Audit of southeast Los Angeles County water district approved

March 07, 2012

Responding to complaints about rising water bills from working-class Los Angeles County communities, a state legislative committee on Wednesday unanimously approved an audit to examine how a number of local water agencies set their rates, and whether misuse of public money is driving up costs.

The action, sponsored by Assemblyman Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens), comes amid complaints from consumers and local water managers in southeast Los Angeles County, as well as recent stories in The Times about questionable spending by one agency in particular, the Central Basin Municipal Water District.