Leaving Her Mark

Long-Time Water System Engineer Julie Spacht Reflects on 40 Years of Service

By Christina Holland

When Julie Spacht began her career with LADWP, she was the only female engineer in the Water System. Forty years later, more and more women are entering the workforce as engineers and the Department’s number of women engineers is now 230 strong. Early on, Julie made her mark and was soon tapped for recruiting duties. One of her more famous recruits is currently sitting at the helm of the Water System, Richard Harasick.

Before retiring in June 2019, Julie sat down with Intake to talk about an almost four-decade project (the Mulholland Pipeline Project), how the Water System has evolved, and how one assignment changed her view on the world.

Intake: We’d love to know about your background. Where did you go to school, what led you to LADWP and what was it like when you started?

I graduated from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign where the Department was recruiting engineers. In fact, LADWP did quite a bit of Midwest recruiting. So there’s a whole cohort of Midwesterners who came to the Department within a two-year period: Susan Rowghani (retired), Steve Ott (retired), Bill Glauz (retired), Heidi Hiraoka, Penny Falcon (retired), and Terri Koch (retired).

I vividly remember my first day. I was hired as an LADWP civil engineering assistant, which was much better than being a Caltrans junior engineer. The two people I remember most specifically were Tom Rulla (retired waterworks engineer) and Bob Giles (retired senior waterworks engineer). Tom showed me how to navigate the freeways and Bob genuinely made me feel welcome. So I thought: I made it through the first day, I guess I can come back tomorrow.

Julie Spacht was the only engineer in the Water System when she began her career in February 1980. Photo by Art Mochizuki

Intake: I’m sure you’ve come in contact with many utilities in your career, what makes LADWP unique?

There are a number of things. One of them is the great feat of having a gravity-fed water system. That’s quite unique in the Water System – bringing water from Mono County all the way to the Harbor by gravity alone. It is the ultimate, carbon-free, no energy generation required, water supply delivery system that in fact, generates power on the way to the city.

Another thing that makes us very unique is the conservation ethic, not just with saving water, but with saving money. I am amazed at how penny pinching the Water System is, in every respect – ensuring that we don’t spend more money than we have to. And I don’t know that our customers know or realize that. There are lots of things we can do from a business perspective, that would make it easier for individuals personally and the Water System as a whole, but we choose to keep conservation as the focus. Take for example, the concept of a volumetric rate, and our investment in conservation devices and rebates. It would be easy to take another path and collect the revenue – letting our customers use more and pay more for their water.

A Water System employee has so much to be proud of; we provide one of the most essential elements in life. I have to say that in day-to-day operations I always had an opportunity to at least be heard. Often enough, I had a say in what was happening, which makes a job with the Department very gratifying. It goes back to the civil service concept – value for what you are doing and value for what the city gets.

Spacht with her Water System gal pals, from left: Penny Falcon (retired), Evelyn Cortez-Davis, Heidi Hiraoka, and Susan Rowghani (retired). Photo by Art Mochizuki

Intake: Can you tell us about some of your first projects? What are some of your favorite and most challenging projects?

I was assigned the Mulholland Pipeline and environmental documentation for the Corbin Water Tank. The four million gallon Corbin Tank was completed in 1987, but the Mulholland Pipeline was just completed a couple of years ago. I know that very specifically, because I went out to the job site and watched the guys put in the last piece or so. To actually get the Mulholland Pipeline done took a while as Water System projects were periodically re-prioritized. The 1991 earthquake, the growing need for water quality improvements, conservation, and the need for replacing existing infrastructure are all continuing priorities.  Situated in the Santa Monica Mountains, along scenic and heavily trafficked Mulholland Drive, the pipeline is over two and half miles long miles long and will serve a critical function by moving water from east to west or west to east as needed during emergencies. That’s what I worked on first and it was finally completed in 2016.

Throughout my career, I had some opportunities to work on many great projects such as the Los Angeles Aqueduct Filtration Plant (LAAFP), which was the big project for a whole generation. The generation before me had the second barrel, (the second L.A. Aqueduct). And then we worked on the filtration plant. That was 33 years ago but I know it specifically because my eldest daughter who just got married, was born the week they commissioned the plant. It’s so interesting to note that prior to LAAFP, the water was chlorinated, period. And we also had a fallout plan that dictated how we would operate the Water System in the event of a nuclear disaster. Now, our reservoirs are covered and everything that we do with our water (treatments and safeguards) is so much more extensive. It was a completely different time back then.

