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111 North Hope
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Those are excerpts from the email notice that went out on Wednesday from Department of Water and Power notifying Neighborhood Council activists that General Manager Daviid Nahai would deign to fulfill his legal obligations to inform them about City Hall’s dirty back room deal on a multi-billion-dollar solar energy scheme.
For the uninitiated, it shows how your city government works — 36 hours notice to people who volunteer their time and energy and have a lot of other things going on in their lives to attend a meeting where they can learn about what’s already a done deal..
The mayor cut thea deal with his long-time pal Brian D’Arcy — the IBEW union boss who runs the publicly-owned utility behind the scenes — to suddenly end 10 years of resistance to solar energy and embrace it as a city-wide mandate.
The price is that all the work must be done by IBEW workers on the DWP payroll — humble workers who thanks to the mayor’s generosity are enjoying 6 percent wage hikes in the nation’s worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, increases that come on top of their already inflated salaries.
In a matter of a few short weeks — without public hearings of any consequence or any kind of coherent analysis or study or even the involvement of the public and DWP commissioners — the City Council agreed to put this outrageous plan on the March 3 primary ballot “to let voters decide.”
There’s a lot reasons they want voters to decide something they could have decided themselves: They avoid accountability for what is likely to be a total fiasco that sends electricity rates soaring, costs billions of dollars and achieves far less than working with the private sector to create thousands — not hundreds of DWP jobs — and gives birth to an industry that has huge future potential.
Jill Stewart in an LA Weekly article today quotes Anthony Rubenstein of Californians for Clean Energy, which led the successful fight against Proposition 10, the failed “big wind” initiative, as saying this is “a ‘staggering’ undertaking so vast it could distort the already distorted global price of solar panels.
“I wish them the best, but only if we are prepared for real oversight.David Nahai has huge testicles, to bite this off. He didn’t have to stick his neck on the line. Let’s admire that. But if this is a boondoggle, he will have to answer for it — because the L.A. City Council has chosen to punt this onto the voters. And to punt this onto voters is an invitation for disaster.”
You can be sure the mayor will soon be offering some crumbs from the table of power to the green movement activists to keep them quiet while hauling in millions from the IBEW and other special interests to help himself and the council get re-elected and to try to put his obedient allies Jack Weiss and Wendy Greuel into office as City Attorney and City Controller.
This is how political machines work and that’s what we now have in L.A. — except it’s a political machine that doesn’t work for the benefit of the people or the city, only the insiders and special interests.
And so after this is a done deal, the machine decided to follow the legal procedures that it is required to follow before decisions are made and actions taken.
That’s why people who have jobs and volunteer endless hours to be part of the DWP’s Neighborhood Council oversight committee are given less than 48 hours to rearrange their lives to go down to the DWP building where a squadron of overpaid bureaucrats will cover their butts by briefing them on what they’ve already know and can do nothing about.
Nahai will take it to the DWP Commission where without Nick Patsaouras
as president, it will be rubber stamped as if it was all legal and
proper by board members who know how the system works: Obedience or
All I can say is I’m going to be there at 9 a.m. Friday for Nahai’s little performance and I hope a lot of you will be too.
same goes for the ad hoc DWP Committee meeting at 12:30 p.m. Saturday
at the Faculty Lounge at L.A. City College where these committed
citizens — the same ones who are on the DWP’s Neigbhorhood Council
committee — will discuss the solar energy plan and strategies for
dealing with it.
It follows a 9:30 a.m. meeting of the Citywide Alliance of Nieghborhood Councils at the same locatioon.
It’s now or never.