CONTACT: DWP MOU representative Michael Povar at [email protected]
DWP-NC MOU AND ADVOCACY COMMITTEE MEETINGS
The DWP-NC MOU Oversight Committee (even months) and DWP Advocacy Committee (odd months) meet every first Saturday of the month at 8:45 a.m. To keep the public and LADWP employees safe and healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic, the meetings will be broadcast as a webcast. You can join the meeting via the webcast or phone by calling (213) 306-3065 (toll free Los Angeles) or (415) 655-0002 (toll free US). To learn more about upcoming meetings or past presentations, please visit www.ladwpnews.com
What is A MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING?
A memorandum of understanding (MOU) is a written document that is commonly used in businesses. It clarifies a mutual agreement between two or more parties, and sets the purpose, basic principles and guidelines. It is also signed by both parties. A MOU can be as simple or as detailed as the institutions dictate, clarifying aspects of communication, responsibilities etc. Not as complicated as a contract but it is recognized by the judicial system.
WHAT IS THE DEPARTMENT OF WATER AND POWER (DWP) AGREEMENT WITH THE NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCILS(NC)?
The MOU between the DWP and the Neighborhood Councils is a formal agreement for advance notice and information sharing. This understanding was created after a firestorm of neighborhood oppositions to a DWP rate request that had nadequate notice and little explanation. The MOU created an Oversight Committee that coordinates information sharing under the agreement. Each Neighborhood Council votes to participate in the MOU and names a stakeholder or board member to be their official representative to the Oversight Committee. In 2012, the Oversight Committee and the DWP Board agreed to extend the MOU for another five years. The MOU Oversight Committee meetings are public. They are held on the first Saturday of the month in even-numbered months, just before the Los Angeles Neighborhood Council Coalition (LANCC) meetings. Because the MOU was created by city agencies (the DWP Board and the NCs), the MOU Oversight Committee is a quasi-city agency. It advocates for transparency. It does not take positions on issues like rate requests.
WHAT IS THE DWP COMMITTEE?
The DWP Advocacy Committee was created so that councils can have an independent organization for political action on rates and other DWP issues. The DWP Committee also meets on the first Saturday of the month, in ODD-numbered months. The same people usually attend both the MOU Oversight meetings and the DWP Advocacy meetings. The role of the two organizations is different. One is the transparency committee. The other has been referred to as the "pitchforks and
WHO IS TARZANA’S DWP MOU REPRESENTATIVE?
Utilizing the election process, Tarzana Council Board members have named Micheal Povar as their MOU Representative. One responsibility of the NC MOU Representative is to relay information such as rate proposals, workshop scheduling and other pertinent information.This information will help engage stakeholders with the DWP business of managing water and power supply to the community.The MOU Representative is also responsible for contacting DWP upon request by the Council and stakeholders to coordinate meetings, speakers and conference rooms. Participating councils agree to notify DWP 14 days in advance of any DWP-related issue that will appear on a Board or committee agenda.
WHERE IS THE MOU CHARTER?
The MOU charter may be found by clicking this link
LADWP WATER & ENERGY CONSERVATION TIPS & REBATES
Whenever you save water and energy, you save money. By reducing your energy usage, you also reduce the demand for fossil fuels such as coal, oil, and natural gas. Less burning of fossil fuels results in lower emissions of carbon dioxide, a primary contributor to global warming. By reducing your water use you not only save this precious resource but you also save on the energy that would have been used to transport and treat the water. Investing in efficient conservation measures has proven to be a cost effective way to help safeguard the reliability of natural resources. To learn more about conservation tips and rebates visit www.ladwp.com