I’ve also had the opportunity to work with the native tribes in the Owens Valley. It was different than engineering work, it was challenging, and it was rewarding in that it gave me a whole new way of looking at things. It’s the reason I didn’t retire in 2012. The tribal representatives that I worked with taught me so much and gave me a different way of looking at the world, at my own life, and how I fit in.

Intake: What advice did you get that you’d like to pass along to women entering the engineering field or starting their career at LADWP?

When I started, I was the only woman engineer in the Water System. And for the most part, I was just Julie – meaning I was treated individually and not as a woman engineer. Looking back, I appreciate the opportunity that let me do as I was able and to promote as quickly as anyone.

Something I would tell young women  is don’t take yourself so seriously, put your mind and effort towards what you want to accomplish and just do it. Being good at what you do at the Department will allow you to be quite successful. I also think it’s important to take an occasional but calculated risk. There is a distinction between risk and chance. Risk can be calculated and managed; chance is arbitrary. Take risks, not chances.

Expressing her fun side, Julie dressed up as “The Drop” for Halloween during one of the drought years. Photo by Carol Tucker

Intake: We see so many colorful retirement posters around JFB depicting a variety of interesting retirement plans. What will you miss most about the Department and how do you see life after LADWP?

The people, obviously. There are so many people who have given me opportunity, consideration and just listened somewhere along the way and all that adds up to the ability to be as successful as I’ve been. A while back I told Richard [Harasick] as long as I had interesting work and felt like I was making a contribution I didn’t see any reason for retiring. Now, with Susan [Rowghani] and Penny [Falcon] retired, it just wouldn’t be the same. So, after driving three hours a day for all these years, I think I’ve left at the right time.

Retirement will give me the chance to spend more time with the Court Appointed Special Advocate, (CASA) organization. We advocate for foster kids who go through a lot of change with different homes, schools, doctors, and social workers and we [CASA] are an important constant in their lives. I think back on all the opportunities that I’ve had and I just took it for granted that everyone had the same access. I’ve been very, very lucky throughout my career. With the foster youth, that is not the case. They do not have the connection and the support that you should have to be successful.




Retirements: February-March 2020

We extend sincere congratulations to all the employees who, after many years of dedicated service, are joining the ranks of LADWP retirees. For a complete archive  and the latest month of retirement listings, visit the Water and Power Employees Retirement Plan website.

As of February 2020

Abram, Paul D. Power Construction and Maintenance
Almanza, Robert Water Distribution
Alonzo , Rita T. Materials Management
Amaro, John M. Business Support Services
Anderson, Alma D. Financial Services
Barnes, Rodney C. Water Engineering
Bednarski, John V. Water Resources
Bergerson, Robert L. Metering Services
Bhuiyan, Mukhlesur Power Planning, Development and Engineering
Blue, Robert B. Power Supply Operations
Brown, Joan M. Financial Services
Brown, Russell L. Power Supply Operations
Castillo, David Water Operations
Clark, Cherlyn J. Integrated Technology Services
Dailor, Thomas A. Water Quality
Fadakar, Shahram Water  Distribution
Featherston, Michael E. Power Construction and Maintenance
Flores, Ramon F. Water Distribution
Garcia, Alberto Power Transmission and Distribution
Garcia, Joseph M. Power Transmission and Distribution
Gavile, Fernando P. Customer Service Division
Giese, Jodean M. Office of Sustainability
Herriott Jr, William K. Power Transmission and Distribution
Hoglin, Glen A. Power Supply Operations
Howard, Pamela D Communications and Public Affairs
Howe, Steven L. Water Operations
Huang, Jacob Power Construction and Maintenance
Hunt, Herlinda Y. Office of City Attorney
Johnson , Donnie L. Power Transmission and Distribution
Kitching, Edward J. Water Distribution
Lacount Sr, Frankie M. Water Distribution
Lim, Sutoyo Water Engineering
Lontok, Ignacio Z. Water Distribution
Mc Allister-Phillipus, Ada F. Water Quality
Mc Knight, Caroline A. Human Resources
Miller Jr, George Water Quality
Mitchell, Brian K. Water Distribution
Moe, Frederick L. Integrated Technology Services
Naglich, Frank C. Office of Safety
Neff, James W. Water Engineering
Nerio, John M. Water Distribution
Nguyen, Can T. Power Supply Operations
Onishi, Eugene M. Power Transmission and Distribution
Orozco, David F. Power Transmission and Distribution
Paialii, Goddard L. Integrated Technology Services
Pody, Teresa M. Stores
Preciado, Frank M. Water Distribution
Resong, Joseph J. Water Distribution
Rocca, Joseph A. Power Construction and Maintenance
Rodriguez, Guillermo. Power Transmission and Distribution
Rollins, Brian S. Power Supply Operations
Singson, Michael J. Customer Service Division
Suh, Seong O. Power Transmission and Distribution
Timmons, Guy M. Fleet Services
Tomoling , Teresa A. Customer Service Division
Torres, Humberto V. Power Supply Operations

