Serving Larchmont Village, Hancock Park, and the Greater Wilshire neighborhoods of Los Angeles since 2011.

Village Pizzeria Owner Takes on LADWP and Wins!

Steve Cohen found LADWP was estimating his usage, not actually reading the meter. Screenshot from the NBC4 Story.

Sometimes,  it seems small business owners just can’t catch a break. Steve Cohen, owner of Larchmont’s beloved Village Pizzeria, has been struggling to keep his doors open during the pandemic, as have all of the small businesses on our street. For Cohen, maybe the only bright spot was that his electric bill would be lower since the restaurant was closed for a month and is now open with reduced hours. But there was no reduction in his LADWP bills. After many calls and the help of KNBC Channel 4 Investigative Reporter Joel Grover, Cohen learned that instead of reading the meter, LADWP was estimating Cohen’s usage.

Cohen told the Buzz he mentioned his high electric bill to Grover, a Village Pizzeria customer, who said he’d heard similar complaints and decided to look into the matter. As a result, LADWP agreed to credit Cohen for the two months he was overcharged. Here’s the story that aired Tuesday, September 1, 2020 on the 11 p.m. news.




Print Friendly, PDF & Email
Patricia Lombard
Patricia Lombard
Patricia Lombard is the publisher of the Larchmont Buzz. Patty lives with her family in Fremont Place. She has been active in neighborhood issues since moving here in 1989. Her pictorial history, "Larchmont" for Arcadia Press is available at Chevalier's Books.

Related Articles


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here


Latest Articles

.printfriendly { padding: 0 0 60px 50px; }