Golsa Sarabi Ms. Iran in the Queen of the Universe Pageant 2013 to be interviewed on Diversity News Radio 12-22-2012 at 12:30pm to 1:30pm
On Wednesday, December 19, 2012 Diversity News Radio from Diversity News Productions of The Diversity News Publications Family of Companies announced Steven Escobar will have an Exclusive Live Interview with actress/model/
Radio host Steven Escobar will be asking Golsa Sarabi about her acting, dreams, goals, family and entertainment career, including the Queen of the Universe competition.
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Radio personality Steven Escobar is well known for asking important questions of artists, authors, actors, actress and guests, and there is no censorship on the live interview.
Diversity News Radio, On AIR with Steven Escobar is produced by Diversity News Productions in partnership with World Wide Vital Marketing and Public Relations and Diversity News Publications. The show is partially sponsored by AAA Discount Auto Repairs, Diversity News Magazine, Diversity News TV, The Baron Publishing House Corporation and Tehran International Magazine.
About Golsa Sarabi:
Golsa Sarabi is known as Mirage in the entertainment industry. She was born in Tehran, Iran on August 31, 1983. Her dad is a professional well known carpenter that runs their own family business with her mom in Iran. She has one sister, who is a successful business owner and lives in Iran right now.
Golsa is an actress/model/
Her ambition in life is to be able to help poor children and bring happiness and joy to their communities, that’s why when she realized about her passion and talent in acting and modeling, she had started to take some acting and modeling classes. She would love to be able to have a voice that can be heard in the world and spread love and peace for all. Also, she has the entrepreneur spirit and would love to open a different type of fitness business that combines physical and emotional wellness and helps people to achieve their perfect bodies.
Golsa Sarabi lived in Iran until the age of 8, and then moved to Sweden with her family for 2 years. She then moved back to Iran to spend time with her family, and stayed there until the age of almost 17 years. She came to the USA when she was 18 years old and lived in Seattle, Washington. She only lived there for 1 year, then she moved to Vancouver, Canada, where she stayed for 3 years. She went back to Iran for 5 years, then moved back to Seattle in April 2009. She has been living and working in the US since then, and in February 2012 she moved to Los Angeles, CA.
Golsa Sarabi is planning to finish her bachelor degree in fitness and nutrition in CA, and continue with her acting classes as well. She has performed in different plays and short movies. In Seattle she pursued her passion in the fitness industry. She then moved to California and performed in a Persian play. She currently takes acting classes with Mr. Vincent Chase and has participated in fashion runways, web commercials, and modeling projects.
Golsa Sarabi is currently a beauty pageant candidate representing Ms. Iran in the Queen of the Universe Pageant which will take place on January 27, 2013. In the Queen of the Universe Pageant she will be competing with 45 women from different countries. She is a certified personal trainer, and wellness coach and she helps her clients with their nutrition and exercise plans. While at school she held first and second place in swimming, basketball and volleyball competitions. She always enjoys seeing people’s transformations with their health and fitness goals. She currently resides in Los Angeles County in the City of Hollywood, CA.
For more information visit http://www.hollywoodandme.com/
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Max Jones joins The Ferret Squad, a group of quirky kids who spend their summer days rescuing and fostering abandoned ferrets in California.
This is a proof of concept trailer for the feature film “The Ferret Squad”, directed by Alison Parker and written by Sally Meyer and shot by the talented DOP Brendan Uegama. We are currently looking for funding so that we can make this film.
This trailer was shot over 4 days in Vancouver, BC, Canada. Many people contributed to a campaign on IndieGoGo, but it wasn’t enough to make a feature film, so we made this trailer to prove a point. This is a movie that people want to see! If you agree, please comment, like and share with all your friends!
Email Director Alison Parker at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Featuring music by Fighting for Ithaca, Anami Vice & ByStarlight from 604 Records! Original music composed and sound design by Henrik Åström! Edited by Eleanor Infante.