As of March 2020

Arora, Ved B. Power Transmission and Distribution
Avila, Joseph S. General Manager’s Office
Baluyot, Dennis E. Integrated Technology Services
Beatty, Anna E. Water Distribution
Botnick, Michael S. Integrated Technology Services
Buchanan, Lawrence K. Power Transmission and Distribution
Carandang, Raul L. Fleet Services
Carlos, Marinela P. Integrated Technology Services
Casey,Thomas F. Power Planning, Development and Engineering
Clark, David E. Water Operations
Eder, Darrel M. Power Transmission and Distribution
Evans, Dorothy J. Customer Service Division
Evans, Percy Water Distribution
Farrell, Thomas M. Power Construction and Maintenance
Fisher, Gilbert Water Operations
Formanes, Ernesto 0. Integrated Technology Services
Frost, Steve D. Power Transmission and Distribution
Garcia, Marc D. Real Estate
Gonzalez, John A. Business Support Services
Graham, Lisa Y. Customer Service Division
Gutierrez, Camille Water Distribution
James, Brenda B. Customer Service Division
Jones, Timothy E. Water Operations
Keen, Donald A. Water Operations
Khemalaap, Suchitra Financial Services
Kitchens, Charles P. Fleet Services
Loy, Randall J. Power Transmission and Distribution
Luna, Frank A. Metering Services
Marlow, Charles R. Fleet Services
Myers, Randy D. Water Operations
Otero, Henry J. Water Distribution
Park, James K. Power Planning, Development and Engineering
Payne, Ralph J. Power Supply Operations
Pelayo, Roman Fleet Services
Poole, Larry D. Customer Service Division
Posten, George J. Fleet Services
Reinosa, Adan Financial Services
Sandoval,Carmelina Human Resources
Sheldon, Thomas W. Power New Business
Strub, Robert H. Water Operations
Terry, Mike E. Power Transmission and Distribution
Trumpler, David A. Power Construction and Maintenance

 




In Memoriam: December 2019 – January 2020

LADWP extends its condolences to the families and friends of current and former employees who have recently passed.  Visit the Water and Power Retired Employees’ Retirement Plan website to view and download monthly notices of retirees and active employees who have passed away.

As of December 2019

Arturo J. Aguilar, 94 Power Distribution and Construction
Duane L. Benson, 76 Supply Chain Services
John E. Blancett, 72 Corporate Services
Robert E. Brown, 80 Power Operation and Maintenance
Paul A. Bruns, 94 Water Engineering
James S. Burnh, 91 Power Distribution
Shirley A. Campbell, 69 Customer Service Division
Charles E. Carvin, 88 Aqueduct
David R. Childers, 77 Power  Distribution
George F. Cummings, 94 Power Operation and Maintenance
Gary M. Dobrenz, 73 Customer Service Division
Robert A. Emerson, 86 Power Distribution
David Esqueda, Sr., 86 Fleet Services
Renus Evans, 87 Facilities Management
Gary L. Hedges, 68 Fleet Services
Charles S. Hellman, 77 Bulk Power
Victor J. Hernandez, 89 Water Operating Division
Kenneth M. Houlette, 77 General Services Fleet
Edward E. Kato, 92 Power Distribution and Construction
Charlotte M. Katz, 94 Commercial Services
James E. Kennedy, 86 Power Distribution
Louis W. Kirkland, 72 Power Supply Operation
Rodney L. Madsen, 87 Water Operating
Jose A. Martinez, 94 Water Operating
Richard C. Nutting, 94 Power Operation and Maintenance
James E. Parker, 82 Power Distribution Division
Robert W. Pierce, 92 Power Operation and Maintenance
Marshall C. Rhynes, 83 Water Quality
Robert R. Riddle, 70 Substation Operations
Albert 0. Simon,78 Water Quality
Dorothy L. Stapp, 95 Aqueduct
Kevin D. Switzer, 56 Power Transmission and Distribution
L.G. Washington, 95 Water Operating
Robert L. Winkler, 83 General Services

