February 23, 1944

President Orders Takeover
LOS ANGELES, Calif.—Acting under orders of President Roosevelt to Secretary of War Henry L. Stimson, army troops today took over the power and water department for the City of Los Angeles. The department had been enduring a nine-day-long strike by its twenty-five hundred workers. Production at more than one hundred and fifty war plants in the area had been halted as a result of the strike due to lack of power and water, which prompted Mayor Fletcher Bowron to request intervention by the federal government. The takeover marks the first time FDR has used the wartime powers of seizure granted to him on a municipal facility. Los Angeles Power and Water is the largest city-owned utility in the nation, and it serves 1,750,000 residents.

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