The Incredibe Cast:
Connor Stanhope, Chad Willett, Julia Benson, Gabrielle Rose, Blu Mankuma, Dylan Schmid, Cainan Wiebe, Conner Dwelly, Sean Michael Kyer, Clive Holloway, Emma Tremblay, Michael Roberds, Erik McNamee, Sierra Pitkin, Donnie MacNeil & Falcor the Ferret.
Thank you also to all the background performers and background ferrets Gus, Scuzzy and Dolly!
Special thanks to all of our funders on IndieGoGo who will be credited by name in the feature film end credits, plus:
N-PIC The Makers of N-BONE
604 Records (Katy, Jenna & The Bossman)
Diversity News Magazine
Diversity News Publications
LegalizeFerrets.org (support them! Ferrets really are illegal in California!!)
Little Feet Ferret Bedding
The cast of The Ferret Squad promo video used for our IndieGoGo campaign! (Connor Stanhope, Sophia Wik, Sierra Pitkin, Tanner Saunders, Peter Bundic & Calista Abuan)
Biz Studios & Michael Bean
The Ferret Squad Street Team!!!
Skip Films (Kim, Stefanie & Tony)
Harvey’s Pet Store in Langley, BC
The O’Keeffe Family
All ferret shelters around the world and those who fight to rescue animals, legalize ferrets, and change the negative perceptions that many people have about ferrets.
Plus the amazing, hard working crew!!!! And they are:
Director Alison Parker
Writer Sally Meyer
Producers Simona Atias & Gord Peters
1st AD Matthew Tingey
2nd AD Hanna Menon
3rd AD Ivy Lam
Production Designer Kim T. Searow
Set Decorator Laara Fox
On Set Dresser Roma Anthony
DOP Brendan Uegama
1st AC Nick Malcolm
2nd AC Austin Mollins
DIT Stephen Arthur Grobe
Casting Director Travis Doering
Extras Casting Chris Cheng
Story Editor Catherine Lawrence Kinslow
Scripty Jemia Fong
Costume Designer Kathi Moore
Wardrobe Assistant Danae Wilson
Crafty / Catering / First Aid Wendy Miller
Key Make Up Artist Tracy Lai
Hair / Make Up Assistant Vicky Cran
Make Up Assistant Connie Chiang
Gaffer / Key Grip Dima Kolesnyk
Lamp Op / Grip Rong Sun
Lamp Op / Grip Stu Carl
Lamp Op / Grip Tegan Musser
Lamp Op / Grip Christelle Marcadon
Best Boy Michael Yeung
Location Manager / Scout Rachael Dudley
Location Scout Costa Vassos
Assistant Location Manager Ken Poole
(Special Thanks to LM Ken Macalpine)
PA Barry Voy
PA Cody Peterson
Editor Eleanor Infante
Graphic Design Nick Mclean
Cartoon Artist / Logo Design Thomas Novotny
Storyboard Artist Robert Bennett
Sound Designer Henrik Åström
Composer Henrik Åström
Sound Mixer / Boom Op / Barton Hewett
Still Photographer / Tony Lee
EPK Emmanuelle Prompt
Head Animal Coordinator / Dana Dubé
Animal Wrangler / Cherie Smid
Assistant Animal Wrangler / Melissa Spady
With the holiday season upon us it isn’t just retailers looking to turn a profit. Scammers exploit the spirit of the holidays to help separate victims from their money. Many of these scams are used throughout the year but are given a new twist for the holidays.
- Bait-and-Switch – Scammers frequently use cheap tablets, smart phones, MP3 players, jewelry and gift cards as part of bait-and-switch scams. They may approach potential victims in a mall, on the street or through the Internet offering a deal that is too good to be true. They may even allow the victim to check out the item, but rest assured, after the money is exchanged the victim will not get the item they are expecting. Only purchase big-ticket items from respected retailers and avoid this common holiday scam.
