Radio station KNX 1070 summed it up this morning with its teasers to an upcoming report about the DWP's changing leadership: "Is the new boss the same as the old boss?" announcers asked, playing off a famous line by the Who. True enough, the Department of Water and Power's general manager since 2007, David Nahai, turned in his resignation today and was replaced by his former boss, David Freeman. Nahai and his department have come under a steady drumbeat of criticism as one water main after another has mysteriously broken during an historic drought, some with devastating effects. Yet even before these embarrassing ruptures Nahai had become a public pinata in the eyes of DWP customers and policy wonks alike who were unhappy with the cash-rich department's perennial appeals for rate hikes and with its imposition of water-rationing schedules.
Anyway this story has been breaking since the pipes started doing the same.