Editor’s Note: Listen to Councilman Tony Cardenas’ brilliant interrogation of DWP officials (cardenas-dwp.mp3) on Measure B or read this article, or both. You might even listen to Council President Eric Garcetti “greenwash” past DWP failures and anticipate its failure to deliver on the promises of Measure B (garcetti-dwp.mp3).
Three months after putting Measure B unanimously on the March 3 ballot, the City Council actually held a public hearing Tuesday to ask Department of Water and Power officials what their plan is and to give the public an honest chance to talk about it.
It took an emergency meeting of the Council’s Energy and Environment Committee to allow for some semblance of a meaningful public hearing — one that called solely because the council is “on the defensive
after taking a media hammering,” as Daniel Heimpel of the LA Weekly put it.
Heimpel’s article carried the headline: “Measure B: Baffled DWP can’t name one “on time” solar project.”
“Give me one renewables project that is on time and
on budget,” Cardenas asked of the assembled DWP officials. “And don’t give me
‘hydroelectric.’ That is old school.”
The DWP representatives looked at
each other like baffled SEC execs in a Congressional hearing, according to Heimpel. They said they
couldn’t think of a single one, and would get back to Cardenas.
Imagine that. Three weeks before voters are supposed to decide this issue, the DWP not only doesn’t have a plan to carry out this multi-billion-dollar program, they don’t even know what they’ve done in the past.