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In Los Angeles, lawmakers "frustrated" in trying to uncover how two power department nonprofits spent over $40 million, with nothing to show.

Frustrated by their struggle to learn how two Los Angeles Department of Water and Power nonprofit institutes spent more than $40 million of ratepayers' money, commissioners of the publicly owned utility voted Tuesday to cut off funding to the organizations and asked the city controller to perform a sweeping audit of the accounts. The two organizations, the Joint Training Institute and the Joint Safety Institute, are co-run by DWP General Manger Ron Nichols and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 18 business manager Brian D'Arcy. The institutes were created to improve relations between management and labor after a series of contentious job cuts at the department in the late '90s." -- Jack Dolan, the Los Angeles Times


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