Eyewitness Newsmakers explores new LAFD recruiting campaign, LADWP's accountability

"Eyewitness Newsmakers" explores two simmering Los Angeles city issues:

Who's running the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, and why can't the Los Angeles City Fire Department diversify to reflect the population of Los Angeles?

Host Adrienne Alpert talks to Los Angeles City Controller Ron Galperin and City Councilman Felipe Fuentes about the LADWP.

Galperin outlined a massive, nearly 600-page study that looked at how the largest municipal utility in the nation is run. Fuentes detailed his plan for a ballot measure this year that will do away with an appointed LADWP Commission, and replace it with a seven-member board of paid professionals empowered to make decisions on operations.

Later, Alpert talked to L.A. Fire Chief Ralph Terrazas about his department's stepped-up recruitment for women and minorities. In the program, you'll see a list of upcoming recruitment expos.

The chief also explained the new application system, which allows anyone to take the firefighter's written test. The test is being administered by an independent company and costs $69. Fees are waived if applicants can prove financial need. Interviewees will be picked from a representative sampling.

"Eyewitness Newsmakers" airs Sunday mornings at 11 a.m. on ABC7.
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