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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.

 

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