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

Richard E. Escamilla, 54 Power Construction and Maintenance
Yolanda Quezada, 71 Customer Service Division
Julius R. Rondez, 70 Information Technology Services
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
Jensen, 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.


We extend sincere congratulations to all the employees who, after many years of dedicated service, are joining the ranks of LADWP retirees.

For a list of new retirements, as well as archives, visit the Water and Power Employees’ Retirement Plan website.

(Photo by Art Mochizuki)

2017 Retiree Picnic: A Day of Fun and Fond Memories

By Kim Hughes
Photos by Art Mochizuki

As more than 640 attendees walked up to the registration table, a smiling Shirley Brown, president of the Employees Association, extended a hand and a warm welcome. It was the first Saturday in June, and this was the 2017 iteration of the annual LADWP Retiree Picnic at Whittier Downs Recreation Area.

Each year, retirees look forward to getting together to share fond memories and hug old friends. They come from around the corner and from thousands of miles away.  Gathered in one place were hundreds of years of knowledge, experience and LADWP history. What a special treat to be in the presence of such a group!

Maurice Doucette

Among the attendees was Maurice Doucette who had traveled the farthest—from New Orleans—to join the celebration.

Able Guarbiola

Able Guarbiola was honored as the retiree with the most years of service. Guarbiola spent 48 years working in LADWP’s Power System. He attended the picnic with his wife Dora, a retired employee of Kaiser Permanente.

“I really can’t say enough about LADWP — the Department has been so good to me” – Able Guarbiola

Guarbiola said that he didn’t really want to retire in 2016, as he enjoyed every day of working as an assistant programmer. He came to LADWP when Sam Yorty was Mayor, and after serving in the U.S. Army and Navy. As Guarbiolo and Dora went off to enjoy the delicious luncheon of hot dogs, tri-tip, chicken, rolls, popcorn, soft drinks and ice cream, a familiar face approached. Former Chief Chemist Tim Hemmings was celebrating the day.

Tim Hemmings

Though retired, Hemmings is still well known around LADWP, as he serves on the Retirement Board and has been an active member of LADWP’s Regional Science Bowl since its inception, where he acts as chief science judge. Hemmings shared that he retired in 1999 and that this was his 18th Retiree Picnic.

At the photo booth, a line snaked from the shady tent, and friends and family were lined up to capture a memory. As attendees took their poses, their photos were snapped and printed out as keepsakes.

Gene Conzano

Gene Conzano, who retired in 2015, says that he misses his work friends. As LADWP’s dedicated photographer Art Mochizuki snapped photos of Gene, he commented how much he appreciated Art taking photos at his retirement event. Having those mementos means the world to Gene.

Bobbie Ayears and Genevieve Kemp

It is often said that LADWP is a “family affair,” and that was evident by the many related employees that were part of the Retiree Picnic celebration. A perfect example of that are Bobbie Ayears and Genevieve Kemp. Together, the aunt and her niece represented 45 years of service to LADWP.

Icle David

Another special attendee was Icle David. At 97-years-young, David was the oldest retiree at the picnic. She joined LADWP in 1957, and shared that she had seen many changes during her time at the Department and beyond. She says that she has always been grateful for her job and the friends she made.

As the picnic was winding down and the final raffle prizes awarded, a shriek of glee could be heard as Anthony Reyes realized he was the winner of the Water and Power Credit Union’s prize of a family four-pack of movie tickets. The day had produced a number of lucky raffle prize winners.

Soon, goodbye hugs were given all around, and people gathered their belongings for their trips home. It was bittersweet to many to say goodbye, but there is always next year’s picnic.

2018 Retiree Picnic: Familiar Faces Reconnect

By Paola Adler

Reuniting for an annual tradition, LADWP retirees and their families attended the 65th Annual LADWP Retired Employee Picnic on June 2, 2018. About 540 people gathered at Legg Lake in Whittier Narrows Park to catch up with former colleagues, enjoy good food and play bingo and horseshoe. The event also included booths with information about health plans and the Water and Power Community Credit Union. A special feature this year was a display of classic and vintage automobiles.

Intake asked picnic attendees why they enjoy coming to the event each year, what they’ve been up to since retiring and whether they had any words of wisdom or advice on how to enjoy retirement.

Here’s what some of them had to say.

  • Name: Joyce Hunter
  • Year retired: 2018
  • Division/Team: Supply Chain Services
  • What she likes most about the picnic: “I like catching up with co-workers and talking about our families.”

  • Name: Angelito Reyes
  • Year retired: 2007
  • Division/Team: New Business Engineering
  • How to make the most of retirement: “Enjoy your time, get busy and entertain yourself.”

  • Asghar Mohajer
  • Year retired: 2014
  • Division/Team: Power Engineering
  • What he likes most about the picnic: “Seeing the people I worked with. I used to see them day in and day out, and they have become a part of my family.”

  • Name: Eddie Novasel (left) and wife Marge
  • Year retired: 1981
  • Division/Team: Worker’s Compensation
  • Activities since retirement: “Golfing and traveling all over the world.”

  • Name: Becky Chacon (left)
  • Year retired: 1998
  • Division/Team: Power System
  • Activities since retirement: “I worked for Whittier High School and then I traveled. My favorite places were Costa Rica, Panama, Cancun and Guatemala!”

  • Name: Bertha Paud (right)
  • Year retired: 1993
  • Division/Team: Management Information Services
  • What she likes most about the picnic: “Seeing friends like Becky – we worked on the same floor. LADWP was such a wonderful place to work. The food is good too!”

  • Name: Leon Murillo (center) and family
  • Year retired: 1998
  • Division/Team: Supply Chain Services
  • How to make the most of retirement: “Live one day at a time and enjoy yourself.”

  • Name: Janet Booth
  • Year retired: 1998
  • Division/Team: Power Operating and Maintenance
  • Activities since retirement: “Taking trips to Vegas and San Francisco. I also love going to Dodgers games and concerts!”

  • Name: Marilyn Washington
  • Year retired: 2013
  • Division/Team: Purchasing
  • What she likes most about the picnic: “Seeing all my friends that I worked with years ago.”

All photos by Art Mochizuki.