SAN FRANCISCO — The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power’s board approved an electricity rate increase, accepting a smaller-than-requested hike to end a standoff with the Los Angeles City Council.

The Board of Water and Power Commissioners voted unanimously Thursday evening to accept a 0.6-cent per kilowatt hour, or 4.5%, rate increase after Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa relented in his push for a bigger increase. The increase goes into effect July 1.

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