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CBS 2 investigation focuses on behavior of DWP workers

April 29, 2010 |  9:50 am

CBS 2 is reporting that during a three-month investigation in which it followed Los Angeles Department of Water and Power employees, the workers allegedly visited strip clubs, drank during working hours and drove while drinking.

The investigation, by reporter David Goldstein, primarily focused on linemen, who work on the utility’s power poles.

In a statement Thursday morning, DWP Chief Operating Officer Raman Raj said the utility has launched an investigation into the workers’ alleged behavior and whether supervisors were lax in their oversight.

The investigation will be completed within two months, he said. Any criminal activity will be reported to the Los Angeles city attorney and Los Angeles County district attorney, Raj said.

He said the utility has a “zero tolerance” policy toward drug and alcohol use in the workplace. Violations of the policy include termination.

“Our customers and employees should know that when incidents occur, we take them seriously; we will investigate them fully and take appropriate disciplinary action quickly,” he said.

On Tuesday, the Los Angeles City Council allowed the utility to raise electricity rates by 4.8% beginning in July.

-- Sam Quinones