LADWP GM Calls It Quits

David Nahai spent four years at department

By Olsen Ebright
|  Friday, Oct 2, 2009  |  Updated 1:02 PM PDT
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Department of Water and Power General Manager David Nahai

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Department of Water and Power General Manager David Nahai is resigning, according to the mayor's office.

"I would like to thank David Nahai for his four years of service at the (LADWP), where he led the team responsible for increasing the city's renewable energy portfolio, reducing water consumption to record levels, and putting us on the path to be coal free by 2020," said Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa in a statement released Friday.

Nahai is planning to serve as a senior advisor to the Clinton Climate Initiative, according to the statement.

"I would like to express gratitude, again, to Mayor Villaraigosa, each member of the Board of Water and Power Commissioners, the City Council, my Executive Team and all stakeholders. However, I must express special thanks to the women and men of DWP who work, day in day out, sometimes at great personal risk, to keep our water running and our lights on. I take great pride in heeding a suggestion of one of our employees and leading the effort to construct a Memorial to our fallen employees, which graces the entrance to JFB, and serves as a reminder that DWP personnel are, indeed, first responders," Nahai said in a statement.

"I leave with nothing but fond memories of my time at DWP, and immense pride at what we have accomplished. However, it is time for me to explore other opportunities," Nahai said.

The DWP has been in hot water the last few months following a rash of water main breaks, including one that ate a fire truck.

KNX 1070's Bill Cooper reported that Nahai's decision was influenced by the recent string of failed infrastructure.

Such recent water main breaks include this, this, this, this, this, this, this and this.

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