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File #: 21-894    Version: 1 Name: Resolution Calling for MWD Audit
Type: Minute Order Status: Action Item
File created: 4/14/2021 In control: City Council Meeting Agenda
On agenda: 4/19/2021 Final action:
Title: CC - (1) Discussion of a Resolution Requesting a State Audit of Alleged Sexual Harassment, Discrimination, Bullying and Retaliation at the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California; and (2) Direction to the City Manager as Deemed Appropriate.
Attachments: 1. 2021-04-19__ATT__LA Times Editorial-Sexual misconduct at MWD.pdf, 2. 2021-04-19__ATT__LADWP letter to MWD.pdf, 3. 2021-04-19__ATT__MWD Motion-Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors.pdf, 4. 2021-04-19__ATT__City of Los Angeles MWD Resolution.pdf
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CC - (1) Discussion of a Resolution Requesting a State Audit of Alleged Sexual Harassment, Discrimination, Bullying and Retaliation at the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California; and (2) Direction to the City Manager as Deemed Appropriate.

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Meeting Date: April 19, 2021

Contact Person/Dept: Shelly Wolfberg/City Manager's Office

Phone Number: (310) 253-6000

Fiscal Impact: Yes [] No [X] General Fund: Yes [] No []

Public Hearing: [] Action Item: [X] Attachments: [X]

Commission Action Required: Yes [] No [X] Date:

Public Notification: (E-Mail) Metropolitan Water District; Scott Houston, West Basin Municipal Water District; Meetings and Agendas - City Council (04/15/2021).

Department Approval: John M. Nachbar (04/15/2021)
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RECOMMENDATION

Staff recommends the City Council (1) discuss a Resolution requesting a state audit of alleged sexual harassment, discrimination, bullying and retaliation at the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWD); and (2) provide direction to the City Manager as deemed appropriate.


BACKGROUND/ DISCUSSION

On February 12, 2021, the Los Angeles Times published an article which recounted the mistreatment of women in MWD's trades apprenticeship program, which gives workers an entree into careers traditionally dominated by men. The article identified the female trainees' allegations of unwanted touching, inappropriate and offensive comments, and the apparent lack of action by MWD (Attachment 1).

About MWD

MWD is a regional wholesaler that provides water for 26 member public agencies to deliver - either directly or through their sub-agencies - to nearly 19 million people living in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, and Ventura counties. The district imports water from the Colorado River and Northern California to supplement local supplies, and helps it...

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