Posted on | January 30, 2014 | 1 Comment
Emphasizing his campaign theme of financial reform of the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power, today LA Mayor Eric Garcetti nominated Anaheim City Manager Marcie Edwards to lead the largest public municipal utility in the US.
That will become clear as a woman whose family has traditionally worked for the department — and who herself began there as a typist when she was 19 and then rose through dispatch, energy control, operations, business, marketing and customer service — clears approval by the department’s commissioners and Los Angeles City Council.
If approved, Edwards, who after what KPCC describes as 24 years at LADWP went on to run Anaheim Public Utilities for more than a decade, will become the first woman to hold the job created by Los Angeles Aqueduct builder William Mulholland.
Though made in the worst precipitation year since California’s record-keeping system began, the announcement stressing Edwards’ fiscal chops made no mention of her record on water management or conservation. According to the release, as Edwards is vetted by commissioners and City Hall, LADWP Water Systems Manager Marty Adams will assume leadership of LADWP wet work. Adams is best known among Los Angeles Aqueduct watchers for his insistence that LADWP has all but completed dust remediation work in Owens Valley and that further work orders by the Great Basin Air Pollution Control District are illegal acts of a rogue regulator. Click here for more on Adams and Owens Valley in the journal ‘Arid.’ LA Observed has statements from City Councilman Felipe Fuentes and Controller Ron Galperin.