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Ah, the irony...LA is obliged to turn to someone from Seattle to keep the lights turned on.

In turning to a consultant rather than a utility head, we see Austin Beutner turning to Ron Nichols, a man who like Beutner not only has never had an engineering class, but who also like Beutner was mostly a money-man in his preceding life, cobbling together many kinds of financial instruments to float challenged utilities, with little understanding of the public workings of public works.

Will the move put public safety at risk? The head of the DWP makes dozens of decisions a month regarding the water supply, something Beutner knew little about, a bullet LA has successfully dodged thus far.

Funny, Ron Nichols has a Sacto phone number. PS, it works, and it refers you to an assistant at a Seattle phone number.

ELSEWHERE: The story behind the 1971 sign.