In recent years, Water and Power Associates has broadened its actvities to include regional and statewide water and energy issues. It also continues to work toward preserving the regional history of Water and Electricity and its role in the development and growth of the City of Los Angeles.
Major efforts have included:
◆ Support of the Rate Payer Advocate in providing full disclosure of benefits and costs of all LA Department of Water and Power (DWP) programs that will have long-term consequences on the increasing cost of electricity and water for the City's ratepayers, its residents and businesses.
◆ Support for environmentally balanced development of California's water resources including encouragement of the Cal Fed program in the San Francisco Bay Delta and the 4.4 Plan on the Colorado.
◆ Continue to work with DWP to broaden the scope of its existing Records Management Program and capture the unique history of the Department in a way that makes the historic records publicly available and easily accessible.
◆ Continue to work with the City and DWP to develop a state-of-the-art brick and mortar museum that offers educational programs for the public, especially children, with a focus on the history of water and electricity in early Los Angeles.
◆ Put together a Virtual Museum consisting of over 10,000 photo images, including descriptions and historical notes, which shows the role both water and electricity played in the development and growth of Los Angeles as well as preserving the City's rich history.
◆ Provide links to Special Collections, papers and databases that offer unique and diverse perspectives into the history of the municipal water system in Los Angeles during the 20th century.
◆ Rewrite of the Los Angeles City Charter to strengthen the Department of Water and Power's Commission form of governance.
◆ Opposition to secession from Los Angeles by the San Fernando Valley and Hollywood to preserve historic water rights for all Los Angeles' citizens.
◆ Early warning on California's proposed deregulation of the electric utility industry.