- Hard Luck Stories – Scammers often take advantage of the holiday spirit of giving. They may send victims an email requesting assistance or approach victims in public. Scammers will often have an elaborate hard luck story and sometimes even use children to elicit sympathy from victims. Some scammers may also pose as stranded holiday travelers in need of assistance to get home for the holidays. Be wary of these scams and never give out your address, bank information or large amounts of cash to strangers.
- Charity Scams – Fake charity scams also take advantage of the spirit of giving. Beware of scam charity emails. Research a charity before making a donation and make sure they are legitimate. You should never make large donations in cash and always ask for a receipt when making a large donation.
- Gift Card Swap – The rise in popularity of gift cards has led to a new type of scam. Scammers will use high tech scanners to read the numbers off of the gift cards sold in the aisles of major retailers. They will then return the cards to the store shelf and monitor them to see when they are activated. Once activated, they will use the card numbers to spend the funds before the intended recipient has a chance to use the card. Whenever possible purchase your card from behind the counter of a retailer.
- Email Greetings – Holiday emails can sometimes be a Trojan horse for hackers. Do not open attachments from senders you do not know and be wary of strangely worded emails. Make sure your computer’s antivirus software is up to date and use it to scan anything suspicious
Also read that the
BBB’s Top 5 Holiday Scams To Avoid
Scammers Capitalize On Distraction Of Busy Shoppers
Holidays can be hectic, and scammers are counting on harried consumers letting down their guard, whether shopping on line, juggling packages at the mall or simply reading their e-mail.
The BBB has identified five common scams that consumers should watch out for and avoid as they shop, whether online or in stores.
Online shopping scams: We’re all looking for a great deal online, but some sites offer electronics or luxury goods at prices that are too good to be true. Every holiday season, the BBB hears from holiday shoppers who paid for a “great deal” online, but received nothing in return.
Nabbing the season’s hottest toys and gadgets online: When stores sell out, you may find the items online at sites like Craigslist or eBay— but for a much steeper price. The problem is that some sellers will take your money and run.
BBB Advice: Shop locally on Craigslist and conduct transactions in person. Bring along a friend if you’re uncomfortable meeting the seller alone. Never wire money as payment. If you’re shopping on auctions like eBay, research sellers extensively and listen to your doubts if the deal sounds fishy or too good to be true.
Identity theft at the mall: While you’re struggling at the mall with bags of presents, identity thieves may see an opportunity to steal your wallet or your debit or credit card numbers,
Bogus charitable pleas: The holidays are a time of giving, and that creates an opportunity for scammers to solicit donations to line their own pockets. Beware of solicitations from charities that don’t necessarily deliver on their promises or are ill-equipped to carry through on their plans. Resist demands for on-the-spot donations.
BBB Advice: Always research charities with the BBB before you give to see if the charity meets the BBB’s 20 Standards for Charity Accountability. Up-to-date reports on local and national charities are available at www.bbb.org/charity.
Phishing e-mails: Phishing e-mails are a common way for hackers to get at your personal information or break into your computer. Around the holidays, beware of e-cards and messages pretending to be from companies like UPS or Fedex with links to package tracking information.
1. The Kierrah Foundation - Suspended2. The Multicultural Motion Picture Association - Suspended3. Hope 4 Children Foundation – No record4. The Pain Foundation – No record
1. The Life Group LA2. NOH8 Campaign3. Exotifit For Humanity4. We Care For The World5. American Society of Young Musicians
IMPORTANT EDUCATION AND KEY INFORMATION:
The California Attorney General has primary responsibility for regulating, enforcing and supervising organizations and individuals that administer and/or solicit charitable funds or assets in California. The Attorney General has the duty to protect donors to charity, charities themselves and the beneficiaries of charities. In addition, the Attorney General has broad authority under State statutes to regulate charitable organizations and trusts and to commence law enforcement investigations and legal actions to protect the public interest.
