Judge unlikely to let DWP keep salaries secret

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Los Angeles Department of Water and Power  (AP Photo)

Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (AP Photo)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Los Angeles judge has indicated he is unlikely to comply with a request from the city Department of Water and Power to keep the names and salaries of hundreds of employees from the public.

The Los Angeles Times says Superior Court Judge James Chalfant ordered DWP lawyers to return Aug. 1 with a pared-down list that includes only employees who can prove a legitimate safety concern.

But Chalfant added that “the odds are nobody is going to be excused” from having his or her name disclosed.

Tuesday’s hearing was the latest round in a fight that began in February, when the Times filed a California Public Records Act request for the DWP’s payroll data.

A union filed a lawsuit seeking to block the disclosure, citing safety concerns.

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