Marcie Edwards nominated to lead LADWP

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.

Marcie who?

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.



One Response to “Marcie Edwards nominated to lead LADWP”

  1. Paul Fretheim
    February 2nd, 2014 @ 10:56 am

    I hope the idea that a 1,200 acre solar array in the heart of the pristine, virgin desert of the Owens Valley at the foot of the peaks of the most spectacular part of the High Sierra, including Mt. Whitney is a bad idea. That a much better idea would be be to put a roof of solar panels on the aqueduct’s 71 miles of open ditch. There is over 3,000 acres of area in a strip 71 miles long and 40 feet wide. Don’t mess up the Owens Valley scenery with an enormous industrial scale solar array. Put the panels over the open ditch. It will save precious water and protect the scenic value of the incredibly beautiful Owens Valley.

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