LOS ANGELES (CNS) - Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced today an extensive make-over of the the five-person board that sets and oversees policy for the Department of Water and Power.
Garcetti said the move is intended to control labor costs at the city's electric and water utility.
Garcetti released the Board of Water and Power Commission appointments as the City Council held public hearings on a proposed labor contract with the unionized DWP workers, who compose almost 90 percent of the utility's employees.
The mayor said Thursday he would not sign the proposal as it does not do enough to reform pensions and work rules.
The board has the power to set DWP worker pension tiers, which impact how much retirement benefits the utility pays workers.
``I was elected with a mandate to reform the Department of Water and Power, and that's what I am going to do,'' he said. ``These accomplished Angelenos will help me shake up the status quo at the DWP.''
Garcetti's appointments, which are subject to approval by the City Council, are:
-- Jill Banks Barad, owner of public relations firm Jill Barad & Associates;
-- Michael Fleming, executive director of the David Bohnett Foundation;
-- William Funderburk, partner at law firm Castellon & Funderburk;
-- Mel Levine, a former congressman; and
-- Christina Noonan, executive of real estate services and investment firm Jones Lang LaSalle.
Noonan has been a commissioner since 2010 was the only one picked to stay on the board.