As of January 2020

Robert T. Jones, 77 Supply Chain Services
Debra A. Mc Ghee, 61 Power Transmission and Distribution
Wanda J. Augustine, 71 Financial Services
Toney E. Bible, 69 Integrated Technology Services
Gary P. Brand, 70 Integrated Support Services
Cosme P. Carpio, 86 Power Distribution
Thomas E. Catero, 83 Power Operations and Maintenance
Walter W. Chun, 94 Power Design and Construction
Donna L. Elliott, 86 Customer Service Division
Harriet A. Ferree, 93 General Services
Ben E. Fong, 98 Integrated Technology Services
Carl R. Francen, 86 Power Design and Construction
Henry M. Gilbert, 85 General Services
Stewart L. Hunt, 88 Power Design and Construction
Kenneth D. Ivers, 83 Power Design and Construction
Dorothy R. Jensen, 88 Public Affairs
Charlotte Kemp, 89 Accounting
James M. Kirkland, 73 Integrated Support Services
Ana M. Madrigal, 89 City Attorney
Kenneth E. Melton, 86 Power Design and Construction
Melvin W. Minor, 65 Power Transmission and Distribution
Herbert L. Ott, 95 Power Operations and Maintenance
Richard A. Pederson, 91 Integrated Support Services
Richard D. Reynolds, 69 Water Quality
Robert N. Richardson, 79 Water Operating
Richard L. Wakeman, 87 Integrated Technology Services
Teruo Yamane, 88 Power Design and Construction
William E. Young, 83 Power Operations and Maintenance
Hong Y. Yu, 74 Retirement Office



Retirements: December 2019 – January 2020

December 2019

Adauto,  Margaret A. Water Distribution
Bonfiglio, Tania S. Water Operations
Bourne, Lynette A. Fleet Services
Buchanan, Sheila A. Supply Chain Services
Galassi, Nick D. Metering Services and Field Operations
Harris, Bobby R. Integrated Technology Services
Hernandez, Jose G. Facilities Management
Humphries, Robert M. Water Operations
Johns, Donald L. Power Transmission and Distribution
Johnston, Robert L. Power Construction and Maintenance
Martinez, Michael M. Security Services
Moore, Patrick M. Power Construction and Maintenance
Paladugu, Babu R. Power Supply Operations
Pyros, Julie A. Internal Audit
Rapko, Darrell A. Power Transmission and Distribution
Smith-Waison, Paul C. Water Distribution
Tham, Patrick Power Planning, Development and Engineering
Torres, Aldo A. Facilities Management
Yousif, Zubair 0. Security Services

January 2020

Coronado, Marta L Customer Service Division
Davis, Donald B Power Transmission and Distribution
Flores, Adrian Y Power Regulatory Compliance
Howard, La T Customer Billing
Mack, Anthony V Integrated Support Services
Salyer, Gregory E Power Operating and Maintenance
Santoyo, Alfonso Fleet Services
Strafford, Joseph A Power Transmission and Distribution
Williams, Kenneth F Customer Service Division

 

 




In Memoriam: September-November 2019

LADWP extends its condolences to the families and friends of current and former employees who have recently passed.  Visit the Water and Power Retired Employees’ Retirement Plan website to view and download monthly notices of retirees and active employees who have passed away.

