Outtakes from CD 14: "Team Rudy continues to expose Councilman Huizar's DWP voting record".
UNACCOUNTABLE TO RATE PAYERS
LOS ANGELES, CA (November, 27, 2010) – Councilmember Jose Huizar voted to deny Department of Water and Power (DWP) rate payers real accountability over the DWP. In a 7-7 deadlock last Tuesday, Huizar voted against a ballot measure that would have given the City Council the power to fire the DWP’s General Manager and would have also given them the power to remove the Mayor’s appointees to the DWP’s Commission. The measure would have required a two-thirds majority vote to remove the General Manager and DWP Commissioners.
“I was disappointed that the two-thirds provision for the board of commissioners and general manager were rejected at the very last minute. These objections should have been brought up by the department during the six public hearings, including the meeting held by Huizar in Eagle Rock,” said Jack Humphreville, President of the DWP Advocacy Committee.
The city council will have an opportunity to break the 7-7 deadlock and vote on the proposed measure again on December 7. Huizar claims that this is nothing more than an over reaction to recent DWP frustrations, but he deceived rate payers when he failed to speak out on the issue during the public meeting he hosted in Eagle Rock.
“Rate payers are tired of the business as usual attitude in the DWP. As your councilman, I will listen to your concerns and I will fight for ratepayers and demand real reform and accountability at DWP,” said Rudy Martinez, candidate for City Council District 14.