A nonprofit organization, in a sense, is “owned” by the public. No private person can claim ownership or control of the organization. The assets of a nonprofit organization are irrevocably dedicated to charitable, educational, literary, scientific, or religious purposes. That means the nonprofit’s cash, equipment, and other property cannot be given to anyone or used for anyone’s private benefit without fair market compensation to the organization. Moreover, a nonprofit’s property is permanently to be used for exempt purposes. When and if the organization decides to dissolve, any assets remaining after the debts and liabilities are paid must go to another nonprofit organization—not to members of the former organization or other private individuals.
Some Basic Steps For Incorporation Of A Public Benefit Corporation:
Choose a corporate name, Draft and file articles of incorporation with the Secretary of State, File federal application for employer identification number (EIN) with the IRS, File a statement by domestic nonprofit corporation, Register with the Attorney General’s Registry of Charitable Trust & File application for exemption from federal income taxes with the IRS and state income taxes with the California Franchise Tax Board.
What Is 501(c)(3) Status?
A section 501(c)(3) organization must be “organized and operated exclusively for religious, charitable, scientiﬁc, testing for public safety, literary or educational purposes.” To qualify, an organization must satisfy an organizational test and an operational test. The organizational test is met if the articles of incorporation include language limiting the purposes of the organization to one or more of the exempt purposes set forth in section 501(c)(3) and do not empower the organization to engage in any substantial activities which do not further one or more exempt purposes. In addition,the organizational documents (or applicable state law) must require the organization to expressly dedicate its assets to exempt purposes in the event of a dissolution.
Fundraising campaign in California?
Prior to soliciting any charitable donations, a commercial fundraiser must register with the Registry of Charitable Trusts on a form provided by the Attorney General, pay a fee of $350, and obtain a $25,000 bond. The commercial fundraiser must renew that registration and bond annually and pay a fee of $350. A commercial fundraiser must also ﬁle an annual ﬁnancial report with the Attorney General accounting for funds collected during the preceding year.Registration or licensing may also be required in various California cities and counties. There are more than 200 cities and counties that require charity fundraisers to comply with local licensing and disclosure requirements.
Solicitations Law: BUSINESS LICENSE COMMISSION
(Los Angeles County Code, Volume 3, Title 7, Chapter 7-24 requires that this Notice of Intention to be filed at least 30 days prior to beginning your solicitation or advertisement for your fund-raising activity. No advertisement or solicitation may begin until this office has issued an Information Card.
Solicitations Information Card:
An Information Card is issued by the Los Angeles Police Commission Charitable Services Section, Commission Investigation Division upon review of the Notice of Intention[PDF] to solicit charitable contributions by a requesting charitable organization. The Information Card provides important information to the donor so they may make an educated decision whether to support that organization.
For more information visit:
IRS (Federal tax exemption and reporting compliance)
California Franchise Tax Board (California tax exemption)
California Secretary of State (Filing articles of incorporation, Annual Statement of Ofﬁcers)
California Employment Development Department (California payroll taxes)
California Attorney General’s Charitable Trusts website:
Philanthropic Research, Inc. (Guidestar) - http://www.guidestar.org
Federal Trade Commission
Class Action Law Suit to Time Warner Cable for Charging All customers a monthly $3.95 fee to lease their modems
Many Time Warner Cable customers are getting their first bills with the new monthly rental fee for using a TWC modem, which of course means that some TWC subscribers are going to do their best to get out of it. But as one Consumerist reader found, it’s easier to score a substantial discount on his cable bill than it is to get the rental fee waived.
Paul not only got hit with the $3.95 rental fee but his 1-year promotional discount rate expires this month. So he figured it was worth a shot to call up Time Warner to see if anything could be done to save money.
“I was told not only is the rental fee non-negotiable, but my discounts were no longer valid and the ‘best offer’ they could make was around $20 more expensive than my current bill,” he tells Consumerist.
But he was persistent and after being bounced around from customer service to retentions to a retentions supervisor, Paul finally got TWC to agree to another year of his promotional rate — but there was absolutely no budging on the rental fee.