As of September 2019

Richard L. Abraham, 82 Energy Distribution Administration
Tomas E. Abutal, 85 Water Engineering and Technical  Services
Frank A. Auten, Jr., 94 General Services
John A. Balcer, 81 Power Operating and Maintenance
Helen D. Broge, 93 Power System Communication
Robert R. Cordova, 88 Watering Operating Division
Robert W. Cwialcala, 73 Fleet Services
Ada S. Franklin, 86 Commercial Services
Vivian Gadlin, 74 Commercial Services
Larry Gant, 79 Power Supply Operation
Lawrence L. Green, 83 Information Technology Services
Edith M. Hall, 87 Water Operating Division
James D. Henry, 88 Power Distribution and Construction
L. C. Kitchen, 97 Power Distribution Division
Nick J. Lodato, 90 General Services
Socorro R. Martinez, 83 Power Distribution Division
Lucy C. Matsuura, 68 Supply Chain Services
Richard E. Oakley, 84 Customer Service Division
Johnny L. Payne, 72 Energy Distribution Administration
Michael J. Wasco, Jr., 79 Power Distribution Division
Calvert G. White, 82 Aqueduct
Harold E. Wollam, 80 Power Distribution Division
Charles Zinger, 88 City Attorney

As of October 2019

Active
Shigekazu S. Kakudo, 59 Chief Administrative Office
Kirk E. Strange, 60 Water  Operations and Quality Division
Retired
 Ruth 0. Baruth Lee, 96 Water Operating Division
John E. Baxter, 89 Aqueduct
Thomas V. Bottoms, 77 Facilities Management
James L. Byars, 89 Power Design and Construction
Joseph E. Cherry, 84 Power Construction  and Maintenance
Howard J. Christie, 97 Power Design and Construction
Mark C. DeBemardi, 68 Power Transmission  and  Distribution  Division
Thomas P. Duffy, 87 Water Operating Division
John E. Frias, 79 Fleet Services
Henrietta C. Gabaldon, 91 Power System Services
Kent E. Kline, 71 Energy Distribution
Inez J. Lewis, 97 Customer Service Division
Jeannette M. Lira, 69 Marketing and Customer Service
Gaetano K. Luisi, 88 Power Operation and Maintenance
Romelia Morales, 75 Energy Distribution Administration
Raymond L. Nelson, 88 Water Operating Division
Edmund T. Salcido, 77 Water Quality and Distribution
Alque Smith, 85 General Services Division
Benny H. Story, Jr., 91 Power Distribution
Leon L. Townsend, 89 Power Design and Construction
Dominic N. Tran, 89 Information Technology Service
Gloria J. Warren, 97 Land Division
Ronnie T. Washington, 74 Commercial Services

As of November 2019

Active
John N. Rudek, 53 Supply Chain Services
Kenneth J. Salinas, 54 Power Construction and Maintenance
Don E. Vavra, 57 Human Resources / Security Services
Retired
Evelyn S. Berlant, 86 Commercial Services
Norma J. Bertrand, 84 Human Resources
Warren P. Charbonnet,74 Water Distribution
H.B. Clark, 90 Power Distribution
Glen C. DeLay, 90 Power Distribution
Bruce E. Dennis, 94 Commercial Services
Isidro D. Dojillo, Jr., 74 Power Construction and Maintenance
Marion L. Garrett, Jr., 64 Customer Service
Jonathan Huntley, 85 Power Distribution and Construction
Brent F. Kellerman, 68 Supply Chain Services
Chiaki Kobayashi, 92 Stores
Patricia A. McKee, 71 Customer Service
Gary M. Pintar, 71 Water Quality
Gleill1 E. Romine, 93 Water Operating Division
Kiyoshi E. Sakemi, 92 General Services
Marvin H. Scott, 88 General Services
Glen M. Singleton, 79 Power Construction and Maintenance
Alonzo Smith, 94 Water Operating
Leill1ox L. Taylor, 89 General Services
Henry C. Tensfeld, 94 Aqueduct Division
Thomas N. Woods, 76 Distribution Support Services



Retirements: November 2019

We extend sincere congratulations to all the employees who, after many years of dedicated service, are joining the ranks of LADWP retirees. For a complete archive  and the latest month of retirement listings, visit the Water and Power Employees Retirement Plan website.

