LADWP investigation remains an official mystery

ladwpLast week news leaked out that the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power had sent guards and other personnel to simultaneously lock down five DWP offices in the Northern District to seize specific documents. Very little else has been revealed about the apparent scandal.

Sources close to the situation said that the DWP offices in Mojave, the Owens Dry Lake, Lone Pine, Independence and Bishop were locked down, employees asked to surrender cell phones and leave while files were seized. This apparent internal investigation was reportedly launched by Marty Admams, Director of DWP Water Operations.

Reports said that an email from management showed up and ordered the various offices to hand over any document requested. As we reported last week, LADWP Public Information Officer Chris Plakos in Bishop said only of the reported incidents “I can’t address it. This is a personnel matter.”

Three different sources told Sierra Wave Media that two particular employees were placed on administrative leave. We are waiting for more official confirmation before identifying those individuals.

We have placed several calls to LADWP Public Relations Director Joe Ramallo. He has not returned our calls.

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6 Responses to LADWP investigation remains an official mystery

  1. concerned October 8, 2012 at 1:47 pm #

    if you have ever been in the high country or back roads, one can see LADWP stamped on almost all the waterways. Considering what they just pulled up in Mammoth and claiming to have rights to Mammoth Creek and all the water that supplies the MCWD, it would not surprise me if DWP had an ace up their sleeve when it comes to controlling Bishop water.

  2. concerned October 8, 2012 at 9:11 am #

    DWP just did a study in Bishop and surrounding areas to determine the amount of water usage. The findings report that water usage for residents is high above the normal average. Resident in the small sleepy towns should wake up and smell the coffee, which will ultimately be regulated. You think DWP did that study just for the heck of it? No. They are using the information to regulate the water usage of Owens Valley residents, by claiming that the water usage exceeds normal amounts and therefore needs to be regulated. Bishop thinks its sitting pretty, far away from LA, but the truth is, you are right where DWP wants you. Relying on their water, puts you in a position to be controlled and charged accordingly. WAKE UP!!!

    • Benett Kessler October 8, 2012 at 10:11 am #

      Actually, Bishop has its own water system. Don’t think DWP has any control over that. DWP does still provide water to Lone Pine, Independence and Laws
      through the Water Agreement even though Inyo County has responsibility for the systems.
      Benett Kessler

  3. Action Jackson September 11, 2012 at 9:14 pm #

    Sounds more like a law enforcement matter instead of internal matter. LADWP internal legal matters are almost always bias and swept under the carpet. This is too big for LADWP inexperienced security team to handle. Call in the Fed’s.

  4. Captain obvious September 5, 2012 at 7:13 pm #

    Sounds like there is some shady bizz going on with our tax dollars!

  5. Trouble September 3, 2012 at 12:48 pm #

    They probably told the truth. That must of pissed DWP off.


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