“My discounts total $30 ($15 for basic cable and $15 for Roadrunner internet),” he explains. “So they would rather eat $360 over this next year than waive my $3.95 monthly rental fee.”
Paul, who has experience as a customer service rep, believes — and we tend to agree — that this is likely a top-down directive. TWC would not want to set the precedent that you can get out of this brand new, mandatory fee simply by calling. Customers like Paul who are undeterred by an initial “no” and willing to slog through layers of customer service to score the big retention discounts are few and far between. And in the end, once that discount is up, he’ll be paying a normal rate and that fee will still be there. Unless he cuts the cord.
Also Los Angeles Times reports: Time Warner Cable is seeing growth in its broadband Internet business but steady losses in TV viewers. So how is the company responding? With a hefty new fee for Internet cable modems, of course.
The dominant cable provider in Southern California is rolling out a $3.95 monthly fee for use of its cable modems for high-speed Internet access. The modems were previously offered at no charge.
Tech-savvy types are free to buy their own modem from a list of approved models, ranging in cost from about $50 to $150. But that requires, among other things, a degree of comfort in installing the device, which many customers may lack.
TAKE ACTION: Sign the Petition now (Click on picture or link)
Time Warner Cable: Stop The Internet Modem Lease Fee
As of October 15, 2012, an Internet Modem Lease Fee will be applied to Time Warner Cable provided internet modems at the rate of 3.95 per month!
Why should we pay extra for a service that has always been provided. This company is just adding useless fee’s to gain more money.
Sources: consumerist.com, LA Times, Change.org
PartyBy5.com presents Paparazzi Comedy and Variety Show at Jon Lovitz Comedy Club in Universal City November 1st
Celebrity Photographer Gisele CHB leaves the Marina and goes back to Hollywood! Come see the Hottest Comedians on the Westside from the Laugh Factory, Improv, Ice House, Jon Lovitz Comedy Club, as they come with us to Tour Hollywood Every First Thursdays 7:30 pm Red carpet starts. $10 admission RSVP email@example.com. Special $3 Valet, Pull up to the Jurassic Park Valet after 7pm.
Jon Lovitz Comedy Club is located at 1000 Universal Studios Boulevard #222 in the city of Universal City, CA 91608.
Get your tickets now at: http://partyby5-eorg.eventbrite.com/ (Bring proof of purchase).
November. 1, 2012 Special Guest Appearance by Supermodel Sam “Future” Sarpong will be performing singing his song “Loose my Mind”.
Sponsored by: Hula Girls, and Bubba Sweets.com. Special treats for all V.I.P.’s!
For media and talent contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
To learn about PartyBy5.com visit http://www.partyby5.com and Remember to Like PartyBy5.com on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Partyby5com/350949140705
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Los Angeles Fashion Weekend Thank you Statement to Diversity News Magazine/TV Teams and The Gallery LA
From the entire Diversity News Publications Family of Companies we want to thank our staff photographers, affiliates, partners, writers and reporters for representing and helping us to make LA Fashion Weekend Fall/Spring 2013@Sunset Gower Studios a HUGE SUCCESS. Our team knows who they are and we will be thanking them personally and online for their LOYAL and hard work.
Diversity News Magazine and Diversity News TV Thank goes to:
- Stella Gomez, Photographer/Writer and Reporter
- Thushari Jayasekera, Writer/blogger and photographer
- Ali Bigdeli, Photographer and Videographer
- Francois Palais, Photographer
- Gisele Rebeiro, Photographer and Talent/Host
- Idan Ozeri, Photographer
- Clinton H. Wallace, Photographer
- Steven Escobar, Editor-In-Chief and Producer/Camera
Our VIP’s celebrities and guests:
- Recording artist/performer and DIVA Cynthia Manley
- Fashion designer and producer Boy Lisazo
- Claire Palacios
Also Thank you to our invited team, could not be able to make it.
