Back room deals, critical reports kept secret, basic processes violated, insiders get the money, the public be damned — that’s what City Controller Laura Chick sees in the mayor and City Council’s mad rush to put the largest solar energy plan in U.S. history on the ballot in just three weeks.
The Department of Water and Power, its engineers, planner and even its board, were left out of the process.
The only public airings of the scheme — or what passed for them — left council members and public in the dark. Council President Eric Garcetti defends the process he controlled by saying he investigated so nobody else needed to read the devastating critique by the DWP’s consultant.
On Larry Mantle’s “Air Talk” Tuesday on KPCC, Chick did what no one else in public life in L.A. has the courage to do, saying the whole deal smacks of Chicago-style politics — something unheard of in a city that used to boast about its clean government.