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The Genius of City Hall Corruption

You got to hand it to City Hall — it has reached a level of such total corruption that even the outcomes of elections make no difference.

There isn’t a dictator or mob boss anywhere who can’t admire the genius of a system that lets politicians and their very special friends live like royalty off the public treasury and still walk around as if they were humble servants of the people.

The case in point is the Measure B solar energy fraud.

It’s taken two months of hard work by dozens of intelligent and experienced people — “fringe activists” in the parlance of the “Yes on B” campaign — to penetrate the lies and deceits to finally understand the truth.

We finally get solar power in the sun capital of the world after a decade of City Hall’s refusal to take advantage of nature’s abundant clean energy resource whether Measure B passes or fails.

The only question is how much they get to steal. And who gets to steal it.

Corruption doesn’t get any more beautiful than that.

If Measure B is approved by voters on March 3 — an outcome that is all but certain given the millions of dollars in special interest money behind it and City Hall’s intimidation of unions, the solar energy industry, business organizations and community and environment groups — we get the largest solar energy plan in U.S. history.

And, through the despicable City Charter amendment element of Measure B, we give the mayor and the City Council the absolute power to channel the billions of dollars in public money that’s involved to anyone they want without even the slightest meaningful safeguard or oversight.

If by some miracle, we “fringe activists” are able to awaken the sleeping and distracted populace and muster some small change out of their pockets and defeat Measure B, we get the largest solar energy plan in U.S. history anyway.

That’s because the DWP and the IBEW that runs it have committed themselves to this initiative as long as they hold a monopoly on ownership of the rooftop solar units and all the work of installing and maintaining them.

They can — and will — enact this exact same policy or a worse one immediately after the election if Measure B fails.

The only difference is that the mayor and council will have to do their dirty work behind the scenes and let the DWP Board of Commissioners — which they have weakened to the point of irrelevance — do the actual channeling all those billions into the pockets of the special interests who have helped turn what used to pass for a democratic government into a political machine.

So why do we fight if the outcome is already certain?

We fight because we must to keep hope alive that somehow, some way, some day, we can help bring a semblance of democracy in L.A., that people in every part of the city will be engaged and able to affect the public policy and to come together to create a civic culture that gives life to our shared belief in the dream of L.A. as a place of boundless possibilities for everyone, a city where people have come from all over the world to become all that they can be.

We fight on and hope and that we can end the corruption before it’s too late, before the disparity between rich and poor becomes so great and those in the middle so few that L.A. is beyond saving. The question is how much time do we have left before that happens.

We fight because if we can defeat Measure B, we will have the chance to force them to bring the community into a process that can produce a real solar energy that gets most most electricity at the lowest cost in the fastest time.

We fight because if we win they will be put on notice that the people are waking up and getting organized and their days are numbered.

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7 Responses to The Genius of City Hall Corruption

  1. Anonymous says:

    “You got to hand it to City Hall — it has reached a level of such total corruption that even the outcomes of elections make no difference.”
    It’s called “payoffs” and union jobs. It’s called a culture of scofflaws and indifference to law. Los Angeles is a corrupt bureaucracy, like communist country’s bureaucracy. It used to be the corrupt WHITE OLD BOY’S NETWORK. Now, you add money and unscrupulous civil servants, many of Mexican descent by the looks of it, and you get the corrupt MINORITY OLD BOY’S NETWORK. Even the L.A. City Ethics Commission is corrupt, claiming that their scope only lies within election fraud violation enforcement. No laws are enforced. They say that they are just helping the poor, in the meantime stuffing their pockets full with public money.
    Hello???? To fix the problem, get some brave lawyers to take these guys to court and you’ll break up the muck. The evidence is everywhere. But, the lawyers won’t touch it.

  2. Anonymous says:

    You have a point. Why not ask the ACLU FOR HELP?
    THEY CLAIM TO BE FOR THE UNDERDOGS. THE PEOPLE IN LA ARE UNDERDOGS IF THERE EVER WAS SUCH A THING.
    A good place to start would be the unions. Unions were invented to protect the under-dogs.
    But now when government has unionized labor, they have become a tremendous power bloc.
    What would the ACLU do with that?

  3. Anonymous says:

    The unions are corrupt. What is more shocking is the Ethics Commission. Just quit the pretense of having one. It makes the city feel good they have one. Remove this pretense.

  4. Anonymous says:

    I am pro-Union and don’t think it is necessary to put down Unions. This distracts from the real culprit–our elected Councilmembers especially those in charge and all those who voted to put this on the ballot from Garcetti, Perry, Gruel, and the foolish Bill Rosendahl who says that he may not vote for it on March 3rd. Rosendahl doesn’t realize that the City Council has an unfair advantage when the put an initiative on the ballot. There is a financial value to this. Whether its Developers or other groups, the LA City Council ignores the average citizen. Nick Patsaouras is absolutely correct in pointing out that it was the City Council lead by the Council President who by-passed the normal process of going through the DWP Commission and other processes. Why put this on the ballot at all? DWP already has a renewable plan. Let’s continue the much needed change by voting out the incumbents especially those who voted to extend their own terms–an obvious conflict of interest and against basics of any ethics definition.

  5. Jack Humphreville says:

    Not only do the Rate Payers take a beating, what about the Laborers, Pipe Fitters, Operating Engineers, Roofers, Electricians, Installers, Insulators, Plumbers and other skilled trades with proven capabilities? They get the shaft too.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Here’s one for the books! My neighbor is (was) a mortgage broker, and is now among the unemployed. Yesterday he waved me down in my driveway to tell me about his ‘new business”! Seems he has formed a corporation to install solar panelling! He has already lined up 12 installers, and is just waiting for the green light! He was euphoric…talking about ‘the money he’s going to make’!
    I just smiled and wished him good luck! How many others are out there who think we are now going to experience the next California ‘gold rush’???
    The only thing we are going to experience if this fraud is successful…is the Great Train Robbery!
    We can and we will defeat this scam…keep spreading the news, and Ron’s herculean efforts will be rewarded! Thank you, Ron, for everything you are doing! Citizens ARE beginning to wake up!

  7. anonymous says:

    Here’s one for the books! My neighbor is (was) a mortgage broker, and is now among the unemployed. Yesterday he waved me down in my driveway to tell me about his ‘new business”! Seems he has formed a corporation to install solar panelling! He has already lined up 12 installers, and is just waiting for the green light! He was euphoric…talking about ‘the money he’s going to make’!
    I just smiled and wished him good luck! How many others are out there who think we are now going to experience the next California ‘gold rush’???
    The only thing we are going to experience if this fraud is successful…is the Great Train Robbery!
    We can and we will defeat this scam…keep spreading the news, and Ron’s herculean efforts will be rewarded! Thank you, Ron, for everything you are doing! Citizens ARE beginning to wake up!

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