LOS ANGELES (CBS) — A community group is joining together to fight proposed water and power rate hikes in Los Angeles.

The group — which calls itself “Push Back The Tax” — wants to mobilize opposition to the Department of Water & Power’s latest round of proposed increases.

KNX 1070’s Claudia Peschiutta reports the group’s members have a simple message for the city: “we can’t afford it”.

Members contend that the DWP is asking for too much, and they want a moratorium on all fee increases until the department appoints a ratepayer advocate and allows a open review of their records.

DWP officials said they will need to raise business water rates by as much as 15 percent and power rates by up to 17 percent over the next three years.

“I certainly would by no means call this ‘massive’,” said DWP general manager Ron Nichols. “I think it’s a very well-balanced and very well-based adjustment.”‘

But the group’s opponents point to a 12 percent unemployment rate and the city’s failure to act more swiftly on the ratepayer advocate as the two most significant reasons to avoid the rate hikes.

Visit the “Push Back The Tax” website for more details on the campaign.

Comments (9)
  1. El Miro says:

    Solar power cells for everyone! Personal Wind Power! If the tax goes through, then the banking cartel should reinstate 5% interest on savings accounts for residents. Los Angeles should revoke monopoly banks’ licenses in support of its residents.

  2. mister s says:

    Uhhhh rates arent at all high compared to other utilities.

    1. TT says:

      my FOOT they are not high !!! thats why i switched to a different city intentionally so i was out of DWP grasp !!! when my home bill hit 600.00 and my 1200 – that was it for me !!!

      1. TT says:

        sorry my rent was 1200

  3. Astonished says:

    15 & 17% raise in 3 years is well-balanced and not massive? On who’s world!

    Voters approved a Ratepayer Advocate in the last election. Now DWP wants to ram these new rates down our collective throats before the Advocate is appointed, because they know that anyone with 1/2 a brain cell that still works wouldn’t appprove the rate hikes.

  4. Informed Reader says:

    OK Astonished, have you attended any of the several rates workshops held around town the last 3 weeks. I doubt it. Have you read the PA Consulting report commissioned by city council stating that DWP should receive an 8% increase over the next 5 years? I doubt it. And this “massive” increase amounts to $2.24 on the water & $4.04 on the electric per month…Massive indeed. Instead of inflammatory rhetoric you should do some research before exposing yourself and your lack of an informed opinion. Also DWP rates are the lowest in the state. Do some research.

    1. TT says:

      I havent done any reasearch – stopped getting bills from them 10 years ago (and im sure rates havent declined since then) – now my house is a little smaller – not much – no pool , and not with dwp and is about 150. to 175. a month WIth air conditioning,water, and trash ….. i dont need research to tell me there is a BIG difference. …….

    2. Astonished says:

      Gee, I ruffled your feathers good! As for attending meetings, yes I have. In fact I am a DWP customer. They have already increased my rates once this past year, and I don’t see any benefits. My water is still the same, and my power goes out just as often (quite often) as it did before the rate hike. As for the PA Consulting report, is that the same as the one they did last year that wanted a 32% increase by 2014? Because if it is, the figures it is based on are skewed. As for any increase. DWP employees and mangement get paid some of the highest wages in the country. On the other hand, my salary has decreased by $20,000 in the past 18 months, so I can ill afford ANY increase. So unless I can benefit from the increase, I say leave the rate the way it is.

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