Something's Askew: LADWP Bills a Retired Teacher Almost $17,000

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Something's Askew: LADWP Bills a Retired Teacher Almost $17,000

Oct, 6th 2016

The story I’m about to tell does not quite match the one two years ago about Stella and Savely Goreshter, the Van Nuys condo dwellers who lived in dread after receiving a Los Angeles Department of Water and Power bill for $51,649.32.

But it ain’t bad.

Mrs. Velma Matthews, a retired schoolteacher who lives in Northridge with her dog, Precious, says her bills from the LADWP usually run in the $500 range every two-month billing period.

But in July, she got one on steroids.

It came to $12,836.31, and DWP included a notice along with the bill. If she didn’t pay up, her service could be cut off.

“You know, I was in shock,” Mrs. Matthews told me Tuesday afternoon at her ranch-style home.

The bill didn’t make the least...

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