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Why the DWP owns an empty, $150K/year lodge (DN)

Posted on 31 March 2014 by admin (0)
Mike Baker, Los Angeles Daily News

Mike Baker, Los Angeles Daily News

A seven-bedroom historic lodge crowns the highest hill of Boulder City, Nev. Under a clay tile roof, its sunroom commands sweeping views of Lake Mead. A live-in caretaker stands by, ready to serve five-course gourmet meals on fine china.

But he’s usually dining alone. The house’s owners, the customers of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, live 300 miles away. “No Trespassing. Private Road,” warns a sign.

In the eastern Mojave Desert, this guest lodge is rarely used by the department. Instead, the DWP pays nearby hotels more than $500,000 each year to house workers, and it reserves the lodge for high-level meetings, despite owning an office building minutes away. Ratepayers, meanwhile, spent more than $153,000 last fiscal year to run the 1931 Spanish Colonial Revival house.

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