The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power is suing the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California to prevent release of information about the recipients of millions of dollars under a popular turf-replacement program.
The city department sued last week in Los Angeles Superior Court, seeking to block release of the information to The San Diego Union-Tribune.
The newspaper is seeking the names and addresses of people and businesses who have received checks through the program to encourage removal of water-hogging grass amid a historic drought.
According to the complaint, Los Angeles water customers may represent 20 percent of MWD’s turf removal rebate recipients. Regionwide, the Metropolitan Water District has issued $340 million in cash rebates this year for people who agreed to tear out their lawns.
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