LA Sues To Prevent Disclosure of Turf Grant Recipients

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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