As momentum against Measure B continued to grow, the DWP — still claiming its a neutral information source — held a series of forums in the last few days around the city but attracted only a few dozen people, most of them protesters from Laborers Union 300.
The Laborers, like other unions of construction workers, feel the measure is a direct attack on them and their members because it gives a monopoly on solar installations to the DWP and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.
Meanwhile, the Daily News came out strongly against Measure B on Sunday, saying it’s an unnecessary charter reform and was rushed to the ballot without adequate public discussion or knowledge of the costs.
The editorial said that “frankly, ratepayers have little reason to trust
an agency that has been hiking rates repeatedly in recent years, with
few results to show for the money.
“As well, this particular initiative would write into the
city charter a requirement that all solar work would be done by DWP’s
highly paid unionized workers — despite the fact that they don’t have
the skills to install and maintain solar panels…
“What’s more, this measure would give the utility an
airtight excuse when residents start complaining about
higher-than-expected rate increases to cover the costs of the program:
“Hey, you guys voted for it.’”
Like the Daily News, the Times opposed Measure E, a charter amendment that gives City Hall a blank check to give businesses incentives without proper safeguards, but delayed announcing its position on Measure B until Thursday.
It said that despite serious concerns about the use of such charter amendments, Measure B is “a special case requiring extra attention” because of its “complex and controversial” nature.
In deciding to oppose Measure B, the Green Party of LA County noted the growing opposition from labor, business, community organizations, political groups and politicians.
The Green Party cited “violations of Social Justice concerns, of shortcomings in
Ecological Wisdom, of the absence of Grassroots Democracy, of the
imposition of a centralized framework over Decentralization, of
closed-bid rather than Community-Based Economics, of pitting union
against union, instead of Respect for Diversity, of cronyism, not
Personal and Global Responsibility, and misplaced and misguided Future
efeat of this top-down, anti-union,
payola underwritten Proposition does not stop solar development within
the City of Los Angeles. Measure B will be defeated and then we will
make a real plan for clean energy and clean government, with a place
for all Stakeholders at the table to refine it and move swiftly ahead.”