- Bob Delgadillo, Photographer
- Heathyr Wolfe, Writer/blogger
- Faye Sadou, Photographer
- Rodrigo Vaz, Photographer
Our team works very hard. Without them, we would not be able to share some of the best events, photos, and videos with you, especially the up to the minute news and entertainment. Also, thank you to our event media partners for making us part of their events.
Diversity News Magazine, published by Diversity News Publications, and Diversity News TV from Diversity News Productions/Publications wants to THANK the staff, management and producers of LA Fashion Weekend Fall/Spring 2013@Sunset Gower Studios for making us part of such an amazing and unforgettable experience, and for taking care of our team members, affiliates, guests and VIP’s.
Our Executive Editor-In-Chief Steven Escobar is so thankful to everyone who was part of the event and on behalf of him and our entire team we want to thank Mikey Koffman, her staff, her publicists and those who worked with her this season to make this all possible.
Also, on behalf of our Editor In Chief Steven Escobar we want to thank all of the other media, photographers, and videographers for being so cool and rocking it by featuring us in their print, online and video media outlets. Mr. Escobar stated that networking with them was perfect and wonderful.
Please enjoy our photographer photos:
Our executive editor-in-chief wants to thank so many people, and he will acknowledge them in the coming days in person or online.
We ask you to support our hard work by advertising or sponsoring our media outlets. Please contact Mr. Escobar at: 213-321-9408, 323-465-3945, or email@example.com, or firstname.lastname@example.org, or email@example.com. Let’s work with each other. Thank you.
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Editor’s Note: Statement proof read by Linda Satloff Krongold, New York, NY Correspondent and Proof reader.
Yes, We want to officially Thank: Brantley Bardin, Cynthia Manley, Darna Umayam from Philippine Children’s Charities, Inc., Edgard and Samira Chatila, Recording Artist FAWN from Songirl Music, ASCAP and Stonedef Records, Inc. , Louella Eischen, Steven Escobar from Diversity News Magazine,Actress Thushari Jayasekera, Peach Chemys, Stella Gomez, Fe Koons, Monique Jackson.
As date of this post, we have raised $500 and we will try get more until Deadline of November 9, 2012.
Please go here to make a donation Before: November 9, 2012 and feel free to select any member of our team.
Note: To be updated soon with more donors names and photos. Please come back. Thank you.
Diversity News Magazine Special Fall 2012 Print Edition Featuring Steven Escobar The Man In Charge (via Diversity News Publications)
ORDER YOUR COPY NOW AND OWN A LITTLE PIECE AND PART OF DIVERSITY NEWS MAGAZINE On Monday, October 15, 2012 Diversity News Magazine Special Fall 2012 Print Edition Featuring our own Steven Escobar The Man In Charge. As of August 14, 2012 the magazine was published on MagCloud (To buy it go now to: …
The Gallery Los Angeles Presents L.A. Fashion Weekend at Sunset Gower Studios Spring/Summer 2013 on October 19th – 21st, 2012
The Gallery Los Angeles Presents L.A. Fashion Weekend at Sunset Gower Studios Spring/Summer 2013 on October 19th – 21st, 2012 and Diversity News Magazine published by Diversity News Publications is a proud media partner.
About The Gallery Los Angeles/Mikey Koffman:
Mikey Koffman, an original member of Mercedes Benz Fashion Week at Smashbox Studios, has been producing L.A. Fashion Weekend, through her fashion marketing firm, The Gallery L.A. for eight seasons now. Koffman also produces runway shows in conjunction with the WWD Magic International tradeshow.
L.A. Fashion Weekend features unbelievable branding opportunities for the most elite products and services as well as extensive exposure from the local, national and international press. L.A. Fashion Weekend attracts media (Elle, Women’s Wear Daily, Huffington Post, Access Hollywood, MTV), stylists, buyers (Bloomingdales, Nordstrom, Fred Segal, Maxfield) and celebrities/notables (Jack Black, Jeremy Piven, Heather Locklear, Mena Suvari, Christina Milian, Amy Smart, Ritchie Sambora and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa).
