"I'm against Councilmember Alarcon's significant proposed increase. The ratepayers have no one insuring that they are not being over-charged with these high increases and Alarcon's proposal demonstrates how careless they are willing to be with our money - especially in a tough economic time."James also discussed the matter on his show Tuesday night. If you click "listen now" under his photo you can hear the segment.
James adds regarding Austin Beutner's opposition to the fee hike: "It is interesting that Mr. Beutner says 'now is not the time to raise fees on families in Los Angeles' - when he didn't have that same concern last year as the head of the DWP."