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School district, DWP reach deal

first_imgThe Los Angeles Department of Water and Power has agreed to pay L.A. Unified $900,000 cash, provide unspecified rate-rollbacks and offer future rate increase protection under a tentative settlement, officials said Thursday. The agreement, which seeks to settle a 2004 lawsuit that alleges the DWP overcharged the district millions of dollars for water service, has not yet been finalized. “Even though this is very little money, City Hall was taking this from teachers and students and it will now be returned,” board member David Tokofsky said. “This water settlement is about 1/100th the size of the potential for the electric settlement.” DWP officials said they had no comment since a settlement had not been finalized. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsA larger lawsuit, filed against DWP by LAUSD in 2000, alleges overcharging of electrical rates, said Kevin Reed, general counsel for the district. The district is seeking $90 million in damages in that case, for which trial has been set for October, Reed said. “We’re gratified the DWP was willing to settle with us, to recognize that our claims had value and to commit to putting money on the table to solve it, and it would be nice if they do that in the electricity case as well,” Reed said. He could not divulge details of the negotiated settlement or say how much the district had spent on the lawsuit. “It’s $900,000 cash, and we think considerable savings in the future and protection against other rate increases.” Just because a judge ruled in its favor on this case doesn’t mean the district is more likely to succeed in the other lawsuit, Reed said. “We’ve always had hope we would be successful in the other lawsuit,” he said. [email protected] (818) 713-3722160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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