Koffman, featured on the first season of the hit Showtime series, “The Real L Word”, has unmatched experience growing emerging lines into full-fledged brands, and has garnered her place among the fashion elite. For more information visit www.thegalleryla.com or www.losangelesfw.com
Flyer credit to: The Gallery Los Angeles
LOS ANGELES – September 12, 2012, The Los Angeles Board of Water and Power Commissioners moved forward today with a proposed 2-year electric rate change to pay for investments needed to comply with legal mandates that are driving a complete transformation of LADWP’s power supply, to invest in replacing rapidly aging infrastructure to maintain reliability and expand customer opportunities through additional investment in money-saving energy efficiency programs which also comply with state requirements. The rate action, which requires approval by the Los Angeles City Council, would increase LADWP’s system average rate by 11.1% over two years, or 1.4 cents per kilowatt-hour (KWh). Typical residential customers who use 500 KWh per month would see an increase half that amount (5.5%) over the two years, and pay $3.65 cents more per month on the current average monthly electric bill of $65.79 in the second year of the rate increase.
“It is never easy to raise our customers’ rates, but the Department has made the case that these investments are needed to comply with legal mandates and to invest in replacing aging infrastructure that is essential to maintaining reliable service to our customers,” said Thomas Sayles, President of the Board of Water & Power Commisioners.
The Board also concurred with a recommendation by General Manager Ronald O. Nichols to defer action on a proposed 5% water rate increase that would have taken effect in July 2013, to allow time for the city’s independent ratepayer advocate, Dr. Fred Pickel, to further analyze proposed changes in the water rate structure and capital program. Nichols said unanticipated financial savings realized this summer will enable LADWP to continue critical capital projects for now while further analysis is completed, but that future water rate increases will eventually be needed.
The proposed two-year electric rate increase approved today by the Board follows over 16 months of community outreach and an independent review by the Ratepayer Advocate. The Ratepayer Advocate’s report confirmed that the proposed rate increases are necessary and warranted to comply with legal mandates and invest in basic reliability. It also credited the Department with cutting costs and made recommendations to further cut costs beyond the immediate 2-year rate period.
The Ratepayer Advocate has recommended further evaluation of future costs beyond the 2-year rate period to seek reductions in levels of future rate increases.
“This was a rates process like no other in the Department’s history. We achieved a level of transparency that is unprecedented, providing more information on what is driving our costs and about the basis for the needed rate increase to the public and to the ratepayer advocate than ever before,” said LADWP General Manager Ronald O. Nichols. “We listened to what our customers and other stakeholders expected from the Department of Water and Power, and supported their priorities in our recommendations. As a result, we will more than double last year’s investment in energy efficiency to help our customers save money and launch the full 150MW Feed-in Tariff demonstration program to more aggressively expand solar on LA rooftops and include more of our customers.”
Key drivers of the power rate increase include investments needed to keep LADWP on track to meet 33% renewable energy by 2020; stay on schedule with State of California requirements to eliminate the use of ocean water cooling at its coastal power plants; and, ramping up investments in energy efficiency over the next two years to put the Department on the path to achieving at a minimum, the required 10% reduction in electricity use by 2020. These efforts, among others, will position LADWP to transition out of coal generation when current contracts for coal power expire, or sooner.
The rate increases will also provide needed investments in replacing or repairing aging power distribution infrastructure. “We need to aggressively invest in replacing aging poles, transformers, wires, cables, and cross-arms, as well as build new power distributing stations and repair old ones,” said Aram Benyamin, LADWP Senior Assistant General Manager – Power. This increase will allow us to make a significant investment in reducing our current backlog of repairs to maintain the outstanding power reliability our customers expect and deserve. While additional investment will be needed in the future, this gives us a significant boost toward those efforts.”
For more detailed information and to use the LADWP’s online rates calculator, please visit www.ladwp.com/rates.
Source: The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power
Logo credit to: The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power