Blondeel-Timmerman,John F Power Transmission and Distribution
Carter, Carolyn A Customer Service Division
Castellanos, Robert R Power Construction and Maintenance
Foerstel, Gregory J Power Transmission and Distribution
Fox, Gary A Fleet Services
Golfo , Rolando D Power Supply Operations
Gonzalez, Josephine A Office of Sustainability
Hughes, Thomas W Power Supply Operations
Hulsey, Gary R Power New Business
Kirkwood, Calvin Water Distribution
Lopez, David F Supply Chain Services
Mannino,James P Power Construction and Maintenance
Martinez,Timothy M Power Supply Operations
Mcauley, William Security Services
Morrow, Ronald H Power Safety and Training
Nine, Michael S Water Distribution
Osborn, Gregory J Power Transmission and Distribution
Posey, James A Water Engineering
Sherrod, Christy M Customer Service Division
Sloan, Helena J Customer Service Division
Starkjohann, Gregory J Water Operations
Street, Marshall A Water Distribution
Tasinga, Isaac K Power Construction and Maintenance
Torres, Oscar V Power Supply Operations
Zumwalt, Mark L Integrated Support Services



In Memoriam: August 2019

LADWP extends its condolences to the families and friends of current and former employees who have recently passed.  Visit the Water and Power Retired Employees’ Retirement Plan website to view and download monthly notices of retirees and active employees who have passed away.

As of August 2019

Warren H. Ash, 96 Power Design and Construction
Rudolph F. Barbosa, 87 Power Distribution
Norma J. Bates, 83 Power Distribution
Joseph G. Brooks Jr., 72 Power  Distribution
Francis D. Busser, 86 Accounting
Raymond Corley Jr., 83 Water Engineering
Laroy A. Dameron, 89 Water Operating Division
George G. Daniel, 95 General Services
Eleanor P. Dudley, 94 Management Information Services
Alexander Godfrey, 69 Customer Service Division
Jerry F. Harrington, 86 Power Distribution
William Y. Ishibashi, 84 Fleet Services
Sharon F. Janis, 75 Customer Service Division
Claude E. Jeffreys, 86 General Services
David L. Jensen, 74 Power Distribution Executive
Richard T. Kimura, 86 General Services
Shige Kishiyama, 92 General Services
Harold L. Lewis, 83 Power Transmission and Distribution
Gary D. Lyles, 77 Administrative
Manlio A. Manzano, 80 General Services
Leslie J. Mazug, 87 Power Operating and Maintenance
Cliff P. Meyer, 74 Water Quality and Distribution Pumping
Perry L. Morgan Jr., 95 Power Operating and Maintenance
Jane S. Nishimura, 99 Commercial Services
William Rodriguez, 88 Power Design and Construction
John F. Roser, 88 Water Operating
George R. Spencer, 78 Conservation and Planning
Edward Sturtevant, 87 General Services
Henry J. Valdez, 84 Asset Management
Clifford L. Williams, 78 Power  Distribution

 

*Late Notice




Retirements: October 2019

We extend sincere congratulations to all the employees who, after many years of dedicated service, are joining the ranks of LADWP retirees. For a complete archive  and the latest month of retirement listings, visit the Water and Power Employees Retirement Plan website.

October 2019

Alexander, David F. Information Technology Services
Bridges, Montgomery A. Water Distribution
Collado, Renate B. Power Planning, Development and Engineering
Congrove, Kathleen A. Water Quality
Cruz, Rolando Integrated Support Services
Davis, Damon C. Water Distribution
De Weese, Rex S. Integrated Support Services
Dominguez, Miguel Y. Power Transmission and Distribution
Gonzalez, Jaime H. Power Supply Operations
Hardy, Nancy A. Supply Chain Services
Haynes, Robin J. Customer Service Division
Hogan, Timothy M. Power Operating and Maintenance
Kung, Gregory K. Information Technology Services
Lim, George M. Water Engineering
Liu, Nelson Integrated Support Services
Lovato, Lawrence J. Integrated Support Services
Lukjaniec, Rhoda K. Supply Chain Services
Mitchell, Jeffrey C. Integrated Support Services
Munis, Michael E. Water Operations
Nesby, Brenda S. Accounting and Financial Reporting
Ramirez, Madeline R. Finance And Risk Control
Rangel, Raul Power Transmission and Distribution
Reyes, Yvonne M. Power Transmission and Distribution
Rios, Maria J. Business Support Services
Rugar, Paul J. Water Engineering
Sedwick-Griffin, Karen D. Water Distribution
Sherrill, Rebecca J. Power New Business
Silva, Enrique Customer Service Division
Smythe, Stephen M. Facilities Management / JFB
Sneed, Pamela D. Customer Service Division
Swinkles, Mark J. Water Distribution
Toledo, Henry E. Water Distribution
Wolf, Andrew W. Fleet Services
Wong, Raymond K. Retirement Plan Office
Yoshinaga, Bert M. Water Distribution



