpoenas. 

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