In Memoriam

LADWP extends its condolences to the families and friends of current and former employees who have recently passed.  Visit the Water and Power Retired Employees’ Retirement Plan website to view and download monthly notices of retirees and active employees who have passed away.

As of July 2019

ACTIVE
Richard E. Escamilla, 54 Power Construction and Maintenance
Yolanda Quezada, 71 Customer Service Division
Julius R. Rondez, 70 Information Technology Services
RETIRED
Luella Becken, 90 Water Operating Division
Diana M. Cates, 75 Customer Service Division
Herman A. Cuellar, 82 Power Design and Construction
Patrick J. Ennis, 83 Energy Distribution Supply
Ricardo Espinoza, 83 Stores
Charles Frazer, 84 Water Operating Division
Edith S. Furst, 90 Customer Service Division
Sheryl L. Gordon, 64 Engineering Services Division
James C. Greer, 86 Power Construction and Maintenance
Harry W. Helfrich, 85 Power Construction and Maintenance
Willie L. Jones, 72 Environmental Affairs
Cleophas McAlpin, 84 Power Design and Construction
Charles A. Palmersheim, 76 Energy Support Services
Pablo S. Poticar, 83 Power Construction and Maintenance
Michael G. Schindler, 93 General Services
Randall T. Swenson, 77 Water Resources – Aqueduct
Dolores M. Toscano, 74 Power Distribution
John K. Whitney, 74 Water Distribution
Lee R. Williams, 95 Water Operating Division



Retirements: July – September 2019

We extend sincere congratulations to all the employees who, after many years of dedicated service, are joining the ranks of LADWP retirees. For a complete archive  and the latest month of retirement listings, visit the Water and Power Employees Retirement Plan website.

July 2019

Adams, Samuel T. Power Transmission and Distribution
Armstrong , Douglas A. Power Transmission and Distribution
Behrens, John A. Integrated Support Services
Bragg, Charles M. Power New Business
Brown, Alexander L. Office of Sustainability
Cahill, Roy S. Aqueduct
Campbell, Eric C. Finance and Risk Control
Castruita, Jess M. Water Distribution
Chang, Kathy K. Supply Chain Services
Chavez, Arturo Metering Services and Field Operations
Cole, Roy L. Information Technology Services
Cordova-Todd, Teresa J. Customer Billing
Davis, Arfield E. Information Technology Services
Fernandez, Arleen V. Metering Services and Field Operations
Foster, Scott W. Integrated Support Services
Fox, Dennis W. Power Supply Operations
Gonzalez, Raul M. Labor Relations
Govea , Francisco V. Information Technology Services
Horvath, Carl M. Underground Street Utility Coordinator
Ives , Fred W. Fleet Services
Jackson, Rachelle Business Support Services
J.ensen, Sherman E. Water Operations
Jones, Stanley D. JFB Facilities Management
Kehrmeyer, Steven R. Underground Street Utility Coordinator
Mackinnon, Paul R. Water Operations
Mills, David A. Metering Services and Field Operations
Mohammad, Svetlana A. Customer Service Division
Montano, Daniel Water Distribution
Moschos, Barbara E. Commission Office
Nguyen, Thuthuy C. Information Technology Services
Nixon, Lesleigh Power Supply Operations
Olvera, Alejandro Water Distribution
Powell, Pamela S. Metering Services and Field Operations
Raftevold, Daniel S. Water Operations
Reddix, Kimberly E. Customer Service Division
Roberts, Boyd H. Integrated Support Services
Rubio, David J. Power Transmission and Distribution
Rudder, Tim L. Water Operations
Sistoni, Frederick B. Business Support Services
Tapert, Kenneth W. Power Transmission and Distribution
Van Wagoner, William T. Water Engineering and Technical Services
Vargas, Larry A. Water Operations
Woo, lnju A. Customer Service Division

August 2019

Abenoja, Aristotle R. Metering Services and Field Operations
Adams, Kenneth G. Water Operations
Bondio, John V. Power Safety and Training
Boyd, Richard C. Power Safety and Training
Bruce, Robert F. Water Distribution
Cruz, Irma A. Marketing Director
D’Artois, Melanie C. Power Supply Operations
Detamore, Westley A. Metering Services and Field Operations
Dodgin, Sylvia Aqueduct
Dominguez, Deborah T. Power Transmission and Distribution
Garcia, Alma T. Public Benefits
Gornick, Lance H. Power Transmission and Distribution
Grosvenor, Steven H. Water Distribution
Hartman, Eric C. Underground Street Utility Coordinator
Isenhower, Michael A. Power New Business
Joaquin, Anneli M. Accounting and Finance
Navarrete,  Joe I Power Supply Operations
Rodriquez, Elizabeth Supply Chain Services
Rowbotham, John M. Power Transmission and Distribution
Sakuda-Campbell, Lynette L. Customer Billing
Sarkany, Lynn M. Bulk Power Business Unit
Scrivens, Glen R. JFB Facilities Management
Smith, Curtis W. Integrated Support Services
Stone, Aaron L. Power Transmission and Distribution
Strauch, John R. Integrated Support Services
Torres, Diane M. Supply Chain Services
Toy, Robert C. Information Technology Services

September 2019

Adams, John L Power Supply Operations
Ardalan, Sanjar Integrated Support Services
Bayer, Daniel E. Water Operations
Bromley, Randy S. Power Transmission & Distribution
Burnley, Melanie S. Fleet Services
Cabarrus, George M. Equal Employment Opportunity Services
Campbell, Marvin W. Power Supply Operations
Carrasco, Mary L Customer Service Division
Crook, Jon M Power Supply Operations
Cruz, Carlito L Fleet Services
Davidian-Garfy, Noric Underground Street Utility Coordinator
Dessert, David M. Power Supply Operations
Dimacale, Maria A. Water Distribution
Garcia, Aureliano M. Power Supply Operations
Gastelum, Aurora Customer Service Division
Gentallan, Rosario P. Integrated Support Services
Giles, Patricia Information Technology Services
Gonzalez, Richard R. Power Construction & Maintenance
Gordon, Darlene M. Supply Chain Services
Gutenberger, John D. Power New Business
Jackson, Margaret Customer Service Division
Joe, Henry H. Metering Services
Jones, Troy D. Business Support Services
Lim, Yin F. Underground Street Utility Coordinator
Miller, Virginius N. Water Operations
Morris, Robert D. Integrated Support Services
Parker, Dannie R. Fleet Services
Reynoso Jr, Jesus Business Support Services
Sanchez, Rolando P. Underground Street Utility Coordinator
Tabamo, Eleazar D. Finance And Risk Control
Tokashiki , Robert S. Water Operations
Toon, Gary S. Power Operations and Maintenance
Turner, Sherri R. Office of Sustainability
Wang, Rose M. Underground Street Utility Coordinator



Retirees Reunite at 2019 Annual Retired Employee Picnic

Nearly 600 retirees, their family and friends enjoyed catching up with former colleagues as they reunited for the 66th Annual LADWP Retired Employee Picnic on June 1, 2019 at Legg Lake in Whittier Narrows Park.

Despite the usual June gloom, participants enjoyed a huge picnic lunch, live music, a classic car show, private photo booth, games and prizes. The LADWP Employees Association, which coordinates the event, offered cash prizes this year to three lucky raffle winners. Kathryn Lyons won the grand prize of $500. The second-place prize of $300 went to Joyce Hunter, and Charles Martin won the third-place prize of $200. The Water and Power Community Credit Union also raffled prizes and sponsored the classic car show. LADWP Speakers Bureau members staffed a booth providing information about the Department.

The annual picnic takes place on the first Saturday in June. So plan ahead and mark your calendars to attend next year’s picnic on June 6, 2020.




In Memoriam

Our sincere condolences to the family and friends of current and former employees who have recently passed.

Visit the Water and Power Retired Employees’ Retirement Plan website – to view or download monthly notices of retirees and active employees who have passed away.